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Celebrating the Past – Inspiring the Future

1 Jul 2015
Celebrating the Past – Inspiring the Future

Representatives from Cycling Ulster and Cycling Ireland attended an exhibition in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings Stormont to mark the launch of an exhibition celebrating sport in Northern Ireland. It is called Celebrating the Past – Inspiring the Future and the Northern Ireland Assembly speaker Mitchell McLaughlin MLA opened proceedings.

Dame Mary Peters also addressed the guests from many different sports as did the Chairman of the Ulster Sports Museum Association Nigel Carr, the former Ulster and Ireland Rugby player.

One of Ulster’s greatest cyclists was at the launch, namely Morris Foster, ‘Big Mo’ as he is known, also gave a lot back to the sport in various roles such as youth development and managing of International Ulster and Irish Teams. In 2006 Morris was awarded an MBE for services to the sport.

Multiple Road Record holder Isobel Woods (nee Clements) was also present with husband Peter Woods and her friend May Farrar.

Life long cyclist and servant to the sport, the current Cycling Ireland Secretary Jack Watson and wife Rae attended.

Cycling Ireland board member Anthony Mitchell and Cycling Ulster Executive members Carl Fullerton, Martin Grimley and Judith Russell were also among the many guests. The coverage of cycle sport was disappointing considering the rich history it has in the province.

The museum is a work in progress and comment cards were available to fill in and address such shortcomings.

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