Kilrea YFC celebrates their Platinum Year

The founding members of Kilrea YFC - Ella Boyd, George McIlrath, William Craig and Harry Gardiner
The founding members of Kilrea YFC - Ella Boyd, George McIlrath, William Craig and Harry Gardiner

Kilrea YFC have reached their 70th year of continuous participation in club meetings and competitions.

Their founder members, Ella Boyd, George McIlrath, William Craig and Harry Gardiner, after many nights of planning made the first steps and organised the very first Kilrea YFC meeting which was held on March 21st 1945 in Kilrea Town Hall and proved to be a red letter day for the farming community and indeed, the entire community of Kilrea.

After this meeting word got about the community and the club numbers increased.

The YFC motto of ‘Better Farmers, Better Countrymen and Better Citizens’ is still to the fore and Kilrea YFC’s current members continue to enjoy participating in the many varied competitions on offer from YFCU.

To celebrate the club’s Platinum Year Kilrea YFC will be holding a 70th anniversary dinner dance in the Royal Court Hotel on November 7 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from club leader Adam McCormick, secretary Kerrie Thompson and treasurer Lauren McIlroy and cost £25

This includes music for the occasion which will be supplied by The Bentley Boys

Individual tickets can be booked or tables of 8 to 10 people.

Meanwhile, Kilrea YFC are also now well into their winter programme and with some new members on board have had club meetings to include ice breakers, keep fit and go-karting and as usual much craic was had at all three.

The club also took part in floral art competition which was held at Magherafelt High School. The following club members were awarded the following placings: 12 – 14 years, Mark Anderson, second place, 16 – 18 years, Amy Thompson, second and Thomas Gordon, first.

Thanks is extended by the Kilrea YFC to Margaret Bamford for her advice and expertise which certainly paid off in the results for the occasion.

Three members, Adam Alexander, Thomas Gordon and Gavin Thompson took part in the YFCU swimming gala and although nobody was placed in the final, they achieved good placings in their heats.

The next event was the public speaking competition which was again held in Magherafelt.

Thanks is extended to Janice Irwin and Claire Wallace for all their assistance and advice for this competition.

Also a word of thanks to all those who helped and advised at the stock judging practices during the summer and for those farmers who put their premises at the disposal of the club members - the club is very grateful for this.