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The Ulster GAA Writers Association (UGAAWA) voted Rory Beggan as the Player of the Month for July and there was quite a contest with his opposition of Niall Sludden (Tyrone) and Michael Murphy (Donegal). It is also notable that Rory has won this award for, what can be, the busiest month of the year with players in all grades and all competitions in top form and handballers, Ladies Football, Referees, Managers and management teams, and Officials all in action at important games and levels of GAA activity. This adds to the honour bestowed on Rory that he could come out on top against such opposition. Our heartiest congratulations to him and we wish him further successes in his GAA career. Not doubt Brendan, who knows what it is like to perform at a high level and to try to appease the expectations of all the supporters and followers whether that be at county or club level. Our photo here, by Jim Dunne, shows Seamus McMahon, Sales and Marketing Director Quinn Building Prroducts, and John Martin, Chairman UGAAWA, making the presentation to Rory. Here we print the Press Release as issued by the UGAAWA at the presentation of the award: A goalkeeper's job nowadays is much different from what it used to be. Stopping the ball crossing the line was about the only task a 'keeper had to bother about in the past. Kicking the ball out, after a score or a wide, was the job of the usually brawny full-back. Not any longer.  Now the goalie is tasked with the kick-out, his stopper job and keeping his/her defenders on their toes. Not only that but many goalkeepers are now among the leading scorers with their team as their long and accurate kicking has to be part of their job. There are very few better or equal to all those tasks than Monaghan senior football custodian Rory Beggan who displayed all the attributes of present-day 'keeping during the month of July. The Scotstown man (26), who has been in the Monaghan senior panel for seven years, was in fine form last month, displaying all his skills in both defence and attack. For that, Rory is awarded our Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit Award for July ahead of the likes of Niall Sludden (Tyrone) and Michael Murphy (Donegal), both of whom also contributed handsomely to their team's performances last month. “I regard it as a great achievement to win this award,” said Rory at a reception in Quinn's Corner, Donaghmore. “Winning individual awards is not something one thinks much about during the season but, still, when you win one it is a bit special. After the season is over you can reflect on the achievement in a more relaxed setting.  “During the busy playing programme one tends to put awards aside until the end of the season. And, as you say, it is something nice to tell your children and grandchildren about in the future. It is nice to have such a trophy on the mantle piece.” It would be a surprise if further awards don’t come Rory's way before 2018 is out! He is the second Monaghan 'keeper to win this award. The last was Linda Martin in December 2016. Rory received his award from Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director, Seamus McMahon. The winner gets an engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand engraved silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear. He will also get two complimentary tickets to the next UGAAWA Annual Awards function.
The Ulster GAA Writers Association (UGAAWA) voted Rory Beggan as the Player of the Month for July and there was quite a contest with his opposition of Niall Sludden (Tyrone) and Michael Murphy (Donegal). It is also notable that Rory has won this award for, what can be, the busiest month of the year with players in all grades and all competitions in top form and handballers, Ladies Football, Referees, Managers and management teams, and Officials all in action at important games and levels of GAA activity. This adds to the honour bestowed on Rory that he could come out on top against such opposition. Our heartiest congratulations to him and we wish him further successes in his GAA career. Not doubt Brendan, who knows what it is like to perform at a high level and to try to appease the expectations of all the supporters and followers whether that be at county or club level. Our photo here, by Jim Dunne, shows Seamus McMahon, Sales and Marketing Director Quinn Building Prroducts, and John Martin, Chairman UGAAWA, making the presentation to Rory. Here we print the Press Release as issued by the UGAAWA at the presentation of the award: A goalkeeper's job nowadays is much different from what it used to be. Stopping the ball crossing the line was about the only task a 'keeper had to bother about in the past. Kicking the ball out, after a score or a wide, was the job of the usually brawny full-back. Not any longer.  Now the goalie is tasked with the kick-out, his stopper job and keeping his/her defenders on their toes. Not only that but many goalkeepers are now among the leading scorers with their team as their long and accurate kicking has to be part of their job. There are very few better or equal to all those tasks than Monaghan senior football custodian Rory Beggan who displayed all the attributes of present-day 'keeping during the month of July. The Scotstown man (26), who has been in the Monaghan senior panel for seven years, was in fine form last month, displaying all his skills in both defence and attack. For that, Rory is awarded our Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit Award for July ahead of the likes of Niall Sludden (Tyrone) and Michael Murphy (Donegal), both of whom also contributed handsomely to their team's performances last month. “I regard it as a great achievement to win this
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