Balla native Major Declan Lynn honoured by Local Community
Posted in Connect on October 28, 2015.
Declan Lynn, a Major in the British Army, who was awarded an MBE, was honoured by the Balla Community in an emotional ceremony held in Balla Community Centre last Friday night.
The Balla No Name club made a presentation to Major Declan Lynn in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the British army, he was awarded an MBE in February 2015 for his work in education and literacy.
Major Declan Lynn is from Station Rd. in Balla and is the son of the late Seán and Eileen Lynn. Declan began his military career with the FCA in Castlebar back in the 90’s. After his mother died he took a year out from his education before returning in 1996, graduating in 2000 with a Business Studies degree from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. After his father passed in 2004 he began training at the British Army’s Royal Military Academy in 2005. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan delivering skills and courses soldiers required for promotion. As well as his educational responsibilities, Capt Lynn served as a mentor to an Afghan colleague, as a media officer, hosting and escorting members of the press around the area of operations. In May 2013 he was part of a small team charged with creating a training syllabus for the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Qarga, Kabul, after which he was promoted to the rank of Major in 2014.
Major Lynn was delighted to be home in his native Balla for such a proud occasion, expressing his gratitude to the local community, the Balla No Name Club and his former teacher Padraig Cunnane. Major Lynn will be taking part in the 2016 London marathon to raise money for Afghan Aid, a charity which educates and trains villagers to help them meet their survival and development needs. http://www.afghanaid.org.uk