Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For August 2017

August was teenage time as far as top displays were concerned in Gaelic Games and our Quinn Monthly Merit Award goes to a player who is surely destined to keep tradition going by winning more awards and top honours. The name is Darragh Canavan and if the surname is familiar it should be no surprise.

Tyrone won the new All-Ireland U17 Football Championship title, at Croke Park, against Roscommon and the Red Hand Number 11 was central to the success. He capped a great all-round performance with a sizzling shot to the western champions' net to end a Roscommon comeback. It was surely a super score. “I don't know if it was a super score or not,” said Darragh, “but I was certainly glad to see it go in. Of course, being the first winners of the competition makes it a bit more special.”

Darragh is not aiming to emulate the deeds of his dad nor has he delved much into them. He was surprised to hear that Peter won the UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award a record seven times. “I didn't know that but dad's deeds haven’t put any pressure on me. I am not aiming to emulate him. I just want to make my own way.”

Darragh won a Tyrone MFC medal with Errigal Ciaran, this year, and a MacLarnon Cup medal with St Ciarán's Ballygawley, so the U17 All-Ireland medal completes a nice treble.

“I have the Ulster Club MFC to come, as well,” points out Darragh. “I'm also looking forward to playing in the MacRory Cup as St Ciarán's will now play in that competition ”

Darragh Canavan (right) receiving the UGAAWA August Merit Award from Quinn Building Products Tyrone and Derry area manager Marty McGrath (left) with UGAAWA chairman John Martin (centre) looking on.                                                Pic: Jim Dunne.

The winner had to beat off a strong challenge from Lorcan McWilliams, who starred with Derry minors in their All-Ireland MFC semi-final defeat of Dublin, with Fermanagh teenager Eimear Smyth, who netted four goals plus seven points against Antrim in the Ulster LJFC final, also in the mix.

Darragh Canavan returned to St Ciarán's, after his summer break, just hours before attending a reception in Quinn's Corner, Donaghmore, to receive his Merit Award from former winner Marty McGrath, Quinn Building Products North Tyrone & Derry regional manager.

Darragh received an engraved Belleek Living Vase, specially designed and engraved silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear and will receive two tickets to our annual presentation function.

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Interview with Darragh conducted by Sean McCaffrey. To listen click the image above and it should open for you.    Pic: Jim Dunne