Celebrations for Curragh YFC

Tanya Johnston (65th secretary) and Elizabeth Shiels (first secretary) cutting the cake at the 65th dinner dance
Tanya Johnston (65th secretary) and Elizabeth Shiels (first secretary) cutting the cake at the 65th dinner dance

AS the year of 2013 begins, so does a very special anniversary for Curragh Young Farmers’ Club.

This year sees Curragh celebrate 70 years in action. It all started back in 1943 during the Second World War when potential members met in Curragh Orange Hall, Maghera to discuss the possibility of a YFCU club forming.

It was decided at this meeting that a young farmers club would form called ‘the Curragh’.

The first club leader was Mr Jim Morrison and the first club secretary was Mrs Elizabeth Shiels (nee Sufferin).

Throughout the past number of years members have competed in all activities provided by the YFCU alongside charity events held by the club.

Curragh members must also be known for their beauty when the club saw girls winning the Derry Dairy Princess/Pinta princess competition.

Curragh YFC also saw a past member Noel Sufferin hold the position of YFCU president.

Curragh declined in numbers in the late 1990s and saw the club out of action.

Curragh reformed back in 2004 and now are stronger than ever leading into the 70th year.

Throughout the last year the club had members winning numerous trophies both at county and Northern Ireland level with the highlight of the 2011-2012 year winning best club in the county.

To help kick start the 70th celebrations the club are holding the anniversary dinner dance on Saturday 9th March in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £25 each. Tables of 10 can also be reserved but must be noted at the time of booking tickets. Music will be provided by the one and only father and son band Remo.

Curragh YFC would like to call on past and present members to get in contact with the club and share your experiences of your time in YFCU.

If you have any memorabilia please contact Tanya on 07720958212.

For ticket purchases please contact Kyle on 07547644956 or William on 07821062030.