Portrush News

The Ballymoney ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Doherty races to top 10 finish in Letterkenny

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

Robinson announces Northern Ireland to host Irish Open in 2015 and 2017

THE Irish Open is set to return to Northern Ireland in 2015 and 2017 it was announced last week. Royal County Down Golf Club will host next year's event from May 28-31 while, in a first for Northern Ireland, the tournament will be staged at the Lough Erne resort in Fermanagh in 2017. Making the... Read More

Tannahill edged out of Mayo win

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

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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

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

Chris performs well in county Kildare

ON SATURDAY, Springwell's Chris Denton travelled to Donadea in County Kildare for the Donadea 50K ultra-marathon which also incorporated the AAI National 50K Championships. Chris had an excellent run, finishing in eigth place in a time of 3hrs 32m and 42sec. The race was won by Gary O'Hanlon... Read More

Man acquitted of manslaughter

Man acquitted of manslaughter

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

Hamilton back on the NW200 trophy trail

UP-AND-COMING road race star, Jamie Hamilton, has become the latest rider to announce that the International North West 200 is part of his 2014 plans. The 22-year-old has put a deal in place to acquire Stewart Smith's ER6 Kawasaki Supertwin bike and John Dugan's ZXR600 Kawasaki for the new season.... Read More

Free Wi-Fi on the way

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

Local News

The Ballymoney ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Loughguile man refused bail

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

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

The Ballymoney ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

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

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

The Ballycastle ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

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

The Ballycastle ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Would you feed your hungry neighbour?

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

New plans for historic site

The Ballycastle ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

New plans for historic site

THE government agency responsible for Dunluce Castle will not endorse private sector plans for visitor facilities until "several options" have been considered. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency delivered its guarded response after publication of a planning application backed by a neighbouring... Read More

A town ‘robbed’ of its assets

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

Lasting legacy to baby Erin

Lasting legacy to baby Erin

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

Barbarians v Methody for NI Children’s Hospice

Ballymena Guardian6 days ago

Barbarians v Methody for NI Children’s Hospice

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

Tannahill sights on Kerry win

PEUGEOT privateer Richard Tannahill admits his early pace in this year's Dunlop National Rally Championship means a Class win could be on the cards sooner than he anticipated. The 27-year-old missed out on a breakthrough victory on the opening Mayo Stages Rally last month after leading the R2... Read More

Feasibility study set to begin for Bushmills PSNI station

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

Up for grabs

Up for grabs

It may enjoy World Heritage Status, but anyone can go and help themselves to the famous basalt columns that make up the Giant's Causeway. That was one of the more alarming messages delivered to Moyle Councillors during a presentation by members of the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust last... 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

Drugs raid  charge error

Drugs raid charge error

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

‘We’re better 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 three neighbouring... Read More

Ronan’s thanks

Ronan’s thanks

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

‘Chat Share Think’! launched

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

Ballymoney notch up third straight win against ‘Dee

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

It doesn’t kill to be kind

It doesn’t kill to be kind

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

Stella’s daily battle to stay alive

Stella’s daily battle to stay alive

DEVOTED mum Emma Stewart faces a daily battle to protect her daughter Stella from potentially life-threatening infections. For the adorable four-year-old suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited lung condition which affects around 400 people in Northern Ireland. Despite a constant fight to keep... Read More

Tarmac Championship the priority, says Rowan

Tarmac Championship the priority, says Rowan

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

McShane invited to speak at Bloody Sunday event

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

Dunlop’s road racing achievements honoured

Dunlop’s road racing achievements honoured

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

Fall wants to make Irish Cup history

Fall wants to make Irish Cup history

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

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

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

Festive feedback

THE PRESIDENT of the Chamber of Commerce has urged local businesses to 'invest in success' for Ballymoney during 2014. Mrs Winifred Mellet made her New Year remarks as festive trading feedback suggests that the 2013 Christmas season has been good for Ballymoney retailers in what continues to be a... Read More

Regional News

The Ballycastle ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Rowan focused on Group N double

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

Ryan’s designs  on garden title

The Ballycastle ChronicleThursday, 17 April 2014

Ryan’s designs on garden title

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

Ballymena GuardianThursday, 17 April 2014

Easter extravaganza at Ballymena Raceway

There's an Easter extravaganza of short circuit motorsport in store at Ballymena Raceway on Good Friday (April 18) where the action packed schedule includes a National Hot Rod World Qualifying round and a first Raceway appearance of the season for the ferocious F2 Stock Cars. Two weeks ago it was... Read More

