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7 Jan. 1911 News of the Day

Transcribed by Jane from the Mid-Ulster Mail

Old-Age Pensions

Dungannon and Moy Committee

Present – Messrs. Hunt W. CHAMBRE, J.P. (chairman); Thomas J. AIKEN, J.P.; Henry TOHALL, J.P.; Maurice P. CULLEN, Arthur BYRNE, James EWING, Mr. William HUNTER, pension officer, and Mr. W.J. BEATTY, secretary, were also in attendance.

Mr. M’GUFFIN, clerk of Dungannon Union, attended on behalf of the Board of Guardians in connection with the numerous relief cases which came up for hearing at that meeting.

Pension Increased

James TEAGUE, Drumgrannon, Moy, applied to have his pension increased from 4s to 5s. He earned 9s a week when able to work, but had not worked during the past three months. The application was granted.

Pension Granted

Wilson BOYD, Farlough, aged 76, a small farmer, was granted 3s. His wife, Elizabeth BOYD, was granted the full amount.
John MALLON, Ballynakelly, a small farmer, was granted 5s from 6th January, when he will attain the qualifying age.
Thomas HOLLYWOOD, Finelly, a labourer earning 6s weekly when working, was allowed 5s from 14th February, when he attains the age of 70.
Robert HENRY, Drumreagh, a labourer earning 6s weekly, was allowed 5s from 27th February next, the date of his baptism. The claimant has since produced a certificate showing that he was born on 26th November, 1840, and has lodged an appeal against the committee’s decision.
Ann M’AVOY, Ballynakelly, a small farmer, aged 70 on 2nd February next, was allowed full pension from that date.
John M’VEIGH, William Street, Dungannon, aged 77 years of age, formerly an engine driver, was granted 5s.
John VALLELY, Bernagh, a small farmer with £90 in Provincial Bank, was allowed 2s a week. He was aged about 80 years.
Mary Jane MONTGOMERY, Keenaghan, a small farmer, was granted 5s.

Out Relief Claimants

The following out-door relief claimants were granted five shillings from 1st January: –
Mary CULLEN, Corr, aged eighty;
Eliza BLAIR, Ballynakelly, aged 70;
Thomas ECCLES, Ann Street, Dungannon, aged 79;
Ann M’KENNA, Savingsbank Street, Dungannon, aged 75, and also her husband, Hugh M’KENNA, aged 74;
Margaret DONAGHY, Ann Street, Dungannon, aged 85;
John M’CANN, Cohannon, aged 78;Mary Jane M’NALLY, Edendork, aged 79;
Isabella QUINN, Sloan Street, Dungannon, aged 81;
Ann M’DONALD, Barrack Street, Dungannon, no evidence of whose age was produced, but a confirmation of the youngest of her seven children, 20th November 1873, was accepted as proof of her age;
Arthur BOYLE, Gortmerron, aged 73;
Mary Ann MORRISON, Killybrackey, aged 73;
Annie HERDMAN, Drumloe, aged 82;
Maria BURNSIDE, Dungannon Road, Moy, aged 82;
Mary FEE, Kinnego, aged 76;
Eliza M’NALLY, Corr, aged 74;
Wm. M’COURT, Edendork, aged 72;
Mary EAKIN, Dungannon Street, Moy, aged 88;
Mary FOX, Creenagh, aged 87;
Mary Ann M’GEE, Dreemore, aged 74.

Dungannon Workhouse Claimants

The following inmates of Dungannon Workhouse who intend to leave the house were provisionally granted 5s: –
James M’RORY, a native of Carrickmore, aged seventy five; Patrick Hugh DENNISON, late of Mullyroddes, aged 71;
Hugh HARVEY, of Turleenan, aged 73;
Rose KERR, formerly of Woodhill, aged 79;
Thomas IRWIN, a native of Tynan, aged 73;
Jacob ARTHURS, of Drumharrick, ages 76;
Felix M’QUADE, a native of Creenagh, aged 74;
Thomas HANLON, a native of Derrytreak, aged 71;
Terence DOEY, a native of Annaghboe (formerly employed by Mr. James DICKSON, J.P.), aged 84;
James FULLEN, of Killygavanagh, aged 78;
John BOYD, a native of Glencon, aged 71;
Sarah MULDOON, formerly of Dernaseer, aged 72;
Hugh M’CANN, late of Donaghmore, aged 72;
Mary PEARSON, native of Benurb, aged 83.
Mr. M’GUFFIN said the claimant had at first declined to leave the workhouse, but had since made arrangements to go out.
John HILLEN, late of Keenaghan, aged 77.
Mr. M’GUFFIN made a like statement in this case.

