Dungiven News

Favourites Dungiven hold off gritty Banagher challenge

Dungiven...........................................1-12 Banagher............................................1-09 BOTH teams were a bit under strength for this lively clash at O'Cahan Park, Bangher notably short of Mark Lynch and the injured PJ McCloskey while Dungiven the cup favourites under new... Read More

Children are now rarely ‘offline’

LIMAVADY Policing and Community Safety Partnership are fronting a major initiative aimed at raising awareness of cyber crime among local teenagers. Students at the borough's four post primary schools were last week offered the opportunity to view 'Escape: The City', a play by the Saltmine Trust... Read More

Big defeat for Derry hurlers

AFTER suffering a 4-24 to 3-9 defeat at Ballinascreen against a surprisingly good Kerry team it is a trip to the midlands in round two of Division 2A this Sunday for Derry's hurlers. It looks to be another tough assignment against a Westmeath team good enough to play senior championship hurling in... Read More

Two more managerial positions filled

It may have taken time but Kilrea have got their man. Former Newbridge and Derry star Damien Barton has taken over from Mickey Moran at the Pearses Club and he arrives with loads of experience as a coach / manager. In his playing days he was the ultimate playmaker and not easily pushed around.... Read More

Large crowds attend Limavady Grammar school open night

Large crowds attend Limavady Grammar school open night

LIMAVADY Grammar School held its Open Evening on Thursday January 23 and welcomed over 700 prospective pupils and their parents from Coleraine, Castlerock, Macosquin, Limavady, Dungiven, Garvagh, Kilrea, Eglinton, Drumahoe, Waterside and all surrounding areas. In the Principal's address, Mr... Read More

The 2013 All Ireland? 
May the best manager win

Derry Journal10 months ago

The 2013 All Ireland? May the best manager win

Sometime in the 80s, Dungiven seniors went up to play Claudy in a Kerlin Cup match with the bare 15 on board. Andy Murphy was player/manager at the time. His three brothers also played on the team. Andy’s team talk went something like this: “Boys, I’ll play midfield with our Plunkett. Liam is at... Read More

Class is permanent....hamstrings are not!

Derry Journal10 months ago

Class is permanent....hamstrings are not!

Dungiven’s 1987 championship winning team played our ‘97 champions at O’Cathain Park on Saturday evening. Arranged by the lads to mark my transplant, it didn’t occur to anyone that the event might put a strain on our already hard pressed organ donation system. With the grass freshly mown, the sun... Read More

Dungiven designer’s fashion success

Derry Journal10 months ago

Dungiven designer’s fashion success

A talented Dungiven fashion designer who recently launched his own clothing line has revealed it will soon be available in a UK chain store. Just three months ago Kevin McCaul started “THNK Apparel”.The 21-year-old said it started from nothing (during recovery from leg surgery!) but has “blown up... Read More

I’ll bring out the best in ‘Dudey’ - claims IBO champ

Derry Journal10 months ago

I’ll bring out the best in ‘Dudey’ - claims IBO champ

IBO world welterweight champion, Chris van Heerden has warned Paul McCloskey not to slip up when he makes his return to the ring in July, or else he will lose his chance of a world title shot in Belfast next September. The South African (19-1-1) who will take his training camp to New York ahead of... Read More

Dudey to get IBO world title shot

Derry Journal10 months ago

Dudey to get IBO world title shot

Paul McCloskey is set to secure a second shot at a world title in September as South African, Chris Van Heerden has agreed in principle to place his IBO welterweight belt on the line in Belfast. The Dungiven southpaw, who controversially suffered a TKO in a WBA world light-welterweight showdown with... Read More

Local News

Vote of thanks

Vote of thanks

THE Limavady Sports Council held their Annual Awards and Presentation night on Friday in the Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly. Special guest Leslie Irvine treated guests to many stories about refereeing at the World Cup and The Olympics. The audience also heard from Jack Rankin, Chairman of the Sports... Read More

Limavady United are relegated for the first time in their history

Bangor.....................................................3 Limavady United....................................1 LIMAVADY United were relegated for the first time in their history on Saturday after losing 3-1 to high flying Bangor. But although the season's outcome had been inevitable for some time,... Read More

New plans set out policing objectives

POLICE in G District have launched their local policing plans for the new financial year. They set out the issues that have been identified as important to local people and how police will respond to them in providing personal, professional and protective policing to all in the community. Chief... Read More

Jobs threat at Education Forum

Over 20 jobs are at risk at the Roe Valley Education Forum (RVEF) in Limavady, according to the public sector union NIPSA. Around five members of staff working in the community services offices have already been advised that they are likely to be made redundant. RVEF is a non-profit forum that... Read More

On the road with James!

On the road with James!

LIMAVADY man James Thompson is on his way home! The 25-year-old is currently cycling his way back to Limavady from Berlin, having flown there last Friday. James is doing the cycle to raise money for two charities: Benbradagh Resource Centre, which his younger sister attends; and the National... Read More

PSNI offer advice following Limavady borough oil thefts

A Limavady councillor has condemned a number of oil thefts and attempted oil thefts in the Limavady borough and urged local residents to be vigilant. Sinn Fein Councillor Dermot Nicholl made his call after police in Limavady appealed for information following two oil thefts and attempted oil... Read More

Drenagh in administration

Drenagh in administration

THE Limavady community was shocked to learn this week that Drenagh Estate has been placed into administration. FRP Advisory confirmed that its partners Jason Baker and Geoff Rowley have been appointed joint administrators to Drenagh Farms Limited, the 19th century stately home and 1,000 acre country... Read More

Limavady Ladies gunning for Cup glory

Limavady Ladies gunning for Cup glory

LIMAVADY Ladies will take on Newcastle Ladies in the Final of the Intermediate Cup this Saturday. The Roesiders booked their spot in the Final with a 5 - 1 victory over Raphoe Ladies 1s, while Newcastle saw off Larne Ladies 2s 2-1. The Limavady Ladies Hockey Club 2013 - 2014 commenced in July 2013... Read More

Breda too good ‘four’ Limavady United

Knockbreda.............................................4 Limavady United....................................0 LIMAVADY'S first visit to Breda Park was a frustrating experience as they fell to a heavy defeat which was hardly deserved on the balance of play. Combined with other results, this... Read More

Drop in local Jobseekers’ claimants

FIGURES released this week show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants in Limavady dropped in February. Derry continued to top the jobless table with 8.6 percent of the working population claiming Jobseekers Allowance, followed by Strabane with 7.6 percent, Belfast with 7.0 percent and... Read More

‘A much loved son and father’

‘A much loved son and father’

TRIBUTES have been paid to the 21-year-old victim of a road traffic collision outside Limavady last week. Kyle David Simmons was killed when his Peugeot 306 collided with a Volvo lorry on the Broad Road outside Limavady last Tuesday, March 18. The passenger in his car, Jason Cooke, was conveyed... Read More

Brave Ashlie’s ‘fund-razor’

Brave Ashlie’s ‘fund-razor’

A teenage cancer survivor from Limavady performed a brave act of tribute to a friend currently undergoing cancer treatment and another who died from the disease recently. Ashlie Moore celebrated her 17th birthday on Monday by having her head shaved in the middle of Market Street in an effort to... Read More

Scenic Country Park the setting for Springwell Running Club’s trail run

SPRINGWELL Running Club hosted their first race of 2014 on Saturday at Roe Valley Country Park. The 8K trail run was organised in association with NI Environment Agency and was sponsored by Drenagh Sawmills, Limavady. Conditions on the day were good but the recent rain meant the competitors faced a... Read More

Agony continues for United

Agony continues for United

Limavady United....................1 Loughgall.............................2 THE agony goes on for the Roesiders as yet another spirited performance ended in defeat, meaning that they are fast running out of games to escape the trap door. This was a game affected by the strong wind and United... Read More

Limavady 1st XV lose out to Ballyclare

Limavady 1st XV lose out to Ballyclare

Ballyclare..............................................31 Limavady................................................0 IT has been four weeks since Limavady 1st XV last took to the field and their lack of match practice showed early on as league leaders Ballyclare went on the offensive from the first... Read More

Limavady man makes Irish debut at 48

Limavady man makes Irish debut at 48

A FORMER Limavady Grammar School pupil made his international debut, coming on as a 70th minute substitute in the England v Ireland Veterans Stuart Mangan Memorial Cup game played at Harlequins, Twickenham, as a prequel to the full international 6 Nations Match on Saturday, February 22. Micky... Read More

‘We’re better all together!’

