Paul was the first Irish man to complete the Marathon in a blistering 2hrs 16mins 33seconds – inside the time required to qualify for next year’s World Championships.
Commenting on Paul’s success, Councillor Muir said: “To finish as the first Irish Male amongst the 14,535 athletes who took part in the Dublin Marathon is a fantastic achievement.
“Both Paul, his friends and family, his club (Annadale Striders) and Holywood should be extremely proud of this amazing attainment with Paul running faster than any Northern Irish athlete in 20 years.
“As a Holywood resident and keen member of North Down Athletics Club, who can only dream of completing a Marathon in such an amazing time, I look forward to watching Paul achieve even further successes. Paul has now established himself as one of our premier athletes.”