Old Soldier’s Claim

James CASSIDY, a native of Dungorman, now an inmate of Dungannon Workhouse, and an old soldier, aged over 71 years, was objected to on the ground that he had resided in South Africa during portion of the last twenty years without having a home in the United Kingdom. The claimant appeared and said he had served in the Royal South Downs in the 1880 Boer War. He enlisted in January, 1862, and spent most of his time in South Africa after he was discharged. He did not obtain his discharge from the War office, and stayed building bridges and working in general for the Government. He never got a pension from the army. He joined the Volunteers when the last war broke out, and served through the war. He then came home and had been in Dungannon Workhouse since.

Mr. HUNTER – Before you joined the Volunteers in 1899 what were you doing?
Claimant – I was bridge building for Government contractors.
Mr. HUNTER – Were you doing anything else?
Claimant – I was helping the big farmers to make dams for irrigation.
Mr. CULLEN – Was that for the Government?
Claimant – No.

Mr. HUNTER said that if the claimant had served the Government all the years he was away the claim would be all right, but he had left the service and was labouring for South African farmers.

The Clerk said the point was whether the claimant had been during his entire residence in South Africa either a soldier or in the employment of the Government or their contractors as a workman. If he had worked for any outside persons it would debar him.

The claimant said he had been all the time in the service of the Crown. He had served six-and-a-half years on the police, and eight-and-a-half years before the war broke out he had been in the public works department. He had either been a soldier, policeman, volunteer or workman on Government contracts.

Mr. CULLEN said the man deserved some consideration. He had apparently been in the Government service most of his time either as soldier, policeman, or labourer. He proposed that claimant get the full pension.

Mr. AIKEN seconded, and the claim was unanimously passed.

Never Worked Very Much

Joseph M’NALLY, a native of Coalisland, aged 70, was objected to on the grounds that he never worked according to his ability, etc., and that no satisfactory evidence of his age had been produced. The claimant smilingly informed the committee that he has never worked very much. He first went into a workhouse about forty years ago, and had been in a lot since. (Laughter.)

Mr. HUNTER said he had been informed by the master that the applicant never worked.
Mr. AIKEN – Better let him go back. (Laughter.)
The claim was rejected.

Other Workhouse Cases

Peter QUINN, formerly of Cornamaddy, was opposed for having resided in Canada during the qualifying period. Claimant said he was never married, he was never that lucky. (Laughter.) Maybe he was as well where he was, for 5s a week was not very fat wages. (Laughter.)
Rose Ann RYANS, a native of Glassmullagh, under age.
Matilda HOBBS, formerly of Tullyhogue, aged 75, refused to leave the workhouse.
Robert CAMPBELL, late of Derrymain, aged 74, chronic invalid, and unable to leave the infirmary.
Francis FARLEY, late of Mullycar, aged 78, ditto.
Patrick CORR, a native of Carnon, aged 81, ditto.
Margaret HAMILL, a native of Dungannon, aged 77, ditto.
Francis LAPPIN, formerly of Moygashel, no proof of age.
Claimant said he would not leave the workhouse. He was quite content, and maybe he could not get much beef on 5s a week. (Laughter.)
Rose M’CANN, a native of Derrylaughan, aged 89, chronic invalid, and unable to leave the hospital.
Edward M’GEARY, formerly of Cullion, aged 77, ditto.
Ann M’GEARY, a native of Reclain, aged 75, ditto.
Isabella HALL, of Killybracken, aged 75, ditto.
Patrick M’ELVOGUE, a native of Cappagh, aged 77, appeared before the committee and said he would rather not go out. He would rather live under the big lady in the workhouse. (Laughter.)
John M’GLONE, formerly of Donaghmore, aged 89, a chronic invalid, and is unable to leave the hospital.

