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Top academic award for Fr Harry Coyle

Now Dr Rev Fr Harry Coyle Ulster University Vice Chancellor Paddy Nixon confers the honorary degree
31st May 2017

Moneymore Care Home hosts unique University ceremony 

 - Honorary Doctorate for resident Fr Harry Coyle - 

Four Seasons Health Care home in Moneymore hosted a very special event today, when Fr Harry Coyle, a long term resident in the home, was conferred with an honorary doctorate from Ulster University in recognition of his ‘lifelong dedication to the promotion and teaching of the Irish language.’ 

The ceremony was hosted by Four Seasons Health Care and was attended by the Ulster University vice Chancellor Paddy Nixon and a gathering of Fr Harry’s closest friends and academic acquaintances from down the years. 

Moneymore Care home manager Ailish Devlin said it was a pleasure for the home to host the event. 

"It certainly is a one off for us, we have never hosted anything like this before. Fr Harry has been with us since 2012 and he is a pleasure to have as a long term resident. When the University contacted us Harry was initially reluctant to receive the award and that is a measure of his humility. However some close friends persuaded him to go ahead and the team from the university were so accommodating in bringing the graduation ceremony to Moneymore. 

"Harry is a very special person and the tributes read out to him today show the depth of respect and admiration there is from the University staff, his former teaching colleagues and pupils from St Patrick’s in Dungannon and among the wider Irish language community. It was a very special day for Harry and for all of us here at the home.”


Fr Harry Coyle was born in the Waterside in Derry / Londonderry in 1940. He studied language in Queens University and is fluent in a number of languages. He started teaching in 1965 and entered the priesthood in 1977. Fr Coyle has published a number of landmark books on the Irish language. 

watch the UTV News report here 

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