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NI stars among those on Queen's Honours list

Television star Gloria Hunniford and rugby hero Rory Best are among the over 100 people from Northern Ireland to be recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Portadown-born Ms Hunniford has been awarded an OBE for her services to cancer charities through breast screening services and cancer support.

The 77-year-old presenter lost her daughter Caron, who was also a TV presenter, to breast cancer in 2004.

After Caron's death Ms Hunniford and her sons Paul and Michael set up the Caron Keating Foundation, which gives grants to all types of cancer charities in the UK.

Ireland rugby captain Rory Best has also been awarded an OBE for his services to the sport, having racked up 104 caps for his country and playing 13 years with Ulster.

Best, 34, is currently touring New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions, dedicated his honour to the hundreds of people he believes have helped him carve out a distinguished international rugby career.

I'm just so surprised and humbled; it's such a massive honour.

To be recognised for contributing to a sport, for someone to feel I'm worthy of being nominated, and then to be deemed worthy, it's quite incredible.

– Rory Best

A member of the Prison Service was also recognised in the birthday honours. Prison governor Austin Treacy received an OBE for services to reducing re-offending and community safety.

Last year Mr Treacy, who has worked for the Northern Ireland Prison Service for more than 30 years, received the Inspirational Leadership Award at the UK Civil Service Awards held in London.

Among those awarded an MBE are Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis for services to football and motorcycle champion Jonathan Rea for services to the sport.

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The principal of Belmont Nursery School in Londonderry, Jennifer Marshall, was also awarded an MBE for services to education.

Police Sergeant Gwyneth Buchanan, who was one of the first officers to specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse, received an MBE for services to policing and the community.

Ms Buchanan has been a serving officer for 28 years, working closely with the community and voluntary organisations in the Armagh area.

PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Nigel Forsythe was one of three officers in the region to be awarded a Queen's Police Medal (QPM).

Mr Forsythe has been a police officer for 28 years and has been influential in enhancing relationships and building community confidence in policing through his work in the investigation of serious crime.

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