Farm Account Needed

Wm. M’CORMICK, of Tullygiven, was objected to on the ground that the L.G.B. had previously decided that he had disposed of his farm in order to qualify for the pension. The claimant stated that he had sold his farm for £155. He had a large amount to pay for labour, and owing to being 77 years of age he couldn’t work the farm, and had to pay men to work it during the past few years, and it did not pay him. He produced receipted bills which he had paid for work done, etc.

Mr. HUNTER said this matter having been previously heard and adversely decided by the L.G.B., left him no other option than to appeal if the committee granted a pension. The Committee granted the full pension.

Another Farmer’s Claim

Patrick M’NEECE, Derryoghill, was objected to on the ground that his income exceeded the statutory limit for pension. The claimant said he had a small farm of seven acres, valuation £7. He also had £80 8s 10d in the post office savings bank. He had three sons and a daughter. One of the boys was thirty years of age and took contracts for cleaning out drains and part of the Ulster canal, but it took most of what he earned to keep himself. Some of the children were at school. He kept two cows and laboured the rest of the land. The land was subject to flooding, and he would let it to anyone for £12 a year. His son made £10 or £11 yearly at drains, but could only work at them during the winter.
Mr. AIKEN – Would you estimate your total income at £20 a year?
Claimant – Indeed, I would not.
Mr. HUNTER said this was another claim in which his hands were tied. A pension had been passed, and the L.G.B. had disallowed it on appeal. He would have to appeal again or at least report on the case.
Mr. TOHALL said the applicant was a very hard-working man and had only seven acres of land. The committee had passed claimants for pensions who had twelve acres. The Clerk said the law seemed to be the harder you worked the less chance you had of getting a pension. (Laughter.)
Mr. TOHALL – We should go in harmony with other decisions and give this man something.
Mr. BYRNE – I would be in favour of giving him something at any rate.
Mr. TOHALL – Well, I propose he gets 3s.
Mr. HUNTER – What figures do you go on? You cannot propose amounts at random.
Mr. TOHALL – I am going by other decisions.
Mr. BYRNE seconded Mr. TOHALL’s motion, which was passed.

Claims Adjourned

John DONALDSON, formerly a chimney-sweep and now an inmate of Dungannon Workhouse, appeared in support of his claim, as the pension officer stated he was not satisfied the claimant was the full age. Claimant answered some questions put to him by the members. When Mr. M’GUFFIN (from the rere) said “Jack,” DONALDSON quickly wheeled round amid laughter, and Mr. M’GUFFIN said “You did not expect to see an old friend here?”

Mr. M’GUFFIN interrogated the claimant, who stated that he must be well over the age, for it was so long since he served his time that he could not himself remember. (Loud laughter.) The claim was adjourned to enable a search to be made in census office.

John M’LAUGHLIN, a workhouse inmate, was stated to be under age, and his claim was adjourned to enable further particulars to be obtained.
The claims of James MONAGHAN, Washingford Row, Dungannon;
Mary DALY, Quinn’s Lane, Dungannon;
Jane M’GEE, Smith’s Terrace, Dungannon;
Mary SEAWRIGHT, Drumreagh, and Lucy MULHALL, Smith’s Terrace, Dungannon, were also adjourned to enable particulars to be obtained from the census office.


Martha HAMILTON, Dungannon Street, Moy, was disallowed, as no satisfactory evidence of her age had been produced.
The claim of Eliza GLASS, Crubina, was struck out as the applicant had since died.

Assignment of a Farm

James CAIN, Atkinsallagh, aged 74, was objected to on the ground that he had assigned his farm to his son in October to enable him to qualify for the pension. The claimant stated that the farm had belonged to his wife, and she had left it to this son.

Mr. HUNTER stated that the claimant himself had been the registered owner of this farm, and he was informed that a deed had been prepared in Mr. REYNOLD’s office two months ago without any money consideration. The Committee disallowed the claim, and the claimant has since lodged notice of appeal.

