The Derry City manager, Kenny Shiels, will be turning out for his local parish, Maghera, this weekend when he takes part in a penalty kick competition to support his parish.
The spot kick competition is one of many of the features in a Garden Fete and Vintage Rally in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday. Kenny will be the goalkeeper for the shoot-out. Country music star Ritchie Remo will be putting in a guest appearance, and there will be Irish and Scottish dancing and Ulster-Scots features.
The fete is part of a weekend of activities organised by the United Parishes of St Lurach’s, Maghera and Killeleagh. The highlight will be Sunday morning’s special All Age Worship Service in a Marquee – again in the Rectory Grounds – with praise led by the Eden Accordion Concert Band.
The Rector of St Lurach’s, Maghera and Killeleagh, Rev Terence Kerr, says he is looking forward to the weekend immensely. “We’re pulling out all the stops for the weekend and it’s shaping up to be a great occasion for our parishes. It’ll be a great opportunity for the community in Maghera and Killelagh – and beyond – to come together, have some fantastic fun, enjoy great fellowship, and to praise God. What better way to spend a weekend?”
Rev Kerr says he is grateful to all those who will be taking part – members of the various bands who will be performing over the two days, including stall-holders, those who will be providing food, people organising the various displays. “I’m particularly looking forward to trying to beat Kenny Shiels in the penalty shoot-out. Kenny’s a parishioner of mine, and I’ve never managed to ‘get one past him’ before. So history could be made in the Rectory Grounds on Saturday afternoon.”
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