Ballycastle News

Saffron hurlers win 13th title in a row

Saffron hurlers win 13th title in a row

ANTRIM hurling boss Kevin Ryan admitted it was hard to lift his players for Sunday's Ulster final against Derry after losing so dramatically to Offaly a fortnight ago. The Saffrons looked to have the game won against the Leinster side at Ballycastle but a stunning late collapse saw their opponents... Read More

McShane in bonfire slur

McShane in bonfire slur

A LOCAL Councillor who criticised the erection of a Union flag in the grounds of a Catholic Church in Dervock last week has been advised by police about his security after an eleventh night bonfire threat. The words 'Padraig McShane DEAD MAN' were hung on a banner placed on an eleventh night bonfire... Read More

Packed programme for Armoy Race Week

Packed programme for Armoy Race Week

THE Armoy Road Races Bike Week gets underway in just a few days, with a packed programme which promises to offer something for everyone. The week kicks off on Sunday July 20 with the popular annual Bike Run and Barbeque which will begin at Tilly Molloy's in the heart of Armoy village. Last year,... Read More

It’s all wee buns for Shauna...

It’s all wee buns for Shauna...

A BALLYCASTLE woman was one of five 'cakers' whose cake was chosen to appear in a UK based magazine which is distributed all over the world. Shauna McFall of 'Krafty Kakes' was contacted by the editor of 'Cake Masters' magazine and given a brief on which to work. It was up to each individual cake... Read More

Megan lines-up for Ireland

Ballymena Guardian5 days ago

Megan lines-up for Ireland

Ballymena Bowling Club host the Ladies Under 25 International Series this weekend - with local ace Megan Wilson the town's sole representative on the Ireland team. Megan, who plays for Ballymena Ladies, is the Irish U-25 Pairs title holder, along with playing partner Chloe Watson, from Pickie. On... Read More

Ferry nice!

MARY O' Driscoll of Rathlin Island Ferry Limited (RIFL) has said she's "delighted" following the announcement by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy that they've won the contract to operate the vital ferry service between the Island and Ballycastle for a further two years. Transport Minister Danny... Read More

Last gasp Offaly defeat Antrim

WHEN Antrim raced into a five point lead10 minutes from the end of this All-Ireland Senior Championship Hurling round one qualifier at Ballycastle, they looked good for the victory, but an injury time goal and point dashed their hopes of another big day in the series. Unlike their last meeting with... Read More

Glenariffe hosts Feis na nGleann

THIS weekend sees the highlight of the North Antrim year, the Feis na nGleann, which this year will be staged in Glenariffe from Friday through to Sunday. While a skeleton programme has been put in place, finalising games has presented quite a headache to the organisers, due to the in complete... Read More

President’s Night – a Right Rotary Rock ‘n’ Roll

LAST Friday night, members, guests and friends of the Rotary Club of Ballycastle celebrated the 'end of term' with a 1950s themed dinner. Assistant Governor, William Cross joined visiting President's from Larne, Limavady and Coleraine to mark an occasion which served to highlight a most rewarding... Read More

Farewell Mrs Lewis

Farewell Mrs Lewis

THERE'S an old saying, 'A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart', and there's no doubt that over the years there were many hands taken and many minds opened in St Olcan's PS, but this week there were many a touched heart as the staff and pupils said goodbye to their principal, Mrs... Read More

‘Here to stay’ says MP

‘Here to stay’ says MP

NORTH ANTRIM MP Ian Paisley Jr has assured members of the public that the Rathmoyle Day Centre is staying in North Antrim as a 'necessary and valued service'. Mr Paisley was speaking at the end of last week following a visit to Rathmoyle Day Centre. He said, "I want to publicly express my thanks and... Read More

Ballycastle undone by Coleraine

Coleraine 108 (7) Ballycastle 67 (0) COLERAINE claimed a full house of seven points against Ballycastle on Monday night to keep pace in the NIPBA Senior League table at a balmy Lodge Road. The Bannsiders, having lost out to Ballymoney in their last outing, would be out to get their title challenge... Read More

Johnny strikes gold

It was Duncarbit Cup weekend at Ballycastle and this popular event, played over Saturday and Sunday, proved to be an exciting affair with Johnny Blair emerging victorious when he added a second round 39 to his 40 points on Saturday, giving him a 79 points total to achieve his first ever cup win.... Read More

Ballycastle drugs bust

POLICE last week uncovered a cannabis factory in the Castle Street area of Ballycastle, seizing cannabis plants worth an estimated £700,000. The plants were discovered in accommodation above a business premises at around 1:30pm on Wednesday June 11. One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion... Read More

BEM for local man

BEM for local man

A BALLYCASTLE man, instrumental in the set up of Ballycastle Community Development Group (BCDG), has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014. Paul Francis Kerrigan, a familiar face at local events, received the honour for services to the community in the... Read More

Ballycastle is ready for summer: McCausland

MINISTER for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has visited Ballycastle to view the impact of the completed £250,000 revitalisation scheme in the Castle Street and Clare Street areas of the town. Minister McCausland said: "I was very impressed to see the work that has been carried out during... Read More

30 year mystery of missing man

THE heartbroken family of a much-loved man, who went missing over 30 years ago, have said they are pleased the matter is finally over following his inquest. Christopher Fleming, from the Quay Road in Ballycastle, was last seen in the harbour area of the town before he disappeared without trace in... Read More

Loughgiel and Ballycastle into decider

The Senior Reserve Hurling Cup moved to the final stage at the weekend when Ballycastle and Loughgiel booked their final places. The Shamrocks took out St Johns in some style, 2-22 to 0-11 while the McQuillan's just squeezed home by a single point, 0-19 to 3-9, after Dunloy pushed them all the way.... Read More

Junior members make the grade

Junior members make the grade

MEMBERS of the junior club at Sonkei Judo in Ballycastle recently took part in a grading event to see them progressing towards their yellow belts. “Grading involves knowing specific holds, throws and Japanese terminology and big congratulations to all that took part as everyone passed to either... Read More

Peak practice

SIX local men will be taking on the climb of their lives as they tackle three of the UK's highest mountains, all in the name of charity! In a trek known as the 'Three Peaks' two local firefighters, Gary Connolly and John Delargy, will be joined by Adam Grundin, Tiernan McLaughlin, Paddy McKendry and... Read More

Last chance for First Steps?

Last chance for First Steps?

A PARENT and toddler group that has been running in Ballycastle for the past nine years is under threat of closure. Paula Connor and Siobhan Kelly have made a heartfelt appeal for more volunteers to step into their shoes and help keep the 'First Steps' group open. The two local women have selflessly... Read More

Ballycastle lifeboat call

Ballycastle lifeboat call

THERE has been a renewed call for a small inshore lifeboat in Ballycastle following the tragic and untimely death of a tourist near Kenbane Head on Saturday May 10. An immediate search and rescue operation began after the alarm was raised by members of the 60-year-old man's family who are thought to... Read More

Ballycastle Marina underwater clean-up

AN underwater clean-up of Ballycastle Marina is to take place on Saturday, May 17. Councillors at last week's Moyle District Council meeting gave the go-ahead for the clean-up which is being organised and coordinated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful by NiDivers and other qualified divers. It will... Read More

Chef Roisin is top of the menu!

Chef Roisin is top of the menu!

ROISIN Toner from Greenlight Gateway's Social Enterprise joined the ranks of the 'great chefs' last week when she grabbed Gold at London's Excel Arena last week. Roisin supported by Noel Henry, Greenlight's new Trainer Chef grasped the opportunity following her Silver medal and success at the IFEX... Read More

Shiels’ star performance

Shiels’ star performance

DUNLOY man Paul Shiels was the difference between Antrim and Westmeath as they battled out their opening game in the Leinster hurling championship qualifiers, winning 0-23 to 2-11. With games against London, Carlow and Laois still to come, Kevin Ryan and his merry men are looking good. Played at... Read More

‘Unavailable’ notes forces op to be cancelled

THE Northern Trust has denied claims from a Moyle councillor that a private patient had precedence over an NHS patient after it was revealed a Ballycastle man was sent home before he was due to have surgery because his notes were 'lost'. As he was being prepared for surgery at the Causeway Hospital... Read More

80 Point Plan welcomed

THE business community in Ballymoney needs to wakenup to the challenges of the new super Council. That was the message from the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) as it launched its manifesto Local First, for the Local Government Elections in Ballymoney last Wednesday.... Read More

Ballycastle kids take part in Ulster Rugby programme

OVER the past number of weeks pupils from Cross and Passion and Ballycastle High School have partcipated in a rugby programme provided by Community Rugby Officer Shaun Bloomfield. The students, who are all aged between 16 and 18 years, were introduced to rugby through fun games and activities,... Read More

Loughguile man refused bail

A LOUGHGUILE teenager, accused of attempting to murder his older brother at their home on New Year's Day, was refused bail yesterday (Monday, April 14). John Anderson, 19, of Scally Park, is charged with attempting to murder Seamus Anderson, possessing an offensive weapon, with intent to commit... Read More

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

ENERGETIC, witty and inspiring where three words to sum up performances of our local Barazina youth choir which last week which took to the stage alongside the famous African Youth Choir. The 1000 - seater, two night event at the Millennium Forum, Derry wooed a packed-out audience of parents,... Read More

Would you feed your hungry neighbour?

A CHARITY that provides emergency food for local people in crisis is to open a facility in Ballycastle to meet the needs of the Moyle District. Causeway Foodbank, a project run by the Coleraine-based Vineyard Compassion charity, will open its Ballycastle base in mid June. Councillors at Monday... Read More

Ally penalty nets United ‘derby’ point

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ally penalty nets United ‘derby’ point

Coleraine 1 Ballymena U. 1 Ally Teggart's injury time score from the penalty spot secured Ballymena United a point at Ballycastle Road on Saturday. Coleraine's Howard Beverland handled the ball inside the box following a Neal Galwey corner and Maltese Referee Clayton Pisani pointed to the spot.... Read More

Former SF councillor joins SDLP

Former SF councillor joins SDLP

A FORMER Sinn Fein councillor looks likely to stand for the SDLP in the forthcoming elections next month. Glens councillor, Margaret Anne McKillop, who is currently an Independent representative on the council, announced on Monday that she has joined the SDLP. She has represented the Glens since... Read More

Lasting legacy to baby Erin

Lasting legacy to baby Erin

THE heartbroken parents of a baby girl who died because an operating theatre was not available at Coleraine's Causeway Hospital have offered to help change maternity procedures to prevent another tragedy. Almost six years after their daughter Erin passed away at Antrim Area Hospital, just 20 hours... Read More

Saffron hurlers retain Division 1 status

Saffron hurlers retain Division 1 status

THE Saffron hurlers made a spirited fight back in front of a disappointing turn out at Ballycastle, in what was billed as the National League Division 1B relegation play-off. Trailing by three at the half way stage against a battling Offaly side they managed to outscore the opposition, six to one in... Read More

New St. Patrick’s Day parade being planned for Ballycastle

MOYLE District Council Chairperson Cara McShane has described last week's Saturday's parade of juvenile hurlers, soccer and camogs through Ballycastle as a 'fantastic spectacle'. And the chairperson claims that with a little more work next year, the council should lead the organisation of a St... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Saffron hurlers retain Division 1 status

The Saffron hurlers made a spirited fight back in front of a disappointing turn out at Ballycastle, in what was billed as the National League Division 1 B relegation play-off. Trailing by three at the half way stage against a battling Offaly side they managed to outscore the opposition, six to one... Read More

‘It’ll take a good team to beat us’

‘It’ll take a good team to beat us’

CROSS and Passion coach Joe Cassidy says he and his players have no fears about taking on Colaiste Phobail Roscrea in their own backyard in the All Ireland Paddy Buggy cup final at the start of next month. The Ballycastle college will face their Tipperary opponents at Semple Stadium in Thurles... Read More

Family fun in revitalised town!

ALL ROADS will lead to Ballycastle on Saturday March 29 as the recent revitalisation of the town is celebrated in style with a FREE family fun day! Ballycastle Town Partnership would LOVE to see you all come along and enjoy internationally acclaimed children's theatre company Cahoots NI performing!... Read More

The Saffrons lose - but only by three

THE bookmakers odds looked askew as Antrim led this Allianz National hurling league Division 1B clash at Ballycastle by four points at the half way mark, writes Jim Smyth. Cork, priced at thirty three to one on, certainly were pushed all over the Park and the nine to one Saffrons were well worthy of... Read More

Local choir reach high notes

A 75-strong local choir with recruits spanning the length and breath of the North Coast - from Coleraine to Carryduff and Ballymoney to Ballycastle has been invited to take centre stage alongside the world class African Children's Choir. Bubbly 'Barazina' choir founder Denise Rosborough - who lives... Read More

Future-proof Roddens

Future-proof Roddens

RODDENS Care Home facilities must be 'future-proofed' to the same standard proposed for other statutory care homes - Mervyn Storey MLA has said. The North Antrim DUP assemblyman made his call following confirmation that Rathmoyle in Ballycastle is to undergo a series of modernisation works. Mr... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Red Hand Trophy Road Race

The Blair International Transport Red Hand Trophy road race takes place on Saturday. Interest in this year's Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - promoted event has been unprecedented with the entries selling out within hours of the online applications being opened. This is in marked... Read More

The Ballycastle United FC Youth Academy invests in Mini Soccer

Not be be outdone by the successes on the field of the u15 and U13 teams, the mini soccer section (ages 6-9) are currently investing in the future talent of the area. Last week, the mini soccer kids, with generous sponsorship from Boyle's Spar, each received their very own Ballycastle United hoodie.... Read More

Stage set for Ballycastle rally

Stage set for Ballycastle rally

APRIL'S Ballycastle Tarmac Stages is being tipped as the perfect opportunity for crews to shakedown their cars ahead of the Circuit of Ireland, which takes place just two weeks later. If all goes well it will be the first time in four years that Mid Antrim Motor Club will have held a single venue... Read More

Local girl helps cancer patients look good, feel better!

Local girl helps cancer patients look good, feel better!

A KIND HEARTED Ballycastle woman is putting her beauty therapist skills to excellent use volunteering with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in order to help run 'look good, feel better' workshops that aim to aid ladies coping with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Bright and... Read More

McFall impresses with gravel pace

MAKING a rare appearance on gravel with Barney McAuley, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 driver Colm McFall finished Saturday's Fivemiletown Spring Rally eighth overall and third in the Production Class. They were bettered only by two of the country's most successful Group N drivers: Josh Moffett, who... Read More

Road flood damage a costly business

THE repair bill for Co. Antrim roads damaged by recent storms is expected to cost £175k, almost one-half of which (85K) relates to the repair of roads in Moyle district. Figures obtained from DRD Roads Service by the Ballycastle Chronicle , show the largest cost in Moyle relates to the repair of... Read More

‘Chat Share Think’! launched

POLICE launched the CHAT SHARE THINK! schools project in Ballycastle last week, empowering young people, parents and teachers in understanding the risks associated with growing up and forming relationships in a digital age. The project combines the unique insight of PSNI officers working in the... Read More

It doesn’t kill to be kind

It doesn’t kill to be kind

A GROUP of friends from the local area have found a unique and heart-warming method of raising spirits following the recent news coverage of the tragic outcomes of the 'Neknomination' phenomenon. Simone Christie from outside Ballymoney was the first of the group to raise awareness on a social... Read More

Community’s got teen spirit

Community’s got teen spirit

TWO LOCAL teenagers have been named among five students from Co.Antrim who hold a place in the top 20 Youth Volunteers in Ireland meaning they now in with a chance of an all expenses paid trip to America! Shannon McNeilly, 16, from Cloughmills is a year 13 student at St Louis Grammar School in... Read More

Families reassured after text glitch

CLOSE COMMUNICATION between Ballycastle Integrated Primary School and pupils' families has proven to be an invaluable asset this week after a technological error saw an incorrect text message being sent to every family in the school. However with the very same method in use, the error was corrected... Read More

McManus confident ahead of league opener

McManus confident ahead of league opener

ANTRIM captain Neil McManus insists his players will be aiming for more than survival when the National Hurling League springs into life next week. Fresh from winning the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship title for a 12th consecutive time on Sunday, McManus says Antrim has never been more... Read More

McShane invited to speak at Bloody Sunday event

A COUNCILLOR from Moyle was invited to take part in a fringe event by organisers of Bloody Sunday March in Derry at the weekend. Speaking exclusively to the Chronicle from Derry, Independent Councillor Padraig McShane highlighted the similarities in today's march and the march for civil rights some... Read More

Friends’ 38 hour vigil for Brooks tickets

Friends’ 38 hour vigil for Brooks tickets

EVER since Ballycastle woman Nicole McGinn heard the sweet voice of country legend Garth Brooks she knew she wanted to see him play live . . . However, Nicole was just 12-years-old at the time and Garth Brooks had recently announced his retirement. She put all disappointment to one side and tried to... Read More

Council pay poser

A MEMBER of the Statutory Transitional Committee (STC) of the new Causeway Coast and Glens District Council is to challenge the DOE minister over the system used to determine the amounts each council will pay for the Shadow Council. Following the election of new councillors in May the Shadow Council... Read More

Field of Dreams at the Coleraine Showgrounds

COLERAINE Football Club dedicated their latest piece of community artwork at The Showgrounds on Friday evening. Representatives of community bodies involved in producing Coleraine FC's impressive art work 'Field of Dreams' and players from the 1968-69 'Six Trophies' side who performed the official... Read More

‘Skipper’ to run for election

‘Skipper’ to run for election

A WELL KNOWN Ballycastle man has thrown his hat in the ring and announced he will be running for Council in the next local election, due to take place in May. Those selected will take their seat in the new 'Super Council'. Ambrose Laverty, whose face will be familiar to all Ballycastle residents... Read More

Dirty dogs!

Dirty dogs!

A BALLYCASTLE pensioner has hit out at 'irresponsible' dog owners who let their pets do their business on her driveway and don't pick it up. Mrs Ida Palmer said it took "a certain kind of cheek" for anyone to leave their pet excrement on someone else's property and walk off. The extremely angry... Read More

Twenty mph zoning of Whitehall and Leyland welcomed – Cllr Cara McShane

SINN Féin Council Chairperson, Cllr Cara McShane, has welcomed plans by Roads Service to introduce a 20mph zoning around the Whitehall and Leyland residential areas of Ballycastle. This follows Cllr Cara McShane's proposal last year for Council to endorse the 'Twenty's Plenty' campaign group in... Read More

Jedward’s ‘GIANT’ adventure!

