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Former Councillor Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council Michael Carr has passed away at home in his beloved Warrenpoint.

Michael was elected as a Crotlieve Councillor in 2001 and remained there until 2019. He served as Mayor of Newry and Mourne in 2006/2007. He was also a past Captain of Warrenpoint Golf Club and a member of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

Michael Carr during his time as Mayor supporting a Hospice fundraiser. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Michael Carr passed away yesterday 9 May and is survived by his wife Kay and daughter Fiona and sons Shane, Ruairí and Christy.

Michael’s Requiem Mass can be viewed at www.churchmedia.tv from St. Peter’s Church, Warrenpoint tomorrow Tuesday at 12 noon.

Many many tributes have been made by his friends and political representatives regardless of their affinities.

Michael Carr with friends and colleagues.

Family Man

In a moving tribute MLA Sinéad Bradley said "Michael was, first and foremost, a family man and anyone who shared his company will be aware of the central role his wife Kay and their children played in his life.

"It was however his deep rooted love for his hometown of Warrenpoint that saw Michael enter public life to become a highly respected local SDLP Councillor. His genuine love of Warrenpoint and its people remained at the core of his work throughout his time on the council, including when his dedication to work in public office saw him elevated to the position of Mayor in 2006.

The late Michael Carr, always willing not to take things too seriously. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The late Michael Carr in his time as Mayor of Newry and Mourne. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

"It is difficult to reflect on Michael’s life and not also draw reference to his love of golfing, in particular Warrenpoint Golf Club where he held position of Captain. Many of Michael’s lifelong friendships centred around his love of golf and I am aware his presence will be sorely missed within the golfing fraternity.

"Also his commitment, loyalty and support for his beloved local GAA club, Cumann Pheadair Naofa, knew no bounds and it has been noted how he continued lobbying for them even in the days leading up to his passing. The SDLP is immensely proud of Michael’s steadfast achievements and it is with pride we recognise how his legacy will record him amongst Warrenpoint’s finest and most passionate public representatives."

Meeting the Polish community. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie



Worked Tirelessly

Crotlieve Councillor, Cllr Mickey Ruane said “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former SDLP Councillor Mickey Carr. I had the pleasure of working alongside Michael from 2001 to 2019 on the Council.

“Michael worked tirelessly to better both his hometown, Warrenpoint and the surrounding area. On behalf of Sinn Féin, I offer my sincere condolences to Michael’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad and difficult time.”

Love of family faith and community

Former Councillor Pat Maginn who preceded Michael as Mayor said "I first met Michael whilst both of us served on Newry & Mourne Council. We shared a love of family, faith and community and he even got me into golf! He served all people well.

"Michael was a civil man, someone who I had the highest of respect for and trust in,and someone I would call a friend, even at the times I am sure I put his head away. I am glad I got the opportunity to get to meet and know Michael, to be able to call him a friend. I learnt a lot from him and his fine example of service."

Perfect Gentleman

Councillor Terry Andrews said "Very sorry and saddened to hear the sad news about Michael who I had known for many years as a friend and Councillor colleague on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. A perfect gentleman, very down to earth and kind. Always there to help and give advice and support."

Michael Carr as Mayor in 2006.

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MLA Sinead Ennis said "I spent some years on the Council along with Michael, with both of us representing the Crotlieve area. I always found him friendly and someone who had a genuine desire to make a difference. "

MP Chris Hazzard said "Sad to learn that Michael Carr has passed away. As an SDLP Councillor, Michael gave almost 2 decades service to the people of Crotlieve. Thoughts with his family & friends at this terribly sad time"

Great Ambassador

Former Council Chairman Davy Hyland said he was "A great ambassador for his beloved Warrenpoint, a true gentleman who was liked and respected as a Councillor by all within the Council chamber, a man of great integrity. He will be sadly missed."

Sorely missed

Colleague Cllr Michael Savage said "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our esteemed friend and colleague Michael Carr.
Michael was a great public servant who was passionate about Warrenpoint, Crotlieve and its people. On Council he was someone you could always go to for sound guidance and advice. He will be sorely missed."

Hard working

MLA Jim Wells said "I knew Michael very well for 20 years and found him to be a hard working and very effective public representative for Warrenpoint and Rostrevor. I had no idea that he was ill and his death came as a real shock. It was a privilege to have known him."

Michael Carr during his spell as Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council.

Colleague Councillor Gary Stokes spoke of his sadness in losing a good friend adding "He always thought before he spoke."Valued his friendship and support

Margaret Ritchie added "Michael represented the Warrenpoint area on the Council for many years until 2019. Michael was also a former member of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority. He was hard working,thoughtful, reflective and enthusiastic about issues in the Crotlieve area. I always enjoyed working with him and valued his friendship and support. "

So Kind

Council Chairperson, Cllr Laura Devlin said "Michael was a true gentleman. So intelligent, so thorough but above all Kind. He was so kind towards me since becoming a Councillor. Always on hand for advice & generally keeping me right. We always joked about his love for spreadsheets & producing reports!!! Sending my love to Kay & his family, who he adored"

Contribution was invaluable

Warrenpoint Port in a statement  said "The Board, Management and entire Team at Warrenpoint Port are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Carr. Michael was an esteemed member of our Harbour Authority Board for more than ten years. His contribution to the local community was invaluable and he will be greatly missed in the wider Warrenpoint area"

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