Ballymena man Billy O’Flaherty MBE in final of football People’s Award
Well-known Ballymena man Billy O’Flaherty MBE (Carniny Amateur & Youth Football Club) has been announced as one of two finalists for the McDonald's Irish FA Grassroots Football People's Award 2020. Voting is now open!
The other contender for the award is Billy Shanks from Belfast.
The People’s Award recognises the outstanding contribution made by an individual to football in their local community and beyond. Both finalists have dedicated over four decades’ service to grassroots football in Northern Ireland.
Billy O’Flaherty MBE is a founding member of Carniny Amateur and Youth Football Club in Ballymena and is widely regarded as a football stalwart in the Mid-Antrim area.
He was awarded an MBE for his work in the local community and has had many responsibilities on and off the football pitch – from secretary and committee member to coach.
“Local football has been one of the best tools for cross-community relations in Northern Ireland and we must not underestimate that,” he said.
“Football is often the common denominator that brings people from all walks of life together, which has helped us take great strides over the years towards becoming a more inclusive society.”
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