Ballycastle News

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

Ryan’s designs  on garden title

Ryan’s designs on garden title

A BALLYCASTLE designer is one of four finalists in UTV's The Magazine Show Garden Designer competition. Ryan McGee, who designed a family focussed garden, will now bring his design to life in time for the 2014 Garden Show Ireland event which runs from Friday, May 9 to Sunday, May 11 at Antrim Castle... Read More

Ally penalty nets United ‘derby’ point

Ballymena Guardian2 days 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

Defeat has made us hungrier for success, says Cassidy

Defeat has made us hungrier for success, says Cassidy

DEFEAT in last Saturday's All-Ireland Paddy Buggy Cup Final has made Cross and Passion even more determined to win the competition. Team Coach Joe Cassidy says his players are already looking ahead to September when the 2014/2015 season will begin in earnest. The first objective for Cross and... 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

All geared up!

SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland has visited Ballycastle to review £17,500 improvement project to help Ballycastle 'gear up' for the Giro d'Italia bike race in May. Minister McCausland said: "This is an excellent opportunity for the people of Ballycastle to showcase their town to a... 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

Eagerly anticipated 70th annual concert

THE 70th Annual Concert of Ballymoney and District Male Voice Choir will take place on Saturday April 5 at 7.30pm in The John Armstrong Hall of Dalriada School. The choir currently has thirty members and meets weekly every Monday night from September to April in the Music Centre of Dalriada School.... 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

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

The Saffrons lose - but only by three

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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

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

TUV urges 3G pitch for Bushmills

TUV MLA Jim Allister has strongly backed the call for a 3G pitch in Bushmills. Speaking during an Adjournment debate in the Assembly on leisure facilities in Moyle, the TUV leader singled out the needs of Bushmills for particular mention, "In Bushmills, there is an undoubted need for a 3G pitch to... 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

From Ballycastle to Brooks - all at the press of a button!

From Ballycastle to Brooks - all at the press of a button!

WELL, we always knew The Ballycastle Chronicle was a popular paper read far and wide, but who would have thought that world famous country singer Garth Brooks would have laid his hands on it? According to a social networking site he read the story carried in The Chronicle dated February 6 about two... Read More

Council officers congratulated on striking of rates

THE COUNCIL officers involved in the striking of the rate have been praised by various local Councillors during the Council meeting held last Monday night. The work of the officers was hailed as a 'remarkable achievement' and congratulated on their diligent work. Council Chairperson Cara McShane... 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

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

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

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

Local bakery and coffee shop winner of best breakfast!

IT'S FARMHOUSE Breakfast Week and Food NI is proud to announce that Donnelly's Bakery and Coffee Shop, Ballycastle was declared as the Northern Ireland Regional Winner of The Best Breakfast Awards, receiving the most votes in NI for their Ulster Fry! Owner of Donnelly's Bakery and Coffee Shop,... 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

‘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

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

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

Pensioner ‘stable’ after murder attempt

Pensioner ‘stable’ after murder attempt

THE CHAIRPERSON of Moyle District Council has hit out at those responsible for the shooting of a Ballycastle pensioner at his Islandboy Road home last Thursday. Sinn Féin Chairperson Cllr Cara McShane, said, "Regardless of the motivation behind this shooting, this type of vigilantism is wrong.... Read More

Major tourist attraction to close for a year

BALLYCASTLE Cllr Joan Baird has raised concerns over the imminent closure of the Visitor Centre on Rathlin Island which will last all year. The closure is to facilitate the Commissioners of Irish Lights, who own the centre and the lighthouse, to carry out refurbishment and improvement works. Irish... 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

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

Pride at success of pupil

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Pride at success of pupil

SARA Patterson of Carrickfergus Grammar School who won the local heats of the Rotary Youth Leadership competition represented the Rotary Club of Carrickfergus when she went forward to compete in the area finals held in Ballymena. At the area finals Sara was competing against pupils representing the... Read More

December saw ‘steady trade’ for Ballycastle businesses

CHRISTMAS bells weren't the only things jingling with joy last week, as the shopkeepers in Ballycastle totted up their Christmas takings! The month of December was steady for the shops and Sunday openings were said to have given a vibrant feel to the month. President of Ballycastle Cha,ber of... Read More

Captain Jenkins celebrates with a ‘derby’ double!

Ballymena Guardian3 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

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

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

Liken hat-trick seals big win for Armoy Seconds

AFTER an unusually long period without a match, Armoy Second XV put in a composed and polished performance to brush aside a dogged Donegal Second XV at the weekend. With the visitors arriving earlier than expected they were already out on the pitch, warmed up and eager to start in order to finish in... 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

Year of chastity - all for charity!

Year of chastity - all for charity!

