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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)


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)


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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)


BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING RADISSON ROE SO MUCH FUN, ESPECIALLY RONNIE & CHRISTINE. ALSO A BIG THANK YOU TO ALAN FOR BEING SO PATIENT WITH ME AT THE GOLF. HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ON THE 17TH SEPT.

KATE

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.
Cheers
Christine

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.
Cheers.
Hugh.

Hugh Reid, Belfast (1/9/2006)

 
               
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