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LAST Saturday will go down in Rathfriland history as a very memorable day in the calender year with hundreds of men, women and children from all sections of the community attending the fourth John Ingram Memorial Fun Day at Rathfriland Football Club.

The activities at a sun-kissed Iveagh Park got underway at 1pm with the junior football competitions - Annalong finishing winners of the u9s and Rathfriland Swifts the runners-up, while it was Windmill Stars who won the u-11 competition with Barcroft runners up.

Jenny Gilmore, wife of Rathfriland FC player David Gilmore, who have supported the Ronald McDonald house charity, handed out the medals and trophies to the young footballing stars. There was also an u-8s game for all the youngest children of the youth section of the club.

A 30-foot high slide, an obstacle course run, a boxing ring and bouncy castles were free and thoroughly enjoyed by all the children while other activities such as face painting, the penalty kick, sports games and a fire brigade display were also well attended.

Various refreshments of teas/coffees, sweet stalls were on offer with the good old barbeque almost constant from lunch to 7pm. The evening saw Zumba for a lot of the girls including Sadie Jackson, Girtrid Megaw and Winnie Toal!

The last part of the evening saw an “old crocks” game with two Rathfriland FC selects in action with club president Brian Tood collecting the man of the match award for his winning team. He certainly deserved it with the way he constantly took the ball around “Chub” McCabe. A big thank-you to local referee Stewart Rowland who officiated the game and the youth games earlier along with David Gilmore.

With no official admission fee to the event all donations at the gate made for a fabulous donation to Newry Hospice and to Ronald McDonald house. As well as local counciller Liz Ingram, wife of the late John Ingram, Rathfriland FC also were delighted to have Maxi Beale from the shared neighbourhood programme, Jenny Gilmore representing ronald mcdonald house and two of our sponsors david niblock of dn tyres and tom mcavoy from the milestone service station. Thanks also to irwin`s bakery for their sponsorship and robin mccauley for the use of his field for car parking facilities.

Thanks must go to a core team of workers in preparation for the day and to all on the day both the committee and their wives and partners who helped out in any way.

Overall this was another memorable day in the history of rathfriland football club and for the ingram family. The cross community funday was a very fitting way of honouring john`s memory and john would have been so proud of everything that went on.

The plaque on the wall of the clubrooms permanently reminds us all at rathfriland football club of a man who done so much for the club and for the community when he was alive – john ingram – gone but certainly not forgotten.