Ballymoney and Moyle citizens rewarded in Birthday Honours

A wide range of Ballymoney and Moyle residents have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in the Birthday Honours List.

Teachers, doctors, community workers and a ship’s captain are now preparing for a trip to Buckingham Palace - and poignantly well-known Ballymoney health campaigner Shaun Esler who died recently was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to healthcare.

Receiving the MBE is Joseph Robert Donaghy from Ballymoney who is chairman of the Board of Governors at Our Lady of Lourdes School in the town.

Mr Donaghy has been cited for his services to education in Northern Ireland.

Also receiving the MBE is Mrs Kathleen Ann McConaghie from Ballymoney who is principal of Castleroe Primary School in Coleraine. She has also been awarded the MBE for services to education in Northern Irelasnd.

Ballymoney’s Mayor councillor Evelyne Robinson also receives the MBE for service to local government and the community in Northern Ireland.

Another MBE recipient from Ballymoney is Dr Catherine Pamela Young who is a GP in Rasharkin.

She receives the citation for services to health care and the communty in Northern Ireland.

A husband and wife charity fundraising team have been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Mrs and Mrs Roger Edward Denny and Mrs Valerie Ann Denny both receive the award for charitable services in Bushmills.

The late Shaun Esler was also awarded the BEM for his work as a member of the Causeway Cardiac Support Group for service to health care in Northern Ireland.

Finally, Richard John Green from Ballycastle receives the BEM. He is ship’s master with the Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd and was cited for his services to the community in County Antrim.