Templepatrick News

Fourths trounce Templepatrick

Antrim GuardianLast month

Fourths trounce Templepatrick

Muckamore Fourths sit proudly top of Junior League Eight after an easy win over Templepatrick Thirds on Sunday at Ballyclare. The home side batted first and could only mustered 61 runs, being skittled out in the 21st over. The wickets were shared around with Don Hughes getting two in his only over,... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Hunt raises £2k for Jonjo Bright Trust

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

Keenan returns to SDLP fold as dust settles on political fallout

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

Local News

Gaza aid appeal

Gaza aid appeal

A RELIEF effort has been launched locally to help aid the people of Gaza following widespread upset and anger at the ongoing killing of men, women and children in the Palestinian region. An outpouring of rage and grief has taken place locally with people keen to show their solidarity and help in any... Read More

Sex offender jailed

Sex offender jailed

A WELL known Co Antrim GAA referee was last week jailed for a total of 11 years for the sex abuse of six youngsters on differing dates stretching from the early 1980's to March 2000. Judge Gordon Kerr QC told father of four, Patrick Francis McQuillan, that he was passing consecutive sentences... Read More

Ballymena Guardian21 hours ago

MCUI Trials Team at Festival of Motorsport

One of the star attractions at the Mid-Antrim 150 Festival of Motorsport promotion in Broughshane on Saturday, August 2, will be the MCUI Motorcycle Trials Team! The team will put on some wonderful demonstrations. Also on Saturday there will be a Classic Bike ride out and a car run - the bikes doing... Read More

Ballymena Guardian21 hours ago

Dunclug College’s new school could use closed Ballee building - Swann

The possibility of Dunclug College's planned new school operating on a split site, utilising the closed Ballee Community High School, has been raised with Education minister, John O'Dowd. North Antrim Ulster Unionist Asseblyman, Robin Swann, a member of Ballee's Board of Governors, called on Mr... Read More

Police defend hate crime probes after MLA criticises lack of action over bonfire pictures

Ballymena Guardian21 hours ago

Police defend hate crime probes after MLA criticises lack of action over bonfire pictures

Police in Ballymena have strongly defended investigations of local hate crimes, after criticism from North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA, Daithí McKay, they are not doing enough to tackle the issue. A picture of newly elected Ballymena Mid and East Antirm Sinn Fein councillor, Patric Hardy, recently... Read More

Cat ‘blinded’ by pellet gun

Antrim Guardian21 hours ago

Cat ‘blinded’ by pellet gun

A pellet attack which left a cat in Antrim town blinded in one eye and close to death was 'the worst injury we have seen', a veterinary nurse who attended the scene has said. Aisling Price, of Firmount Vets, said that the pet, named Judy, was 'losing a lot of blood' when treated initially, with its... Read More

Free Travel under threat!

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

‘Hate crime’ 11th – but peaceful 12th

‘Hate crime’ 11th – but peaceful 12th

BAD weather was no deterrent to the thousands who came to Ballymoney to watch North Antrim Orangemen celebrate the Twelfth last Saturday. However though the parade was without incident the Orange Order was unable to tear itself free of seasonal controversy. Glens Cllr Paudie McShane slammed the... Read More

Saffron hurlers win 13th title in a row

Saffron hurlers win 13th title in a row

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

Orange Hall targeted

Orange Hall targeted

THE CHAIRMAN of Moyle District Council has hit out at those who caused criminal damage to an Orange Hall on the Coleraine Road, Ballycastle. SDLP Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham condemned those responsible for daubing sectarian graffiti on the wall of the local Orange hall on the... Read More

Warm welcome for latest £30m bus contract for Wrightbus

Ballymena politicians have warmly welcomed Wrightbus International's new £30m contract from SBS Transit in Singapore, which will see the company supplying a further 415 double deck buses over a three year period. It constitutes the fourth consecutive significant contract from SBS and is a joint... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast week

Ophir RFC to host annual tournament

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

Antrim GuardianLast week

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

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

Female teacher ‘had relationship with male pupil’ - claim

Antrim GuardianLast week

Female teacher ‘had relationship with male pupil’ - claim

A female teacher at St Benedict's College in Randalstown has been suspended amidst allegations of an 'inappropriate relationship' with a male pupil, it has emerged. Sources have told the Antrim Guardian that the woman, who is understood to be married with children, had allegedly been involved in a... Read More

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

Antrim GuardianLast week

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

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

Housing delay ‘pathetic’

HOUSING stress is at an all time high in Ballymoney latest figures have indicated. An Assembly question answer session concerning social housing shortage in Ballymoney Borough revealed the average wait for social housing is 13.4 months - an increase of over two months in the space of one year.... Read More

Another summer of disappointment

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

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Blair turns up the heat in TOOZ event

Antrim man Gary Blair stole the show in the TOOZ section at Nutt's Corner raceway meeting at the weekend, gliding his new A and D race prep chassis to an uninterrupted victory in the opening heat. Fellow blue grader Jonny Stirling lifted the flag in the second encounter, before Sam McKay made good... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Police move to ‘kerb’ loyalist tensions

Police and loyalist leaders have been locked in talks this week to urgently defuse tensions ahead of this week's Twelfth celebrations. The PSNI put themselves onto a direct collision course on Monday (June 30) when they challenged a group observed painting kerb stones red, white and blue in the... Read More

Tony McCoy is jumping for joy!

