Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For August2015

There was a lot for the Ulster GAA Writers to ponder over when considering the winner of the Quinn Products Merit Award for August, with high powered events taking place over the entire range of GAA activities, stretching from World Championships to local club championships and covering all branches of the sport.

There were All-Ireland football and hurling quarter-finals and semi-finals and World Handball Championships mixed into the action. The list had to be narrowed down and it was the names of Paul Brady, Darren McCurry, Aisling Reilly and Aimee Macken that were left standing. Cavan man Brady created a world record of five consecutive Men's Open Handball titles, spanning 15 years, McCurry starred with Tyrone footballers, Macken did the same with Armagh ladies and Reilly retained the Ladies' Open Handball title and also won the Doubles.

John P Graham, Vice Chairman of the UGAAWA, Paul Brady, and Jerome Maguire, Sales Representative with Quinn Industrial Holdings at the presentation to Paul.

The gong came down on the side of Paul Brady because of his remarkable trail which culminated with a blitz of Diarmuid Nash in Canada last month. That completed a quintet of World Singles titles for Paul who then bowed out of the Men's World Open Singles, which are played only every third year. He will be 38 when the Alaskian Worlds take place.

Paul is no stranger to winning awards, of course, but he is grateful for any he receives and welcomes this one enthusiastically: “It is great to be recognised, personally, with so much activity during the month of August. It is a great honour to receive this monthly Merit Award, again, and I am very thankful. All awards are gratefully accepted,” he stressed.

It is not his first from the Ulster GAA Writers, either, as this is his EIGHTH Monthly Merit, dating back to December 1998, which puts him well clear at the top of the list with another record, like his world titles, that may never be beaten.

After winning in Calgary, Paul dashed back home to play a SF championship game with Mullahoran the next day but the match was postponed. However, it has now been played and Mullahoran won by two points. As his award, Paul receives the engraved Belleek Living vase, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports, specially designed silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House

Danny Brady, Paul’s father; Paul Brady; Shauna Gillick; and Lillie Brady, Paul’s mother, at the presentation function.

and  a medical kit bag from 3FiveTwo at Kingsbridge Private Hospital. He will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Banquet, on Friday, November 13, at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran.

The presentation was made to Paul Brady by Quinn Products Cavan area representative