Dungiven News

Newbridge In Relegation Trouble

Dungiven........1-15 Newbridge......1-07 Dungiven moved into the top half of the table with an eventually comfortable eight point win over a Newbridge side that was unable to turn energy, enthusiasm and possession into sufficient scores, frequently having the ball turned over when in promising... Read More

Limavady selected for shared campus site

LIMAVADY is one of three areas selected for a new shared campus, Education Minister John O'Dowd announced this week. The Minister agreed shared STEM and sixth form facilities for St Mary's High School and Limavady High School. The project will provide two new shared facilities - a shared sixth form... Read More

Dungiven win thrilling game at Bellaghy

Bellaghy 2-13 Dungiven 3-11 Both sides went into this game without a number of first choice players, the Tones minus Fergal Doherty, Conor Doherty and Michael McGoldrick, Dungiven without Paul Murphy, Ryan McElhinney, Eoin Quigg and Mark Craig who came off the bench to score the decisive goal in the... Read More

Spending moratorium could ‘scupper’ multi million pound Dungiven project

LIMAVADY Borough Council are to hold a special meeting this Wednesday to discuss a decision by the shadow Causeway Coast and Glens District Council (CC&GDC;) that it has been claimed could 'scupper' a £7.5m sports/community facilities project near Dungiven. The shadow council's decision to put a... Read More

Over £700,000 of Education funding for Dungiven’s Irish school

EDUCATION Minister John O'Dowd has visited new premises for Gaelscoil Neachtain in Dungiven. Gaelscoil Neachtain opened in September 2012 and is one of only two controlled Irish-medium primary schools in the north. The school operated at first on the site of the former St Canice's Primary School... Read More

Western Trust highlights need for foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight

KIERAN Downey, Director of Women and Children's services at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust), has emphasised the urgent need for more foster carers during an event held to launch Foster Care Fortnight (May 12-24) in Londonderry. A local information event will be held on... Read More

First win for Eoghan Rua

AFTER four rounds of their Division One league campaign Eoghan Rua Coleraine secured their first points with a narrow 1-12 to 0-12 win over Dungiven who are themselves still in search of their first points, four games in. Mid-week Eoghan Rua went down by a single point away to Bellaghy, 0-16 to 2-9,... Read More

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

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

Local pupils quiz Limavady Councillors at ‘Lets Talk’ event

Local pupils quiz Limavady Councillors at ‘Lets Talk’ event

LIMAVADY Borough Council's annual Let's Talk event, hosted by the BBC's Mark Carruthers, took place at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre last Tuesday, February 4. The event, organised by Council's Good Relations Programme and funded by OFMDFM, saw pupils from secondary schools in the area quiz... 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

Bring IT On returns to Limavady High School

Bring IT On returns to Limavady High School

THE Bring IT On Roadshow celebrated four years of inspiring young people in Northern Ireland into IT, at its third event held at Limavady High School. The roadshows, delivered by e-skills UK, Momentum, Department for Employment and Learning and Invest NI, provide young people with information about... Read More

Motorists are urged to exercise caution on roads

LOCAL councillors have urged people to be vigilant when driving over the new year period. This plea comes after two men were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Dungiven on Saturday December 28. The men were taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry but their injuries are not thought to be... Read More

The 2013 All Ireland? 
May the best manager win

Derry Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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

Orange Order stages peaceful protest

THE Orange Order has staged peaceful protests against the Parades Commission at its annual Twelfth of July marches across Northern Ireland, including the County Londonderry flagship Twelfth in Limavady. At the 17 main parades, marchers stopped for six minutes and a statement calling for the... Read More

Calls for a family-friendly Twelfth in Limavady

ULSTER Unionist Councillor Aaron Callan has called for a family-friendly Twelfth in Limavady. Speaking following comments from SDLP MLA John Dallat, who called for the Limavady Twelfth to be cancelled due to the presence of some flags in the town which represent loyalist paramilitary groups,... Read More

Up to 40,000 expected

Up to 40,000 expected

UP to 40,000 people are expected at the Flagship Twelfth parade in Limavady this Saturday. The Limavady event will see the entire Orange fraternity of County Londonderry come together for the first time in 14 years. The route will take the participants through the centre of the town. While local... Read More

Commonwealth stage for Niamh!

Commonwealth stage for Niamh!

NIAMH Meehan, 19, from Limavady, joined 18 other young people aged 16-25 this week to prepare for their upcoming trip to Glasgow, where they will be representing Northern Ireland in this year's Glasgow Commonwealth Culture 2014 programme. The young people will form the International Performing... Read More

Get voting!

LIMAVADY Policing and Community Safety Partnership Chair, Alderman Michael Coyle is appealing for the public to get behind and support the Be Safe Be Well Safe Home project as they campaign for votes and the chance to shine in this year's National Lottery Awards. Safe Home is part of the bigger Be... Read More

New school for Roe Valley Integrated!

New school for Roe Valley Integrated!

AFTER a ten year long campaign, the Roe Valley Integrated Primary School is set to receive a new school. The school is one of 15 in Northern Ireland to benefit from £170 million capital investment by the Department of Education, who made the announcement on Tuesday morning. Roe Valley Integrated... Read More

Berryman extends lead as Harkin wins big at Roe Park

Berryman extends lead as Harkin wins big at Roe Park

ANOTHER very busy week at Roe Park saw the golf course busier than ever as the warm, sunny weather made a welcome return. The Roe Park Cup Qualifier sponsored by Jack Wilton was held over Thursday and Saturday with the top three and the best gross scores on both days qualifying for the playoff... Read More

'We're overwhelmed by the support'

'We're overwhelmed by the support'

THE families of two sick children have been presented with cheques following a fundraiser at a Limavady horse riding school. Crindle Stables have presented £1,500 after holding a fundraising open day at their Carrowclare Road premises over the Easter period. The money has gone to two families with... Read More

Berryman in scintillating form at Roe Park Golf Club

Berryman in scintillating form at Roe Park Golf Club

KIERAN Berryman is certainly proving to be the unstoppable force at Roe Park this season. Saturdays' Monthly Medal was just another of the many victories already recorded this year as he pursues a third consecutive Golfer of the Year title. In tough wet conditions Kieran wasn't to be deterred as he... Read More

‘This is Callum’s only hope’

‘This is Callum’s only hope’

A four-year-old Limavady boy with a rare form of muscular dystrophy could be denied life-enhancing drugs because he lives in Northern Ireland. Little Callum McCorriston was diagnosed with an unusual strain of MD - Duchenne - when he was two. The muscle-wasting condition means it is unlikely he... Read More

Street trading at flagship Twelfth Parade – licence will be essential!

