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Ulster GAA Writers Association: This is an association of Journalists and photographers who make awards to a GAA player who has the most outstanding achievement during the month. This person could be in any of the GAA disciplines - Football, male and female; Hurling; Handball; Camogie; Scor but Rounders has never featured in my memory of the awards. It could also be a Club official, members of team management, supporter, indeed anyone who has made a huge contribution to GAA during the previous month. Some months there are many nominated and it then goes to a vote of members of the UGAAWA. At times it is very difficult to single out one person as more than one deserves the award. The prizes, presented to the winner at a ceremony held in Quinn’s Corner, Ballygawley, are attractive and substantial but the honour of being chosen and recognised is equally attractive and appealing. Currently Quinn Building Products are Main sponsors but O’Neills and Carlingford Design House also contribute generously to the prizes. The Belleek Vase awarded to the winner will look well in any house. The March 2019 award was presented on Monday night last and it went to a camogie player - Tina Hannon and the Press Release covering the awardis prnted here. The year 2019 is one that Tina Hannon will not forget throughout the rest of her life. It is a milestone in her history that few players will ever match as the Slaughtneil camogie star reaps in personal awards. Offaly native Tina collected her fourth All-Ireland Championship medal last month when Derry champions Slaughtneil defeated Wexford winners St Martin's in the All-Ireland senior club final, at snowy Croke Park. That was her second All-Ireland medal collected with the “Derry Girls'.  Those medals she added to two national county championship titles she won with Offaly in the 2009 All- Ireland Junior Championship and the 2010 All-Ireland Intermediate title, before she settled in the Oak Leaf county. For her performance on the '40' with Slaughtneil in the club decider the Letterkenny based Nurse Manager, scorer of 1-6, was named as Player of the Final but that didn't finish her accolades for her Croke Park display as she is now named winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Merit Award for March. However, the highlights of 2019 are not yet finished for will-'o'-the wisp Hannon as she will get married in June to Derry footballer Patsy Bradley.  “Yes, this is surely a year to remember for me,” enthuses Tina. “Things couldn't get much better or more exciting. Winning the All-Ireland with Slaughtneil – the club's third in a row but only my second – was superb and getting the Player of the Final award was something I didn't expect. “After all, it is a team game and I have to thank all the other girls for helping me win the award but it is always very nice to win individual awards. I also have to thank the likes of Dominic McKinley, Damian McElduff and Mickey Glover for the work they do with the panel.” “I am, also, very pleased about winning the Ulster GAA Writers' Monthly Merit Award and I thank the members for awarding it to me for March. These trophies will look good on the shelf after we get married.” She added: “I am still in a bit of a bubble after winning the All-Ireland title last month, Certainly the last few years have been tremendous for me and this one is really special.” Lightweight Tina didn't always concentrate on camogie. In her younger days she excelled in athletics winning Offaly and Leinster medals and competing in All-Ireland championships but combining athletics and camogie got a bit too difficult so she concentrated on camogie. March was a busy month, of course, with others such as Donegal captain Michael Murphy, Shane McGuigan (Derry), Brandon Horan (St Michael's College, Enniskillen) and Aaron Mulligan (Ballybay Community College) all nominated for the March Merit Award. It was, however, Slaughtneil star Tina Hannon who was presented with the award by Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon at a reception in Quinn's Corner. The winner receives a specially engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand crafted jewellery from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear.
Slaughtneil camogie manager Damien McElduff, March Merit Winner Tina Hannon & fiancé Patsy Bradley. All pictures by Jim Dunne
Seamus McMahon and John Martin, Chairman of UGAAWA, make the presentation to Tina.
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Seamus McMahon and John Martin, Chairman of UGAAWA, make the presentation to Tina.
Slaughtneil camogie manager Damien McElduff, March Merit Winner Tina Hannon & fiancé Patsy Bradley. All pictures by Jim Dunne
Ulster GAA Writers Association: This is an association of Journalists and photographers who make awards to a GAA player who has the most outstanding achievement during the month. This person could be in any of the GAA disciplines - Football, male and female; Hurling; Handball; Camogie; Scor but Rounders has never featured in my memory of the awards. It could also be a Club official, members of team management, supporter, indeed anyone who has made a huge contribution to GAA during the previous month. Some months there are many nominated and it then goes to a vote of members of the UGAAWA. At times it is very difficult to single out one person as more than one deserves the award. The prizes, presented to the winner at a ceremony held in Quinn’s Corner, Ballygawley, are attractive and substantial but the honour of being chosen and recognised is equally attractive and appealing. Currently Quinn Building Products are Main sponsors but O’Neills and Carlingford Design House also contribute generously to the prizes. The Belleek Vase awarded to the winner will look well in any house. The March 2019 award was presented on Monday night last and it went to a camogie player - Tina Hannon and the Press Release covering the awardis prnted here. The year 2019 is one that Tina Hannon will not forget throughout the rest of her life. It is a milestone in her history that few players will ever match as the Slaughtneil camogie star reaps in personal awards. Offaly native Tina collected her fourth All-Ireland Championship medal last month when Derry champions Slaughtneil defeated Wexford winners St Martin's in the All-Ireland senior club final, at snowy Croke Park. That was her second All-Ireland medal collected with the “Derry Girls'.  Those medals she added to two national county championship titles she won with Offaly in the 2009 All-Ireland Junior Championship and the 2010 All-Ireland Intermediate title, before she settled in the Oak Leaf county. For her performance on the '40' with Slaughtneil in the club decider the Letterkenny based Nurse Manager, scorer of 1-6, was named as Player of the Final but that didn't finish her accolades for her Croke Park display as she is now named winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Merit Award for March. However, the highlights of 2019 are not yet finished for will-'o'- the wisp Hannon as she will get married in June to Derry footballer Patsy Bradley.  “Yes, this is surely a year to remember for me,” enthuses Tina. “Things couldn't get much better or more exciting. Winning the All-Ireland with Slaughtneil – the club's third in a row but only my second – was superb and getting the Player of the Final award was something I didn't expect. “After all, it is a team game and I have to thank all the other girls for helping me win the award but it is always very nice to win individual awards. I also have to thank the likes of Dominic McKinley, Damian McElduff and Mickey Glover for the work they do with the panel.” “I am, also, very pleased about winning the Ulster GAA Writers' Monthly Merit Award and I thank the members for awarding it to me for March. These trophies will look good on the shelf after we get married.” She added: “I am still in a bit of a bubble after winning the All-Ireland title last month, Certainly the last few years have been tremendous for me and this one is really special.” Lightweight Tina didn't always concentrate on camogie. In her younger days she excelled in athletics winning Offaly and Leinster medals and competing in All-Ireland championships but combining athletics and camogie got a bit too difficult so she concentrated on camogie. March was a busy month, of course, with others such as Donegal captain Michael Murphy, Shane McGuigan (Derry), Brandon Horan (St Michael's College, Enniskillen) and Aaron Mulligan (Ballybay Community College) all nominated for the March Merit Award. It was, however, Slaughtneil star Tina Hannon who was presented with the award by Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon at a reception in Quinn's Corner. The winner receives a specially engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand crafted jewellery from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear.
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