Club holds annual John Ingram Memorial fun day

Saturday June 1 was a very memorable day for Rathfriland Football Club as the community attended the fifth John Ingram Memorial Fun Day.

In the junior football competitions Warrenpoint Town finished winners of a great U9s final with Rathfriland Swifts the runners up while Dromore won the U11 competition with Annalong runners up.

Anne Annett, mother of James who survived a serious road accident almost two years ago, supporting Revive at the Royal Victoria Hospital intensive care unit, handed out the medals and trophies.

Mark Bronte won the primary school penalty shoot while it was fitting that Mark Ingram won the senior competition.

The children also had the chance to throw the sponge at the likes of David Gilmore, Chamack and Mervyn Groves!

The last part of the evening saw the committee take on two penalty shoot out competitions, one with a rugby ball and then one with a football but blindfolded! Dessie Davenport was the eventual winner in the rugby ball shoot out and John Annett won the other blind folded competition but in both competitions Mark Bickerstaff has yet to connect with the ball.

With no official admission fee to the event, all donations at the gate made for a fabulous donation to Revive and Newry Hospice.

As well as local Councillor Liz Ingram, wife of the late John Ingram, Rathfriland FC also were delighted to have in the large crowd Maxi Beale from the Shared Neighbourhood Programme, Anne and James Annett representing Revive 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.

The plaque on the wall of the clubroom permanently reminds us all at Rathfriland of a man who did so much for the club and for the community when he was alive. John Ingram – gone but certainly not forgotten.