THE man appointed Chief Executive of the Causeway Coast and Glens supercouncil says he believes the region can become a "significant player" in the tourism industry. David Jackson was addressing the committee of elected representative overseeing the merger between Coleraine and the three... Read More

Limavady teen to shave head for cancer charities

Limavady teen to shave head for cancer charities

LIMAVADY teen, Ashlie Moore is shaving her head to show solidarity for all young cancer sufferers. The 16-year-old announced that she would be shaving her head on her 17th birthday in a bid to raise money for the haematology unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and CLIC Sargent. Speaking to the... Read More

‘I'm so overwhelmed by the support’

‘I'm so overwhelmed by the support’

DRUMSURN girl Rachael O'Connor is certainly living her dreams: jet-setting back and forth to London, receiving training from top professionals in the music industry and hanging out with Kylie Minogue! Rachael, 16, says she still can't believe her luck since being chosen by Kylie during the 'blind... Read More

Unlucky United lose out to Carrick

Carrick Rangers......................................1 Limavady United....................................0 AFTER two weeks on the sidelines, United suffered another defeat at Inver Park on Saturday, but this was a much improved performance, and with any sort of goal scoring threat, the visitors... Read More

What a boost for Bovalley!

BOVALLEY Community Association is enjoying the fruits of their labour with the opening of a new Community House in the heart of the estate. Over seven years ago, community members began their campaign for a permanent base for their association - and so began years of lobbying the Housing Executive... Read More

Banking blow for Limavady

THE Limavady Borough suffered another blow this week when Santander announced that it was to close its Limavady outlet. It is understood that three employees will be made redundant although efforts are being made to find them further employment in the borough. The bank stated that it was closing... Read More

Limavady racers set for Winter Series challenge

Limavady racers set for Winter Series challenge

LIMAVADY competitors will once again be in action this weekend at the Causeway Coast Adventure Racing's (CCAR) Winter Series Round 3 Race in Moneyneany. Race Director, Ivan Park said: "Adventure Racing is a test. It tests competitors mentally and physically but it is open to everyone. The point of... Read More

Further sewage overflow problems for Edenmore residents

Further sewage overflow problems for Edenmore residents

DUP public representative, Alan Robinson has written to Sara Venning, the interim Chief Executive of NI Water, following further sewage overflow problems on mid Edenmore Road. Mr Robinson said: "Sewage overflow following prolonged and heavy rain has affected various estates along the Edenmore and... Read More

‘We are overwhelmed by the public’s support’

‘We are overwhelmed by the public’s support’

THE mother of Oliver Dickey says she and her family have been completely overwhelmed by the support they've received for their 'Help Wee Oliver Walk' Appeal. Six weeks after publicly launching their appeal to raise a minimum of £60,000 to send five-year-old Oliver to St. Louis Children's Hospital... Read More

Council freezes district rate

LIMAVADY Councillors have agreed that there should be no increase in the district rate for 2014/15. At a special meeting last Tuesday night, members agreed to freeze the domestic and non-domestic rate for home and business owners in the borough. The district rate is the proportion of overall rates... Read More

Springwell Juniors have a ball at Ulster Schools District Cross Country Races

UNIVERSITY of Ulster Coleraine was the venue for the Ulster Schools District C Cross Country Races on Wednesday, February 5 and with a break in the bad weather the scene was set for some great racing. First race was the mini girls 1500m and once the scramble at the start was over it became a two... Read More

Limavady Utd crash out of Intermediate Cup

Limavady Utd crash out of Intermediate Cup

Moyola Park............................................1 Limavady United.....................................0 WHEN these teams last met, in the Craig Cup semi-final, Moyola administered such a football lesson that manager Timmy Dixon stepped down. Since then Neil Mullan has brought in a host of... Read More

Rachael has ‘The Voice’ judges spinning around!

Rachael has ‘The Voice’ judges spinning around!

RESIDENTS in the Roe Valley were glued to their televisions and beaming with pride on Saturday as Drumsurn teenager Rachael O'Connor secured her place in the next stage of the BBC prime time show 'The Voice UK'. Limavady Grammar School pupil Rachael, 16, sang her own rendition of Emeli Sandé's... Read More

Outpouring of respect for ‘adopted son of Limavady’

Outpouring of respect for ‘adopted son of Limavady’

LIMAVADY Borough residents came out to pay their final respects to Kabul bomb victim Simon Chase who was finally laid to rest last week. Residents lined the streets last Tuesday as the funeral cortege made its way to Christ Church for the funeral service while local businesses closed for a time as a... Read More

Limavady golfer turns professional

Limavady golfer turns professional

LIMAVADY golfer Aaron Kearney has taken a giant step by deciding to turn professional and will be affiliated to West Middlesex GC. The 27-year-old's uncle Michael McCormick is based there and has been a big help in Aaron's career to this stage, indeed Michael has grouped together with other eight... Read More

Kabul victim comes home

Kabul victim comes home

ROE Valley residents came out to pay their respects this week when Kabul bomb attack victim Simon Chase was finally brought home and laid to rest. Hundreds of people lined the streets around the Limavady home of Mr Chase as he was brought back on Saturday evening. The father of two was one of 21... Read More

United claim vital three points

United claim vital three points

Limavady United.....................................1 Coagh United..........................................0 LIMAVADY United gained what could prove to be a critical three points in a dour relegation battle with a late strike from Jack Heaney that sees them leapfrog Coagh as both sides desperately... Read More

Queen’s students end Cup run for Roesiders

Queen's University..................................1 Limavady United.....................................0 AH, the romance of the Cup! The tales of ancient and titanic struggles for the elusive Blue Riband trophy that fire the blood of the current generation of players, as they seek to emulate the... Read More

Going for gold

Going for gold

LIMAVADY Borough Council is to discuss the development of a permanent display of the Broighter Gold Hoard, including replica pieces, with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, it was revealed this week. The issue was raised at the first council meeting of 2014 by DUP Councillor Edgar Scott... Read More

Larne inflict heavy defeat on United

Larne............................5 Limavady United..........1 ANYONE expecting Limavady United's influx of new blood to produce a rapid rise up the table will have left Inver Park seriously disabused by their comprehensive defeat by the Harbour Rats. Make no mistake, this was a real mauling, and as... Read More

Heavy away defeat for Limavady at Clogher

Heavy away defeat for Limavady at Clogher

Clogher Valley.......................................59 Limavady................................................0 THIS season has really been one of harsh lessons for this young Limavady side, especially when it has come to Cup draws. In the Junior Cup it was away ties in Enniskillen and... Read More

Tragic Kelly  was set to wed

Tragic Kelly was set to wed

THE father of a woman who fell to her death from cliffs near Mussenden temple has paid tribute to his "bubbly" daughter and revealed that she'd just got engaged. Kelly McGarvey's fiancé was working abroad to save money so the couple could set up home when he received the devastating news. The... Read More

Help little Oliver walk!

