10 Years Ago
May 2 2002
COOKSTOWN councillor Peter Cassidy warned local women to be vigilant following a serious sexual assault in the grounds of an hotel in the town.
Unionist councillors from Magherafelt and Cookstown met with Health Board chiefs to discuss the future of the Mid-Ulster Hospital site.
Sales dramatically plummeted at the Station Road industrial estate in Magherafelt due to the presence of the travelling community, according to traders.
This month could mark the start of works on the Toome by pass – and herald the end of rush hour commuter misery!
An 82nd strike from Sam Shiels was enough to bring the IFA Division Two title to Moyola Park FC for the first time in their history. The Castledawson outfit defeated H&W Welders 1-0 with three games to spare in the league.
Deaths: April 24 – Violet Blackley, Beechway, Cookstown; April 24 – James Alexander (Sandy) Davison, Killyneedan, Sandholes, Cookstown; April 25 – Mary Ferguson, Ballymoyle Road, Coagh; April 24 – Norman Kyle, Mountview, Moneymore.
25 Years Ago
May 7 1987
THE traffic wardens, who will shortly be patrolling the streets of Cookstown, will not be able to enforce the parking regulations on Saturdays.
This is because under Royal Charter granted by Charles II in the 17th century which gives the people of Cookstown the right to use the streets as a market.
The poker tournament held up by an armed gang in a Cookstown hotel in the early hours of Monday morning was being held as a fund raiser for the SDLP. A shot was fired into the ceiling during the incident before the raiders made off with more than £10,000.
The Gauger’s Inn at Ballyronan was severely damaged by fire following two bomb blasts on Tuesday night.
An eight-year-old Coagh girl was knocked down and killed near her home. She was Catherine Patricia Mitchell from Ruskey Road.
A trail for disabled people was officially opened by Monica Wilson, access officer for the Northern Ireland Council for the Handicapped, at Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown.
Deaths: April 30 – Bertha Conly, Coolshinney Close, Magherafelt; May 2 – Hester Hogg, Coolshinney House, Magherafelt; April 27 – Mary A. H. (Etta) McLaughlin (nee Patton); May 4 – Gabriel Sampson, Princess Avenue, Cookstown; April 29 – Thomas Cecil Sandford, Sperrin Court, Cookstown.
50 Years Ago
May 5 1962
Outbreak of fire
A LOCK-UP grocery shop and an unoccupied dwelling house at Corhoney, Cookstown, were destroyed by an outbreak of fire.
The premises were owned by Mr Henderson Black, whose home at Church Street, Cookstown, was extensively damaged by fire about two years ago.
The fixing of a date for the hearing of the dispute between Toome Eel Fishery (Northern Ireland) Ltd, and Lough Neagh fishermen over the right to fish on the Lough was postponed in the Ulster High Court after Mr Justice McVeigh had been told that important documents were not yet in the hands of the fishermen – the defendants in the case.
Sheep and lambs were reported dying in the sun this week on the slopes of the Sperrin Mountains. Hundreds, it was stated, would be killed off unless rain came soon. Tetany – a dreaded grass disease – has been sweeping through flocks and farmers said only a downpour can stop it spreading.
Cavan re-established themselves in the eyes of their home supporters when they surprised Derry at Breffni Park on Sunday in the semi-final of the Dr McKenna Cup and won much more readily than 1-13 to 2-6 score suggests.
Riders from throughout the British Isles will again be competing in the Cookstown “100” motor cycle race being held on Wednesday, May 16.
Deaths: April 29 – Margaret Boyce, Lismoney, Moneymore; April 18 – Robert Lawrence, Queen Street, Magherafelt; May 2 – Hugh Archer McGuckin, Ballymacpherson, Desertmartin.
75 Years Ago
May 1 1937
THERE was a strike of labourers working at the making of a trench for the laying of an electric cable in connection with the electric light scheme at Toome.
The men engaged were paid 8d per hour and they demanded 9d; they were granted the extra penny and work was resumed.
Since the inauguration in March of a scheme for the destruction of foxes in County Londonderry, claims for the killing of 64 foxes were received.
The seventh annual daffodil and Spring flower show at Newmills was held under the patronage of Her Grace, the Duchess of Abercorn, the proceeds being in aid of Newmills Parish Church funds.
Messrs Benson Bros, of Cookstown, secured the contract for the extension of Dungannon Fever Hospital at £12,339.
Deaths: April 17 – George Alexander McCausland, Glasgow and formerly of Rooskey, Gortin; April 22 – Margaret McIlwaine, Donaghrisk; April 23 – Margaret Woods, Mowillian, Moneymore; April 25 – John Maxwell, Sandown Road, Belfast, interred Claggan Churchyard, Cookstown.
100 Years Ago
April 26 1912
TYRONE County Council declared war on thistles and dockweeds by putting the Weeds Act into operation.
The total number of processes issued for Magherafelt Quarter Sessions was under 700, or about 50 per cent, less than usual.
Eighty-five vaccination defaulters in Cookstown Union were reported to the Board of Guardians. There were 32 in Cookstown district, 31 in Stewartstown and 11 each in Coagh and Pomeroy. During the year 32 cases of scarlatina and 24 of diphtheria had been notified.
Rev James Bloomer, BA, took up duty as curate of Derryloran Parish, Cookstown, during the week. Two years previously he had been appointed and ordained as curate of the Parishes of Ballyclog and Donaghendry.
Deaths: Robert Hutchinson, Claggan; Alex Arrol, Cabragh, aged 84; James Reid, Lurganeden, aged 70; Mary Ann Gould, Oldtown, Cookstown, aged 80.
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