Penalised for Twenty Years

Thomas KIRK, Mullaghateague, was objected to on the ground that he had been imprisoned with the option of a fine within the last ten years. Claimant appeared and said he was over 70 years of age. He had been imprisoned for neglecting a child, but the child was not his.

The Clerk said it was a hard case, and if the claimant had had a solicitor to defend him he might have got off. The child was not legally his, and it was actually in the custody of its mother, the legal guardian, when the summons was brought against the claimant.

Mr. TOHALL said the conviction, whether right or wrong, would debar the claimant, and the claim was disallowed.

Dungannon Joint Committee

Present – Messrs. Gabriel CLARKE (presiding), Bernard KELLY, and Joseph GREENE. Messrs. James M. HAMILTON (secretary), Robert M’DONALD (surveyor), and James DAVIDSON (plumber) were also in attendance.

The Willows

Mr. M’DONALD reported that all the willows on the sewage farm had been cut except a few which would be attended to on the following day. Some of them had already been sent away to the purchasers.
The Chairman – The sooner they are away the better, as they soon dry up and lose in weight.
The Surveyor – They would, even if it was raining on them.

Taxing Water Consumers

With reference to Mr. GREENE’s notice of motion to take into consideration the fixing of a rent on manufacturers using the water supply, the clerk said he had obtained a scale of charges in use at Larne. Mr. GREENE said his motion was an important one, and, as it would bear full discussion, it would be better to adjourn it, the meeting being so small. Mr. KELLY said it was better to leave the matter in the hands of the new Board, and the chairman concurred.

An Expensive Tree

Mr. M’DONALD reported that owing to tree roots stopping the sewerage pipes eighty yards of the earth forming the embankment in the park had been burst away for a distance of thirty feet. He had had the damage repaired for £3 11s 7d, but further repairs would still be required, which would cost £5 additional.

The Chairman – It seems to have been a serious matter.
Mr. M’DONALD – Fortunately it was Christmas week, and I had a good supply of men to carry out the work.
Mr. KELLY suggested that the repairs should be completed at once when the men were available.
Mr. GREENE agreed, and it was decided to have the work finished at once.
Mr. M’DONALD said that the damage was most extraordinary. The tree roots had encroached along the side of the pipe, and the water had got in for a depth of nine feet, and had lifted the bank away bodily for a distance of thirty yards. Twelve lengths of pipe had been laid bare. He had used sheets of corrugated
iron instead of timber.
The Chairman – What sort of tree was it?
The Surveyor – It was the roots of an ash tree. I wish we could get it away, for it will be liable to injure the bank again. We cut away the roots, but they will grow forward again.
Mr. GREENE said that Lord RANFURLY should be asked if he would sell the tree. Was it the one tree that did the harm?
Mr. M’DONALD – Yes.
Mr. GREENE – Well, it should be cut down and burned. The clerk should point out to Major
ALEXANDER the damage and loss to the ratepayers caused by the tree.
Mr. M’DONALD – It is a shapely good tree and I did not like to cut it.
Mr. GREENE’s suggestion was agreed to.

The Reservoirs

Mr. DAVIDSON reported that he had visited Cappagh on the 20th December and found the catchment area in clean condition, and the trimming of the hedges had been completed. The leakage was the same.
Mr. GREENE – Can we do anything?
The Clerk – Nothing at present. The caretaker has been instructed to keep watch, and I must say he is doing his work well.

The plumber also reported that he had inspected eighty-seven premises during the month, and had found eleven small wastes, which had been repaired. The water in the Dungannon reservoir was keeping up well. The weekly consumption during the month had been as follows: – 9th December, 855,000 gallons; 16th, 875,000; 23rd, 870,000; 30th, 865,000.

On the passing of the accounts, the clerk reported that the dispute with Mr. HAMILTON, Altmore, relative to damage sustained during the scraping operations, had been settled by a payment of £1 12s 6d. It seemed that the sewage had been turned off his meadow during a month in the spring.