Jedward’s ‘GIANT’ adventure!

ANDY Warhol once famously said 'in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes' - and for a number of Moyle school children, their 15 minutes is coming sooner than they think! What child hasn't dreamt of appearing on television alongside some of their favourite characters? But how many... Read More

Local girl destined for glamour

Local girl destined for glamour

A BALLYCASTLE woman who caught the eye of a famous glamour photographer is set to make her debut appearance in a Scottish magazine next month! MegHan O'Neill, 22, is a glamour model with a difference, who decided after the horrific murder of her brother Kevin, last April, that she would grab life... Read More

Parking plea

Parking plea

A BALLYCASTLE Granddad has made an emotional appeal for something to be done about the traffic parking across a footpath on Market Street before someone is seriously hurt or killed. Gerry McNicholl made the call after his grandson Cormac, who uses an electric wheelchair, suffered a near miss by a... Read More

Macmillan walk raises over £3000

Macmillan walk raises over £3000

AN IMPRESSIVE FIFTY people turned out on the last Saturday in December to take part in a sponsored walk from Coleraine to Ballymoney in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support Unit in Antrim. Over £3000 was raised in this the second year of the walk and weather conditions, though cold and blowey, were... Read More

Glens Cllr blasts operator advice

Glens Cllr blasts operator advice

GLENS SINN Fein Councillor Colum Thompson has slammed the advice given by a 999 operator to a Cushendun family who's home was flooded during the storms on Friday January 3. However, a Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said they were content that the Regional Control Centre Call... Read More

Local woman honoured

Local woman honoured

A BALLYCASTLE woman who was instrumental in setting up the 'Good Morning Ballycastle' service to the community has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's New Years Honours list. Mrs Kate Elliot, founder of the service which contacts local senior citizens via the telephone daily, was... Read More

Captain Jenkins celebrates with a ‘derby’ double!

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Captain Jenkins celebrates with a ‘derby’ double!

Coleraine.................................................2 Ballymena United....................................3 A double strike from captain Allan Jenkins helped United to their first victory in 15 attempts over Coleraine! The big Boxing Day 'derby' at Ballycastle Road produced a five goal... Read More

Local News

Armoy RFC players get ready for new season

WITH pre-season training for what will be Armoy RFC's 40th anniversary season well underway the club will be holding the first of many get-togethers to mark this momentous occasion for the Lime Park club with a family funday on Sunday July 20 beginning at 2pm. This event is open to everyone as... Read More

Gearing up for a memorable ‘Race of Legends’ in Armoy

Gearing up for a memorable ‘Race of Legends’ in Armoy

IT may only be in its sixth year but the Armoy Road Races is already firmly established as one of the leading road race events in the country. That point was emphasised at last week's official launch when it was confirmed that both Michael and William Dunlop would be competing on what is,... Read More

Going the extra mile...

Going the extra mile...

THE sister of a promising motocross rider from Armoy, who lost his battle with a rare cancer strain aged just 16, has described their latest fundraiser as the "perfect tribute" to him. Later this year Callan McErlain's mother Paula, along with two friends, really will go the extra mile when they set... Read More

No solution in sight to rail bridge issue

TWO weeks ago we ran the story of the ongoing difficulties being experienced by some users of the new foot and cycle bridge at Ballymoney train station. We revealed how Translink had to apologise to one Armoy senior citizen after letting her down twice with regard to wheelchair assistance that she... Read More

Armoy entries for race flowing in

ENTRIES from across Europe are flowing into Armoy Road Races according to the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club. Now in its sixth year, Armoy Road Races are set for another fine year as entries from Italy, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland and England have already been submitted for the races at... Read More

River Ridge pledges continued support for Armoy Road Races

River Ridge pledges continued support for Armoy Road Races

ARMOY Road Races have revealed that one of the North West's leading waste management companies will again be title sponsor for this year's eagerly anticipated event. RiverRidge Recycling will sponsor the event for the third time and will work with Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club (AMRRC) to put on... Read More

In memory of Geraldine

In memory of Geraldine

STAFF and customers of the Scenic Inn, near Armoy are planning a massive fundraising campaign in memory of a very dear friend and colleague who passed away recently. Armoy lady, Geraldine Linton lost her battle with cancer at the end of last month, before she could take part in the great charity... Read More

Dick’s ‘Jenny’ steals the show

Dick’s ‘Jenny’ steals the show

AN ARMOY bird photographer is 'absolutely delighted' after his pictures swept the boards in a prestigious province wide bird photography competition held last week. Mr Dick Glasgow, at his very first attempt, picked up Winning Photograph and Winning Portfolio in the Beginners Category of the... Read More

Armoy Firsts draw with BHS Former Pupils

ARMOY First XV delivered a gutsy performance which on any other day would have resulted in a victory. On a slightly heavy pitch the men from Lime Park dug in and knuckled down for a share of the spoils when at times it looked like a creditable victory was on the cards. A victory would have been... Read More

St Killian’s come up just  short against Templemore

St Killian’s come up just short against Templemore

A HUGE effort from St Killian's Garron Tower to reach the All-Ireland Colleges' Senior B camogie final came up just short at Armoy on Saturday. The break of the ball on a couple of decisive moments in the game was the difference and ultimately cost them a place in next month's final. St Killian's... Read More

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

The great and the good turned out in huge numbers at the La Mon Hotel to celebrate the presentation of awards to the Motorcycle Racing Champions for 2013. Evergreen Barry Davidson got one of the loudest cheers as his name was called to collect his award for winning the Ulster and Irish 350cc Classic... Read More

Regional News

Fiesta newbies enjoy winning WRC debut

JOSH Moffett, with John Rowan co-driving, marked his World Rally Car bow on Sunday's Sligo Stages Rally in dream fashion by steering his family-owned Ford Fiesta to a convincing victory. The Combilift-backed team-mates made the step up to the more powerful car for round four of the Border Rally... Read More

Road racing royalty gathers to launch Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix

Road racing royalty gathers to launch Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix

SOME of the biggest names and brightest talents in real road racing came together on board the SS Nomadic Belfast to help launch the 2014 Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix and give fans an exciting preview of this year's event. Local riders Michael and William Dunlop, Jamie Hamilton, and Stephen Thompson... Read More

Free Travel under threat!

FREE bus and rail travel for over 60's may be brought to a halt as the Transport Minister has revealed a shortfall in finances of almost £10m. The revelation has sparked outcry in Ballymoney where pensioners rely on a day-to-day basis on maintaining their independence through the Concessionary Fare... Read More

Thousands attend North Antrim demo in Ballymoney

THOUSANDS of people descended on Ballymoney last Saturday to watch the many Orange Lodges from the five districts comprising the North Antrim Combine and their accompanying bands as they celebrated this year's Twelfth. Assembling at the Showgrounds, the main parade, headed by Ballymoney District... Read More

United v Reds in  League Charity Shield

Ballymena Guardian5 days ago

United v Reds in League Charity Shield

Ballymena United play Premier League champions Cliftonville at Solitude on Saturday, August 2, in the re-launched NI Football League Charity Shield (3pm). The Shield makes a very welcome return after a 14 year absence - and gives United manager Glenn Ferguson a great opportunity to bring a bit more... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 days ago

Councils focus on Euro funding

Senior officers from eight local councils have met in Ballymena to discuss potential EU funding opportunities available to the North East region under the new INTERREG V Programme. The programme, which has a value of €240 million, will run from 2014-2020 and is aimed at supporting cross border... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Captain’s Day a great success at Antrim GC

The recent Captain's Day at Antrim Golf Club proved to be a major success. The overall results were as follows: 1, Kevin McCafferty - 41; 2, Victor Currie - 39; 3, James McNeill - 38; Best Gross: Trevor Gilliland jnr - 75 strokes; Seniors: Charlie Creighton - 35; Low Section: 1, Jonathan Stroud -... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Ophir RFC to host annual tournament

The annual Ophir Rugby sevens tournament, featuring several clubs from the Antrim borough, will be held over the weekend of Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16 at the club pitches at The Cottonmount in Mallusk. On Friday evening, August 15, an U16 tournament will take place commencing at 6.30pm,... Read More

Drivers to get fast and furious at Nutts Corner this Saturday

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Drivers to get fast and furious at Nutts Corner this Saturday

The Protoplas Rallysport Association Summer Championship 2014 will fire up once again in style this Saturday (July 19) with a capacity entry of over 100 drivers on its return to Nutts Corner Motorsport Centre near Antrim. Eight different classes will take part including the turbo charged Subarus and... Read More

Local riders on the trail at Davagh

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Local riders on the trail at Davagh

The second Davagh Enduro Race took place in Davagh Forest Trails recently, with 200 riders making it a sell out event, and the best of the local and international pack competing. The race benefited from the presence of a professional field amongst the stages and Colin Ross took pole position on the... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Man’s violent attack on ex-wife at train station witnessed by fellow passengers

A man who 'repeatedly headbutted' his ex-wife in front of other passengers at Antrim train station on St Patrick's Day has been handed a five-month jail term suspended for 18 months. Garry Gordon (37), of Jura Street in Antrim, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, making threats... Read More

Councillor calls for condemnation from ‘all political reps’ as Ballycraigy bonfire

Antrim Guardian5 days ago

Councillor calls for condemnation from ‘all political reps’ as Ballycraigy bonfire

The organisers of the Ballycraigy bonfire have denied reports, widely circulated on social media, that an effigy which appeared on the bonfire for the '11th night celebrations' was that of Oscar Knox, the five-year-old who died after a long battle with cancer in May. The Antrim Guardian was... Read More

Feis Cup champions Cushendall dethroned

Feis Cup champions Cushendall dethroned

A goal from Nigel Elliott, five minutes into the second half was the score which set Dunloy on their way to Feis Cup Hurling victory. In a tremendous battle with the reigning champions, Cushendall at Glenariffe they ran out three point winners, with the Ruairi Og goal coming in injury time. Success... Read More

Yvonne and Kim ‘together yet far apart’

Yvonne and Kim ‘together yet far apart’

ONE BALLYMONEY woman is over the moon at the prospect of meeting a friend she has known for over 30 years for the very first time later this month. Yvonne Millar has been writing to her pen friend Kim from Manitoba in Canada since she was at Ballymoney High School. From school girl concerns, to... Read More

Another summer of disappointment

TWO Limerick penalties put an end to Antrim's bid for a decent summer run in the All-Ireland qualifiers series as their poor away from continues to hunt them, this at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday. The Saffrons, who were dominant until Limerick's first goal will be annoyed at their three defensive... Read More

Bushfoot Festival 71 Cup win for Willie McIlroy

Sixteen handicapper Willie McIlroy won Bushfoot Golf Club's Festival 71 Cup on Saturday with a net 60, the best of a flurry of super scores. He had a poor start, double bogeying the opening par four, and then letting another shot slip away at the second. Willie got clear of those blips after that... Read More

Jamie’s top boy!

Jamie’s top boy!

TALENTED young Ballymoney golfer, Jamie Knipe (pictured), a junior member at Royal Portrush Golf Club, is celebrating winning the Titleist sponsored 2014 Leinster Boys Open Championship at Kilkenny Golf Club last week. Jamie was not alone in his success, with another Royal Portrush junior golfer,... Read More

Shamelessly waiting

LEGAL proceedings over the Garth Brooks concerts in Croke Park later this month were formally lodged in the High Court yesterday, leaving a lot of angry and frustrated fans in limbo as they wonder how to proceed with accommodation and travel plans. Back in February we brought you stories from the... Read More

Pre-Season Training underway at Ballymena United

Pre-Season Training underway at Ballymena United

Ballymena United Football Club have commenced the arduous task of pre-season training ahead of their first match on August 9 against Warrenpoint Town. The Skyblues were out in full force on the training ground recently, even though for many it is still the summer holidays. There was no rest for the... Read More

Cash for Kids is the Official Charity of the NI Open 2014

Galgorm Castle are delighted to announce the official charity of the NI Open as Cash for Kids, the local children's charity of Downtown Radio and Cool FM. Cash for Kids supports thousands of disadvantaged children all over Northern Ireland each year plus individuals and groups who apply for help, as... Read More

Litter reward scheme extended for six months

Ballymena councillors have agreed to extend the litter reward card pilot scheme for a further six months. The scheme means that wardens can issue a reward card when they observe a member of the public disposing of their litter, or picking up after their dog in a responsible manner. They would then... Read More

628 jobs and £170m expansion at Moy Park

628 jobs and £170m expansion at Moy Park

Enterprise minister, Arlene Foster, last night (Monday) announced a £170m expansion by Moy Park that will provide 628 new jobs across its three local sites, including Ballymena. Arlene Foster said: "This investment, which will mean a £10.5million increase in wages and salaries annually for the... Read More

‘Rags to riches!’

‘Rags to riches!’

Around £20,000 worth of stolen clothing and household items, discovered in the Ballymena premises of a woman shoplifter, have been donated to local charities. The distribution of the stolen 'booty' took place last Wednesday and involved police officers visiting charities to hand over the goods.... Read More

NRC students ‘NGage’ in town centre art exhibition!

Eye-catching and vibrant works of art created by Art and Design students from Ballymena's Northern Regional College, have filled the colourful new premises of Start360's 'One Stop Shop' and drop-in youth centre - NGage at 2-6 Wellington Street. The exhibition show cases the work of the BTEC Level 2... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast week

Connell Hill summer league

Competitors made a very worthwhile trip to Connell Hill Equestrian Centre for the fifth week of the SJI Summer Horse League. Clare Spillane-Pattison on 'Cor De La' and Emma Barkley on 'Tawnybrack Diamond' certainly achieved their goals jumping double clears in the 80 and 90cm classes. Paul Tang on... Read More

‘Leave us alone to live in peace’

Antrim GuardianLast week

‘Leave us alone to live in peace’

The Traveller family who have taken up residence in a field in Rathenraw have stated 'they want to live in peace and quiet' and 'have no intention of leaving Antrim', despite objections by some residents to their presence. Speaking exclusively to The Antrim Guardian this week, the Joyce family... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Firsts slump to another heavy defeat

On Sunday Muckamore entertained CSNI at Moylena in a rearranged League match. Muckamore won the toss and batting first they lost their first five wickets for 10 runs in just eight overs. The procession started when Patrick Fisher was caught at square leg in the third over followed by Bryan Baguley... Read More

Irish Open is made for Kincaid!

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Irish Open is made for Kincaid!

BRISCA F2 Irish champion Chris Kincaid was again on fine form this week, taking the honours in the prestigious Irish Open championship at Nutts Corner Raceway. Several visiting drivers from the mainland joined the locals on track including former world champion Chris Burgoyne from Falkirk in... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Traveller timebomb

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has agreed to 'step in to the lion's den' and meet face-to-face with the Rathenraw residents who remain fiercely opposed to the Travellers' camp in their midst. They made the pledge during a tense meeting with concerned councillors this week. More than a dozen... Read More

Hope on the horizon for town centre eyesore, or just another false dawn?

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Hope on the horizon for town centre eyesore, or just another false dawn?

After three long decades in limbo, Antrim Council is embarking on one last-ditch effort to breathe new life into Ulster Bar Corner. Incredible as it may seem, the prime site in the heart of the town centre was cleared in the 1980s to make way for development that simply never came. As well as the... Read More

Hamilton sets the Bush on fire

Hamilton sets the Bush on fire

JAMIE Hamilton opened his 2014 road race account in style by winning four races at the Bush Road Race in County Tyrone. Young Hamilton, who had been knocking at the door for wins at the national events, came to life at the Bush winning the Emerald Road racing Supertwins Race, followed by the Horta... Read More

Chat with the Queen

A BALLYMONEY craftsman who got a sudden and unexpected audience with the Queen during her visit to Belfast has said that it is something that he will remember for a long time. Dougie Long from Finvoy Road who makes handcrafted wooden bowls and other goods, had a stall at St George's Market in... Read More

A humble man who left a positive legacy - Professor’s wife

A humble man who left a positive legacy - Professor’s wife

THE wife of Edmund Cairns has described the world-renowned Psychology Professor as "the love of my life" in a moving tribute to the 66-year-old. Mrs Ida Cairns also revealed that her strong Christian faith, combined with the support of her family, helped her to come to terms with his death. “He... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Hamilton sets the Bush on Fire

Festival Fever. Only 30 days to the Mid Antrim 150 Road Racing Sections Festival of Motorsport Event in Broughshane. The promoters are working hard at getting the event organised and the latest exhibitor to come on board is local Road Race Champion from the 60s, Billy McCosh who will be bring his... Read More

Father and son bidding for glory

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Father and son bidding for glory

Father and son, Micky and Adam McFall, bid for race glory this weekend in Ipswich! The Craigywarren duo are out to impress in the World Stock Rods showdown and Ninja Karts Stars of the Future classes respectively in the Spedeweekend. It will be a tough assignment, but both they have prepared well... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Ballee pupils ‘ping-ponged’ between schools

The North-Eastern Education and Library Board was told last week some Ballee Community High School pupils had been 'ping-ponged' back and forward between schools as they attempted to make arrangements for next term. Board member, Mr Andrew Kennedy, who is also on Ballee's Board of Governors, said... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Former Order Grand Master at Ballymena Twelfth parade

The Orange Order has released details of this year Twelfth parades in Ballymena, Broughshane and Cullybackey. As usual thousands of spectators are expected to line the routes of the traditional parades, as dozens of Orange lodges accompanied by bands celebrate the 324th anniversary of the Battle of... Read More

Bryan gets Bushfoot GC Professional’s Prize

Four players returned 39 points each at Bushfoot GC on Saturday but Bryan McNeill came out on top after the four way countback. The eight handicapper completed the opening nine in three over par for a halfway score of 19 points. Second time round he went one better for 20 points to get his hands on... Read More

2nd Food Bank Tesco collection day

2nd Food Bank Tesco collection day

AN AVERAGE of one desperate person or family per day has been coming to Ballymoney Food Bank at Silversprings to get a three day emergency food parcel since the facility opened on February 1 this year. Because of this obvious need the Foodbank is holding another collection at Tesco Ballymoney on... Read More

Early second half blitz destroys Antrim

Early second half blitz destroys Antrim

A goal and three points in the opening six minutes of the second half put an end to Antrim's bid to reach another Ulster Senior Football Championship Final. At Clones on Sunday they had to bow to the pressure of the red hot favourites Donegal by a 13 point margin, 3-16 to 0-12, after very much... Read More

Man beats train!

