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The Open University honours Mickey Harte

Mickey Harte who will receive his honour from The Open University, Picture by Declan Roughan.

TYRONE gaelic football manager Mickey Harte is to be honoured by The Open University (OU).

Mr Harte is receiving the Doctor of the University at a ceremony in Croke Park in Dublin in recognition of "his exceptional contribution to education and culture".

The OU makes honorary awards in line with its mission "to be open to people, places, methods and ideas, and the promotion of social justice through the development of knowledge and skills".

A former teacher, Mr Harte is best known for his time managing the Tyrone Senior GAA team. Over 15 seasons he led the team to numerous successes, including the county's first All-Ireland title in 2003, followed again by victory in 2005 and 2008.

"I am delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious award of an honorary doctorate from The Open University," he said.

"The OU provides a wonderful platform for those who never had the chance to study higher education to fulfil that ambition. The fact that the graduation ceremony is being held in Croke Park, the scene of many memorable days for me, only adds to my sense of gratitude in being nominated to receive this wonderful award."

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