MONAGHAN SCOOPS THREE ULSTER GAA AWARDS

20 November 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By JOHN GRAHAM

The Ulster GAA Writers Annual Banquet and presentation of their Annual Awards on Friday night last was the culmination of their 28th year in recognising excellence both on and off the field right across the whole spectrum of gaelic games in the province.

And the annual function did not disappoint, keeping up the great tradition that has been established over the years when a crowd of almost 300 assembled in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, for the conferring of their Annual Awards.

It was a gathering to honour the excellent contribution of individuals in their respective codes as well as paying tribute to another long serving member of the GAA. This year that accolade went to Jack Hannigan of Donegal who is in his 102nd year, still driving a car and recalling players, games and events of the past 80 odd years with amazing clarity. Unfortunately he was unable to be present on the night but a pre-recorded interview with him literally brought the house down and his award was accepted on his behalf by former Donegal chairman and team manager PJ McGowan.

Monaghan figured prominently in the awards this year scooping three in all, and they also had a number of companies from the County, McAree Engineering, Maguire International Transport, Celtic Pure and Gormley UPVC Products sponsoring awards.

If there is one award that excites the interest more than any of the others is for the Male Footballer of the Year Award with Conor McManus declared the winner to complete a great haul of accolades by him for the year. Unfortunately Conor could not be present due to his commitments with the International Rules team and so his award was accepted by her father Frank.

Scotstown were recognised for their great input into Scor and the cultural side of the GAA in promoting the music song and dance, not only locally in the club, but in the County, provincially and nationally, the award …..

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