Civic Awards
Mel McMahon, Award Recipient, with his family and councillors at Newry Awards Ceremony. Back row L-R: Councillor Davy Hyland, Maria Kane, Philip McMahon, Claire McMahon, Mark McMahon, Councillor Charlie Casey. Front row L-R: Bernadette and Mel McMahon, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew and Chief Executive Liam Hannaway.

Chairperson Hosts Awards Ceremony: On Wednesday 9 May 2018, some thirteen inspirational individuals from the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area were honoured at a prestigious Civic Awards Ceremony held in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre.

The Awards are designed to honour individuals and organisations who in their own unique way have been wonderful ambassadors for Newry, Mourne and Down.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony Councillor Mulgrew said, “I speak on behalf of the Council and the community when I say we are immensely proud of the remarkable people who are present here tonight.”

“These awards give us the opportunity to officially thank you for your hard work and commitment. It is a privilege to be able to pay homage to you, both for your achievements and for the wonderful work you do on a voluntary basis.”

“I wish you all continuing success in your respective fields. You are excellent ambassadors for Newry, Mourne and Down and contribute greatly to our District, which I am proud to represent as Chairperson.”

Dr Henry McLaughlin
Dr Henry McLaughlin, GP in Rostrevor received his award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, to mark his commitment as a GP to the community of Rostrevor and Warrenpoint – a commitment which carries on the tradition of providing outstanding GP services by the McLaughlin family for close to 100 years.
Alannah Murray
Alannah Murray accepts her Award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Alannah, two time World Champion Irish Dancer and daughter of Marian and Shane Murray from Crossmaglen, started her dancing career 13 years ago with Scoil Rince Mona Ní Rodaigh. Alannah has won 6 major titles, Ulster, All-Ireland, Irish National, Great Britain, All Scotland and American National Championships and regained her World Title in Glasgow 2018 and was crowned U21 Ladies World Champion.
Martin Connell
Martin Connell accepts his Award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Martin’s relentless hard work and forward thinking in how sport can be used to engage young people inn more positive based activities has enabled the Respect Project to work with over 3,000 young people since it started way back in 2012. Martin has been the driving force in developing and delivering the Respect Project and he also spends countless hours behind the scenes helping to build the confidence and capacity of the other adult and youth volunteer leaders who help him in delivering the project activities.
Judith Campbell
Judith Campbell receives her Award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Judith, a member of the girls relay team ‘the Chillymcfillies’, became the first ever national girls relay team to swim Loch Lomond both ways on 30 August 2017, a distance of 70km swam in a record of 30 hours 39 minutes and helped raise £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Cara McAleenan
Cara McAleenan accepts her award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Cara is a student studying Foundation Art & Design Course in Southern Regional College Newry, she entered a competition ‘Wedding Journal Young Designer of the Year 2018’ to design a wedding dress. Cara competed against students from all over Ireland and was crowned ‘All Ireland Wedding Journal Young Designer of the Year 2018’ with her wedding dress inspired by the theme ‘Oriental and Cherry Blossom’ influenced by fashion designer Oscar De La Renta.
Pádraigin Ní Uallacháin
Pádraigin Ní Uallacháin, singer, researcher, poet and composer, receives her award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Pádraigin born in Co. Louth now living in Mullaghbawn, South Armagh, with her husband, traditional singer, Len Graham and family. Pádraigin’s work as a singer, collector, researcher and advocate for traditional song has long been recognised by her peers in the singing community. She has performed widely throughout Ireland and Internationally and has an impressive catalogue of recordings and the landmark publication ‘A Hidden Ulster’ people, songs and traditional of Oriel. Pádraigin has recorded nine albums including traditional song, children’s songs and lullabies and her own acclaimed compositions.
Mel McMahon
Mel McMahon receives his award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Mel, along with Adrian Rice, co-founded the Abbey Press in 1997 and the company has already published 18 successful books. Mel’s work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies and has been broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. Mel, Head of English at the Abbey School Newry, has been short-listed for the Beehive International Poetry Prize and was a prize winner in the FSNI Poetry Competition. Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry has summed Mel up, “Mel McMahon is an archaeologist of memory, private and communal. His people are those that history often overlooks, yet their decency, their care-giving, is the very stuff that holds communities together.”
Oisin Fox
Oisin Fox accepts his award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Oisin, a Year 12 pupil at St Joseph’s High School, was crowned Kick Boxing Champion, this is the best belt that you can win with the International Sport Kick Boxing Association.
Killeavy GAC Céilí dancing team receive an award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Killeavy GAC Céilí team were crowned All Ireland Céilí  Dancing Champions in Sligo in February 2018, defeating the best Céilí dancers across Ireland. All Ireland Champions are Lui Duffy, Tiernan Breslin, Dylan Phillips, Shane Kavanagh, Aimee McAteer, Ellen Cromie, Orlagh McGuinness and Hannah McManus.
Killeavy GAC Céilí dancing team receive an award from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew. Killeavy GAC Céilí team were crowned All Ireland Céilí Dancing Champions in Sligo in February 2018, defeating the best Céilí dancers across Ireland. All Ireland Champions are Lui Duffy, Tiernan Breslin, Dylan Phillips, Shane Kavanagh, Aimee McAteer, Ellen Cromie, Orlagh McGuinness and Hannah McManus.
Eimear Gallagher
Under 10 World Champion Irish Dancer, Eimear Gallagher was an Award Recipient at Newry Awards Ceremony. L-R: Chief Executive Liam Hannaway, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, Mark, Joseph, Eimear and Paula with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew and Councillor Jarlath Tinnelly.