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Co Armagh rugby ace Rory Best awarded OBE

Happy hooker: Poyntzpass legend named in Birthday Honours List

Co Armagh rugby legend Rory Best has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced tonight (Friday).

The Poyntzpass sporting ace was named in April as one of 11 players to line out for Warren Garland’s 41-man squad for the British and Irish Lions tour.

Since taking over the captaincy of Ireland, Rory Best has overseen an historic run of results for his country, culminating in this second Lions Tour.

It was a huge honour for the 34-year-old to have been selected for the tour which began in New Zealand 13 days ago.

But another honour has now been added for Rory Best – his date to rub shoulders with Royalty at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours have been revealed tonight, with Rory picking up his gong for services to rugby.

The award will make him one happy hooker!”

His is one of 18 OBEs to have been awarded.

The full list of those named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, in all categories, is as follows:

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Award Title Forenames Surname Gazette Citation
CBE Mr John Edward CUNNINGHAM Managing Director, Camlin Ltd. For services to the Business Community in Northern Ireland.

 

CBE Professor Norma Margaret DAWSON, QC

 

Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. For services to Legal Education and the Development of the Legal Profession in Northern Ireland.

 

CBE Mr Bernard Cornelius MCCAUGHEY

 

Director of Rehabilitation, Northern Ireland Prison Service. For public service.

 

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Award Title Forenames Surname Gazette Citation
OBE Mr Rory BEST For services to Rugby.
OBE Mr Michael CECIL Chairman, Rathlin Development and Community Association. For services to Community Development on Rathlin Island.

 

OBE Mr Hugh CONNOR Director, Centre for Effective Services. For services to Social Care.

 

OBE Mr James Gareth COOPER Chief Executive, Middletown Centre for Autism Ltd. For services to Children with Special Educational Needs.

 

OBE Professor Margaret

Elizabeth

CUPPLES Professor of General Practice, Queen’s University, Belfast and General Practitioner. For services to Higher Education and Healthcare in Northern Ireland.

 

OBE Mr Colm Francis DAVIS Principal, Tor Bank School. For services to Children with Special Educational Needs.

 

OBE Professor Christopher Trevor ELLIOTT Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queens University, Belfast. For services to the Agri-Food Supply Chain.

 

OBE Dr Caro-Lynne Tanya Mary FERRIS Director, Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland. For services to Countryside Recreation in Northern Ireland.

 

OBE Mr Julian Keith GETTY For services to Music and Modern Hymn Writing.
OBE Mr William GOWDY Director of Engineering Procurement, Northern Ireland Water. For services to Civil Engineering and Education.

 

OBE Miss Mary Winifred Gloria HUNNIFORD For services to Cancer charities through Breast Screening Services and Cancer Support.

 

OBE Mr Norman Robert LYNAS Chairman, Lynas Foodservice. For services to the Business Sector, to charity and the community in Northern Ireland.

 

OBE Mrs Catherine Brenda MCCALLUM

 

Director, Rural Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Government and the community.
OBE Dr Elizabeth MITCHELL Chief Executive, Institute of Public Health in Northern Ireland. For services to Public Health.

 

OBE Mr Graham SHIELDS Lately, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland. For services to Electoral Democracy.
OBE Mr David Rutherford STEWART Business Unit Head, H.M. Revenue and Customs.  For services to the Promotion of Investment in Northern Ireland.
OBE Mr Austin William TREACY

 

Governor, Northern Ireland Prison Service. For services to Reducing Re-offending and Community Safety.
OBE Professor Mahendra Pratap Singh

 

VARMA For services to Cardiology in Northern Ireland.

Members of the Order of the British Empire

Award Title Forenames Surname Gazette Citation
MBE Miss Judith Elizabeth ALLEN For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mr Ralph Gunther BAUER Chair, Franklin Group. For services to Textiles Manufacturing in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mrs Gwyneth Noelle BUCHANAN Sergeant, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to Policing and the community in Northern Ireland.
MBE Mr John Murray CAMERON Trustee, RUCGC Foundation. For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mr William James CAMPBELL For services to Agriculture.
MBE Mr Robert James Kennedy

 

CARDWELL For services to the RNLI and the community in Northern Ireland.
MBE Mrs Elizabeth Iris CORRY Volunteer, The Salvation Army. For charitable services to the community.

 

MBE Mr Alan CORRY-FINN Vice President of Trustees, Northern Ireland Hospice and Director of Nursing, Primary Care and Older People, Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing.

 

MBE Mr Steven DAVIS Captain, Northern Ireland Football Team. For services to Football.
MBE Mr John Joseph DONNELLY Chairman, SDC Trailers. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Alderman Allan George EWART For services to Local Government and the community in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Ms Elizabeth GRIFFITH Policy Officer, Law Centre NI. For services to Vulnerable People.

 

MBE Dr Robert William HARDEMAN Deputy Chair, NI Science Industry Panel. For services to the Advanced Manufacturing, Materials and Engineering Sector in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mrs Dian Joyce HEANEY For voluntary service to the community in Craigavon, Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mr Columb HENRY JP DL For services to the community in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Ms Alyson HOGG Founder and Owner, Vita Liberata. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Ms Mary Elizabeth

(Moya)

JOHNSTON Group Vice President, OEM Businesses, Survitec Group Ltd. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mr Maurice William LEE For services to Scouting in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Ms June Martha Marshall LOGAN For services to Disability Sport.

 

MBE Mrs Anne Irene LOVE Volunteer Manager, Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to the community in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mrs Jennifer Ann MARSHALL Principal, Belmont Nursery School, Londonderry. For services to Education.

