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Trevor Ringland and Harry Boyle, with Y14 students and members of the Religious Education department - View Full Size Image
Trevor Ringland and Harry Boyle, with Y14 students and members of the Religious Education department

On Wednesday 30th January, Loreto College Coleraine welcomed Mr Trevor Ringland MBE and Mr Harry Boyle to the Year 14 General RE programme. The theme of their talk was ‘A Shared Future’. Mr Ringland works as a solicitor, as well as having a distinguished history in rugby. He was also the vice chair person of the Ulster Unionist Party and became involved in a controversy over the new leadership in the party, surrounding the issue of whether the new leader would be prepared to attend a Gaelic Football All-Ireland Final in Dublin if  an Ulster  team were to take part. On 4 October 2010, Ringland resigned from Ulster Unionist Party as this was declined.

Mr. Ringland has been active with Peace Players International organization, devoted to promote inter-religious unity in Belfast through sport. Mr. Ringland and David Cullen won the 2007 ESPY Arthur Ashe for Courage Award. He was also awarded an MBE for services to the community in Northern Ireland in the New Year Honours 2009.

Mr. Harry Boyle gave a personal testimony where he re-lived losing his brother John during the height of the troubles. His contribution touched both staff and students. He along with Trevor is wholly committed to building a future based on mutual respect and understanding, based on their experiences.

The talk was a very valuable addition to the General RE programme, giving students time to engage and reflect on their own feelings, while also giving them an opportunity to ask questions to give them a better understanding of the importance of a shared future. The input from both gentlemen was inspiring and thought provoking.

Mrs Siobhan McCarry, Head of Religious Education at Loreto College, thanked Trevor Ringland and Harry Boyle for their time and commitment in speaking to the students, on behalf of the staff and Year 14 students.