Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For May 2015

May seems to be a merry month for DICK CLERKIN as during that month he helps his team to spring to life in the Ulster SF Championship. In 2012, he won the May Merit Award after a sizzling performance against Antrim in the SFC, at Clones, and he has done it again.


This time against Cavan, at Breffni Park, when astute manager Malachy O'Rourke tossed the Currin player into the heat of battle, as Monaghan were grimly beating off Breffni's stern challenge, Clerkin answered the call to arms and with his usual workmanlike style he rallied the troops in midfield.

His arrival on the field, in the 51st minute, coincided with Monaghan revival as the Farney fellows buttoned down the hatches and stormed on to victory.

“I was glad to get the call,” says Dick, who is Ireland's longest serving senior county footballer, “as I am not a good spectator. I wanted into the game but I didn't expect that my input would earn me this honour. I'm very pleased with it, indeed, and thankful for it.”

When he received the same honour for May 2012 he closed a family gap of 19 years for his uncle Ray McCarron had won the same award.

Quinn Products Area Manager Terry Fay presents Monaghan player Dick Clerkin with his UGAAWA May Merit Award’

Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick Photography.

UGAAWA chairman John Martin, winner Dick Clerkin, Terry Fay (Quinn Products), UGAAWA vice-chairman JP Graham.
Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick Photography.

Dick (33) has many honours packed into his 16 seasons in the Monaghan senior panel with an Ulster SFC medal among the most treasured. He's now hoping, of course, that more are to come before very long.

To receive the May Merit Award, he had to beat off the challenge of Tyrone All-Ireland U21 football winning captain Ciarán McGeary with Armagh footballer Amy Macken and Donegal hurler Patrick Henry also very much in contention.

Apart from the usual gifts of a Belleek Living Vase, O'Neill training gear and silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House, that the Merit Award winner gets, Dick Clerkin becomes the first person to also receive a packed medical kit from 3fiveTwo Belfast-based Kingsbridge Private Hospital

Dick Clerkin and his wife Alison admiring the Belleek Living vase which is part of Dick’s Merit Award.

Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick Photography.

The presentation was made at a reception in Quinn's Corner, Donaghmore, by Quinn's Product Area Manager Terry Fay, a Currin club colleague of the winner.


Dick Clerkin will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA 28th annual banquet at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, on Friday, November 13.

UGAAWA chairman John Martin, winner Dick Clerkin, Terry Fay (Quinn Products), Alison Clerkin, UGAAWA vice-chairman JP Graham.

Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick Photography.

May Merit winner Dick Clerkin is first to receive a Medical Kit Bag from Knightsbridge Private Hospital as part of the UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award.


Picture by Philip Fitzpatrick Photography.


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