Man beats train!

JOHN Madden, a 49 year old amateur cyclist, set off on his bike from the Post Office beside the Guildhall at Custom House Street, Derry and made it to the Post Office in Belfast before his friend Peter Jack made the same journey on a train! John, the School Principal of the Roddenvale Special Care... Read More

‘Keep up campaign against lignite mining’- Swann

MR ROBIN Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member and Chairman of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee, has challenged the Stormont Executive "not to ease off the campaign to stop lignite mining being introduced in the constituency". Assemblyman Swann, who is UUP Chief... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Brennan wins Glens Time Trial for first time

Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - held their annual Grand Prix of the Glens time trial, as part of the Northstone sponsored series of club races, last Wednesday evening with victory going to Matthew Brennan. Conditions were favourable on Wednesday and nearly all the entrants beat their... Read More

Discounted season tickets available until Monday!

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Discounted season tickets available until Monday!

Ballymena United's discounted season tickets are available until this Monday (June 30)! Fans buying will cash in on the cheaper price - but Monday is last date to take advantage of the offer. Season tickets have been selling well, members at last Wednesday night's United Annual General Meeting heard.... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

£116,304 local lottery win goes unclaimed

Someone in Ballymena could be £116,304 poorer after a prize winning local lottery win failed to be claimed before the closing deadline. Camelot, operator of The National Lottery, announced last week the prize from the Lotto draw on December, 18, remained unclaimed more than 180 days after the draw... Read More

Final Farewell!

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Final Farewell!

The bell rang for the final time at Ballee Community High School today (Tuesday). Although the school will not officially close until August 31, there will be no more classes after today at the school, which blazed trail for a new concept in education when it opened its doors in 1978. There were... Read More

Jake is ‘Primary School Musician of the Year’

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Jake is ‘Primary School Musician of the Year’

An 11-year-old Ahoghill flautist wowed judges in the recent 'Primary School Musician of the Year' awards to take the title. Jake Houston won the prestigious competition, run by The Rotary Club of North Down, where he beat over 100 entries. This number was narrowed down to 15 finalists after four... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Ross brings class into the Open

Ross Houston was the toast of Nutts Corner Raceway after a superb victory in the Irish Open Championship. The Gilmore Engineering sponsored Irish Open race was the opening Saloon encounter of the afternoon, with the starting positions decided by a public draw. Drivers from England and Scotland,... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Over 100 runners take part in record breaking Active Antrim Road Race

Over 100 runners from across Northern Ireland laced up their trainers and took part in the Active Antrim five-mile Road Race recently. North Belfast Harrier, Mark McKinstry, raced his way to first place in a new course record of 26 minutes and 50 seconds. First female home was Lyndsey Pronger,... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

‘I will not take any lectures from inexperienced Kinahan’ - McCrea

The dust may have barely settled on the Local Government elections, but it seems that the contest has ignited some fire in the bellies of two political heavyweights forced to watch the contest from the sidelines. For the past three weeks Ulster Unionist Danny Kinahan and DUP veteran William McCrea... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Woman who ‘cried rape’ is sent to jail for nine months

A 40-year-old woman who sparked two police investigations, costing nearly £20,000 after she slashed herself with an old-fashioned razor before crying 'rape', has been sent to prison for nine months. Judge Desmond Marrinan told June Plunkett that such 'shocking, selfish and cruel' false claims not... Read More

Protest threat at graveyard

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Protest threat at graveyard

Antrim Council has been warned to 'show a bit of respect' to mourning families who choose to ignore the lawn only rules at Belmont Cemetery - or face their wrath. Last week the Antrim Guardian revealed that the Council had once again set itself on a collision course with families after it removed... Read More

High scoring at Castlerock

GARY Adamson came out tops in a day of high scores at Castlerock to win the Mary Peters Trust event with a points tally of 44. The 15 handicapper had two double bogeys in a front nine of otherwise good golf, those two holes 'restricted' to 19 points for the nine. Gary helped himself to a birdie... Read More

Bertie off the critical list

BALLYMONEY Borough Councillors stood in silence as a mark of respect to the memory of young Knockahollet PS pupil Robert Christie who lost his life in a terrible farm accident recently. In one of the final acts of his year in office, outgoing Ballymoney Mayor John Finlay told members attending the... Read More

Rosemary’s thanks to Laurel House

Rosemary’s thanks to Laurel House

A BALLYMONEY lady recovering from chemotherapy has said that she intends to auction off a treasured collection of signed photographs of the stars she has spent a lifetime collecting, to raise cash for the facility where she stayed during her treatment. Rosemary Dunne's album contains almost sixty... Read More

Grants probe call

BALLYMONEY Borough Council is under fire to explain a deviation from 'Legacy Funding' application protocol. The issue arose at June's full meeting of council where, on a majority DUP show of hands, a Ballymoney group secured a council grant of £1,500, despite having failed stage one of the... Read More

Saffrons target Ulster double

IT'LL be case of last one out shut the door as Saffron supporters descend on Clones on Sunday to cheer on both their senior and minor teams as they bid for Ulster Final berths. However, standing in their way, in both games, are Donegal, who will come to St Tiernach's Park as favourites to make the... Read More

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

DEFENDING Open champion Phil Mickelson says he is 'very excited' about the prospect of challenging for the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush, which could happen as early as 2019. Mickelson, winner of five major championships, admitted in an interview with the BBC's Stephen Watson that for him Royal... Read More

John is new United Chairman

Ballymena GuardianLast month

John is new United Chairman

Retired bank manager John Taggart is the new Chairman of Ballymena United! And new Vice-Chair is Ballymena business man Don Stirling, of Stirling Trophies, Queen Street in the town. The duo will be officially installed at Wednesday night's Annual General Meeting in the Des Allen Suite at the... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Yogesh debuts at Eaton Park

Ballymena 1st XI lost for a fourth successive time on Saturday when they went down by 3 wickets at home to CSNI. However the team will take much heart from this performance; after being outplayed in all their previous games, the players were clearly lifted by the debut appearance of Indian... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Sun shines on competitors at Connell Hill

Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, Randalstown, saw a host of competitors arrive to jump outdoor tracks at the weekend against the backdrop of glorious sunshine. The Summer SJI Horse League continues on Thursday June 19 at 10am, with the classes from 80 cm to 1.3m. The show dates run right through... Read More

Open for business!

Antrim GuardianLast month

Open for business!

The Antrim Borough's businesses will have a ball when one of the biggest events in the golfing calendar returns to these shores, a golf mad local rep has claimed. Alliance councillor Neil Kelly was at Royal Portrush the last time the Irish Open was contested here - and he will be first in the queue... Read More

So just how much are we paying our public servants?

Antrim GuardianLast month

So just how much are we paying our public servants?

This week saw the scramble for positions on the new Antrim and Newtownabbey 'Super Council'. Undoubtedly, the 40 members on the new body would happily explain how community concern and civic pride drove their headlong rush for a place around the table. But just to sweeten the deal that little bit... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

‘Is it one rule for some and another for the rest at Belmont Cemetery?’

Antrim Council has been accused of 'losing the plot' after it removed flowers and mementoes from a baby's grave at Belmont Cemetery. The Council provoked the wrath of scores of local families when it was announced that it intended to enforce the strict lawn only rules in the 'new' section of the... Read More

Michael makes TT history

Michael makes TT history

MICHAEL Dunlop became the first rider ever to win four races at the Isle of Man TT two years running after taking victory in the week's most prestigious race of all, the blue riband Senior TT race on Friday. However, the 25-year-old's main concern at the finish line was for his older brother William,... Read More

Dunlop film ‘Road’ hits big screen

A DOCUMENTARY film on the Dunlops will see their legacy take centre stage when the film goes on general release this week. ‘Road' is about the two sets of Dunlop brothers, who name has become synonymous with motorcycle road racing - Joey and his younger brother Robert and Robert's sons William and... Read More

Pride of the parish

Pride of the parish

Carey Faughs, the oldest hurling club in Ulster, have completed the redevelopment of their grounds with a blessing and an official opening of the new pitches on Sunday. The ambitious project took four years and over £200,000 to complete. Finance was largely secured through local fundraising... Read More

Brown trout free at last

150 fine healthy brown trout were released into Ballymoney Burn by DCAL officers last Friday, bred for the purpose at Movanagher Fish Farm in the south of the borough. Organising the release was the Northern Area Inland Fisheries Officer Mr Teddy Roughan who is based at Movanagher. Teddy said: "We... Read More

Rest in peace Robert

Rest in peace Robert

MEMBERS of a stunned community attended Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church earlier today for the funeral of the eight year old Knockahollet PS pupil, Robert Christie, who was killed in a tragic farm accident at the weekend. Even more tragically, as the hugely attended funeral service for this... Read More

Cushendall see off Portaferry

Portaferry made the long journey up from The Ards Peninsula to take on Cushendall in the Antrim Senior Hurling League but, as expected, returned home empty handed, with a 7-21 to 2-6 defeat. It was the Down men who were first to strike, aided by a strong breeze Peter Mason converted an early free,... Read More

McGarrity masters Mourne Rally

ROUND four of the 2014 McGrady Insurance MSA ANICC Northern Ireland Stage Rally Championship took place on the Modern Tyre Service Mourne Rally, on Saturday. Forty-seven cars entered the event, the last being a late entry from championship challenger Alan Carmichael, and they set off from Carnbane... Read More

Cunningham takes over Moyle chain

Cunningham takes over Moyle chain

THE last 10 months of Moyle District Council as we know it will see the SDLP's Dónal Cunningham wear the chain of office as Council Chairperson. Cllr Cunningham was installed as the final ever Moyle District Council Chairperson at the AGM in Sheskburn House on Monday evening. His term, which should... Read More

Lammas UNfair?

THE cost of hiring a stall at the Lammas Fair is to rise by 30 per cent following a majority vote taken at a meeting of Moyle District Council last week. Council members were told that in order to recover the full cost of administering street trading licences, refuse collection and street cleansing,... Read More

‘I’ll be back’

Ballymena GuardianLast month

‘I’ll be back’

Jim Ervin has declared - "I'll be back"! The Ballymena United full-back is on the comeback trail after a knee injury - and has told Guardian Sport he will be back in January. “It will take a lot more than that to keep me out of football," he declared. Irish Cup final day is one the former Linfield... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Andrew is new N.I. National Hot Rod champion!

Andrew Murray is Northern Ireland's new National Hot Rod Champion after the final round of the championship at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening! Murray enjoyed a comfortable advantage over British Champion Glenn Bell and World Champion John Christie heading into the final round and three strong... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

The ‘Ulster Scots’ French Connection!

Zut Alors! The first ever academic 'Ulster Scots' journal produced in continental Europe has been put together by a Harryville man! Wesley Hutchinson, who is originally from Larne Road, lives in Paris where he is a Professor of Irish Studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Wesley has spent the... Read More

‘Buy us out’

Ballymena GuardianLast month

‘Buy us out’

North Antrim DUP MP, Ian Paisley, has called on the Government to seriously consider buying out the homes of residents constantly plagued by flash flooding in the Toome Road area. His call came after Sunday evening's flooding, which badly affected the Queen Street and Toome Road areas in the town.... Read More

Resident saves home after Queen Street flash flood

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Resident saves home after Queen Street flash flood

A Harryville woman had to single-handedly save her house from flooding, by directing the traffic away from her front door on Queen Street last week after a flash flood. Dorena Rodgers became concerned when the rain started to fall heavily last week, causing a large pool of water to form where the... Read More

Unbeaten run continues for sizzling Seconds

Antrim GuardianLast month

Unbeaten run continues for sizzling Seconds

Muckamore Seconds entertained Derriaghy Seconds on Sunday in a match interrupted by heavy rain showers. The visitors batted first and in unpleasant conditions scored 130 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allocated 40 overs. Top scorers for Derriaghy were R Bailey who scored 39 runs and C... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Flying start to Summer SJI at Connell Hill

The Summer SJI Horse League at Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, Randalstown got off to a flying start on Thursday with horses and riders eager to jump in the glorious sunshine filling the outdoor arena with a rainbow of colour. This League promises to be one filled with huge competition, oozing... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Crumlin’s citizens told to put up with ‘horrific’ smell? That stinks!

Ahead of the first meeting of the new-look Antrim Borough Council this Thursday (June 12) following recent elections, a Crumlin councillor has called on his colleagues to 'work together' to investigate the source of 'horrific fumes and smells' in the town which are preventing people from hanging... Read More

D-day for Crumlin Integrated

Antrim GuardianLast month

D-day for Crumlin Integrated

A member of the Board of Governors at Crumlin Integrated College has said that he is 'keeping his fingers crossed' as to the outcome of a meeting to be held today (Tuesday, June 10) at which the future existence of the school will be discussed. Ahead of the meeting, there has been further... Read More

Dunlop third in Supersport

Dunlop third in Supersport

BALLYMONEY rider Michael Dunlop had to settle for third in the Supersport Race at a weather-hampered Isle of Mann TT on Monday. It was a disappointed Dunlop, who had dominated this class in recent years, who finished behind Gary Johnson and Bruce Anstey, some 11 seconds behind the winner. “I had a... Read More

Patricia’s fantastic charity effort

Patricia’s fantastic charity effort

ONE local woman who ran this year's Belfast Marathon for two charities close to her heart has thanked Ballymoney people for their generosity in supporting her. Patricia Mullan, the Station Inquiry Assistant at Ballymoney PSNI station, overcame her own health demons to raise £833 in a fantastic 26.... Read More

Springwell Runners perform well at the Walled City Marathon

THOUSANDS of athletes brought the City of Derry to a standstill on Sunday as they took to the streets of Maiden City for the second running of the newly established SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon, an event which has now been installed as a permanent fixture after its successful debut during... Read More

Aubrey hits 46 points for Tankard win

IT took all of those 46 points that Aubrey Sweeney scored to secure an outright win in the PGA Tankard event at Bushfoot Golf Club on Saturday as he was closely followed by two 45 pointers. Aubrey had 12 points on the card after four hoes with a birdie two on the second giving him four of those. He... Read More

Environment Minister gives quarry extension the go-ahead at Glenarm

ENVIRONMENT Minister Mark H Durkan recently announced planning approval for a 23.8hectare extension to Demesne Quarry, Glenarm. This development, led by OMYA UK Ltd, is for a sideways extension of Demesne Quarry southwards into Tully Field. It will also restore Parishagh Quarry for agricultural... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

National Hot Rod decider at Raceway

Ballymena Raceway hosts the final round of the National Hot Rod World Qualifying Series on Friday evening (June 6) where the outcome of the Northern Ireland Championship will be decided! The driver who emerges with most points at the completion of the gruelling 14 round series will be crowned... Read More

Local soldier cycles, paddles and runs across Ireland for charity!

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Local soldier cycles, paddles and runs across Ireland for charity!

Ballymena Reservist, Ranger Peter Drennan, has just completed the 'Coast to Coast Extreme Challenge', arguably one of the UK and Ireland's toughest multisport events. The challenge covers a distance of 312 kilometres from the west coast to the east coast of Ireland, including 246 kilometres of... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Antrim Eels slip up

Antrim Eels 32-54 Rabbitohs Antrim Eels played the Rabbitohs on Saturday looking for their first win in the Ulster League, after losing their first match 48-28 to Belfast Met Scholars. It was the perfect day for rugby league in Ballyclare and the Eels were confident going into this... Read More

Olympic star sets sail for Antrim!

Antrim GuardianLast month

Olympic star sets sail for Antrim!

Atlantic Challenge Northern Ireland welcomed Dame Mary Peters and Antrim Mayor Roderick Swann to present their newly acquired gig Cwch John Kerr, on Saturday afternoon. The 38 foot wooden vessel will be used to educate and train young people of all traditions and backgrounds through the medium of... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Police used spray on man holding a knife

A man who pleaded guilty to four counts of theft over three separate days from Islandbawn stores has been sentenced to another four months in jail. Christopher Cowan (29), of Main Street in Parkgate, also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance on two separate occasions during the... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Board rocked by Irish language row

The North Eastern Education and Library Board has come under fire for promoting grants exclusively for Irish language groups. Sinn Fein Education Minister John O'Dowd has given the Board the green light to offer up to £3,000 to groups across Antrim, Ballymena and Moyle to promote 'youth work... Read More

Dunloy continue bid for promotion

JUST how Dunloy slipped into third division football is a bit of a mystery. In recent times they were quite a potent force but now find life a bit of a struggle as they struggle to stay afloat even at this level. They certainly helped their cause in beating St Malachy's by six points, 0-16 to 0-10,... Read More

Ballymoney's Andy Boyle third at West Down Masters GP

Ballymoney's Andy Boyle third at West Down Masters GP

BALLYMONEY CC Biesty's Centra Racing Team's veteran rider Andy Boyle was narrowly beaten on the line at the West Down Grand Prix over the tough county Down circuit around the hilly roads of Rathfriland and Katesbridge. The former NI champion has teamed up again with his medal-winning team of Hugh... Read More

DUP nine votes from disaster?

DUP nine votes from disaster?

