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Donegal had a mixed bag in 2018, Michael Murphy tells gathering

Gaoth Dobhair star Odhran MacNiallais wins Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh award

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Gaoth Dobhair player Odhran MacNiallais the 2018 Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh award

Gaoth Dobhair star Odhran MacNiallais with the Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh award

Donegal had a mixed bag of a year, Donegal captain Michael Murphy told the gathering of the great and the good of Donegal GAA at the county's awards banquet in Donegal Town, on Friday night.

The Glenswilly man, who captained Donegal for the fourth time to Ulster championship success last summer, admitted the most disappointing thing of all in 2018 was losing to Tyrone and losing out on a place in the last eight of the championship.

“It was a mixed bag really” he told master of ceremonies Charlie Collins, in a question and answer session.

“We won the Dr McKenna Cup, got relegated in the league which was disappointing, regrouped for the championship and won Ulster.

“If someone had offered us that at the start we would have taken the hand off them. But then we lost to Tyrone in Ballybofey and that was hard to take, especially when you see Tyrone ending up in the All-Ireland final.

“We will regroup now and hope to build on last year next season and we will see where that takes us.”

Up to 250 supporters, club personnel and friends packed into the Abbey Hotel for the annual awards night.

Brian McEvoy CEO was the special guest and the Anglo Celt Cup, Dr McKenna Cup, Nicky Rackard Cup and the Buncrana Cup adorned the top table.

And as well as the annual awards the Donegal senior team were presented with their Dr McKenna Cup and Ulster Championship medals.

The Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh 2018 award was presented to Gaoth Dobhair player Odhran MacNiallais.

The award winners

Senior Footballer of the year: Eoghan Ban Gallagher

Senior Hurler of the year: Padraic Doherty (Burt)

Club Grounds award: Ard an Ratha

Senior Club of the year: Gaoth Dobhair

Intermediate Club of the year: Gleann Fhinne

Junior Club of the year: Red Hugh's

Lady Footballer of the year:  Yvonne Bonner

Gaeltacht Club of the year: Naomh Conaill

Outside Gaeltacht club of the year: Carn Domhnach

Service to Culture: Sharon McGinty (Gleann tSúilí)

Lifetime achievement: Sam Gallagher (Robert Emmetts)

Referee of the year: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill)

Handball award:  Avril McNamee (MacCumhaill's)

Appreciation award:  Dave Mulhern

Appreciation award:  Mick Murphy