Cavan footballers have been absent from our award winning list for a while but that gap is now filled as MARTIN DUNNE, after his free-wheeling
performance against Armagh in the USFC first round, nips in to take the spotlight.Dunne (24) had a dream senior championship debut as he fired over nine glorious points, with eight of them from play, in the Breffni men's 1-15 to
1-11 defeat of the Orchard County.It was an eye-catching performance from the Cavan Gaels' clubman who has hit nine points in games before.

John Martin and Garrett Mallon make the presentation to Martin Dunne.
Pic: Jim Dunne

"I'm delighted to get the Ulster GAA Writers' monthly award but it was a team performance. I have won a Man-of-the-Match award a few times, including for that game against Armagh. Awards are nice to get but you cannot win them without the help of your team mates," insists Martin.

The trainee accountant certainly got his figures right against Armagh but he had to beat off strong opposition to win the monthly award. The superb performance of Donegal's Patrick McBrearty in the defeat of Tyrone, as he cleverly set up two goals for his team mates and rifled over two points, himself, was another highlight of May.

UGAAWA members, John Martin and Sean McMahon, with Martin Dunne senior and his award winning son, Martin. Pic: Jim Dunne

Former monthly winner Caoimhe Mohan had support, too, after her performances with Monaghan and Ulster, scoring the winning point for the latter in the Interpro Championship, but in the end Dunne's pinpoint nine points were enough to sway the voting.

The Butlersbridge man is the first from Cavan to win the monthly award for his football alone since Seanie Johnston collected the honour for March 2008. Paul Brady was the winner in June 2010 for a combination of his football and handball performances that month.

At a reception in Quinn's Corner, Martin Dunne received his award of an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed and engraved silver cuff links from Omeath jewellery Garrett Mallon, training gear from O'Neill's
International Sports and a voucher from the Ulster GAA Writers' Association.

He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for next November's UGAAWA 26th annual banquet.

Garrett Mallon, Jewellers Omeath, presents the special cufflinks to Martin. Pic: Jim Dunne

All photographs © Jim Dunne