16 August 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan made all the headlines during the month of July in winning their second Ulster senior football championship title in three years, defeating Donegal in an absolutely riveting contest in Clones to clinch the title. Their success and the influence of their manager, Malachy O’Rourke, in achieving that success proved the tipping point when the members of the Ulster GAA Writers Association sat down to pick the winner of their Quinn Building Products sponsored Monthly Merit Award for July.

It was a busy month with both male and female football as well as hurling, handball and camogie all being played at the highest level and many individuals producing outstanding personal performances. So in a month of such high octane action the only way to pick a winner was through the old-fashioned method of argument and debate and after a protracted period of debate the final vote saw Malachy O’Rourke who masterminded Monaghan’s nail biting one-point victory over Donegal in the Ulster senior football championship final in Clones emerging as the winner.

It was a thoroughly deserved award because it was Malachy O’Rourke’s meticulous planning and the way he was able to change those plans when the need arose during the match as well as his use of his bench that proved central to Monaghan’s victory.

In winning the award Malachy O’Rourke had to overcome strong opposition from Fermanagh’s Tomas Corrigan who had three outstanding games in July, one of his own players Conor McManus who produced his now normal super show in the Ulster final and Donegal Ladies ….


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