There was warm applause in St Columba’s Church of Ireland in Omagh, this morning, after a special presentation to one of its own parishioners, Lee Mitchell, ahead of his trip to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Lee will be representing Team Ireland in the equestrian events at the 2019 World Summer Games. The Curate of Drumragh with Mountfield, Rev Sean Hanily, said as a church family St Columba’s wanted to show its support to Lee and his parents, Laura and David, who’ll be accompanying their son to Abu Dhabi.
This morning, during the 10.30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion, parish treasurer Nigel Strain handed over a cheque – the proceeds of a recent coffee morning in the nearby parish hall. Lee had missed the coffee morning because of illness but was back to full health for today’s service.
Rev Hanily, and diocesan readers Paddy Quinn and Claire Henderson, prayed for Lee at the front of the church. The young Omagh Spires athlete addressed the congregation briefly, thanking them for their generosity and expressing particular gratitude to his mother and father for their support.
Lee, who was proudly sporting his new Team Ireland kit, received hugs aplenty from fellow parishioners who’ll be following his performances with keen interest. He leaves for Abu Dhabi later this week and the games will last from March the 14th until March the 21st.