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

Ballymena GuardianThursday, 17 April 2014

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

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

Antrim GuardianThursday, 17 April 2014

Randalstown U13s Ravenhill bound

Randalstown U13s 31 Armagh U13s 0 Randalstown Rugby Club's U13 squad hosted their Armagh counterparts at the Neillsbrook pitches for the semi-final of the Ulster Branch U13 Cup competition. Weather conditions on Saturday morning were ideal as the rain stopped before kick-off and the sun came... Read More

‘The forgotten victims’ of crime

Antrim GuardianThursday, 17 April 2014

‘The forgotten victims’ of crime

Disturbing new figures have revealed that scores of children across the Antrim Borough are being sentenced to a difficult upbringing thanks to the easy life of crime chosen by their parents. The shocking statistics, which were unearthed by online investigative magazine The Detail, reveal that... Read More

Antrim GuardianThursday, 17 April 2014

Children’s ‘lives on the line’

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

Ballymoney green open for business

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

Late Bangor try denies Ballymoney girls victory

Ballymoney............................................20 Bangor...................................................20 BALLYMONEY Girls' Youth Rugby Team took on a very experienced Bangor side on home soil at the weekend in a game that ended in a draw. The two teams agreed to play contested scrums... Read More

Defeat has made us hungrier for success, says Cassidy

Defeat has made us hungrier for success, says Cassidy

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

Ryan running for his dad

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

In memory of Geraldine

In memory of Geraldine

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

Rethink needed on Antrim football scene

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

Alan double books United place in showpiece final

Ballymena Guardian6 days ago

Alan double books United place in showpiece final

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

Ballymena Guardian6 days ago

Officers set to tackle anti-social ‘hotspots’

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

‘Hotspot’ policing

Ballymena Guardian6 days ago

‘Hotspot’ policing

Ballymena's anti-social behaviour 'hotspots' are to be targeted by police over the next 12 months, it was revealed last week. The plan is one of the key priorities in the newly published 2014/15 local Policing Plan. PSNI commander Chief Inspector, Catherine Magee, said: "We will be focusing on... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

Mother’s Day at Connell Hill

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

And they’re off!

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

And they’re off!

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

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

Town U13s breeze into last four

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

Irish call-up for Randalstown girls

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

Irish call-up for Randalstown girls

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

‘Almost 20 deaths after Muckamore’

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

‘Almost 20 deaths after Muckamore’

The controversial policy of driving patients from the safe sanctuary of Muckamore Abbey to a more independent life in the community has now been linked to 'around 20 deaths', a whistle blower has claimed this week. The deaths have been described as 'very sad' by the North and West Belfast Trust, who... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 days ago

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

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

Antrim move off the bottom

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

Pat’s big thank you!

BALLYMONEY woman Pat McAuley feared the worst when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. But after a gruelling regime of treatment, Pat is now feeling much better and up-beat - so much so that she has just raised an amazing £3,800 and still counting for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and... Read More

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

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

Adios Ambrose

Adios Ambrose

IT WAS A SAD and emotional day, some might say the end of an era, as Ambrose Laverty closed the shutter of Ballycastle Post Office for the last time on Wednesday of last week to begin early retirement. For the past 14 years Ambrose has been a stalwart of the local Post Office, as co-manager he was... Read More

Saffron hurlers retain Division 1 status

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

‘Mental preparation vital for success’ - Ferguson

‘Mental preparation vital for success’ - Ferguson

Glenn Ferguson will hammer home the message of vital mental preparation for Saturday's Irish Cup semi-final with Championship 2 side Queen's University at the Oval (3pm). And he declares it is a must that all players adhere to his plans - to avoid an embarrassing exit at the hands of the minnows.... Read More

New-look United lose to Swifts

New-look United lose to Swifts

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

Search for local lottery winner is no April Fool!

As people play tricks on each other the length and breadth of the UK this April Fools' Day, the National Lottery is urging players in the Boroughs of Antrim and Ballymena - where a £116,304 prize remains unclaimed - not to be the butt of the joke and check their tickets for the chance to have the... Read More

Housing body accused of trying to ‘wipe out’ community

Housing body accused of trying to ‘wipe out’ community

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

‘We let families down’ - Trust

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

Antrim GuardianLast week

£52,000 funding means allotments CAN take root

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

11 deaths under investigation

Antrim GuardianLast week

11 deaths under investigation

The deaths of 11 people, including five babies, in the Northern Trust area are under investigation, Health Minister Edwin Poots has told the Stormont Assembly. Mr Poots said he had been made aware of 20 cases in which the Trust's response was 'below standard'. The patients concerned were all treated... Read More

