Rugby legend Willie John McBride features in Honours list

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppFormer Ireland Rugby captain Willie John McBride has become a CBE in the New Year’s Honours. The Moneyglass man, who went on five Lions tours, is widely regarded as one of the great players and leaders of his era. There is an OBE for Northern Ireland and Manchester United goalkeeping legend Harry Gregg who lives […]

Willie John McBride
Willie John McBride in his playing days.

Former Ireland Rugby captain Willie John McBride has become a CBE in the New Year’s Honours.

The Moneyglass man, who went on five Lions tours, is widely regarded as one of the great players and leaders of his era.

There is an OBE for Northern Ireland and Manchester United goalkeeping legend Harry Gregg who lives in the north coast area.

Northern Ireland centre-back Gareth McAuley, from Larne, has become an MBE.

Other recipients with links to County Antrim include:

OBE

Mrs Deirdre Houston – Deputy Principal, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. For services to Integrated Education in Randalstown.

Mrs Marie Roulston – Executive Director, Social Work, Northern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Healthcare and Young People.

MBE

Mrs Maureen Allen – For services to the community in Ballymena.

Melanie Christie-Boyle – Chief Executive, Ballymena Business Centre. For services to the Economy in Northern Ireland.

BEM

Miss Margaret Wilson Brown – For services to Young People in Ballymena.

Mrs Joanne Elizabeth Rock – For services to people with breast cancer.

Mrs Glenda Rodgers McCormick – For services to the community in Bushmills, County Antrim.

Leonard Quigg – For services to the community in Northern Ireland.

Glenariffe-based storyteller Liz Weir – For services to the Arts and Education.

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The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, has congratulated all those recognised in the New Year Honours.

Almost 100 people across Northern Ireland and from a wide range of backgrounds, from healthcare and teaching, to business and sport, are among those set to receive honours from the Queen.

The Mayor said: “I am delighted so many worthy and deserved members of our community in Mid and East Antrim have been named in the New Year Honours.

“Each of them make an invaluable contribution to the lives of others in our borough for their inspirational, selfless and extraordinary efforts.

“I offer them all my warmest congratulations and gratitude for their efforts.”

 

 

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