Fun times in Dollingstown

Jason and Ryan Holmes (2) at the Dollingstown Community Fun Night. INLM3111-810ca
Jason and Ryan Holmes (2) at the Dollingstown Community Fun Night. INLM3111-810ca

PLANTERS Park, the home of Dollingstown Football Club, was the place to be on Friday as Magheralin Parish hosted its second free community fun night.

Magheralin Parish, which includes both Magheralin and Dollingstown, has over the past number of years reached out to the community through their ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ initiative, the ‘Red Door’ Youth Centres and Christians Against Poverty.

Enjoying the fun night. INLM 3111-811ca

Enjoying the fun night. INLM 3111-811ca

The church reached out again to the community last Friday night as they hosted a very successful fun evening where everything was provided free of charge. Around 2,000 people celebrated God’s goodness on a beautiful warm evening enjoying a BBQ, drinks, delicious traybakes and an ice cream van which pumped out cone after cone of free ice cream.

An enormous range of activities kept the crowds occupied including golf, basketball, football, archery and face painting with orienteering/team building skills being displayed by 1st Maralin BB. The more adventurous scaled a variety of massive ‘Gladiators’ style inflatables and a climbing wall in addition to viewing classic cars, Silly Tilly the clown, MAD puppets, the police and fire brigade displays and even a mountain bike leaping over a VW Beetle.

The large crowd enjoyed further entertainment from the Magheragall Pipe Band, Irish Dancers from Aghagallon and Vibe Dance Academy.

Local politicians attending the event were Councillor Carla Lockhart, Cllr Mark Baxter and Sam Gardiner MLA.

Joel Girvan (5) and Ellie O'Hagan (3) with Silly Tilly the Clown at the fun night. INLM3111-812ca

Joel Girvan (5) and Ellie O'Hagan (3) with Silly Tilly the Clown at the fun night. INLM3111-812ca

Rev Gareth Harron, the Rector of Magheralin, commented: “As a church we must strive to meet the needs of our community and show the love of Jesus in a practical way.”

“Many thanks to all those who organised this successful event and you will be pleased to hear that plans are already underway for next year.”

A dance group entertaining at the fun night. INLM3111-813ca

A dance group entertaining at the fun night. INLM3111-813ca

Amy and Elaine Blakely with Helen Johnston were serving up some sweet treats at the fun night. INLM3111-814ca

Amy and Elaine Blakely with Helen Johnston were serving up some sweet treats at the fun night. INLM3111-814ca

Constable Quaile and Constable Allen of Lurgan Neighbourhood Policing Team with Jenny and Jessica Beacom at the Dollingstown Community Fun Night. INLM3111-815ca

Constable Quaile and Constable Allen of Lurgan Neighbourhood Policing Team with Jenny and Jessica Beacom at the Dollingstown Community Fun Night. INLM3111-815ca

Enjoying the Dollingstown fun night. INLM3111-816ca

Enjoying the Dollingstown fun night. INLM3111-816ca

Happy feet - Yvonne Watson had a little dance at the fun night. INLM3111-817ca

Happy feet - Yvonne Watson had a little dance at the fun night. INLM3111-817ca