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

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

Ballymoney Youth and Super Vets lead from the front

BALLYMONEY CC Biesty's Centra Racing Team riders have been leading from the front at the top road race events in Ulster in recent weeks. The Red Hand Classic road race in the Antrim hills finishing in Broughshane and 70 miles later, top A1 in the area Bryan McKinney a top 10 finisher in the season... Read More

£5.3million for Ballymoney schools

BALLYMONEY'S two biggest schools are to get well over £5million between them for crucial refurbishment and improvement work after the Education Minister approved the release of funds under the School Enhancement Programme last week. The two schools were on a list of 51 schools across the province... Read More

Cargin chase 21st title

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

Busy week at Ballycastle

Busy week at Ballycastle

IT was a busy week at Ballycastle with the first trophy of the year, the Louis Sweeney Cup, played for on St Patrick's Day in favourable conditions. Jim McCann had won the trophy for the past two years and he made a valiant attempt at the hat-trick but a bogey at his last hole forced him to hand... Read More

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

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

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

Family fun in revitalised town!

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Ballymena Under 13s stun Ballyclare in Plate

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Cargin chase 21st title

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

£20,000 ‘pink’ dress for Giro d’Italia route!

Ballymena Council has agreed to contribute up to a maximum of £20,000 towards dressing the route in Ballymena for the Giro d'Italia in May. The event is one of the cycling world's elite and iconic events held in the same esteem as the Tour de France and commands a huge worldwide audience. The... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Swann secures all party backing for new baby heart screening system

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

Galgorm’s £10m tourism boost

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Galgorm’s £10m tourism boost

Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, has performed the official sod cutting ceremony for the new £10m extension at Galgorm Resort and Spa, which will create 50 much needed jobs. The extension will include additional bedrooms and leisure facilities, including a swimming pool and gym. “The expansion... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Casey is King as McMahon goes Nutts!

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

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Town stay third after heavy defeat

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

Antrim Thirds face a play-off

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Antrim Thirds face a play-off

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

Baby memorial is set in stone

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Baby memorial is set in stone

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

Players deserve success, says coach

Players deserve success, says coach

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

MLA urges action for MRI Scanner

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

A Race for Relief

A Race for Relief

MOST of us empathise about Third World plight from the comfort of our living rooms - dipping into our wallets for an annual donation after jaw-dropping images of the poor babies on television. But for one Ballymoney man, after his eye-opening trip to the poorest regions of Africa, he felt compelled... Read More

Future-proof Roddens

Future-proof Roddens

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

The Saffrons lose - but only by three

The Saffrons lose - but only by three

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

Fall stands down as Ballymoney boss

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

Diabetes shock

THE Health Minster says he has no plans to investigate an alarming rise in the number of Moyle residents suffering from diabetes. According to figures released to the Assembly, adult cases registered by GPs have increased by 43.6 per cent in just five years. In 2007 there were 757 diagnosed with... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Ballymena Girls end the season on a winning note

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

Residents urged to ‘leave your cap on’

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Residents urged to ‘leave your cap on’

Ballymena residents throw away 72,000 glass bottle aluminium screw tops annually, according to arc21. And now the waste management body has launched a "You Can Leave Your Cap On" campaign to increase the numbers that are recycled. Aluminium screw tops have become increasingly popular on glass... Read More

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

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

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

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

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

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

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

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

Antrim Guardian3 weeks ago

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

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

Lauren’s brave fight for life

Lauren’s brave fight for life

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

Late Carlow fight back stuns Antrim

Late Carlow fight back stuns Antrim

ANTRIM'S senior footballers are well and truly snookered, writes Jim Smyth. After failing to beat lowly Carlow at Dr Cullen Park, 2-17 to 3-15, any remaining hope they had of gaining promotion from Division Four basement football went up in smoke on Sunday. Against pointless Carlow they were... Read More

Ex Sinn Fein Cllr to be replaced on LAG?

