There was much joy and jubilation in both Derrybeg and Derry today with the news that local Republican Stephen Murney received an KBE (Knight of the British Empire) for services to the community we can report.
The local man who is usually a very quiet, shy and unassuming character spoke to us last night in total shock and amazement at the ‘extreme honour’ and ‘great personal achievement’ at receiving his KBE.
Mr Murney KBE told us:
“I was down in Derry when the news came in from the palace that I was to be awarded this great honour. I know most people were in shock but to be honest I think it is long overdue to be quite frank.
I would also like to point out that this isn’t just for me. This is for the people of Newry and south Armagh. I also want to send out my deep thanks to the PSNI for always keeping a close eye on me. It’s greatly appreciated. God Save The Queen. Yeeeooo.”