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Chairman Pays Homage to Ambassadors of Newry, Mourne and Down

Eighteen inspirational individuals from across Newry, Mourne and Down were honoured at a prestigious Civic Awards Ceremony held in Down Arts Centre on Friday last 29 March.

This annual Awards Ceremony is designed to honour individuals and organisations, who in their own unique way, have been wonderful ambassadors for the district. Recipients were nominated by Councillors from their own District Electoral Area (DEA) for their contribution or achievements within the categories of Community, Sports and Arts and Culture, and were presented with their awards on the evening by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents Chernobyl Aid Newry represented by Jacinta Curran. Chernobyl Aid provides humanitarian aid to those in need in Belarus, the country worst affect by the Chernobyl disaster. Members Jacinta - the driving force, Collie, Dessie and Clare travel to Belarus twice yearly to carry out tasks such as renovations, building projects, repairs in mental health/care facilities.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents Chernobyl Aid Newry represented by Jacinta Curran. Chernobyl Aid provides humanitarian aid to those in need in Belarus, the country worst affect by the Chernobyl disaster. Members Jacinta - the driving force, Collie, Dessie and Clare travel to Belarus twice yearly to carry out tasks such as renovations, building projects, repairs in mental health/care facilities.

Speaking at the event, Chairman, Councillor Murnin said, “These Awards are a mark of the Council’s respect and gratitude to those who provide a helping hand to people less fortunate or who represent our district so admirably through achievements within their own particular field.

“On behalf of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council I want to thank you all for the tremendous work you have undertaken and for you to know how enormously proud we are to have such remarkable people living within our community.

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents Ryan Bogues with his Award. Ryan runs a fantastic cookie box business where he prepares buns, cookies and cakes and places them in an honesty box at his gate.
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents Ryan Bogues with his Award. Ryan runs a fantastic cookie box business where he prepares buns, cookies and cakes and places them in an honesty box at his gate.

“The stories that accompany each award are inspirational and as a result it helps us all to try harder and do better in our own lives.”

The recipients who received an award are:

Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents an Award to Michaela Hollywood who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Michaela's life has been difficult and she faces many struggles but she faces them with fierce determination and courage. Michaela has raised thousands of pounds for her chosen charities over the years. She is passionate about the awareness of the rights of disabled young people and established her own charity, Trailblazers, which lobbies for disabled youth. The aim to fight the social injustices experienced by young disabled people and to ensure they can gain access to education, employment and other services. Michaela was named as one of the World's 100 most inspirational women of 2015
Chairman Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Mark Murnin presents an Award to Michaela Hollywood who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Michaela's life has been difficult and she faces many struggles but she faces them with fierce determination and courage. Michaela has raised thousands of pounds for her chosen charities over the years. She is passionate about the awareness of the rights of disabled young people and established her own charity, Trailblazers, which lobbies for disabled youth. The aim to fight the social injustices experienced by young disabled people and to ensure they can gain access to education, employment and other services. Michaela was named as one of the World's 100 most inspirational women of 2015

Ryan Bogues – Community

Chernobyl Aid Newry – Community

Sister Teresa Clancy & Anthony Corrigan from Murlough Community Association – Community

Eddie Craig – Sports

Martin Cromwell – Community

Malachy Doran – Community

Noel Ellison – Community

Jim & Eileen Gibney – Community

Michaela Hollywood – Community

Maureen & Brendan Keohane – Arts/Culture

Denise Malone – Community

Bernie McKeating – Community

Nathan Pierson – Community

Julie Shaw – Sports

Paul Teggart – Community

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