September was certainly a month of recognising achievement in Mid Ulster with three civic ceremonies taking place!
Over the month two Civic Awards ceremonies as well as a Civic Reception were held.
All three events were hosted by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton.
The first event, a Civic Awards evening, took place on the 11th September at Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House, Dungannon.
This was a very special awards ceremony as it recognised five groups within the district who had received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The award which is described as “the MBE for volunteer groups”, recognises “outstanding work” in the community “over many years”. The local groups awarded were: Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, Military and Police Support West Tyrone (MAPS), Superstars Club Cookstown, The Hub and The Niamh Louise Foundation.
On the 15th September a Civic Reception took place at the Burnavon Cookstown to recognise 10 recipients - businesses, charities and individuals - for their outstanding achievements and contributions in various fields notably business and sport.
Recipients were: FP McCann for receiving Gold for their work on the Magherafelt Public Realm Scheme and Silver for the Newtownards scheme at the Considerate Constructors National Site Awards 2017, Specialist Joinery Group for receiving the Manufacturer of the Year Award at the 2017 Mixology Awards in London, Cunningham Covers for receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017.
The Mid Ulster MS Society for winning the MS Society Group Award 2017, Border Communities against Brexit for winning the European Citizens Prize 2017, Johann Muldoon MBE for winning the Best Woman Architect 2017 award, teacher at Sperrin Integrated College Laura McCloskey for winning the Silver Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year at the 2017 Pearson Teaching Awards.
Nine-year-old gymnast Jack Eakin for being crowned the Irish National Champion at Elite level 1 at the 2017 Irish National Championships in Dublin, Francis Quinn from Cookstown Boxing Club for taking the All Ireland Youth Champion title and darts player Kyle McKinstry for taking home the 2017 singles crown at the Red Dragon Six Nation’s Darts Championship.
The final event, another Civic Awards ceremony, took place on the 18th September at Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy and recognised young sportspeople of the area.
Four teams and one individual were awarded. Recipients were: St Mary’s College Clady for winning the Ulster Colleges Rosina McManus Shield, St Patrick’s Maghera for winning the D’Alton Cup, St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt McCrory Cup team for winning the title, the school’s Under 14 Ladies team were also awarded for winning the Ulster Champions Masita Cup, and pupil at the school, Oisin McGurk was awarded for being named the prestigious Sky Living for Sport ‘Student of the Year for Northern Ireland’.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, said: “The fact that three awards ceremonies took place in the month of September alone is sheer testament to the level of talent and achievement that exists within the district and I feel it is our duty to shine a light on these successes and pay tribute to them.”