Journal Mum of the Year is simply ‘the best’

Derry Journal Mum of the Year Margie McColgan receives her prize of a Mother's Day lunch at the Everglades Hotel from general manager Neil Devlin and Geraldine Gallagher, Derry Journal marketing. Included are family members who nominated Margie, front from left, Ava Farren, Shauna McColgan, Jay Farren and Michelle Farren, Niamh McColgan, standing left, and Marie McColgan. (0803PG61)
Derry Journal Mum of the Year Margie McColgan receives her prize of a Mother's Day lunch at the Everglades Hotel from general manager Neil Devlin and Geraldine Gallagher, Derry Journal marketing. Included are family members who nominated Margie, front from left, Ava Farren, Shauna McColgan, Jay Farren and Michelle Farren, Niamh McColgan, standing left, and Marie McColgan. (0803PG61)

According to Derry Journal Mum of the Year winner Margie McColgan everyone thinks their mammy is special - but her eldest daughter Maria, who nominated her for the award, thinks her mother is a cut above the rest.

In her nomination Maria told the ‘Journal’ her mother was one of the hardest working women she knew who managed to juggle working full time with raising four daughters, helping out with three grandchildren and taking care of one husband!

Maria said her mother gives “everyone she’s involved with 100% focus. She’s the best!” - and speaking after hearing her mother had won our text vote she said she was “over the moon” and “no-one deserved it more”.

Originally from Rathlin Drive in Creggan, Margie moved to Muff when she married more than 30 years ago and has lived there since where she has raised her four daughters, Maria, Michelle, Shauna and Niamh.

Maria said her mum has always been one in a million and proved herself to be an amazing role model for her daughters. “My mother went back to education when we were small, and graduated with her HND when my sister Niamh was just one week old! She then went on to study for her degree.”

Margie now holds a full time job as an administrator in the Environmental Services Department at Derry City Council. Her daughters are now all grown - with Niamh now 21 - but she is not one to rest on her laurels.

As well as enjoying spending time with her grandchildren, Margie plays an exceptionally active role within her local community.

She now acts as Club Secretary for the Quigley’s Point Swifts Football Club, who got behind the text vote campaign to earn her the Mum of the Year accolade.

Margie also volunteers with the Irish Credit Union Movement and was involved in securing the national AGM of the Credit Union for Derry later this year.

Maria said she was “exceptionally proud” of her mother and didn’t quite know how she had fitted it all in. “She always puts us and everyone else first. She has achieved an awful lot and doesn’t let anything stand in her way.”

Margie herself said she was “really proud” that her daughter had nominated her for the award but added, modestly, “Sure doesn’t everyone think their mammy is the best?”

The 55 year-old said she was “shocked” when she saw her picture in the ‘Journal’ last week and never for one moment thought she would win.

“When Maria told me she had nominated me I was taken aback, but obviously delighted that she thinks so highly of me.

“It was a prize in itself that she thought so much of me to do that - but sure everyone loves their mammy,” she laughed.

Margie will now enjoy a special Mother’s Day lunch at the Everglades Hotel, where she is sure to be pampered.

The highlight of the day for her, she said, will be having her lunch and not having to do the dishes afterwards.

The Derry Journal would like to wish all the mammies of the North West a wonderful Mother’s Day.