Help little Oliver walk!

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Oliver Dickey's simple dream is to be able to walk and play with his little brother Max. Instead the loveable Coleraine schoolboy has to crawl around his home or be carried by his parents Charlene and Neil. The popular pupil at Millburn Primary School, near his Linden Avenue home,... Read More

Derry complete hat-trick of victories over Rainey

City of Derry RFC......29 Rainey OB..................17 CITY of Derry Rugby Club 1st Team produced an exciting performance at Judges Road on Saturday last to gain a bonus point win over Rainey in the Ulster Senior League. The victory gave Derry a hat trick of wins over their nearest senior... Read More

Decrease in Limavady unemployment figures

FIGURES released for the period August-October 2013 show that the Northern Ireland unemployment rate increased by 0.6 percentage points over the quarter to 7.5 percent. More recent figures for November 2013 show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants decreased by 700 over the month. There... Read More

Thousands sing Danny Boy in Guildhall Square

Derry Journal10 months ago

Thousands sing Danny Boy in Guildhall Square

Thousands of people have joined in song in a record rendition of Danny Boy in Guildhall Square. As part of Music City, a day long musical extravaganza in Derry, singers of all ages and abilities packed into Guildhall Square for the mass live recording this lunchtime.The mass performance was led on... Read More

Everglades goes quackers over missing ‘Culture Duck’

Derry Journal10 months ago

Everglades goes quackers over missing ‘Culture Duck’

A reward is being offered for the safe return of a three-foot high ‘Culture Duck’ which has gone missing from the Everglades Hotel. The Culture Duck, which “lived” on the piano in the hotel foyer, went missing this week.The duck - a talking point for guests and visitors to the hotel - was created to... Read More

Row over letter to family of Lee Rigby

Derry Journal10 months ago

Row over letter to family of Lee Rigby

A request by an Ulster Unionist councillor to send a letter of sympathy to the family of soldier Lee Rigby, who was murdered on a busy London street, last night caused controversy at Limavady Council. UUP councillor Edwin Stevenson made the request but Ann Brolly of Sinn Fein said while what... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

£900k army base bill ‘ridiculous’ - Colr

The Executive has spent over £900,000 on maintenance, security and other costs related to former Ballykelly army base since October 2011. The staggering cost was revealed in a written question from East Derry MLA Gregory Campbell to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister asking... Read More

Regional News

Lunn surprises everyone to claim big win at Roe Park

STEPHEN Lunn was a surprise winner in Saturday's Club Stableford with an excellent score of 42 points. Having scored only 17 points in the Club Stableford on Thursday, Stephen enlisted the services of Resident PGA Professional Michael McCrudden. A lesson with the local pro was certainly what the... Read More

Thirds narrowly beaten to league title by Academy

Coleraine 3rds....................21 Academy 2nds....................23 COLERAINE Third's late charge to win the league came to an end with this defeat by league leaders and newly-crowned champions Academy Seconds. Coleraine got off to the best possible start when, after seven minutes,full back... Read More

Late spot kick denies Coleraine a derby victory over United

Late spot kick denies Coleraine a derby victory over United

A 90th minute Ally Teggart penalty ensured that Ballymena took a point from a low-key derby game against Coleraine on Saturday. The Bannsiders raced in to an early lead when Eoin Bradley fired home a spot-kick on 10 minutes after he was hauled to the ground by Michael Ruddy. Earlier Bradley had hit... Read More

Kilcranny House not for sale

Kilcranny House not for sale

A WORLD famous peace and reconciliation centre, founded on the outskirts of Coleraine by the Peace People, is not up for sale. The Chronicle can reveal that negotiations are taking place to secure the future of Kilcranny House at Cranagh Road by joining forces with another charity - the Community... Read More

Fears over missing man linked to Loyalist gangs

POLICE have down played suggestions that a missing man whose car was abandoned in Portrush has been abducted by paramilitaries. Jonathan Bones was last seen in the Carniny area of Ballymena on the morning of Wednesday, April 2. It is believed that he may have headed to the Portrush area that... Read More

Do you want oil or gas wells at Ballinlea?

A NEW deadline has been given to the public for submissions on Rathlin Energy Ltd's application to the Planning Service to drill an exploratory well at Ballinlea, as advertised in last week's Chronicle. Members of the public now have until April 17 to provide comments on the very detailed proposals... Read More

International boxing night a big hit with punters

International boxing night a big hit with punters

THE Odyssey Arena wasn't the only venue to host top-class boxing at the weekend. For while Carl Frampton was edging closer to a world title shot with victory in Belfast, nearer home some of the area's promising young talent was on show in Coleraine's Lodge Hotel. The occasion was an international... Read More

First XV’s season ends in defeat

CIYMS................41 Coleraine..............5 COLERAINE First XV travelled to Belfast at the weekend for their season-closing league fixture against CIYMS. The depleted Coleraine side faced a full strength CI team and came away the worst of a 41-5 scoreline. It wasn't all one-way traffic and by... Read More

G-Mac in renewed bid for Masters glory

G-Mac in renewed bid for Masters glory

PORTRUSH golfer Graeme McDowell is hoping a new-found confidence around the greens will help him tackle a less than encouraging record at Augusta ahead of the first major of the season - the Masters. The man they call 'G-Mac' has missed the cut in four of his six appearances since making his Masters... Read More

Grief over Leanne’s loss

TOUCHING tributes have been paid to a former Coleraine student who tragically lost her life in a head-on crash on the outskirts of Kilrea last Thursday, April 3. Popular care worker Leanne Dripps, 23, suffered fatal injuries in a two-car collision on the Agivey Road at around 8.15am. A middle-aged... Read More

Cromore Care home to close

RESIDENTS and staff at a Portstewart care home are facing upheaval following the owners' decision to close its doors. Around 13 pensioners and 32 staff living and working in Cromore House are affected. The company which runs the home, Four Seasons Health Care, said the converted Victorian premises... Read More

Derry relegate Kildare to go top of Division One

Derry relegate Kildare to go top of Division One

Derry.................................................2-17 Kildare...............................................3-09 DERRY won this game by five points but on the balance of play it could well have been fifteen as Derry sent Kildare into Division Two and put themselves on top of Division One on... Read More

‘King’ Kane hoping to reign at Odyssey

BANAGHER boxing star Eamonn O'Kane, 11(3) - 1, will be back in the ring this Friday on the undercard of Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton's 'This Is Belfast' clash with the WBC number 1 ranked Super Bantamweight Hugo 'El Increible' Cazares, of Los Mochis, Mexico. O'Kane will face Mexico's Alvaro Gaona,... Read More

Important win for Coleraine Thirds

Ards Thirds...........................................17 Coleraine Thirds...................................26 THE scoreline does not reflect the closeness of this encounter which resulted in a significant victory for the Thirds over one of their main challengers for the league title. It was a... Read More

Honouring a war hero

A PORTSTEWART pensioner has just received the war medals earned by her RAF Bomber Command member brother - more than 70 years after he died on a mission to Germany during World War II. Nancy Laverty, originally from Knockaduff in Aghadowey, is now 88 years old. In 1937, her brother Howard Torrens... Read More

Cora’s heart  breaker!

Cora’s heart breaker!

