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Inspirational Shannon Graham is honoured to pick up Writers' award


By John Campbell

A superb display at midfield during Slaughtneil's victory over Galway and Connacht champions Sarsfields in the All-Ireland senior club camogie final has earned Shannon Graham the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association merit award for March.

Her inspirational performance and leadership underpinned the team's 1-10 to 0-11 victory that has helped earn them a richly-deserved place in the GAA history annals.

Achieving national prominence had certainly not been on the mind of the globe-trotting Shannon when she lined out in the final.

Indeed, she was focused on a trip to New Zealand where she is currently based and from where she expressed her delight at receiving the Writers' honour.

"I was stunned when I heard I had been chosen for the Writers' award because I felt that there were several other players in the team who would have been deserving of it," she revealed. "Having said that, to have now got this personal honour is something that I will certainly cherish."

The Slaughtneil ace had to fend off a stiff challenge for the award as Lurgan's Charly Shanks won the All-Ireland Senior Singles 40x20 handball final after suffering defeats in three previous finals, Rory Grugan proved a dynamic force in Armagh's ultimately abortive bid for promotion from Division Three and Davin Flynn produced stunning scoring exploits for the Donegal hurlers in their successful surge into Division 2B.

Shannon's parents Brian and Claire accepted the award on her behalf which incorporates an engraved Belleek Living Vase, specially hand-crafted jewellery from Carlingford Design House, training gear from O'Neill's International Sports plus two tickets to the next Writers' Association annual presentation function.

The presentation was made by Seamus McMahon, Sales and Marketing Director with Quinn Building Products and father of current Femanagh senior footballer James McMahon.

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