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

Local man takes trip of lifetime

Local man takes trip of lifetime

A FORMER Physical Education and History teacher who settled in Ballycastle following his retirement 15 years ago has recently returned from a two week trekking holiday which saw him touring the Inca Trail in Peru and going white water rafting on the Urumbamba River in the Sacred Valley. Speaking of... Read More

‘Cup places up for grabs’

Ballymena GuardianLast month

‘Cup places up for grabs’

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

United embarrassed at the Oval

Ballymena GuardianLast month

United embarrassed at the Oval

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

Farmers rebel

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Farmers rebel

Angry farmers are threatening to put the brakes on construction of the new multi-million pound A26 dualling scheme at Glarryford. The warning comes amid claims that Roads Service is "running roughshod" over local land and property owners as they carry out advanced works on the £65m project. Work... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Competition strong at Connell Hill

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

Antrim reach Ulster Shield final

Antrim GuardianLast month

Antrim reach Ulster Shield final

Antrim Seconds 3 North Down Thirds 0 Antrim Seconds entertained North Down Thirds in the semi final of the Ulster Shield at the Paddy Marks Arena on Saturday. Although Antrim had the slight edge they were unable to find any reasonable rhythm from the start against a strong visiting side.... Read More

Keenan returns to SDLP fold as dust settles on political fallout

Antrim GuardianLast month

Keenan returns to SDLP fold as dust settles on political fallout

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

Nurses lift the lid on hospital crisis

Antrim GuardianLast month

Nurses lift the lid on hospital crisis

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

Barton helps get Dalriada 2nds over the line

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

Glebe suffer first home defeat under Cairns

Glebe suffer first home defeat under Cairns

TITLE chasing Annagh United were the visitors to the Riada Stadium on Saturday as Glebe Rangers attempted to move into the top half of the table for the first time this season. With Brian Kane absent through injury, Glebe turned to 16-year-old Lewis McIlveen and again the youngster stepped up to... Read More

Stage set for Ballycastle rally

Stage set for Ballycastle rally

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

Victory at last for Antrim footballers

AT the third attempt Antrim made their presence felt in Division Four of the Allianz National football league, writes Jim Smyth. At Creggan they broke their duck with an emphatic 1-17 to 0-6 victory, picking themselves off the bottom of the league table. With successive defeats at the hands of both... Read More

Accolade for excellence

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

The Ballycastle United FC Youth Academy invests in Mini Soccer

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

National Park plan ruled out for decade

National Park plan ruled out for decade

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

Local girl helps cancer patients look good, feel better!

Local girl helps cancer patients look good, feel better!

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Hectic Saturday for Ballymena Runners

Last Saturday was a busy weekend for Ballymena Runners who spread themselves over Five different races all over the country and further beyond. There was also a large group of Club members who took their Leader in Running Fitness courses at the Mary Peters Track on the Saturday. Albertville 5 Mile... Read More

United book semi spot in style

Ballymena GuardianLast month

United book semi spot in style

Ballymena United 4 Dungannon Swifts 1 Ballymena United saw off Swifts in style at the Showgrounds on Saturday to set up a semi-final clash with Queen's University on April 5. A double from striker Darren Boyce and one each from Davy Munster and Johnny Taylor secured their victory. Muster... Read More

Pure Power!

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Pure Power!

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Council agrees £15,000 towards Gracehill pond makeover

Ballymena Borough Council has agreed to a £15,000 funding request from Gracehill Old School Trust towards a restoration project. The Trust has successfully secured £27,000 from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Challenge fund towards a £42,000 restoration project for the pond area in the... Read More

Antrim lose out in scrappy encounter

Antrim GuardianLast month

Antrim lose out in scrappy encounter

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

Loss leaves Antrim in relegation zone

Antrim GuardianLast month

Loss leaves Antrim in relegation zone

Queen's 4 Antrim 1 Antrim travelled to Belfast last Tuesday evening to play their final Senior 1 League match of the season against Queens University at their Upper Malone Road magnificent sporting complex, in a game where a win would almost certainly maintain their status in this... Read More

Massereene remembered

Antrim GuardianLast month

Massereene remembered

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Traffic wardens ‘killing business’ in Crumlin - claim

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

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

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

Mistakes cost Ballymoney their place in Towns’ Cup

Mistakes cost Ballymoney their place in Towns’ Cup

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

IRA parade controversy

IRA parade controversy

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

Retail traders Chief endorses Ballymoney Masterplan

THE CHIEF Executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed and given its support to the new Ballymoney Masterplan launched a few weeks ago. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts made his comments during a visit to Ballymoney to learn more of the proposals in the... Read More

McFall impresses with gravel pace

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

Antrim hurling set to receive cash injection

ANTRIM'S Senior Hurling team is to benefit from more than €40,000 in funding over the next five years as part of an initiative aimed at improving its performances at all levels of competition. The announcement was made at the GAA Congress at Croke Park on Saturday, with the Antrim County Board... Read More

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Superb U17s Stun Virginia

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Minister backs rail station upgrade

