The victors of the Gaelic Games will have the honor of holding the Derek Brady Cup for a single year. This beautiful piece of Cavan Crystal was specially commissioned by the Brady family as a way of supporting a competition set up by their dearly departed youngest son. An exact replica of the Sam Maguire, it will spur players on to victory in Asia just as the original does in Ireland.
Derek was one of the founding members of the event and a leading light as a player for the Taiwan senior side. A native of Navan, Co. Meath, his family is actively involved in the Gaelic scene back in Ireland and many's the game he played himself for their local club.
On the field he was hard working, committed savvy player. These talents he also displayed in his personal life and he graduated from Dublin City University with an honors degree in International Marketing. Even before this he was hand picked by the computer company Acer Incorporated for a two-year stint as a marketing specialist in Taiwan, eventually to go back to a management position in Europe.
He wasted no time getting to grips with his new life in Asia. Within days he had found a soccer team to play for. Within months he had set up and was training a Gaelic football team. Liked by all, Derek was one of those who could inspire others to achieve their best. His soccer team, "The Red Lions" went on to win the Taiwan league in 1997 for the first time in their history in an effort to honor him.
Let us salute then now, as fellow players for this great achievement. Henceforth, the name Derek Brady will be forever associated in Asia with football of an Irish flavor so as to symbolize the qualities that the ideal player should possess, namely courage, dedication, loyalty to his team mates, a fierce hunger for winning, humility in victory, nobility in defeat.This ideal is not easy to come close to. Derek Brady came close enough, and shall be remembered for it.