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Ó Donnghaile congratulates award winner Paul McCrory

14 May, 2012

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has commended Short Strand youth and community worker Paul McCrory, on being awarded the Community Relations Council’s ‘Special Endeavour Award’ earlier today.

Speaking this afternoon Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;

“Paul McCrory, or Coocher as we know him locally, has been an established community and youth worker in our area for over 25 years.

“He is someone who has given up his time and ability to generations of young people throughout inner-east Belfast, whether in the local youth club, on numerous football teams, on training and education courses or being to the fore in cross-community engagement in this part of the city.

“Anyone who spends any time in the Strand can see the affection in which he is held by local children and young people and also by his colleagues on organisations like the Short Strand Community Forum which Paul chairs.

“His work in the Doyle Youth Club is a vital resource for the local community. Recently Paul donated a kidney to his youngest son Pearse – a short time later Paul was standing with us, as he had done many times before, trying to ease tensions and stop violence at the interface in east Belfast.

“I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of this award than Coocher. Comhghairdeas!” CRÍOCH

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