A Chief Superintendent, a football personality, a community advocate and hotelier are among those from the Mid-Ulster and Tyrone area to be included in the New Years Honours
The local recipients are among eighty people from Northern Ireland to be honoured by the Queen for outstanding achievements and exemplary service in their field.
They were: Chief Superintendant Pauline Shields OBE, Joseph McAree MBE, Robert John McLean OBE, Mary Patricia O’Kane, MBE and Ruth Montgomery, MBE.
Chief Superintendant Pauline Shields has been awarded the OBE for Services to Policing and the Community in Northern Ireland.
She has provided the community with 27 years outstanding service, performing a number of roles in both urban and rural environments, most recently as the District Commander F district which covers areas including Cookstown.
Magherafelt native Patricia O’Kane, Proprietor, Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Londonderry has been awarded an MBE for services to Tourism and Hospitality in Northern Ireland.
Popular local soccer personality Joseph McAree has been awarded an MBE for services to sport and to the community.
Mr McAree has performed a number of roles at Dungannon Swifts over a period of more than 40 years, including a lengthy spell as manager. He has also played a prominent role in the development of soccer in the Mid-Ulster area.
Dungannon man Robert John McLean, Board Member, Dungannon Development Association has been honoured with an OBE for service to the Economy and Regeneration of Dungannon and Donaghmore.
Ruth Montgomery, Secretary of the Clogher Valley Agricultural Society has been awarded an MBE for services to the community in Clogher, County Tyrone.
Other recipients from County Tyrone included Lynda Catherine Hill, founder of Grovehill Animal Trust, Omagh who was honoured with an MBE for her services to animal welfare and the community; John Doherty, for services to the community in Castlederg and William Ronald Oldcroft, Chair of the Board of Governors, Omagh High School, for services to education.