Mid Ulster District Council held its fourth Civic Awards ceremony of 2017 this week to recognise formally the talent and achievement of local people.
In all, there were 17 awards distributed at the ceremony, which was hosted by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, at the Burnavon, Cookstown.
The focus of the night was definitely on sport with 16 award-winners from this field. The first two awards of the evening went to two local bowling clubs. Mid Ulster Bowling Team for winning the British Isles Top Team competition for an impressive 9th time, followed by Dungannon Bowling Club’s ladies team for claiming the McMaster Cup- the highest award in ladies bowls!
Boxing success came next. First up was Conrad Cummings for claiming the WBO European Middleweight Champion title in Edinburgh in March. Six members of Cookstown Boxing Club were awarded next. Jamie Johnston and Paul Hanna both reached the finals of the Irish championships in April while their club mates, Patrick McDonagh, Brooklyn McDonagh, Charles McDonagh and Guy Wallace all reached the semi-final stage.
The next batch of awards went to six members of Ren Bu Kan Judo club who were victorious at the Irish Master Open Championships, the All Ireland Senior and Junior Championships and the Irish Open Junior competition. Harry McGuigan, Michael Corr, Jonny Herron, Nancie Armstrong, Kyle Brennan and Finn McGurk all won gold medals.
The final award in the sport category went to Eglish Camogie Club for once again claiming the Ulster Intermediate Champions title.
Moving away from sport, the next and final recipient of the evening was Lauren McCrory from Galbally for winning the TG4 Glór Tíre music competition this year.
Speaking at the event, Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton said, “I became Chair of the Council less than a month ago and one of my commitments was to be out on the ground meeting the people who make this district what it is and so, it’s a particular pleasure so early in my term to have the opportunity also to recognise formally some of the talent and achievement of local people. There is certainly no shortage of either in the Mid Ulster area!
“I look forward to continuing to express our gratitude to the people who shine a positive light on our district and our community by recognising them at many other nights like tonight.”