Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For June 2017

Eamon Burns has endured the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune since the start of the year but the Down manager has received a timely boost as he heads into Sunday’s Ulster final against Tyrone. He is named the winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association Merit Award winner for June.
If the 1991 and 1994 All-Ireland medal winner endured frustration, disappointment and trauma earlier in the year, as players left his squad and the future proved uncertain, then recent weeks have brought redemption on a significant scale. His team maintained their status in Division Two and then produced stunning displays last month to terminate the Ulster Championship title hopes of Armagh and Monaghan.
Cast in the role of complete outsiders against Monaghan in particular, Down answered their critics in spectacular fashion, their skill, courage and character underpinning an unforeseen win that also helped to further galvanise the province’s flagship competition.

Undoubtedly, Burns' leadership and planning was central to that surprise performance, the modest man, clearly delighted to have won the writers’ honour, is certainly not slow to apportion credit where he feels it belongs.

“While I am obviously thrilled to be recognised in this way, I am accepting the trophy as a recognition of what the team has achieved. The players have been putting in a huge effort that has taken them into the Ulster final, in which we will be meeting a very good Tyrone side. That is a big challenge for us but one which we relish,” insists Burns.

His tactical planning, motivational rhetoric and clever deployment of substitutes have helped to hoist Down, a county that has not won the Ulster title since 1994, onto a new pedestal.

To win the award, Burns had to fend off a strong challenge from Tyrone ace Colm Cavanagh, who was magnificent in his team’s win over Donegal, Darragh O’Hanlon and Áine Canavan, daughter of the 'legendary', who has been on fire with the Tyrone ladies team, and James Smith, the Cavan minor midfielder.

Burns received his award from Conrad Cadden, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator Quinn Building Products, at a function in the Armagh City Hotel.

As well as, the impressive Belleek Living Vase, Burns also receives hand crafted Silver Cuff Links from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O'Neill International Sportswear plus two tickets to the next UGAAWA annual presentation function.

Conrad Cadden, Sales and Marketing Coordinator with Quinn Building Products, presents the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Merit Award to County Down Senior Football manager, Eamonn Burns. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Conrad Cadden, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Quinn Building Products, presents the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers  Monthly Merit Award to Eamonn Burns, Down Senior Football Manager. Also in picture is Sean McCaffrey Ulster GAA Writers. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Down GAA Pro, Fiona Murphy, with Eamonn Burns, County Down Senior Football Manager, as he is presented with the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Merit Award for June by Conrad Cadden, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Quinn Building Products. Pic: Peadar McMahon

Eamonn Burns is congratulated by team member, Peter Turley.  Pic: Peadar McMahon