Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For October 2015

The Cushendall hurlers are taking life a bit easier than usual just now as they are resting for a few weeks after clinching the Ulster Senior Championship title, in a classic against Slaughtneil, but they will be back at the hard graft after Christmas. They'll be preparing for an All-Ireland semi-final against the Connacht champions and Aaron Graffin has got an extra reason to get on with the hard work.

The lithe 'Dall action man has been named the Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit Award winner for October, following his all-action performance in the provincial final, which the Antrim champions edged by one point.

Conrad Cadden of Quinn Building Products presents the Ulster GAA Writers' Award for October to Arron Graffin of Cushendall Ruairi Og at the Ulster GAA Writers 28th annual awards at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran. Pic by John McIlwaine

“The final was a super game. It was nip and tuck all the way and a great game to win. Obviously, we were delighted to come out on the right side of the scoreline, particularly having lost last year's final to Portaferry. Now getting the October Merit Award makes the victory really special for me,” enthuses Aaron (27).

“It's an absolute honour to get the award after such a great game and it is a great boost to stick with the hard graft in training. It's a lovely touch and I'll enjoy the honour.

“It will give me extra incentive to train even harder when we get back to the hard work after Christmas. I have won a few club awards over the years but this award is, certainly, the best.”

Graffin, an Antrim stalwart for many seasons, was also at his best in the Ulster semi-final, during November, against Middletown, and he gets the gong ahead of Conor McCarthy (Scotstown), who cracked home a goal and two points in the Monaghan Senior Football final, plus Errigal Ciarán's Maeve Corrigan and Creggan's Conor McCann, both of whom also starred during the past month.

The Quinn Building Products monthly winner receives an engraved Belleek Living vase, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports, specially designed silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and a medical bag of products from 3Fivetwo on behalf of Kingsbridge Private Hospital.