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Tony McCoy is jumping for joy!

Moneyglass race ace AP McCoy had a double celebration on Monday, with two ceremonies held to recognise his achievements in the world of horseracing. McCoy attended the University of Ulster in Coleraine in the morning to receive an honorary degree, which was followed by a reception in Stormont,... Read More

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

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

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

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

Will Game of Thrones put Antrim on the tourist map?

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Will Game of Thrones put Antrim on the tourist map?

There is mounting speculation that Antrim will soon get a starring role in the world's biggest television show. ‘Game of Thrones' has become a global sensation since it first aired in 2011 from its production base in Belfast, and the cameras are set to roll on Series Five this summer. Despite... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Tenants have ‘24 hours’ to leave Steeple estate

A DUP councillor has condemned an apparently motiveless attack on a house in Birch Hill Park in the Steeple area of Antrim at the weekend. A brick was put through the window of the front living room sometime between 9.15pm on Sunday and 7am on Monday. The message '24 hours scum out' was also daubed... Read More

Last gasp Offaly defeat Antrim

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

Hamilton sets the Bush on fire

Hamilton sets the Bush on fire

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

Bradley ‘happy enough’ with Limerick draw

Bradley ‘happy enough’ with Limerick draw

ANTRIM fans won't be too unhappy, despite the long trek, with being paired against Limerick in round 2A of the All-Ireland Qualifiers draw. The Saffrons travel to the Gaelic Grounds this wekend, for their Saturday, July 5 game (2pm) against the Munster side, who narrowly defeated London in round 1A.... Read More

‘Here to stay’ says MP

‘Here to stay’ says MP

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

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Hamilton sets the Bush on Fire

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

Senior police failed to act on warnings over murdered colleague - Ombudsman

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Senior police failed to act on warnings over murdered colleague - Ombudsman

Senior police officers within the RUC command structure were aware of a specific threat to one of their Catholic colleagues, but failed to warn him and did not pass the information to detectives who investigated his subsequent murder. Had senior management of the RUC ensured an appropriate response... Read More

Early second half blitz destroys Antrim

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Discounted season tickets available until Monday!

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

Discounted season tickets available until Monday!

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

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

£116,304 local lottery win goes unclaimed

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

Antrim Guardian4 weeks ago

Ross brings class into the Open

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

Summer Inferno!

Antrim Guardian4 weeks ago

Summer Inferno!

School is almost out for the big break, so if local parents are looking for something to keep the children occupied over the coming weeks then look no further than Summer Inferno! Summer Inferno returns for another year of exciting, physical activity programmes offering children the opportunity to... Read More

Antrim Guardian4 weeks ago

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

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

Rosemary’s thanks to Laurel House

Rosemary’s thanks to Laurel House

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

Saffrons target Ulster double

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

Legal challenge threat to unionist domination

Antrim GuardianLast month

Legal challenge threat to unionist domination

Sinn Fein are considering a legal challenge to the 'sectarian power grab' at this week's ill-tempered Antrim Council AGM. Last week the Antrim Guardian exclusively revealed that the unionist parties were poised to team up to take the key posts of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and all the Committee chairs.... Read More

Cushendall see off Portaferry

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

Sex abuser found guilty

Sex abuser found guilty

A VICTIM of a well-known GAA coach has appealed for other victims of child sex abuse to come forward and bring their abuser before the courts to get the justice they deserve. His call came as his abuser, 62-year-old Patrick Francis McQuillan, from Moyle Avenue, Ballycastle was convicted on Monday of... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Storey’s ‘Chinese’ lesson with Castle Tower pupils!

The future preservation of one of Ballymena's most iconic statues is being considered by Ballymena Borough Council. Plans are in the pipeline to remove the Statue of Armed Science from its pedestal at People's Park and transfer it to the local museum. The statue, known locally as the 'The Big Woman',... Read More

Resident saves home after Queen Street flash flood

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Resident saves home after Queen Street flash flood

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

‘Unionist carve-up’

Antrim GuardianLast month

‘Unionist carve-up’

The two main unionist parties on Antrim Borough Council are poised to ruthlessly exploit their wafer thin majority to take all the main posts at Thursday's AGM, the Guardian can reveal. Power grabs are nothing new, of course, but some had hoped that there could have been a modicum of power-sharing... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Fold put on hold?