A COLERAINE couple, whose baby daughter was born with a complex heart condition, have raised vital funds to ensure other families receive much-needed support. Little Cora Lynn, who is now five months old, was delivered three weeks early after a midwife at Portrush Health Centre raised concerns on... Read More

St. Patrick’s Day sees Conor O’Kane win again at Roe Park

SAINT Patrick's Day saw Roe Park Golf Club hold its first Open competition of the season and a huge turnout ensured there would be fierce competition for the great prizes provided by the City Hotel, Derry. Fresh from his victory in last Thursday's Club Stableford, Conor O'Kane once again dominated... Read More

Scoreless at the Showgrounds

Scoreless at the Showgrounds

YOU would have got some odds on both Linfield and Cliftonville games on Saturday ending in scoreless draws. But that's exactly what happened as both teams hit a bump on the road to championship success. By all accounts the Reds dominated proceedings at the Oval but things were a lot more even at the... Read More

Call to have Harry Gregg knighted gathers pace

Call to have Harry Gregg knighted gathers pace

A NEW campaign to have Harry Gregg recognised with a knighthood is being launched - as Coleraine Borough Council prepares to erect a statue in honour of the former Man Utd and NI goalkeeper. Self-confessed NI fan David Philips says he will petition the Prime Minister's office in a bid to have the... Read More

DVA - the fight will go on!

DVA - the fight will go on!

STORMONT'S Executive has ordered a report on the closure of Coleraine's DVA office and the loss of over 260 jobs. The Environment and Finance minsters, along with the Head of Northern Ireland's Civil Service, have been asked to outline measures to mitigate the "adverse impact" of losing the posts.... Read More

War Memorial attacked again

War Memorial attacked again

THE vandalism of a war memorial at Killowen Orange Hall has attracted widespread condemnation from elected representatives. The incident, which occurred at around 9pm on Friday, March 21, saw the memorial stone at the Shuttle Hill building smashed and a number of wreaths damaged. Police are... Read More

‘Service Excellence’ of RVLC recognised again at prestigious awards

ROE Valley Leisure Centre added to its string of achievements recently, reaching the finals of the prestigious Local Government Awards at the end of February. Councils throughout Northern Ireland celebrated as the seven award category winners of the 2013 Local Government Awards - Northern Ireland,... Read More

Coleraine schoolgirl eyes place on Ireland’s Rio 2016 squad

Coleraine schoolgirl eyes place on Ireland’s Rio 2016 squad

A COLERAINE schoolgirl, who is hoping for a place on Team Ireland's Paralympic Squad, has received a motivational boost after meeting triple gold medal winning Paralympian Michael McKillop. 17 year old North Coast Integrated pupil Louise Greer met the Paralympic hero after her school enrolled on the... Read More

Deaths avoided with ‘a little bit of care’

THE deaths of two teenagers from carbon monoxide fumes in a Castlerock apartment could have been avoided with "a little bit of care", according to a Judge. The comments were made last week by Mr Justice Weir at a pre-sentence hearing for Aghadowey gas fitter George Brown. Neil McFerran and Aaron... Read More

Schools unite behind merger plan

Schools unite behind merger plan

COLERAINE College, the High School and Coleraine Inst have proposed a two-school solution to the problem of falling pupil numbers in the town's post-primary school system. The plan for a mixed-sex grammar on the Inst's present site and a mixed-sex secondary school at Coleraine College was presented... Read More

Stirring Derry fight back just fails in Leeside thriller

THEY may have lost the game by a point but what a fight back by Derry against unbeaten Cork at Christy Ring Park. Trailing by 11 points coming up to half time, they looked dead and buried but Brian McIver's men do not lie down in the face of adversity. The manager summed up in his own forthright... Read More

Sika Success at Northern Ireland Two Piece Qualifiers

ON Saturday (March 1) members of the Sika Gymnastics Club held their first Northern Ireland two piece competition since moving into their new gym in Coleraine - and what a success it was! With almost 100 entrants from clubs all over Northern Ireland this was a tough competition. Sika had a... Read More

Leaders Cork pushed all the way by Derry

LEAGUE leaders Cork ended Derry's unbeaten start to their Division One campaign as they just about held off the Oak Leaf men's comeback from an 11 point deficit. Derry were narrowly beaten in a high scoring thriller in Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork maintaining their 100% winning record on a score of 2-18 to... Read More

Sullivan have the upper hand

Sullivan have the upper hand

IT was a brave try but in the end a forward-dominated Sullivan Upper team - coached by former Ireland icon Willie Anderson - proved a bridge too far for Coleraine Inst in the Danske Bank Schools Cup. Richard Beggs' side went into last Thursday's semi-final at Queens playing fields in Belfast in... Read More

Lauren’s brave fight for life

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

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

Banking on Inst success

Banking on Inst success

ULSTER Rugby star Chris Cochrane says he sees 'no reason' why Coleraine Inst can't overcome the challenge of Sullivan Upper and qualify for the final of the Danske Bank Schools Cup. The schools meet in the semi-final of the blue riband competition at Queens University playing fields on Thursday with... Read More

Bannsiders draw with Derry City

Bannsiders draw with Derry City

A MUCH changed Coleraine drew 2-2 in a friendly with Derry at the Brandywell on Saturday. Management used the game to give a number of the club's Reserves squad a run-out and they didn't disappoint. Former Coleraine striker Rory Patterson opened the scoring with a neat finish just before half-time,... Read More

Tree felling plan chopped!

A CONSERVATIONIST has scuppered council plans to fell trees which are threatening homes in a Coleraine housing estate. According to residents of Redwood Park in the Somerset area, 20m trees bordering their development have become dangerous and are blocking light from back gardens. After a two year... Read More

You’ve done it!

You’ve done it!

THEY'VE done it! In just eight amazing weeks an army of fundraisers have topped the £60,000 target to send Coleraine schoolboy Oliver Dickey to America for life-changing surgery. The popular Millburn Primary School pupil, who cannot walk unaided, touched the hearts of hundreds when his parents... Read More

Rogers goals sinks hot favourites Westmeath

Rogers goals sinks hot favourites Westmeath

Westmeath.........................................0-08 Derry.................................................3-11 THIS was an amazing result for Derry hurling. After being hammered at home to Kerry a week earlier they travelled to Mullingar and easily beat a team that had given Galway a close run in... Read More

Graeme McDowell comes up short at WGC World Match Play

PORTRUSH golfer Graeme McDowell lost out on a semi-final place at last week's WGC Match Play in Arizona after Frenchman Victor Dubuisson beat him one up. Former Major winner McDowell was aiming to reach the last four of the tournament for the first time but came up just short against the emerging... Read More

Katrina’s heart melts in the snow

Katrina’s heart melts in the snow

A MERCY mission to Lapland ended in romance for a Coleraine nurse and supermarket worker who are now finalising plans for their wedding. Katrina Walker and Russell Cooper were among volunteer helpers during the charity trip for 113 long-term sick, terminally ill and other well deserving children... Read More

City back to winning ways

Old Wesley 24 City of Derry 25 CITY of Derry Rugby Club got back to winning ways in Dublin last Saturday when they defeated Old Wesley by the narrowest of margins in their All Ireland League Fixture. There was an early 6.30am pitch inspection at Donnybrook on Saturday morning by a Leinster Branch... Read More

Derry hurlers suffer heavy defeat against Kerry

Derry hurlers suffer heavy defeat against Kerry

Derry 3-09 Kerry 4-24 KERRY made the long trip north and came away with an unexpectedly easy win over a small and generally inexperienced Derry team at the changed venue of Ballinascreen. It was a high scoring affair but unfortunately for Derry the bulk of the scores came from the big, strong and... Read More

