Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Stars of Ulster fight for silver seal of approval

The Ulster GAA Writers Association will mark its 25th anniversary in spectacular style at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on December 7.

And the highlight of the celebrations will be the unveiling of the Jubilee Ulster football and hurling sides, the members of which will be drawn from all the monthly and annual merit award winners since the Association’s inception in 1987.

“The cream of Ulster’s football and hurling talent has been honoured in the context of our awards scheme over the past 25 years and we feel that the two jubilee teams will reflect this tremendous level of talent,” says Writers Association chairman John Graham.

Ulster has enjoyed an unprecedented spell of success during the lifetime of the Association to date with the Sam Maguire Cup having come to the province on no less than eight occasions.

There were also numerous other All-Ireland triumphs at both county and club level which have been recorded.

“There is no doubt that the GAA in the province is more vibrant than ever and it has been eminently satisfying for the writers to have recorded what has been a catalogue of success for Ulster since the late Eighties,” said Graham.

“The silver jubilee banquet will afford us an opportunity to pay tribute to all of these players and also to mark the progress which has been made in many other areas.”

As well as the unveiling of the two jubilee teams — all the players will be presented with specially-commissioned trophies — the writers’ annual awards will also be presented.

These will embrace everything from the coveted Footballer of the Year accolade right through to Handball which brought Ireland world championship titles in October when Cavan’s Paul Brady and Belfast girl Aishling O’Reilly distinguished themselves superbly.

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