Irish National Foresters

The second of a series of entertainments in connection with the Daughters of Erin branch of the Irish National Foresters was held on Wednesday evening in the Foresters Hall, Dungannon, when the building was again filled with an enthusiastic audience. The following programme was submitted, each item being received with loud and well merited applause: – Song, “Far away in Australia,” Miss T. M’NANEY; song, “To the end of the world with you,” Miss J. CUNNIGHAM; song, “Leave not your Kathleen,” Miss Kate MENAGH; song, “The Anchor’s weighed,” Mr. YOUNG; a very pleasing item was an Irish jig by Miss B. CROSSAN. A duet entitled “Courtship” was rendered by Miss T. M’NANEY and Mr. CUNNINGHAM, and was received with loud applause. The first part of the programme ended with that splendid old song “Bright were the days in Ireland of old” by Miss M’KEE. A bright and entertaining sketch entitled “On the Brain” occupied the second part of the programme the chief characters being – “Mr. Greer,” Mr. Owen M’ALEER; “Jones,” Mr. J. HEYBURN; “Frank (Lucy’s lover),” Mr. J. CUNNINGHAM; “Lucy,” Miss A. M’CANN; “Jane (the housemaid),” Miss Nora FITZPATRICK. The sketch, which was cleverly reproduced, delighted the audience and evoked rounds of applause. Miss KIRK-TODD acted as pianist with her usual ability.

Drumglas Parish

A social meeting of the members of the congregation of St. Anne’s Parish, Dungannon was held on Tuesday evening in the Parochial Hall, which was filled to its utmost capacity, about five hundred persons being present. The hall was profusely decorated with flags, mottoes and growing plants, the latter being supplied by the Earl of Ranfurly. Tea was served from 7:30 by;


These ladies were assisted by;


After tea the chair was taken by Rev. T. J. M’ENDOO, who wished all a happy New Year, and was glad to find that the idea of a congregational social meeting had turned out such a marked success. The following programme was then entered on:

Piano solos by Miss Eileen RICHARDSON, Miss FARRELL, and Miss BROWN, and gramaphone selections by Mr. Fred RICHARDSON: pianoforte solo, Miss Flossie CLARKE: song, Dr. WILSON: violin solo, Miss T. NEWELL: Irish jig and tambourine dance, Miss Winny M’MANUS: address, Rev. Gordon SCOTT (very humorous and interesting): song, Miss Maude DOONAN: song, Miss STEELE: song, Rev. D. WILSON

Mr. J.M. HAMILTON proposed a vote of thanks to the tea makers and those who had supplied cakes, &c., and paid a special tribute to Mr. J.M. WILSON, the secretary of the select vestry. Mr. Barry MEGLAUGHLIN seconded the motion which was passed by acclamation, and the meeting concluded with the National Anthem.

Dungannon Hunt Club

The promoters of this club are to be congratulated in their efforts to popularize their meets by having a holiday hunt on Tuesday, 27th December. The business houses being closed, a very large crowd assembled in Dungannon Market Square, and everyone expected a pleasant day’s outing. Amongst those mounted we noticed – Messrs Robert STEVENSON, Joseph LAVERTY, Frank SHIELDS, George LITTLE, Joseph SHIELDS, Francis CULLEN, James LYNN, and Samuel LITTLE. The company included Captain and Mrs. DUNN, Miss Elizabeth BROWN, Dr. WILSON, Messrs. R. E. MARSHALL, L. WATTERSON, John DOUGLAS, R.W. BURLEIGH, Edward HAYDEN, Patrick M’COOL, John ARCHER, Terence DONNELLY, Johnston DOONAN, John GRAY, William SMYTH, Wm. BEST, Alex. Robert WILLIAMSON, Constable MORROW, etc., etc.

A start was made to Drumglass, the hounds being in charge of Messrs. Robert NEWTON, J.P., and James MULHOLLAND, and after casting about for a short time a hare was raised near the old graveyard. The hounds were quickly in pursuit and the party was led across the railway and Old Engine, and after a short exciting run the hare was lost in MADDEN’s farm. Congo was next tried, but without avail, and shortly after a fine hare was raised in M’VEIGH’s farm, but owing to the large crowd the hounds did not get moving for a considerable time, but eventually the hare raced over the railway, where a temporary halt was made owing to a passing train. The scent again being taken up, hounds raced over Drumglass hill, through Ranaghan, and approached Dungannon, coming up to the Forester’s Hall. Doubling back it raced along the townparks and over the Quarry Lane, and was lost at Lisnahull Bridge. The run lasted over four hours, and was heartily enjoyed by all present. A slight accident befel [sic] Mr. Joe SHIELDS, whose horse got stranded in a drain, but willing hands soon righted matters.

