Tyrone’s ‘Rising Star’ Darragh Canavan is Ulster GAA Writers Award Winner for August

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Tyrone GAA’s rising young star, Darragh Canavan, caught the eye of most analysts in the gaelic football season with his series of impressive displays as Tyrone GAA secured the first ever all Ireland Under 17 Football championship title.

Of course, that sensational goal in the final against Roscommon put the gloss on an otherwise excellent campaign, during which another crop of exciting young stars stood out in the Red Hand jersey.

There was little surprise then this week as the Ulster GAA Writer’s Association announced that Canavan is the Quinn Monthly Merit Award winner for August.

Tyrone won the new All-Ireland U17 Football Championship title, at Croke Park, against Roscommon and the Red Hand Number 11 was central to the success. He capped a great all-round performance with a sizzling shot to the western champions’ net to end a Roscommon comeback. It was surely a super score. “I don’t know if it was a super score or not,” said Darragh, “but I was certainly glad to see it go in. Of course, being the first winners of the competition makes it a bit more special.”

Darragh Canavan (right) receiving the UGAAWA August Merit Award from Quinn Building Products Tyrone and Derry area manager Marty McGrath (left) with UGAAWA chairman John Martin (centre) looking on. Pic by Jim Dunne.

Darragh is not aiming to emulate the deeds of his dad nor has he delved much into them. He was surprised to hear that Peter won the UGAAWA Monthly Merit Award a record seven times.

“I didn’t know that but dad’s deeds haven’t put any pressure on me. I am not aiming to emulate him. I just want to make my own way.”

Darragh won a Tyrone MFC medal with Errigal Ciaran, this year, and a MacLarnon Cup medal with St Ciarán’s Ballygawley, so the U17 All-Ireland medal completes a nice treble.

“I have the Ulster Club MFC to come, as well,” points out Darragh. “I’m also looking forward to playing in the MacRory Cup as St Ciarán’s will now play in that competition ”

The winner had to beat off a strong challenge from Lorcan McWilliams, who starred with Derry minors in their All-Ireland MFC semi-final defeat of Dublin, with Fermanagh teenager Eimear Smyth, who netted four goals plus seven points against Antrim in the Ulster LJFC final, also in the mix.

Darragh Canavan returned to St Ciarán’s, after his summer break, just hours before attending a reception in Quinn’s Corner, Donaghmore, to receive his Merit Award from former winner Marty McGrath, Quinn Building Products North Tyrone & Derry regional manager.

Darragh received an engraved Belleek Living Vase, specially designed and engraved silver cuff links from Carlingford Design House and training gear from O’Neill’s International Sportswear and will receive two tickets to our annual presentation function. Ulster GAA Writer’s Press Release – click here

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