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Ringland honoured for services to the community
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December 31, 2008
France wing Patrice Lagisquet beats Ireland's Trevor Ringland to score a try during their Five Nations Championship clash in Paris on February 20, 1988.
Ringland attempts to tackle France's Patrice Lagisquet during their Five Nations Championship clash in 1988 © Getty Images
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Former Ireland and British Lions international Trevor Ringland has been rewarded in the Queen's New Year Honours list for his efforts to ensure a peaceful future for Northern Ireland.

The former winger, who played for Ulster and won 34 caps for Ireland and one for the Lions on their tour of New Zealand in 1983, was made an MBE for his services to the community.

Ringland told the Belfast Telegraph that he believed he has received the award for his work as campaign chair for the One Small Step campaign, which aims to promote equality and respect for all residents of Northern Ireland.

"It is very nice to be honoured but so many people out there are working hard, often quietly, to rebuild what others are trying to destroy," he said. "It has been a privilege to work with so many people doing such wonderful work and who are doing more work than me to build a peaceful future for Northern Ireland and I regard this award as symbolic recognition of that work.

"I have been fortunate enough to be involved in some of the work being done and I believe it is incumbent upon all of us to make our own small contribution to society so that we can continue to bring out the best from Northern Ireland."

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