 

MBE Mrs Laura MCCARTNEY Assistant Director, Employment Services, Disability Action. For services to Disabled People and their Families in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Pastor John MCKEE Pastor, New Life City Church and Director of City Life Centre. For services to the community in the Shankill and Falls area in Belfast.

 

MBE Dr Sharon Elizabeth Anne MCMURRAY For services to Children with Literacy Difficulties and to those with Special Educational Needs.

 

MBE Ms Johann Cathy MULDOON For services to Business and Architecture.

 

MBE Mr Fergal Joseph O’BRIEN For services to Social Work Practice.

 

MBE Mr James Ernest PERRY For services to the community in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
MBE Mr John Raymond Cochrane POLLOCK For charitable services to the community.
MBE Mr Jonathan REA For services to Motorcycle Racing.
MBE Ms Margot ROBERTS Lately Administrative Director, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. For services to Medical and Dental Education.

 

MBE Dr Cherith SEMPLE Macmillan Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialist, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing.

 

MBE Mrs Michele SHIRLOW Chief Executive, Food Northern Ireland. For services to the Food and Drink Sector in Northern Ireland.

 

MBE Mr Hugh Robert James TOTTEN For services to the community in Northern Ireland.
MBE Mrs Carol WALKER Director, Somme Association. For services to Commemoration and Reconciliation.
MBE Mr Robert James Barton YOUNG Chair, Board of Governors, Foyle College and Governor, Ebrington Primary School. For services to Education in Northern Ireland.

 

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire

Award Title Forenames Surname Gazette Citation
BEM Mr Fergus Allan BARKLIE For services to Tennis
BEM Miss Valerie BLACK For services to the community in Cookstown, County Tyrone
BEM Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Mary BROWN For services to Music in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr Clifford

Keith

BURNS For services to the community in Newtownards, County Down

 

BEM Mrs Elizabeth Marilyn CAMPBELL For services to the Girlguiding in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr Alan Alexander CLARKE For services to the community in Northern Ireland through Dance Education

 

BEM Mrs Jean CLARKE For services to Riding for the Disabled Association, Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr John James COCHRANE For services to Sport and the community in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Miss Mandy CUNNINGHAM For services to Bowling
BEM Mr Joseph Henry CURRY For services to Charitable Fundraising in County Tyrone

 

BEM Mrs Mary DIAMOND For services to Cancer Support
BEM Mr Mervyn John DOUGAN For services to Older People in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mrs Pamela Joyce DRUMMOND For voluntary service
BEM Mrs Margaret Elizabeth GALBRAITH For services to foster care in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mrs Priscilla Lyons GAMBLE For voluntary service to the community in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr Phillip Robert GILLESPIE For charitable services in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr Alastair GILMORE For services to Higher Education and to the community in Antrim, Northern Ireland
BEM Mr Samuel Johnston GRAY Organist and Choirmaster, Ballyholme Presbyterian Church Bangor, Northern Ireland. For charitable services.
BEM Mrs Joan Thelma GREEN Chair, Homestart Craigavon. For services to Children and Families in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mrs Eileen Alicia HAMILTON For services to the community in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mrs Marie HAWTHORNE Escort for Lord-Lieutenant Cadets, Northern Ireland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. For voluntary service to the Army Cadet Force.
BEM Mrs Elizabeth HUESTON Writer. For services to the community in Portglenone, County Antrim
BEM MR James George Francis William

 

LESLIE For voluntary service to Police Welfare in Northern Ireland
BEM Mr Ian Bradley MACDONALD For services to Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the community in Lisburn

 

BEM Mr Joe MAHON For services to charity and Cross Community Relations in Fermanagh
BEM Mr Edward MARCUS Chairman, Maysfield Support Group. For services to the Cancer Fund for Children

 

BEM Mr Samuel James MAWHINNEY Director, Denholm Fish Selling Company Ltd. For services to the Fishing Industry and community in County Down

 

BEM Mrs Elizabeth MCCANN For services to Criminal Justice
BEM Mrs Mary MCCARTHY For voluntary service
BEM Mr Ian McDONNELL For services to the community in the Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr James Duncan McKay McNEILL For services to the community in Broughshane and the Glens, Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mr Arthur Alexander MITCHELL For voluntary service to the Ex-Service community in Lisburn

 

BEM Mr David Henry MONTGOMERY Member, Ballymena Combat Cancer Group. For services to Cancer Sufferers in Northern Ireland
BEM Mr Cornelius Peter O’HARE Caretaker, Southern Regional College, Newry West Campus. For services to Further Education in Northern Ireland

 

BEM Mrs Marie RAFFERTY For services to the community in Newry and Mourne

 

BEM Miss Agnes Margaret RINGLAND Lately Postmistress, Crossgar Post Office. For services to the community in Crossgar, County Down

 

BEM Mr Robert Philip SCOTT For services to Young People through the Scout Association
BEM Mrs Margaret STEWART Guide Leader and Volunteer. For services to the community in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone

 

BEM Mrs Priscilla Carol STIRLING For services to Youth Sport in Carrickfergus

 

BEM Mr Alan Frederick STURGEON For services to Rugby
BEM Mr Samuel

James

THOMPSON For voluntary service to the community and ex-Service Personnel in Portadown
BEM Sister Annie Grace WATT For services to Peace and Reconciliation in Larne

 

Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)

Award Title Forenames Surname Gazette Citation
QPM Mr Nigel FORSYTHE Detective Chief Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland, For services to Policing.
QPM Mr Douglas Gareth WILSON Sergeant, Police Service of Northern Ireland, For services to Policing.
QPM Mr William Thomas Colin MONTEITH Detective Sergeant, Police Service of Northern Ireland, For services to Policing.

Queen’s Ambulance Medal (QAM)

Award Title Forenames (s) Surname Gazette Citation
QAM Mr George STOTT Training Officer, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

 

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