UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For September 2013

It was left to Cavan ladies to provide Ulster with a September All-Ireland Football title, this year, and the Breffni Blues duly obliged with an exciting win over Tipperary in the Intermediate final, at Croke Park.

None contributed more to the famous victory than full-forward BRONAGH SHERIDAN who led from the front and notched 1-4 of her team’s winning total. Cavan had a slow start to the decider and it was the Drumlane girl who lit the spark with a couple of points to peg back Tipperary and lift the Ulster side into a positive patch of play.

Brigid and PJ Sheridan accept the September Merit Award, on behalf of their daughter Bronagh, from UGAAWA chairman John Martin.

Pic: Peadar McMahon

She also hit home a vital goal from the penalty spot that really set her team on the way and, in fact, any time Tipp threatened to take over it was teacher Sheridan (25) who taught the Munster side a few lessons.


However, Bronagh didn’t hang around too long to celebrate the victory as she headed off to the USA a few days later to see out 2013. That was before she was selected as the Ulster GAA Writers’ Monthly Merit Award winner for September but, of course, the good news was quickly transmitted to her across the Atlantic.

“She is thrilled with this award and she regrets very much not being at the presentation to personally accept it. She timed her departure to America at the wrong time,” said her mother Brigid when accepting the award on Bronagh’s behalf, at a function in Quinn’s Corner, Ballygawley.

The Cavan cailín has already a fair collection of medals as she was a member of the Cavan team that won National League Div.3 titles in 2008 and 2010 and she won an All-Ireland Intermediate Award with Parnell’s in London.

UGAAWA chairman John Martin, Cavan joint manager Gerry Sheridan, Bronagh Sheridan's parents Brigid and PJ, Cavan joint manager Finian Farrell.
Pic by Peadar McMahon

She also won a Cavan Junior Championship honour with Drumlane and an O’Connor Cup medal – the ladies’ equivalent of the Sigerson Cup – with DCU.

Bronagh beat off the challenge of Monaghan senior player Caoimhe Mohan and Tyrone minor Frank Burns for the December award and she receives an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed jewellery from Omeath’s Garrett Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports, an UGAAWA sports voucher and two tickets to the UGAAWA 26th annual banquet at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, on Nov 15.

UGAAWA chairman John Martin, Cavan joint manager Gerry Sheridan, Bronagh Sheridan's parents Brigid and PJ, Cavan joint manager Finian Farrell and UGAAWA PRO Tony McGee.
Pic: Peadar McMahon

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