OVER the past few months, Limavady Borough Council's Environmental Health Department has received a number of enquiries from the public regarding street trading in particular with regard to trading at the forthcoming Twelfth of July demonstration in Limavady town. The Council would wish to remind... Read More

Trevor O'Neill Memorial Cup

Trevor O'Neill Memorial Cup

THE Trevor O'Neill Cup kicked-off last week with last year's winners Seven Towers coming through a tough game with Newbuildings on penalties. The reigning champions looked strong but they will have to be at their best in the next round when they face Aghanloo United in what will be the tie of the... Read More

£1.4m allocated in Small Grants

LAST year Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland announced funding for a Volunteering Small Grants programme for N. Ireland. The overall aim is to increase diversity within Volunteering in N. Ireland. The key objectives are to increase the number of new volunteers, to promote innovative ways... Read More

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor are announced

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor are announced

THE Roe Valley's new Mayor and Deputy Mayor were announced at the Annual General Meeting of Limavady Borough Council on Monday night. SDLP Councillor Gerry Mullan handed the chain of office over to the DUP's Alan Robinson while UUP Alderman Jack Rankin will replace Cllr James McCorkell as Deputy... Read More

Limavady’s McCloskey hoping to secure Commonwealth spot

Limavady’s McCloskey hoping to secure Commonwealth spot

LIMAVADY wrestler, Hugh McCloskey is hoping to be named in the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games squad. McCloskey, who has meet qualification criteria has been put forward by the governing body for selection. “It would be great for me individually to be selected for the Commonwealth Games team... Read More

Ballykelly PTA named NI winner of PTA-UK Gold Star Awards

Ballykelly PTA named NI winner of PTA-UK Gold Star Awards

BALLYKELLY Primary School PTA has been selected as the Northern Ireland winner in the Community Links category of the PTA-UK Gold Star Awards 2014, and will now proceed to the UK finals. The Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, presented the award last Wednesday at the prestigious Parliament... Read More

Chamber discusses economic issues facing Borough with Minister of State

LAST WEEK the Roe Valley Chamber of Trade and Commerce welcomed the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office to the Drummond Hotel in Ballykelly to discuss economic issues facing the area. President of the Chamber, David Brewster said: "On Wednesday we had a very profitable and cordial... Read More

Social workers strike in Limavady

Social workers strike in Limavady

SOCIAL Workers and assistants in the North West, including Limavady, were on strike last Friday in protest over excessive caseloads. Workers in the WHSCT's Primary Care and Older People's Programme staged demonstrations outside health centres and hospitals from Derry to Enniskillen, while locally,... Read More

Councillors give unanimous support to animal cruelty motion

Councillors give unanimous support to animal cruelty motion

MEMBERS of Limavady Borough Council have given their unanimous support to a motion calling for a review of the implementation of animal cruelty legislation. The motion, brought before members last Tuesday night by Cllr Alan Robinson, read: 'That this council notes with concern the number of cases of... Read More

Banking fraud criminals target Limavady

IT has emerged that more than 20 people in Limavady have had money stolen from their bank accounts as part of a fraud scam in the last two months. Police are urging the Limavady public to be extremely cautious of any telephone or email requests for bank details. Area Commander, Chief Inspector... Read More

Narrow first win for Claudy against Drumsurn

Claudy.................0-12 Drumsurn............0-10 AFTER opening defeats by Ballymaguigan and Glen, Liam Bradley's Claudy got off the mark in Division Two but they can thank a brilliant late save from keeper McLaughlin for taking them to victory. Indeed the pendulum of the game had swung very... Read More

Springwell officially launch annual race this week

Springwell officially launch annual race this week

THE highlight of the Roe Valley running calendar, the annual Jude Gallagher Round the Bridges 10 mile road race, was officially launched in Limavady this week and, as in previous years, is sure to appeal to runners of all abilities. This year's event, organised by Springwell Running Club including... Read More

‘An exceptional award for an exceptional young lady!’

THE staff and pupils at Limavady High School were bursting with pride this week as Year 8 pupil Lauren King travelled to Stormont to officially receive her prestigious Diana Award, one of only two issued in Northern Ireland in 2013. Lauren, who has a congenital shortening of the femur which, during... Read More

Hugh McCloskey strikes Gold at home

Hugh McCloskey strikes Gold at home

LIMAVADY wrestler Hugh McCloskey was given a rare chance to fight at home last weekend when the Northern Ireland Freestyle Wrestling and Grappling Championships came to Roe Valley Leisure Centre. The day turned out to be a success for Hugh as he took home a Gold in 97kg Freestyle and two Golds in... Read More

Cancer Focus NI Plans Big Donation Day in Limavady!

LOCAL charity Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is making an urgent appeal to Limavady people to clear out their closets and drop in unwanted clothes to their local Cancer Focus shop as part of a co-ordinated Donation Day. Supported by TV personality Pamela Ballantine, the Donation Day will take place... Read More

Dancing her way to the top!

Dancing her way to the top!

A teenage Eglinton ballet dancer has just completed one of her most exciting roles of her career to date after she took to the stage of the Grand Opera House, Belfast as a soloist dancer with the English Youth Ballet. Zoe Kyte, 14, a pupil from Limavady Grammar School, is one of Northern Ireland's... Read More

Mayoral reception for family after beach horror

THE family of a four-year-old girl, hit by a drunk driver doing handbrake turns on Benone beach, has been honoured with a reception from Limavady SDLP Mayor, Gerry Mullan. Abbie Wilkinson was left with a broken shoulder and her mum Diane suffered severe bruising when they were struck by the male... Read More

Calling all cyclists!

Calling all cyclists!

ALL cyclists are being urged to join the homecoming of James Thompson this Sunday, April 27. The Limavady man will be returning to Northern Ireland early on Sunday morning after cycling nearly 1,500 miles home from Berlin. All local cyclists are being encouraged to join James on the last leg of his... Read More

H&A; Mechanical Division Two Round Two

H&A; Mechanical Division Two Round Two

Ferris On Fire Limavady............1-08 Ballerin...............2-14 FOR MUCH of this game Limavady were outplayed by a faster and slicker visiting Ballerin but to their credit they never gave up and were rewarded by scoring 1-02 in the last few minutes but long before that the result was a Foreglen... Read More

Reprieve for Thackeray

Reprieve for Thackeray

RESIDENTS and staff at Thackeray Place breathed a massive sigh of relief this week, when Health Minister Edwin Poots announced that the local residential care home would remain open. However, the Minister is being urged to clarify if the admissions policy on NHS care homes will be changed. At the... Read More

Bowl show jumping season up-and-running

THE new show jumping season got underway in the Bowl Arena in Portrush earlier this month following a two week delay owing to the weather. A total of five Classes were contested, but with other events in Northern Ireland taking place, including all-important qualifiers for Balmoral Show, entries in... Read More

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

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

He’s off!