HOW LONG is a year? 365 days; 52 weeks; 8,760 hours.... and one hell of an experience for former Armoy man Pete Lynagh, who finally reached the end of his epic sexless odyssey on January 1 this year having raised well over $50,000 for the Free to Shine charity! New Year's Resolutions come easy to... Read More

Regional News

Doherty races to top 10 finish in Letterkenny

MEMBERS of Ballymoney Cycling Club rode to success at events the length and breadth of Ireland at the weekend. On Saturday at the Errigle Youth League in Churchill outside Letterkenny Robbie Doherty got an excellent top 10 in the Under 16 race with Shay Donley securing a podium finish in the Under... 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

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

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 Guardian2 days 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

Ballymena Guardian2 days ago

Green light for Cullybackey Road housing development

Plans for a housing development on the Cullybackey Road in Ballymena have been approved. Planners recommended the previously deferred application for approval at a recent meeting of Ballymena Borough Council's Spatial Planning Committee. The plans, which had received 11 letters of objection, are for... Read More

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

Ballymena Guardian2 days 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

Antrim Guardian2 days 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 Guardian2 days 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

Bonfire breakthrough

Antrim Guardian2 days ago

Bonfire breakthrough

In a remarkable U-turn, tyres will not be allowed on this summer's 11th night bonfire in Ballycraigy, a spokesperson for the area's Bonfire Committee has confirmed. The pledge follows years in which the group openly ignored requests by elected representatives, residents and Antrim Borough Council to... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 days 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

Johnny Stewart hat-trick sees off nine-man Lurgan Celtic

Johnny Stewart hat-trick sees off nine-man Lurgan Celtic

Ballymoney United..................................4 Lurgan Celtic..........................................0 A JOHNNY Stewart hat-trick helped Ballymoney United to a convincing four nil home victory against Lurgan Celtic at the weekend. Ballymoney's clinical finishing in front of goal under... Read More

A town ‘robbed’ of its assets

BALLYMONEY featured heavily during an Assembly debate on the Northern Regional College last week. During the debate, Mr Jim Allister MLA expressed concern that Ballymoney was being 'robbed' of its assets which include the live threat to residential care. He said: "For those of us who have the... 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

Kennedy laps up NW200 invite

Kennedy laps up NW200 invite

TRANSPORT Minister Danny Kennedy has given his full support to the organisers of this year's Vauxhall International North West 200 - and has accepted a personal challenge from them. He has agreed to complete a practice lap of the internationally renowned 8.9-mile 'Triangle Circuit' as a pillion... Read More

Former Garron Tower pupil installed as Bishop of Derry

A FORMER pupil and later teacher of the old St MacNissi's College, Garron Tower has been officially installed as the Catholic Bishop of Derry during a church service in the city on Sunday. Donal McKeown, was appointed by Pope Francis in February, but his tenure began during Mass in St Eugene's... Read More

Wallace Caldwell memorial road race on Saturday

Following on from the success of the recent Red Hand Trophy road race Ballymena Road Club are looking forward to the club's next big promotion - Saturday's Wallace Caldwell memorial road race which starts and finishes at Galgorm.BRC have 10 entrants in the event, they are - Chris Beattie, Matthew... Read More

Alpha Group at North West 200 launch

Alpha Newspaper Group Managing Director Jonathan Taylor attended the launch of the 2014 North West 200 road races in the Titanic Belfast. Alpha is the official Media Partner for the famous Road Races which take place from 10th to 17th May; practice is on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th with the first... Read More

Alan double books United place in showpiece final

Alan double books United place in showpiece final

Ballymena United 3 Queen's University 0 A double strike from midfielder Alan Davidson helped Ballymena United book their May 3 Irish Cup final place against Glenavon. And substitute Mark Kelly added a third as the Sky Blues saw off a Queen's University side which certainly did not... Read More

Barbarians v Methody for NI Children’s Hospice

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

Court clears local man of rape

Court clears local man of rape

A Ballymena man was yesterday (Monday) cleared of raping a woman in June, 2012. There was some scuffling at Antrim Crown Court as the not guilty verdict on Christopher Smiley was read aloud by the jury forewoman. The 29-year-old, from Rosemount in Cloughmills, was charged with rape in June 2012.... Read More

Irish call-up for Randalstown girls

Antrim GuardianLast week

Irish call-up for Randalstown girls

A group of talented schoolgirls have once again made the grade for the Irish selectors. Erin Getty who has been selected for the Irish U16 squad who will travel to Dundee from April 17-20 to play three matches against their Scottish counterparts. Alex Oligby, Ayeisha McFerran, Faye Kidd and Zoe... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast week

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 GuardianLast week

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

Antrim GuardianLast week

Big-hearted firmus volunteers have a gas at the Causeway!

A team from Antrim-based firmus energy joined more than 340 business volunteers from 19 companies from across Northern Ireland to assist 25 community and voluntary groups with practical tasks as part of Business in the Community's and Volunteer Now's 'Be A Saint' volunteering week 2014. firmus... Read More

Muckamore patients are being ‘forced out and then abandoned’

Antrim GuardianLast week

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

Drumreagh’s new church opens this Saturday

THIS coming Saturday is set to be an historic day in the life of the congregation of Drumreagh Presbyterian Church near Bendooragh. This is the day on which they are cutting the ribbon at the opening of their new church building. This marks the culmination of a journey which started back in... Read More

Emma chuffed at Crufts success

Emma chuffed at Crufts success

ONE KILRAUGHT'S pedigree dog breeding family are 'over the moon' after their pride and joy 'Blue' won Golden Retriever Best of Breed at the world famous Crufts Dog Show recently. Emma, Betty and Frank Archibald from Lochabin Road, attended a reception organised by Ballymoney Mayor, John Finlay last... 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

