GAA Football

Ulster GAA Writers set to honour gaels

Tony McGee

The Ulster GAA Writers' Association (UGAAWA) will celebrate the highlights of 2018 at their annual Presentation Dinner on February 1 at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen when the association's yearly awards will be presented to over a dozen winners, covering all aspects of the GAA activity in Ulster during 2018.

Neither Sam Maguire or Liam MacCarthy silverware arrived in Ulster last year, of course, but there was a lot of success on the national stage just the same and there were, also, world titles in handball brought to the northern province.

However, as usual, the UGAAWA awards cover a much wider scene than just field activities as the voluntary aspect of the GAA is also represented among the prizes on offer with culturasl actrivities included, as well.

The camogie and handball awards don't necessary go to players as other deeds within those sports also come into play.

Every year, since the first UGAAWA annual dinner was held in the Greenan Lodge Hotel in Belfast in 1988, the supportive patrons in attendance have contributed handsomely to some charitable causes.

The upcoming event will be no different when a collection for a charitable cause, so far unnamed, will be held.

GAA personalities from far and wide attend the function on an annual basis and it will be the same next month in Enniskillen with among the guests being Fr Brian Darcy, himself a pretty handy man on the football fields in his younger days.

The following awards for 2018 will be made on the night: Male Footballer, Female Footballer, Hurler, Camogie, Handball, Personality, Young Achiever, Team, Club, Cultural, Communications, Services to the GAA and Chairman's Award.

Some tickets for the function are available for purchase at £25/€30

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