The elusive search for a site for special accommodation for Antrim's growing army of OAPs look set to continue, according to the Department for Social Development. Thousands of local people have started picking up their pensions since the plans were first mooted back in the 1980s. A breakthrough of... Read More

Saffron double delight!

Saffron double delight!

IT turned out to be a pretty good weekend to be an Antrim GAA supporter with both the senior and minor footballers booking their places in the last four of the Ulster Championship, however, the Saffrons gallant hurlers bowed out to Wexford in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final.... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

National Hot Rod decider at Raceway

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ballee ‘abuse’

The timing of the announcement of the closure of Ballee Community High School was tantamount to "child abuse" in its widest sense, an Education Board meeting heard last week. Declaring an interest as a Governor of the school, North-Eastern Education and Library Board member, Mr Andrew Kennedy, said... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Antrim Eels slip up

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Board rocked by Irish language row

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

Race row ‘could turn the clock back’ - claim

Antrim GuardianLast month

Race row ‘could turn the clock back’ - claim

A community worker in Springfarm has called on political representatives to 'watch what they are saying', warning that race relations in Antrim could be 'knocked back' following the recent row involving comments made by First Minister Peter Robinson regarding Muslims. Seamus Davis, who has been an... Read More

Antrim hurlers do the business

Antrim hurlers do the business

NO one was sure as to what attitude Antrim hurling manager Kevin Ryan and his players would adopt as they faced their last game in the round robin qualifying stages for the Leinster championship. Having already qualified as a result of three previous victories and in a similar position to their... Read More

McQuillan points sees Cushendun through

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

The story of how Ballymena’s District Electoral Areas unfolded

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

Unionists in control

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Unionists in control

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

First the Torch - now the baton!

Antrim GuardianLast month

First the Torch - now the baton!

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

Randalstown teen hurls ‘stick’ at Dragons’ Den!

A young Randalstown entrepreneur bravely entered the Dragons' Den last weekend to pitch his business. Hurling enthusiast Emmet Martin came face to face with the Dragons in a bid to win a mentorship and a bursary of 2,000 Euro. He was one of only 20 young people chosen to take part in RTE One's... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

John produces top score in Sean Healy Memorial

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Historic poll

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

FC Antrim win promotion

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

FC Antrim win promotion

FC Antrim 7 North End Shamrocks 2 FC Antrim raced into a two-goal lead in the first 15 minutes in this Division Two play off final, in which they ran out comfortable winners. FC Antrim opened the scoring on six minutes when a Pearse McAuley flick sent Sean Redmond into the clear... Read More

£350k windfall for Allen Park

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

£350k windfall for Allen Park

Trustees from the Enkalon Foundation recently attended the full Council Meeting of Antrim Borough Council to announce their support of £350,000 for the new development at Allen Park. Dr Roelof Schierbeek had been at the helm of the Foundation for decades and his towering contribution to local life... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

‘Yes, 10 people objected to our circus - but 5,500 rolled up to see the show’

Their clowns may be some of the best in the business, but Duffy's Circus were certainly not laughing after animal rights campaigners in Antrim put their show under the spotlight. The big cats which once topped the bill have been banished to the history books, ahead of a British ban which comes into... Read More

Election D-Day

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Election D-Day

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

Antrim reach last eight

Antrim reach last eight

Antrim...............................................1-17 London.................................................2-7 Antrim hurlers have progressed to the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals with a game in hand from the qualifying group. In taking out London at Ballycastle by seven... Read More

Family pet ‘sensed’ cancer symptoms

Family pet ‘sensed’ cancer symptoms

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

Gay marriage row rocks UUP

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Gay marriage row rocks UUP

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

Stranocum’s new Huey Memorial Orange Hall opened

Stranocum’s new Huey Memorial Orange Hall opened

STRANOCUM'S new Huey Memorial Orange Hall was opened with great fanfare last Saturday as part of a day long series of activities that included a parade of the village and a evening dance held in the new facility. There was a large attendance of local brethren at the hall on Main Street as well as... Read More

Paddy Power at Ballycastle

SATURDAY past saw the good weather continue and this was reflected in the fine scoring by the competitors in the Glens of Antrim Cup. Paddy Dallat Snr took the top spot with a fine nett 64. Paddy had birdies at the second and tenth holes in an ultra consistent round of golf for the eleven... Read More

Giro d’Italia is ready for the road

Giro d’Italia is ready for the road

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

BNP joins fray

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Dragons breathe fire at Lough Shore

Antrim Council and Eye Feel Good have joined forces to officially launch this year's Dragon Boat Challenge. This is an exciting annual event has become a popular staple in the fundraising calendar - and it is back on Saturday (June 14). Races and special events will run at the Lough Shore Park from... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