Heated debate over Glenariffe presentation

Heated debate over Glenariffe presentation

MOYLE District Council has agreed to hear presentations from the Friends of Glenariff group and Carey Faughs group following requests from Councillor Padraig McShane. The request caused a heated debate among members when it came before council at their meeting held on Monday March 24. Earlier in the... Read More

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks 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

Housing body accused of trying to ‘wipe out’ community

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Housing body accused of trying to ‘wipe out’ community

North Antrim DUP MLA, Paul Frew has accused the Housing Executive of pursuing an agenda that could 'wipe out' the Doury Road community. He has written to Social Development minister, Nelson McCausland, and the Chief Executive of Housing Executive over tactics regarding a demolition order on 40 homes.... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks 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 Guardian2 weeks 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

More car parking spaces for Antrim bus and rail station

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

More car parking spaces for Antrim bus and rail station

Adding additional car parking spaces at Antrim bus and rail station is under serious consideration within the next year, while Translink will 'continue to try' and improve both waiting times at the rail crossing in the town and the condition of the waiting room on the Belfast line, a senior figure... 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

‘More to come’ claims coach

‘More to come’ claims coach

DALRIADA'S 12-3 victory Subsidiary Shield final win over north Antrim rivals Ballymena Academy could be the prelude to a period of success for the Ballymoney school. That's the view of coach David Doherty who believes that last week's triumph could give the Ballymoney school the belief it needs to... 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

Cargin chase 21st title

CARGIN began their quest for yet another O'Cahan cup title when they took out Portglenone, 0-15 to 0-11 at Toome as they head for their twenty first crown. A late start due to a refereeing failure took nothing away from the game as both sides gave it everything, although following Gerard O'Boyle's... 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 weeks 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

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Ballymena Under 13s stun Ballyclare in Plate

Ballymena U13s........................24 Ballyclare U13s...........................0 Having been beaten heavily by Ballyclare earlier in the season Ballymena Under 13s were determined to play better in the Ulster Plate quarter final. Ballmena rocked the visitors with a well worked backline move... Read More

Darren at the double

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 Thirds face a play-off

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Antrim Thirds face a play-off

South Antrim Thirds 8 Antrim Thirds 2 Antrim Thirds travelled to Lisburn to play South Antrim Thirds in their last league match of the season, and this heavy defeat leaves them finishing the season tied in sixth place and now facing a play-off with Harlequins Thirds to see which team stays... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Town stay third after heavy defeat

Randalstown 7 Carrickfergus 33 IT was a change in fortune for Randalstown on Saturday afternoon as they suffered a 33-7 defeat at home to Carrick. Several enforced changes again gave a few of the young hopefuls an opportunity to showcase their skills and while they turned in credible... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

Antrim Grammar brings hope to Hospice

Antrim Grammar School has presented £4,450 to the Northern Ireland Hospice after holding a number of fundraising events recently for the charity's Wall of Hope appeal. The appeal focuses on local schools raising funds for the family area in the new hospice at Somerton Road in Belfast. John Philips,... Read More

Players deserve success, says coach

Players deserve success, says coach

DALRIADA'S safe passage to the final of the Subsidiary Shield in Belfast heralds a renaissance for the school in the sport, coach David Dougherty has said. They overpowered Bangor in the last four of the competition to set up a mouth watering decider against derby rivals Ballymena Academy on... 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

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 weeks ago

Ballymena Girls end the season on a winning note

Ballymena 1st XI 2 Ballyclare 1st XI 0 Ballymena wanted to end the season on a high with this final match against Ballyclare at the Showgrounds on Saturday although it did seem that the home side took their time to get into the game and felt themselves defending a hungry Ballyclare side.... Read More

Injury scares for United duo

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

Injury scares for United duo

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson will check over Johnny Taylor and Gary Thompson before naming his side to face form team Glenavon this weekend at the Showgrounds (3pm), writes Shaun O'Neill. The duo picked up injuries on Saturday at Seaview and will know later this week if they figure in... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks 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

‘Devil’ son cleared of murder

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

‘Devil’ son cleared of murder

An only son, who believed he was the devil when he stabbed his parents after killing the family dog because he thought it had supernatural powers, has been cleared of murdering his father, and attempting to murder is mum. A Newry Crown Court jury of nine men and three women, sit-ting in Armagh,... Read More

Antrim share spoils after 10 goal thriller

Antrim Guardian4 weeks 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

Antrim Guardian4 weeks 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 Guardian4 weeks 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

‘Loyalist Taliban’

Antrim Guardian4 weeks ago

‘Loyalist Taliban’

The self-appointed community leaders who have threatened to mutilate thieves caught stealing oil in their patch have been branded the 'loyalist Taliban' by frightened residents. In an open threat to the criminal fraternity, graffiti has been scrawled on a wall in the heart of the Ballycraigy estate... 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

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

Local soldier murdered

Local soldier murdered

THE soldier found dead at an army barracks in Shropshire at the weekend is believed to be from the local area. The dead man has been named as 32-year-old Cpl Geoffrey McNeill, of the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment. A fellow serviceman was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to West... 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

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

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

‘Cup places up for grabs’

Ballymena GuardianLast month

‘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

Ballee school’s future still undecided

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Wrightbus strikes again with a double first is Asia Pacific!

