10 Years Ago
March 28 2002
TALKS were continuing between representatives of a nationalist band and the Parades Commission over the route of an Easter Monday parade in Maghera.
Sinn Fein’s John Kelly said if restrictions were imposed on the Easter Rising march by the Parades Commission it would make it more difficult to find a satisfactory resolution to other contentious parades in the tow
Evidence of ongoing solvent abuse has been uncovered in Cookstown in recent days, the MAIL revealed in an exclusive report.
The two young sisters who lost their lives in a devastating house fire near Toome were buried. Eight-year-old Catherine O’Boyle died in hospital a day after her 12-year-old sister, Ann Marie was killed in the blaze at the farmhouse at Cargin Road.
A heritage group in Magherafelt is campaigning for the town’s Market Yard to be turned into a military museum and not a hotel, the MAIL has learned.
Moyola’s hopes of lifting the Division Two league title were dented by the Castledawson side’s 2-1 home defeat by H&W Welders. However, the management and players at Moyola are remaining confident that they can catch and overtake leaders Dundela by the end of the season.
Deaths: March 17 – Eric Dawson, Canada (formerly Toome Road, Castledawson); March 10 – Mary Elizabeth (May) Lennox (nee Brown), Queen’s Avenue, Magherafelt; March 23 – Elizabeth Love, Riverview, Moneymore.
25 Years Ago
April 2 1987
Pay parks slammed
DUP chair of Cookstown District Council Alan Kane described the introduction of the pay car parks in the town by the DoE as “a total and absolute disaster.”
Union Road Presbyterian Church was filled to capacity for the installation service of Rev Norman W. McAuley, former assistant in Dundonald Presbyterian Church, Belfast, as minister of Lecumpher and Union Road Presbyterian Churches.
One thousand dwellings will be required in Magherafelt District Council’s area over the next five years, according to the Housing Executive.
A 27-year-old South Derry nurse was murdered in the USA by a man who then committed suicide. Miss Anne-Marie Walsh, from Bellaghy, was stabbed to death in Detroit, Michigan, by an Arab doctor.
Eastenders star Mehmet was the special guest at the Pink Pussycat, Cookstown
Cookstown milkman Raymond McCoy was selected on to the Northern Ireland squad for a European Championship game against England at Windsor Park. The 23-year-old Coleraine striker was in the panel for the first time.
Deaths: March 29 – Thomas Allingham, Westlands, Cookstown; March 31 – Thomas Kenneth Black, Killycurragh Road, Cookstown; March 15 – Jack McLean, Ballyronan House, Salterstown.
50 Years Ago
March 31 1962
New primary for Castledawson
THE decision of County Derry Education Committee not to provide a new primary school in Castledawson, but to modernise the existing school at a cost of £20,000 has been challenged by the management committee of the school.
Reference to the nurses’ pay claim was made by Mrs J. D. Chichester-Clark, wife of the Unionist MP for South Derry, when she presented the prizes at the annual prize-giving of the Mid-Ulster Hospital Nurses’ Training School, Magherafelt.
Election fever is rising as the various political parties in the Province get down to the task of selecting their candidates for the forthcoming Northern Ireland Parliamentary Election, which is expected to be in two to three months time.
Seventeen-year-old Sandy Mitchell, of Dunman, Cookstown, left to make a new life for himself in the land of progress and promise – Australia. Sailing on the same ship but bound for North Island, New Zealand, will be Miss June Townsend, whose parents live at Drapersfield, Cookstown.
There was plenty of action and thrills in the 12 bouts at the boxing tournament promoted in St Patrick’s Hall, Ardboe, by Coalisland Amateur Boxing Club. The fairly large crowd got value for their money as practically all the contests went the distance – a sign of efficient match making, so essential in tournaments of this kind if they are to be a success.
Maurice Acheson of Cookstown, driving his Lotus, featured amongst the prize winners at the first motor race meeting of the new season at Kirkistown. He was second in the Formula Libre race with a speed of 77.11mph and third in the Formula Junior race with a speed of 73.94mph.
75 Years Ago
March 27 1937
FRIDAY, March 19, was the 100th anniversary of the opening of Third Presbyterian Church, Molesworth Street, Cookstown, by Rev Henry Cooke, DD, LLB. The occasion was marked by a socil gathering of the congregation, who were addressed by the minister, Rev John Entrican, BA.
The Post Office at Lisamuck was broken into and a sum of £12 was stolen, as well as a quantity of cigarettes and tobacco.
Gerald Taylor, so of Mr William Taylor, Queen Street, Magherafelt, scored Ireland’s only goal in the International soccer match Ireland v Wales at Tredegar. The cross-Channel Press commented most favourably on his display of football.
Upperlands Pipe Band, organised in 1935, secured the high score of 80 points in the 3rd grade at the annual festival of the North West Bands Association in Londonderry city.
A cow belonging to Mr Charles Diamond, of Anahorish, Castledawson, gave birth to three heifer calves on St Patrick’s Day. This was the fourth time she had calves on St Patrick’s Day.
Winnie McCague (15), daughter of Mr James McCague, principal of Stewartstown PE School, had a double success in the Ulster Women’s Unionist annual speaking competition in Belfast.
Deaths: March 17 – Lizzie Young, Sessia, Coagh; March 18 – Annie R. Hamilton, Gortin; March 18 – Rev John R. Sides, Athelford, Ballycastle, late rector of Donaghmore; March 22 – Elizabeth C. Hughes, Commercial Hotel, Middletown; March 22 – William Kane, Coolshinney, Magherafelt; March 22 – John Morwood, Annaghmore, Castledawson; March 22 – William Scott, Annahavil, Moneymore; March 25 – Annie Priestly Lewis, Millburn Street, Cookstown.
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FOLLOWING the recent publication of our class photo of 1949-1950 of Castledawson PE School, John Dawson contacted us to say the year was 1950 because he started school in April 1950 and he was one of the “unknown” - fourth boy from left in front row (between Kenneth Pickering and Robin Averill.
“I can’t help with any of the others as I’ve been away from the area for over 40 years. Ronnie Klewchuck is not named - but maybe he missed school that day,” said John.