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

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

South Antrim MLAs split over gay marriage

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

South Antrim MLAs split over gay marriage

South Antrim's elected representatives were evenly split during last week's Stormont vote on same-sex marriage, with three MLAs against the motion and three in favour. Although none of the six representatives spoke in the chamber during the debate last week, the DUP trio of Paul Girvan, Pam Cameron... Read More

Shiels’ star performance

Shiels’ star performance

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

Shiels’ star performance

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

Sun shines on Greenlight birthday celebrations

Sun shines on Greenlight birthday celebrations

GREENLIGHT Gateway marked the third birthday of its garden centre and coffee shop amid glorious sunshine over Easter. The thriving social enterprise celebrated the vision and hard work of the many volunteers, young people and adults who have been part of the amazing transformation of this previously... Read More

Liam enters the Dragon’s Den

LIAM McBride isn't afraid of any dragons. Well, so he says, but we will find out for sure on Sunday evening when the Ballycastle man comes up against Irish Dragons Ramona Nicholas, Gavin Duffy, Peter Casey, Barry O'Sullivan and Eamonn Quinn to ask for a €35,000 investment for a 15 per cent share... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Battle stations!

A total of 37 candidates will be battling for Balllymena's 20 seats on the Mid and East Antrim new 'super' council, which will take control of local public services next year. Nominations closed today (Tuesday) at 1pm and barring some surprising last minute nominations or withdrawals, an average of... Read More

Parkhall bonfire is ‘like a slum’

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Parkhall bonfire is ‘like a slum’

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

Rest In Penury

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Rest In Penury

Antrim Council is coming under pressure to dig deep to give some dignity in death to some of the Borough's poorest residents. Last month the Antrim Guardian revealed that a permanent memorial is to be erected in memory of the countless babies laid to rest in a quiet corner of the town's Belmont... Read More

Prison sentence for Dervock man who attacked nurses

A DERVOCK man, who assaulted three nurses at Coleraine's Causeway Hospital and put critically ill patients at risk, has been jailed for four months. North Antrim Magistrates, sitting at Coleraine on Thursday, April 17, heard how John MacLernon, 55, from McArthur Avenue, had assaulted a nurse on... Read More

Antrim Mayor and GAA President meet rising stars at St Comgall’s

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Antrim Mayor and GAA President meet rising stars at St Comgall’s

St. Comgall's youngest members were excited to receive a visit from not one, but two distinguished guests this week. Ulster Council GAA President, Martin McAvinney and Antrim's Ulster Unionist Mayor Roderick Swann dropped by to see them at training. Both gentlemen were delighted to receive an... Read More

Rosedale reprieve

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Rosedale reprieve

HEALTH Minister Edwin Poots was in Antrim this week to personally reassure Rosedale residents that they would not be forced out on to the streets. It was a return to the old stomping grounds for the former Greenmount student, but this time he had some serious spade work to do to win over a room full... Read More

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

Local children hit high notes with African Children’s Choir

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

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

Liverpool set for Milk Cup return

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

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 Guardian3 months ago

Gun fired for ‘super’ election

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

Knights U15s are crowned UK wheelchair basketball champs

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Knights U15s are crowned UK wheelchair basketball champs

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Permanent Travellers’ camp ‘not ruled out’ in Rathenraw

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

Bonfire breakthrough

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Bonfire breakthrough

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

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

Former Garron Tower pupil installed as Bishop of Derry

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

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

Former SF councillor joins SDLP

Former SF councillor joins SDLP

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

Antrim Guardian3 months 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

Muckamore patients are being ‘forced out and then abandoned’

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Muckamore patients are being ‘forced out and then abandoned’

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

‘Almost 20 deaths after Muckamore’

Antrim Guardian3 months 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 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

Roche strikes up relationship with Ballymoney cyclists

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

Baby deaths probe underway

Baby deaths probe underway

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

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Saffron hurlers retain Division 1 status

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

New-look United lose to Swifts

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

New-look United lose to Swifts

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ballymena RFC Mini Rugby Festival 2014

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Housing body accused of trying to ‘wipe out’ community

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

‘We let families down’ - Trust

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Antrim lift Junior Shield

Antrim Seconds 1 Cookstown Fourths 0 At last, a weekend of good news for Antrim Hockey Club when their Seconds defeated Cookstown Fourths 1 - 0 in the Junior Shield final at Stormont on Saturday. Antrim won their first penalty corner in the second minute but the ball from McMeekin's shot... Read More

Jolly hockey sticks!

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Jolly hockey sticks!