Ballymena based, Wrightbus International, in partnership with Volvo Bus, has secured another two multi-million orders for 51 buses in Asia. The company has won the orders from Hong Kong based bus operators New World First Bus Services Limited ("NWFB") and Citybus Limited ("CTB") to build for 20 and... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Randalstown U13s see off Coleraine challenge

Randalstown Rugby Club hosted their Coleraine counterparts at U13 and U17 levels at Neillsbrook on a fine dry but windy Saturday morning with the U13 match played on the club's second pitch. The match started well for Randalstown with early pressure on the visitors' in their '22' which resulted in a... Read More

Sunday opening on the cards at Forum

Antrim GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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

Keenan returns to SDLP fold as dust settles on political fallout

Antrim GuardianLast month

Keenan returns to SDLP fold as dust settles on political fallout

After an acrimonious fall out with members of the SDLP, the Antrim Guardian can reveal that former councillor Oran Keenan is back in the arms of the party that 'divorced' him nine years ago. Mr Keenan had held his Antrim Town seat from 1985 right through to 2011, but when he lost by a handful of... Read More

Nurses lift the lid on hospital crisis

Antrim GuardianLast month

Nurses lift the lid on hospital crisis

It is a minor miracle that the 'dangerous practices' in Antrim Area Hospital's Emergency Department have not cost lives, 'bullied and pressured' nurses have revealed. Speaking exclusively to the Antrim Guardian this week to break the silence on the 'cloak and dagger manipulation' behind the scenes,... 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

Squabbles over kitchen waste

SQUABBLES over kitchen waste erupted within the ranks of Ballymoney DUP at Monday's full council meeting that resulted in a councillor walking out of the meeting. Councillor Evelyne Robinson left the meeting after a recommendation to enter into a contract for a kitchen waste recycling service... Read More

Drugs raid  charge error

Drugs raid charge error

A LOCAL nationalist representative has called for people to withdraw their support for the PSNI after he claimed that a catholic man has been forced from his home in Balnamore after police wrongly stated that he had been charged with drugs offences. SDLP election candidate Mr Charlie 'Pappy' O'Kane... Read More

McCloskey picks up POTY award

McCloskey picks up POTY award

LOUGHGUILE Shamrocks hurler Eddie McCloskey picked up his second AIB Club Provincial Player of the Year award last week when he was crowned The Toughest Ulster Club Player. He was one of eleven club players from camogie, hurling and football honourerd at 'The Toughest Club Player Awards'. The... 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 GuardianLast month

‘Nothing can be taken for granted’

Division 2A of the All Ireland League contains 16 teams, so we will play 15 league games during the season, meeting the other teams just once. We played the first game at the end of September, and it is an indication of the disjointed nature of the campaign that to date we have played only 11... Read More

Pure Power!

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Pure Power!

Ernest Tuff certainly lives up to his name! The 75-year-old set a new Northern Ireland power-lifting record in the recent NI Federation Championships in the Valley Leisure Centre with a haul of 215kgs. The Ballymena man was delighted with the honour and has his sights set on smashing that weight in... Read More

Ratepayer to lodge Ombudsman complaint over £106,000 Galgorm path lighting

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ratepayer to lodge Ombudsman complaint over £106,000 Galgorm path lighting

A 'concerned ratepayer' is to complain to the Northern Ireland Audit Office and the Ombudsman over Ballymena Borough Council's decison to spend £106,000 on lighting a pathway through Galgorm Estate. Sinn Fein councillor, Paul Maguire, who is supporting the complainant, alleged Town Clerk and Chief... Read More

Minister resigns

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

Fight night proceeds to help in the battle against Cancer

Two Antrim men have helped raise more than £600 for Action Cancer with a charity fight night. Paul Holden and Steven Moore gathered up the impressive sum thanks to the Akuma Fighting Championship last month in Antrim Royal British Legion thanks to a raffle, donations and the sale of fight cards.... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

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

‘No crisis’ - but principal remains suspended at Rathenraw Integrated

Antrim GuardianLast month

‘No crisis’ - but principal remains suspended at Rathenraw Integrated

The Board of Governors of Rathenraw Integrated Primary School hope that the question marks surrounding their principal may finally be lifted 'within weeks'. Vanessa Wilson has been absent from the school for several months, and this week the North Eastern Education and Library Board confirmed that... Read More

Ballymoney Cycling Club outlines 2014 plans

BALLYMONEY Cycling Club will enter a five-man team for the famous Tour of the North this year, the club has announced. A team is also going to Gorey in County Wexford for the Gorey Three Day, and another for the 90-plus mile Tour of Ulster. Before then the Biesty's Centra-backed riders will be going... 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

£27,358 for local groups

THREE community groups in the Ballymoney area have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All programme totalling £27,358. This is part of a grants roll-out of £666,241 to 80 groups across Northern Ireland. The three groups getting the money are Ballymoney and District... 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