Big weekend for Coleraine rugby

COLERAINE rugby is gearing up for three very important matches on Saturday and, uniquely, the same coach has masterminded two of those campaigns. Richard Beggs is head coach of both local sides - Coleraine Rugby Club First XV in the Towns Cup and Coleraine Academical Institution First XV in the... Read More

Coleraine close gap after Dungannon win

Coleraine close gap after Dungannon win

A FIRST half strike from David McDaid and a rare goal from defender Johnny Watt helped Coleraine to a valuable 2-0 win at Dungannon Swifts on Monday night. The Stangmore Park victory goes some way to avenging Coleraine's recent Irish Cup exit at the hands of Darren Murphy's side and closes the gap... Read More

Historic rates freeze for Coleraine

COLERAINE Borough Council has frozen its annual rates for the first time in its history. Chief Executive Roger Wilson said that Council officers were "still very sensitive to the current economic conditions". Speaking at last week's council meeting, he also noted recent reports which indicated that... Read More

Councillors back fire hit business

Councillors back fire hit business

COLERAINE councillors have praised emergency services who tackled the fire at Coleraine's Yoko Noodle Bar, and expressed their sympathies for the business owners affected. Alliance Councillor Yvonne Boyle, who witnessed the blaze, stated: "The Yoko Bistro and Noodle Bar is a popular place in... Read More

Where did it all go wrong?

Where did it all go wrong?

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

DVA chief in the dark over workers’ future

STAFF at Coleraine's DVA have been told Westminster is remaining silent on the future of vehicle registration and licensing in Northern Ireland. The 260 employees, whose jobs are threatened by DVLA centralisation proposals, were told before Christmas to expect a decision in the new year. On Friday... Read More

Human waste smeared on children’s slide

Human waste smeared on children’s slide

VISITORS to a Coleraine town centre park are being warned to be vigilant after human excrement was found smeared on a children's slide. Shocked council staff have been called twice to clean soiled play equipment at Anderson Park amid health and safety concerns for children. Now a police... Read More

Highfield too strong for City of Derry team at Judges Road

City of Derry RFC................................14 Highfield...............................................17 CITY of Derry Rugby Club crashed to their second All Ireland League Division 2A defeat in a row on Saturday last at home to Highfield from Cork having been beaten away to Banbridge in their... Read More

Big Lottery Fund builds legacy for first UK City of Culture

THE Big Lottery Fund this week announced a £400,000 grant to help build a legacy for the first UK City of Culture for communities in County Derry / Londonderry. The grant has been awarded to the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Acorn Fund and will be used to provide grants for community... Read More

Eoghan Rua camogs come up just short

Eoghan Rua camogs come up just short

Eoghan Rua .........................................0-8 Milford..............................................1-10 EOGHAN Rua's hopes of an All-Ireland senior camogie final spot at their first attempt were dashed by the reigning champions Milford last Sunday afternoon in Ashbourne as they went down... Read More

Kearney gearing up for ‘massive’ week

EVERY week is crucial for a football manager, but some are more important than others, and in the words of Oran Kearney, the next couple of days are "massive". Every week is crucial for a football manager, but some are more important than others, and in the words of Oran Kearney, the next couple of... Read More

Trimble stakes his place in Ireland squad

Trimble stakes his place in Ireland squad

COLERAINE rugby star Andrew Trimble gave himself every chance of being retained in the Ireland side that will take on Wales in the second round of Six Nations games this weekend. Coach Joe Schmidt handed the winger his 51st cap, which he repaid in the best possible way by crashing over the line... Read More

Riverside jobs boost

THE triangle area could receive a major jobs and investment boost if plans to extend Coleraine's Riverside Regional Centre are approved, The Chronicle can exclusively reveal. The planning application, which has yet to come before Coleraine Borough Council's Planning Committee, would see the... Read More

Skipper Meabh looking forward to challenge

THE biggest test in their relatively short history awaits Eoghan Rua's camogs as they face into the challenge of taking on reigning champions Milford in Sunday's All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final in Ashbourne. The Cork and Munster champions will be red hot favourites to see off the challenge of... Read More

Night of high drama at the Showgrounds

Night of high drama at the Showgrounds

A WEEK on and memories of last Tuesday evening's dramatic Irish Cup replay win over Cliftonville are only now easing. It always promised to be a good game but nothing could have prepared the 1,000 plus crowd for what unfolded over the 90 odd minutes at a cold Showgrounds. From the moment that Paul... Read More

Young Principal in the chair

ONE of Northern Ireland's youngest Principals has taken over at the helm of Ballyhackett Primary School, on the outskirts of Castlerock. Mr Antoin Moran, 32, from Maghera, follows in the footsteps of Mrs Rita Mellon who ran the small country school from 2004 until December 31 last year.... Read More

Worker’s death – give us the facts!

Worker’s death – give us the facts!

MONTHS after Coleraine Borough Council was fined £75,000 over the death of an employee, elected members have yet to receive an official account of the tragedy. Alan Devenney died on July 22, 2011 at Loughanhill recycle depot when an 11 tonne industrial skip slid from the back of a lorry. In October... Read More

Charity theft case adjourned

Charity theft case adjourned

THE case of a Coleraine woman who is alleged to have stolen cash and hundreds of pounds in merchandise from the charity Help For Heroes is scheduled to be heard next month. A contest was due to take place at last Thursday's sitting of North Antrim Magistrates' Court in Coleraine but the judge agreed... Read More

Missed goal chances prove costly as Derry lose out to Tyrone

Tyrone...............................................2-13 Derry.................................................1-13 DERRY lost this game by three points but on the balance of play they could have won by ten or twelve. They got off to a disastrous start and were seven points in arrears after fifteen... Read More

Racing returns to Aghadowey Stadium

WITH the 2014 Stock car racing season fast approaching, this week drivers and race fans can celebrate in the news that one of the provinces most popular tracks Aghadowey, is set for a major facelift before reopening its gates on Easter Monday. The announcement by Davy McCall of DMC Race Promotions... Read More

Mortgage fraud - nine in court

A FAMILY raised hundreds of thousands of pounds from fraudulent mortgages on 32 north coast properties, a court has heard. Details of the allegations emerged at North Antrim Magistrates last Friday, January 17, during a preliminary hearing aimed at establishing whether eight men and a woman... Read More

Inquest held following death at local beauty spot

A man has told an inquest how he struggled in vain to rescue his drowning grandson during a family day out at the Roe Valley Country Park last year. Steven Mitchell, 15, died last July after getting into difficulties at the local beauty spot after wading out into deeper waters to retrieve a football.... Read More

‘Decisions went against us’

‘Decisions went against us’

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney agreed with most observers at the Oval on Saturday in suggesting that key decisions went against his team in the 1-1 draw with Glentoran. The visitors had a good claim for a penalty turned down when Jason Hill handled Ruari Harkin's free-kick inside the area and were... Read More

‘Toon’ secure bragging rights over Coleraine

Ballymoney............................................13 Coleraine...............................................10 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 'Toon' First XV... Read More

Heart of gold!

A COLERAINE mother, who has just spent her third Christmas without her son after his death from a heart condition, has raised nearly £17,000 for Chest, Heart and Stroke. Priscilla Walker's son William died in May 2011, two to three weeks before he was due to undergo open heart surgery for his... Read More

McDaid trial ‘non jury’?

McDaid trial ‘non jury’?