BALLYMONEY'S most senior DUP man has denied that the local party came within nine votes of disaster in the election for the new Causeway Coast and Glens District Council held last Thursday. In the end the DUP, currently with an over all majority on Ballymoney Borough Council, secured three of the... Read More

Gary ‘chilled to Benone’

LOCAL charity worker Gary Boyd has completed another challenge in his on going campaign "Extreme '14". The project which sees Gary going through an intense physical challenge each month, has so far raised £757 for animal charity WSPA, and donations continue to rise. Last month in April saw Gary's... Read More

McQuillan points sees Cushendun through

THANKS to Dominic McQuillan, Cushendun improved their Division 2 hurling league standing when he led his side to a 1-10 to 0-7 away win to Bredagh. The lively half forward knocked over seven points, all from frees, as Marty Jameson scored the goal which clinched two invaluable league points.... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Workman wins Finlay memorial 10 miles time trial

Steven Workman was fastest of the 21 Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - riders in last Wednesday evening's Stan Finlay memorial 10 miles time trial at Woodgreen. The event, which forms part of the Northstone sponsored club race series, also attracted thirteen visitors to the ultra fast... Read More

Rachael prepares for Malta

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Rachael prepares for Malta

Teenage gymnast Rachael Murdock competes in the 'Gym Stars International Invitational' in Malta in July! The 14-year-old from Ballymena is one of five Valdez Club members making the competition trip of a lifetime. Rachael, from Cullybackey College, is looking forward to the challenge on the... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

The story of how Ballymena’s District Electoral Areas unfolded

BANNSIDE: (6 seats) THE TUV were the big winners in Bannside, topping the poll with Timothy Gaston and Ahogill Thistle player manager, Stewart McDonald, securing the extra sixth seat, with the addition of Galgorm to the area under local government boundary reform. Councillor Gaston's first... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Last ever Mayor set to be elected

The last ever Mayor of Ballymena will be elected at the council's annual meeting next Monday night (June 2). With Mid and East Antrim council taking over from Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus councils next April, the new Mayor will have a slightly shorter period in office. The new council is not... Read More

Unionists in control

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Unionists in control

The DUP maintained its dominant position in local politics when it took 16 of the 40 seats in the Mid and East Antrim 'super' council election last week, but there were impressive performances from the TUV, which achieved a significant foothold in the area, and a resurgent Ulster Unionist Party... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

New faces on Fridays at Connell Hill centre

Connell Hill Equestrian Centre welcomed new faces to the Training Show on Friday night which saw a large number of competitors take the opportunity of jumping tracks in the outdoor arena. These well designed colourful tracks encouraged the novice horse and were an advantageous boost to riders'... Read More

First the Torch - now the baton!

Antrim GuardianLast month

First the Torch - now the baton!

Antrim Council proudly welcomed the Queen's Baton Relay to the Borough last Tuesday (May 20) as it continued its 248-day journey to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The privilege of carrying the Baton was awarded to 13-year-old Elise McFarland, a member of Antrim Ladies' Netball Club who was... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

US trip has plenty in store for Asda boss

The General Store Manager at Asda Antrim has been handpicked from hundreds of 'colleagues' across Northern Ireland to travel to the United States next month on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to represent the company at Walmart's annual shareholders' conference in Arkansas. Robert Ryans is one of just a... Read More

The people have spoken

Antrim GuardianLast month

The people have spoken

The people of Antrim have spoken - and after a marathon two-day count at the Valley Leisure Centre they have radically redrawn the political landscape. With the Borough losing three seats as it prepares to merge with big brother Newtownabbey there were always going to be winners and losers, but few... Read More

Baley wins Emyvale Masters GP

BALLYMONEY Cycling Club Biesty's Centra Racing Team riders are leading the field in the racing cycling scene. Supervet Tony Blaney, at 62 years young, was the outright winner at the Emmyvale GP taking the honours on the same day as his grandson, Ryan Orr (winner of the recent inaugural Coleraine... Read More

Every Little Helps

Every Little Helps

A BENDOORAGH woman who has helped raise thousands of pounds for Diabetes UK has been shortlisted for a fundraiser of the year award. Jackie Brogan, who works in Ballymoney Tesco, has helped the single store raise over £19,000 for its chosen charity Diabetes UK - making it number one fundraiser of... Read More

No right of way for local church

No right of way for local church

A BALLYBOGEY woman has said that she bears no animosity towards a local Presbyterian Church who, she says, have put her "through the mill" for the past seven years over a right of way dispute at her property near Liscolman. The matter reached its climax in the High Court on May 2 when Mosside... Read More

Dunlop brothers dominate at International North West 200

Dunlop brothers dominate at International North West 200

THE name Dunlop was once again the name on everyone's lips as the Ballymoney brothers covered themselves in glory at the Vauxhall International North West 200. The siblings each won a prestigious Superbike race while Michael - younger brother to William - also scored a win in the Superstock class. A... Read More

Local B&B; winner of prestigious award

Local B&B; winner of prestigious award

WHITEPARK House, overlooking Whitepark Bay, has been named AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland 2014. The prestigious honour was announced at the AA Bed and Breakfast Awards held at St Ermin's Hotel in London. This annual Awards event recognises and rewards the excellent... Read More

Ballymena’s Commonwealth Games 2014 celebrations!

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ballymena’s Commonwealth Games 2014 celebrations!

This evening (Tuesday) Ballymena will host a celebration of Commonwealth sport - to coincide with the Queen's Baton being in the Province! The event will be at Ballymena Bowling Club, who have THREE ladies in the Northern Ireland team which competes in the Games in Glasgow in July. The trio are... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ballymena 122 all out against CIYMS

Ballymena's 1st XI poor start to the season continued at Belmont on Saturday when an understrength side which was outplayed by CIYMS. Due to a combination of injuries and unavailabilities, nine of Ballymena's 15-man squad were absent on Saturday, an almost unbelievable situation which left the club... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

John produces top score in Sean Healy Memorial

John Robinson (3) produced t the top score in the recent Sean Healy Memorial competition at Ballymena Golf Club. He returned a total of 41 points, beginning with a superb front nine of 23 points, having played 31 shots and that came via five three's plus four fours, of which five were birdies. The... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Historic poll

Ballymena's 46,500 voters go to the polls this Thursday (May 22) to elect the new Mid and East Antrim Council, which marks the biggest shake up of local government in a generation. It will signal the start of a revolution in the way public affairs are handled, as Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

10 line up for European poll

Ten candidates will be fighting for three seats at the European Election on Thursday. The sitting MEPs, Martina Anderson of Sinn Fein, Diane Dodds of the Democratic Unionist Party, and Jim Nicholson from the Ulster Unionist Party are all seeking re-election. Up against them will be seven... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown U13s romp to Ulster Cup win at Ravenhill

Randalstown Rugby Club's U13 squad travelled to Ravenhill recently for the final of the Ulster Branch U13 Cup competition. Weather conditions were ideal, the rain stopped before the kick off and the sun came out with little breeze as Randalstown started the match with a full squad of 20 players.... Read More

Election D-Day

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Election D-Day

After weeks of verbal sparring, political heavyweights from across the Antrim Borough are limbering up to fight for their council careers. It has been a long and bruising election campaign, with some heavy blows traded above and below the belt line, but this Thursday it goes to the judges' cards -... Read More

Glebe Rangers lose to Armagh in final outing

Glebe Rangers......0 Armagh City.........2 GLEBE Rangers brought the curtain down on their season with a home defeat to already crowned league champions Armagh City on Saturday afternoon. With a number of regulars unavailable, an inexperienced Glebe XI took the field and turned in a performance... Read More

Ballymoney’s Ryan wins Coleraine Crit

Ballymoney’s Ryan wins Coleraine Crit

Ballymoney Cycling Club's young star Ryan Orr won the inaugural Coleraine Crit, organised by Bann Wheelers, through the town centre last Wednesday. Orr finished ahead of the experienced Bann Wheeler Nigel Quigley and Carn Wheeler Cathal Doyle. The Coleraine Crit, an exciting and very public... Read More

Crime up 9.2%

CRIME rose by nearly 10% in the Ballymoney area between 2012/13 and 2103/14 according to the latest PSNI crime statistics released last week. These are the most disappointing figures for some years and show that total recorded crime across the borough rose by 9.2% while theft offences rose by a... Read More

Susanna tops in UK wide comp

Susanna tops in UK wide comp

A DALRIADA student has just taken one huge step towards realising her ambition to be a New York newspaper columnist after emerging triumphant in a UK wide writing competition. Ballymoney girl Susanna Crawford overcame opposition from over 200 other A and AS level student to win the Connell Guides... Read More

British Open to return to Royal Portrush?

THE success of the weekend visit of the Giro d'Italia has further convinced decision-makers that the time is right for the British Open to finally return to Royal Portrush. Thousands of people braved poor weather conditions to show their support for the world's second biggest cycle race, with race... Read More

Family pet ‘sensed’ cancer symptoms

Family pet ‘sensed’ cancer symptoms

I'M SURE we've all heard the well known saying that a dog is man's best friend? Well no-one has a better friend in their dog than Moyarget woman Sandra McMullan, for Sandra believes it's thanks to Tyson, her three-year-old Japanese Akita dog, that her breast cancer was diagnosed. Speaking to The... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Harden Cup victory for invincible Ballymena Fifths

Ballymena Fifths 28 Ballynahinch Fourths 24 Ballymena Fifths have just completed a remarkable treble - adding the Harden Cup to the Junior 6 League title and the Forster Cup! Manager Peter Crabbe was delighted with the hard fought weekend win in Randaltown. The Fifths have had an unbelievable season... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Jason wins Bonar cup road race at Broughshane

Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - held their Rex Bonar cup road race at Broughshane last Wednesday evening as part of the Northstone club race series. There was a smaller than normal entry of 18 riders as the club also fielded a team of six riders in the Coleraine Giro Criterium event on... Read More

Crime levels up

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Crime levels up

Crime levels in Ballymena rose by 3.1% last year, the first recorded increase for several years. The figures for the year ending in March match the general picture across Northern Ireland but local PSNI Area Commander, Catherine Magee, described the statistics for the town as a "broadly positive... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Houston - he’s got lift-off!

Ross Houston dominated proceedings in the two litre saloons after overcoming mechanical gremlins that blighted his season to date. Once the former Irish open champion got his woes rectified there was no looking back, he was quick to take up the top spot in the trophy race and held on all the way to... Read More

Cup cheer-and disappointment

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Cup cheer-and disappointment

The start of May has brought a mixed bag of success and disappointment for several Antrim and Randalstown sides , as cup finals rounded off the season in various sports. In rugby, the Randalstown U-13 side clinched the Ulster Carpet Youth Cup with a wonderful 37-5 victory over Clogher Valley in the... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Spirits dampened at Moylena as rain halts play in Irish Senior Cup

Saturday was Irish Senior Cup day in cricket and the rain relented enough to allow Dublin side Merrion to travel to Moylena to play their first round match against Muckamore. Because of a damp patch on the wicket the start was delayed until it was dried up and an hour was lost until it was deemed... Read More

Almost half of Borough’s electric car charge points have never been used

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Almost half of Borough’s electric car charge points have never been used

Four electric car charging points in the Antrim borough have never been used, according to official figures from the Department of Social Development. The statistics, released in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Antrim Guardian, show that charging points at the car park in Castle... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

‘Lest we forget? We never will’

The chairman of the Antrim Branch of the Royal British Legion has hit out at 'shameful' claims that they had failed to salute the Borough's Glorious Dead. In recent weeks Ulster Unionist Paul Michael has started a crusade to give dignity in death to the babies buried in an unmarked mass grave at... Read More

Gay marriage row rocks UUP

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Gay marriage row rocks UUP

An Ulster Unionist councillor has reiterated his opposition to gay marriage, saying he had wanted the party to have a 'set policy' on the issue, rather than the free vote that saw a party colleague vote in favour of the motion during the Stormont debate that was defeated at the end of April. Crumlin... Read More

Giro d'Italia is ready for the road

Giro d'Italia is ready for the road

THE waiting is nearly over and the excitement is building ahead of this week's Giro d'Italia. Almost fifteen months after it was confirmed by Northern Ireland's Tourism Minister that the world's second most important cycle race would be visiting our shores it is finally here - well, almost. The... Read More

Homegrown heroes set for Fota challenge

Homegrown heroes set for Fota challenge

MAJOR winners Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke - along with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley - will form part of an elite home challenge when the Irish Open returns to Fota Island Resort from June 19-22. Ireland's roll-call of Major winners will be joined... Read More

CAN Can Frames - OPEN for business

BASED in Ballymoney, CAN Can Frames is a social enterprise offering a vital service to people with learning disabilities. This is CAN's (Compass Advocacy Network) newest Social Enterprise the others include- CAN Can Recycling (collection and processing of waste materials), CAN Can Bazaar, (their... Read More

Battle stations

A TOTAL of 83 candidates will be contesting the 40 seats up for grabs on the May 22 election to the new Causeway Coast and Glens District Council (CC&GDC;) that will take over the provision of local services in 2015. The news that there was more than twice the number of candidates than seats was... Read More

Mitsubishi crew continue their winning ways

JOSH Moffett and John Rowan moved to within twelve points of the Group N lead in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship following their second consecutive Class victory on last weekend's Cartell.ie Rally of the Lakes. To cap off an unforgettable two days down in 'the Kingdom', the Mitsubishi Lancer E9... Read More

St Killian’s edge out St Pius to book Cup final berth

St Killian’s edge out St Pius to book Cup final berth

ST Killian's Garron Tower hit the net four times in the second half to claim a place in the Fr Davies Junior Cup final. The County Antrim side was out-played for large parts of the opening half by a skilful St Pius side for whom defender Emma Wilson, midfielders Erin Doherty and Aoife Brown, were... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Tragedy mars Tandragee 100 Road Races

The world of motorcycle road racing was in mourning following a fatal accident on lap 4 of the Junior Support Race at Tandragee at the weekend. Noel Murphy from Lusk who a week previous won his first road race at Cookstown suffered fatal injuries in the Cooley Hill section of the course. Race... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Portglenone farmer to appeal jail term for cruelty to animals

A Portglenone farmer, who last week became the first man in Northern Ireland to be jailed under the Welfare of Animals Act 2011, is to appeal the prison sentence handed down. Michael Agnew (43), of Ballynease Road, received a six month sentence and fines totalling £2,000 after being convicted of 16... Read More

Moy Park reports strong sales growth

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Moy Park reports strong sales growth

Moy Park, which employs around 1,000 people at its Ballymena plant on the Larne Link Road, has announced results for 2013 showing increased profits and strong growth in sales for the business. Revenues for the year increased by 10% to £1.2billion and profit before tax rose to £33.8million. Moy... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

BNP joins fray

The far right British National Party is running two candidates in the Mid and East Antrim 'super' council election. Two candidates, Robert Bell and Steven Moore, will be standing in the Coast Road District Electoral area for the controversial party, led by Nick Griffin, which fiercely opposes... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Summer Championship returns to Nutts Corner

The Speedy Parts/Rallysport Association Summer Championship 2014 will fire up once again in style with a capacity entry of over 100 drivers on Sunday (May 11) at the Nutts Corner Motorsport Centre. The superb local venue was last used by the RSA in 2005 has since had the benefit of a £1million... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Nine years’ jail for Antrim man who battered former friend with iron bar

A 30-year-old Antrim man who battered a former friend with the victim's own iron bar, leaving him brain-damaged and needing round the clock care, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Belfast Crown Court heard that drug taker James Brian Greer from Rathkyle, in Antrim, was initially convicted... Read More

Teacher’s killers still on the loose

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Teacher’s killers still on the loose

Police in Antrim appear to be no closer to catching the bloodthirsty gang behind one of the grisliest murders in recent memory, the Guardian can reveal. This month marks the 15th anniversary of the shocking murder of a troubled teacher who had returned to his native Antrim after a brush with booze... Read More

Gesture for Giro

Gesture for Giro

WHEN the Giro d'Italia bike race passes through Ballymoney, one of the town's leading sports clubs will be offering visitors an opportunity to secure valuable parking space with a superb vantage point to view the cyclists. Ballymoney Rugby Club's premises on the Kilraughts Road will be open to cars,... Read More

Rowan rules out Killarney glory

Rowan rules out Killarney glory

CUSHENDALL'S John Rowan admits winning the Production Class on this weekend's Rally of the Lakes in Killarney will be a tall order given his team-mate's inexperience of the event. Josh Moffett made his debut on the Cartell.ie-backed meeting last season and managed to reach the finish third in Group... Read More

Dunlop to undergo surgery

Dunlop to undergo surgery

BALLYMONEY'S Michael Dunlop will undergo surgery this week for an injury he sustained at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend. He also faces a race against time to be fit for the Vauxhall North West 200 - the first International meeting of the new season. The announcement broke during last... Read More

Rathlin CCTV privacy row

Rathlin CCTV privacy row

RATHLIN residents have demanded the removal of a sophisticated CCTV camera at the island's harbour which has allegedly breached the privacy of those living in Church Bay. Two cameras were installed by Moyle District Council at Rathlin Harbour a couple of weeks ago, a fixed camera and a 360 degree... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Davidson wins at Cookstown 100

The 18 race programme commenced following practice on Friday night with the feature race bringing together the Dunlop brothers against the rest. The race over 8 laps was fast and furious with Derek Shiels, Derek Magee and the Dunlop brothers vying for the lead throughout. Shiels came out the winner... Read More

Future looks bright for United

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Future looks bright for United

Ballymena United 1 Ards 1 If this display is anything to go on the future looks bright at Ballymena United! A very youthful United team earned a draw with senior side Ards at the Showgrounds - with several of the teens making very impressive debuts. United, with a Marie Curie Irish Cup final the... Read More

Hit-man Darren ready to deliver

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Hit-man Darren ready to deliver

Striker Darren Boyce, the man who kept Ballymena United in the Irish Cup, now plans to win it for them, writes Shaun O'Neill. The 27-year-old has scored SEVEN times in four matches against Glenavon. “I have a good record against them and have every intention of adding to this tally," he told... Read More

‘Non-accidental’ death of Ballymena toddler ‘remains under consideration’

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

‘Non-accidental’ death of Ballymena toddler ‘remains under consideration’

The 'non-accidental' death of Ballymena toddler Liam Gonzales Bennett five years ago who died from severe head injuries remains under active consideration. The 20-month-old was beaten so badly he would have blinded before his death, an Inquest heard last October. The hearing ruled that his death was... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Sarah keeps Neil on the straight and narrow

An Antrim rally driver is celebrating after winning his class in the recent Circuit of Ireland rally, on the first occasion he has entered the competition. Neil Kirkpatrick, from the Moylena Road, captured the section during the 800km race through counties Antrim and Down, with Neil's girlfriend and... Read More

Allen’s wait for World title success continues

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Allen’s wait for World title success continues

Antrim's Mark Allen dropped out of the World Snooker Championship on Monday after losing out to world number one Neil Robertson in a match in which the lead switched three times on the opening day. Robertson stormed into a 9-7 lead on Sunday, winning the last two frames to edge ahead of Antrim's top... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Adrian Watson told: The Giro is coming to Antrim - ‘live with it’

Antrim Council is to 'explore options' to see whether roads affected by the Giro D'Italia race in the Borough on Saturday, May 10 can be closed later than the scheduled time of 8.30am, following criticism of the road closures by Antrim town councillor Adrian Watson. Council officer Geraldine Girvan... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Quarry row widens rift between warring UUP election candidates

The widening rift between two warring Ulster Unionist Council candidates has been thrown into sharp relief this week following some tense exchanges at Antrim Civic Centre. The key battleground is the future of Hightown Quarry near Mallusk - so it is perhaps fitting that Councillor Paul Michael and... Read More

Parkhall bonfire is ‘like a slum’

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Parkhall bonfire is ‘like a slum’

Material dumped at the bonfire site in Parkhall in recent weeks is causing the area to resemble 'a slum', a furious local resident has said. The resident, who did not want to be named for fear that 'my windows would be done', claimed that rubbish left at the site was in breach of a previous... Read More

Fine away win for Portstewart

Fine away win for Portstewart

PORTSTEWART bounced back from last week's heavy defeat to PSNI with a deserved 2-0 win at Ballymoney Utd on Saturday. Goals from Gary Quinn and James Peden secured the win which sees them remain in the top half of Belfast Telegraph Championship Two. “It was a good win," admitted manager Gary... Read More

Roddens remains ‘cautious’

Roddens remains ‘cautious’

PATRONS of Roddens care home in Ballymoney have described their 'relief and joy' following assurances from the Health Minister that residents will not be asked to leave. However, in a statement to the Chronicle they expressed disappointment the Minister's announcement failed to lift the current... Read More

Circuit result our best yet, says Rowan

Circuit result our best yet, says Rowan

THE Mitsubishi crew of Josh Moffett and John Rowan clinched a Production Class double on the Circuit of Ireland, winning their Class in the Irish Tarmac and FIA European Rally Championships. Moffett was just beaten to sixth place by the Citroen DS3 R3 crew of Daniel McKenna and Arthur Kierans over... Read More

Speak up and save a life

RESIDENTS in Moyle are being encouraged to discuss their organ donation wishes with their loved ones as part of the regional 'Speak Up and Save a Life' campaign. The campaign, being run by the Public Health Agency, is aimed at raising awareness of the issue of organ donation in Northern Ireland.... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Philpott v Remedios

LOCAL mixed martial arts fighter Alan Philpott is in action on Saturday at the Cage Contender XVIII event in the King's Hall, Belfast (4-11pm). The show features an eclectic mix of international talent and rising stars in the sport. One of the main events in the 19-fight show is Philpott, from the... Read More

Giro d’Italia Ballymena bound!

