October this year was an unusually high profile month with Ulster and All-Ireland finals decided in football, hurling and camogie Picking a Merit Award winner wasn't easy. But, as usual, after some arguments, a winner was selected, Castleblayney’s EDWIN MURPHY.

He didn't play in any of the finals but he did play with Castleblayney in the AIB Ulster Club championship quarter-final against Enniskillen Gaels on his home patch and in front of his admiring fans turned in as solid an hour's football as anyone would wish for. Add to that however one flash of genius and it was that which tipped the scales in Edwin's favour - his solo goal some ten minutes into the second half when he took the ball from deep in his own half of the field and after a great run finished to the Gael's net to turn the game in The Faughs' favour and help the Monaghan champions into the semi-finals.

Edwin (29), an accountant, won his eighth senior county championship medal this year and in the county final played his 40th Monaghan SFC game. On Sunday last, November 4th, against Mayobridge, he played his 17th Ulster club championship game having made his Ulster club debut against St Gall's (Antrim) back in 1990, a year that also saw him make his senior county debut with Monaghan, later captaining the Oriel men to All-Ireland 'B' Championship success in '98.

Edwin Murphy got the nod for the October award narrowly ahead of Tyrone Under-21 captain Cormac McAnallen and Cavan Gaels' midfield man Enda King. At a function on Wednesday, November 7, in the Ulster Brewery, Edwin was presented with sports vouchers from Bass Ireland and Fila plus an engraved Belleek China vase and two tickets to the Ulster GAA Writers' banquet which takes place in Bundoran on Friday November 16th

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