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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Cllr Mark Murnin hosted the Council’s prestigious annual Civic Awards ceremony this week in Newry Town Hall.

The event celebrated the achievements of 26 inspirational people who work tirelessly in the district to make it a great place to live, work and visit.

First Citizen Councillor Murnin expressed his pride and delight at the winners’ achievements, saying, “I am delighted to host you this evening to celebrate each of your outstanding achievements, with such a diverse range of accomplishments.

“Many people achieve great things or dedicate their time to helping others. Much of this work goes unnoticed, but through our annual Civic Awards we can celebrate your achievements. The Council and our wider community are very proud of each and every one of you. All of you have shown talent, dedication and commitment and have become exemplary pillars of our community. I am humbled to honour you this evening.

Councillor Murnin concluded, “Tonight is dedicated to all of you and the work you have undertaken to showcase both your talents, and our district. To those who gave their time in a voluntary or community capacity, those who strive to improve our district, those who have embraced the arts to show off our culture, and to those whose sporting achievements has resulted in this honour, I thank you.”

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Newry Area, Martha McGrath and Aidan Carroll Macmillan Cancer Support, Rosemary Rooney Davina's Ark, Amber Dixon, Brendan and Declan Murphy The Four of Us, Anthony Coyle, Bevin O'Hare Home Start, Mary McCamley, Jacinta Linden, Fionnbharr Brady, Brian Naughton, Niall Quinn and Jimmy Davis Carnbane Football League. Photograph: Liz Boyle
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Newry Area, Martha McGrath and Aidan Carroll Macmillan Cancer Support, Rosemary Rooney Davina's Ark, Amber Dixon, Brendan and Declan Murphy The Four of Us, Anthony Coyle, Bevin O'Hare Home Start, Mary McCamley, Jacinta Linden, Fionnbharr Brady, Brian Naughton, Niall Quinn and Jimmy Davis Carnbane Football League. Photograph: Liz Boyle

There were five award categories and each recipient was presented with awards by the Council Chairman. The five award categories and the award winners were as follows:

Award Winners

Arts and Culture

  • Amber Dixon
  • Catherine McGrath 
  • Aoifa Trainor
  • The Four of Us

Community and Voluntary

  • Anthony Coyle
  • Crossmaglen First Responders
  • Francis Doyle
  • Colm Fearon
  • Gloria Havern
  • Jim Killen
  • Mary McCamley
  • Caroline Shields
  • Home Start
  • Forkhill and District Development Association
  • Maidens of Mourne Festival Committee
  • Jacinta Linden
  • Rosemary Rooney
    Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Slieve Gullion Area, Conor Bannon, Colm (Bootsy) Fearon, John O’Hare, Bernard Boyle and Raymond McCumiskey Forkhill & District Development Association and six representatives from Crossmaglen First Responders.
    Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Slieve Gullion Area, Conor Bannon, Colm (Bootsy) Fearon, John O’Hare, Bernard Boyle and Raymond McCumiskey Forkhill & District Development Association and six representatives from Crossmaglen First Responders. Photograph: Liz Boyle

Fundraising

  • Conor Bannon
  • Aidan Carroll
  • Martha McGrath
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Crotlieve Area, Jack Carvill, Aoife Trainor, Francis Doyle, Gloria Havern, Jim Killen Mourne Sheep-breeders Association and Charlie Davis Maiden of Mournes Festival.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin, CEO Liam Hannaway and Civic Award Recipients from Crotlieve Area, Jack Carvill, Aoife Trainor, Francis Doyle, Gloria Havern, Jim Killen Mourne Sheep-breeders Association and Charlie Davis Maiden of Mournes Festival. Photograph: Liz Boyle

    Human Endeavour

  • Jack Carvill
  • John O’Hare

Sports

  • Jimmy Davis
  • Brian Naughton
  • Niall Quinn
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