The Honorary Polish Consul for Northern Ireland Mr Jerome Mullen has been awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours list. The award has been made for services to the economy of Northern Ireland and to Polish Northern-Irish relations and for his role as Director of Newry Chamber of Commerce and the Clanrye Group.

It represents the second major accolade for the Warrenpoint based former business man. In 2016 he was awarded Poland’s highest civilian honour, the Gold Cross of Merit, in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to the overall welfare of the Polish community in Northern Ireland and the development of Polish – Northern Irish Relations since taking up the position in 2008.

Jerome Mullen OBE

This award was made on behalf of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, and presented by the late Polish Consul General Darius Adler at a special ceremony in Belfast Castle.

Mr Mullen said he accepted the OBE in the same spirit as the Polish award four years ago. He said it represented an acknowledgement that good work had been done for the overall betterment of the community in a world where such relationships are needed more than ever.

Current Polish Consul General Pawel Majewski said he was delighted and proud that a person who contributed so  extraordinarily and tremendously for the good of the society here was made an OBE.  ‘I can’t think of anyone more deserving of such an accolade. For decades, Jerome has worked tirelessly for all citizens living in Northern Ireland, developing a reputation as a Good Samaritan who helps his neighbour no matter the issue, big or small.’

‘Through his work as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland based in Newry, his name has become a guarantee of hope and help for Polish citizens. Jerome is much more than a colleague. He is a close friend and a credit to the Northern-Irish and Polish communities. His enormous contributions to local affairs have made him a dedicated civil servant who has worked tirelessly for equality, hope and dignity for all’. 

Jerome Mullen has served on the board of The Clanrye Group Training Organisation since 1985, was Chairman of for over 20 years and remains a board member at the present time. He was also President of the Newry Chamber of Commerce from 1997 – 2000 and was a major force in uniting the two local chambers in 2000 making it the third largest in Northern Ireland. He still serves as an executive member of Newry Chamber of Commerce & Trade.

Thanking his family for their support Mr Mullen said ‘I would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of my wife Margaret and my family Justin, Oksana, Colette, Ian & Paul and our 5 Grandchildren, who are all delighted that I have received this OBE honour.’

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