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Degrees of success for both O'Neills.

Martin O'Neill and Michael O'Neill are not related but their home areas are less than 15 miles apart, on opposite sides of the River Bann and they have each enjoyed exceptional sporting careers.

Both were gifted footballers who went on to become distinguished coaches and in recent years made an enormous impact as the international managers of the Republic and Northern Ireland respectively.

They steered their sides to the knock-out stages of the European Championships in France last summer and remain well on course for places in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

The honorary degrees they received from Ulster University yesterday were well deserved and they will hopefully go on to achieve even more success in the coming seasons.

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