Shining A Light On Talent: Civic Awards Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean, has said the latest Mid Ulster civic awards shone ‘a light on talent’. Councillor Mclean was speaking at the event last Friday evening (19 November 2021) when a fashion designer, dancer and minor footballers from the Derry and Tyrone teams who were picked for the Electric Ireland team of the year in 2020 and 2021. Anna Byrne, a young fashion designer from Cookstown, has been making a name for herself on the big stage, after producing a winning design for the Miss Northern Ireland competition. Anna’s design will be worn by Miss Northern Ireland in Puerto Rico in the Miss World Pageant in December. The exceptional talent of dancer, Ellie McMenemy, was also recognised after she won the ‘Newcomer Teen World Champion 2021’ title in the World Championship in Blackpool earlier this year. A group of players representing the Derry Minor GAA team of 2020 received their awards after winning their county’s first All-Ireland Minor title since 2002 and being picked for the 2020 Electric Ireland Team of the Year. They were team captain Matthew Downey, Lee Brady, Mark Doherty and Lachlan Murray. Five members of the 2021 Tyrone minor team were also honoured after they each won a place on the 2021 Electric Ireland GAA Minor Team of the Year. They were captain, Cormac Devlin, Callan Kelly, Shea O’Hare, Ruairi McHugh and Ronan Cassidy. The civic award reception took place in the Burnavon theatre, Cookstown.