Outgoing O’Neills boss awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

PROMINENT businessman Kieran Kennedy has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of services to Business and the Economy during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mr Kennedy is synonymous with the successful expansion of O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd over the last 42 years.

The outgoing Managing Director, who is retiring later this year, took the opportunity to thank everyone for their support.

“Whilst I am obviously delighted to be awarded with an MBE, I am very much aware that it’s not just about me,” he said.

“I am supported by a wonderful team and loving family without whose help and dedication, none of our achievements would have been possible.”

He added: “Growing up in Sion Mills, which is synonymous with integrated education, has allowed me to directly experience the benefits of working together.

“By accepting this MBE, I hope to send a clear message that by truly integrating as a society we can achieve more.”

Mr Kennedy also holds key roles as Chairman of 21 Training, Chairman of Strabane BID and board member with Invest Northern Ireland.

He is the only Northern Ireland representative from manufacturing to the Department of Trade and Industry trade advisory group.

Mr Kennedy will receive his MBE in early 2022.

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