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Giro d’Italia Ballymena bound!

THE Giro d'Italia cycle race roars into Ballymena on Saturday, May 10 - with hundreds of spectators expected to line the route as 200 riders speed through! Roads will close from 9am until 12.30pm to accommodate the largest sporting event ever to come to the Province. The Giro d'Italia is one of the... Read More

Ballymena Business Centre scoops £20,000 grant

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ballymena Business Centre scoops £20,000 grant

BALLYMENA Business Centre has been awarded £20,000 from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), as part of the Groups Inspiring Enterprise Initiative. RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise has been designed to encourage more young people to explore enterprise, build their skills, start up and succeed in... Read More

Victory for Pinewood!

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Victory for Pinewood!

RESIDENTS and staff of Pinewood Residential home in Ballymena are praising the decision to keep the home open as a victory for 'people power'! Health Minister, Edwin Poots, personally visited the home on Fry's Road last Wednesday to break the news to the families. Their magnificent campaign to keep... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Paul on Ireland duty in Asia

ANTRIM man Paul Gleghorne heads to Kuantan in Malaysia this week to play for Ireland in hockey's Champions Challenge 1. New Zealand, Japan and Poland are in Ireland's pool - so the 27-year-old defender will have to be at the top of his game. Having played these teams they will compete against... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim celebrates the Giro D’Italia!

ANTRIM is gearing up for a full day of celebrations next month as the Giro D'Italia comes to the borough, along with the Garden Show Ireland competitions, with both events gracing the town on Saturday, May 9. Antrim Borough Council has confirmed more concrete details of the arrangements for the... Read More

Policing Plan launched

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Policing Plan launched

THE PSNI in Antrim have launched their 2014-2015 Policing Plan, setting out local policing priorities and ambitions for the next 12 months. “This plan commits local police to delivering against the three core principles of personal, professional and protective policing. We will be focusing on... Read More

Bushmills crowned Friendly Charity League champions

BUSHMILLS capped off an unforgettable year by clinching the Friendly Charity League title in their maiden season, finishing 10 clear points ahead of second-placed Billy Parish. The Glebe Trophy was a more keenly contested affair, however, with Bushmills finishing one point in front of Billy. A... Read More

Ballymoney grind out draw against Chimney Corner

Ballymoney grind out draw against Chimney Corner

Chimney Corner........1 Ballymoney United....1 CARETAKER manager Andrew Law can't be too pleased with Ballymoney's poor performance at Allan Park on Saturday, writes Gerry McAleese. Although the visitors had most of the early pressure they failed to convert this in to goals. Ballymoney's... Read More

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

FOUR local drivers and a leading navigator will be among the 120 starters for this week's Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, which gets underway on Good Friday morning. Cushendall's John Rowan is seeded seventh in the International Rally and will take part in Thursday's Qualifying... Read More

Rowan focused on Group N double

CUSHENDALL'S John Rowan says that he will settle for nothing less than a Class victory with team-mate Josh Moffett on this week's heavily revamped Circuit of Ireland International Rally. The Easter classic will host round two of the Irish Tarmac Championship and the Mitsubishi crew are looking to... Read More

Liverpool set for Milk Cup return

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers is encouraging Anfield's latest batch of young hopefuls to take a leaf out of his book and test themselves on an international stage at the Dale Farm Milk Cup. The Carnlough man may be absorbed in the battle to land a first league title for Liverpool in 24 years but... Read More

Owners warned to keep dogs on leads

DOG owners across Moyle are being asked to use 'common sense' when it comes to walking their dogs on beaches in the district. The advice from the council comes after an increase in complaints about dog owners allowing their dogs to roam freely on Waterfoot beach and other tourist amenity areas,... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Runners host first all ladies race

Ballymena Runners added yet another event to their racing portfolio when they hosted the Ballymena Belles 5 Mile Road Race last week. This was the inaugural running of the event and the club's first ever 'Ladies Only' race. The brainchild behind the event was ladies club captain, Kelly Courtney,... Read More

Ballymena promoted

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ballymena promoted

Ballymena RFC First XV have won promotion back into the All Ireland Division 1B, writes Shaun O'Neill. The Eaton Park side beat Branhall 24-13 and with City of Derry beating UCC it booked Ballymena their place back in AIL's 1B. Ballymena coach Andy Graham was absolutely delighted that promotion has... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Academy student Kyle on the road to stardom!

Ballymena Academy student Kyle Bonnes has been offered a place in one of the UK's leading music theatre companies for young people. The 16-year-old fought off stiff competition from competitors across the UK to land a position in the prestigious 'Youth Musical Theatre.' Kyle is the only person from... Read More

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

As nominations open today (Tuesday) for next month's Mid and East Antrim 'super council' election, at least 36 candidates have declared their intention to fight for seats in Ballymena. The field will include 13 DUP runners, five each from the Ulster Unionist Party and TUV, four SDLP, three Alliance,... Read More

Family of missing local man appeal to him to ‘come home’

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Family of missing local man appeal to him to ‘come home’

The heartbroken family of missing Ballymena man, Jonny Bonnes, has made a fresh appeal for him to come home. Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, his brother Richard, said the "anguish and pain" the family is going through is unbearable. "I just want Jonny to know that if he is out there and... Read More

Knights U15s are crowned UK wheelchair basketball champs

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Knights U15s are crowned UK wheelchair basketball champs

The Knights Wheelchair Basketball team, which plays in the Antrim Forum, is celebrating after capturing the UK Under 15 Club Championship after winning The Lord's Taverners Junior League finals at the All Saints Sports Centre, Sheffield. The team, who earned their place in the Finals after a... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Antrim crushed in season finale

Portadown Seconds 6 Antrim Seconds 0 Antrim Seconds travelled to Edenville Park on Saturday to play Portadown Seconds in their last match of this season. Missing Jason Roe and Adam Monahan, the Antrim lads knew they were in for a tough game against the skilful young team they had beaten last week.... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Permanent Travellers’ camp ‘not ruled out’ in Rathenraw

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has refused to rule out the possibility of building a permanent base for members of the Travelling community in the heart of an Antrim housing estate. Last week members of a Travelling family were subject of a bomb warning after they pulled up in Rathenraw. The... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Children’s ‘lives on the line’

Young people are still putting their lives on the line on the busy railway tracks that snake through Antrim. With the Easter holidays looming, Translink and the police have issued an urgent appeal to parents, guardians and teachers to remind teenagers to stay well clear of the high speed trains... Read More

Ballymoney green open for business

ON Saturday evening last with the sun just peeping through the evening sky, Immediate Past President Aiden Reid welcomed members and guests to the official opening of Ballymoney Green for the 2014 season. All stood as a mark of respect to the late Ronnie McConaghie who sadly passed away in October... Read More

Ryan running for his dad

A CHARITY shop manager, whose family has been torn apart by cancer, is planning to run the Belfast Marathon on May 5 in memory of his father. Ryan Abraham, 31, who runs the Ballymoney Cancer Focus Shop, lost his father Ronnie to pancreatic cancer last October just a week before his 57th birthday. He... Read More

Rethink needed on Antrim football scene

Antrim...............................................0-06 Clare..................................................0-10 WHAT a disappointing Allianz National Football league campaign for Antrim as they brought matters to a close when beaten by Clare, 0-10 to 0-6 at windswept Creggan, writes Jim Smyth.... Read More

Bushmills windfarm gets go ahead

OVER 20 jobs are to be created after planning permission was granted for a windfarm outside Bushmills. The £13million investment at Cloonty will help to create full and part-time construction jobs during the development phase and once completed over 5,200 homes will be supplied with electricity.... Read More

Barbarians v Methody for NI Children’s Hospice

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Barbarians v Methody for NI Children’s Hospice

Ballymena Barbarians take on Methody's Schools' Cup winning team in the Barbarian Cup at Eaton Park on Saturday - to raise money for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice (11am). The event has been a major success over the past few years with the Club raising over £25,000 for local charities! This... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Officers set to tackle anti-social ‘hotspots’

Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the Borough's 'hotspots' are among a number of local priorities set out in this year's Ballymena Policing Plan, published last week. Area PSNI commander Chief Inspector, Catherine Magee, said the plan "commits local police to delivering against our three... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Town U13s breeze into last four

Randalstown U13s 36 Portadown U13s 0 Randalstown Under 13s hosted their second home cup match of the season, this time against Portadown. Weather conditions were ideal - dry with little breeze - as Randalstown started the match with a full squad of 21 players. Portadown got off to a good start... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Mother’s Day at Connell Hill

The clocks went forward into Mother's Day and competitors arrived to jump at the Cash Jumping Ireland Show hosted at Connell Hill. Horses and ponies jumping in the same classes, but judged as separate units, all joined in the fun aspect making this a most enjoyable day which was had by all. Riders... Read More

And they’re off!

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

And they’re off!

Dozens of local stock car drivers are all geared up for the start of the new stock car season which kicks off in style this Sunday (April 13) at Nutts Corner Raceway. A mouth-watering five formula feast awaits the spectators with Brisca F2 stock cars, 2L Saloons,1300 stock cars, speed stocks and... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Just what the doctor ordered!

The proud parents of a tiny baby who became an honorary Antrim girl after sparking a mid air emergency in the skies over the Atlantic have heaped praise on the 'remarkable kindness' of the locals they met. The couple jetted out of Aldergrove last week after an unforgettable three-week stay, but... Read More

Muckamore patients are being ‘forced out and then abandoned’

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Muckamore patients are being ‘forced out and then abandoned’

Members of Antrim Council's Health Committee have heard harrowing testimony from the families of Muckamore Abbey patients currently embroiled in the resettlement process. ‘Transforming Your Care' has undoubtedly done just that for some former patients, helping them start productive new lives away... Read More

Roche strikes up relationship with Ballymoney cyclists

A NUMBER of the BCC Biesty's Centra Racing Team riders were in action at the weekend. Twelve local riders travelled to the Loup, Coalisland and Balbriggan to represent the highly successful racing team. U14 rider and schoolboy Shane Donley and U16 Dalriada schoolboy Robbie Doherty were first off in... Read More

Antrim move off the bottom

IF someone dared to suggest that Antrim was the weakest footballing County in Ulster, or that they were on a par with Carlow and London in Allianz National football league ranking as they faced their final games in this seasons campaign, many die hard Saffron fans would be stunned. Unfortunately... Read More

Baby deaths probe underway

Baby deaths probe underway

NORTH Antrim politicians from right across the political spectrum have voiced their deep concerns at the Health Minister's shock admissions in the Assembly last Friday. Minister Edwin Poots told MLAs that 11 deaths, five of them babies, were currently under investigation at the Northern Health and... Read More

NW200 unveils new trophy in memory of Robert Dunlop

NW200 unveils new trophy in memory of Robert Dunlop

A NEW trophy for the 'Man of the Meeting' named after the late, great Robert Dunlop will be presented for the first time at this year's Vauxhall International North West 200. The award is one of a number of new ventures unveiled at the launch of this year's event which took place at the Titanic... Read More

New-look United lose to Swifts

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

New-look United lose to Swifts

Ballymena United 1 Dungannon Swifts 2 New-look Ballymena United lost to Dungannon Swifts for the first time this season! Showgrounds boss Glenn Ferguson rested the vast majority of his first choice side - with his thoughts more on this Saturday's Irish Cup semi-final with Queen's... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ballymena RFC Mini Rugby Festival 2014

Eaton Park hosted the biggest and busiest day of the season on Saturday when 780 rugby players took to the field for the annual Mini Rugby Festival of Rugby. With a theme of community and involvement at the core, the aim was to celebrate the progress and sportsmanship of the Rascals and Mini section.... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

‘We let families down’ - Trust

Local politicians have expressed shock and concern after it was revealed the deaths of five babies are among 11 being re-examined by the Northern Health Trust, which covers the Ballymena area. Although the Trust cannot comment on where families affected live for reasons of patient confidentiality,... Read More

Northern Trust plans to tackle ‘poor performance’ showing results - Poots

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Northern Trust plans to tackle ‘poor performance’ showing results - Poots

Health minister, Edwin Poots, last week gave a detailed assessment to the Assembly about ongoing efforts to improve 'poor performance', identified across a wide range of services in the Northern Trust area. In a written statement, Mr Poots said operational plans for both the Antrim and Causeway... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Bounce is back at Muckamore

Muckamore Cricket Club has definitely not had a winter break this year! Instead the Committee has worked tirelessly in organising, along with Parkhall College and Antrim Grammar School, a winter programme for adults and children from four years of age through to John McCormick batting in the nets at... Read More

Jolly hockey sticks!

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Jolly hockey sticks!

The champagne may have stayed on ice for most of what has been a long and tough year for Antrim Hockey Club, but this week the corks were flying as they enjoyed a double celebration. The hard-working Seconds topped the bill, bringing home the bacon in the Ulster Shield final against Cookstown... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

£52,000 funding means allotments CAN take root

Antrim Borough Council has been awarded £52,000 from the CAN Peace III Partnership to develop allotments on land adjacent to the Greystone Community Centre. Household surveys were carried out to gauge interest in allotment provision within the Borough, with 70 residents responding with an... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Crumlin rail link is back on track

A rail service connecting Crumlin to Antrim, Lisburn and Belfast could be on the cards by 2018 with the re-opening of the Knockmore rail line, a senior manager at Translink has told Antrim Council. Mal McGreevy, General Manager of Rail Services at Translink, made the comments during a presentation... Read More

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

GLEBE'S revival under Peter Kearns continued with a deserved three points from this league encounter against Banbridge Town at the Joey Dunlop Centre on Saturday. On a day containing a number of fine individual displays it was Chris Nicholl who caught the eye as he provided a fine demonstration of... Read More

Tributes for tragic Uel

Tributes for tragic Uel

THE FAMILY, friends and former colleagues of retired Ballymoney business man, Mr Uel Hammond have been left stunned and shocked following his tragic death last week after a freak accident. Mr Hammond, a former President of Ballymoney Rotary Club, from 'Glengad' on the Vow Road died as a result of... Read More

Feasibility study set to begin for Bushmills PSNI station

THE FUTURE use of Bushmills PSNI station site took a major step forward this week with the appointment of consultants and architects to conduct a feasibility study into the future use of the site. A Project Steering Group who appointed the consultants, will oversee the work of the consultants which... Read More

Green shoots of recovery

Green shoots of recovery

PLANS have been announced for a substantial investment at Glenariff Forest Park under the Forestry Fund which would see the development of new camping and caravan facilities in the area. The £750,000 investment made yesterday by Forestry Minister Michelle O'Neill, is the beginning of a phased... Read More

Greenlight’s Roisin is ‘dish of day’ after scooping silver!

Greenlight’s Roisin is ‘dish of day’ after scooping silver!

Ann McIlroy of Greenlight says, "We are thrilled for Roisin, just actually being able to take part in this competition was an amazing achievement for her and our new project. Roisin has progressed so far and quickly and really grown in confidence all thanks to the support of our great team. “We... Read More

Seconds have old score to settle

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Seconds have old score to settle

Ballymena 2nd XV have an old score to settle in their Towns Cup semi with Clogher Valley, writes Shaun O'Neill. Manager Derek Montogmery recalls they met Clogher in the 2011 final - with the Eaton Park side losing narrowly. “Now we have the chance to make amends," Montgomery told Guardian Sport.... Read More

Darren at the double

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Darren at the double

Ballymena United 2 Glenavon 1 A Darren Boyce double netted Ballymena United all three points at the Showgrounds on Saturday. The hit-man put United in front in the 36th minute, his shot deflecting off Mark Patton and in past 'keeper James McGrath. And he got the vital winner in the 68th minute,... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Swann secures all party backing for new baby heart screening system

North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA, Robin Swann, whose young son, Evan, suffers from a rare heart condition, has secured all party support in the Assembly for a heart screening system for 'newborns.' Mr Swann, chair of the all party group on Congenital Heart Disease, achieved cross party support to... Read More

Starving horse was ‘left to die’

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Starving horse was ‘left to die’

A Ballymena woman has spoken of her distress that a starving horse appeared to be "left to die" in the Curls area of Broughshane. Michelle Henry, from Parklands, contacted the Guardian last week in a distressed state, after discovering a horse she thought had not been given any food, water or... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Casey is King as McMahon goes Nutts!