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 GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Man jailed for copper pipe theft

A man who stole copper piping from the site of the abandoned Antrim Tech has been sentenced to ten months in jail, while his friend who was also involved in the theft has received a suspended prison sentence. Stephen Thompson (27), of Hillside, admitted a charge of burglary, while co-defendant Barry... 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 GuardianLast month

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

Ally’s penalty earns United ‘derby’ draw

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ally’s penalty earns United ‘derby’ draw

Ballymena United 2 Coleraine 2 Ally Teggart stuck away the equaliser from the penalty spot on Saturday to earn Ballymena United a point. Although he later admitted at being nervous as he stepped up to the spot it did not look that way as he sent Coleraine 'keeper Eugene Ferry the wrong way.... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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

Hotel incident ends with broken mirror, blood on towels and fractured wrist for a female police officer

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Hotel incident ends with broken mirror, blood on towels and fractured wrist for a female police officer

A Ballymena woman who resisted and assaulted police during a fracas at an Antrim hotel in which a female officer fractured her wrist, is to reappear in court for sentencing in six months time. Annette Andrews (27), from Cushendall Road, who was also referred to by her married name Brown, was charged... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Rates up 1.5%

Ballymena Borough Council has agreed a rate rise of 1.5%, adding about £20 to the annual bill of the average ratepayer. The new figure was backed at a special meeting on Thursday night, with only two Sinn Fein members, who called for a rates freeze, voting against. The new district domestic rate is... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

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

Defeat ignites relegation fears

Antrim GuardianLast month

Defeat ignites relegation fears

Antrim 3 PSNI 5 Antrim met the PSNI on Saturday in their last home league match of the season at the Paddy Marks Arena. Antrim had the early pressure and in the third minute the ball was played into the PSNI circle to Stuart McIlroy but he could not turn quickly enough and it was... Read More

Champions!

Antrim GuardianLast month

Champions!

Creggan are the best junior hurling team in Ireland. That is now official after success at Mullingar in the All Ireland final replay where they beat Waterford side Ballysaggart 1-11 to 1-7. After the 'crazy' drawn game which went to extra time, the men from Antrim finally succeeded. Club chairman... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

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 GuardianLast month

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

£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

Ballymoney notch up third straight win against ‘Dee

SATURDAY'S Kukri Qualifying League One match at Kilraughts Road saw fifth-placed Ballymoney welcome ninth-placed Donaghadee in what was a crucial match for both teams, writes Andy Borthwick. The two sides have already met twice this season - Ballymoney winning 39-18 at Donaldson Park in October and... 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

No support for sports clubs rates exemption

A BALLYMONEY Borough Councillor has expressed his disappointment that the council has failed to support a Private Members Bill by Rasharkin MLA Daithi McKay that would allow Amateur Sports Clubs to be exempt from rates. Dunloy Sinn Fein Councillor Phillip McGuigan proposed that the council should... Read More

Ulster and Munster champions go head-to-head

Ulster and Munster champions go head-to-head

ULSTER Colleges' Fr Davies' Cup winners, St Killian's College Garron Tower, have home advantage in their first All-Ireland Senior semi-final this coming Saturday. They will entertain Munster champions Our Lady's Templemore from mid-Tipperary in Cushendall with a 1pm throw-in. In 2009, the then St... Read More

RBAI ends Dalriada’s Cup run

DALRIADA'S run in this season's Schools' Cup came to an end at the hands of last year's beaten finalists - Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI). The winners will now go on to meet Methodist College in the quarter finals after they comprehensively beat Limavady Grammar 29-0 on Saturday. The... Read More

Fall takes positives from Irish Cup defeat

Fall takes positives from Irish Cup defeat

CRUSADERS' four-nil home victory in the sixth round of Saturday's Irish Cup "flattered" the Belfast side, according to Ballymoney United's manager. Three goals from Jordan Owens and a fourth from Curtis Dempster in the dying minutes helped book the Belfast side's place in the quarter finals.... Read More

Classy Cushley sends  Linfield crashing

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Classy Cushley sends Linfield crashing

Linfield 1 Ballymena United 2 David Cushley's 13th goal of the season was certainly unlucky for Linfield at the weekend. The United man half-volleyed in what proved to be the winner and sent the Blues crashing out of the Cup. The stocky hitman struck the killer blow in the 66th minute after... Read More

Politicians condemn pipe bomb attack at Ahoghill GAA ground

Ballymena Guardian2 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

‘Our Lizzie had a heart of gold’

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

‘Our Lizzie had a heart of gold’

The sister of tragic Ballymena woman, Lizzie Greer, whose body was found in Lough Neagh after a five day search at the end of January , has spoken of the family's "living nightmare". Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, her sister Audrey Davidson, broke down in tears, as she described the hurt... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim run in five tries to reach McCambley Cup quarter-finals

Antrim 36 Letterkenny 12 Antrim returned to cup action last weekend with another favourable home draw against long distance opposition, to claim victory against Letterkenny and advance into the quarter-finals of the McCambley Cup. Antrim ran in five tries courtesy of Ben Phelps, Toby Rowe, Jack... Read More