PROSECUTORS are to seek a non-jury trial when men accused over the death of Kevin McDaid appear before a Crown Court next month. News of the DPP application came during day two of a hearing aimed at establishing whether the Crown had demonstrated a prima facie case against 12 men charged with... Read More

Local surf school voted NI’s best coastal experience

Local surf school voted NI’s best coastal experience

POPULAR surf school, Long Line Surf School based at Benone Beach, has recently been given the accolade of 'Best Coastal Experience Activity Provider' for its 'Kids Big Day Out' events by securing the most votes in the OutdoorNI.com Awards in association with Surf Mountain. The winners of the... Read More

Derry on course for McKenna Cup semis

DERRY all but ensured they wil be playing in the semi-finals of the PowerNI McKenna Cup after a narrow 1-11 to 2-4 victory over Fermanagh in Owenbeg last Sunday afternoon. They meet St Mary's College, Belfast, in their final Group game at Owenbeg on Wednesday evening and will be strong favourites to... Read More

Honours even in pulsating cup tie

Honours even in pulsating cup tie

ON Friday, the Stephen Nolan show ran a debate on the state of Irish League football and what could be done to improve it. Well, the simple answer would have been to send anyone with doubts along to Solitude just over 24 hours later. The game here may have its detractors but there were few people... Read More

Education Village plan revealed

EDUCATION Department officials are considering the boldest plan yet to streamline Coleraine's fragmented school system. While seemingly endless rounds of statutory consultations, proposals and reviews have yielded little progress in reducing empty desks, North Coast Integrated College has published... Read More

Our son's 'miracle' recovery

Our son's 'miracle' recovery

A COLERAINE bus driver, whose son was given just 30 minutes to live, is counting his blessings after the teenager stunned medics by making a miracle recovery. Stephen Connor, 45, and his wife Hazel, 42, were told to say their goodbyes to Jamie after a scan at the Causeway Hospital on October 11 last... Read More

Derry keep the winning habit  with good victory at Monaghan

Derry keep the winning habit with good victory at Monaghan

Derry.................................................2-15 Monaghan..........................................2-11 DERRY manager Brian McIver is a great believer in that winning can become a habit. After four pre Christmas wins in the O'Fiach his players showed that they could dig out a victory when... Read More

Fifty-six people died on Northern Ireland’s roads in 2013

ENVIRONMENT Minister Mark H Durkan has said that reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Northern Ireland's roads is vital. But it can only be achieved if we all work together. Mr Durkan made his comments as provisional figures held by PSNI reveal that 56 people lost their lives on... Read More

Western Trust manager congratulates staff recognised in New Year’s Honours List

Western Trust manager congratulates staff recognised in New Year’s Honours List

CHAIRMAN of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), Gerard Guckian extended his warmest congratulations to Cathy Glass and Joan Doherty on their much deserved recognition in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Cathy is a Nursing Services Manager for Trauma and Orthopaedics Services... 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

McCausland starts debate on future of social housing allocation

SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland is seeking the public's views on how social homes are allocated. The Minister, delivering on a commitment set out in his housing strategy, commissioned independent research on this issue. Three research reports, prepared by the Universities of Ulster and... Read More

Goalkeeper Eugene Ferry set to sign for Bannsiders

FORMER Derry City goalkeeper Eugene Ferry will sign for Coleraine later this week, Chronicle Sport understands. Ferry becomes Oran Kearney's second signing in the January transfer window following the capture of former Derry City striker David McDaid earlier this month. And his arrival may not be... Read More

Ballymena end losing streak

Ballymena end losing streak

WELL, it had to happen some time, didn't it? After an unbeaten run of 14 games against Ballymena - stretching all the way back to October 2009 - the Braid side finally came good on Boxing Day with a hard-earned 3-2 win over the Bannsiders. In the process, they inflicted further misery on the home... Read More

Davy’s heroes!

Davy’s heroes!

COLERAINE'S 'Caring Caretaker' has thanked the willing band of volunteers who helped raise almost £1,000 a day during his annual sit-out. Davy, denied from taking part in his annual fund-raising venture on medical grounds, claimed the 30-strong group had done him proud. “I have nothing but... Read More

Headmaster suspended

Headmaster suspended

A PORTRUSH headmaster has been suspended and a police investigation launched following an allegation of "criminal activity." Before Christmas parents of around 200 children who attend Carnalridge Primary School received letters informing them that the Principal Keith Elliott has been issued with "a... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Wexford claim comfortable Antrim win

Wexford were too strong for Antrim at Wexford Park, where they cruised to a 3-18 to 0-17 victory in a first-round All-Ireland SHC Qualifier tie. Podge Doran and Rory Jacob netted first-half goals to help the home side to a 2-5 to 0-9 interval lead after the wind-assisted Saffrons had forged ahead... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Dawn could rise in France

Trainer Jim Bolger has mapped out a possible plan for Dawn Approach which could include a trip to France for the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August. The 2000 Guineas winner endured a terrible time in the Derby, but just 17 days later Bolger worked miracles to get him back to winning form... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Magilton gets Northern Ireland role

Northern Ireland have appointed former international Jim Magilton to the new position of elite performance director. The role reunites Magilton with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, having briefly worked as his assistant at Shamrock Rovers.Magilton had originally applied for the manager's... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Balloons take to the skies

Derry came to life this morning as the skies were filled with hot air balloons to mark the beginning of Music City day. At around 6.30 a.m. local people saw the balloons take to the skies to mark the longest day of the year playing the splendid music of the sky orchestra.Thanks to the Journal... Read More

Undertones mural removed in Belfast

Derry Journal10 months ago

Undertones mural removed in Belfast

A mural featuring lyrics from a song by Derry punk legends The Undertones has been removed from a flyover in Belfast. The lyrics, “Teenage dreams, so hard to beat”, are from the band’s debut single, ‘Teenage Kicks’.The song - considered by many Derry people to be a modern day anthem - hit the... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Controversial ‘Sunday’ video ‘switched off’

A controversial video installation at Derry’s Guildhall featuring remarks by a former British soldier who was in the city on Bloody Sunday has temporarily been removed. Some relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims had complained to Derry City Council over the content of the video.In particular, they... Read More

Triathlon bid to help kids’ heart charity

Derry Journal10 months ago

Triathlon bid to help kids’ heart charity

It only took a heartbeat for Derry man Liam Wilson to sign up for the firmus energy City of Culture Triathlon taking place this weekend. However, it was a very special heartbeat that swayed Liam into pledging to take part in the event on Sunday (June 23).That heartbeat belongs to his young daughter,... Read More

A Man with a Plan

Derry Journal10 months ago

A Man with a Plan

What (or rather who) do the Ulster Amateur Boxing Championship, the Walled City Marathon, the GAA World Congress and the Foyle Cup have in common? Answer: Gareth Stewart.The name will not be as familiar to Derry’s sporting community as it should be but Gareth is the man behind the City of Culture... Read More

Fr Con marks forty fulfilling years

Derry Journal10 months ago

Fr Con marks forty fulfilling years

Con Mc Laughlin was born in Greencastle in County Donegal and studied for the priesthood in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny where he was ordained in 1973. His first appointment was to Leckpatrick where he worked for one and a half years before being appointed to Long Tower parish in Derry city in 1975.... Read More

Appeal for Fleadh 
accommodation

Derry Journal10 months ago

Appeal for Fleadh accommodation

As well as bringing hundreds of thousands of people to Derry, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will also bring money-spinning opportunities for local people. Homeowners across the north west are being asked to open their homes to provide accommodation for the many visitors from across the world who will be... Read More

