The GAA season is now a 12 months affair with no lack of activity in any given month, including December so that stretches our Monthly Merit Award right across the entire year.

December 2012 was no exception with plenty of activity to consider including the Ulster Club SFC final, the All-Ireland Ladies’ Club SF decider and the Ulster Club MF and Ulster Club U21 Hurling annual events all to be searched for a winner – making it difficult to come up with the recipient of the award.

However, it was Crossmaglen attacker KYLE CARRAGHER who got the gong, just ahead of Sharon Courtney (Donaghmoyne) and St John’s Conor Johnston, as the Rangers’ player had a big say in his team’s defeat of Kilcoo in the provincial decider.

“It is great to be acknowledged in this way,” enthused the Castleblayney Filling Station manager when told of his award. “It is a very good way to start the new year and it certainly gives me a boost before the All-Ireland semi-final, against St Bridget’s from Roscommon next month.”

It is not the first time that Kyle attended the UGAAWA monthly presentation. He was along with other Rangers’ players when they were collecting the award.

“I thought how great it was for them to get such an honour and I wondered if I would ever get the award. I was with Jamie (Clarke) when he got his and, probably, he is now thinking that he should have got this one, too,” cracked Kyle (24) who has been in the Crossmaglen panel for six years.

He scored just one point during the defeat of Kilcoo but it what he contributes to general play that stamps him out in many games. He normally wears the No 10 jersey but, often as not, plays at corner-forward.

Kyle Carragher with group of Crossmaglen players and members.
Pic: Oliver McVeigh.

UGAAWA Merit Award winner Kyle Carragher with dad, Francis, and mum, Bernie.
Pic: Oliver McVeigh

Kyle receives his award from UGAAWA Chairman, John Martin.
Pic: Oliver McVeigh

As his award, Kyle receives an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed silver cuff links from Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports and an UGAAWA sports voucher. He will also receive an invitation to the UGAAWA 26th annual banquet towards the end of this year.


Kyle Carragher with team colleagues Kernan Brothers and David McKenna.

Pic: Oliver McVeigh.