Win sees Glebe move clear of relegation dogfight

Win sees Glebe move clear of relegation dogfight

Glebe Rangers.........................................1 Killymoon Rangers..................................0 GLEBE Rangers made it three wins from three and look on course to meet their manager's target of going four games unbeaten. Their latest victory came against bottom of the table club... Read More

Man acquitted of manslaughter

Man acquitted of manslaughter

THE JURY in the case of a Dunloy man have acquitted him of manslaughter following a week-long trial at Antrim Crown Court. Proceedings against Muredach Martin Doherty, (36), of Hawthorn Crescent, Dunloy came to a conclusion on Monday evening (February 3) when a jury of six women and four men... 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 Guardian2 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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Countdown to new racing season

The build up to the 2014 cycle racing season continued last weekend with reliability trial events at Coalisland and Carrickfergus. East Antrim had a "coast and country" route which started from Carrickfergus castle; they used a course which, in places, was similar to last month's Ballymena event,... Read More

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

Ballymena Guardian2 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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Iraq veteran assaulted wedding guests and staff at Antrim Hotel

A former soldier, who served in Iraq, has been given a four-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the Dunsilly Hotel after assaulting staff and guests during a drunken rage at the venue. Antrim Magistrate's Court heard that on May 24 last year, Conor Brown (28),... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 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 Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown fail Academy test

Academy 18 Randalstown 7 This was one of the few rugby games to survive the weather on Saturday and despite the conditions the playing surface was remarkably good. The two sides turned in an entertaining game of rugby with Academy the victors. The result leaves 'Town in fifth place although they... Read More

Go Kickham Creggan!

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Go Kickham Creggan!

Ahead of what Kickhams Creggan GAC's official Twitter account describes as 'the biggest week in the club's history', hurling manager Thomas McCann has expressed his hope that his young side do not get 'overawed' by the occasion of their first ever All-Ireland junior hurling final in Croke Park... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 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 Guardian2 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

Two-goal Ballymoney march on in Intermediate Cup

Two-goal Ballymoney march on in Intermediate Cup

GOALS either side of half time helped Ballymoney United progress to the fifth round of the Coca Cola Intermediate Cup at the expense of Newington FC. Ballymoney ran out 2-0 winners at a rain lashed Riada Stadium courtesy of a Diarmuid Larkin penalty and a Gerard Gillan strike 12 minutes from time.... 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

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

Ferguson expects tough enounter with Ports

Ballymena Guardian2 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 Guardian2 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

Sparks fly in Galgorm Castle lighting row

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Sparks fly in Galgorm Castle lighting row

Ballymena's two Sinn Fein councillors have branded plans to spend £106,000 on safety lighting at a path in the grounds of Galgorm Castle "a complete waste of ratepayers money." The matter was discussed at last week's meeting of the Economic Growth and Development Committee. After Co-Director of... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 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 Guardian2 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 Guardian2 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

Blaze rips through ‘Antrim Tech’

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Blaze rips through ‘Antrim Tech’

Just eight months after the Antrim Guardian warned that the abandoned NRC Campus had become a playground for vandals and a safe haven for underage drinking and solvent abuse, flames have ripped through part of the building. Firefighters raced to the scene on Saturday evening after thick plumes of... Read More

Antrim end Dr McKenna Cup on a high

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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

Cairns second reign gets off to a winning start

Cairns second reign gets off to a winning start

A LATE Gareth Henry strike helped Glebe Rangers seal a much-needed victory against Chimney Corner at the Riada Stadium. Glebe raced into an early two goal lead before the visitors drew level in the second half with a penalty kick. However, Glebe refused to lie down, with a late strike from the boot... Read More

Saved from depths of despair

A BALLYMONEY man whose life changed beyond recognition in a matter of months says he owes his transformation to the Holy Spirit. Six months ago Jonathan Kelly walked away from his family leaving his then partner with their two children aged just three and one. Unable to cope with his long-term and... Read More

Cycling community joins in celebrating Ballymoney Club’s dominance

Cycling community joins in celebrating Ballymoney Club’s dominance

MEMBERS of Ballymoney Cycling Club joined the great and good of cycling from across Ireland at the weekend. Guest of honour for the evening was newly-elected Cycling Ireland President, Denis Towney. He was on hand to present more than twenty medals, cups, trophies and awards - the biggest haul in... Read More

Local couple thrive in fostering role

AFTER the warning of a shortage of foster carers in NI in recent weeks, a local couple have spoken about their experiences in a bid to encourage others to consider fostering. The couple, Fiona and her husband John are from the Moyle area have been foster carers for 18 months now and and said they... Read More

Ten-man United lose to Linfield

Ballymena Guardian2 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 Guardian2 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

‘Forced out’

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

‘Forced out’

The Rev Ian Paisley, now known as Lord Bannside, last night (Monday) launched an unprecedented and blistering attack on his successor as DUP leader, Peter Robinson, accusing him of leading a plot to depose him. In an astonishing interview with journalist, Eamonn Mallie, for the BBC programme,... Read More

