24/02/2017

NI Manager Michael O'Neill Receives MBE From The Queen

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has received an MBE from the Queen.

Speaking after the investiture at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 23 February, Mr O'Neill said: "She said that we had been very good in the summer.

"I said that it had been great for Northern Ireland and she told me that she thought that was wonderful and that it had brought everyone together. It was very special."

He was awarded the honour for services to football and the community.
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The 47 year-old took Northern Ireland to Euro 2016 last summer, the country's first major tournament in 30 years.

He continued: "The people in the Palace were fantastic to me as well as to Bronagh and the girls (his two daughters – Erin and Olivia). They showed us around and made it really easy for us. We were there early so we had front row seats which is what the girls wanted.

"I was actually second last to get mine. Myself and the gymnast Max Whitlock were the last two. It is something that I will likely never do again so I am delighted that it went as well as it did and that it was such a great day."

(CD)

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