Football life couldn’t be much better for CAOIMHE MOHAN just now. Victory for Monaghan in the Ladies’ Division One NFL final, against Cork, was, surely, a dream come true. However, that happened during May and already the Truagh teenage footballer had made her mark as it was for her exploits during April that she is honoured with our Quinn-direct/UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award.

The 18-year-old DIT student nurse was the livewire that lit the sparks up front for Monaghan. She hit home 1-3 from play in her corner-forward role as the light blues were brushed aside. Her general play also contributed handsomely to her team’s victory but she was surprised when told of her Merit Award. “When I got the ‘phone call I was shocked. At first, I thought that it was someone from a newspaper wanting an interview about the final. It took a while for the reason of the call to sink in,” she recalled. “Naturally, I’m chuffed with the award and it gave me a big boost going into the final.”

Kenny and Fionnuala Mohan with daughter Caoimhe, winner of the Quinn-Direct / UGAAWA April Merit Award, and UGAAWA chairman JP Graham.

UGAAWA Members along with Caoimhe and Quinn-direct Broker Development Specialist Shane McCabe (third from right).

Her recent form is all the more meritorious since she tore ankle ligaments in February and missed a few weeks training during recovery.

The affable Caoimhe beat off the challenge of Cathal McCarron (Tyrone) and Thomas Corrigan (Fermanagh) for the April honour. Her award includes an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed jewellery by Omeath’s Garrett Mallon, an UGAAWA sports voucher and training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports.

She will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee banquet at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, on Friday, November 17. “That’s an awful lot and I’m very thankful,” she enthused.

The presentation was made to Caoimhe by Quinn-direct Broker Development Specialist Shane McCabe at a function in Quinn’s Corner on May 14th.

Caoimhe, JP Graham, her parents and Monaghan Manager, Gregory McGonigle