Laverty wins Irish accolade

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Laverty wins Irish accolade

Toomebridge racing supremo, Eugene Laverty was named as the Enkalon Irish Motorcyclist of the Year at the annual Adelaide Motorcycle Awards Night on Friday. He won the trophy for a second time for nine race wins and finishing second overall in last year's World Superbike Championship. Laverty said... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim reflects on the horrors of the Holocaust

Antrim is set to mark Holocaust Memorial Day with a special screening of the powerful film 'Hotel Rwanda' on Monday (January 27) at 7.30pm in the Old Courthouse. A Council spokesperson urged local people to come along to reflect on lives needlessly lost in conflicts around the globe. “Holocaust... Read More

‘£££millions squandered’

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

‘£££millions squandered’

The 'excruciating delays' in dealing with Antrim Borough Council's abandoned former headquarters at the Steeple has cost local ratepayers millions of pounds, it has been claimed. Pressure has been mounting in recent months to find a productive new use for the grand old manor house before the final... 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

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

Classic stages lined up for new-look Circuit

Classic stages lined up for new-look Circuit

FURTHER details of the planned route for the Circuit of Ireland Rally were revealed last week, with the opening leg of the Easter classic taking crews to Downpatrick. Rally Director, Bobby Willis, also confirmed that the cathedral town will act as a 'regroup' point for cars, giving fans the... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Opening win for Saffron’s in McKenna Cup

LIAM Bradley's Saffrons got off the mark for the 2014 season when they finished strongly to claim a hard earned victory over the students of UUJ at Creggan on Sunday last in the Mc Kenna cup. The home side had rung the changes for their second game in 2014 as the management looked to research the... Read More

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

Ballymena Guardian3 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

Mini Soccer Blitz attracts the crowds

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Mini Soccer Blitz attracts the crowds

MINI SOCCER BLITZ Northend United Youth again hosted a Small Sided Games Football Blitz at the Showgrounds on Saturday for the U8 and U10 age groups. And what a day of football all the teams served up on a bitterly cold morning in front of the large crowd of parents and family members who came to... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 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

Currie to retire

Ballymena Guardian3 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

Local legends to make their mark

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Local legends to make their mark

ANTRIM Council is on a mission to add more stars to their ever-growing Gallery of Sporting Legends. Nominations are now open, but be warned - only the very best need apply! Most successful nominees will have competed at Olympic, Commonwealth, World or at the very least European level. Failing that,... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Corner dignified in defeat

CHIMNEY Corner were eliminated from the Irish Cup by Premier League side Warrenpoint Saturday - but they came away from the game with their heads held high. Corner got off to the worst possible start after just two minutes when Daniel Hughes scored. But the Antrim side gradually settled down and... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 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 Guardian3 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

289 jobs in jeopardy

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

289 jobs in jeopardy

ALMOST 300 jobs hang in the balance after a shock announcement that world renowned firm, Mivan was placed into administration on Friday. The news has sent shock waves across the Borough and local politicians have joined together in urging the Stormont Executive to act swiftly to help protect the... Read More

Dad takes on triathlon challenge in memory of daughter

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Dad takes on triathlon challenge in memory of daughter

LOCAL man Ben Dench, along with friends Sarah Chambré and George Bates, took on an Olympic size challenge that tested endurance and stamina while raising much needed funds for local children's heart charity, the Children's Heartbeat Trust. Ben's daughter, Ruby Dench, who was born with a congenital... Read More

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

Carrick Advertiser3 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

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Ballyclare Ladies win close game

ON Saturday Ballyclare Ladies 1st XI were at home to Victorians in Senior 1 and with the Belfast side just above them in the league this was a good one to win. Play in the first half was fairly even but on 20 minutes Vics went 1-0 up after a Ballyclare defender put the ball past her own keeper under... Read More

Wardrop double downs Carrick

Ballyclare Gazette3 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 Gazette3 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

Final call for sports nominations

Ballyclare Gazette3 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

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

TWO second half goals from Kevin Tierney knocked the stuffing out of Antrim as they began their quest to win the Dr McKenna Cup. In atrocious weather, gale force winds and rain, at Creggan, Baker Bradley began his second term as Antrim manager in a manner not even he could have imagined. Spinning at... 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

Karen makes piping history

Karen makes piping history

A YOUNG Ballymoney Army Cadet made history by becoming the first Northern Ireland piper to win a Cadet Force piping competition, usually won by pipers from Scotland. Cadet Lance Sergeant (L/Sgt) Karen McAleese (16) a pupil of Ballymoney High School and a member of the Ballymoney Detachment travelled... Read More

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

TWO second half goals from Kevin Tierney knocked the stuffing out of Antrim as they began their quest to win the Dr McKenna Cup. In atrocious weather, gale force winds and rain, at Creggan, Baker Bradley began his second term as Antrim manager in a manner not even he could have imagined. Spinning... 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

Dermot jets out to South African Championship

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Dermot jets out to South African Championship

Top local amateur golfer Dermot McElroy jets out to South Africa at the end of this month to compete in the Amateur Stroke Play Championship! The 20-year-old Ballymena player finished a brilliant fifth in it last year. He hopes to better this at the February 4-7 tournament in Johannesburg. On the... Read More

Ahoghill boys win coveted places in National Children’s Orchestra

Ballymena Guardian3 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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