He’s off!

A 25-year-old PE teacher from Limavady will leave this week for the adventure of a lifetime. This Friday will see James Thompson leave Limavady to fly to Berlin - where he will begin a fundraising cycle all the way back home! Covering approximately 1,500 miles, James is raising money for two... Read More

Roesiders lose out to Omagh

Roesiders lose out to Omagh

Limavady.................................................9 Omagh...................................................13 IT WAS second top verses second from bottom last Saturday afternoon as high flying Omagh were the visitors to the Hunter Memorial Grounds. Omagh have been in fine form this season,... 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

Why not Limavady?

Why not Limavady?

THE Roe Valley Chamber of Trade and Commerce has called for an explanation as to why Limavady was not chosen as the location for the first Enterprise Zone in Northern Ireland. David Brewster, Chairman of the Chamber has said: "Since 2008 we've seen over 4,300 jobs lost in Limavady. That is a... 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

Mallards get better of Bannsiders yet again

Mallards get better of Bannsiders yet again

COLERAINE slumped to defeat at Ballinamallard at the weekend, maintaining an unenviable record which stretches back to when the Fermanagh side were promoted to the top division for the first time two years ago. Oran Kearney's men have yet to beat the Lakesiders in eight meetings and Saturday... 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

228 new boilers installed in Limavady homes

A TOTAL of 228 homes in the Limavady Borough have had new boilers installed as part of the Department for Social Development's Boiler Replacement Scheme. The scheme, provided initially by funding from the Northern Ireland Executive with additional part financing secured from the European Regional... 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

United record crucial win

United record crucial win

Limavady United.....................................2 Donegal Celtic.........................................1 THIS long awaited League win, over a team against which United have an appalling record, may ultimately prove too little too late. But it also showed that, with just a little more self... Read More

In remembrance

ON a beautiful crisp Spring afternoon on Friday, LCDI and friends held a simple memorial service at the Paupers Graveyard on Scroggy Road. The General Manager of LCDI welcomed all present. Mr Damien Corr explained: " This is our annual opportunity to remember the many people from the Roe Valley... 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 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

‘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

Grammar book place in last four

Grammar book place in last four

LIMAVADY Grammar School qualified for the Semi-Final of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield with a well deserved 19 points to 9 win over Royal School Armagh in Armagh. It was the Limavady team who started the better with their back line stretching their Armagh counterparts on a number of occasions.... 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

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

‘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

Becky awaiting her American dream

Becky awaiting her American dream

LIMAVADY football ace Becky McMullan had an incredible 2012 - 2013 season playing 15 matches for the Northern Ireland Under 19 squad including games in Malta and Latvia, and she played a starring role in the European Championship team. Becky's footballing skills while playing for Northern Ireland... Read More

Limavady secure third win of season against Carrick

Limavady...............................................11 Carrickfergus..........................................5 THIS basement battle only got the go ahead after an early morning pitch inspection. A week of constant heavy rain left the grounds in a heavy state and tough battle between the packs... Read More

College provides an urban retreat for savvy savers

College provides an urban retreat for savvy savers

WHILE the economic turndown sees us all watching our pennies, savvy Limavady residents are keeping themselves groomed and preened to perfection thanks to the Hair and Beauty students at North West Regional College. In fact, many residents are using the various services available at the college to... Read More

Limavady Mayor blasts ‘devious and convincing scam’

LIMAVADY Mayor, Councillor Gerry Mullan has described an incident in Magilligan, where two people impersonated police officers and got away with cash, as "one of the most devious and convincing scams" he has ever heard of. It was reported that at around 7.30pm last Tuesday, two men dressed in... 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

Grammar too strong for Foyle College

Grammar too strong for Foyle College

Limavady Grammar School..................15 Foyle College..........................................6 THE LImavady G.S. versus Foyle Collge game kicked off in reasonable weather, but only a matter of minutes into the game atrocious weather conditions moved in making the playing of the game very... Read More

Resurfacing scheme for Drumsurn Road welcomed

DRD Minister Danny Kennedy has this week announced the start of a £106,000 major resurfacing scheme at Drumsurn Road. Work is expected to start at the end of January near Drummond Cricket Club and preparatory works are currently underway. During the preparatory works, temporary traffic management... Read More

Latest Limavady unemployment numbers revealed

FIGURES released this week for the period September-November 2013 show that the Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey unemployment rate remained unchanged over the quarter (7.3 percent). More recent figures for December 2013 show that the number of unemployment benefit claimants decreased by 600 over... Read More

Ulster Rugby help Grammar School ahead of Danske campaign

Ulster Rugby help Grammar School ahead of Danske campaign

LIMAVADY Grammar School have been getting a helping hand from an Ulster Rugby coach as they prepare for this Saturday's Danske Bank Schools' Cup Round 2 match against local rivals Foyle College. Fitness Development Coach, Joe Gallanagh, who has previously delivered sessions in Foyle College, has... Read More

‘A true gentleman and a great friend’

‘A true gentleman and a great friend’

THE Roe Valley were shocked and saddened to learn of the death of local resident Simon Chase who was killed during a devastating suicide attack which left a total of 21 people dead. Tributes flooded in for Mr Chase who died as a result of the attack on a restaurant in Kabul on Friday which the... 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

Hair today, gone tomorrow thanks to Isobel!

Hair today, gone tomorrow thanks to Isobel!

A Limavady woman is on a campaign to raise money for the Northern Ireland Children's Cancer Unit Fund (NICCUF) in memory of her son, and even persuaded a stranger to shave his head to raise funds! PJ Murphy shaved his head and beard for NICCUF in memory of Trevor Doherty, who died of a brain... 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

Help little Oliver to walk!

