Aaron Kernan (centre) receiving his Quinn Insurance/ UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award from Chris Breen (right) Business Risk Assistant Manager Quinn Insurance and UGAAWA chairman JP Graham.
Picture: Michael Cullen.

AARON was the odd-man-out in the KERNAN household but not any longer. Dad Joe and brothers Stephen, Tony and Paul are all former winners of the Quinn Direct/UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award and now the list is completed as AARON KERNAN’S name is pencilled into the honours’ list as the winner for May 2011.

“The circle is now completed,” he cracked, “and I’m delighted with receiving the award. It is a very valuable award and I know the rest of the family, who have received it in the past, appreciated it very much, as I do now. I have been to the Merit Award presentation many times in the past when family members were winners. Now it’s my turn to have the spotlight.”

Wing half-back Kernan was the hub on which Armagh revolved in their USFC win against Down as he drove his team forward from his No.5 spot and managed to hit five points, two from play, in the Orchard County’s 1-15 to 1-10 victory.

Kernan (27) has been seven years in the Armagh senior football panel and he has shared in both the ups and downs of the team. He has played in defence and attack but prefers the No.5 spot from where he can make defence splitting runs into the heart of the opposition rearguard.

Aaron Kernan (Armagh) displaying his Quinn Insuranxce/UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award. Picture: Michael Cullen.

Kernan won the May Award of an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports, a sports voucher from UGAAWA plus two tickets and overnight accommodation for the associations’ annual banquet on November 18.

He won the award ahead of Antrim hurler Neil McManus, who hit 11 points against Laois in the LSHC, and Jamie Clarke who also starred against Down.

The presentation was made at a function in Quinn’s Corner on Monday, June 6 by Fermanagh goalkeeper Chris Breen, Business Risk Assistant Manager Quinn Insurance.