“The boys’ event has been a tremendous success and the new tournament, which has been sanctioned as a championship, has already given the girls a fantastic boost.

“It adds considerably to the county championships, just like the boys’ Ulster event has done. Already there has been talk of establishing a girls’ U18 event in other provinces.”
Brian Coyle and his daughter Donna are members of the Antrim senior team selection committee, as well as, managing their club U18s, while Brian also coaches in a number of schools.

Not many people strike ‘gold’ twice but BRIAN COYLE has managed to do that.

Thirty years ago, he was the man behind the launching of the very successful Ulster Club Minor Football Champions’ Tournament for boys and last month he repeated the performance when he set the wheels in motion for a similar event for girls.For his initiative and foresight in bringing the girls into line with the boys, Brian wins our Quinn Insurance/UGAAWA Merit Award for December 2011. Not only that, but, like in 1982, he managed his club St Paul’s minors to victory.
“This is a hell of an award and I’m embarrassed to win it. It takes my breath away,” said Brian.

Brian Coyle being presented with the Quinn Insurance/UGAAWA's December Merit Award by Quinn Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan and UGAAWA Chairman, John P Graham.

Pic: © Philip Fitzpatrick

UGAAWA Chairman JP Graham, Award Winner Brian Coyle, Quinn Insurance Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan, Donna Coyle and Ulster Ladies' Council President Hugh Devenney.

Pic: © Philip Fitzpatrick

A few years ago he, as manager, guided the Antrim U18 boys to the Ulster final where they lost to eventual All-Ireland winners Tyrone.

The presentation to Brian was made at a reception in Quinn’s Corner, Dungannon, by Quinn Insurance Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan. The winner receives an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed silver cuff links by Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports and an UGAAWA Sports Voucher. He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee banquet next fall.

For the award, Brian edged out former Cavan chairman George Cartwright who has published the definitive record of Cavan football, Breifne Abú, and Glen midfield star Emmett Bradley who captained his minor colleagues in two successful games last month.

St Paul's Treasurer Paul Cooper, Donna Coyle, Award Winner Brian Coyle, Quinn Insurance Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan, Aine Turbidy, St Pauls Ladies Captain with Cup and Club Coach ,Pearse McCotter.

Pic: © by Philip Fitzpatrick