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

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

‘It’ll take a good team to beat us’

‘It’ll take a good team to beat us’

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Town stay third after heavy defeat

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Antrim Grammar brings hope to Hospice

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

Baby memorial is set in stone

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Baby memorial is set in stone

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Ballymena Academy v Dalriada in final

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Speed up accommodation unit - Swann urges Poots

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Paisley hosts Shadow Secretary of State visit to JTI

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

Antrim share spoils after 10 goal thriller

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Antrim share spoils after 10 goal thriller

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

‘Loyalist Taliban’

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

‘Loyalist Taliban’

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

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

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

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Red Hand Trophy Road Race

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

Ballee school’s future still undecided

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Ballee school’s future still undecided

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

Farmers rebel

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

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 reach Ulster Shield final

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

Sunday opening on the cards at Forum

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Sunday opening on the cards at Forum

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

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Fight night proceeds to help in the battle against Cancer

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

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

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

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

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

Road flood damage a costly business

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Laverty wins in Australia

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

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

Seconds into last four of Junior Shield

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Seconds into last four of Junior Shield

Antrim Seconds 9 Instonians Fourths 3 Antrim Seconds took on Instonians Fourths at the Paddy Marks arena on Saturday in the quarter final of the Junior Shield hoping to progress. The game started at a frantic pace with Antrim on the attack and it was not long before Stuart Kernaghan... Read More

Allen ‘digs deep’ to avoid shock defeat

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Allen ‘digs deep’ to avoid shock defeat

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Teenager ‘tried to choke’ his former partner

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

14-man Wexford hold on to beat Antrim

THERE was no joy for the Antrim hurlers as they began their Allianz Division 1B National hurling league campaign at Ballycastle on Sunday, writes Jim Smyth. With just two games at home manager Kevin Ryan was hoping to pick up points, but while they came mighty close, they lost out to Wexford by a... Read More

Foodbank opens

Foodbank opens

BALLYMONEY Foodbank opened its doors at 2 Silversprings off Market Street in Ballymoney recently. The facility will allow local people in urgent need to get three days of emergency food free of charge. Mr Peter Rollins of Ballymoney Foodbank says: "We were delighted at the number of people who... Read More

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Rates up 1.5%

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

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Grammar girls progress in Ulster Rugby Schools’ Cup

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

Thou shalt not demolish church

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Thou shalt not demolish church

A multi-million pound planning application to see the partial demolition of one of Antrim's oldest churches has been refused, the Antrim Guardian can exclusively reveal. The news, which was announced to the congregation from the pulpit on Sunday (February 16), is understood to have been delivered to... Read More

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Staff parking charges at Antrim Area are ‘morally unjustifiable’

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

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

Ulster and Munster champions go head-to-head

Ulster and Munster champions go head-to-head

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

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

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

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

Juniors impress in Belfast

Antrim Guardian5 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

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

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

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

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

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Springfarm ban for ‘ringleader’

A man has been banned from entering the Springfarm estate in Antrim for five years under the terms of an ASBO order handed out last week at Antrim Magistrate's Court. The ruling means that Liam Ponisi (29), of Islay Street, will have to leave his home with immediate effect. Two interim orders had... 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

McManus confident ahead of league opener

McManus confident ahead of league opener

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Countdown to new racing season

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

Ballymena Guardian5 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

Go Kickham Creggan!

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Go Kickham Creggan!

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

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Bad week at the office for Ford

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

Newtownabbey Bible row ‘has made fools of us all’

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Newtownabbey Bible row ‘has made fools of us all’

The senior partner in the new super-council has managed to make both Antrim and Newtownabbey 'a global laughing stock' with just months to go to the merger, it has been claimed. Councillor Paul Michael, a member of Antrim's Arts and Heritage Committee, has blasted his counterparts in Newtownabbey... 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

Get on your bike!

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Get on your bike!

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

Crushing jobs blow

Antrim Guardian5 months ago

Crushing jobs blow

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

Antrim end Dr McKenna Cup on a high

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

Pensioner ‘stable’ after murder attempt

Pensioner ‘stable’ after murder attempt

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

Lord Bannside’s remarks cause shockwaves in North Antrim

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Lord Bannside’s remarks cause shockwaves in North Antrim

Lord Bannside's astonishing attack on the current party leadership sent shock waves through his former North Antrim constituency. Many DUP members were at a loss to understand the motivation behind his decision to publicly lay bare his bitter resentment at the way in which he says he was forced to... Read More

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Minister congratulates St Louis pupils at BT Science awards

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

Antrim Guardian6 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 Guardian6 months ago

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

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

‘£££millions squandered’

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

‘£££millions squandered’

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

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

Currie to retire

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Currie to retire

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

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Former Moyola boss joins Corner staff

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

Local legends to make their mark

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Local legends to make their mark

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

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Corner dignified in defeat

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

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Stormont urged to help Antrim firm Mivan in its hour of need

LOCAL politicians have joined forces to urge the Stormont Executive to directly intervene to ensure the struggling Mivan Group survives administration. Their calls for Executive support came only hours after it was announced that the company, which is due to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year,... Read More

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Council renews its vow not to charge for wedding photographs