Help little Oliver to 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

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

Limavady United earn precious point

Limavady United earn precious point

Limavady United................................3(1) Ballyclare Comrades..........................3(1) FOOTBALL really is a funny old game. Last week United played some excellent football only to leave Suffolk Road defeated. On Saturday the Roesiders produced a disjointed and error strewn performance,... 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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

RNLI lifeguards back at Benone Strand for Easter

RNLI lifeguards back at Benone Strand for Easter

RNLI lifeguards will be back on Benone Strand beach in Limavady this Easter bank holiday weekend, ready to offer safety advice and assistance to people visiting one of Northern Ireland's most popular family beaches. The charity's highly trained lifeguards will be patrolling Benone Strand beach from... Read More

David scoops top European award

David scoops top European award

MR David Young of Limavady High School has won the 'Cutting Edge Use of Technology' category at Microsoft´s annual Partners in Learning European Forum in Lisbon. There were 250 educators from around Europe participating with 24 people awarded for their innovative uses of technology in the classroom... Read More

Regional News

Channel 4 television deal for Armoy Races 2014

Channel 4 television deal for Armoy Races 2014

THE Armoy Motorcycle Racing Club has just confirmed that a deal has been struck with major UK television channel Channel 4 for a one hour highlights programme of the Armoy Road Races which will be aired in August 2014, just two weeks after the races. Channel 4, already renowned for its coverage of... Read More

Bann Rowing Club teams enjoy success at the Irish National Championships

AT the recent 2014 Irish National Rowing Championships, Bann Rowing Club successfully won two excellent third place bronzes in both the Ladies and Mens junior eights. This remarkable feat means that no less than 18 young athletes from Bann are now celebrating with their Irish Championship medals... Read More

Willie’s final wish fulfilled

Willie’s final wish fulfilled

A MUCH-LOVED Castlerock man has finally been laid to rest, more than three months after his tragic death in South Yorkshire. Doting grandad Willie O'Hara, who moved to England in 1989, suffered a fatal head injury following an incident outside Thurnscoe Coronation Working Men's Club, near Barnsley,... Read More

Impressive Slaughtneil keep title hopes alive

Slaughtneil......1-12 Coleraine........0-09 SLAUGHTNEIL kept their hopes of retaining the League title alive with a solid win over Coleraine in a good game at Emmett Park. Slaughtneil on the balance of play probably should have won by more than six points given that they shot eleven wides to... Read More

Eoghan Rua go down to Slaughtneil in final quarter

Slaughtneil......1-12 Eoghan Rua......0-9 GOING into the final quarter only a point separated the sides as Slaughtneil led Eoghan Rua 1-7 to 0-9 in this Division One game at the Emmetts' ground last Sunday evening, a close finish seemed inevitable. Not so, however, as Slaughtneil dominated the last... Read More

Trolan Golf Classic raises £174,000 for ‘Big Bus’

Trolan Golf Classic raises £174,000 for ‘Big Bus’

THE annual Trolan Golf Classic in aid of Action Cancer took place on Thursday July 3 at Portstewart Golf Club. The event, now in its ninth year, is organised by Patsy and Mary Trolan, former owners of the SuperValu store in Ballymoney, along with other family members, and with support from SuperValu.... Read More

Coleraine kick off pre-season

COLERAINE begin their series of pre-season friendlies away at Moyola Park this Thursday evening. The Mill Meadow game is the first in a number of games designed to get Oran Kearney's squad match-fit by the time of the opening league game at home to Ballinamallard Utd on August 9. “Training's been... Read More

Bonfire sparks safety fears

Bonfire sparks safety fears

THE Articlave Eleventh Night bonfire has sparked controversy for a second year running amid fears that toxic fumes from hundreds of tyres could pose a health risk to residents. Coleraine Council's Chief Executive Kieran Doherty is urging groups and businesses to encourage villagers to assist in the... Read More

Touching tributes to Thomas

THE heartbroken parents of a popular Coleraine teenager who died suddenly at his home have paid touching tributes to "the love of their lives". Paula and Crofton Dysart spoke of their unbearable anguish as they struggled to make sense of the death of their only child Thomas who passed away on... Read More

‘King’ Kane set for world eliminator clash

‘King’ Kane set for world eliminator clash

EAMONN O'Kane has been named on the undercard for Carl Frampton's IBF World Super Bantamweight title clash with Kiko Martinez in Belfast on Saturday, September 6. The Banagher boxer is set to face a Russian opponent in a world eliminator title fight and he looking forward to the clash, saying: "It... Read More

Derry Under 16 Ulster Camogie Champions

Ulster Under 16 Camogie Championship: Derry..................3-06 Antrim................1-09 ON Wednesday, June 25 Derry's Under 16 camogie team claimed the Ulster Championship title by defeating neighbours Antrim at Castledawson. This was always going to be a very competitive game as both teams... Read More

Bannsiders home to Ballinamallard on opening day of new season

Bannsiders home to Ballinamallard on opening day of new season

COLERAINE will open their 2014/15 season with a home game against bogey team Ballinamallard as they seek to banish the poor memories of the last campaign. Oran Kearney's side struggled for much of last season and ended the year in the bottom six with little to play for. However, the advent of a... Read More

Councillors wages total £450 grand

WAGES for councillors sitting on the Shadow Causeway Coast and Glens District Council (CC&GDC;) will run to over £450,000 in the ten months of its existence, it has emerged. The news was revealed at a meeting held in Coleraine last Thursday (June 26) when councillors agreed to pay themselves the... Read More

Wee Oliver’s wait is over

Wee Oliver’s wait is over

THE wait is finally over. After winning the hearts of countless fundraisers, an inspirational Coleraine schoolboy is due to undergo major surgery in America today (Tuesday) which could enable him to walk within 12 months. Oliver Dickey, whose simple dream is to be able to play with his little... Read More

Clare record comfortable win over Derry

CLARE recorded the first points of the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship in Celtic Park, Derry on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable 9 point victory over Derry. Both teams met in the opening game of the 2013 Championship and the result on Saturday last was almost identical to that of 2013.... Read More

Man beats train!

Man beats train!

