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Cav set for another honour

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Cav set for another honour thumbnailSean Cavanagh

FORMER Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh was presented with the Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award at the 2017 Canon Hayes National Sports Awards ceremony in the Great National Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary.

The awards, which are recognised as being one of the most prestigious in the country, celebrate sport on a local and national basis.

"The awards were inaugurated in 1996 and over the years have grown in importance and significance. This is attributable to the fact that they encompass all sporting disciplines and that they adequately reflect the top sporting achievements in any given year. In effect, they are a true barometer of the sporting year," says Canon Hayes chairman Martin Quinn.

And another Tyrone and Moy star, Harry Loughran, has been named as the Ulster GAA Writers Monthly Award winner.

The exciting attacker overcame adversity to push his way into the Tyrone senior squad and win an Ulster Intermediate Club medal with the Red Hand champions.

"I had back trouble that kept me out of football for four years and I missed the Tyrone minor and under-21 successes," he recalled. "When I finally recovered and got into the Tyrone panel I had a few other niggling injuries," he said.

"I was beginning to wonder if it wasn't going to happen for me but, thankfully, I am 100 per cent now and, hopefully, that will continue.

"Mickey (Harte) was very patient with me. I got in as a sub against Mayo in the league which pleased me greatly and, hopefully, I will get a few games in the McKenna Cup."

It was because of his sparkling form and score-taking with Moy in the Ulster Club IFC - he scored a wonderful goal against Newbridge - that he laid his claims to winning the Quinn Building Products-UGAAWA Merit Award for November.

"I hoped that this was going to be a big year for me and winning the Ulster club title, followed by this award, it has started very well, indeed," sid the Blackwatertown Primary School teacher, who has Armagh blood in his veins.

"My late grandfather, also Harry, played with Armagh against Down in an Ulster final which Down won and went on to take the All-Ireland title, as well. My uncle, Vinny, also played with Armagh and, now that I am teaching in Blackwatertown, I'm in line for some good natured banter," he laughed.

As his Monthly Merit Award, Harry receives an engraved Belleek Living vase, hand-crafted silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House, training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear and two tickets to the next UGAAWA Presentation Function, which will be held in the Four Season's Hotel Monaghan on Friday, February 2.

To win the award, Harry beat off strong claims from Mickey Moran, who continues to weave his magic with Slaughtneil footballers, while also under consideration were female footballers Laura McEnaney (Corduff) and Maura McMenamin (St Macartan's, Augher).

The presentation was made to the winner at a function in Quinn's Corner, Donaghmore, by former Fermanagh Allstar and Quinn Building Products Area Manager Marty McGrath.

Mewanwhile, outgoing  county chairperson Roisin Jordan paid tribute to recently retired Tyrone trio Sean Cavanagh, Joe McMahon and Justin McMahon in her address to county convention.

And she said winning the Ulster Championship and remaining in Division One of the National Football League was important for the Red Hands in 2017.

"It is my belief that we are bringing stability and this can only be good for the future of Tyrone and hopefully lead to the return of Sam Maguire to Tyrone," she said.

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