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

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Derby day defeat for Carrick First Fifteen

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

Haveron ‘delighted’ with Irish Cup progress

Carrick Advertiser6 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

Comfortable Comrades cruise into sixth round

Ballyclare Gazette6 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 Gazette6 months ago

Demolition derby

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

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

‘Suspicious powder’ alarm closes post office

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

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Locals receive Championship Awards at La Mon

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

Nutts Corner remembers ‘Big D’

Antrim Guardian6 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

Hunt is on for mystery Lotto winner

Antrim Guardian6 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

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

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

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

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

Pride at success of pupil

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Pride at success of pupil

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

Ballyclare Gazette6 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

Charitable teen raised Christmas funds for Hospice

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Charitable teen raised Christmas funds for Hospice

CHRISTMAS is a time when the delight and happiness of children tends to be sky high - but one big-hearted Ballyclare Secondary School pupil has been praised after dedicating his efforts to raising money for those kids less well off during the festive season. 14-year-old Daniel Kerr has to date... Read More

Ballyclare Gazette6 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

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Ballyclare face new Towns Cup campaign

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

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Comfortable win for Ballyclare Seconds

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

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

High School carol services raise £2k

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

‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign launched

Ballyclare Gazette6 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

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

‘Great’ Britton joins Antrim star line-up

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

A New Year without fear

Antrim Guardian6 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

Regional News

Dunloy chalk up victory number four

Dunloy find themselves favourably placed mid Division 1 hurling league table after their home victory, 2-17 to 1-12, against St Galls on Sunday afternoon. This was their fourth victory and, along with a draw and four defeats they are now on nine points from their nine games. Certainly this was one... Read More

Top riders set for Armoy

Top riders set for Armoy

THERE are just days left until the 6th Armoy Road Races with a record number of top riders competing bringing spectators some of the best racing they will have witnessed on the 3.3 mile circuit. Entries have been received from across Europe including Italy, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland and... Read More

Theft of Union Flag ‘highly provocative’

A FLAGS row has erupted between two local councillors over the alleged theft of a Union Flag from a pole in Finvoy. DUP Councillor, John Finlay, condemned last week's theft as "a highly provocative act designed to insult the local unionist community and further heighten tension in the area" and... Read More

McDowell ‘envious’ of Open winner

GRAEME McDowell admitted he was envious of the 'curly-haired kid' as Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug for the first time at Hoylake. McDowell was expected to mount a serious challenge at this year's Open but despite a closing 67 that saw him finish ninth, the former US Open champion was forced to... Read More

‘Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you’

‘Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you’

AS the Armoy Road Races get closer, the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club has said a big thank you to many of their old and loyal sponsors as well as their new sponsors who have helped put the races on since 2009. Loyal title sponsor for three years running has been the leading local waste... Read More

Cochrane set for Imokilly return

BUSHMILLS' Alistair Cochrane has ruled out a repeat of his 2013 Imokilly Single Stage Rally heroics when he returns to the Great Stuff Caterers-backed event this weekend. The Ford Escort driver made his debut on the rally last year and wasted no time in chalking up a top ten result and runaway Class... Read More

Viking longship draws crowd in Ballycastle

BALLYCASTLE harbour was the place to be last Sunday afternoon as it played host to the largest replica Viking longship built in modern times! The Draken Harald Harfagre/Dragon Harald Fairhair, hand-built in Norway over a period of two years, pulled into harbour to re-fuel around 2.30pm on Sunday... Read More

Tank’s amazing links to former Assembly Speaker and movie blockbuster ‘Saving Private Ryan!’

Ballymena Guardian21 hours ago

Tank’s amazing links to former Assembly Speaker and movie blockbuster ‘Saving Private Ryan!’

The extraordinary story of Ballymena's D-Day tank, its critical role in a fierce second World War battle and appearance in a Hollywood movie blockbuster, can be revealed by the Guardian this week! It follows our front page appeal for information two weeks ago, after reader, David Stewart, spotted... Read More

Junction One store ‘on the case’ for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Antrim Guardian21 hours ago

Junction One store ‘on the case’ for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Junction One luggage store Antler has partnered with the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council to supply Team NI with a range of suitcases for athletes, support managers, coaches and medical staff. One hundred and seventeen local athletes will compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games with... Read More

Antrim Guardian21 hours ago

Muckamore Midweekers do the double

The Midweek A team finished off their league programme last week with wins against Carrickfergus and Botanic to qualify for the semi final knock out stage of this competition against Waringstown at home on Wednesday (July 30). On Tuesday evening they travelled to Carrick and batting first they... Read More

‘Run Mucker Run’ is getting closer

CLIMBING eight foot walls, crawling under netting, running for up to 10k - just some of the requirements for competitors taking part in the newest sporting event to hit the north coast. ‘Run Mucker Run' is part of a growing trend for obstacle course racing across Britain and Ireland, with the... Read More

Armoy RFC players get ready for new season

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

It’s all wee buns for Shauna...

