Downshire YM rename their ground after club stalwart

The Downshire YM committee and the family of Joe McCarthy at the renaming of the club's grounds and opening of the new gates.
The Downshire YM committee and the family of Joe McCarthy at the renaming of the club's grounds and opening of the new gates.

At a short ceremony on Saturday morning, Downshire YM FC officially named their club grounds at Hillsborough, McCarthy Park.

For over 20 years, the club have been playing at the Old Coach Road and now the grounds have been named in the memory of Joe McCarthy.

Downshire YM Chairman Rory Faulkner looks on as Olwyn McCarthy cuts the ribbon.

Downshire YM Chairman Rory Faulkner looks on as Olwyn McCarthy cuts the ribbon.

Joe joined the club as a player at the age of 15 and after stopping playingh, he became a committee member and club treasurer, amassing a total of almost 60 years membership until he sadly passed away last summer after a short illness.

The Committee have erected new gates and a welcome sign on the Clubhouse.

The red ribbons on the new gates were cut by Olwyn McCarthy, accompanied by members of the immediate family.

Also present were former players and colleagues of Joe and Councillors John and Jenny Palmer.

Downshire YM chairman Rory Faulkner, vice chairman Allen Crossey along with Councillors John and Jenny Palmer.

Downshire YM chairman Rory Faulkner, vice chairman Allen Crossey along with Councillors John and Jenny Palmer.

Downshire are also holding a Charity Night in memory of Joe for the Friends of Cancer Centre on Friday 8th April at 8pm at Lisburn Golf Club.

Tickets are available from any Committee member or Tel 07411012732.