Two promising Under-21 footballers – Emlyn Mulligan of Leitrim and Mayos Tom Cunniffe – have been honoured in the Connacht GAA Writers Personality of the Month awards scheme.
Mulligan, the free-Scóring star of Leitrims Connacht senior champions victory over New York, has been named as the award winner for May. He kicked 0-11, 0-10 from play, in the Gaelic Park clash that saw 2,500 Leitrim fans make the long journey across the Atlantic.
The Melvin Gaels man lined out for Leitrim in the Connacht U21 championship earlier this season, where they were beaten by a Mayo team that added the scalp of Roscommon in the Connacht final.
Centre half-back Tom Cunniffe (Castlebar Mitchels) was one of the Mayo stars of that provincial triumph, and he followed it up with a powerful display against Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final. After a great comeback, Mayo lost by just two points to the eventual champions, 1-9 to 1-7. Cunniffe picks up the April award.
The monthly award winners will receive their presentations at a special function in the TF Royal Theatre and Hotel, Castlebar, after the season is over. The winner of the Michael McDonnell Award for the Personality of the Year will be announced on this night.
The monthly winners to date in 2008 are Michael Meehan, Galway (January); Joe Canning, Portumna (February); and Andy Smith, Portumna (March.)
10-Jun-08 by ConnachtGAA.ie