McClenaghan lifts top award after great year

Martin McGuinness, Dr Pauline McClenaghan and Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness, Dr Pauline McClenaghan and Martin McGuinness
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Dr Pauline McClenaghan, an angler, who represented Ireland in the ladies Home International fly fishing series in Wales, has been named as Sports Person of the Year in the Derry Journal People of the Year Awards.

She was presented with her prize by Paul McLean, managing director of McLeans Bookmakers, the largest independent chain of bookmakers in Northern Ireland, and congratulated at a special ceremony in the city by Martin McGuinness, the deputy First Minister, also a keen fly fisherman.

Dr McClenaghan, Executive Director of Lifestart Foundation, an education charity, and a former lecturer at the University of Ulster, has been fishing for over 25 years after her father Michael Doherty bought her a rod as a birthday present.

Her biggest catch yet was an eleven and a half lb. salmon on the River Faughan.

She said: “I was absolutely stunned when I heard I’d won the prize. I couldn’t believe it.

“I have been fishing for years and I enjoy the whole experience.”