2015 NORTHERN STANDARD MONAGHAN GAA ANNUAL AWARDS

28 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PATRICK SMYTH

Last Friday night, a who’s who of present and past stars of Monaghan GAA gathered with chief administrators of the Assocation to honour today and yesterday’s elite Gaelic games players from the county. Monaghan GAA’s Hall of Fame is an exclusive club. Last weekend at the Hillgrove Hotel, two Gaelic games legends, Brian Daly (Donaghmoyne) and Eugene ‘Nudie’ Hughes became the latest inductees with both men being saluted by a bumper attendance.

Donaghmoyne native Daly first donned the red of the Fontenoy’s when he played on the under 14 team in the McGrane Cup. He went on to represent the club at minor level, winning a Maguire cup medal in 1970, the same year as he made his senior debut with the club. He won a Hackett Cup medal with Donaghmoyne in 1971 and his prowess as a defender saw him selected to play on the County under 21 team in the Ulster under 21 championship in 1973, losing out in the final to Tyrone.

Brian later won a Dr McKenna Cup medal in 1976 and was a regular on the team during the 1970s although little success came to Monaghan until, as a member of the senior panel, he won an Ulster senior football championship medal in 1979.

When injury forced the Donaghmoyne dynamo to retire, he became involved in team management and his first success in that …

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