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Martin and Michael O'Neill to be feted at UU graduations

By Staff Reporter

The Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland football team managers are to be recognised by the Ulster University.

Ballymena man Michael O'Neill and Kilrea's Martin O'Neill are to receive honorary degrees for their outstanding contributions in the field of sport. They are among 13 individuals who will be honoured at the 2017 summer graduations.

Former Ardoyne priest Father Gary Donegan of the Peace and Reconciliation Office, and Steve Coyle, CEO of AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, are to be recognised for their contributions to peace-building, while Sally O'Neill will be honoured for her overseas development work.

The Comptroller of New York State, Thomas DiNapoli, will be recognised for promoting US investment in Northern Ireland, and Patrick Yu, former CEO of the NI Council for Ethnic Minorities, for his contribution to the promotion of racial equality and multiculturalism.

For services to engineering, David Orr and Wendy Blundell are recognised, as is Peter Sachs for his contribution to teaching and research in digital electronics. Fr Harry Coyle, Sean Doran, John Irvine and Dáithí O' Ceallaigh are recognised for contributions to the international arts, journalism and Irish language respectively, and Richard Simms for his work as a sports agent.

Ulster University vice-chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon said each of the recipients has made "an indelible mark in their field".

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