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Over five hundred people from a broad range of community and voluntary organisations attended the Confederation of Community Groups (CCG) Annual ‘Shining Light’ Awards for community volunteers on Friday night in The Canal Court, Newry with eight different awards up for grabs.

Mr Raymond Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of the Confederation of Community Groups, welcomed the guests including Chairperson Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick.

Mr Jackson extended a cordial welcome to all and said “The Confederation of Community Groups established The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards to celebrate the life and work of the CCG’s own Patricia Graham who sadly passed away in 2009. Patricia was employed by the Confederation and as a volunteer she gave countless hours of her time to many community projects within this area.

The winner in the Age 16-24 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 was Ryan McGivern, Carnagat Area Community Association who is pictured receiving his award from Orla Sloan, The Quays, Sponsor. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The winner in the Age 16-24 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 was Ryan McGivern, Carnagat Area Community Association who is pictured receiving his award from Orla Sloan, The Quays, Sponsor. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

"Tonight’s event, which represents the culmination of many weeks of hard work by CCG staff, reflects the energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers being recognised here this evening. On behalf of the Confederation I would like to thank the adjudication panel including Mary McLaughlin (Family Representative), Hugh Mallon (Former Principal of St Joseph’s Boys HS), Frances Mc Carthy (Newry Credit Union), Victor Coert ( Principal of Kilkeel High School) and Colette Ruddy (Community Volunteer) for taking the time to assess the many nominations we received. 

"The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards are established as a means to recognise and value the incredible work of the community and voluntary sector in this area. The Confederation would therefore like to congratulate all our nominees here tonight.The wide range of nominations received demonstrates just how diverse and vibrant the community/ voluntary sector is in this area."

Mr Jackson thanked CCG Staff, The Canal Court Hotel, main sponsors,  Newry Credit Union and all the event sponsors.

Also at the event Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Council Chairperson, Gillian Fitzpatrick said “Tonight we are recognising and paying tribute to the many volunteers who work tirelessly for the benefit of local communities throughout the area. 

"Newry, Mourne and Down District Council are particularly happy to be associated with this event and to acknowledge the range and quality of nominations which this year has surpassed all expectations. We are further delighted with the fantastic level of support on display here tonight.

"We cannot overstate the important contribution made by local volunteers to ensuring that the Newry & Mourne area continues to be a vibrant and friendly place in which to live. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council believes that it is vital that the work carried out by local volunteers is formally recognised both by their colleagues in the community/ voluntary sector and also, as in tonight’s event, by the private sector and by ourselves in the statutory sector."

