Coleraine Red Hand Graduate Returns with Sam
Ryan Mellon with Kevin McGuigan (UU Gaelic Team) and Stephen Kernan
Tyrone All Ireland winner Ryan Mellon made history in September when he became the first graduate of the University of Ulster’s Coleraine campus to play on an All Ireland winning team. Today Ryan returned to the Coleraine campus with the Sam Maguire trophy to receive the congratulations of staff, students, local Councillors and met pupils from the local primary schools.
Also on campus was his former UUC team mate and current Armagh panellist Stephen Kernan, who brought the National League and Anglo-Celt trophies back to the campus. It was a speedy return for Stephen following his graduation from the Coleraine campus earlier this year.
Professor Peter Roebuck, Provost said: “We are delighted with the achievements of Ryan and Stephen and we are very proud that they have put the Coleraine campus on the map through their achievements on the pitch. As Provost I am very pleased to recognise the achievements of these fine sportsmen. They have brought great credit to the University.”
University Director of Sport Dr Nigel Dobson said: “The University has an excellent record in gaelic games and we are committed to developing our stuctures in partnership with the Ulster Council of the GAA. The Jordanstown club has traditionally made a strong contribution to Ulster counties All Ireland success but we are delighted to welcome back to Coleraine two graduates who have achieved success at the highest level. Ryan’s performance in the All Ireland Final was a source of great pride to us and Stephen has had a remarkable year with his club Crossmaglen and the Armagh U-21 and Senior teams. We hope that their achievements will be an inspiration to our sportsmen and sportswomen on campus.”
Kevin McGuigan, from Coleraine Gaelic Club said: “On behalf of everyone at the UUCGFC we would like to congratulate the two boys on their recent achievements. What they have achieved in each individual case is fantastic and everyone in the club would like to acknowledge that. Ryan has won his second All-Ireland medal in three years and Stevie won three Ulster titles in the one year - Ulster Senior Championship, Ulster U21 Championship both with Armagh and Ulster Club Championship with Crossmaglen.”