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

Chinese drugs  shock

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Chinese drugs shock

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

Store attacked in car park ‘fines’ row

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Store attacked in car park ‘fines’ row

A row has erupted over attempts to retrieve parking 'fines' at a well known private town centre car park in Ballymena. The car park services Co-op customers in Broughshane Street but the company has categorically denied any involvement in the matter. SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan, says he has been... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

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

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

Former British soldier is being treated ‘like a foreign sponger’

Antrim GuardianLast month

Former British soldier is being treated ‘like a foreign sponger’

A benefits clampdown rushed through to deter 'foreign spongers' from Bulgaria and Romania from plugging directly into the welfare state has left the family of a former Antrim soldier living on the breadline. Prime Minister David Cameron pushed through tough new rules days before work restrictions... Read More

Hanna hat-trick moves Toon up to third

Hanna hat-trick moves Toon up to third

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

Ballymoney’s Kinihan is captain fantastic

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

Solution to placard pollution?

BALLYMONEY council and Chamber of Commerce has unequivocally backed a motion calling for a ban on election posters during the Giro D'Italia cycle. The North Coast will stage part of the world renowned cycle in May, meaning Ballymoney will resultantly play host to unprecedented numbers of visitors... Read More

St Killian’s come up just  short against Templemore

St Killian’s come up just short against Templemore

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

Flooding frustration

Flooding frustration

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Annaclone GP this Saturday

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Guardian man spot on as Dunlop joins BMW

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Rates up 1.5%

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

Defeat ignites relegation fears

Antrim GuardianLast month

Defeat ignites relegation fears

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Grammar girls progress in Ulster Rugby Schools’ Cup

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

Champions!

Antrim GuardianLast month

Champions!

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Tyre dumping arrests welcomed

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

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

Antrim GuardianLast month

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

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

Loughguile lose out on final spot

Loughguile lose out on final spot

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

Amy’s marathon for prisoners

TRAINEE teacher and law graduate from Ballymoney, Amy Brown, is preparing for her first ever marathon to raise money for Prisoners Education Trust. The 26 year old woman from Ballymoney is running the Edinburgh Marathon on May 25 to raise funds to help prisoners get an education. Having always been... Read More

No support for sports clubs rates exemption

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

RBAI ends Dalriada’s Cup run

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

Fall takes positives from Irish Cup defeat

Fall takes positives from Irish Cup defeat

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

Local supermarket celebrate fundraising success

STAFF of local supermarket, McKillop's EUROSPAR Cushendall, are celebrating the success of their Christmas fundraising for local children's charity, Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC). The team raised a grand total of £523.07 by encouraging their customers to donate their spare... Read More

Game on?

Game on?

MOYLE DISTRICT Council has set aside £350,000 to develop a 3G Gaelic pitch in Moyle after a proposal by Independent Councillor Padraig McShane received broad cross party backing at Monday night's Council meeting. Cllr McShane brought the proposal to the Council chamber and presented a detailed plan... Read More

Community’s got teen spirit

Community’s got teen spirit

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

Classy Cushley sends  Linfield crashing

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Classy Cushley sends Linfield crashing

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Average house in Ballymena priced at £118,772

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Juniors impress in Belfast

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Juniors impress in Belfast

Two teams of U13 juniors from Antrim Hockey Club travelled to the ultra modern sports complex at Stormont last week. The under 13 A team were placed in a strong group along with Cliftonville, NICS A team, NICS B team, Instonians and the Antrim B team. In their opening match against Cliftonville,... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Maguire defends dignity of OAPs

Antrim Town Sinn Fein councillor Noel Maguire has made a passionate defence of older people and their right to live with dignity at the end of their working lives. And central to that, he said, was ensuring that they could meet the ever rising cost of living. “David Cameron has recently pledged a... Read More

‘Low-life scumbags’

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

‘Low-life scumbags’

The vicious thugs who savagely beat up a frail Antrim man and then stole his pension should be forced to serve a lengthy sentence behind bars, outraged community leaders have said. Carroll Thompson, or simply Toby to his legion of friends, had been in Antrim to collect his money last Monday... Read More

WSB rider Laverty to open Motorcycle Festival

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

Friends’ 38 hour vigil for Brooks tickets

Friends’ 38 hour vigil for Brooks tickets

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

Mackle winner dents United’s top six hopes

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Mackle winner dents United’s top six hopes

Portadown 1 Ballymena United 0 A Sean Mackle goal at muddy Shamrock Park on Saturday has dented Ballymena United's bid for a top six spot. The Portadown man fired in what proved to be the winner 15 minutes from the end. The home side's Emmett Frairs flashed an early header over the bar. United... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Graffin takes win at New Year Stages