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

Morwood and Murphy triumphant at the Causeway Coast Triathlon

David Morwood from Jordanstown was in sensational form at the Causeway Coast Triathlon in sunny Portrush on Saturday, setting the course alight with a fast 1.5km swim, a blistering 40km bike split of 58 minutes and a red hot 10km run of 34 minutes to complete the course in a record time of 1 hour... Read More

Dream come true for Stephanie

Dream come true for Stephanie

STEPHANIE Meadow kept the Royal Portrush flag flying high with some stunning golf at Pinehurst to finish third at the US Women's Open in her very first event as a professional. With the announcement last Monday that Royal Portrush would host The Open Championship in the near future and the staging... Read More

Police hunt hit and run driver

Police hunt hit and run driver

A COLERAINE councillor has spoken of her shock after an early morning hit and run crash near her home in the town's Waterside area. Deputy Mayor Yvonne Boyle was woken in the early hours of Friday (June 20) morning after a stolen car ploughed into five parked cars in Upper Captain Street. She said:... Read More

Oliver on his way to the US

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Coleraine schoolboy's simple dream to be able to walk and play with his little brother could soon become a reality. For Oliver Dickey, who has touched the hearts of hundreds of fundraisers, is flying to America with his family on Friday for surgery which could change his life. In... Read More

Glack best in wall to wall thriller

Glack..................................................2-13 Steelstown Reserves..........................2-10 AN historic occasion at Owenbeg on Wednesday evening last with the first ever competitive game played on the new 4G pitch and what a game it was. Glack and Steelstown served up an absolute... Read More

McCafferty delighted to join Bannsiders

NEIL McCafferty became Coleraine's first summer signing when he put to paper on a two year deal last week. The experienced midfielder joins from Portadown on a two year deal and will go some way to alleviating the loss of Stephen Lowry who joined Linfield earlier in the month. The 29-year-old admits... Read More

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

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

Davy exits the stage

HE'S welcomed heads of state and footballing superstars to his place of work. He's watched closely as stars of stage and screen have graced the stage with their presence. And he's put Coleraine on the map thanks to tireless fundraising efforts which have raised almost half a million pounds for a... Read More

Uni blasted over data centre delay

Uni blasted over data centre delay

COLERAINE'S outgoing mayor has accused the University of Ulster of jeopardising the town's economic development. Councillor David Harding was angry over the university's prevarication on pledges to provide land for a £27m investment from data storage firm, 5-Nines. Since making his claim, however,... Read More

Long's Supervalu Premier League 2014

St Johnston provided the shock of the round for the second time in a row as they followed up their win over Civil Service North last month by dumping near neighbours Strabane out on Sunday. It was no fluke either as the Donegal side got their disciplines spot on while the Premier Division men failed... Read More

Coleraine Firsts through in sudden death bowl-out

THE second round of the RSA Irish Senior cup brought top Dublin side YMCA to Sandel Lodge on Sunday with Coleraine hoping for an improvement to the weather which had seen their league match against Strabane called off the previous day. The efforts of Coleraine's grounds staff on Sunday morning,... Read More

G-Mac primed for US Open challenge

G-Mac primed for US Open challenge

FORMER US Open champion Graeme McDowell fears the absence of thick rough could hamper his chances of a second win in the US Open which begins at Pinehurst No.2 this Thursday. The Rathmore clubman famously lifted the trophy at Pebble Beach four years ago when he held his nerve in a nail-biting final... Read More

Terror in the skies

A TRAUMATISED Ringsend mother has vowed never to fly again following her nightmare trip from Manchester to Belfast International Airport. Jacqueline Faulkner, 43, was on board easyJet flight EZY137 with her sister Paula and their daughters Cathy and Mairead when it made an emergency landing due to a... Read More

PUP sorry over ‘Hitler’ slur

PUP Councillor Russell Watton has apologised for a video posted on his party's Facebook page depicting local DUP as Nazis. The Youtube clip shows an extract from the German wartime drama, 'Downfall' in which the original subtitles have been replaced with text mocking the DUP's election result in... Read More

Rest in peace, Margo

Rest in peace, Margo

HUNDREDS of mourners attended the funeral of much-loved hairdresser Margaret Evans at Portstewart Presbyterian Church today (Tuesday, June 10). As tributes continued to pour in for the popular businesswoman, affectionately known as 'Madame Margo', police confirmed that a 32-year-old man, arrested in... Read More

Local athlete impresses at Balearic (Mountain Running) Cup

LOCAL athlete Allan Bogle was in action in at the Balearic (Mountain Running) Cup, a 17k (incorporating 1,000m of ascent) mountain race on island of Mallorca on Sunday. Allan, who claimed an outstanding victory at the recent British Championship held in Newcastle (County Down), enjoyed an exciting... Read More

Lady Captain’s Day at Royal Portrush

Lady Captain’s Day at Royal Portrush

LADY Captain Maud Wilson hosted her Lady Captain's Day at Royal Portrush Golf Club in glorious weather conditions. A total of 136 players took part and the winner was Claire Rankin (23) with a fine score of 42 stableford points. Runner up was Shelly Pinkerton (22) with 40 points and the best gross... Read More

Chambers brothers claim silver medals

Chambers brothers claim silver medals

COLERAINE brothers Peter and Richard Chambers added to their medal haul at the weekend when they claimed silver at the European Championships in Belgrade. The duo, along with Chris Bartley and Mark Aldred, finished second behind defending champions Denmark in the men's lightweight four on Sunday. It... Read More

St Joseph’s facing closure

St Joseph’s facing closure

EDUCATION chiefs have recommended closing St Joseph's College in Coleraine. Plans for a "phased closure" were confirmed last week by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, alongside the scrapping of academic selection at Dominican College, Portstewart. Both moves are part of a reorganisation... Read More

Derry’s brave second-half display not enough

Derry 0-08, Donegal 1-10: DESPITE a brave second-half comeback Derry minors went out of the Championship to red hot favourites Donegal who won in the end by a flattering five points. There was just two between the teams but a late blitz by the visitors garnered three points. Richard Ferris who has... Read More

Bannsiders crash out of Irish Senior Cup

Coleraine 67, Dunbarton 93: HOLDERS Coleraine fell to a disappointing defeat in their defence of the IBA Senior Challenge Cup as they lost by 26 shots to a very strong Dunbarton at a sunny Lodge Road on Saturday. The Bannsiders went into the match having won their opening four league games of the... Read More

‘Dream come true’ for NI fan Stephen

‘Dream come true’ for NI fan Stephen

LOCAL Northern Ireland fan Stephen Collin won the chance of a lifetime to run out at Windsor Park for the last time before the historic stadium is renovated. Stephen, 25, from Coleraine won the opportunity to fulfil his childhood dream and run out at Windsor Park as part of Vauxhall's fourth annual... Read More

Rugby Avenue facility ‘open by September’

Rugby Avenue facility ‘open by September’

TWO new floodlit 4G pitches owned and operated by Coleraine council area expected to be available for use by September, it has been claimed. Work is said to be progressing well on the first phase of the development which will comprise of two state-of-the-art synthetic multi-sport pitches, grant... Read More

Dying for a buzz?

