THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF COUNTY DOWN

Her Majesty the Queen's Representative in County Down


THERE ARE CREMONIES AT HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE TWICE A YEAR TO PRESENT THE BRITISH EMPIRE MEDALS TO RECIPIENTS


In 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic all the Honours presentation ceremonies have been postponed. Fortunately in the autumn of 2021 they have resumed @ Hillsborough Castle, although on a reduced basis to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

        Some recipients chose to receive their medals by post & some chose to wait until the ceremonies are resumed. A few have chosen to receive them personally from the Lord Lieutenant.


John Dalzell receives an OBE in Newry

   The Lord Lieutenant presented an OBE to John Dalzell on 21st September 2021 @ a special ceremony @ the  St John's House Hospice in Newry. John has raised nearly £2M over the last 29 years by holding a Christmas vigil in Newry each year with the funds going to the Southern Area Hospice. 


   The Lord Lieutenant attended a ceremony at Ballywalter Primary School on Friday 16th October 2020 to present Mary Corkum with the British Empire Medal. Mary had been the school building supervisor for 7 years & retired on that day. The Head mistress, Mrs Carolyn Craig shown above, told me that Mary was an absolutely exceptional lady & much loved by the school and all the children who clapped loudly as Mary and the Lord Lieutenant did a tour through the lines of the children. Also present in the picture was the Chairman of the Primary school, Mr Jeff Rogers,


    The Lord Lieutenant attended a ceremony in Gilford on Wednesday 21st October 2020 to present Bernard McComiskey with the British Empire Medal. Also present in the picture is Dr Robert Logan who is a Deputy Lieutenant living in Gilford. Bernard McComiskey was originally a very successful professional boxer. On retirement he has used his talents to set up a boxing club in Gilford which is open to the whole community including boys & girls, old & young & those with physical & mental difficulties. The presentation was made in Mr McComiskey's garden & his whole family & in-laws were all there to make the occasion particularly special.