UGAAWA/QUINN INSURANCE MERIT AWARD FOR DECEMBER ‘11
“The boys’ event has been a tremendous success and the new tournament, which has
been sanctioned as a championship, has already given the girls a fantastic boost.
“It adds considerably to the county championships, just like the boys’ Ulster event
has done. Already there has been talk of establishing a girls’ U18 event in other
provinces.” Brian Coyle and his daughter Donna are members of the Antrim senior team
selection committee, as well as, managing their club U18s, while Brian also coaches
in a number of schools.
Not many people strike ‘gold’ twice but BRIAN COYLE has managed to do that.
Thirty years ago, he was the man behind the launching of the very successful Ulster
Club Minor Football Champions’ Tournament for boys and last month he repeated the
performance when he set the wheels in motion for a similar event for girls.For his
initiative and foresight in bringing the girls into line with the boys, Brian wins
ourQuinn Insurance/UGAAWA Merit Award for December 2011. Not only that, but, like
in 1982, he managed his club St Paul’s minors to victory. “This is a hell of an award
and I’m embarrassed to win it. It takes my breath away,” said Brian.
Brian Coyle being presented with the Quinn Insurance/UGAAWA's December Merit Award
by Quinn Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan and UGAAWA Chairman, John P Graham.
A few years ago he, as manager, guided the Antrim U18 boys to the Ulster final where
they lost to eventual All-Ireland winners Tyrone.
The presentation to Brian was made at a reception in Quinn’s Corner, Dungannon, by
Quinn Insurance Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan. The winner receives an engraved Belleek
Living vase, specially designed silver cuff links by Omeath jeweller Garrett Mallon,
training gear from O’Neill’s International Sports and an UGAAWA Sports Voucher. He
will also receive two tickets and overnight accommodation for the UGAAWA Silver Jubilee
banquet next fall.
For the award, Brian edged out former Cavan chairman George Cartwright who has published
the definitive record of Cavan football, Breifne Abú, and Glen midfield star Emmett
Bradley who captained his minor colleagues in two successful games last month.
St Paul's Treasurer Paul Cooper, Donna Coyle, Award Winner Brian Coyle, Quinn Insurance
Sales Manager Gráinne Kiernan, Aine Turbidy, St Pauls Ladies Captain with Cup and
Club Coach ,Pearse McCotter.