New Year Honours for 71 in NI

Published Saturday, 29 December 2012
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A total of 71 people from Northern Ireland have received New Year Honours.

New Year Honours for 71 in NI
Pat Rice was Arsène Wenger's right-hand man. (© Getty)

The oldest person named on the Queen's list is Ballynahinch woman Georgie Dickson, who is still collecting for charity in her 90th year.

She gets a British Empire Medal for her work with Christian Aid, and credits a higher power for her stamina.

"I'm young still, so that's what it is," she said. "And God helps me and keeps me healthy.

"I admire the Queen very much but I still felt that other people have done a lot more than I have, but I'm quite happy to keep doing it without that."

Meanwhile former Northern Ireland and Arsenal defender Pat Rice has been awarded an MBE from the Queen.

The 63-year-old was Arsène Wenger's right-hand man as assistant manager from 1996, as he helped the club secure three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, including doubles in 1998 and 2002. He also achieved 49 caps with his country.

A statement from Wenger said: "Pat is a true Arsenal legend and has committed almost his whole life to Arsenal Football Club, which shows huge loyalty and devotion.

When I first arrived at Arsenal, Pat was always there and taught me so much about this great club. I will always be indebted to him for his expert insight into Arsenal and football as a whole

Arsène Wenger

"Pat has been amazing for me over the past 16 years. Thank you Pat, we'll miss you and all of us wish you and your family the best of health and happiness for the future. Although, we'll still see Pat a lot, as I know he's planning to come to all the home matches as a supporter!"

Others to be honoured this year include Eileen Evason, the former University of Ulster academic who received a CBE for promoting the welfare of poor and disabled people.

Mr Justice Tom Burgess who is due to retire, was also awarded the CBE for services to the administration of justice. He is president of the young solicitors association and the former Recorder of Belfast and Derry.

Mr Oswyn Paulin, head of government legal services at the NI executive, has been awarded a CB.

Also recognised is Mike Smith, Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter, which helped fund the highly successful visitor attraction Titanic Belfast. He was awarded an OBE.

Seven honours went to policing in NI, including three Queen's Police Medals for Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Harkness, Inspector Phil Menary and Sergeant Stephen Atkinson.

New Year Honours list in full:

Companions of the Most Honourable Order of Bath (CB): Mr Oswyn George Paulin.

Commanders of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE): The Honourable Mr Justice Thomas Alexander Burgess, Professor Joseph Stuart Elborn, Professor Eileen Evason.

Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE): Mrs Wendy Suzanne Blundell, Professor Martin Eugene Bradley, Dr Sarah Anne Geraldine Carville jp, Mrs Jennifer Ann Cooke jp, Mr Walker George Ewart, Dr Bryan Keating, Mr Paul Kinkead, Mr Michael Smith, Professor Alan Richard Woodside.

Members of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE): Mr Robert James Alexander, Miss Joyce Andree Best, Mrs Joanna Margaret Boyd, Mr David Bradley, Mr Francis Brady, Mr John Arthur Brannigan, Mr Peter Thomas Simmons Breene, Mrs Elizabeth Emma Campbell, Mr James Nicholas Clarke, Mrs Maureen Clarke, Mr Samuel Cordner, Dr John Locker Crossle, Miss Elizabeth Joyce Doherty, Mrs Jennifer Susan Eitel, Mr Mervyn Ferris, Mrs Jennifer Elizabeth Graham, Mr Thomas George Hugh Hanlon, Mrs Deirdre Elizabeth Hilton, Mrs Wilhelmina Elizabeth Houston, Mr Charles Hutchison, Mrs Barbara Judge, Mrs Vera Elizabeth Kelso, Mrs Dianne Margaret Leeman, Mrs Geraldine Price Linford, Mr Brian McDowell, Mr Dennis Patrick McKeever, Mr Howard William (Jasper) McKinney, Dr Ian McMorris, Mr Charles William McMurray, Mrs Sylvia Flora Agnes McRoberts, Dr Gerry Millar, Mr Thomas Millar, Mrs Catherine Lynn Myers, Ms Patricia O'Hagan, Mrs Elizabeth Rosemary Pearce, The Venerable William John Scott, Mr Kenneth James Sharkey, Mr Gary White, Mr John Hampton Wilson.

British Empire Medal (BEM): Mr Ronald Victor Cathcart, Mrs Kate Clarke, Mr Ian Alexander Coulter, Mrs Mary Margaret Dale, Mrs Georgina Dickson, Mr Charles Patrick Friel, Mrs Mary Graham, Mr Lindsay Hanna, Mrs Rachel Hemphill, Mr Wesley William Lewis jp, Mrs Ethel McIvor, Mrs Bridget Philomena Meyler, Mrs Maureen Neely, Mrs Margaret Reid, Mrs Valerie Gwendoline Robb, Mrs Mary Rose Paula Scott

Queen's Police Medal (QPM): Mr Steven Atkinson, Mr James Richard Harkness, Mr Philip Menary.

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12 Comments
Danny in Ulster wrote (668 days ago):
Just because you aren't a fan of the queen it's no reason to mock and belittle others who have done good things to help those in need in our community and less fortunate than ourselves. Shame on you.
Danny in Ulster wrote (669 days ago):
Seamus - you wouldn't know what honour was anyway, do us a favour and crawl back under your rock.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (670 days ago):
Seamus has a point. The UK likes to proclaim worldwide that its a democracy and yet its head of state is an unelected person, whos only head of state because they were born into a position thats well past its sell by date. No wonder republicanism is getting stronger in Britain, its sickening to see the british royal family simply getting millions upon millions (not counting their estates) a year but yet normal brits get hoodwinked and robbed by bankers, politicans,etc But good on the people who got the rewards of OBE, MBE, etc especially those involved in Charity work.
susan in armagh wrote (670 days ago):
its terrible that other persons can put such a dampener on others good deeds. many of those who give their time effort and interest in others can be so degraded by a small minority. congratulations to all who received awards for your outstanding contributions to all citizens of our country should you call yourselves irish, northern irish or british well done to you all.
Brian in Belfast wrote (670 days ago):
I don't know why people get so excited about a medal and a few letters after their name.
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