Mid Ulster District Council held its third Civic Awards ceremony of 2017 this week to recognise those in the district who have made an outstanding contribution to sport, music and business.
In all, there were nine award-winners at the ceremony, which was hosted by the Chair of the Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson, at The Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House, Dungannon.
The largest category of the evening was sport with seven local individuals and teams being awarded for their accomplishments. Five cyclists were awarded for their recent success, three of which hailed from the same family! Darren, Adam and Aliyah Rafferty from Island Wheelers scored a hat-trick at the recent Youth Cyclo-Cross Championship with Darren claiming the Under 14 Champion title, Adam taking Gold in the Under 12 category and Aliyah claiming the Under 10 girls’ title.
The success for Island Wheelers continued as Maria McAllister also had reason to celebrate at the same competition having secured Silver in the Under 14 Girls’ Championship Race. The final cyclist, Nathan Weir took home Silver in both the Ulster 25 and 10 mile time trial championships.
The final two recipients in the sport category were two local GAA teams. Stewartstown Harps for winning the Tyrone Under 21 Championship and the Fianna Coalisalnd ladies team for claiming the 2016 Junior County Champions title.
In the music category there was only one recipient- Donaghmore Scór na nÓg group were awarded for claiming the Ulster Scór na nÓg title for the second year in a row!
Dylan Gillespie was the sole award-winner in the business category. Dylan did the Clogher Valley proud when he was named runner-up in the Premier Butcher Competition.
Speaking at the event, Chair of the Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson said, “In my time as Chair, I have been fortunate enough to be in this position at least half a dozen times and on each occasion, I have been impressed by the sheer range of skill, talent and achievement evident in the people of Mid Ulster.
“Having the opportunity to meet some of these people and to recognise their successes in small ways has been one of the highlights of my year in office and, as I come to the end of my term, I can also say they’ll count among some of the most memorable moments too.”