For that he gets an inscribed Belleek Living vase, engraved silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garret Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports, an UGAAWA voucher and two tickets plus overnight accommodation for the 2014 UGAAWA banquet. He beat off the challenge of his clubmate Daniel McKenna, Michael Murphy (Donegal) and Niall Morgan (Tyrone) for the award.

The presentation was made at a function in Quinn’s Corner on Monday, February 10.

ADAM TRAENOR is living a fairytale life just now as hard-earned awards are dropping into his lap almost daily. On Sunday, he reached the pinnacle of his sporting career by winning an All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship medal and 24 hours later collected the Ulster GAA Writers’ Merit Award for January.

That honour was, of course, earned before Adam helped his Truagh colleagues to national success. Sterling displays in January shot the 18-year-old Sligo IT student to prominence but he took a little convincing that the news of his award was not a set-up.

“I thought that someone was pulling my leg when I got the phone call,” he says. “I knew of the Ulster GAA Writers, of course, but I wasn’t aware of the Monthly Merit Award. It is a massive honour for me to get and, having earned it before the All-Ireland final, makes it even more special.”

Treanor plays anywhere around the Truagh attack but regularly at full-forward, although he was at No.10 in the final. During the championship he blasted home a huge 7-15, in six games, with only one point from a free-kick.

“Ironically, I only managed one point in the All-Ireland semi-final, against Geraldine’s from Louth, at Crossmaglen,” he recalled.

Adam with John P Graham, Vice-chairman of UGAAWA and Peadar McMahon, Secretary UGAAWA.

John P Graham presents the Award to Adam

Adam with parents Theresa and Seamus.

Adam with Truagh Vice Chairman, Gary Meehan.

Adam, a Health Science and Physiology student, played with Monaghan minors last year and he has, so far, collected Monaghan League and Championship U18 medals, Monaghan, Ulster and All-Ireland Intermediate trophies, as well as, the UGAAWA Merit Award.


All Photographs are © Peadar McMahon