Slaughtneil's Tina Hannon wins UGAAWA monthly award
THE year 2019 is one that Tina Hannon will not forget throughout the rest of her life. It is a milestone in her history that few players will ever match as the Slaughtneil camogie star reaps in personal awards and moves home permanently.
Offaly native Tina collected her fourth All-Ireland Championship medal last month when Derry champions Slaughtneil defeated Wexford winners St Martin's in the All-Ireland senior club final, at snowy Croke Park. That was her second All-Ireland medal collected with the 'Derry Girls'.
Those medals she added to two national county championship titles she won with Offaly in the 2009 All-Ireland Junior Championship and the 2010 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, before she settled in the Oak Leaf county.
For her performance on the '40' with Slaughtneil in the club decider the Letterkenny based Nurse Manager, scorer of 1-6, was named as Player of the Final but that didn't finish her accolades for her Croke Park display as she is now named winner of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Merit Award for March.
However, the highlights of 2019 are not yet finished for will-'o'-the wisp Hannon as she will get married in June to Derry footballer Patsy Bradley, a life changing occasion that will upstage all the rest..
“Yes, this is surely a year to remember for me,” enthuses Tina. “Things couldn't get much better or more exciting. Winning the All-Ireland with Slaughtneil – the club's third in a row but only my second – was superb and getting the Player of the Final award was something I didn't expect.
“After all, it is a team game and I have to thank all the other girls for helping me win the award but it is always very nice to win individual awards. I also have to thank the likes of Dominic McKinley, Damian McEldowney and Mickey Glover for the work they did with the panel.”
“I am, also, very pleased about winning the prestigious Ulster GAA Writers' Monthly Merit Award and I thank the members for awarding it to me for March. These trophies will look good on the shelf after we get married.”
She added: “I am still in a bit of a bubble after winning the All-Ireland title last month. The final was a great occasion despite then weather. I never played in conditions like that before. When we finished the match the ground was covered with a sheet of snow. “Certainly the last few years have been tremendous for me and this one is really special.
“Apart from winning the 2009 All-Ireland Junior title with Offaly, we reached the final the previous year, as well, but that was the last major defeat that I remember. Everything has been superb since then.”
Tina didn't always concentrate on camogie. In her younger days she excelled in athletics winning Offaly and Leinster medals and competing in All-Ireland championships but combining athletics and camogie got a bit too difficult, so she concentrated on camogie and can't have any great regrets about that.
March was a busy GAA month, of course, with others such as Donegal captain Michael Murphy, Shane McGuigan (Derry), Brandon Horan (St Michael's College, Enniskillen) and Aaron Mulligan (Ballybay Community College) all nominated for the Monthly Merit Award.
It was, however, Slaughtneil star Tina Hannon who was presented with the award by Quinn Building Products Sales & Marketing Director Seamus McMahon at a reception in Quinn's Corner.
The winner receives a specially engraved Belleek Living Vase, hand crafted jewellery from Carlingford Design House, and training gear from O'Neill's International Sportswear.