Newry bar pays moving tribute to talented young Engineer

December 5, 2016

A newly refurbished bar in Newry is paying a moving tribute to a talented young Engineer who sadly passed away five weeks ago following a courageous two and a half year battle against a rare form of children’s cancer.

The popular Bridge Bar in the city – which has recently undergone a massive facelift and expansion – has erected an illuminated reindeer on its roof in honour of the late Colum McNally from Saval.  The festive offering was the 20 year old’s last project and the owners of the Bridge Bar, Colum and Sarah McAvoy, feel it is a fitting tribute to the very talented and promising engineering student who had a bright future ahead of him in the industry..

Colum, a former pupil of St Colman’s College,  has been described as “an inspirational person” after he completed his A levels, his first year of Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University and also won the prestigious 2015 UK Young Engineer Award with his ‘Agri-Hammer’  – all whilst undergoing aggressive chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

The Bridge Bar owners commissioned the reindeer following the success of a similar one that Colum had made for them last year which took pride of place outside The Whistledown Hotel in Warrenpoint.

The young engineer worked on the project throughout the summer and, with Christmas not far away, Colum and Sarah McAvoy say they are honoured to host Colum’s Reindeer in his memory. The couple say all those who knew young Colum will remember him for his smile and amazing outlook on life.

All funds raised from forthcoming fundraising in the Bridge Bar and the Whistledown Hotel will go to the excellent charity CLIC Sargent who are an invaluable support for children and young adults during their battle with cancer.

Colum’s family have conveyed their thanks to everyone in advance of their support.