Quinn Products UGAAWA MERIT AWARD For November 2015

John Martin and Terry Fay present Tony Kernan with the November Quinn Building Products UGAAWA Merit award.
Pic: Peadar McMahon

The GAA season seems to get longer and longer with top line matches still on the menu right up until Christmas and so it was in 2015 as November was headlined by the men's Ulster Club Football Championship final. All-Ireland club contests were also decided but it was from the former that our Quinn Building Products Merit Award winner comes.

Playing on the '40' Tony Kernan produced another sterling performance that prompted his Crossmaglen colleagues to go that extra yard in pursuit of glory and another Ulster title. It took overtime, of course, to shake off the determination and spirit of Scotstown but in those vital extra minutes, Kernan urged his team mates to even greater effort.

John Martin, Chairman of the UGAAWA, and Mark Bushe, Area Sales Manager of 3fivetwo group,  present the Belleek Living Vase to November Quinn Building Products UGAWWA Merit Award winner, Tony Kernan. Pic: Peadar McMahon

“We were pushed to the pin of our collar by Scotstown,” admits Kernan (29), a Retail Chartered Surveyor. “However, we always feel that we can get something out of a game and, thankfully, that attitude pulled us through. I'm delighted that I am the one chosen to receive this award but everyone pulled their weight. Still, it is nice to be the chosen one.”

November seems to be a special month for Tony Kernan. It is the second time that he has won the Monthly Merit Award, the last time being for his exploits during November 2010.

Now he and his colleagues look forward to the All-Ireland semi-final in February when they will play Connacht champions Castlebar, a tough assignment, reckons Kernan.

Tony with family members: brother Paul, Parents Joe and Patricia, and fiancee Sinead.
Pic: Peadar McMahon

“Castlebar will, certainly, be a tough team to handle. They are probably the best team in Ireland, just now, having beaten the reigning All-Ireland champions, Corofin, in the Connacht final,”  he points out.

Apart from his general leadership during the Ulster final, Kernan scored a neat left-footed goal and added six crucial points, as well, that inspired his colleagues.

Kernan has another big date in his diary as he weds Armagh lady footballer Sinéad McCleary next month and the honeymoon will be spent in Australia.

For his Quinn Building Products' Monthly Merit award, Tony beat off challenges from super-sub Jamie Clarke, Scotstown's Darren Hughes, Neil McAuley (Antrim) and Mickey Morgan who guided Rockcorry to Ulster JFC success.

The winner was presented with his award of an engraved Belleek Living Vase, training gear from O'Neill's Sports, engraved silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and a Medical Kit Bag from 3FiveTwo on behalf of Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Belfast. The presentation was made, at a function in Quinn's Corner, Dungannon, by Quinn Building Products Area Sales Manager Terry Fay.

Terry Fay, Quinn Building Products Area Sales Manager, presents the Belleek Living Vase to November Quinn Building Products UGAWWA Merit Award winner, Tony Kernan. Also in picture are: Mark Bushe, Sales Manager 3Fivetwo Group  and John Martin, Chairman UGAAWA.
Pic: Peadar McMahon