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Christmas in Gilford 1906

Irish News

31st December 1906




The ceremonies of the great festival of Christmas were carried out with all solemnity in Gilford. The large bell attached to the above church at the hour of midnight pealed forth its echoes far and wide announcing the arrival of the Feast of the Nativity. Masses were celebrated at six and seven by the Rev. P. Campbell who preached a very eloquent and instructive sermon, which was listened to with great devotion and attention by the crowded congregation. The interior of the splendid church was, as on former occasions, attractively decorated. A beautiful Crib was erected by the side of the Blessed Virgin’s Altar, which was visited during the day by a large number of the faithful. The following young ladies had charge of the decorations:-  Misses Hyland, the Misses Barr, Miss Eccles, Miss Ring.

Irish News

December 1906

Ancient Order of Hibernians

Div. 204 Gilford


The monthly meeting was held on Sunday, 20th inst., in the reading Rooms, Castle Hill, Gilford—Bro. James Byrne presiding. A communication was read from the National Secretary regarding the new Hibernian Journal and it was decided to take 12 shares in same. Two brothers were reported as being on the sick list, and aliment was paid. The arrangements for attending the Co. Down demonstration to be held in Downpatrick on the 17th March, were left over to next meeting. The regalia-club was reopened to allow new members time to get regalia. Four new members were

proposed and passed for next meeting. This was all the business, and the meeting closed with the usual ceremony.

Irish News

19th April 1907

A.O.H Div. Laurenctown

Usual monthly meeting held on Sunday last in League Hall, Laurencetown. The president (Bro. James Doyle.) occupied the chair. Subscriptions were handed in towards the new Catholic Hall. The president congratulated the brothers on their good conduct on St. Patrick’s Day. Several matters of importance to the band were discussed A ballot in connection with the band is going on, and it is hoped everyone will patronise it. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr T. Rice, a native of Laurencetown, for presenting a beautiful drum major’s staff to the band. Any brother absent from next meeting will be liable to be expelled, as important business is to be transacted.

Irish News

15th May 1907

A.O.H. Div. Laurencetown


Met in League Hall, Laurencetown, on Sunday, 12th May, the President (Bro, James Boyle.( in the chair. A discussion arose regarding the Newry Church Parade. It was adjourned until next meeting. The president gave a report of the financial position of the new Catholic Hall, Gilford. Afterwards a handsome subscription was taken up. The ballot in connection with the band has been postponed until Monday, June 3rd. It is hopes all cash and tickets will be sent in before that date. Other matters having been discussed, the President closed the meeting in the usual way. Next meeting, Sunday June 9th.




Irish News

29th May 1907

A.OL.H. Div. Gilford.


The monthly meeting of this division was held on Sunday, 19th inst., in the Reading Rooms, Castle Hill, Bro. James Byrne presiding. A letter was read from Br. Patrick McDonald, secretary of Division 284, Newry regarding the annual church parade of the Division to be held on Sunday, 23rd June, and it was decided to attend. One member was admitted on transfer from Motherwell and three new members proposed for the next meeting. The president was appointed to attend the County meeting. This was all the important business, and the meeting closed in the usual way. Next meeting to be held on Sunday, 16th June.




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