Dying for a buzz?

TEENAGERS from Coleraine, whose lives have been blighted by drugs, have opened their hearts to highlight the dangers of 'legal highs'. The UN's Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment report estimates that one in ten people in Britain have tried the new types of so-called designer drugs and identified 348... Read More

Bomber’s election sparks fury

Bomber’s election sparks fury

CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens voters have elected ex-prisoners from both sides of the political divide to sit on their new supercouncil. One of them is the man convicted of bombing Coleraine in 1973. Sean McGlinchey will take his seat on June 2 in a chamber less than a mile from the scene of an attack... Read More

College celebrates sporting success

STUDENTS and staff from North West Regional College gathered today at a special prize ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the students from the various College sports clubs and societies. This event is now a firm highlight in the calendar year at the College, and saw the presentation of... Read More

Late burst takes Greenlough through

Late burst takes Greenlough through

Greenlough 2-13, Ballerin 1-10: Greenlough were minus county player Enda Lynn while Ballerin were missing two top forwards Cathal Faulkner and Eugene Mullan but this did not prevent the teams from providing an open and entertaining game. After 20 minutes Ballerin tarried by 0-07 to 0-01 but entering... Read More

Kearney remains on lookout for players to strenghten squad

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney has admitted to a degree of frustration as he seeks to strengthen his squad for next season. The Bannsiders had been linked with a move for former Cliftonville striker Diarmuid O'Carroll but in the end lost out to the Reds' north Belfast rivals, Crusaders. “We had... Read More

McDaid trial - more acquittals

THE remaining two men accused of involvement in the killing of Coleraine community worker Kevin Brendan McDaid were acquitted on Thursday morning (May 16) of all charges. The prosecution told trial judge Mr Justice Weatherup that "having reviewed all the evidence in the case against the two... Read More

Finding solace in sadness

Finding solace in sadness

AN inspirational Coleraine man, whose son took his own life, is helping other families bereaved by suicide to find solace in their sadness. Barney Glasgow, who lives in Harpurs Hill, was grief-stricken when his 42-year-old son Owen's body was recovered from the River Bann in September 2009, a week... Read More

‘Saffron’ on the menu at Altnagelvin Hospital

INPATIENTS at Altnagelvin Hospital are enjoying the benefits of improved mealtime arrangements. An innovative electronic ordering system known as 'Saffron' is now in place across all wards within the hospital. Saffron facilitates lunch and dinner time meal ordering and allows nursing, dietetic and... Read More

Open return for Royal Portrush

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

Seeley seeking to add to his ten NW200 wins

Seeley seeking to add to his ten NW200 wins

LAST year's double winner Alastair Seeley will be aiming to continue his winning ways at the 2014 Vauxhall International North West 200 this week. "I have had a win at the North West every year since 2008 and I would like to keep that going," the Carrickfergus rider said this week. The self styled... Read More

Rubbish dumped at beauty spot

ENVIRONMENT protection officers are investigating kitchen waste dumped over a north coast beauty spot just days ahead of the Giro d'Italia. According to Coleraine Borough Council, officials are preparing to interview the proprietor of a well known restaurtant. The appalling mess strewn over a... Read More

Grammar schools agree to unite

Grammar schools agree to unite

It states: "The Governors of all three schools welcome the proposal and see this as an opportunity for the proposed schools, not only to work closely together to meet the needs of the young people of Coleraine but also to play a full part in working with other schools in Coleraine and with the... Read More

Gordon and Colhoun send Killyclooney joint top

Gordon and Colhoun send Killyclooney joint top

THE first silverware of the season was handed out on Sunday as the finals of the Sam McConnell Memorial Cups, formerly the Faughan Valley Charity Cups, were staged at Bready. Ardmore won the first of them as they accounted for Newbuildings while Coleraine claimed the senior competition when they saw... Read More

Giro d’Italia is ready for the road

Giro d’Italia is ready for the road

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

Leap of faith for Tyler Fund

A PLUCKY Portrush mum has abseiled 120 feet down one of Northern Ireland's highest buildings to raise funds for a cause close to her heart. Last month The Chronicle revealed how Lauren McGee had set up a fund to finance specialist therapy for her three-year-old son Tyler who suffers from autism... Read More

Back on track at Aghadowey Stadium

Back on track at Aghadowey Stadium

National Hot Rods Easter Monday was Round 10 of 14 in the National Hot Rods NI World Qualifying Series, with the drivers all vying for the all important points which lead to qualification for the World Final at Ipswich in July. Whilst Mervyn Crawford, better known for his work in the technical area... Read More

SURREAL

SURREAL

That's how Portrush teenager Conor Mitchell has described Burnley's promotion to the Premier League. The 17-year-old goalkeeper signed a one year professional contract with the Turf Moor club earlier this year and can now look forward to life in the big league with the Clarets. It's all a far cry... Read More

McClarty memorial planned for Cloonavin

COLERAINE councillors have agreed to erect a permanent memorial to former mayor David McClarty who died earlier this month. The proposal was made by Claire Sugden who succeeded Mr McClarty when he stood down from the council to concentrate on Assembly duties in 2013. It was unanimously endorsed by... Read More

Portstewart’s got talent!

Portstewart’s got talent!

FORGET Riverdance. For the new Irish dancing sensation is Innova Irish Dance Company. The Portstewart based group took Irish dancing to a new level on Saturday evening with their knockout performance on Britain's Got Talent. Taking to the stage at the Belfast audition, the 15-strong troupe, most... Read More

Sugden set to replace McClarty

Sugden set to replace McClarty

LOCAL independent councillor Claire Sugden is set to fill the Stormont Assembly seat left vacant by the death of David McClarty, The Chonicle understands. Like every other MLA, Mr McClarty was required to leave a list of potential 'substitutes' when he was elected in 2011. In the event of a... Read More

Eoghan Rua footballers suffer double defeat

EOGHAN Rua's Division One league campaign has got off to a disappointing start with a double defeat in their first two games. In their opening fixture they went down by three points away at Ballinderry while last weekend they suffered a last minute reversal at home to Steelstown. Their midweek... Read More

‘Point of no return

‘Point of no return

A SINGLE Gareth Tommons goal was enough to secure Coleraine a 1-0 win at Warrenpoint Town on Saturday, a victory which secures the visitors' place in the Danske Bank Premiership for next season. The Bannsiders went into the game at Milltown in serious danger of being dragged into a potential... Read More

