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Grant to honour Northern Ireland-born 1912 Olympics hero

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has dug deep to honour an Northern Ireland-born Olympic hero.

The HLF has awarded a grant of £37,800 to Ballymoney Borough Council to recognise the achievements of the north Antrim Olympic gold medalist Kennedy Kane McArthur.

McArthur, who was born in the small village of Dervock just outside Ballymoney in 1881, went on to win Olympic gold for South Africa in the marathon event at the Stockholm Games in 1912. The money received will go towards a project that will celebrate the sporting achievements of McArthur, coinciding with the 2012 Olympics and will include a multimedia exhibition and resources for schools.

DUP MP Ian Paisley has expressed his delight at the decision: “This grant from the HLF is an extraordinary recognition of the achievements of our own north Antrim local hero.

“KK McArthur, the man who hailed from the small village of Dervock, has gone down in history as one of our greatest ever Olympians after his performance at the Stockholm Games.

“I can think of no better way in which to honour our Olympian,” he said.

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