Mid Ulster District Council has awarded 3 ‘Civic Honours’ in recognition of outstanding achievement at an all-Ireland, national or international level.
At an event last night (12 November 2018), 2 sporting groups – O’Donovan Rossa GAC and Slaughtneil GAC - and a local primary school were honoured.
The Rossa Gaels under 14s were acknowledged for their success at the 2018 Feile Peile na nOg where they beat Burren of County Down to take the Division 1 All-Ireland title.
They were among more than 8,000 players and more than 280 clubs from across Ireland - and beyond - who participated in the event.
The Slaughtneil camogs who made club and county history by winning 2 all-Ireland senior championship titles back-to-back, first in 2017 and then again in 2018, both times defeating Galway side Sarsfields, were also honoured for their achievements.
The final honour of the evening went to St Columb’s PS, Cullion, whose commitment to safeguarding so impressed NSPCC judges that the school was named not only NSPCC Childhood Champions School of the Year 2018 in Northern Ireland, but went on to win the ‘National School of the Year’ title for the whole of the UK.
Presenting the awards, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, said:
“There’s no shortage of success at an all-Ireland, national or international level in Mid Ulster and it was a pleasure to acknowledge each group’s individual achievements.
“However, collectively, they demonstrate the great breadth of talent, skill and community pride which is characteristic of Mid Ulster and an inspiration to others”.
The Civic Honours reception took place at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy.