Local individuals and teams were honoured by Mid Ulster District Council at a Civic Awards ceremony held on Monday, 19th September at the Terrace Hotel, Magherafelt.
It was the fifth civic awards event to be held this year by the Council which recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals, groups and organisations who are dedicated to helping others within the community or have accomplished personal goals.
A total of 12 awards were presented to a variety of recipients covering sports including GAA, Rugby and Football and individual success stories including educational and professional achievements.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair Mid Ulster District Council and host of the event said, “There are many deserving individuals and groups of people in our Community, who make a strong impression throughout the region. Their dedication and commitment is greatly valued by the Council and the community alike and these awards are a token of our appreciation.
“We are also extremely grateful to the nominators who have helped highlight the amazing efforts and accomplishments that these people and groups are doing in their local community.”
Individuals recognised at the Awards evening were: Maya Davidson ( age 11), a pupil of Howard Primary School in Dungannon, attained a perfect score of 64 out of 64 on all AQE transfer test papers. The AQE confirmed that she was the first child to ever get 100% across the board and she had come top of the 7,772 youngsters who sat the exams this year.
Ulster University's Dr Declan McKenna, a leading Doctor in Ulster University’s research team who have made a major breakthrough into prostate cancer, by investigating new methods for targeting prostate tumour growth.
Cliona Hagan, a very talented local country music singer, who was recently presented with the ‘Best Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish TV Country Music Awards which she co-presented with Malachi Cush on Irish TV and broadcast throughout the world.
The Council also presented awards to 3 other individuals - David Somerville, James Campbell and Alan McKeown - outstanding runners, who have for many years taken part in various running events at home and abroad – including numerous World Marathon Majors.
Clubs and teams acknowledged on the night were: Wolfe Tones GAA Bellaghy, Killeeshil GAA and Michael Davitt’s GAA Swatragh – for their outstanding winning performances with underage teams. And awards were also presented to Howard Primary School Football Team in Dungannon, well-known local Rugby Club Rainey Old Boys Under 16’s and The Three Counties of Mid Ulster Ladies Darts Team.