Brendan McDyre presented with Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh

Before County Convention this evening, Charlie Collins presented the Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh award for the player of the Donegal Championship 2022 to Naomh Conaill’s Brendan McDyre on behalf of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Brendan made his senior championship debut in 2005 and has been a vital part of a the club’s many successes over the last seventeen years. No more so than this year when he gave a brilliant performance, scoring three points, in the final against St Eunans.

The Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh award is presented each year to the player of the Donegal Championship, as selected by a committee sports journalists in the county, chaired by Damien Ó Dónaill, Regional Manager of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. Damien Ó Dónaill, said: “McDyre’s performance in this year’s championship final was superb, and he had a huge role in the other championship matches too despite grappling with injury. He has given a long and dedicated service to his club, and his performance in this year’s final showed that his love and commitment to his club and parish remain undimmed.  Congratulations to Brendan, and my thanks to the Donegal sports journalists who came together to make the selection for this year’s award recipient.” Geraldine Diver was on hand to record the event and the cover pictures shows Brendan with Damien and some of Donegal’s leading sports journalists – Charlie Collins, Frank Craig, Gerry McLaughlin and Tom Comack. Below are pictures of Brendan with his family and with representatives of the Naomh Conaill club at tonight’s County Convention.



Broadcaster Séamus Mac Géidigh was synonymous with Donegal GAA, and the voice of Gaelic Games in that county until his untimely death in 2016.  This award was established to honour his memory.  Recipients to date are Michael Murphy, Mark McHugh, Odhrán Mac Niallais, Ciarán Thompson and Caolan Ward.  The award was created by sculptor Redmond Herrity using Donegal Granite carved in the shape of Errigal, with an image of Séamus Mac Géidigh engraved to the front.