Shining Light Awards 2016 Shining Light Awards 2016 - The Sonas Harp Ensemble from the Sharon Carroll School of Harp entertain at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - Kilkeel High School singers perform at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The packed Canal Court Hotel for the Confederation of Community Groups Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The packed attendance at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Age 16-24 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the sponsor of the category. Pictured from left: Ryan McGivern, Carnagat Area Community Association; Orla Sloan, The Quays, Sponsor; Naoise Quinn, Sportability; Lisa Crilly, Sportability and Danielle McAleavey, VOYPIC Mentoring Programme (Good Morning Good Neighbour). Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The winner in the Age 16-24 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 was Ryan McGivern, Carnagat Area Community Association who is pictured receiving his award from Orla Sloan, The Quays, Sponsor. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Age 25-49 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016, pictured with the sponsor of the class. Included front from left: Gavin Smith, Autism NI and Citizens Advice Bureau; Rory Rafferty, Newry Rainbow Community; Judith Murphy, Sportability and Mark McGivern, First Derivatives, Sponsors. Back: Darelle Shields, Sportability; Aoibhean Byrne, Crossmaglen First Responders; Damien Martin, Crossmaglen First Responders; Marianna Irvine, M.S. Society and Tracey Smith, Sportability. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Age 50-64 Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the sponsor of the category. Front from left: Siobhan McCaffrey, Sportability; Margaret Crilly, Sportability; David McClurg, Clanrye Group Ltd; Martin McDonald, Newry Credit Union, Sponsors and Lorna Markey, Dorsey Senior Citizens. Back: Maureen Ruddy, Alzheimer's Society; Noreen Finnegan, Meadow and Armagh Road Community Association ; Richard Lennon, Home Secured Scheme; Helen Mitchell, Action Mental Health; Padraig Lynch, Newry Rainbow Community, Tim Murray, S.P.A.C.E. and Tania Bailie collecting on behalf of Mary Brannigan, Drumgath Ladies Group. Photograph: Columba O'Hare k Shining Light Awards 2016 - The winner in the Age 50-64 Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 was David McClurg, Clanrye Group Ltd who is pictured receiving his award from Martin McDonald, Newry Credit Union, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Age 65+ Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the category sponsor representative. Front from left: Ciaran Hanna, Alzheimer's Society; Tony Kieran, U3A Crossmaglen; Gemma Brolly representing sponsor Haldane Fisher; John Dalzell, Southern Area Hospice Services; Shiela Carragher representing Hugh John McPolin, M.S. Community Therapy Centre Ltd and Clare Toal, Good Morning Good Neighbour. Back: Alice Murphy, Naiscoil an Chreagain; Deirdre Milligan, Good Morning Good Neighbour; Angela Rodgers, Annalong Community Association; John McSherry, Newry Gateway Club; Bridie Rooney representing Mary McClorey, Burren Senior Citizens ; John Hicks, Brain Injury Foundation; Margaret McArdle, Soroptimists Newry and Mourne and Annie Donaldson, Mourne Stimulus Respite. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The winner in the Age 65+ Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 was John Dalzell, Southern Area Hospice Services who is pictured receiving his award from Gemma Brolly who was representing Gary Cranney, Haldane Fisher, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The joint winners in the Age 25-49 Category in the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 were Gavin Smith, Autism NI and Citizens Advice Bureau and Rory Rafferty, Newry Rainbow Community. The winners are pictured being presented with their awards by Mark McGivern, First Derivatives, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Youth Work Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the sponsor of the class. Front from left: Lavender Byrne, Work4UPlus Programme; Rebecca Toner and Sean McKevitt, Autism Families Youth Group; Cathy Mallie, Clanrye Taxis, Sponsors and Eugene O'Hare, Work4UPlus Programme. Back: Kaitlin Carlon, Greather Linenhall Area Youth Group; Tieran Ferns and Connor Devlin, Martin's Lane Area Youth Group; Colin Morley, Carnagat Youth Group and Elaine Finnegan Linkins, Barnmeen and Drumgath Youth Group. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The winners in the Youth Work Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 were Autism Families Youth Group represented by Rebecca Toner and Sean McKevitt who are pictured receiving their award from Cathy Mallie, Clanrye Taxis, Sponsors Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Older People's Services Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with sponsor representative. Front from left: Frank Ruddy, Men about the Town (MATT); Bridie Rooney, The Friendship Club, Warrenpoint and John Keenan, Derrybeg Pensioner's Club. Back: Moira O'Shea, Newry and Mourne Community Transport Volunteer Drivers; John Parry, Reminiscence Cafe; Raymond Jackson representing Sponsor Red Rock Training and Anna O'Hagan, The Friendship Club, Warrenpoint. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The Friendship Club, Warrenpoint were the winners in the Older People's Services Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Representatives Bridie Rooney and Anna O'Hagan are picured with Raymond Jackson, representing Sponsor Red Rock Training. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Community Project or Service Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the sponsor of the class. Front from left: Anne Woods, Arbour House; Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Sponsors; Joanne Fitzpatrick, Arbour House; Frank Dolaghan, Brain Injury Foundation. Back: Pat McElroy and Martin McVerry, W.A.T.C.H Club; Damien Martin, Crossmaglen and District Community First Responders; Brian Sloan, Brookvale Football Club; Rose Ellen Carlon representing Peter Woolsey, The Full Irish; Emmett Ferguson, Brookvale Football Club; Maureen Teece, Marine Friendship Club; Noel Marron, Derrybeg Bowls Club and Liam Hannaway, CEO, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Community Project or Service Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016 pictured with the sponsor of the class. Front from left: Anne Woods, Arbour House; Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Sponsors; Joanne Fitzpatrick, Arbour House; Frank Dolaghan, Brain Injury Foundation. Back: Pat McElroy and Martin McVerry, W.A.T.C.H Club; Damien Martin, Crossmaglen and District Community First Responders; Brian Sloan, Brookvale Football Club; Rose Ellen Carlon representing Peter Woolsey, The Full Irish; Emmett Ferguson, Brookvale Football Club; Maureen Teece, Marine Friendship Club; Noel Marron, Derrybeg Bowls Club and Liam Hannaway, CEO, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - Arbour House were the winners in the Community Project or Service Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Anne Woods, Joanne Fitzpatrick and Sinead McGrath from Arbour House are pictured receiving their award from Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The nominees in the Community Association/ Group Category at the Confederation of Community Groups Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016. Front from left: Martina Marks, Hope 4 Me Fibro N.I.; Mairead Robb, Down Right Brilliant; Pauline Coughlan, Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency, Sponsors; Rosemary Rooney, Davinas Ark and Michelle Toner, Autism Families Community Support Group. Back: Mickey McLoughlin, Derrybeg Community Association; Kieran Burns, Crossmaglen Community Association; Maureen Ruddy, Martin's Lane Area Community Association ; Geraldine Merendino, Ballybot Community Association; Paula McGuigan, Carnagat Area Community Association ; Aidan Gill Eari-Wig Community Festival; Ann McGivern, Newry Street Unite Community Association and Julie Ann Hanna and Sorina Onica, Homestart Family Groups. Photograph: Columba O'Hare Shining Light Awards 2016 - The joint winners in the Community Association/ Group Category at the Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards 2016, were Down Right Brilliant (Newry and Mourne Down Syndrome Support Group) and Davina'a Ark. Mairead Robb from Down Right Brilliant and Rosemary Rooney from Davina's Ark are pictured receiving their awards from Pauline Coughlan, Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency, Sponsors. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

 

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