It’s all wee buns for Shauna...

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

Davidson and Kernohan win at Walderstown

Barry Davidson from Glarryford and Neil Kernohan from Ballymena picked up wins apiece at the Walderstown Race of the South Road races on Sunday. Davidson got back to winning ways in the 250 Classic Race Road. He had a great tussle with friend and rival Nigel Moore for the duration of the race,... Read More

United v Reds in  League Charity Shield

United v Reds in League Charity Shield

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

Megan lines-up for Ireland

Megan lines-up for Ireland

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

Changes announced at the top of Wrights Group

Changes announced at the top of Wrights Group

A number of changes have been made at the top of Ballymena-based Wrights Group, parent company of Wrightbus, to reflect the burgeoning international status of one of Northern Ireland's business success stories. The company has announced the establishment of a high level executive team to oversee the... Read More

Local riders on the trail at Davagh

Antrim GuardianLast week

Local riders on the trail at Davagh

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

Utd kick off pre-season against Riada

BALLYMONEY United's latest signing, Brian Paul Donnelly, impressed in their first pre-season game, bagging himself two goals against Riada FC, on Saturday. The striker, who was without a club after Ballymena Saturday Morning League side Northend folded at the start of the summer, impressed manager... Read More

Jamie’s top boy!

Jamie’s top boy!

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

Yvonne and Kim ‘together yet far apart’

Yvonne and Kim ‘together yet far apart’

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

Pre-Twelfth tensions

A UNION Flag erected in the grounds of Dervock Catholic church has generated a pre-twelfth political storm embroiling both the First and Deputy First Ministers. The flag went up last Wednesday just days after kerbs and gates outside the Church of Our Lady & St John the Evangelist located on the... Read More

Shamelessly waiting

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

Ferry nice!

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

Northern Irish men in close contention at Foxhall Raceway

England's Chris Haird is the National Hot Rod Champion of the World for 2014 after a superb drive at the Foxhall Raceway Ipswich on July 6. Haird qualified on pole position after setting the fastest time during the hot laps on Saturday afternoon (14.58 secs), with Northern Ireland Champion Andrew... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

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

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

Ballymena Guardian2 weeks ago

NRC students ‘NGage’ in town centre art exhibition!

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

Greystone and Ballycraigy residents find common ground in new history project

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Greystone and Ballycraigy residents find common ground in new history project

If you frequently use either of the community centres in Ballycraigy or Newpark, or use the path which joins the two schools, from the Belfast Road all the way up to the Greystone Road, you may have noticed an addition to the landscape. A new history project has been launched - quite literally - on... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Firsts slump to another heavy defeat

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

Irish Open is made for Kincaid!

Antrim Guardian2 weeks ago

Irish Open is made for Kincaid!

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

Chat with the Queen

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

14 bed care unit opened

THE Health Minister, Edwin Poots has officially opened a new 14 bed Dementia Care Unit and re-named their General Nursing Unit in the Court Care Home, Ballymoney. Court Care Home, part of the Four Seasons Health Care group, is a purpose built home, providing night and day care for 41 clients; 14... Read More

Una’s hole-in-one perfect timing

THE time was right for a Cushendall golfer when she scored a hole-in-one during a recent club competition to be rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for the achievement. Una Rowan, 55, scored her ace on the 94-yard, par-three fifth at Cushendall GC, and the 27-handicapper was... Read More

Jennings strolls to Lurgan Park Rally win

Jennings strolls to Lurgan Park Rally win

GARRY Jennings clinched his second straight Orchard Motorsport Lurgan Park Rally win on Saturday. The reigning Tarmac champion was back to his imperious best, setting fastest times on all eight stages to win by over 13 seconds on what is widely regarded as Ulster's showpiece motoring event. Jennings... Read More

Father and son bidding for glory

Ballymena Guardian3 weeks ago

Father and son bidding for glory

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

‘A very very good year’

It's been a 'very very good year' for Roads Service in Ballymoney - that was the message delivered at its annual presentation to Ballymoney Council last week. Section manager John McKinley and Principal Engineer Gary Quinn re-emphasised Roads Services' commitment to rural roads. Council praised... Read More

More bollards bother

More bollards bother

A SECOND round of bollards erected at Ballymoney Cemetery is causing serious access issues for disabled grave visitors. Until last year, disabled motorists enjoyed relatively easy access to the cemetery grounds which permitted driving on pedestrian walkways enabling closer graveside access.... Read More

Green-fingered Housing Executive staff give Knocklayde House a makeover

GREEN-fingered enthusiasts from the Housing Executive's Causeway offices joined forces recently to give Knocklayde House in Ballycastle a makeover. Fourteen members of staff from the Housing Executive offices in Coleraine, Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Limavady arrived at the House armed with paint... Read More

Mum thanks community

Mum thanks community

THE PARENTS of Logan Crawford who tragically lost his young life last week in a cliff fall have thanked the people of Ballycastle for rallying around them in the days following his death. Speaking to The Chronicle, seven-year-old Logan's mother Charlieen said, "I want to say how much we thank and... Read More

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

Brennan wins Glens Time Trial for first time

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

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

VJMC to attend Festival of Motorsport

The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) Northern Section have agreed to be present at the Mid Anrtim 150 Road Racing Sections, Festival of Motorsport. The section have been in discussion with Section Convenor Billy Bamber who along with section members have agreed to bring along some of their... Read More

Final Farewell!

