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So Sad to learn that we have lost another member Stephen Gardner. He was one of the best. Rest easy old friend.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (14/5/2023)

So sad to hear of Neilly's death. Always so pleasant to meet him at the dinners and BBQ. Condolences to Teresa.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (11/5/2023)

A very fond farewell to our much loved friend and Chairman, Bobby. He made such a good impression on all who knew him and his kindness will never be forgotten. RIP Bobby

Christine & Ronnie Connolly , Greenisland (4/5/2023)

Really saddened to be hearing about the death of Bobby,
He and Hilary both made me feel so welcome anytime we met them.
The work he did on our behalf was incredible.
He give the word Fellowship it’s true meaning an absolute gentleman, RIP Bobby you are truly missed by us all,

Jim Patton, Ballynahinch (3/5/2023)

So sad to hear of Bobby's passing. He was a giant in the Fellowship and he will be sorely missed.
Thoughts and prayers with Hilary and family at this sad time.
Sleep easy old friend and rest easy.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (28/4/2023)

Such sad news about Bobbys passing. He was a true gentleman and made everyone so welcome at all our events. Was an excellent chairman. Will be sadly missed. Sympathies and prayers to his family circle.

Helen Nelson, Bangor (28/4/2023)

So sorry to hear of Bobby and like to pass on my condolences to his family at this time.

Ivan Roberts, Millilse (28/4/2023)

Would like to wish everyone a merry christmas and a happy new year,

Vivian Davidson , Antrim (17/12/2022)

Like everyone else Collette and I were very saddened to hear of the sad death of Mart McVeigh. Both of us as well as Claire and Paul send our deepest sympathies to Joe at this sad time. Mart will be sadly missed by all.

Paddy Pill, Belfast (11/2/2021)

So sad to hear about Mart. A lovely lady who will be sadly missed. Condolences to our dear friend Joe on his terrible loss.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (10/2/2021)

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady xx Deepest sympathy to Joe lots of love Paul and Heather

Heather Scott, BELFAST (10/2/2021)

That was a lovely roundup of 2020. Thank you Eddie for all you have done throughout the year. Also appreciate our Quiz Nights and fundraising by Alan and his daughter, Anne. Fantastic idea. Lovely being able to see friends at our socially distanced nights out. Hope everyone has a lovely Christmas, of course thanks to Donimic for keeping us supplied with surprise cake deliveries throughout the year.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (24/12/2020)

Thank you so much to everyone at the Polio Fellowship for your very kind donations for my upcoming sky dive for Action Cancer. It is very much all appreciated and will go towards providing vital funds for great charity. Jeanette Harbinson.

Jeanette Harbinson, Belfast (8/1/2020)

I was really shocked to hear about Trevor's passing away. I will always remember the cut out poster of Trevor which was used on so many flag days through the 60 and 70's. He had a great way with people and was always available for a chat. He was also instrumental in getting a swimming club for the old and new Polios started up again after an abstinence of so many years! He has left this world leaving fond memories of himself. RIP.

William Auld, Newtownabbey (4/1/2020)

So sad to hear about Trevor’s passing. I have many fond memories of swimming,nights at polio house and flag days all over Northern Ireland. Also serving on committee with him in recent years. He will be sadly missed. Sympathies to Helen at this time. Rest in peace dear friend.

Helen Nelson, Bangor (2/1/2020)

So many memories of going swimming, flag days, parties and trips with Trevor through the 60s and then sitting on committee with him in more recent years. Farewell old friend rest in peace.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (2/1/2020)

Thanks for the lovely posting recalling the past year Eddie. We are all so privileged to continue to make more memories together.
Happy Birthday Joe McVeigh. Happy Christmas everyone and wishing you all good health in the New Year.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (25/12/2019)

So sad to hear about Sylvia's passing. I worked with her many years ago and she was always happy and smiling. She was such an inspiration during her illness always dignified and upbeat. She got so much support from her husband Raymond. They were both a true example of a devoted couple.

Rest in Peace old friend.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (28/9/2019)

Eddie's tribute to Sylvia is very fitting. Sad news indeed for all who knew Sylvia. Condolences to her husband, Raymond and all her family RIP

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (28/9/2019)

Thanks to everyone who helped with the bucket collection in Crossgar on Saturday. Sorry I couldn't be there. This money helps with all the wonderful events organised by the Fellowship over the year. Great to see Margaret Donnelly back doing collections. How many years since your last flag day Margaret?

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (2/7/2019)

What a fabulous night we had at the Stromont hotel to celebrate 80yrs of the polio fellowship and which was well supported by the amount of people who attended, thanks to Christine and Ronnie and everyone who helped organize it, Heather for providing the lovely singer, Eddie for the first class history talk on the polio fellowship which made me laugh at times also Jim's very interesting insight into the plight of polio in Pakistan. We all grew up together like a big family and share many lovely memories

Collette Mc Carthy, Belfast (18/5/2019)

I concur with all the comments I've read here, it truly was a splendid night for all and which I will hold with fond memories. I must also heap praise on the sub-committee that was responsible for organising the event.

William Auld, Newtownabbey (17/5/2019)

Can't thank everyone enough for a fantastic welcome, 50 years just melted away instantly. Great fun catching up with friends old and new. What a brilliant venue and delicious meal! A lot of hard work must have been put in by the committee to make everything run so smoothly. The words thank you don't seem enough to show my appreciation. Long may the NIPF continue. X

Josephine Finnegan nee Hughes, Dobwalls, Cornwall (16/5/2019)

What a great night who said Eddie was quiet it was a great presentation good job Eddie I liked Jim's talk about polio in Pakistan I found it very interesting the food was good the entertainment was good and the crack was great thank you NIPF a job well done

Joe McVeigh, Crossgar Co Down (16/5/2019)

From the One Last Push team, thank you all for your ongoing support of our campaign. We are delighted you all had such a brilliant event to mark your 80th anniversary and had a chance to see some of Jim's photos from Pakistan. We thank you for everything and will no doubt see some of you soon!

Sarah Covill, London (15/5/2019)

That was a really lovely evening on Saturday. Thank you so much to the NI Polio Fellowship for your warm hospitality to myself and Barry. It was lovely to see old friends who came to the Ulster Museum sessions and enjoy the presentations from Eddie McCrory and Jim Bailey. A very interesting and enjoyable evening superbly organised by Ronnie and Christine. Thank you very much. (Cupcake was delicious!)

Susan Kelly, Belfast (14/5/2019)

Many thanks to Ronnie,Christine, and friends for a wounderfull night at the Storment Hotel for the NIPF, I think I can say it was a great night had by all, thanks to the staff at the hotel for putting up a lovely meal and not forgetting the young singer she was amazing. David and Maisie McKee, Randalstown (14/ 5/ 2019

maisie mckee, Randalstown (14/5/2019)

An absolutely great evening our thanks to Ronnie, Christine (as usual perfectly organised - don't know how they managed to get over 80 people seated) Eddie (who gave a great review on the fellowship), Jim, who gave us an insight on how the Polio vaccination was progressing in Pakistan. Marvellous to meet old friends, especially Josephine. Best wishes to everyone.

Pat Armstrong, Carrickfergus (13/5/2019)

I'm seldom lost for words, with the exception of our 80th Anniversary dinner when we met with friends to celebrate all the wonderful friendships made throughout the years and continue. We were all enthralled by the memories brought so vividly to life by the incredible presentation by Eddie McCrory. Eddie is a friend to everyone and excelled all expectations with his wonderful memories. Jim Bailey gave such a moving account of his recent travels to Pakistan. The atmosphere was fantastic. Mr Rankin would be proud of us all continuing his legacy and with his two lovely daughters there to witness their father's greatness and share it with our Polio Fellowship family.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (13/5/2019)

What a lovely night at the Stormont Hotel. Eddie's great history of the fellowship evoked many happy memories and also sadness of those who have passed, especially our dear Paddy. It was great to see Mr Rankin's daughters who brought photos of the early days. Mr Rankin looked so young in them now that i am of a cerain age. The food was great and the young singer was so good. As always thanks to Christine and Ronnie for the brilliant organisation.

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (13/5/2019)

My sister and I had a great time at the 80th anniversary dinner. everything was so well organised as usual by Christine and Ronnie the venue, the food, and the entertainment was top class. Thankyou both for a great time . Vivian

Vivian Davidson, ANTRIM (13/5/2019)

Absolutely delighted to attend your 80th Anniversary celebrations on behalf of Polio Survivors Ireland in Dublin. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and wish you all continued success with the wonderful work you do to support polio survivors in Northern Ireland.

Susan Dowling, Kilkenny (13/5/2019)

What a great night we had celebrating the 80th Anniversary. Old friendships rekindled remembering days gone by. New friendships made. Eddie's recollections summed the NIPF up so well. A big thank you to Jim for sharing his experiences in Pakistan. A great ambassador! Special thanks to Heather for recommending such a magnificent singer, Holly. It was a pleasure to meet Holly as well as her mum & dad. Many thanks to Alan Hughes for arranging the ballot and people who donated the prizes. The Stormont Hotel was outstanding as were the staff.

Ronnie Connolly, Greenisland (13/5/2019)

Oh What a night! The craic was great and to see so many old friends was very emotional especially Josephine. The speeches were wonderful. Being a person who likes his grub can confirm the food was top class. The prizes for the ballot were out of this world. Can't wait for the 100th.

Alan Hughes, Belfast (13/5/2019)

What can I say? A great big thank you to all involved and who attended our 80th Anniversary Dinner and Celebrations. The atmosphere was just lovely, food beautiful, yet more wonderful memories made with the beautiful people that is our Fellowship and our Friends. xx love to you all

Heather Scott, Belfast (13/5/2019)

What a wonderful night myself and Susan had at our 80th anniversary dinner at the Stormont hotel. I know Ronnie & Christine put a lot of hard work in as usual with help from a few others so thanks very much.

Eddie in his own inimitable way gave a great review about the fellowship from the beginning to the present day.

I felt very privileged to have been selected to represent polio survivors during a planned visit to Pakistan in conjunction with the One Last Push campaign. The memories of that experience will be with me for a long time and I hope my presentation conveyed some of what I had seen and the emotions I felt.

All in all a night to remember!!!

Jim Bailey, Belfast (13/5/2019)

What a magnificent night our 80th Anniversary dinner was last night. The venue at The Stormont Hotel was superb. The meal and service were first rate. It was great to see so many old friends. A very special thank you to Josephine for coming from Cornwall. Her first NIPF function in nearly 50 years.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (12/5/2019)

Every time the group meets I think how Paddy would have loved to see us all still involved in the Fellowship after all these years.

You are still in all our thoughts. God bless old friend.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (17/2/2019)

The lovely words posted on the website to remember our dear friend brought a few tears to my eyes. Paddy was such a great character and everyone who knew him truly loved him.

Ronnie Connolyy, Greenisland (17/2/2019)

Fond memories of Paddy through the years. Many stories are retold at NIPF get togethers. In our 80th Anniversary year PJ will, no doubt, never be far from the thoughts of his Polio Fellowship family. Great tribute from Eddie, thanks.
We truly are blessed to have such great friendships.

Christine Connolly, Greenislanf (17/2/2019)

Lovely to meet up with you all again at the BPF Games and hope you all got home safely. Eddie hope you enjoyed the neck massage! Bobby remember to brush up on all those 2 letter words in Scrabble. Regards Mary.

Mary Guild, Rosyth (19/3/2018)

Great BBQ this afternoon. Venue, weather and food all very good. Boules entertaining and great craic. Thanks to Ronnie, Christine and the committee for organising another very successful event. Looking forward to next years!!

Helen Nelson, Bangor (23/7/2017)

To say i'm proud is an understatement. What a weekend we had at the BPF Indoor Games, coming home with a 1st in Boccia for our Regional Champion Alan Weir followed by 2nd for Joe McVeigh in Boccia, 2nd for Ronnie Connolly in Darts, 3rd for Eddie McCrory in bowls and last but not least 3rd for Jim Bailey in Kurling. Patricia and Patrick Campbell also came 4th in Draughts and Darts earning a point each to make a total of 16 points for our team. This meant we finished 3rd in the overall regions which was a great achievement for our team, so a big well done to everyone who took part. The atmosphere was brilliant, so onward and upwards and here's to St Patricks Day next year xx

Heather Scott, Belfast (20/3/2017)

Sorry to hear of Margaret McCloy's death. Her and Jim were such lovely people and very good friends to everyone in the Fellowship. Rest in peace.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (4/12/2016)

So lovely to see such a large contingent from Ireland at the BPF Games last weekend and nice to see some old faces too. Regards Mary

Mary Guild, Rosyth, Fife Scotland (25/3/2016)

Congratulations to Eddie McCrory for bringing home bronze. Great performance. A big thank you to Bobby for all you did in the organising before the event. Not an easy job. Of course thank you to Heather for coordinating all the paper work and making it so easy for the rest of us. Cheers too to Jim Bailey. Our team should have had the best dressed award for the shirts. I'd say it will be Winning Wednesdays again. Cheers everyone

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (21/3/2016)

I am a polio survivor and involved in the Post Polio Support Group in Ireland.
Just wondering if anyone of your members remember swimming galas with the Dublin City Polio Swimming Club/Polio Fellowship Swimming Club? Checking up details for an article in process.



jackiett.minnock@gmail.com, Dundalk Co Louth (18/2/2016)

Looking forward to seeing all the "athletes" at our first sporting event. Thanks for organising this Eddie. Game On ⚾️🎾

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (23/6/2015)

Used to be a suffer as a child 6ish 1958 would like to make contact & see if there is any recorded history. Thanks

Ian campbell, Antrim / Belfast birth (20/6/2015)

Great to see comments from Ohio, USA. Appreciate your votes for Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship for Aviva Com unity Funding. Good Job from Laurel & Hardy Fans courtesy of our good friend. Gerry Dunne. Another fine mess - you're helping us out of.

Ronnie Connolly, Greenisland (12/5/2015)

Christine & Ronnie; Best wishes on your work with the N. I. P. F.

In the Spirit of Laurel & Hardy,
Hope 2-C-U-2 in the future.
Dennis Moriarty

Dennis Moriarty, Canton, Ohio USA (10/5/2015)

Great to see so many new photos on the website. Thanks Eddie & Susan for keeping everyone posted and bringing memories alive. 🌞

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (14/4/2015)

I would like to reiterate what others are saying that the BPF Indoor Games weekend was brilliant from start to finish and me and Joe getting medals just put an extra shine on everything. The venue was great and the games very well organised so thanks to all involved. Thanks also to Bobby & Eddie for organising things

Jim Bailey, Belfast (29/3/2015)

What a great weekend. Kate and I loved it. Congratulations to Jim and Joe. Thank you to Bobby and Eddie for organising things from this end and a special thank you to Shirley who did a fantastic job in co-ordinating the games. The hotel was great and the food fabulous. Met Anne Wakula-Jones, paralympian, who was a lovely and inspiring woman. Looking forward to next year.

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (27/3/2015)

Great meeting up with Eddie and others from Ireland at the recent BPF Indoor Games and wonderful too that you bagged some medals! Looking forward to meeting you all again at your Conference on 4th June.

Mary Guild, Rosyth (25/3/2015)

What a wonderful time we had, thank you to everyone who helped organise everything, and a special thank you for our Captain Eddie McCrory for the Craic (Abercorn)we laughed and laughed again, roll on next time. kisses and hugs to you all, especially the 57 club

Heather Scott, Belfast (25/3/2015)

Dear Northern Ireland - It was wonderful to meet you all at the ~Indoor Games. Glad you got back safely. It was lovely being in your company. Can't wait till we meet again (there's a song in there somewhere :))
Catch up soon - will send the magazines over when there are out. Take care all .... Shirley Events Co Ordinator (Really) xxx

Shirley Russell, Attleborough Norfolk (24/3/2015)

Fabulous weekend in Leicester at BPF Games. Congratulations to Jim for bringing home Gold and Joe the Bronze. Thanks for sponsorship from John Atcheson Foundation, Newmount Credit Union and Belfast Taxis. Also Bobby for arranging all the transport and Eddie for coordinating the games. Great job all round with great friends..

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (23/3/2015)

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the BPF games in Leicester. Jim's strict training regime really paid off as he lifted our first gold. Joe's bronze was very nearly a gold as he kept us on the edge of our seats as he won game after game. Breige reaching the final of scrabble was only to be expected as I knew her colourful language would come in useful sometime. Seriously though well done everyone. lets hope we do even better next year.

Our old friend Mary Gould from Scotland who has attended some of our events in Belfast won the gold in scrabble so we gave her a special cheer as she is nearly one of us.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (23/3/2015)

Really soory to hear of Malachy's passing. Rest in peace.

Helen elsonN, Bangor (7/10/2014)

Really shocked to hear of Malachy's passing. We had recently emailed and he said he was feeling great.

Rest in peace x

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (2/10/2014)

So sad to hear of Malachy's death. After hearing from Eddie recently Malachy and I managed to e-mail each other but all too briefly.

William Sheppard, Orpington, Kent (2/10/2014)

So sad to hear of Malachy's passing. He was always such a friendly person. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face.

Although very ill for the last few years he was never anything but upbeat.

Sleep well old friend.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (1/10/2014)

Sad to hear of the death of Norman. His funeral service was a very fitting and moving tribute to his many talents. A true gentleman.

Helen Nelson, Bangor (3/9/2014)

Sad to hear of Norman's death. A truly gentle man. He took over as Chairperson from Jean Thompson which was a hard act to follow. He was instrumental in raising awareness of the Late Effects of Polio with the Department of Health.

Rest in peace old friend. You have earned your heavenly reward.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (2/9/2014)

Great to see so many old friends still flying the flag for NIPF.
Sorry to hear of the death of Paddy Grimshaw - now looking down on us hopefully united with his family.
All the best to you all.
Malachy Foots.

Malachy Foots, Laragh, Co. Monaghan (12/3/2014)

Hi all

I am going to create a DVD out of all the photos that were shown at the Annual Dinner. If anyone has any more photos that they can send me a scan of I will use them. I will wait a few weeks before starting the DVD to give all of you a chance to dig out these photos

Jim Bailey, Belfast (12/3/2014)

PJ You are missed, hope you are in a better place mucker

Rodney Barkley, U.K. (12/3/2014)

Would like to say how much I enjoyed our Annual Dinner on Saturday night. I had a really great evening and it was so good to hear stories from our members and what NIPF means to them and wonderful to know our fellowship is thought of as our family by so many of us. Mr. Rankin would have been so proud that what he started has been so successful. Everyone who was there will get a copy of the old and new photographs, thanks to Jim Bailey for all of that.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (3/3/2014)

I first met PJ in the late 1950's and my abiding memory of him is of a dapper young man who was very friendly and cheerful. Our paths did not cross for another 50 years but he still seemed the same person I had met all those years ago.

Bobby Doherty, Belfast (1/3/2014)

We where so sad to hear of Paddy's passing and we will always remember the fun we had at our AGM's rushing outside to have a smoke and a laugh regardless of the weather. Gone but not forgotten.

Brian and May Wellington, (SPPN) Scotland. , Leven Fife. (28/2/2014)

was very sorry to hear about paddy's death didn't know him that well but he was always very nice when i spoke to him. sorry couldn't make it to funeral but i had a hospital appointment that day and couldn't make it.

vivian davidson nee parry, antrim (21/2/2014)

So sad to hear the news of Paddy's death. Rest in Peace Paddy.

Josephine Finnegan, Liskeard (20/2/2014)

I was deeply sorry to hear of Paddy passing. I had the pleasure of meeting Paddy on several trips back to Belfast. I have read his book and every time I would see he would ask "Have you got a copy of my book" He is very lucky he had all his friends at The Polio Fellowship. He is probably up there now filling Mr. Rankin in on the latest news of you all. R.I.P Paddy.

Liz Cunningham, Georgetown Ontario Canada (19/2/2014)

It was with great sadness I learned of the death of Paddy (PJ) Grimshaw. I have known Paddy for many years and will miss him as a valued member of our quiz team. Deepest sympathy from myself, Paddy, Claire and Paul.
Rest in peace PJ.

Collette Pill, Belfast (19/2/2014)

Paddy was such a big part of The Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship family that he was truly loved by all. From Annual Dinners, to BBQ's. Quiz Nights to Holiday breaks, Paddy made them so special. I will never forget you and will miss you. Rest in Peace Paddy

Ronnie Connolly, Greenisland (19/2/2014)

Paddy, PJ!
I can always remember PJ from all the annual bbqs, quizzes and pantos I attended with dad, he was always happy and cheerful. You always knew when he rang the house as he distinctively said "Hello PJ Ballyclare here". It is sad knowing that we will never get a phone call from him saying this again. He was not only one of dad's friends but a friend to all the family always asking how we all were. PJ I hope you are now enjoying the peace you are in now! You will be sorely missed! xx

Caoimhe McCrory, Carryduff (19/2/2014)

One of my earliest memories is when I was 14 and it was Christmas Eve and my parents wedding anniversary. They went to the Clifton for a night out and brought the handsome young singer (Paddy) back to the house for a drink. My mum just loved him. Ever since Paddy was always very protective of me. I love and miss you dear friend. Our fellowship get togethers and committee meetings will never be the same. Our loss is heaven's gain xx

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (18/2/2014)

Many precious memories of times spent with Paddy, from childhood memories to recent days as well as your final hours. A privilege to have been your friend and part of the family you chose. We all loved PJ our very special friend xx

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (18/2/2014)

Paddy Grimshaw PJ
It is with great sadness I have just heard of the passing of our special Irish friend our dear Paddy PJ he was a lovely man and such a loving friend to everyone he met many of our members loved to chat with Paddy when he came over to Glasgow to our conferences and the staff at the Hilton Hotel Strathclyde will never forget Paddy he was a guest they ask about every time we go there.
I write to let you know SPPN will put a link to your website to make sure all his polio friends here in Scotland will hear of his parting and can leave condolences.
Rest in Peace our wonderful friend you will never be forgotten

Helene MacLean Scottish Post Polio Network, Scotland (18/2/2014)

I met Paddy several years ago when I travelled to Ireland to one of your post polio conferences. He also attended a few in Scotland run by Scottish Post Polio Network of which I'm a member. I remember Paddy as always being full of fun and cheerful despite his tough childhood. I've read his book several times and it makes me feel very humble. What an inspiration he was and will be sorely missed. God bless you Paddy and may you rest in peace. It was a huge privilege knowing you xx

Mary Guild, Rosyth, Fife, Scotland (18/2/2014)

My earliest memories of PJ are among my earliest memories altogether: I remember visiting him in Ballyclare with my mum when I was very young and from then he was always very kind to me. For me, he was an enlivening presence on the annual Polio Fellowship boat trips in the 1990s and continued to add plenty of spirit to the quizzes in recent years. Reading his book, I was amazed by how he had come through incessant adversity and maintained such a jovial and good-natured demeanour. I was very sad to hear the news of his death, but know that his warmth and humour will be remembered by many.

Stephen Connolly, Belfast (18/2/2014)

Really sad to hear the news of PJ's passing. He was always kind and wanted the best for everyone. He was such a character within the Fellowship and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in the peace he truly deserves. Helen

Helen Nelson, Bangor (18/2/2014)

As someone who has known Paddy for such a long time it is hard to think that he is no longer with us. I shall miss the banter and the phone calls we both made to each other especially after Man Utd. had lost another game! I have fond memories of our polio bus holidays and the stories of his many exploit he used to tell
as we went along. Yes you will be sadly missed by us all, I hope your next journey turns out to be better than the one that was dealt out to here. Goodbye PJ.

William Auld, Newtownabbey (17/2/2014)

Really sad today after hearing of the death of PJ. We all have our memories of Paddy. My earliest are of him as a young handsome man in his twenties singing in the Clifton, off Clifton Street, he had a lovely voice. Rest in peace Paddy from the Dolly Dealer.

Kate Gourley, Carrickfergus (17/2/2014)

So sad to hear of the passing of one of the fellowships great characters. I've known PJ for well over 50 years. He had a really hard life but always said the Polio Fellowship was his family. As a family we all looked out for PJ and he looked out for us. We'll never see his like again. May you rest a God's right hand.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (17/2/2014)

So many happy memories came flooding back reading the names of people (from the fifties and sixties) who played a large part in my life growing up in Belfast.

Josephine Finnegan nee Hughes, Liskeard, Cornwall (12/2/2014)

Could write a book on what Jean did for the Fellowship and me personally. She kept the Fellowship going through its darkest days and was always there when I needed help and advice. I will never forget the many great holidays she organised for us. Could go on and on but suffice to say thanks for everything Jean.

P J Grimshaw, Ballyclare (24/9/2013)

My memory of Jean was at her home, in Belvoir when she welcomed me as new committee member. At that time Jean was Chairperson and with William Auld, Paddy Grimshaw, Carmel Denny, Eddie McCrory and Breige Torrans amongst others, the friendships made in childhood were rekindled and continue today. This would not have been possible if Jean Thompson had not had the determination to make sure The Polio Fellowship continued. I am now secretary and have received messages from members of their personal thanks that our organisation continues and this can be attributed to Jean.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (23/9/2013)

Like everyone else I was saddened to hear the bad news regarding Jeans sudden death. I will always remember her as someone who always put the Polio Fellowship first. I marvelled at her determination to attend committee meetings on some very cold nights this involved catching a bus from Antrim town and then making sure she didn't miss the last bus home. She was very proud of her embroidering, something she trained to do in the old Cripples Institute (as it was called then) Lots could be said here about Jeans life but I'm not sure if we would have enough space to tell it all. So farewell Jean and thanks for keeping the fellowship alive during the dark days of the troubles, we wouldn't be here without your belief in your convictions.

William Auld, Newtownabbey (23/9/2013)

I got to know Jean as an adult when I came back to the fellowship in 1994. I greatly admired her stamina and enthusiasm in keeping the fellowship together. Thank you Jean, may you rest in peace.

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (23/9/2013)

I have just seen the sad news about the death of Miss Jean Thompson, she knew my mother and always encourage her to take me along to the Polio Fellowship meetings.
She brought me along to a few of the flag collection days and one of the early barbecues and always showed a real passion for the activities of the fellowship.

Latterly when she was well in her seventies I had the privileged to introduce her to computing helping her setup an Apple Mac in the bedroom of her bungalow at Belvoir, many happy hours spent there teaching her how to use a mouse and save and print files.
Always the warmest of welcomes and always a cup of tea and a bun on offer.

She had a great interest in history and always has a tale about some of the interesting antiques she had.

I always knew her as "Miss Thompson" she made a wonderful life long contribution to the Northern Ireland Polio and will be sadly missed by us all.

J. Patton, Ballynahinch (22/9/2013)

So sad to hear of Jean's passing. She did so much for the Fellowship over the years. Thanks for everything Jean. Rest in Peace.

Eddie McCrory, Carryduff (20/9/2013)

Just to let you know that my Aunt; Jean Thompson died this evening at the age of 90. As you will know Jean was a stalwart of the Polio Fellowship for many years and a fiercely independent and determined person having gcontracted Polio at the age of 12. I see that she appears in a few pictures in you gallery. Hopefully those who knew her will remember with fondness. I certainly remember flag days as a child when Jean llived in Donaghadee and being roped in to count the takings. Despite her disability she lived a full life and certainly visited places I can only dream of visiting. Kind regards Andrew Cassells.

Andrew Cassells, Ballymoney (18/9/2013)

I'm sure I speak for everyone who attended our annual BBQ held in the grounds of the CLANDEBOYE ESTATE, BANGOR, that it was a really enjoyable occasion.
Our thanks go out to Christine, our secretary and her husband Ronnie for organising the day. I hope they both enjoy their forth coming well deserved holiday!

William Auld, Newtownabbey (2/9/2013)

Just like to thank all the people who made kind comments about my Daddy (Harold Rankin). I along with my sister Adrienne spent many days at Polio House I loved to stand on the stage there and sing when no one was there. My father was a strong minded individual who obviously made a 'difference' and enriched people's lives. After his death in 1976 I was still a young teenager so it was lovely to read about him on this site and my children can also read about their grandfather. Thank you. Joyce 2013

Joyce Iwaszko (nee Rankin), Newcastle-under-Lyme (9/3/2013)

Thank you to everyone who made the Christmas Quiz a Big Success. Wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Hope you all enjoyed all the quiz nights throughout the year. Thanks for all your great support. Ronnie

Ronnie Connolly, Greenisland (23/12/2012)

Would just like to echo the comments made by Heather about the break at the Slieve Donard. Top marks again to Christine and Ronnie for organizing it. A lot of hard work goes into it and we all appreciate your efforts very much. See you all again soon.

Paddy Pill, Belfast (25/9/2012)

A Massive, Great, Enormous THANK YOU, to Ronnie and Christine for organising another great break. This time at the Slieve Donard, Newcastle, Paul and I had a lovely time, meeting old friends and relaxing in the spa and yet again the weather was good to us, take care and enjoy your holiday, you both deserve it and more XXXX

Heather Scott, Belfast (23/9/2012)

Another great night's Craic at the quiz. Congratulations to all involved in making it so successful. Hope to come again!!!!!

Angela Orr, Downpatrick (12/8/2012)



kate gourley, carrickfergus (16/9/2011)

I would just like to thank Ronnie & Christine for organising a wonderful weekend, Paul and I had a lovely time at the Blu Radisson in Limavady, it was great! Relaxing and fun. Chatting to everyone into the wee hours etc - ROLL ON NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!

Heather Scott, Belfast (30/8/2011)

I was invited along to join in the recent quiz night in aid of Polio Fellowship NI at the La Gnosh restaurant in Mallusk. I would just like to say a quick thanks to everyone for a wonderful fun filled evening. The venue was ideal, the food was lovely, the entertainment was second to none and the whole evening was very enjoyable. I’d like to say thanks for the invitation and look forward to the next evening! Very well done... keep it up!

Gerard Savage, Belfast (14/7/2010)

It was great to see everyone at the dinner on Saturday night. Thanks to Ronnie for all his hard work in preparing and presenting the entertainment. It was really enjoyable and helped the evening be a great sucess. Thanks also to everyone for their very generous support for "play your cards" and the ballot. Hope to see you all at the quiz in March. helen Nelson

Helen Nelson, Bangor (2/3/2010)

I would like to thank everyone for your much valued support on the sad death of my brother Robin, this includes, sympathy cards, telephone calls and those that attended the funeral. I am so glad to have thoughtful friends like you, God Bless you all, Heather x

Heather Scott, Belfast (2/12/2009)

Great BBQ on Saturday. Thanks to Christine and Ronnie for all the organisation, Alan for the fantastic food and Paddy for a great venue. Hope everyone there had a good day and hope to see more next year.

Helen Nelson, Bangor (3/8/2009)

My Father, Jack Woodrow contracted polio in 1946 before the major epidemic. He spent some time in Purdysburn Fever Hospital and Musgrave Park. I was born in 1949 and remember Harold Rankin in his blue invalid car calling many times to our house in Cregagh where I lived with my parents and my sister, Thamra. It was good to see a photograph of Harold on your website. I visit Belfast often and although my parents are now both dead, I still have other family there. I remember IPF as the Infantile Paralysis Fellowship - am I wrong?

Sandra Kernohan (nee Woodrow), Poole, Dorset (31/5/2009)

It's great to see the updated site with all the info from the conference. Lots of information to read at leisure and to inform the family, Thanks Again Heather

Heather Scott, Belfast (19/5/2009)

I was in Purdysburn Ward 5b from August 1950 till March 1951 and then I was moved to Musgrave Park. I often think of the staff who helped me to walk again especially a physiotherapist in Purdysburn called Miss Armstrong.I didnt get the oppertunity to thank her for her dedication and patience and would like to know if she is still around. The only other names of patients I can remember are Kyle and Calvert.
Hoping someone can remind me of others who were in the hospital at the same time.
Des Johnston

Des Johnston, Bangor (29/1/2009)

hi everyone
Im really enjoying the swimming and the aqua fit on a saturday morning and monday night so all you old memberes of polio felloowshipg grap your swimming gear you don't know what your missing and come to flemming fulton school and have lots of fun with old memberes you havn't seen in a long time.
thanks to trevor

Margaret McGrann nee porter, belfast (4/1/2009)

I was member of NIPF in late sixties and early seventies.Great website, memories came back of Harold Rankin and being collected for Polio House on Wednesday each week.Remember Ormeau Baths and galas in Dublin and Birmingham and won trophies for swimming in Grove gala. Good to see that the fellowship is very much alive.

Ivan Roberts, Bangor (21/11/2008)

Hi Everyone
I am at home this afternoon, feeling very refreshed after spending an hour this morning taking part in Aqua-Fit in the lovely warm pool at Fleming Fulton. The lady who took us was lovely and the four of us who were there had a lovely time, it was just a pity that there weren't more there, you would love it. We all did our exercises and we had to do this with smiles on our faces and we also sang along. Such multi -tasking had to be seen to be believed.
See for your self if you dare! Saturday mornings 10.30-12.00 and you don't need to be able to swim.
Thanks Trevor for organising this-I can't remember when I last exercised and had fun at the same time. Good music too.

