The new High Sheriff of County Londonderry, Mr. Graham Mawhinney, takes over the chain of office in a ceremony at "Cloonavin” the main offices of the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The incoming High Sherriff for 2019 is from Draperstown. He is a retired physics teacher and has an ardent interest in local history. He is much involved in the Draperstown Workspace Enterprise Agency and the environmental heritage of the Draperstown area.
(from left to right) The Mayor, Mrs. Brenda Chivers, Miss Ann Clyde (the outgoing Sheriff who presented the Chain of Office to Mr Mawhinney) and The Lord Lieutenant for County Londonderry, Mrs Alison Millar.
The most prestigious honour awarded by Her Majesty to recognise the work of voluntary groups is
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Lord Lieutenant was delighted to hand this richly deserved award to Vineyard Compassion based in Coleraine and to Assistance Dogs NI , based in Limavady. Both charities are able to provide invaluable help and assistance and better futures to many people because of the excellent volunteers they have in their organisations.
PRESENTATION OF QAVS to ASSISTANCE DOGS NI and CAUSEWAY COAST VINEYARD
DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS AWARD CAN BE FOUND ON OUR HONOURS AND AWARDS PAGE
100th BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS
Rose Catherine O’Brien's 100th Birthday
Memories from her neice Maura Johnston
Rose Catherine, known as Kathleen to her family, was born in 1919 on a farm in Mowillian, near Moneymore, Co.Derry. She had eight siblings. Her parents, Pat & Annie valued education. They sent four of their children to boarding school. By the time Kathleen was twelve a suitable grammar school opened in Magherafelt.
Kathleen was a teacher. She trained in England during the war and her whole teaching career was spent in England. She taught first in Liverpool and for many years was Principal of a school in Childwall.
For many years she played golf, but gave that up on retirement.
Katlhleen loves art and beautiful artefacts. In her later years I would take her to McElhinneys in Ballybofey and we would spend hours there, looking at the clothes. On the way home she invariably said, “That was as good as being in an art gallery. I loved all the colours and the styles.”
She is a deeply religious woman and finds great comfort in her faith. Even now when we visit her, her rosary beads will be around her neck or entwined in her fingers.
She has a great sense of humour and is a storyteller. She loves to reminisce and to talk about historical events, and she loves to hear amusing anecdotes. She is an interested listener, good company and proud of her family.
Lady Karen Girvan DL presented the 100th birthday card from Her Majesty the Queen
Centenarian, Mrs Kelly, receives 100th birthday congratulations from The Queen.
Present to celebrate the event were her son and daughter and the Vice-Lord Lieutenant Mrs Stella Burnside