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Iraq veteran assaulted wedding guests and staff at Antrim Hotel

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

Health Centre cash probe

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Health Centre cash probe

A Ballymena councillor is demanding action, after it was revealed more than a quarter of a million pounds was paid to a contractor working on Ballymena's new £25m health centre project in instalments of under £2,000. Last week, the Guardian revealed the contract for some of the preparatory work... Read More

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Great Scott! Flying Finlay lands first win

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown fail Academy test

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Bad week at the office for Ford

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Help us stop this senseless vandalism

Trevor Neilands spoke out after a malicious fire tore through a section of the derelict campus on January 25. Firefighters using specialist equipment to prevent the raging inferno from spreading to the main block, but the damage was still extensive. Part of the site has been earmarked for Fold... Read More

Tyre dumping sparks fury

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Tyre dumping sparks fury

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

Ballymoney Ladies share the points with Randalstown

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

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

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

Campbell leads Ballymoney to victory

HAVING ended their winless run with victory against Cooke earlier this month, Ballymoney ran out on to the pitch at Kilraughts Road in Saturday's Towns' Cup looking to make it two from two against Strabane, writes Andy Borthwick. Representing the final opportunity to claim some silverware this... Read More

Substation standstill

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

Porsche duo plot fresh challenge

EDMUND Peel and Dessie Nutt plan to contest three of the four rounds that make up the 'Welsh Challenge' within the R.A.C Rally Championship, starting with Sunday's Red Kite Stages. The Porsche team-mates will also tackle the Severn Valley Stages at the end of May and the Neath Valley Stages in early... Read More

Dunlop targeting North West Superbike maiden

Dunlop targeting North West Superbike maiden

BALLYMONEY'S William Dunlop says he is going to this year's International North West 200 with a point to prove in the Superbike class. Dunlop's preparations for the new season are already well underway and he insists there will be "no excuses" if he doesn't win in May. With one of the quickest bikes... Read More

‘Skipper’ to run for election

‘Skipper’ to run for election

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

Dirty dogs!

Dirty dogs!

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

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

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Ferguson expects tough enounter with Ports

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ferguson expects tough enounter with Ports

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

Mid-Antrim ‘150’ axed!

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Mid-Antrim ‘150’ axed!

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

Sparks fly in Galgorm Castle lighting row

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Sparks fly in Galgorm Castle lighting row

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

John Mulholland gets into gear for Paddy Hopkirk Gala

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim give police a good beating to clinch top spot

Antrim RFC 41 PSNI RFC 17 Antrim returned to home territory this weekend to claim victory and the top spot from Ballynahinch against a very experienced and stubborn PSNI team. Antrim ran in six tries with two tries apiece from David Thompson and Toby Rowe and single efforts from Neil Manson... Read More

Antrim Thirds are still up for the Cup

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim Thirds are still up for the Cup

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Back Hospice, says tearful Duffin

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Council promises free town centre car parks

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

Antrim end Dr McKenna Cup on a high

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Ears ripped off  by vicious dog

Ears ripped off by vicious dog

ONE of the worst sheep worrying attacks ever seen in Ballymoney which left 10 sheep dead and may yet see more ewes abort their lambs, has left a local farmer dreading the worst every time he checks his fields in the morning. At least one vicious dog is suspected of decimating a flock of Mr Trevor... Read More

My battle with cancer

My battle with cancer

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

Saved from depths of despair

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Fifths hammer League leaders!

Ballymena 5's hosted Portadown 4's and won 43-0. The League leaders Portadown had hoped to extend their lead at the top of Junior 6 league - but Ballymena had other ideas! The undefeated Eaton Park men still have three games in hand. The game kicked off under extreme weather conditions and it... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Roy Gillespie to step down from council

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Minister congratulates St Louis pupils at BT Science awards

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim thrashed at home

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Antrim reflects on the horrors of the Holocaust

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

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Industrious Ballymoney win ‘six pointer’ against Armagh

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

Damaged vehicles dampens New Year

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

Antrim up-and-running in McKenna Cup

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

Classic stages lined up for new-look Circuit

Classic stages lined up for new-look Circuit

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

Local girl destined for glamour

Local girl destined for glamour

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

Parking plea

Parking plea

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

Local woman Grace builds homes and friendship

CUSHENDUN woman Grace McKendry has described it as a 'privilege' to have worked alongside local El Salvador women who were determined to build a better future for their families. Grace, who travelled to El Salvador in 2011 as part of a Habitat Global Village volunteer team, was there to help build... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Opening win for Saffron’s in McKenna Cup