Parkanaur meet on Saturday attracted a good field and gave a great day’s sport. A strong hare was found in Killyliss, which gave a good two hours continuous hunting before escaping in Donamoney. Scent was good, and the pace was a nailer for thirty minutes, through Drumnafern, skirting the Wood Lough, into Racemore and back to the starting place, where a very welcome check took place. However, they were soon on the line again, and hounds hunted their quarry steadily through Racemore again, into Lagilly, and across the Aughnacloy road into Donamoney, where puss escaped. This stout hare is almost a pure white colour, and it is hoped she will give many another good chase. Amongst those out were; M__BURGESS, Parkanaur; Miss IRWIN, Dungannon; Mr. T. CULLEN, Mr. HAINES, Mr. SHIELDS, Mr. WILLIAMSON, Mr. Charles LAVERTY, Cabra; Mr. W.S. STEVENSON, Mr. W. MULLAN (huntsman), Mr. R. PATTON (whip), and many others. Next meet, Friday, 6th January, at Donaghmore, at 11 o’clock sharp.

Concert in Moy

On Tuesday, 20th December, a variety concert was held in the Courthouse, Moy, the Rev. W. D. HARPUR, M.A., presiding. Miss Violet LOCKE, Belfast, played most brilliantly one of Chopin’s waltzes; Miss FERGUSON, Moy, was heard to advantage in Tostie’s “Good-bye,” and for encore gave “Roses in June.” Miss Frances AIRD took the house by storm, with her musical sketch, “Molly O’Morgan,” and to an imperative encore gave dramatic rendering of “One of the boys.” Miss KIMMITT, Belfast, delighted the audience with her rendering of “Rory Darlin’,” and as encore “Kathleen Mavoureen.” A capital recitation was next given by Mr. CAIRNS. The feature of the evening was a dramatic sketch, “A Matrimonial Tiff,” given by The Misses AIRD and Mr. Harry BROWNE, and to an undeniable encore, they followed with the laughable farce, “A Bashful Lover.” Mr. GRANT kept the audience in roars of laughter with his Scotch songs in costume. Miss Violet LOCKE played “Teddy Bear, two step,” and was recalled several times. Miss FERGUSON sang “Springtime,” and as encore “Love, the pedlar.” Miss Flossie AIRD proved captivating in her musical sketch, “Send me a picture postcard,” and received quite an ovation, and replied by singing “It’s the Alpine dress your [sic] wearing.” Miss KIMMITT again delighted the audience by singing “Winter,” and as an encore, “Mignon.” Mr. GRANT gave a couple of humorous songs in his usual inimitable fashion. Miss Frances AIRD sang “My Irish Boy,” as an encore “The pretty little girl from Nowhere.” A vote of thanks was proposed by Rev. W.D. HARPUR, M.A., and seconded by Rev. R.
PARKE, M.A., and passed.

By Observer II

After the busy time during the holidays interest in the game has slackened a lot, but another week or so should see a big change. We have now arrived at practically the half-turn of the season, so, with the finish in sight the clubs will soon be active once more in their quest of points. Moyola Park paid their first visit to Cookstown this season, where they engaged with Blackburn Rovers, the match being in the South Derry League. Only a small crowd was present, and it is a pity the Rovers are not being better supported, as the receipts taken at this match would barely cover expenses. In the opening minutes of the game the Rovers pressed, Moyola having a time of attacking afterwards, but very little life was infused, and matters brightened up when LYONS opened the scoring for the home side after MURPHY had brought a good save from CORR. M’MILLEN sent over a couple of good centres which should have brought about the equaliser. MURPHY was soon called into action again, having to save from CORR
and LYONS. At the interval the Rovers led by a goal to nothing.

In the first minute of the second-half M’ELVOGUE executed a good save when GRANT had worked his way in. At the other end TIMONEY brought MURPHY to his knees with a fast grounder. MULHOLLAND was a conspicuous figure in the Moyola forwards, and forced a corner which Bob LOUGHREY headed through – another corner, splendidly placed, almost securing a second goal. The game got faster, and was very evenly contested until the final whistle sounded, one each being a fair index of the play.

