McLaughlin takes top Ulster award as 102 year old Jack Hannigan is honoured

Geraldine McLaughlin

Lively 102 year-old Jack Hannigan was the star of the show at the annual Ulster GAA Writers Awards in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran last night.

The feisty Sean MacCumhaill’s club- man was given the Services to GAA Award and was hugely popular with the large crowd in a witty interview which was played over the big screen at the function.

Jack said he never drank but once took poitin for medicinal purposes and told how he always bought a new car and still drove to MacCumhaill Park regularly to keep an eye on matters.

Termon Ladies Footballer Geraldine McLaughlin picked up the Female Footballer of the Year Award.

McLaughlin hit 2-7 in July's Ulster Final win over Monaghan to help Donegal to first ever senior provincial crown.

Tyrone also featured in the awards with their Under 21 footballers picking up the team of the year gong and Mattie Donnelly from Trillick just missed out to Conor McManus for the Male Footballer of the Year Award with Fermanagh’s Sean Quigley, the other nominee.

And Killyclogher’s Mark Bradley picked up the Young Acheiver’s award.

Meanwhile Tyrone hurling captain Damian Casey made a great night for Tyrone as he was given the Hurler of the Year title as he held off a challenge from Derry’s Paddy Henry and Brian MacLaughlin whose father Liam is a Donegal native.

Unsurprisingly, the hugely versatile Slaughtneil was given the club of the year award for their epic contribution to all aspects of the GAA in county Derry.

Another south Derry club, Ballinderry were also in the running for this award.

Fermanagh native Malachy O’Rourke was given the Personality of the Year Award.