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

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

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

Currie to retire

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Currie to retire

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

Local legends to make their mark

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Local legends to make their mark

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

Town stay in close contention

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Town stay in close contention

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

‘There will be no justice’

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

‘There will be no justice’

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

Haveron ‘delighted’ with Irish Cup progress

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Haveron ‘delighted’ with Irish Cup progress

CARRICK Rangers manager Gary Haveron has expressed his delight in watching his side progress in the Irish Cup following their dramatic 3-2 win over Steel and Sons Cup winners Dundela at Inver Park on Saturday. Carrick battled back to book their place in the Irish Cup Sixth Round, where they will... Read More

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Ballycarry Prizegiving Night

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

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

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

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

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

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Woman to strand trial on £35k fraud

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

Comfortable Comrades cruise into sixth round

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Comfortable Comrades cruise into sixth round

BALLYCLARE Comrades advanced to the sixth round of the Irish Cup with a comfortable win over Kilmore Rec at Dixon Park. Manager Eddie Hill made one change in personnel from the side which had won against Dundela the previous Saturday, with Mark Wilkinson coming into the starting line-up in attack... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

‘Suspicious powder’ alarm closes post office

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

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Girvan: eighth highest MLA bill

PAUL Girvan had the highest expenditure of all the MLAs representing the South Antrim constituency in the first six months of the current tax year, according to the latest figures published by the Northern Ireland Assembly. Mr Girvan claimed a total of £47,790.93 in the six months between April 1... Read More

United boss praises team’s fighting spirit

United boss praises team’s fighting spirit

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

Harlequins too strong for Ballymoney Seconds

Harlequins too strong for Ballymoney Seconds

BALLYMONEY Seconds must be sick of the sight of Belfast Harlequins. The last time the sides met prior to Saturday the city side won 4-1. At the weekend, it was a similar story as Harlequins ran out 4-0 winners. The visitors started full of intent and opened the scoring within the first ten minutes.... Read More

Christmas celebrations at Ballymoney Model CIPS

Christmas celebrations at Ballymoney Model CIPS

THE FIRST of the many seasonal events at Ballymoney Model PS was the school's annual 'Open Evening' on Wednesday December 4 when the school welcomed many visiting parents and visitors. It was a great evening with a large number of children from Years 2 - 7 being able to come along and assist with... Read More

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

Antrim lose opening McKenna Cup game

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

Coastal Communities Fund boost for Waterfoot

Coastal Communities Fund boost for Waterfoot

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

Coastal crisis costs Council

Coastal crisis costs Council

A PROGRAMME of works to deal with the damage caused by recent flooding at Cushendall beach will be brought before Moyle District Council when it meets next Monday night. The damage, caused after severe flooding last Friday is set to cost the Council well in excess of £10,000. A Council spokesperson... Read More

Cushley keeps United’s top six finish plans intact

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Cushley keeps United’s top six finish plans intact

Ballymena United 1 Ballinamallard United 0 David Cushley's 12th goal of the season bagged United all three points at the weekend - and keeps their hunt for a top six finish on course. The stocky winger was put through by a neat crossfield pass by captain Allan Jenkins and he fired... Read More

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

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

Lord Bannside due out of hospital soon

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Lord Bannside due out of hospital soon

Lord Bannside could be released from hospital later this week. The 87-year-old former First Minister has been receiving treatment in the Ulster Hospital at Dundonald since just after Christmas. He has been undergoing tests and responding positively to treament. Last week Baroness Paisley said her... Read More

Nutts Corner remembers ‘Big D’

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Nutts Corner remembers ‘Big D’

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

Victory for Thirds in high-scoring thriller

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Victory for Thirds in high-scoring thriller

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

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

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

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

Hunt is on for mystery Lotto winner

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Hunt is on for mystery Lotto winner

An amazing Lotto prize of £116,304 has yet to be claimed - and Lottery insiders have confirmed that the all-important ticket was purchased shortly before Christmas somewhere 'in the Boroughs of Antrim and Ballymena'. Local players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets for the... Read More

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Carrick Ladies rue defensive errors against Grosvenor

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

Housing Executive is ‘failing families’

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Housing Executive is ‘failing families’

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

MBE councillor will fight for seat in new council

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

MBE councillor will fight for seat in new council

AN INDEPENDENT Carrickfergus councillor who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's honours list has said he will fight for a seat in the new Mid and East Antrim District Council. Jim Brown, who has served as an elected representative for thirty years in Carrickfergus, was honoured with an MBE... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Ladies lose to league leaders

