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Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk          23/5/2013

Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan

Joby Murphy's father, Joe Murphy, recieved The ni4kids Father of the Year Award 2013 at Belfast City Hall today. Joby died after falling off a footbridge over the River Lagan as he returned home with friends from a club featuring a cheap drinks promotion. 

The Ni4kids Family Awards are in recognition of the people, organisations and businesses that go above and beyond to support families in Northern Ireland.

Further info T: +44 (0)28 9078 8888 F: +44 (0) 28 9078 8889E: awards@ni4kids.com W: www.ni4kids.com

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 23/5/2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Joby Murphy's father, Joe Murphy, recieved The ni4kids Father of the Year Award 2013 at Belfast City Hall today. Joby died after falling off a footbridge over the River Lagan as he returned home with friends from a club featuring a cheap drinks promotion. The Ni4kids Family Awards are in recognition of the people, organisations and businesses that go above and beyond to support families in Northern Ireland. Further info T: +44 (0)28 9078 8888 F: +44 (0) 28 9078 8889E: awards@ni4kids.com W: www.ni4kids.com

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Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 23/5/2013 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin Kernoghan Joby Murphy's father, Joe Murphy, recieved The ni4kids Father of the Year Award 2013 at Belfast City Hall today. Joby died after falling off a footbridge over the River Lagan as he returned home with friends from a club featuring a cheap drinks promotion. The Ni4kids Family Awards are in recognition of the people, organisations and businesses that go above and beyond to support families in Northern Ireland. Further info T: +44 (0)28 9078 8888 F: +44 (0) 28 9078 8889E: awards@ni4kids.com W: www.ni4kids.com

The campaigning dad of a young man who died after falling off a bridge as he returned home from a club running a cheap drinks promotion has been named ni4kids Father of the Year 2013.

Joe Murphy, the father of 20-year-old Joby Murphy, received the award at Belfast City Hall yesterday.

Joby had been drinking vodka at £1 a shot at a nightclub in Belfast's Odyssey complex before he fell into the River Lagan in January 2012.

The young Glengormley man was missing for four weeks before his body was located in the water using hi-tech sonar equipment brought in from Cork.

After his death Joe raised tens of thousands of pounds to buy special sonar equipment for the local Community Rescue Service.

Mr Murphy also campaigned for additional life-saving equipment on the Lagan Weir footbridge and has spoken out against cheap drink promotions.

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