Keith Casey was the man to beat when the 2L National Bangers contested their King of the Corner event at Nutts Corner. Fifteen drivers assembled on the grid to do battle for the big showdown and there was no shortage of action as all the drivers exchanged heavy blows to the delight of the... Read More

Baby memorial is set in stone

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Baby memorial is set in stone

A permanent memorial is to be erected in memory of the countless babies laid to rest in a quiet corner of Belmont Cemetery, the Antrim Guardian can exclusively reveal. For years premature babies and foetal remains have been buried in an unmarked mass grave - a patch without a focal point for the... Read More

Fall stands down as Ballymoney boss

THE search is on for a new manager at Championship Two side Ballymoney United following the surprise resignation of manager John Fall at the weekend. Fall announced that he would be standing down from his post in the wake of the local side's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of title hopefuls Armagh City.... Read More

MLA urges action for MRI Scanner

ROBIN Swann, North Antrim UUP MLA has urged the health minister to "speed up the process of getting a much-needed MRI scanner for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children." Mr Swann asked the Health Minister whether he can intervene to expedite the installation of the MRI scanner at the Royal... Read More

10-man Coleraine fall to defeat at Glenavon

10-man Coleraine fall to defeat at Glenavon

GLENAVON confirmed a post-split top six place with this comfortable defeat of Coleraine at Mourneview Park on Saturday, which was made all the more easy following the 15th minute dismissal of frontman Gary Browne for a stamp on William Murphy. Browne's early dismissal left the Bannsiders with a... Read More

Council divide over Dundarave scheme

Moyle District Council has deferred a £33,000 upgrade of facilities at Bushmills Utd Football Club because of likely damage caused by the annual 11th night bonfire. Among the measures required to allow the club to progress to higher leagues is the installation of new fencing surrounding the playing... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Ballymena Academy v Dalriada in final

Ballymena Academy take on neighbours Dalriada in the final of the Subsidiary Shield at Shaw's Bridge on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. Academy co-coach Gavin Murray said they expect a difficult encounter - but he hopes his lads rise to the occasion and bring the Shield back to Ballymena. “The team which... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Speed up accommodation unit - Swann urges Poots

North Antrim MLA, Robin Swann, has called on health minister Edwin Poots to "help speed up the completion of the parents' accommodation unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children". Mr Swann, who is also Chairman of the Stormont Committee for Employment and Learning, issued his direct... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Paisley hosts Shadow Secretary of State visit to JTI

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Ivan Lewis MP visited the JTI Gallaher factory in Lisnafillan last week as part of a constituency visit to North Antrim, hosted by local MP Ian Paisley. Mr Lewis met with senior staff from JTI including Robert Bisaillon, Manufacturing Vice President for... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Hunt raises £2k for Jonjo Bright Trust

The East Antrim Hounds members and visitors came out in force to support the call to Saddle Up for Jonjo and raised £2,000 for the Jonjo Bright Trust at a recent hunt. The Templepatrick lad was tragically left paralysed following a point-to-point fall last March. He was only 19 when the accident... Read More

Antrim share spoils after 10 goal thriller

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Antrim share spoils after 10 goal thriller

Cookstown Fourths 5 Antrim Seconds 5 Antrim Seconds travelled to Coolnafranky on Saturday to play Cookstown Fourths in a league match - and it turned out to be quite a game! Antrim attacked from the whistle and a sweet interchange, started at the half way line by a Tommy Monahan pass through Greg... Read More

Allen fails in his bid to win hat-trick of titles

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Allen fails in his bid to win hat-trick of titles

Antrim snooker ace and returning champion, Mark Allen has been ousted from the Haikou World Open final. The controversial cueman was confident of his chances in the competition, aiming to bring the title home for the third successive year. Allen edged the opening frame, but his quest for three... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Over 1,000 parking tickets generating up to £90k were issued in Antrim Borough in 2013

Drivers in the Antrim Borough were on the receiving end of more than 1,000 parking tickets during 2013, the latest figures have revealed. Parking attendants can be seen in Antrim, Randalstown and Crumlin on a daily basis and have notched up the total in the 12-month period. A parking ticket or... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Muckamore families ‘distraught’

Antrim Council is to meet a delegation of families who have been left 'distraught' by the controversial resettlement policy at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. In recent months several members of staff have contacted the Antrim Guardian to express their concern about the pace that wards have been... Read More

Randalstown Hibernians call off evening parade after allegation of ‘sinister threat’ from loyalists

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Randalstown Hibernians call off evening parade after allegation of ‘sinister threat’ from loyalists

A former SDLP councillor said last night that he was 'very disappointed' that the return leg of an Ancient Order of Hibernians parade through Randalstown on St Patrick's Day evening was diverted away from the town centre, following an alleged threat from anonymous loyalists that 'something sinister'... Read More

Mixed fortunes for Ballymoney hockey teams

BALLYMONEY Seconds came up just short against table toppers Randalstown on Saturday. The Toon opened the scoring through Laura McCurdy before the visitors drew level before going ahead with half-time approaching. Both sides enjoyed long spells of possession, and after going close on a number of... Read More

Boylan strike ends Toon’s Intermediate Cup run

Boylan strike ends Toon’s Intermediate Cup run

A 75TH minute strike by Ethan Boylan was enough to hand Bangor a place in the semi-final of this year's Coca Cola Intermediate Cup at the expense of Championship Two side Ballymoney United. Bangor had the early advantage in a game spoiled by terrible weather conditions at the Riada Stadium. They... Read More

Lauren’s brave fight for life

Lauren’s brave fight for life

A POPULAR Loreto College pupil has returned to her Ballymoney home after life-saving treatment in America for a rare brain tumour. Lauren Monaghan and her parents Yvonne and Stephen travelled to the US on November 23 last year so she could receive pioneering proton beam therapy which is not... Read More

Massive charity cheque presented

THE renowned generosity of Ballymoney folk was reaffirmed last Tuesday evening March 4 when a cheque for £30,000 was presented by local fundraisers to Cancer Research UK. The magnificent sum was raised through donations from people throughout the borough over the past year and a whopping cheque was... Read More

Dunlop aiming to bask in glory

Dunlop aiming to bask in glory

WILLIAM Dunlop believes 2014 could be the most fruitful of his road racing career after spending the past few days warm weather testing Tyco Suzuki's bikes in Spain. The 28-year-old put the Moneymore team's Superbike through its paces at Almeria with Guy Martin before travelling to Cartagena to... Read More

Tannahill edged out of Mayo win

COLERAINE'S Richard Tannahill missed out on a breakthrough victory on Sunday's Mayo Stages Rally after leading his class for eight of the event's nine stages at the wheel of his Peugeot 208. It looked as though the 27-year-old would get his Dunlop National Rally Championship campaign off to the... Read More

Ex Sinn Fein Cllr to be replaced on LAG?

AN INDEPENDENT Councillor has said she is 'disappointed' in a move by her ex party colleagues which could see her replaced on the Rural Development Program Local Action Group. Glens Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has sat on the LAG since first elected in 2011 and said she has had a very strong... Read More

Women power!

A GROUP of women took power into their own hands when they seized control of Moyle District Council Chamber for a day of debate. The event, held on March 6, was part of 'Recipe for Good Decision Making', a project set up to look at the under-representation of women in Northern Ireland politics in... Read More

United embarrassed at the Oval

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

United embarrassed at the Oval

Glentoran 3 Ballymena United 0 Ballymena United embarrassed themselves with this showing against a make shift Glentoran side at the Oval on Friday night. In perhaps their worst display of the season they slipped up big time and missed a golden opportunity to go fifth in the table. United... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

1st XI exit Irish Trophy after penalty strokes

Ballymena Ladies 1st XI made their Irish Trophy exit at the weekend, losing their quarter final clash 3-2 after penalty strokes were required to decide the winner. It was scoreless at the Showgrounds after normal and extra time. With the Senior Cup already under their belt this season Ballymena were... Read More

‘Cup places up for grabs’

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

‘Cup places up for grabs’

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson is putting Irish Cup semi-final places on offer - but only the fully committed may apply! Ferguson was left fuming after Friday night's disastrous performance against a make-shift Glentoran side at the Oval - United going down 3-0 without the slightest hint of... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

April 14 marks formal election campaign start

The formal notice of poll for the new Mid and East Antrim 'super council' will be published on Monday, April 14, firing the starting gun on a five week period of electioneering by local parties. The deputy returning officer for the election, which will elect 40 members to the new shadow authority,... Read More

Ballee school’s future still undecided

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Ballee school’s future still undecided

Education minister, John O'Dowd, is still considering the future of Ballee Community High School, which has been recommended for closure by the North-Eastern Education and Library Board this August. It had been thought a decision was imminent but last week the minister cast doubt on the timescale in... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Competition strong at Connell Hill

The sixth week of the SJI Horse League at Connell Hill Equestrian Centre, with four weeks remaining before the final on Saturday April 26, saw the car parks fill as competitors arrived in full show attire to take the challenge of jumping some technical tracks. The day got off to a roaring start... Read More

Sunday opening on the cards at Forum

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Sunday opening on the cards at Forum

Antrim Borough Council has confirmed it is liaising with its counterparts in Newtownabbey to review opening times for the Antrim Forum, with a view to aligning the hours of all three leisure centres in the new council area. The issue was raised at a recent meeting of Antrim's Development and Leisure... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Judge ‘astonished’ at decision to pursue assault case against Muckamore patient

A Crown Court Judge has said that he is 'astonished' that a decision was ever made to charge and prosecute a man who is currently an in-patient at Muckamore Abbey Hospital for an alleged assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Lee McMullan (19), whose address was given as the hospital, is accused of... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Disgraced paralympian finally admits sexual assaults at the Antrim Forum

The disgraced Jordanian paralympian who had been tipped for gold at London 2012 has finally admitted committing the sex attacks that have left his international reputation 'in ruins'. Omar Sami Qaradhi pleaded guilty this week to sexually assaulting two girls and a woman at the Antrim Forum during... Read More

Barton helps get Dalriada 2nds over the line

DALRIADA ran in five tries against Grosvenor in the Plate competition on Saturday to progress to the next round where they will meet Down High. In what was a great advertisement for the game, the local boys produced some fantastic rugby to take a morale boosting victory on home soil. Dalriada's... Read More

Accolade for excellence

A BALLYMONEY Borough Council worker has just been declared Northern Ireland council employee of the year at a special event hosted by Pamela Ballantine at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh last Thursday night. The council's popular and dedicated Recycling and Education Officer Mr Declan Donnelly... Read More

National Park plan ruled out for decade

National Park plan ruled out for decade

THE Causeway Coast and Glens is unlikely to be declared a National Park within the next 10 years, according to the Environment Minister. Addressing the committee overseeing council mergers, Mark Durkan said plans introduced by his predecessor had been shelved, rather than scrapped. But he added, in... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Thieves strike at graveyard

Heartless thieves have stolen personal mementos from the graves of a family's loved ones at Ballymena Cemetery on the Cushendall Road. A local man, who does not wish to be named, discovered last weekend that three granite crosses were missing from the graves of his wife's relatives. The man... Read More

Minister resigns

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Minister resigns

The former minister of Cairnalbana and Glenarm, the Rev Stephen Dickinson, has resigned as a minister of the Presbyterian Church to take up a new role with the New Dawn Evangelical Fellowship in Broughshane. The Rev Dickinson told the Guardian he was embarking on a "new chapter" in his life and was... Read More

Antrim lose out in scrappy encounter

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Antrim lose out in scrappy encounter

Antrim 7 Belfast 18 Antrim RFC were left hoping for a flawless end to the season to secure their league title after their second defeat of the campaign on Saturday. The local side went down 18-7 to Belfast High School FP in a physical and scrappy encounter at Antrim Grammar School. The loss means... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Council attempts to cash in on Giro

Antrim Borough Council will run activities in Antrim town centre during the Giro D'Italia race, as the local authority scrambles to make the best of the circumstances after the race route was moved from the town after advice from the PSNI. Despite agreeing to a proposal by council officers to... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Anger and sadness rise from the ashes of Hyde Park bomb blast

A south Antrim MLA who was best man at the wedding of a soldier killed in the Hyde Park bombings in 1982 has spoken of a 'feeling of deep nausea' at hearing that John Downey would not be facing trial for the attack, after producing a letter from the Northern Ireland Office which stated he was no... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Traffic wardens ‘killing business’ in Crumlin - claim

Over zealous traffic wardens have been accused of driving business out of the Borough's cash strapped town centres. Sinn Fein councillor Annemarie Logue said exasperated traders had told her that it was time to show some ticket happy attendants the red card. “Among many Crumlin traders there is a... Read More

Massereene remembered

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Massereene remembered

Hundreds of people from across the Antrim Borough and beyond turned out at the site of the former Massereene Barracks on Sunday to mark the fifth anniversary of the murders of Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey, who were killed by the Real IRA as they collected a pizza in March 2009. The large... Read More

Ballymoney secure top-four finish

ON Saturday Ballymoney travelled to Lisnagarvey in what proved to be a tough test for the local girls who required a point to guarantee their place in the Premier League, whilst a win would secure a top four finish. Ballymoney started the game brightly and earned themselves a number of short... Read More

Mistakes cost Ballymoney their place in Towns’ Cup

Mistakes cost Ballymoney their place in Towns’ Cup

BALLYMONEY took to the field looking to secure their place in the semi-final of this season's Towns' Cup, writes Andy Bothwick. With the league out of their hands, the squad saw this as their last chance to stay in the hunt for some silverware. But Ballymena were to have their own agenda. A strong... Read More

IRA parade controversy

IRA parade controversy

BALLYMONEY Borough will have one less contentious parade next year after the organisers of the Hogan and Martin commemoration in Dunloy have indicated that this year's parade will be the last. Organisers say up to a thousand republicans accompanied by a number of bands attended the 30th anniversary... Read More

Cancer bus saved Lorraine’s life

Cancer bus saved Lorraine’s life

A GRATEFUL grandmother is urging other women to hop on board Action Cancer's Big Bus after her life was saved by the vital screening service. Mum-of-three Lorraine McCook, 46, from Bushvale, Ballymoney, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago after booking a screening appointment at... Read More

Dalriada book their place in semi-final of Subsidiary Shield

Dalriada book their place in semi-final of Subsidiary Shield

DALRIADA 1st XV put their Schools' Cup defeat behind them and focused on the opportunity of being able to play for a different trophy on Saturday when they entertained Rainey ES in the quarter final of the Subsidiary Shield. Conditions on Saturday remained very soft underfoot and as with previous... Read More

Murray strikes to secure three points for Ports

Murray strikes to secure three points for Ports

AN inspired display from red-hot striker Darren Murray was enough to see Portadown come from behind to defeat Coleraine 3-2 in Saturday's Danske Bank Premiership game at the Showgrounds. The former Donegal Celtic striker scored one and had a hand in the other two as the visitors came from 2-1 behind... Read More

Lives on the line

Lives on the line

"LIVES are being put at risk" - Torr Head Coast Guard has warned after a series of deliberate attacks on BT lines in the area. Due to the terrain and topography of the area, mobile signal is impossible hence the area's sole reliance on landlines. In the early hours of last Wednesday morning, vandals... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Laverty wins in Australia

Eugene Laverty stormed to victory on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut in race one at Phillip Island in Australia at the weekend. It was his first World Championship win for the Japanese manufacturer since 2010. Fighting back from a difficult start, a determined Laverty made his way through from... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Superb U17s Stun Virginia

Virginia 7 Ballymena 34 Ballymena Under 17s headed off at 7.30am on Saturday morning for the long journey to table topping Virginia. The 17s have been hampered with a lack of training and matches due to the bad weather, however they left determined to push themselves into one of the League play off... Read More

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

Ballymena United 3 Warrenpoint Town 2 A David Cushley double and a third from striker Darren Boyce, earned Ballymena United victory at the Showgrounds on Saturday. The win put United back into sixth place as the scrap for this position hots up. With United two up at the interval, and with... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Minister backs rail station upgrade

Plans are on track for the future upgrade of Ballymena Bus and Rail Station, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy revealed last week. Mr Kennedy was speaking during a visit to the station, where he viewed the current facilities and met with representatives of Translink. He told the Guardian: "Obviously... Read More

Chinese drugs  shock

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Chinese drugs shock

A 54-year-old man appeared at Ballymena Magistrate's court on Saturday charged with growing cannabis worth an estimated £150,000 at the popular Water Margin Chinese restaurant premises in the town centre. Wan Hon-Fai is accused of six charges relating to the find, which was uncovered when police... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Jalfrezi spices things up in the calmafter the storm at Antrim Boat Club

With a long awaited abatement in the recent winter storms, conditions were looking good for the latest round of the Blair's Caravans Winter Series at Antrim Boat Club. After yet another cancellation last week, the worry last weekend was that the wind would drop and the lough would be too calm,... Read More

Allen ‘digs deep’ to avoid shock defeat

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Allen ‘digs deep’ to avoid shock defeat

Controversial cueman Mark Allen almost became the first major shock of the BetVictor Welsh Open last week after his amateur opponent came within two pots of whitewashing him out of the competition. The 27-year-old Antrim snooker star threw his arms around coach Terry Griffiths in the backroom of... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Teenager ‘tried to choke’ his former partner

An Antrim teenager has been given a two-year Probation order after he 'tried to choke' his former partner. David Fletcher (19), with an address at Bush Park, assaulted the woman on November 14 last year. Antrim Magistrate's Court heard that police were tasked to a domestic incident and spoke to the... Read More

Ballymoney’s Kinihan is captain fantastic

BALLYMONEY 1st XI claimed another crucial three points with victory against the Ulster Elks at the weekend. It was a fantastic result for the local side given that their visitors occupy a top three position in the league. Ballymoney needed just two minutes to get off the mark with a goal from... Read More

Hanna hat-trick moves Toon up to third

Hanna hat-trick moves Toon up to third

A HAT-trick from Jonny Hanna helped Ballymoney First XV to a convincing 27-0 victory against bottom of the table University Ulster Club on Saturday, writes Andy Bothwick. Going into the game Ballymoney had the opportunity to steal a march on those teams around them in the league with the... Read More

We told you so...

We told you so...

