Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Joe Kernan: Just this once, I was in total agreement with the media!

I have in the past been known to take issue with what some journalists may have written about matches in which I was involved as a player or manager.

Happily, this has not happened on too many occasions. I have always believed that the GAA thrives on the oxygen of publicity and that justified criticism comes with the territory.

With championship matches receiving wall to wall publicity via every media outlet the GAA is being held up to scrutiny — warts and all.

This week, though, there wasn’t a hint of controversy or confrontation when I attended what proved a family party with a difference.

My son Aaron won the Quinn Insurance Ulster GAA Writers’ Association monthly merit award for May and was presented with his trophy at Quinn’s Corner, Ballygawley where mine host is the hugely popular businessman Paudge Quinn who scored Tyrone’s goal in the 1986 All-Ireland final against Kerry.

It was a pleasure for me to meet up again with Paudge who is Tyrone through and through but always has a warm greeting for the opposition!

In winning his award, Aaron became the fifth member of the Kernan clan to be similarly honoured joining his brothers Stephen, Paul and Tony along with myself in the honours list.

While there is a perception that individual awards and provincial championship titles carry little currency, those who subscribe to this belief should have witnessed the pleasure his award brought Aaron.

And they will only require a quick conversation with someone like Mickey Harte to learn that provincial titles are to be cherished when they are won.

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