Congratulations to Ballinode’s Darren Mulligan from Clontoe, and his Christian Ministry praise band “We Are Messengers” who won the “Breakout Single of the Year” at the seventh annual K-LOVE Fan awards in Nashville, Tennessee in early June. The awards night was hosted by Matthew West and Mandisa in the historic Grand Ole Opry, and We Are Messengers were nominated in 2 categories. The band’s winning song “Maybe It’s Ok” sheds light on the stigma of mental health within the church, and We Are Messengers also performed during the live show. The live awards aired on Sunday, June 9 on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Darren has been hugely successful since arriving in Nashville, and his band boasts five Top 10 Billboard Christian Airplay hits, and 3 top 5 recordings. Darren’s song “I’m on Fire” has been used by Sky Sports for their ad in 2016, and the Dove Award-nominated group has played for more than half a million people across 40 states and 5 countries in 2019 alone, and continues to tour; we wish him continued success.