10 Years Ago
February 7 2002
Hotel gets go-ahead
PLANNERS have given the go-ahead for a 50-bedroom hotel in the former market yard at Rainey Street, Magherafelt.
The chairman of a group set up following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in Mid-Ulser has said every effort should be made to “keep the farmers farming”. Canon H.J.W. Moore was speaking in Ballyronan at the launch of the Loughshore Foot and Mouth Recovery and Development Plan.
Two students from Holy Trinity College in Cookstown will be heading off to India on the Fulcrum Rajsthan Challenge 2002. Majella Woods from Pomeroy and Aidan Loughran from Kildress will be spending two weeks in the country with the aim of improving the standard of living in different communities.
Dogs have savaged around 50 sheep in two attacks on farms in South Derry.
Paul Tohill, of Mid-Ulster Athletic Club, collected his first senior title, with a clear 500 points win in the Indoor pentathlon at the Irish Senior Multi Events Championships at Nenagh.
Deaths: January 29 – John Bell, Church Street, Cookstown; February 5 – Jean Elizabeth Fulton, Bellshill Road, Castledawson; January 28 – William Robert Hughes, Carson Court, Tobermore; January 28 – William Robert (Willie) Hughes; February 5 – Martha Daisy Lynd (nee Johnston), Omagh (formerly of Aghaveagh Road, Coagh); January 27 – Ian Wilson, Canada (formerly of Cookstown).
25 Years Ago
February 12 1987
A SINN Fein councillor has accused Magherafelt District Council of employing more Protestants than Roman Catholics. Councillor John Davey said there were more Catholic ratepayers in the district and this fact was not being reflected in the religious composition of the council’s staff.
A new hostel for the single homeless at Molesworth Street, Cookstown, is the first major contribution to the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless according to Mr Edward Giboney, chairman of the MUST Association for the homeless.
Cookstown Dramatic Society are taking to the stage again in the local Town Hall when they present the popular play “Professor Tim”, a comedy in three acts by George Shiels.
Rev Norman McAuley, who has been assistant minister in Dundonald for the just over three years, has accepted a call to become minister of Union Road, Magherafelt and Lecumpher Presbyterian congregations.
The RUC is investigating the burning of a police officer’s helmet during the funeral in Bellaghy of Mary McGlinchey who was murdered in a republican feud.
Deaths: February 8 - Jessie Martin (in her 94th year), Crossglebe Road, Sandholes, Cookstown; February 9 – David Ferguson, Soran Road, Cratley House, Stewartstown.
50 Years Ago
February 10 1962
Juke box devision
THE members of Cookstown Urban Council were divided at the monthly meeting on the issue as to whether juke boxes in the town’s cafes should be permitted to be played on Sundays. At the previous meeting the Council had refused applications from three cafe proprietors requesting seven-day entertainment licences in respect of their juke boxes.
Strong criticism of the behaviour of Queen’s University students during Rag Week was voiced by Dr Denis Elliott. Speaking at the monthly meeting of Cookstown Urban Council, Dr Elliott, himself a University graduate and Justice of the Peace, described Rag Week as “an absolutely ridiculous caper which should have been stopped long ago.”
The proposal by Cookstown Urban Council to acquire by vesting order land at the rear of Derryloran Parish Church to the east of Church Street as a site for 54 to 58 houses, estimated to cost in the region of £100,000, was the subject of an Inquiry in Cookstown when objections were heard from land owners concerned.
Capacity audiences attended at the Parish Hall, Coagh, and issued an extremely warm welcome to “Johnnie,” humourous light-hearted Irish comedy by P.G. O’Dea, which is this year’s choice of dramatic presentation by Tamlaghy Parish Dramatic Society.
Moyola Park made a gratifying trip to Belfast when they played L.C.T. II (Castlereagh) in a third round replay of the Irish Junior Cup and returned with a convincing 4-1 victory.
Rainey Endowed School ended their unbeaten run of eight matches with a narrow defeat by RBAI in Magherafelt. Although Rainey started the game well they ended up losing 6-3.
Deaths: January 30 – Robert Bell, Church Street, Cookstown; February 7 – Effie Garvin, Market Square, Magherafelt; February 9 – Catherine Garvin, Cluntyganny, Cookstown; February 2 – Dawson Houston, Church Street, Cookstown; February 3 – Mary A. (Minnie) Kirkpatrick, Leck, Stewartstown; January 24 – David Lennox, Aughagaskin, Magherafelt; February 2 – George McCulloch, Park Avenue, Cookstown; January 29 – Sarah Ross, Carrydarragh, Moneymore; February 2 – William Smith, North Street, Stewartstown.
75 Years Ago
February 6 1937
SIX sheep, the propert of Mr J.B.P. Scott, of Tullybuoy, were killed on the railway line at Coltrim, Moneymore, by the mail train and two others were severely injured.
Mr John A. Clark, BA, of Gravesend House, Castledawson, and a former High Sheriff of the County of Londonderry, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of the county.
Miss Corrie McBratney, of Magherafelt, won the silver challenge cup and miniature silver cup in the class for the best solo from Gilbert and Sullivan Opera at Ballymena Feis.
At the monthly meeting of Cookstown Urban Council. Mr A. M. Brennen, CE, was reappointed town surveyor for a period of 12 months at salary of £80 a year.
A record entry of 190 bulls was received for Cookstown Bull Sale on February 11. The entry list had thus doubled since the sale was inaugurated in 1924, when 92 animals were entered.
Mr Rowley Elliott, JP, MP, of Coagh, was elected President of the Irish Temperance Alliance.
Tyrone Presbytery unanimously nominated Rev J. Waddell, of Fisherwick Church, Belfast, for the Moderatorship of the General Assembly of the Presbytery, presided.
Deaths: January 22 – Mrs Mary Jane Bleeks, of Grange, Tullyhogue; January 26 – William Williamson, Bellshill Road, Annaghmore, Castledawson; January 27- Alexander Bradley, Drumconvis, Coagh; January 28 – Elizabeth Barclay, Durnascullion; January 30 – Martha Johnston, Coagh Street, Cookstown; January 31 – Eliza Brown, Drum, Cookstown; January 31 – Margretta Megaw, Ballyclog House, Stewartstown; February 1 – Matilda Parke, Tullyhogue; February 2 – Sarah Taylor, Kildress, Cookstown; February 3 – James Ferguson, Cratley, Stewartstown; February 4 – Gracie Bradford, Derrinleagh, Cookstown.
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