Joe honoured following MBE

PRINCIPAL MAN. Joe Donaghy, pictured at a function in his honour on Friday night at Our Lady of Lourdes along with Principal Elish Gillan.INBM6-14 024SC.
PRINCIPAL MAN. Joe Donaghy, pictured at a function in his honour on Friday night at Our Lady of Lourdes along with Principal Elish Gillan.INBM6-14 024SC.

Ballymoney man Joe Donaghy has been honoured locally after being recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List.

Mr Donaghy, who is chairman of the Board of Governors at Our Lady of Lourdes School in the town received the MBE back in June. He was also cited for his services to education in Northern Ireland.

BEHIND EVERY MAN...Joe pictured with his wife Lilian and daughter Joanne.INBM6-14 025SC.

BEHIND EVERY MAN...Joe pictured with his wife Lilian and daughter Joanne.INBM6-14 025SC.

During a special ceremony held at OLOL, Miss E Gillan, Acting Principal explained: “Since I joined this school community, I have always known Mr Donaghy be a man of quiet determination who gives up his time selflessly to help others.

“Joe has been a cornerstone of our community throughout these past years and has always been available to advise on an informal basis over a cup of tea or able to bring his invaluable expertise and experience to the forefront when needed in a more formal capacity.

“We, the staff, parents, pupils and Board of Governors remain indebted to him for all his hard work and service over the years, for Our Lady of Lourdes High School, the Ballymoney Learning Community and for his service to education in Northern Ireland.

“We are all delighted that he has finally received formal recognition of his diligent, efficient and loyal service to the local community. The award of an MBE is a fitting tribute and he should be justifiably proud of his tremendous achievements which have only come about through his passion and dedication.”

JUST GRAND. Joe Donaghy, pictured with his son-in-law Michael McKendry and Grandson Daniel on Friday night.INBM6-14 026SC.

JUST GRAND. Joe Donaghy, pictured with his son-in-law Michael McKendry and Grandson Daniel on Friday night.INBM6-14 026SC.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE. Joe Donaghy MBE, pictured along with former Principals Dr Liam O'Cuinneagain and Maurice McHenry on Friday night.INBM6-14 027SC.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE. Joe Donaghy MBE, pictured along with former Principals Dr Liam O'Cuinneagain and Maurice McHenry on Friday night.INBM6-14 027SC.

BADGE OF HONOUR. Joe, pictured with Joan Christie, Co.Antrim Lord Lt., and MLA Mervyn Storey on Friday night at Our Lady of Loudes.INBM6-14 028SC.

BADGE OF HONOUR. Joe, pictured with Joan Christie, Co.Antrim Lord Lt., and MLA Mervyn Storey on Friday night at Our Lady of Loudes.INBM6-14 028SC.

FAMILY MAN. Joe Donaghy MBE pictured along with his daughter Anne and her husband Kieran Malone.INBM6-14 029SC.

FAMILY MAN. Joe Donaghy MBE pictured along with his daughter Anne and her husband Kieran Malone.INBM6-14 029SC.