Hold G8 in the desert - Judge

Derry Journal10 months ago

Hold G8 in the desert - Judge

A local judge has said the G8 summit is a “travelling Eurovision song contest” which is disrupting the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as he was told that a case was unlikely to progress because the investigating officer is on duty at the... Read More

£5.3m. for brain mapping project at Magee

Derry Journal10 months ago

£5.3m. for brain mapping project at Magee

The first functional brain mapping facility on the island of Ireland is to be established in Derry. Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster announced a £5.3 million investment package for the advanced research project when she visited the Intelligent Systems Summit 2013 at the University of Ulster’s Magee... Read More

A city transformed with the magic of ‘Colmville’

Derry Journal10 months ago

A city transformed with the magic of ‘Colmville’

Martin Mullan, last seen in a very colourful lady’s outfit in the parade on Saturday night, was still buzzing in Sainsbury’s at lunchtime yesterday. “Made me proud to be from the city, it was fanastic,” he said, as if that pride was ever in doubt.The Return of Colmcille is still the talk of the town,... Read More

‘Should be no further approaches’ by police

Derry Journal10 months ago

‘Should be no further approaches’ by police

A judge has said there should be “no further approaches” made by police to persuade a man charged with the discovery of mortars to become a supergrass. District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 37-year-old Gary McDaid made an application for bail at the local magistrate’s court.McDaid, of... Read More

RUBBER BULLETS: TRUTH EXPOSED

Derry Journal10 months ago

RUBBER BULLETS: TRUTH EXPOSED

The Journal today reveals the extraordinary lengths the British government went to to ensure the shocking truth about rubber bullets remained under wraps. Declassified confidential documents from the 1970s reveal that British officials not only knew rubber bullets could be lethal but that the... Read More

Derry man facing mortars charges refused bail

Derry Journal10 months ago

Derry man facing mortars charges refused bail

A Derry man charged in connection with the discovery of four mortars in the city has been refused bail. Gary McDaid, of Glenowen Park, is accused of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life on March 3.The 37-year-old is further charged with conspiracy to cause an explosion and possession... Read More

Only a Game? - Keane is a true Irish legend

Derry Journal10 months ago

Only a Game? - Keane is a true Irish legend

I met Robbie Keane in the early hours of a September morning in the lobby of a hotel in Stuttgart in 2006. Myself and a few friends had travelled to Stuttgart for Steve Staunton’s first competitive match in charge against Germany; they lost 1-0.By complete chance, the friend in charge of organising... Read More

New amateur boxing club opens doors in Waterside

Derry Journal10 months ago

New amateur boxing club opens doors in Waterside

Stepping into the new boxing gym on the first floor of the Ebrington Centre is like walking on to a movie set. Rochester ABC is a new amateur boxing club in the Waterside and with their state of the art training facilities ready to go they will open their doors to the public tomorrow evening.Club... Read More

What spectators had to say about Colmville!

Derry Journal10 months ago

What spectators had to say about Colmville!

Derry played host to thousands of tourists and visitors young and old this weekend as the city celebrated the hotly anticipated ‘Return of Colmcille’ which culminated last night in an epic battle featuring the Loch Ness monster and the people of Derry. Locals and tourists mingled along the sun... Read More

65 lay-offs as DOE  
probes dumping

Derry Journal10 months ago

65 lay-offs as DOE probes dumping

Sixty-five people have been laid off at the Derry waste firm at the centre of illegal dumping allegations. Around 15 staff remain at City Waste plant in Campsie to “clean up” as the company prepares to mount a legal challenge against its “shock” closure by the Department of Environment on Wednesday.... Read More

Music school

Derry Journal10 months ago

Music school

Eamon Devlin says it’s all down to St. Matthews GAC in Drumsurn when they bestowed upon him “the great title of cultural officer”. “Aye, they knew what they were at,” says Eamon, smiling as he nurses a mandolin.Retired and with no hobbies to speak of all Eamon could think of was music.That was his... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

‘No one asked us for our opinion’

Two massive wind farms will be in operation at Kinnego Bay, outside Moville, by the end of summer and that has seriously divided public opinion in the area. According to one source windmills ‘might be fine out at sea or up the side of the mountain but certainly not in our backyards.”And yesterday a... Read More

Missionaries at Muff this weekend

Derry Journal10 months ago

Missionaries at Muff this weekend

Fr. Neil Carlin claims it’s the largest group of missionaries Ireland has ever hosted in the one place at the one time. In all 62 missionaries have so far ‘signed up’ for the ‘Welcome Home to Missionaries’ weekend which begins this evening at the Iosas Centre in Muff. Speaking with the Journal... Read More

Celebrating the big 40 in Carn!

Derry Journal10 months ago

Celebrating the big 40 in Carn!

This should sound familiar to many former past pupils of a well known Inishowen secondary school: “Announcements...Would all past pupils go to the Áras on 2nd & 3rd August at 8pm for the 40th Anniversary Gathering Dinners.” Some of you haven’t heard the intercom in Carndonagh Community School for... Read More

World tech experts for Intelligent Systems Summit at Magee campus

Derry Journal10 months ago

World tech experts for Intelligent Systems Summit at Magee campus

World renowned experts in cyber security, robotics, brain science and energy efficiency will be in Derry next week for an international conference hosted by the University of Ulster. Keynote speakers confirmed to address the Intelligent Systems Summit 2013 include Martin G Curley, vice president at... Read More

Wind foils Jason’s fast 100m

Derry Journal10 months ago

Wind foils Jason’s fast 100m

With all the positive vibes from Sunday’s magnificent Walled City Marathon still fresh in the memory, the wider world of athletics swings back into focus with a busy weekend of track & field and more road action on the agenda. The annual Larne Half marathon is tomorrow at 11 a.m. and, as ever,... Read More

Wilson on song with 12 dart finish

Derry Journal10 months ago

Wilson on song with 12 dart finish

Mailey’s Sean Wilson enjoyed an extremely productive week after recording an excellent 12 dart finish as well as closing out from 121. Fastest finishes: Sean Wilson (12), Michael Leech (14), Clive Aitken (16), James Clancy (16x2), Martin McCloskey (16x2), garth McClean (17), Paddy Boyce (18),... Read More

Sinn Fein call for clarity on Magee expansion plan

Derry Journal10 months ago

Sinn Fein call for clarity on Magee expansion plan

All of the Sinn Féin public representatives in Derry have signed an open letter expressing “concern and frustration” at the lack of progress on the expansion of the Magee campus of the University of Ulster. The letter has been signed by the party’s two Foyle Assembly members and ten councillors, as... Read More

Man pulled from fire at Derry flat

Derry Journal10 months ago

Man pulled from fire at Derry flat

A man has been rescued from a fire in a ground floor flat in Derry. Around 15 fire fighters attended the fire shortly after 3am this morning (June 6) in the Rosemount area of the city.“Fire-fighters wearing breathing apparatus forced their way into a flat in Argyle Terrace in the Rosemount area of... Read More

Waste company hits back after DoE shuts operation

Derry Journal10 months ago

Waste company hits back after DoE shuts operation

A Derry firm at the centre of allegations of “immense and appalling” illegal dumping has hit back, claiming it was targeted because of its opposition to the government’s current waste strategy. Environment Minister Alex Attwood yesterday revealed that a company - which was later confirmed as City... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Buncrana ‘site’ situation serious

An Inishowen councillor has hit out at the new County Donegal Development Plan because, she claims, it is prohibiting people who bought sites some years ago from building on them now. It was suggested too that because of changes to the plan the situation for many people was now ‘serious’ Fianna Fail... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Former teacher gets ‘last chance’

