Sales representative DARREN HUGHES certainly marketed his footballing talents during
last month with a number of fine displays with both Monaghan and Ulster, playing
the true captain’s role.
For his February action, Darren is named as the Quinn-direct Ulster GAA Writers’
Merit Award winner for the Leap Year month but admits his surprise at the honour.
“There were a lot of top games and very good performances, including Loughgiel’s
All-Ireland semi-final win and Liam Watson’s 17 points, so I am really surprised
at getting the Merit Award for February,” said Darren (25).
“Of course, I’m delighted. It is a great honour. I have been very aware of the monthly
Merit Award and I saw that Seamus Quigley won it for January. It is great to get
my name among the winners. It is really a privilege.”
It is only his second individual award, the other being named Man-of-the-Match in
the Monaghan final last year. However, that honour was somewhat blighted by the fact
that Scotstown was beaten by Latton.
“My only other awards have been the recent Railway Cup (Interprovincial Championship)
medal, a Sigerson Cup medal won with UUJ in ’08, a Compromise Rules medal and a Senior
League medal with my club,” he recounts. It is not too bad a list!
For his February 2012 Merit Award, he overcame the opposition of Owen Mulligan (Tyrone)
and Liam Watson (Loughgiel). The presentation was made to Darren, at a function in
Paudge Quinn’s Corner on Monday, March 5, by Quinn-direct Commercial Area Manager
The award includes an engraved Belleek Living vase, specially designed silver cuff
links by Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon, an UGAAWA Sports Voucher and training gear
from O’Neill’s International Sports. He will also receive two complimentary tickets
and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee banquet, at the Great Northern
Hotel on Friday, November 16.
Hughes is a firm supporter of the interpro series and hopes that it is better treated
and restored to a permanent place in the calendar.
Specially designed silver cuff links by Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon,
An engraved Belleek Living vase.
As a member of the Ulster GAA Writers Association I would like to congratulate Darren
on his award and thank him for the exciting play he has provided for us during his
contributions to Scotstown, Monaghan, Ulster and All-Ireland football. He is a worthy
winner of this monthly award. His family, including those around Emyvale, can be
truly proud of him.