‘Flame thrower’ horror case

Two men used an aerosol can as a 'flame thrower', causing horrific injuries to a 'friend' at a party in Ballymena, the local Magistrate's Court heard last week. The victim has undergone surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital for burns injuries which "fused his genitals to his thigh". William Mark... Read More

Nutts Corner remembers ‘Big D’

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Nutts Corner remembers ‘Big D’

A massive crowd were in attendance at the annual Boxing Day meeting at Nutts Corner Raceway. The meeting carried extra significance this year as it was dedicated to the memory of the late Derek 'Big D' Mason who was the resident commentator at the local venue before his sad passing while... Read More

Tame swan decapitated

Antrim Guardian3 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 Advertiser3 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’s Town Cup hopes over

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Carrick’s Town Cup hopes over

The Maxol-sponsored Carrick 1st XV were beaten in the first round of the Towns' Cup, going down by 20 points to 5 against Dromore at Tom Simms Memorial Park on Saturday 4th January. After their successes over the holiday period, this was not the start to 2014 that Carrick wanted but they gave a... Read More

Boxing Day Open Show at Larne

Carrick Advertiser3 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

Carrick Advertiser3 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

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Almost £160,000 to be investmented in Mullaghdubh Primary

MULLAGHDUBH Primary School will benefit from almost £160,000 investment in the coming months from the Department of Education's minor works scheme. Speaking about the funding announcement, Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "During November, my Department agreed investment of nearly £160,000 to... Read More

Clare advance in Town’s Cup

Ballyclare Gazette3 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

Comrades victorious in eight goal thriller

Ballyclare Gazette3 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

Recycled  trees bolster Six Mile Water

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Recycled trees bolster Six Mile Water

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council are appealing for residents to recycle their Christmas tree and help a project to protect the river bank at Six Mile Water Park. According to the council, trees recycled at Bruslee Civic Amenity Recycling site can be reused as part of an effort to prevent environmental... Read More

Springwell Christmas Relay and Junior Club Awards

MEMBERS of Springwell Running Club held their annual Christmas Handicap Race in Springwell Forest on Saturday morning. The format was a three member relay race with teams drawn from three hats the runners separated by age and ability. The first leg was 800m, the second leg was just over a mile... Read More

Jonathan’s ‘Field  of Life’ sit out

Jonathan’s ‘Field of Life’ sit out

LOCAL man Jonathan Gault began his annual 24 hour sit out in Ballymoney at 11.00am (this morning) New Years Eve and will be out until 11.00am on New Year's day. This is the 5th year for the sit-out in Church Street and Jonathan is delighted to say that there are actually three sit-outs this year...... Read More

County Chairman praises game’s committee

County Chairman praises game’s committee

THE Competitions Control Committee (CCC) in Antrim has completed another successful year, as indicated in the report submitted to the annual convention by chairman Joe Edwards. Administering over 850 games in both hurling and football is no mean task in the course of a season, while they do it to... 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

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Post Christmas boost for Carrick Ladies

WITH Carrick Ladies Hockey Club 1st XI having slipped into the Senior Two relegation zone following their most recent league defeat by fellow strugglers Kilkeel, they will have hopefully managed to earn themselves a much needed confidence boost on Saturday afternoon with a decisive 5-0 win over... Read More

Partnership looks back on a successful year

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Partnership looks back on a successful year

ON WEDNESDAY 18th December Carrickfergus PCSP held a Christmas reception, to acknowledge the work of the Partnership and its various community and statutory stakeholders in improving Community Safety in the Borough, over the past year. The event was attended by around sixty representatives from the... Read More

Success for Woodburn pedestrian crossing campaign

Carrick Advertiser3 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

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Comfortable win for Ballyclare Seconds

Carrick 2nds - 5, Ballyclare 2nds - 31: This game was played on the back pitch at Tom Simms Memorial Park in cold windy conditions that made handling difficult for both sides. The Clare pack began to make ground through Logan,Clarke and Finlay and got well into the home 22. A strong attacking move... Read More

Ballyclare horticulture student success

Ballyclare Gazette3 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

‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign launched

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign launched

A CAMPAIGN raising awareness of 'one punch attacks' has been launched in Ballyclare and Newtownabbey, with authorities reminding people that such thoughtless actions can prove fatal. Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, in conjunction with PSNI, Youth Justice Agency and Northern... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Fraud blitz

One of the biggest police fraud investigations in recent years centres on an organised criminal gang in Ballymena. The alleged offences, involving vehicle insurance fraud amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds, have taken detectives all over the province in search of evidence. At least 100... Read More

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

Antrim Guardian3 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

A New Year without fear

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

A New Year without fear

For many local people Christmas and the New Year is a time of hope, of joy, of sharing - but for others it is a time of isolation, loneliness and despair. The South Antrim Community Network, which has an office in Randalstown, is highlighting the importance of 'reaching out' this festive season.... Read More

Forgotten heroine

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Forgotten heroine

The life's work of an Antrim born missionary who was tragically murdered in Peru has been remembered on the 30th anniversary of her death. Sister Joan Sawyer's name will not resonate among many in her home town yet she is celebrated every year in Lima for the help and pastoral care she provided to... 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