Sean Leo to miss Croke Park decider

Sean Leo to miss Croke Park decider

INFLUENTIAL half-back Sean Leo McGoldrick looks set to miss out on Sunday's glamour National Football League Division One final against Dublin in Croke Park because of injury. The Eoghan Rua man - a key member of Brian McIver's team - picked up a knee injury in a club game at Ballinderry last week... Read More

Green light for bus stop improvements

REMEDIAL work will be carried out to improve a bus stop at Coleraine's Riverside Retail Park after passengers raised concerns that it wasn't fit for purpose. The assurance came from local DUP Assemblyman Adrian McQuillan following discussions between the owner of the land, Translink and DRD... Read More

Passing of a real gentleman

Passing of a real gentleman

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in Coleraine today (Tuesday) for the funeral of David McClarty, MLA. The 63-year-old independent MLA died in the early hours of Friday morning after a year-long battle with cancer. The two-time former Mayor was buried after a ceremony in Killowen Parish Church attended... Read More

Surf festival set to make a splash in Portrush

NORTHERN Ireland's only surfing event is set to take place this Easter weekend at West Strand in Portrush. Surfers from all over Ireland will take part in the second annual Causeway Coast Surf Festival on April 19 and 20. The festival will see a mixture of surf contests, skateboarding, beach volley... 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

Derry to face Mayo in Division One semi-final

Derry to face Mayo in Division One semi-final

LAST Sunday at McHale Park Castlebar Mayo beat what was a Derry reserve team bar one by 2-12 to 1-07 but at one stage midway through the second-half Derry were just three points behind. However Mayo who led at half-time by 0-08 to 0-01 had enough in the tank to pull away and win comfortably in... 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

Much changed Derry lose away to Mayo

DERRY and Mayo will meet again in the Division One Allianz Football League semi-finals after two Alan Freeman goals helped the westerners to a 2-12 to 1-7 home win which pushed them into the last four. With the Oak Leaf men already assured of their semi-final position, Derry manager made no fewer... Read More

Camper pitches tent on cliff-top

Camper pitches tent on cliff-top

COASTGUARDS are urging caution after two jet skiers ended up in hospital after getting into difficulties off Benone beach and a camper had to be talked down from a precarious cliff-top perch. On Friday evening the Coastguard Rescue team from Coleraine was alerted by the National Trust after a man... Read More

Schools set to unite

Schools set to unite

EDUCATION chiefs have endorsed the planned amalgamation of the High School and Coleraine Inst. Plans ratified by North East Education and Library Board's Education Committee last month would see provision at Coleraine High "discontinued" to allow establishment of a new mixed-sex grammar school on... 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

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

All systems go for improved NW200

All systems go for improved NW200

THE 2014 Vauxhall North West 200 was given a spectacular launch in Belfast's Titanic building on Monday. A host of top road racers including John McGuinness, William and Michael Dunlop, Ian Hutchinson, Alastair Seeley, Josh Brookes, Stuart Easton, Ryan Farquhar, Keith Amor, Steve Mercer, Peter... 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

Captain Convery leads by example

Kildare...............................................3-17 Derry.................................................4-14 DERRY finished their League programme with an away draw against already relegated Kildare at Newbridge in a game of contrasting fortunes with both teams having chances to win.Derry... 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

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

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

‘A wholly avoidable tragedy’

THE gas fitter responsible for the deaths of two teenagers in Castlerock has been sentenced to two years in prison and two on licence. George Brown, 52, from Ballygawley Road, Aghadowey, admitted killing Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson and a string of other charges, including health and safety... 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

Springwell athletes perform well at Magherafelt 10K Classic

NEARLY one hundred and fifty runners turned out for the Magherafelt 'Classic' 10K Road Race organised by recently established Magherafelt Harriers on Saturday. North Belfast Harriers Adam Boyd looked strong as he powered his way around the 10K course, breaking the tape in 33:58. Aaron Meharg... Read More

Rachael may need your vote

Rachael may need your vote

DRUMSURN teenager Rachael O'Connor may need your help this Saturday night to keep her dreams of stardom alive. The 16-year-old is now through to the live finals of The Voice but as of this weekend she could need your vote to keep her in the BBC talent competition to be named "The Voice" - and win a... Read More

Mark Lynch inspires Derry to win over Dublin

A MARK Lynch inspired Derry had six points to spare over the reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin as they won 1-16 to 0-13 in Celtic Park last Sunday afternoon. Lynch was superb as his blistering 1-8 helped Derry to a victory that sees them into second place in Division 1 and well placed to stake... Read More

10-man Coleraine fall to defeat at Glenavon

10-man Coleraine fall to defeat at Glenavon

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

DVA – the fallout

DVA – the fallout

WESTMINSTER'S Department for Transport has poured cold water on Stormont's claims over the financial consequences of closing Coleraine's DVA. During the consultation on proposals to transfer licensing services to Swansea, the DoE submitted a report suggesting over 500 jobs and £22m could be lost... 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

Call for action on prison assaults

Call for action on prison assaults

THE number of staff sick days lost to assaults at Magilligan Prison has doubled in three years. The troubling statistic emerged via an Assembly question tabled by East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell. According to the Department of Justice, 94 working days were lost because of assaults in 2011. By... 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

Bannsiders crash out of Setanta Cup

Bannsiders crash out of Setanta Cup

FOR the second year in succession a goal in added time in the second leg dumped Coleraine out of the Setanta Cup. Twelve months ago it was Shamrock Rovers who wrecked Bannsiders' dreams, on Monday it was Dundalk who applied the coup de grace. Coleraine had led 3-2 from the first leg a fortnight ago... 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

Street Pastors on patrol this summer?