READERS of The Chronicle won't have been surprised at last week's announcement concerning Michael Dunlop, the world's number one road racer. Late last year this newspaper reported that the 24-year-old TT winner from Ballymoney would be on the starting grid for the upcoming season. In an interview... Read More

Rates up 1.28%

RATES in Ballymoney will rise by 1.28% this year though the district rate set by Ballymoney Borough Council is actually down 1/4% on last year. Ballymoney Borough Councillors finally agreed the district rate at their final rates meeting on Wednesday February 12. At that meeting a non-domestic... Read More

Ronan’s thanks

Ronan’s thanks

ONE BALLYMONEY family has shown their sincere appreciation of the crucial work done by the Royal Victoria Hospital with a fantastic month long fundraising campaign that raised well over £4000. The Bamford family of Lisheeghan Road raised a massive £4485 from a variety of fundraising events last... Read More

Farquhar set for road race return at North West

ONE of Northern Ireland's most successful national road racers will come out of retirement to compete at this year's North West 200. Dungannon's Ryan Farquhar will join forces with Keith Amor for the opening International meeting of the new season. The four-time North West winner will also have last... Read More

Flooding frustration

Flooding frustration

AS MOYLE residents count the cost of last week's bad weather, a local woman has praised various agencies who came to her aid when a river behind her house burst it's banks flooding her garden and seeping into her garage. Valerie Watson said the NIFRS, Roads Department and the RIvers Department all... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Annaclone GP this Saturday

The Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - racing section will see if all their pre-season training has been good enough when they take part in this Saturday's eagerly awaited, Travers Engineering, Annaclone Grand Prix road races in County Down. This is always a very popular event, as its... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Guardian man spot on as Dunlop joins BMW

Ballymena Guardian motor cycle correspondent John Tennant exclusively revealed last week that Ballymoney road racer Michael Dunlop would be signing with BMW! This week we report that Dunlop will be onboard his BMW Superbike at three International meetings - the Vauxhall North West 200, the Isle of... Read More

Kells answers the question

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Kells answers the question

Top horse coach Gary Marshall turned down a lucrative three-year deal to teach in Dubai - to set up business in Kells! And the former international show-jumper has not one single regret as he passes on his expertise to young and old throughout Ireland, and further afield. Gary, a Horse Sport Ireland... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Councillors clash over rates relief for amateur sports clubs

Unionist and nationalist councillors in Ballymena have clashed over a plan to make amateur sports clubs exempt from rates. At last week's meeting of the Corporate Strategy and Scrutiny Committee, members were asked for their support for a consultation response to an Assembly Private Members Bill... Read More

Appointment of chief executive of new Mid and East Antrim Council confirmed

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Appointment of chief executive of new Mid and East Antrim Council confirmed

The current Town Clerk of Ballymena Borough Council, Mrs Anne Donaghy, is to be the new chief executive designate of Mid and East Antrim Council. As exclusively revealed in the Guardian last week, Mrs Donaghy will lead the preparations and convergence work for the new council in the run up to it... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

New ju-jitsu club opens in Randalstown

A new ju-jitsu club has just opened opened its doors in Randalstown under the watchful eye of local sensei, Mandi Timperley. On the opening night last Wednesday, parents turned out in force to see their children train for the first time in the new Dojo based in the sports suite of Truffles... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Grammar girls progress in Ulster Rugby Schools’ Cup

The Antrim Grammar girls tag rugby teams put in great performances at the first round of the Ulster Rugby Girl's Schools Cup last week. With a panel of 20 to choose from, the Grammar was able to enter a team in each pool of the competition. going up against other - often more experienced - teams... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

£1.5m footway and cycleway upgrade

The Borough of Antrim is set to benefit from £1.5 million worth of road and cycle improvement schemes, which are due to start later this year. A £300,000 scheme to provide a continuous footway/cycleway along Stiles Way and a £1.2 million junction improvement scheme will both start later this year.... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Tyre dumping arrests welcomed

Councillors have welcomed the arrest of two men on suspicion of illegal tyre dumping in Crumlin, and have called on police and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency to 'keep up the pressure' on 'the epidemic' affecting the Antrim borough. The PSNI said that the two men, aged 23 and 41, had been... Read More

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

Antrim SDLP councillor Kieran McMullan has slammed 'unjustified' plans to charge staff of Antrim Area Hospital for parking. Speaking after private talks with senior Trust directors at the Civic Centre on Thursday, Mr McMullan said he understood plans are imminent to charge staff for parking - a move... Read More

Loughguile lose out on final spot

Loughguile lose out on final spot

WATCHING players with their heads in their hands and on their knees is indeed a distressing sight, writes Jim Smyth. Such was the case at Park Eslar in Newry on Saturday afternoon when Loughguile Shamrocks lost their All Ireland semi-final encounter with Mount Leinster Rangers by a single point:... Read More

NRC newbuild on Linenhall Street?

NRC newbuild on Linenhall Street?

A LOCAL MLA has called for the retention, refurbishment and possible expansion of the Northern Regional College (NRC) campus in Ballymoney onto the Linenhall Street site. Back in 2010 the NRC's 'Business Improvement Plan' proposed to close both the existing campuses in Coleraine and Ballymoney in... Read More

Where did it all go wrong?

ANOTHER season, another year of missed opportunities as far as long-suffering Coleraine supporters are concerned. A home tie against Dungannon Swifts was the perfect opportunity for the Bannsiders to progress to the last eight of the Irish Cup. And while they began brightly and created some good... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Road Club will be represented across all categories in 2014

After the first five weeks of registration Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - has a total of 119 members. The 2014 open racing season commences on 22nd February with the Annaclone Grand Prix road race, followed the next day by the Phoenix GP at Nutts Corner. It's hard to imagine shedding... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Average house in Ballymena priced at £118,772

The average house price in Ballymena now stands at £118,772 according to the latest survey from University of Ulster, Bank of Ireland and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. The overall average sale price is rose 5.4% over the quarter but fell by 4.8% over the year. There is considerable... Read More

Politicians condemn pipe bomb attack at Ahoghill GAA ground

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Politicians condemn pipe bomb attack at Ahoghill GAA ground

Local politicians have unreservedly condemned a pipe bomb attack at a GAA pitch in Ahoghill over the weekend. The pipe bomb was detonated at the Cloney Gaels GAA grounds on the Crosskeys Road early on Saturday morning, (February 8) causing damage to the property. Two windows of the Acorn Centre were... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

St Valentine’s Day weekend brings rallysport ‘romance’ to Nutts Corner

Nutts Corner is gearing up for the next round of the Rallysport Association Winter Championship this Sunday (February 16) for the Speedy Parts Valentine's Day Stages. The Rallysport Association Winter Championship 2013/2014 continues in style with another full entry of over 120 entered drivers for... Read More

Muckamore back in the big time!

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Muckamore back in the big time!

Muckamore Cricket Club have appointed Uel Graham as their Head Coach for their return to the games top flight this season. The 47-year-old, who won 36 Irish international caps between 1992-97, takes on the non-playing role with immediate effect. The Moylena club won promotion to the top level of NCU... Read More

‘Anyone who says Antrim is a c*** town is talking c***!’

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

‘Anyone who says Antrim is a c*** town is talking c***!’

The outraged chairman of the Antrim Towns Development Company has condemned a new book which has branded Antrim 'a dangerous s**t pit' and the worst place to live in Northern Ireland. Millions may have been invested in Antrim in recent years, but that has clearly not impressed Sam Jordison and San... Read More

Masterplan launched

THE BALLYMONEY Masterplan was launched last Wednesday by the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland. The Masterplan hopes to give a vision that will take Ballymoney forward in terms of its development over the next 15 to 20 years. Minister McCausland said: "This Masterplan is a comprehensive... Read More

WSB rider Laverty to open Motorcycle Festival

2013 World Superbike Championship runner-up, Eugene Laverty, is the latest rider to announce that he will be attending this weekend's Adelaide/Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival in Belfast's King's Hall. Laverty, who was crowned 'Adelaide Irish Motorcyclist of the Year' last month, will be joined by... Read More

Tarmac Championship the priority, says Rowan

Tarmac Championship the priority, says Rowan

CUSHENDALL'S John Rowan admits the race for this year's Irish Tarmac Championship title for Group N Cars will be as close as ever. That's in spite of the fact that the reigning champions look set to focus their efforts on the Belgian Championship in a Peugeot R2. Stephen and Susanne Wright clinched... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Graffin takes win at New Year Stages

Kieron Graffin and navigator Paddy Robinson, won the recent 500 MRCI New Year Stages at an extremely wet Kirkistown Race circuit. While the season opener is not a round of any championship, it is always a popular event, with competitors keen to return to the stages after the holidays. With top seed... Read More

Congratulations!

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Congratulations!

Ballymena Mayor, Cllr. Audrey Wales, hosted the 16th annual Council Sports Awards evening in The Braid Arts Centre (Town Hall) last Thursday night! A packed house enjoyed resident compere Jackie Fullerton's wit and banter - and looked, on after a superb meal by Jane's Kitchen, as the various awards... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Academy pupils praised for ‘double’ success at construction awards!

Two Ballymena Academy students, who gained the highest grades in GCSE Construction and Built Environment, were recognised by CITB-ConstructionSkills NI at the annual Chartered Institute of Building Awards held at Nutts Corner. The GCSE in Construction and the Built Environment has been developed by... Read More

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

Justice Minister David Ford has welcomed an initiative to enhance safety and reduce rural crime in Ballymena. Farmers at the launch were able to avail of guardcams, CCTV cameras and tracking equipment along with the PSNI's free trailer marking scheme. Specially trained PSNI Crime Prevention... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Great Scott! Flying Finlay lands first win

Newcomer to the Brisca F2 stock cars Scott Finlay certainly made his presence felt among the established stars when he cruised to a convincing victory in the F2 final. Finlay did not feature so well in the heat races but when it mattered most in the trophy race he struck gold. As the green flag... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Bad week at the office for Ford

Stormont Speaker William Hay has spared the blushes of South Antrim Assemblyman David Ford during heated exchanges at Parliament Buildings. TUV leader Jim Allister sought permission to grill the Justice Minister on plans for a visit to inmates at HM Young Offenders Centre Hydebank Wood from none... Read More

Tyre dumping sparks fury

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Tyre dumping sparks fury

There have been yet another two confirmed incidents of illegal tyre dumping in the Antrim borough, amidst growing concern amongst councillors and residents about the scale of the problem. A local councillor estimated that up to 100 tyres were left by the roadside on the Belfast Road at Nutts Corner,... Read More

Ballymoney Ladies share the points with Randalstown

Ballymoney...............2 Randalstown.............2 BALLYMONEY First XI came from 2-0 down to grab a share of the points in Saturday's home game against Randalstown. The 'Money girls made a slow start to the match, conceding two consecutive penalty corners in the opening minutes. The second... Read More

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

DALRIADA will face Royal Belfast Academical Institution in the third round of the Danske Bank Schools' Cup following a comprehensive 26-0 victory over Portadown on Saturday. The local boys ran in four unanswered tries to set up the mouth-watering fixture against RBAI, who will go into the game on... Read More

Substation standstill

REJECTION of plans for a Rasharkin substation show little hope of fading after councillors requested NIE to find an alternative location. A presentation by Northern Ireland Electricity to Ballymoney Council last Monday (20th), intended to push along the application, backfired when certain... Read More

Mark ‘shines’ in Glasgow

Mark ‘shines’ in Glasgow

A DUNLOY firm was chosen by Top Gear to prepare the world's most luxurious supercars for its first live show of 2014 in Glasgow last weekend. Total Perfection was responsible for cleaning 55 high performance vehicles for the Top Gear Live event starring presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard... Read More

£1.26m for Megaw

£1.26m for Megaw

BALLYMONEY'S Megaw Park will change beyond recognition when a £1.26m contract for a major redevelopment of the park, awarded by Ballymoney Borough Council, is completed in August. Welcoming the project Leisure Chairman, Alderman Frank Campbell, said: "These playing fields have a long association... Read More

Dalriada’s on the money!

Dalriada’s on the money!

Dalriada.....................................26 Portadown....................................0 DALRIADA got their Schools' Cup campaign off to the best possible start by inflicting a crushing defeat on Portadown College. The Ballymoney side emerged comfortable 26-0 winners thanks to four tries that... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

'Gold'en Girls Susanna and Brigid

Ballymena Runners ladies, Susanna Allen and Brigid Quinn were crowned Northern Ireland and Ulster Masters cross country championships at Lurgan last Saturday. In fact it was a great day all round for Ballymena Runners, with not only Susanna and Brigid securing Gold medals in their age category but... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Ballymena Firsts lose to Cashel, but still get bonus point!

Ballymena led Cashel until minutes from the end, but conceded a late try and ended up losing by a single point at rain-and-wind lashed Eaton Park on Saturday afternoon. It was hard luck for the young Braid side who thought they had victory sealed after leading 7-3 for most of the game. Ballymena... Read More

Ferguson expects tough enounter with Ports

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Ferguson expects tough enounter with Ports

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson expects a tough encounter this weekend at Shamrock Park, writes Shaun O'Neill. United take on Portadown in the Premiership keen to get something to keep them in the hunt for a top six placing. “Portadown have hit a bit of form," boss Ferguson told Guardian... Read More

Mid-Antrim ‘150’ axed!

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Mid-Antrim ‘150’ axed!

The Mid-Antrim '150' motor cycle race meeting, planned for August this year, has been axed! Organisers have pulled the plug on the event, citing "severe financial losses" incurred running last year's event at the Clough circuit. Last Tuesday night the Mid Antrim Committee met with members - after... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Frew presses for action on new Ballymena town centre bypass

North Antrim DUP MLA, Paul Frew, has written to Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, to press the case for a long awaited link road that aims to relieve traffic pressure in Ballymena town centre. Mr Frew has urged the minister to put resource into advancing the much sought after South Western Distributor... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Party comes first

Lord Bannside is urging his loyal grass roots supporters to continue to back the DUP at the forthcoming local government and European elections in May. In spite of trenchant criticisms of the party leadership about the manner of his departure last week, the former First Minister made it clear to the... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

John Mulholland gets into gear for Paddy Hopkirk Gala

The Paddy Hopkirk Gala will be sponsored by John Mulholland Motors of Randalstown, it has been revealed. During the Gala, there will be the charity auction of the Shawcross Art Mini with its unique JAZZ unique scheme, created by renowned local artist Neil Shawcross. Also on display will be the... Read More

Antrim Thirds are still up for the Cup

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Antrim Thirds are still up for the Cup

Antrim Thirds 3 Harlequins Thirds 0 Antrim Thirds met Harlequins Thirds at the Paddy Marks Arena on Saturday in the first round of the Junior Cup. The previous week the same two teams met in a league clash with Harlequins having emerged as 2-1 winners in a nail biting encounter. On... Read More

Get on your bike!

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Get on your bike!

Local cycling enthusiasts are being urged to join Antrim's only cycling club - Rule 5 Cycling Antrim. The club's history only dates back to 2011 when local man Marc Morrow purchased a bike through the cycle to work scheme. Out and about on his new wheels on a regular basis, Marc soon realised that... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Council promises free town centre car parks

Antrim Council is calling on the DoE to relinquish control of the Borough's town centre car parks, the Antrim Guardian can reveal. Critics may scoff at the Civic Centre takeover bid - but insiders insist that when it comes to the future of parking, local people should watch this space. Councillor... Read More

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Back Hospice, says tearful Duffin

A tearful SDLP councillor has made an emotional plea for Antrim Council to throw a financial lifeline to the NI Hospice. Councillor Brian Duffin lost his beloved sister Claire shortly after Christmas, and his voice was still raw as he told the chamber on Thursday of the invaluable work that the... Read More

Crushing jobs blow

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Crushing jobs blow

Almost 150 jobs have been lost in Antrim this week after struggling engineering company Mivan ceased trading yesterday (Monday). While the majority of the staff were made redundant, it is understood that a small number will be retained to assist the Administrators in finalising some existing... Read More

Toon secure derby bragging rights over Coleraine

BALLYMONEY welcomed Coleraine Second XV in the Junior League on Saturday knowing that they had to win in order to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle. With the First XV making a few changes, the Seconds could choose from a shuffled deck, and the forwards in particular had a strength that has... Read More

Dunlop’s road racing achievements honoured

Dunlop’s road racing achievements honoured

ON the same day he was handed the freedom of his home town, Michael Dunlop was crowned 'IFS International' and 'National Road Racer of the Year' at the Adelaide Motorcycle Awards. The local motorbike star was presented with his Freedom of Ballymoney certificate by his grandmother, May, in... Read More

My battle with cancer

My battle with cancer

AN inspirational Ballymoney businesswoman will remember her 33rd wedding anniversary for all the wrong reasons. Instead of celebrating the memorable milestone with her husband Colin, Jennifer Bond was devastated to receive the news that she was suffering from womb cancer. The 53-year-old director of... Read More

Antrim end Dr McKenna Cup on a high

LIAM Bradley's Antrim side completed their McKenna Cup assignments for another year when they travelled into the Mourne County and returned with an impressive victory over James McCartan's side, writes Jim Smyth. This victory rounded up the Saffrons' McKenna Cup campaign in some style, but the win... Read More

Ten-man United lose to Linfield

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ten-man United lose to Linfield

Ballymena United 1 Linfield 2 Ten-Man Ballymena United lost this feisty encounter with League champions Linfield at the Showgrounds on Saturday. The dismissal of Tony Kane for two silly bookings cost United the game and ended Ballymena's impressive unbeaten run. Ballymena went in 1-0 in front... Read More

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Minister congratulates St Louis pupils at BT Science awards

Education Minister John O'Dowd has congratulated local students who have been successful in the final of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin. A number of pupils from St Louis Grammar School attended the event and Mark Crawford, Robert Clarke and Matthew Sullivan were... Read More

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Roy Gillespie to step down from council

One of the Borough's longest serving public representatives is to retire next year. TUV Councillor Roy Gillespie will step down from Ballymena Borough Council in 2015, following 42 years in local government. Cllr Gillespie has decided to finish his current term in council and will then move aside to... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Leader will bring series to the ‘Boyle’ at Moneyglass!

