It just had to be a Tyrone player for our September award but which one was the decision – that was the big question that had to be debated. Debated it was and in the end the gong fell in favour of SEAN CAVANAGH.

That is no great surprise, I’m sure, you will agree as the mighty Moy man produced a performance par excellence, particularly in the closing quarter of the All-Ireland final. His killer points against Kerry made certain that the Sam Maguire Cup was returning to Tyrone for a third time this decade.

This is fantastic news, brilliant,” was Sean’s reaction when told of the award. “It’s my first time to win it and I appreciate it greatly.

Recently he has collected other personal awards for the first time and it is a tribute to his team play that he doesn’t hog the limelight during high profile games.

Even if he hasn’t got a load of individual awards he has collected quite an array of big time trophies during his career. He now has three All-Ireland SFC medals, one All-Ireland and one Ulster MFC medal, two Ulster U21 trophies and a Dr MacRory Cup medal won with St Patrick’s College, Armagh.

His appointment as captain of the Irish International Rules team for the forthcoming series in Australia is certainly another notable notch on his belt.

“I’m certainly very happy with the way my football career has developed to date and this Merit Award greatly enhances my collection of honours,” says 25-year-old accountant Sean who fought off a challenge from his county manager Mickey Harte and county team colleague, Justin McMahon for the Tennent’s Merit Award.

Also commended on their All-Ireland final appearances in ladies’ football during September were the Monaghan (senior) and Derry (junior) teams.

As his award, Sean Cavanagh received a Tennent’s Sports voucher, an engraved Belleek China vase, specially designed silver cuff links by Omeath jeweller Gareth Mallon, training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports and an invitation to the Ulster GAA Writers’ 21st annual banquet in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, on November 1.

The presentation was made at a function in the Ulster Brewery in Belfast on Wednesday, October 8 by Joe McGrane (Regional Account Manager) Inbev Ireland.

TENNENT'S/UGAAWA MONTHLY MERIT AWARD September 2008

Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, who received the Ulster GAA Writers ‘Tennent’s Merit Award for September, with Joe McGrane, Regional Manager, Inbev Ireland, on left, and Chairman of the Ulster GAA Writers Association, Sean McMahon, on right.

Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh /SPORTSFILE

Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh, who received the Ulster GAA Writers’ Tennent’s Merit Award for September, with Joe McGrane, Regional manager, Inbev Ireland.

Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE