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(14/5/2023)  Death of Stephen Gardner  

The Fellowship has just heard of the death of our member Stephen Gardner.

Stephen was always at our Annual Dinner and BBQs. He and his wife loved the annual dinner so much that they always stayed for a night or two in the hotel where the dinner was being held. He always came along with his wife and our member Alice Bailie. Generous to a fault he always brought loads of prizes for the ballot and then proceeded to buy loads of tickets for the ballots.

Stephen's family were effected more than most by polio as he and his sister and brother all contracted it at the same time and all made major long term effects from polio. Stephen was what they called an "upside down Polio" because unlike most cases his arms were more effected than his legs.

At our last annual dinner Stephen spoke about how he and his family were effected by polio. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Rest easy old friend

(11/5/2023)  Death of Neilly McCabe  

Everyone at the Fellowship is saddened to learn of the death of our member Neilly on 10th May 2023 and offer sincere condolences to his wife Teresa and his children Neil, Stephen and Fiona and families.

The death is all the more sad coming so shortly after the death of his great friend Bobby Doherty.

Neilly and Teresa were regular attenders at the annual dinners and BBQs and were also active members of the Disabled Drivers Association.

He was such a gentleman. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

(28/4/2023)  Death of Bobby Doherty  

It is with great sadness that the Fellowship has to announce the death of our dear friend, member and former Chair Bobby Doherty. Bobby passed away peacefully on Thursday 27 April after a long battle with cancer.

He was instrumental as Chair in getting the Fellowship to go back to the Polio Games in Leicester after a gap of almost 30 years. He also spearheaded the use of the Short Strand Community Centre which was a God send to us all enabling us to meet on a weekly basis.

A great friend to us all Bobby was always available for advice and guidance and we are all the better for having known him. Everyone in the Fellowship has their own memories of Bobby and are all the poorer for having lost him.

Bobby's funeral takes place on Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 10am in St. Bernadette's Church, Rosetta with burial following at Roslawn Cemetery. All available members are asked to attend the funeral to give Bobby the send off he truly deserves.

Rest In Peace you good and faithful servant.

(22/12/2021)  Christmas Greetings 2021  

I just want to wish all our members and friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. It has been another difficult year for us all with the continued threat of Covid-19 but as ever our members have remained upbeat through it all.

Dominic McCarthy (husband of our member Collette) had Covid-19 and was very very ill but thank God has made a good recovery. Collette fell and broke her wrist and young Dominic had to go into respite for a while. They are all now back at home together.

Mart McVeigh (wife of our member Joe) died very suddenly and shortly after Joe broke his hip. He is now fully recovered and back in action.

Our member Heather Scott and husband Paul lost their beautiful daughter-in-law Bernie to cancer after a very long fight.

Our member Alan Hughes' wife Sadie has been very ill but thankfully has been able to go to our last couple of functions although in a wheel chair.

I myself have been in hospital with severe Cellulitis but am now recovered.

Our former Chair Bobby is still ill but as ever remains very upbeat.

Enough of all the doom and gloom. Despite everything the Fellowship still held the NIPF games in The Everglades Hotel and our annual dinner. The annual BBQ was cancelled but instead we had a very enjoyable Sunday dinner in The Stormont Hotel.

Our NIPF Whatsapp group has become our main method of communications and there are dozens of messages on it every day. My wife says her head is away with the number of "pings" from it every evening. If anyone would like to join the group just get in touch.

For any member who hasn't been in touch for a while why not make a New Year Resolution to contact us. We'd love to hear from you. We a better together.

Eddie McCrory

(10/2/2021)  Death of Mart McVeigh  

It is with a great sense of shock and loss that the Fellowship has learnt of the death of Mart McVeigh, wife of our life long member Joe. Mart was ever present and ever smiling with Joe at all our events, quizzes, dinners, games and fund raisers.

Mart was one of the most generous people and always contributed the most beautiful prizes for our ballots and, of course, bought loads of ballots.

The Fellowship offer Joe our sincerest sympathy at this sad time and assure him of our constant support. Because of the Covid 19 restrictions we will all be unable to attend the funeral but Joe will be in all our prayers at this sad time

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