The Rallysport Association Winter Championship 2013/2014 returns for round four to the picturesque Moneyglass Estate just outside Toome on Sunday (January 26). After the first three race sprint rounds held at the superb racetrack facility at The Nutts Corner Motorsport Centre, it will be back to a... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Antrim thrashed at home

Antrim 1 North Down 5 Antrim entertained promotion seeking North Down at the Paddy Marks arena on Saturday hoping to put up a better performance than they did in the away game earlier in the season. Antrim started strongly and a cross from the right was just out of reach in the fourth... Read More

Antrim woman’s Sixmilewater drowning was a ‘tragic accident’

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Antrim woman’s Sixmilewater drowning was a ‘tragic accident’

An act of drunken bravado led to an Antrim woman perishing in the very thing she feared most, a Coroner's Court heard this week. Denise Fleming was terrified of the water. Hated the stuff. Consequently she never learned how to swim. Why bother, she never planned to get out of her depth. Last week an... Read More

Industrious Ballymoney win ‘six pointer’ against Armagh

BALLYMONEY chalked up another crucial three league points against Armagh on Saturday thanks to two second half goals. The results was a 'six-pointer' as both sides are currently propping up the league following a difficult start to the season. In baltic conditions, Ballymoney started the stronger of... Read More

A life sentence!

A GRIEF-STRICKEN Coleraine police Inspector constantly relives the agony of losing his only daughter in the hope that his harrowing story will prevent other parents from suffering the same heartache. Four-and-a-half-years after 17-year-old Shannan McCracken died in a car crash, her father Paul and... Read More

Damaged vehicles dampens New Year

A SPATE of tyre slashing incidents in Ballymoney had angered residents who are calling for those involved to leave people's vehicles alone. Working under the protection of darkness, vandals have attacked at least five vehicles in the town during the past week. One man who had his work van tyre... Read More

Our son’s ‘miracle’ recovery

Our son’s ‘miracle’ recovery

A BALLYMONEY father, whose son was given just 30 minutes to live, is counting his blessings after the teenager stunned medics by making a miracle recovery. Bus driver Stephen Connor, 45, and his wife Hazel, 42, were told to say their goodbyes to Jamie after a scan at the Causeway Hospital on October... Read More

Fall wants to make Irish Cup history

Fall wants to make Irish Cup history

BALLYMONEY United boss, John Fall, has said his players are determined to reach the quarter finals of the Irish Cup for the first time in the club's history when they take on Premiership outfit Crusaders at Seaview next month. The Championship Two club booked their place in the sixth round of the... Read More

Antrim up-and-running in McKenna Cup

LIAM Bradley's new-look Saffrons earned their first points of the 2014 season against the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, at Cregan on Sunday. The home side had rung the changes for their second game of the new year as the management looked to research the panel - and they did more than well in... Read More

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Moneyglass do double over Services Club ‘B’

MONEYGLASS Indoor Bowing team commenced the second half of the Division 2 by completing the double over the Services Club 'B' team. Having won their home game against the 'B' team at the commencement of the season the MGBC team paid a visit to the Services clubroom and won by 7 shots, which gave... Read More

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

STRIKER Darren Boyce goes back to his former stomping ground tonight (Tuesday) intent on sinking Dungannon Swifts in the Premiership clash (7.45pm). The 27-year-old spent a successful loan spell with the Stangmore Park side - and fired in 12 goals in 18 games. Now he plans to add to his tally at his... Read More

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Health Minister opens new £2m children’s unit at Ballee

A NEW state-of-the-art children's intensive support unit in Ballee has been officially opened by Health minister, Edwin Poots. ‘The Willows' cost £2m and is the only one of its kind in the Northern Trust. It can accommodate up to 6 children at any one time, ranging from 12 to 17 years old, and... Read More

Mum’s tribute to daughter killed in fire tragedy

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Mum’s tribute to daughter killed in fire tragedy

A BALLYMENA mother, whose young daughter was tragically killed in a house fire 20 years ago, has raised £1,300 for the Firefighters' Benevolent Fund. Siobhan Shiels raised the magnificent sum for the charity to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of her daughter, Sandy-Leigh Gilmore, who was... Read More

Currie to retire

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Currie to retire

THE six times Mayor of Ballymena, councillor James Currie, is to retire from politics when the current council term ends. The Ulster Unionist veteran was first citizen for five consecutive years from 1996 to 2001 and again in 2009/10. Councillor Currie told the Guardian: "If I am spared until the... Read More

Town stay in close contention

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Town stay in close contention

FOR the second time in a week Randalstown travelled to the North West, this time to play Limavady in a league game. Early in the season Randalstown had a comprehensive victory when the sides met at Neillsbrook, however the Randalstown coaches and players expected a tougher test at Limavady. The... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Former Moyola boss joins Corner staff

CHIMNEY Corner have confirmed the arrival of former Moyola Park manager Billy Clarke as reserve team manager. Billy has been involved as a player and coach in local football since 1968, when he started his playing career with Enkalon FC. His time as a player included spells at Wakehurst, Ballyclare... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Council renews its vow not to charge for wedding photographs

ANTRIM Council has renewed its vow not to charge couples to take wedding photographs in the Castle Grounds. Last week the Antrim Guardian revealed that there had been a stampede of couples keen to exchange vows under the leafy boughs in the parterre pavillion. With demand soaring, more staff have... Read More

‘There will be no justice’

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

‘There will be no justice’

THE mother of one of the soldiers murdered at Massereene Barracks has said she does 'not have one per cent hope' that anyone will be convicted of her son's killing, after veteran republican Marian McGlinchey was given a suspended prison sentence for providing a mobile phone used to make calls... Read More

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

THE Carrick 1st XV lost their first League match of 2014, going down by 25 points to nil to League leaders Ballyclare at Tom Simms Memorial Park on Saturday 11th January. The Maxol-sponsored Carrick side were always struggling against the their sharper East Antrim rivals who took their chances when... Read More

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Ballycarry Prizegiving Night

THE annual Ballycarry prizegiving dinner was held in Carrickfergus Golf Club. The chairman Gary Morton welcomed everyoneand congratulated all the seasons major winners and prize winners. Gary thanked the golf club and the caterers for an amazing meal yet again this year. The MC for the evening, Mr... Read More

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

A CARRICKFERGUS clergyman has called on Ian Paisley to apologise to Catholics for what he deems as damaging words and actions of the past. Locally based Rev David Armstrong, who was forced from his hometown following loyalist threats after his exchange of Christmas greetings with a Catholic... Read More

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Woman to strand trial on £35k fraud

A CARRICKFERGUS woman is to stand trial accused of funding her own lifestyle with £35,000 belonging to a man whose finances she was supposed to protect. Wendy McKay is alleged to have committed the fraud by abuse of position over a six-month period. The 55-year-old, of Victoria Garden, appeared... Read More

Wardrop double downs Carrick

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Wardrop double downs Carrick

BALLYCLARE 1st XV completed exactly half of their fixtures in Qualifying 2 on Saturday at Tom Simms Memorial Park in a very physical clash with Carrick but came out with a welll deserved 25-0 win to stay unbeaten at the top of the table. Closest to the Clare are Omagh and Randalstown each having... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Demolition derby

REGENERATION of Ballyclare's town centre is set to continue in the early months of this year with Newtownabbey Borough Council confirming they are seeking to level more long-standing derelict buildings and eyesores. At a meeting of the Development Committee last Tuesday night (January 14), members... Read More

Final call for sports nominations

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Final call for sports nominations

BOROUGH authorities have issued a reminder that the closing date for nominations to the Newtownabbey Sports Awards fast approaches. The awards provide an invaluable opportunity to recognise clubs, services and individuals who have made a difference through sport. Newtownabbey Borough Council are... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

‘Suspicious powder’ alarm closes post office

STAFF and customers in Doagh Post Office had a scare last week after a package containing a suspicious powder was received at the branch. PSNI officers and the bomb squad attended the Station Road premises last Friday after the alarm was raised, with the office then being closed from approximately... Read More

United boss praises team’s fighting spirit

United boss praises team’s fighting spirit

BALLYMONEY United manager John Fall was full of praise for his players at the weekend after watching them come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Wakehurst in a rip-roaring encounter at the Riada Stadium. The boys from the 'Toon' got off to their by now customary slow start and found themselves three... Read More

Free Wi-Fi on the way

FREE Wi-Fi could be on its way to Ballymoney town centre as part of the soon to be unveiled masterplan for the town according to both Ballymoney Borough Council and the Department of Social Development. Currently, apart from a few premises that have their own, Ballymoney town centre WI-FI coverage... Read More

New look Coleraine ready for Cliftonville Irish Cup test

New look Coleraine ready for Cliftonville Irish Cup test

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney hopes his new-look side can make amends for a poor display against Cliftonville on Year's Day when they return to Solitude in this weekend's intriguing Irish Cup clash. The Bannsiders lost 2-0 on that occasion but a win over Ards on Saturday - the team's first victory... Read More

Coastal Communities Fund boost for Waterfoot

Coastal Communities Fund boost for Waterfoot

THE ANNOUNCEMENT that a disused toilet block will be turned into a coastal centre at Waterfoot has been welcomed by locals. The money £186,000, to Moyle District Council, comes from the government's Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), which allocates revenue from marine activity. The centre will also... Read More

Ahoghill boys win coveted places in National Children’s Orchestra

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ahoghill boys win coveted places in National Children’s Orchestra

Two young Ahoghill brothers, Ross and Jake Houston, have won coveted places in the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. Ross (13) and Jake (11), who have been playing the flute since they were five-years-old, are keen musicians and travelled to Manchester in September to audition for the... Read More

Victory for Thirds in high-scoring thriller

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Victory for Thirds in high-scoring thriller

Antrim Thirds 5 Civil Service Thirds 4 Antrim Thirds entertained Civil Service Thirds at the Paddy Marks Arena on Saturday with a 1pm push back. The match got off to a flyer with Antrim pressing the visitors right back into their own twenty five. Gareth McCue and Aaron McClenaghan were unlucky not... Read More

Parkhall’s new school runs up £1m bill - even though work hasn’t begun

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Parkhall’s new school runs up £1m bill - even though work hasn’t begun

Almost one million pounds of taxpayers money has been spent on various expenses associated with building work which has not yet commenced at Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim, according to figures released in the Stormont Assembly. To date £956,000 has been spent on fees, planning and design... Read More

Tame swan decapitated

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Tame swan decapitated

A Police probe is under way in Antrim after blood thirsty thugs tormented, killed and then beheaded one of the tame adult swans that grace the Lough Shore. The grim discovery was made by green keepers near the 14th hole at Massereene Golf Club on Friday morning, and at first they thought it may have... Read More

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Dergview dent Carrick title hopes

IT'S NO wins now in their last four outings for Carrick Rangers as they fell to this disappointing defeat by lowly Dergview at Darragh Park, Castlederg. Conditions were far from ideal, though Carrick would have got off on the right footing after just six minutes when debutant Ben Roy would have... Read More

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Carrick Ladies rue defensive errors against Grosvenor

CARRICK Ladies Hockey Club 1st XI failed to protect what should otherwise have been a commanding two goal lead at the Amphitheatre on Saturday afternoon leading to another potentially costly home league defeat, this time to title chasers Grosvenor. Carrick opened the match in sparkling form and were... Read More

Boxing Day Open Show at Larne

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Boxing Day Open Show at Larne

THE annual Open Show in Larne on Boxing Day attracted an entry of 177 birds for the judges who had travelled from the Portadown area. Included the high flying, Willie Neill and loft-man Paul Larkin, Jonathan Buckley from Annaghmore and long distance ace flyer John Greenaway. The home loft of K & F... Read More

Housing Executive is ‘failing families’

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Housing Executive is ‘failing families’

THE Housing Executive in Carrickfergus is putting the health of families at risk by its failure to carry out basic repairs, it has been claimed. A young mother in the Sunnylands area has complained that the Housing Executive has failed miserably in its job of carrying out repairs on her home and a... Read More

Comrades victorious in eight goal thriller

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Comrades victorious in eight goal thriller

IN a pulsating match, with an amazing finish, Comrades produced a stirring display to down high flying Steel & Sons Cup winners Dundela. For this match Comrades manager Eddie Hill was banished to the stand after his sending off against Limavady, and with assistant-manager Gary Bell on holiday, coach... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Greenacres Winter League results

THE Winter League at Greenacres Golf Club is now well into the second half with play now in the New Year. The recent updated results are as follows: Week 9 (December 14): Course 'A' -1 Paul Wilson 18, 2 Gary Spratt 18, 3 Mark Magee 18. Course 'B': 1 Stephen Halliday 18, 2 Nigel Davenport 18, 3... Read More

Clare advance in Town’s Cup

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Clare advance in Town’s Cup

BALLYCLARE 1st XV currently have the Provincial Towns Cup in the trophy cabinet as joint winners from 2013 and on Saturday made several changes for the first round tie at Hamilton Park against a surprisingly combative Ards team before easing to a 24-10 win. Coach Bob Young brought in Smith, Byers,... Read More

Abbey investment in people praise

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Abbey investment in people praise

A BALLYCLARE business have been hailed after becoming one of 39 organisations from across Northern Ireland to celebrate a prestigious accreditation for commitment to staff development. Abbey Real Estate was one of two Newtownabbey Borough businesses to be awarded the Investors in People (IIP)... Read More

Derby rivals showed greater desire to win – Taggart

Derby rivals showed greater desire to win – Taggart

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BEM for Barbara

BEM for Barbara

A BALLYMONEY young farmer has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen's New Year's Honours. Barbara Blair, who lives in Finvoy but is a member of Garvagh YFC, got the award for 'services to young people in Northern Ireland'. Barbara, who said that she was 'honoured' to receive the... Read More

Portrush out to end 15 year wait for a trophy

Portrush out to end 15 year wait for a trophy

PORTRUSH will look to end their 15-year wait for a trophy when they take on Ballynahinch in the Sussex Cup Final on New Year's Day. But they will be without Brent Smith and Andy Christie as both players are sidelined with hand and foot injuries respectively. Victory would be the ideal pick-me-up for... Read More

Christmas concert held  at Gaelscoil  an Chaistil

Christmas concert held at Gaelscoil an Chaistil

They say that Friday 13th is unlucky for some. But not for the fantastic children at Gaelscoil an Chaistil who, after weeks of hard work and practising, put on a fun filled show at their Christmas concert. The children and their teachers had been practising their lines, songs and routines for... Read More

Seapark AC ring in Christmas in style

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Seapark AC ring in Christmas in style

SEAPARK AC athletes travelled to Tullymore forest Park, Co Down to compete in the first of the 'Born2Run' 'Run Forest Run' 10k series on Saturday 21st December. Set in the beautiful landscape of Tullymore forest, the 10k route took runners along an undulating course over tarmac and forest paths and... Read More

PCSP’s combine to discuss 2014 Policing Plan

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

PCSP’s combine to discuss 2014 Policing Plan

THE Chairmen of Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnerships, Cllr Andrew Wilson and Cllr Jim Bingham, attended a meeting in Newtownabbey station, along with Carrickfergus Vice-Chair Marjorie Hawkins, PCSP staff, local PSNI Inspectors and the Area Commander, Stephen Reid... Read More

Success for Woodburn pedestrian crossing campaign

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Success for Woodburn pedestrian crossing campaign

CARRICKFERGUS Ulster Unionist councillor Andrew Wilson has welcomed news that the Department for Regional Development have responded positively to his repeated calls for a safer route to Woodburn Primary School, at the Gaults Corner junction, by announcing that they are to introduce a pedestrian... Read More

Last gasp penalty denies Comrades

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Last gasp penalty denies Comrades

BALLYCLARE Comrades had victory snatched from their grasp by a controversial injury-time penalty at Limavady, in a game where missed chances eventually cost them dearly. For this encounter manager Eddie Hill was again without a number of players including top scorer Chris Trussell, Gerard McAlea and... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Ballyclare face new Towns Cup campaign

THE current season remains a very busy one for Ballyclare 1st XV at both league and cup level. The team enters the New Year as leaders of Qualifying 2 and only a fortnight ago were at Ravenhill for the final of the Junior Cup losing a close affair to Ballynahinch 2nds. The team are also joint... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

High School carol services raise £2k

THE annual Carol Services at Ballyclare High School were held in the Montgomery Hall on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19, with good crowds attending each night. The school orchestra opened with Stille Nacht and the Chamber Choir sang the Introit 'Alleluia'. The Bidding Prayer and... Read More

Ballyclare horticulture student success

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Ballyclare horticulture student success

A BALLYCLARE horticulture student was celebrating after winning a bronze medal in the UK Skills National Landscape Skills Competition finals. Noel Taggart scooped a prize after travelling to the Landscaping Competition at The Skills Show, held recently in Birmingham. The biggest skills and careers... Read More

Sarah-Jayne nets winner!

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Sarah-Jayne nets winner!

Ballymena Ladies 1XI.................1 Cookstown Ladies 1XI ...............0 Ballymena Ladies First XI made history on Saturday by winning the coveted Senior Cup final at Mossley. Scorer of the winning goal was midfielder Sarah Jayne Goodrich. The final was a closely fought affair. The last time... Read More

Hot Rod National tops the bill!

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Hot Rod National tops the bill!

SUPPORT RACES There's also a packed programme of support races at the Gilmore Engineering backed meeting, with Group Two Lightning Rods, Euro Stocks, Junior Rods, Classic Hot Rods and Stock Rods all on display. The Euro Stocks contest their Ice Breaker Trophy and a number of the drivers in this... Read More

Ballymena ‘a big player’ in new council set up - O’Loan

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ballymena ‘a big player’ in new council set up - O’Loan

Ballymena SDLP councillor, Declan O'Loan, has said the establishment of the new Mid and East Antrim council, will provide an opportunity to provide better and more cost effective local government. In a new year message councillor O'Loan said the election on May 22 next year, which will lead to the... Read More

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

Some of the biggest names in British athletics will be in the running for the first major cross country event of the New Year in Antrim. The British Athletics Cross Challenge takes in five key cross country fixtures across the UK throughout the autumn and winter season, with big money races at... Read More

No Christmas cheer for Antrim against league leaders Newry

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

No Christmas cheer for Antrim against league leaders Newry

Antrim..............3 Newry..............4 Antrim lost narrowly to league leaders Newry at the Paddy Marks Arena in their last league match of 2013. The Antrim squad was strengthened by the inclusion of Ian Brownlees and Johnny McMeekin as the side battled for points to try and get out of the... Read More

Carrick Advertiser2 years ago

Woman released in murder enquiry

A CARRICKFERGUS woman arrested in connection with the murder of Simon Tang in the town 16 years ago has been released pending further inquiries. Mr Tang, 28, who was married with two young sons, was beaten and robbed as he left his takeaway business on the Woodburn Road on 24 June 1996. A... Read More