The GAA programme is not all about county action and that’s a point firmly noted by the Ulster GAA Writers as portrayed by their selection of the winner of the Quinn-insurance/UGAAWA Merit Award for February.

DANIEL KILLE gets the nod after his superb display in helping Lisnaskea Emmett’s win the All-Ireland Club Intermediate Championship title, at Croke Park, with an extra time win over St Joseph’s Galway. The fleet footed attacker fired over nine points (although he was credited with only eight) in his team’s historic victory, as well as, giving quite a number of assists for other scores.

“Winning this award is unreal,” enthused Daniel (24). “It was also unreal playing at Croke Park and winning an All-Ireland final there. “I still find it a bit hard to believe that we did it. We never looked too far ahead during the championship and winning the All-Ireland title wasn’t in our thoughts at the start of the season.”

During the drum tight game with the Galway and Connacht champions, Kille was always to the fore. The Fermanagh senior team panellist started attacks and he finished attacks throughout the game as he proved to be a hot potato for the opposing defence.

Daniel wins the Merit Award ahead of Aaron Kernan, who starred with Crossmaglen in their All-Ireland senior semi-final win against Dublin champions Dr Croke’s, and Dick Clerkin who was excellent with Monaghan in the National Football League.

The winner received his award, at a presentation in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Monday, March 7 from Quinn-insurance Commercial Sales Manager Declan Reilly. Daniel gets an engraved Belleek Living Vase, specially designed Silver Cuff Links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s Sports, a Sports Voucher from the UGAAWA and two tickets plus overnight accommodation for the annual banquet next November.

Top picture – L-R:

Oliver Galligan (Ulster Council PRO), Declan Kille (February Merit Award), JP Graham (UGAAWA Chairman), and Declan Reilly (Quinn Insurance Commercial Sales Manager).

Picture on left – L-R:

Sean McMahon (UGAAWA),

Oliver Galligan (Ulster Council PRO),
Kevin Murray (Quinn Insurance), Daniel Kille (February Merit Award),
JP Graham (UGAAWA Chairman), Declan Reilly (Quinn Insurance Commercial Sales Manager),

Deirdre Donnelly (Fermanagh PRO), Peter Clarke (Lisnaskea manager). Pictures by Michael Cullen.