Cookstown were to have played Bannside United, but the latter scratched, so that the Whites got a couple of points soft. Cookstown will likely play a friendly game with the United before the season closes.

Both Derryloran elevens were disengaged on Saturday, but, in order to save a date, brought forward their return East Tyrone League fixture. Little interest was aroused in the match, the result being looked upon as a foregone conclusion, which was quite justified by the ultimate score – seven to one – in favour of the first eleven. The game was very one-sided, the Reserves having to defend their charge all the time.

Derryloran’s goal average in the competition promises to be a most formidable one, but I think they could easily have shown a little mercy on this occasion, as the heavy defeat will not give much encouragement to the younger fry.

We are promised a rare tit-bit to-day (Saturday), as both the Magherafelt teams are to meet for the first time this season. The game should be a scorcher.

Garvagh have scratched to Moyola Park in the North-West Cup, while Bannside United have secured a bye.

Fixtures for to-day
North-West Junior Cup – 1st Round.
At Brown’s Park, Magherafelt – Nomads v. Magherafelt
East Tyrone League.
At Millburn Park – Derryloran Reserves v. Greenhall.
At Dungannon – Moygashel v. Derryloran.
At Killymoon Park – Blackburn Rovers v. Coalisland.
On Boxing Day, by defeating Portadown North-End, Glenavon Reserves won the Mid-Ulster Shield for the second time in succession.

Moygashel v. Coalisland

Moygashel travelled with a fairly representative team to Coalisland on Saturday. Both teams have been working hard during the season, and the large crowd was not disappointed, for the match was one of the best exhibitions ever given in Coalisland. Much interest was shown by reason of Coalisland never being beaten on their own grounds.

Moygashel won the toss and took advantage of a pretty stiff wind. Coalisland started the game and play remained in midfield for the first few minutes, but Moygashel broke away, and ARDREY opened the score with a beautiful shot. On restarting, Coalisland tried hard to equalise and were for a short time dangerous, but M’CONNELL cleared and the visitors took up the running, and after a sharp tussle, STEENSON drove the ball through. The visitors kept the pressure up and TONER had to clear repeatedly. Coalisland burst away, but were speedily repulsed, and Moygashel obtaining a penalty against STEWART, GALLAGHER potted a goal. Shortly before half-time MARCH and ALLEN broke away, and after some exciting play, in which CROSSAN saved well, JACKSON scored.

On resuming, Moygashel were for a time pressed, and owing to the wind the backs could not clear properly, but WILLIAMSON and M’CONNELL stopped a lot of rushes. However, Coalisland were not to be outdone, and TONER (?) sent in a shot which struck the upright and rebounded through, giving CROSSAN no chance to save. Moygashel forced matters, and ? some time had most of the play, but ? had no trouble in clearing until GALLAGHER, after a tricky dribble, sent in a shot which gave the custodian no chance. Coalisland hustled matters and Moygashel were hemmed in for a considerable time, in which several corners were forced but nothing resulted. A very fast and exciting game resulted as follows: – Moygashel, 4 goals; Coalisland, 2 goals. Mr. George WRIGHT acted as referee.

Dungannon United v. Greenhall

Greenhall entertained Dungannon United on Saturday. Dungannon had not a very strong team, and Greenhall, assisted by a pretty stiff wind, placed three goals to their credit in the first half, HEGARTY being responsible for the opening score.

In the second half United played splendidly and were for a time dangerous but were driven back, and Greenhall, by a vigorous rush, notched another goal, and added further to their score a few minutes later. The final stages of the game were in midfield, but no further scoring took place, leaving the result: – Greenhall, 5 goals; Dungannon United, nil. Mr. CARROLL, Greenhall, was referee.

Dungannon v. Lindsay Bros.’ Swifts

Dungannon entertained Lindsay Bros.’ Swifts in Dungannon Park on Boxing Day. There was a fair turn- out of spectators, despite the inclement weather, the proceeds being in aid of Dungannon District