BALLYCLARE Ladies Hockey Club 1st XI started 2014 with a trip to Edenvilla to play Senior 1 leaders Portadown and despite a very sound performance went down narrowly. This was a closely contested affair but Clare coach Paul Harvey was pleased with the commitment shown by his team on the day. In the... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Greenacres Winter League results

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

Abbey investment in people praise

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Abbey investment in people praise

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

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Wing and a prayer

A STORMONT money wrangle over rural development funds could prove 'disastrous' to a unique rural Ballyclare habitat and one of Northern Ireland's most crucial sites for preserving endangered species of birds, a conservation charity has claimed. The RSPB (Royal Society of the Protection of Birds) say... Read More

Springwell Christmas Relay and Junior Club Awards

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

Ballymoney secure bragging rights over neighbours Glebe

Ballymoney secure bragging rights over neighbours Glebe

A SECOND-half penalty conversion by Ballymoney United's in-form striker, Diarmuid Larkin, was enough to hand his side all three points in a feisty derby match against Glebe Rangers. The "visitors" were made to work hard for their victory after being reduced to ten men when Declan McGarry received... Read More

Jonathan’s ‘Field  of Life’ sit out

Jonathan’s ‘Field of Life’ sit out

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

County Chairman praises game’s committee

County Chairman praises game’s committee

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

Christmas concert held  at Gaelscoil  an Chaistil

Christmas concert held at Gaelscoil an Chaistil

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

Armoy Olympian helps young people learn skills for success through sport

Armoy Olympian helps young people learn skills for success through sport

Armoy Olympian Hannah Craig swapped her canoe paddle for a camog recently to give young people an insight into how the skills required to reach the top in sport can also enhance employability prospects. The unique event was held by the National Lottery and the Sports Institute Northern Ireland.... Read More

Derby day defeat for Gers

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Derby day defeat for Gers

IT WAS Davy McAlinden, the man who skippered Carrick Rangers to their league and cup double in 2011, who got one over his old club, as Larne avenged a 2-1 defeat at Inver back in October winning by the same scoreline in the return fixture at Seaview. The defeat means that Carrick slip from third to... Read More

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Carrick glide past Armagh

THE Maxol-sponsored Carrick 1st XV followed up their emphatic win over Larne last week with another over Armagh II in the Conference League at TomSimms Memorial Park on Saturday, beating their opponents by 29 points to nil. The match was played in freezing, windy and showery conditions which were... Read More

Seapark AC ring in Christmas in style

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Seapark AC ring in Christmas in style

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

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

Row over A2 construction work

A ROW has erupted over construction work on a property next to the A2 road widening scheme at Greenisland. A resident, Roger Ellis of 53 Shore Road, said work done to the entrance of his property looks 'ridiculous' and reminded him of a cartoon castle from the film Shrek. As part of the road... Read More

PCSP’s combine to discuss 2014 Policing Plan

Carrick Advertiser3 months ago

PCSP’s combine to discuss 2014 Policing Plan

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

Last gasp penalty denies Comrades

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Last gasp penalty denies Comrades

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

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Comfortable win for Ballyclare Seconds

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

Alert teen averts Sixmilewater tragedy

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

Alert teen averts Sixmilewater tragedy

A TEENAGER has been hailed after it emerged his quick thinking helped save the life of a diabetic man who fell ill in Sixmilewater Park. Jonathan Morrison, a Year 14 pupil at Ballyclare Secondary School, came across the man while walking from school on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 27 and,... Read More

‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign launched

Ballyclare Gazette3 months ago

‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign launched

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

Sarah-Jayne nets winner!

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Sarah-Jayne nets winner!

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

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

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

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Essential watermains works to cause town centre disrupton

NI Water is scheduled to start essential improvements to the water infrastructure in the Wellington Street, Mill Street, Meetinghouse Lane, Granville Drive, William Street and Hill Street areas next Monday (January 6) for approximately 12 weeks. The existing infrastructure is in need of repair, and... Read More

Christmas cheer for Randalstown youth sides

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Christmas cheer for Randalstown youth sides

Randalstown Rugby Club's three youth sides hosted their Banbridge counterparts at a cold and overcast Neillsbrook and were victors in all games. The U13s started their game well with a try cored out wide by flanker Adam McClean after just five minutes. The difficult conversion was missed but... Read More

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

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

A New Year without fear

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

A New Year without fear

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

Forgotten heroine

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Forgotten heroine

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