Football managers score honorary degrees from Ulster University for their contribution to sport

MARTIN O'Neill and Michael O'Neill are to receive honorary degrees from Ulster University for their outstanding contribution to sport.

The Republic and Northern Ireland managers are to be honoured following the success of their teams in the 2016 UEFA European football championships in France.

They join 13 individuals working across sport, the arts, the economy, engineering, peace-building and the community, who will receive degrees from UU this summer "for making an exceptional contribution to their field".

Martin O'Neill previously received an honorary degree from Queen's University in Belfast when he was manager of Celtic.

Also among the recipients will be Fr Gary Donegan, who was at Ardoyne's Holy Cross Church for 15 years. He will be recognised for his contribution to peace-building alongside Steve Coyle, CEO of AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust.

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

"Each of these recipients has made an indelible mark in their field, advancing knowledge, building community, achieving excellence and above all acting as inspirational role models for us all," UU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paddy Nixon said.

"They display leadership, progressive thinking, compassion, bravery, integrity and tenacity alongside superlative skills and talent – characteristics that we aim to instil in all our students."


Name              In Recognition of

Wendy Blundell, Director UK Regions Inst. Of Civil Engineers Leadership of and inspiration to young woman in the field of civil engineering

Fr Harry Coyle Promotion and teaching of the Irish language

Steve Coyle, CEO AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust Support for economic regeneration and peacebuilding

Thomas DiNapoli, Comptroller, New York State Promoting US investment in the north

Rev Gary Donegan Peace building and community work

Sean Doran, DoranBrowne Arts Programming & Consultancy Contribution to the English National Opera and international arts

John Irvine, journalist Contribution to journalism

Dáithí O Ceallaigh Contribution to the Press Council of Ireland and a distinguished diplomatic career

Martin O'Neill, ROI football manager Contribution to Irish football

Michael O'Neill, NI football manager Contribution to Irish football

Sally O'Neill Overseas development work

David Orr Contribution in the field of engineering

Peter Sachs Teaching, research and internationalisation in digital electronics

Richard Simms, director Pace Management Achievement as a sports agent

Patrick Yu, former CEO NI Council for Ethnic Minorities Promotion of racial equality, diversity and multiculturalism

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