A TEAM of Street Pastors could be on patrol in the Triangle area as early as this summer, according to a Coleraine councillor. Mum-of-five Stephanie Quigley has her hopes firmly pinned on Coleraine becoming the third Northern Ireland location to roll out a Street Pastor scheme, similar to successful... 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

Investigation at Ralphs Close concludes

The Western Health Trust has been forced to apologise to eleven families of severely disabled adults who were subjected to verbal and physical abuse while in their care at Ralphs Close, a residential home at Gransha Park. The Trust have accepted that 22 of 45 allegations made in anonymous... Read More

Derry too strong for Westmeath

DERRY turned in another impressive performance back in Division One of the National Football League as they saw off Westmeath very comfortably on a score of 3-16 to 0-12 in Celtic Park last Sunday. The Oak Leaf county now sits nicely in second place on five points, just ahead of Tyrone on score... 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

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

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

Draw for the group stages of the new North West T20 competitions

Group C Thursday, June 12: Fox Lodge v Donemana; St Johnston v Bonds Glen Tuesday, June 17: Bonds Glen v Fox Lodge; Donemana v St Johnston Thursday, June 26: Fox Lodge v St Johnston; Bonds Glen v Donemana Group D Tuesday, June 3: Sion Mills v Burndennett Thursday, June 5: Killyclooney v Sion Mills... Read More

Devastation

Devastation

THE jobs of far more than the 202 employees made redundant on Friday are under threat as a result of the KPL collapse last week. A local subcontractor has said his firm, and many others like him, is now in danger of folding due to the KPL Contracts closure. Speaking on Monday, the subcontractor,... Read More

Derry win as Westmeath hurlers see red

Westmeath...........................................0-8 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... 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

Lucky to  be alive

Lucky to be alive

A GOOD Samaritan who saved her sleeping neighbour's life after his chip pan caught light has been praised by a Coleraine fire chief. Quick-thinking Jenna Lennox, 27, raised the alarm after hearing Jackie McLaughlin's smoke alarm sounding in his Daneshill Road flat in Ballysally on Tuesday, February... 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

Couple charged with pensioner’s murder

Couple charged with pensioner’s murder

A HUSBAND and wife, charged in connection with the death of a Coleraine pensioner nearly two years ago, now face murder charges. Mother of two Jennifer Toland, 24 and 40-year-old Paul James Manolto Toland, from The Cedars, Antrim had been facing a charge of the manslaughter of Bertie Acheson. Mr... Read More

More jobs set to go?

TEN jobs are to be lost or redeployed elsewhere at Coleraine's HMRC office Fern House, amid a reorganisation of the department's services. The job threat is a result of two HMRC initiatives - a reorganisation of Enquiry Centre services and a 'voluntary exit' scheme for administrative assistants.... 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

Inst rack up big win in Schools Cup

CAI........................................................41 Regent.....................................................0 ON a horrible morning for rugby, CAI hosted Regent House in the third round of the Danske Bank Schools Cup. The home side won the toss and decided to play into the wind and rain.... 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

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

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

Coleraine performance pleases Beggs

Coleraine...............................................26 Ballymena..............................................17 COLERAINE pulled out all the stops to produce a strong 26-17 win over Ballymena Seconds in the Conference League on Thursday evening. Played midweek, and under floodlights at Rugby... 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

We want answers on Alan’s death!

We want answers on Alan’s death!

RELATIVES of the man killed at a Coleraine recycling depot have called on the council to address failings which led to the tragedy with "openness, accountability and transparency". Alan Devenney's family say Cloonavin is side-stepping difficult questions nearly four months after a Crown Court judge... 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

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

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

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

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

Eoin Bradley suspended for Irish Cup clash

Eoin Bradley suspended for Irish Cup clash

COLERAINE talisman Eoin Bradley will miss this evening's eagerly anticipated Irish Cup replay against Cliftonville because of suspension. It's a big blow to the Bannsiders and their top scorer who has been a revelation since joining from Ballymoney Utd earlier in the season. ‘Skinner' has led the... Read More

Missed chances cost Derry dear

ONCE again, that old cliché that 'goals win games' rang very in last Sunday's PowerNI McKenna Cup semi-final in Omagh between adversaries Tyrone and Derry. The home side came out on top by just three points, 2-13 to 1-13, but the real story was Derry's missed goal opportunities. Despite this... 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

Actress breaks a leg - literally!

Actress breaks a leg - literally!

THE saying 'break a leg' is still ringing in the ears of Rowena Baker after she slipped on stage at Coleraine's Riverside Theatre, just 48 hours before she was due to appear in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. Rowena was rehearsing with other members of the award-winning Portush-based Ballywillan Drama... 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

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

Giant steps to help Oliver walk

Giant steps to help Oliver walk

THE family of a five-year-old Coleraine schoolboy who needs surgery in America to help him walk are thrilled with the phenomenal response to their fundraising campaign. Last week The Chronicle revealed how Oliver Dickey's simple dream is to be able to walk unaided and play with his little brother... 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

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

Coleraine Firsts progress to Towns’ Cup second round

Coleraine Firsts progress to Towns’ Cup second round

COLERAINE First XV progressed to the second round of the Powerade Towns' Cup at the weekend following a hard-fought win over Randalstown. The drama went right down to the last minute as the visitors had a conversion attempt to force a draw and extra-time but Coleraine breathed a sigh of relief as... Read More

UDA ‘mob’ attacked man

UDA ‘mob’ attacked man

KEVIN McDaid's widow has described how her husband collapsed after a mob of men who said they were from the UDA swarmed through her neighbourhood, leaving another man seriously injured. Evelyn McDaid was one of seven witnesses giving evidence to a preliminary enquiry at North Antrim Magistrates'... Read More

Coleraine take honours in local derby at Sandel Lodge

Coleraine take honours in local derby at Sandel Lodge

COLERAINE took the honours in Saturday's local derby against Ballymoney and secured four valuable league points in the process. It was a tightly contested affair, both sides playing with passion and determination, and the largest crowd in many years at Sandel Park was entertained from start to... 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

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

Killer to pay back murdered husband’s pension?

Killer to pay back murdered husband’s pension?

DOUBLE murderer Hazel Stewart may have to pay back the police pension she inherited from the first husband she killed, the High Court has heard. The National Crime Agency has begun High Court proceedings to recover the funds which Stewart received after Constable Trevor Buchanan's death. Stewart,... Read More

Harrods boost for Coleraine company

Harrods boost for Coleraine company

A COLERAINE company received some pre Christmas cheer by raising a glass with Harrods in London. The Good Food and Wine Company took part in a Meet the Buyer event organised by Invest NI in London and secured business for its 'Hot Toddy' drink, a non-alcoholic spiced apple juice, to the high-end... Read More

Derry Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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 Journal1 years 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

Al’s well that ends well!

Al’s well that ends well!

NORTH Coast big wave star Al Mennie completed his epic voyage to Scotland by surfboard last week - but only just! The 25 mile paddle, in aid of NI Heart Chest and Stroke, proved much tougher than expected, culminating in a lung bursting race battle with the tide for the safety of shore. The... Read More

Body found in Portrush

POLICE say circumstances surrounding the discovery of body in Portrush at the weekend are not suspicious. Mark street Lane remained cordoned off for much of Saturday as investigators examined the scene. A PSNI spokesperson said a post mortem will be carried out later in the week. She added: "The... 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