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (8/11/2008)

Missed the barbie this year, just couldnt get there. Hope you all had a good time and that you had as nice a day as we had here in Armagh.Hope to see you all in the near future.

Monica Kelly, Armagh (10/9/2008)

Lovely to see the old photos of my Daddy(Harold Rankin) and Mrs McKillop, I also recognise some of the other people. I used to go with Daddy to Polio House all the time. I have some photos which I will try to find for the site.

Adrienne Lowry nee Rankin, Belfast (27/8/2008)

Nice website. I particularly liked reading the history page as I was a member of the NIPF in the 1960’s. I was born in Belfast in 1952 and had Polio at the age of 15 months. I remember being picked-up by Mr Rankin in a mini-bus and being taken to the house on Antrim Rd on Wednesday (I think) evenings. I learnt to swim at the Ormeau Baths and I am still swimming weekly. Moved with my parents to England in 1967 and left school in 1969. Fortunately I have been in full employment since then.

Kevin Watson, Plymouth, Devon. (12/6/2008)

Fully recovered from polio- admitted purdysburn 22/08/52. Coming to Belfast for my 60th. Been a teacher all my life 20 of them in England. Did not know of NI Polio Fellowship. Have raised funds for BPF Ruislip MDDX. Revisited Purdysburn some few years ago and saw again the isolation cubicles; where my dad and I were so cruelly separated. Where can I find stats regarding admisiion and discharge figures for Aug 1952? Whose book is coming out, referred to elsewhere on this site? Do you know of anyone else whose admission dates coincide with mine?

Gerard McKeown, BLETCHINGLEY, Surrey RH1 4RA (19/2/2008)

I was born in Belfast in 1944. In 1947 I had tonsils and adenoids removed. Following this surgery my speech deterioated and I did not recover normally. A lumbar puncture confirmed I had contracted polio. Although I appeared to recover fully and led a normal life, since my late 40's I have been plagued with a number of mystery illnesses. These range from arthritis, nerve damage pain, limb weakness etc. I recently read an article in the Daily Mail about PPS and as a result I am anxious to learn about it.

Muriel Anderson, Glasgow (14/1/2008)

Hi to everyone I saw at the Annual Dinner in last Saturday, sorry I couldn't stay longer-thanks to the Conmmittee for organising everything again. It is always good to see you and I misssed the ones who couldn't make it. Thanks for the mesage Monica. Love Christine

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (9/3/2007)

Glad you all enjoyed the quiz, wish Id been able to go. Congrats Christine,good for you.Its great to read all about whats happening.

Monica Kelly, Armagh (23/11/2006)

this is a great website. i have downloaded the membership form and i look forward to meeting new friends.
i wish everyone best wishes for christmass phil

philip walker, antrim (8/11/2006)

Very good website,well laid out and good content.

Jim Forret, Cupar, Fife, Scotland (6/11/2006)

Why are holding the quiz on 30th October, thats my birthday and I hate being reminded! looking forward to seeing you all (Bring plenty of money-not to buy me a drink but to give to our Polio friends in India) WA

William Auld, Newtownabbey (25/10/2006)

Congratulations,brilliant Web Site. I look forward to regular updates about what is happening in Ireland.

Jeff Draper, Airdrie, Lanarkshire. Scotland (19/10/2006)

Come on all you people send a comment , there must be more than seven people looking at the site. Any comment is better than none!!!

MonicaKelly, Armagh (12/10/2006)

Congratulations on setting up this website. Collette (my wife) thinks she has some photos you might like to add - I will keep reminding her.
I look forward to doing your quiz on 30th October. Make sure you are there!
Good luck to all.

Paddy Pill, Belfast (19/9/2006)

Really enjoying the web site, you must be working very hard Eddie. Looking forward to keeping up to date with all the N.I.P.F happenings.

Monica Kelly, Armagh (13/9/2006)

Brilliant web site - hello to all my Irish friends who have attended the Scottish Post Polio Network and who made Helene and I most welcome during our visit to Ireland, regards Mary

Mary Guild, Rosyth, Fife Scotland (12/9/2006)

It was great to see you on Friday, some people I knew and others I hope to get to know in the future - great web site - congratulations

Heather Scott, Belfast (11/9/2006)

Well done. It is great to see the 'old' faces and be kept informed. Good luck. Breige

Breige Torrans, Glengormley (6/9/2006)

Congratulations on the web site -it was lovely bringing back memories of good times gone by and look forward to more happy times ahead.
Christine Connolly, Greenisland (2/9/2006)

Christine Connolly, Greenisland (2/9/2006)

Well done Eddie nice site I'll get you some pics.

Hugh Reid, Belfast (1/9/2006)