UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For February 2014

Darren is presented with his Belleek Living Vase by UGAAWA Chairman, John Martin.

“I made my debut in the qualifiers against Roscommon in 2012,” recalls McCurry (21). “I was delighted to get the chance and I’m prepared to work hard to keep in the panel. It is hard work but good and I’m enjoying it.”

Darren pictured with his Dad, Brendan, at the presentation function in Quinns Corner.

The Edendork plumber certainly enjoyed the month of February as he turned in sparkling performances against Derry and Mayo, finishing with a personal tally of 3-10 from the two fixtures. Against Mayo he hit an exquisite two goals that would have done a more experienced player great credit. For those displays Darren is honoured with the UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award.

Darren pictured with John Martin, UGAAWA Chairman; Mickey Harte, Tyrone Manager, and Paddy Hunter, Sport Q101 and UGAAAWA member.

Darren with Brian Curry, Edendork Club Secretary and Martin Morgan, Club Chairman and John Martin UGAAWA Chairman.

Darren pictured with Edendork Club members

To get the UGAAWA Merit Award, Darren beat off challenges from his goalkeeping colleague Niall Morgan, Creggan hurler Conor McCann and Antrim’s CJ McGourty.

The presentation was made at a reception in Quinn’s Corner with Darren receiving a donated engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed and engraved silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon and training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports. He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA 28th annual banquet next November, in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran.

All Pictures are © Peadar McMahon


Filling gaps created by retirements and injuries is always a major problem at senior county level. Tyrone have experienced that but a few young lions have stepped up to ease the problem.


There are none more capable of doing so than DARREN McCURRY who grabbed his chance when it fell to him. Last month, he proved that Mickey Harte’s decision to toss him into the white heat of the All-Ireland qualifiers was a wise move.

“I was pleased with those goals but it was a good team performance against Mayo,” he points out. “Of course, I’m very pleased, also, with this Merit Award and it gives me a great boost. Good stuff.”

Darren is used to winning awards as every season from U13 to minor grade he picked up trophies with his club and also collected Ulster and All-Ireland U18 medals with Tyrone. He hopes that U21 medals will follow to complete his underage collection