A former teacher who left her son in intensive care after hitting him with a vase has been remanded in custody for breaching a probation order. Tresa Doherty, of Carnhill, was ordered to complete a three year probation order earlier this year.The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to causing grievous... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

‘Investors in People’ call to Derry firms

Derry businesses can be the best they can be with the help of the Investors in People initiative, former Derry Mayor Kevin Campbell has said. Encouraging local businesses to be a part of the programme, along with the city’s Chamber of Commerce and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL),... Read More

“End scoreline reflected the balance of play”- Hegarty

Derry Journal10 months ago

“End scoreline reflected the balance of play”- Hegarty

Derry City’s assistant manager, Paul Hegarty refused to accept claims that his side had been flattered with a 4-0 victory. Deputising for Brandywell boss, Declan Devine, who failed to travel to O’Shea Park as his daughter was making her First Holy Communion, said the result had been a fair... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

VIDEO:Tommy wins Walled City Marathon

Fifty-three year-old Tommy Hughes has won the Walled City Marathon to mark a hat-trick of Derry marathon victories. The veteran runner won the last marathon held in the city way back in 1984 and again took the Foyle Marathon crown in 1985.The Magherafelt runner posted an impressive time of 2:30:32,... Read More

Praise, condemnation or flattery . . 
none of it matters to Guru Jim!

Derry Journal10 months ago

Praise, condemnation or flattery . . none of it matters to Guru Jim!

Six-thirty, St Eunan’s pitch, Letterkenny, Tuesday, May 28th May. The Donegal squad arrive at training having destroyed Tyrone only to find that Jim is very, very unhappy. If they thought pats on the back were due, they were soon disabused of the notion. Instead, they were flogged. Too many mistakes... Read More

Buncrana website ‘hits’ up 150 per cent

Derry Journal10 months ago

Buncrana website ‘hits’ up 150 per cent

The Mayor of Buncrana James Gill has confirmed the number of ‘hits’ on a promotion website for the town has increased by almost 150% in the last year. Stating that the importance and value of tourism to the area was now more vital than ever Mayor Gill welcomed the fact that Buncrana Chamber of... Read More

20 cancer cases a week diagnosed in Donegal

Derry Journal10 months ago

20 cancer cases a week diagnosed in Donegal

With 20 cancer cases a week diagnosed in Donegal it’s little wonder donations are still coming into Relay for Life Donegal, the Irish Cancer Society’s major fundraising event held at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology last weekend. As of Tuesday, the Donegal event had raised €202,000, and the... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Jailed for importing drugs

A man who imported drugs from Pakistan has been jailed for two and a half years. Simon Kirk, of Henry Street in Derry, pleaded guilty to importing diazepam, being concerned in the supply of class C and class B drugs and simple possession of the drugs.The offences were committed between December 21,... Read More

Donegal to get oldest mayor in the country!

Derry Journal10 months ago

Donegal to get oldest mayor in the country!

Donegal will have the oldest mayor in the country if the pact on Donegal Co. Council agreed last year holds. The independent grouping on Donegal County Council has confirmed that Cllr. McGarvey will be its nomination for mayor next month.The 83-year-old Ramelton councillor, who is the oldest county... Read More

Very Busy Weekend Ahead For Buncrana

Derry Journal10 months ago

Very Busy Weekend Ahead For Buncrana

THE formidable quartet of of Dale Kerr (15), Paddy Fletcher (17), Paul Mc Daid (18) and Ferdía O’Flaherty (21) won last weekend’s Open Scramble at Buncrana with 51 points. In second place on a break of tie with 50 points were Andrew McIlhinney (12), Shane Dillon (15), Gearóid Doherty (19) and Davy... Read More

New record set at Buncrana

Derry Journal10 months ago

New record set at Buncrana

Wednesday night’s Furey Insurances 5K in balmy Buncrana saw superb winning runs from Letterkenny’s Ciaran Doherty and Lifford’s Anne Marie McGlynn. And those performances underline, yet again, the deserved reputation of the event as the premier 5K in the North West.Doherty was pushed hard to just... Read More

Derry men deny having items connected with terrorism

Derry Journal10 months ago

Derry men deny having items connected with terrorism

Two Derry men today denied having various items connected with terrorism. Paul McConnell, a 45-year-old taxi driver from Eastway Gardens pleaded not guilty to having a Chevrolet Epica car for a purpose “connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism” on July 12 last... Read More

Meet the expected new Manchester City boss!

Derry Journal10 months ago

Meet the expected new Manchester City boss!

MANUEL Pellegrini, if recent Press reports are to believed, is to be the new supremo at Manchester City. Well known in Europe, but what qualities does the man now charged with winning the Barclay’s Premier League, bring to the table?As a player he has in excess of 400 appearances to his credit for... Read More

Top speakers for Diaspora conference

Derry Journal10 months ago

Top speakers for Diaspora conference

Speakers from all over the world will be coming to Donegal early next month where they will congregate to share their own stories and their own research into the history, experiences and legacy of Donegal people who emigrated and made new lives for themselves in various parts of the world. Plans are... Read More

‘Vital to keep Venue after 2013’

Derry Journal10 months ago

‘Vital to keep Venue after 2013’

It’s “vital” that The Venue at Ebrington is kept after the City of Culture celebrations to continue to attract high-profile performers to the city, a local MLA has said. Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin made the call following the success of the One Big Weekend concerts in the city at the... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Broke jaw with pool cue in bar

A 31-year-old who broke a man’s jaw in two places has been jailed for six years. The victim was hit with a pool cue wielded by Sean Paul Farrelly in an ‘unprovoked attack’ in a Waterside bar.Farrelly, of Strabane Old Road, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on January 30,... Read More

Derry Journal10 months ago

Teen disorderly at Altnagelvin

A teenager has admitted disorderly behaviour in the grounds of Altnagevlin Hospital. Jordan Hazlett, of Shearwater Way, pleaded guilty to one charge of disorderly behaviour on May 3.Sentencing was adjourned for a probation report and the 18-year-old will appear in court again next month. Email to a... Read More

Foyle Cup is for life not just for meeting sports stars

Derry Journal10 months ago

Foyle Cup is for life not just for meeting sports stars

As soon as players like Darron Gibson and James McClean start to make inroads in the English Premiership politicians, business men and women and other leading figures are almost falling over themselves to be seen photographed with them. Darron Gibson and James McClean are but only two local players... Read More

Callum has a chance of sight

Callum has a chance of sight

Fundraisers Recently, a fundraiser in England sent over a cheque for £10,000 to Callum's cause and Davy Boyle MBE, Coleraine's 'Caring caretaker' made 'Callum's Chance for Sight' one of the charities he will support this year. Noleen Glass, from Martha's House, Coleraine, told The Chronicle their... Read More

‘Our lives are empty!’

‘Our lives are empty!’

THE punishment imposed on Trevor Spiers' killer will never make up for "gaping void" left in the lives of his close family and friends. Dozens of the deceased's relatives and friends packed into court No. 2 at Coleraine's Mountsandel Road courthouse on Friday to witness a judge sentence 33-year-old... Read More

Problems for Portrush clean-up

Problems for Portrush clean-up

UNCO-OPERATIVE developers are hampering council plans to clean up Portrush ahead of the Irish Open, the Chronicle can exclusively reveal this week. Last month the Environment Minster Alex Attwood announced funding of £405,000 to demolish half-built and derelict eyesores ahead of June's tournament... Read More