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

Final Farewell!

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

Jake is ‘Primary School Musician of the Year’

Ballymena Guardian4 weeks ago

Jake is ‘Primary School Musician of the Year’

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

Six new signings for Glebe

Six new signings for Glebe

THE ink in the Glebe Rangers signing pen certainly won't dry up anytime soon with no less than six players joining the Championship Two side so far this season. And manager Peter Cairns isn't finished just yet with another two or three on his radar. So far, forwards Mo McDowell, Aaron Wilkinson,... Read More

Kennedy is last Mayor

Kennedy is last Mayor

THE last ever Mayor of Ballymoney Borough is DUP Alderman Bill Kennedy and his deputy is veteran SDLP man Harry Connolly. The pair were elected to the positions, defeating the UUP's Tom McKeown and the DUP's Jason Atkinson respectively, at the 39th council AGM held on Wednesday June 11. At that... Read More

High scoring at Castlerock

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

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

Mickelson to the fore in praise of Portrush

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

Ballytober win Soccer Sevens

Ballytober win Soccer Sevens

BALLYTOBER Primary School's girls football team created its own piece of history last week when the team won the Coleraine High School Soccer Sevens for the first time. This was the 11th year of the popular tournament and attracted a record 14 teams including Millburn, DH Christie, Hezlett, Gorran,... Read More

‘Everyone  loved Logan’

‘Everyone loved Logan’

THE close-knit community of Ballycastle have united in grief as they mourn the heartbreaking loss of little Logan Crawford, a well known local boy who has been described as having a "real zest for life". Logan, a pupil at Ballycastle Integrated Primary School, was playing with friends near the... Read More

BEM for local man

BEM for local man

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Mixed fortunes for locals at Mondello

Local riders who made the long trek to Mondello Parkfor the Adelaide Masters had mixed result over the two day event. The meeting sponsored by local business man Jimmy Geddis is one of the highlights of the short circuit year brings together the best riders north and south of Ireland. Racing... Read More

John is new United Chairman

Ballymena GuardianLast month

John is new United Chairman

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

Former Carniny pupil and teacher remembered

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Former Carniny pupil and teacher remembered

A respected and loved former pupil and teacher of Carniny Primary School was recently remembered as his mother, Ann Hamill, presented a trophy in his memory to the school. David Hamill was a vibrant and inspirational young man who sadly passed away on March 26, 2007. He is deeply missed and... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Sun shines on competitors at Connell Hill

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

Michael makes TT history

Michael makes TT history

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

Brown trout free at last

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

Rest in peace Robert

Rest in peace Robert

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

Ballycastle is ready for summer: McCausland

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

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

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

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Runners fourth Fairhill Five Miler

Last Wednesday saw Ballymena Runners host their fourth race promotion of the year when, in conjunction with Ballymena Town Centre Development Ltd they staged the Ballymena Fairhill Five Mile Road race and associated 2.5 mile Fun Run. Fastest Ballymena lady on the night was club newcomer, Lorna... Read More

Antrim GuardianLast month

Ju-Jitsu coaches help Crumlin Integrated Primary School pupils put bullying to bed!

Crumlin Integrated Primary School pupils recently completed an anti-bullying Ju-Jitsu course. This unique anti-bullying martial arts and sport course was taken by Mandi Timperley and by Paul Timperley from Shogun Ju-Jitsu Ireland. The overall objectives of the course are to help children understand... Read More

Master blasters at Nutts Corner!

Antrim GuardianLast month

Master blasters at Nutts Corner!

Nutts Corner Raceway bursts back into life this Sunday (June 15) when the all action two litre saloon stock cars take centre stage as they contest their UK Masters showdown. Ryan Wright, the current Irish champion, will lead the locals into battle. Wright also the current Irish points, track and... Read More

Wins for Ballymoney's McKeown and Orr

BALLYMONEY Cycling Club Biesty's Centra Racing Team sent six riders to local races this week at Bravellan, Ballymoney and Ballynease, Portglenone and came back with two wins from Philip McKeown and Ryan Orr. Local club Dunloy CC, are proving to be a force in the local sport, not only racing but in... Read More

Going the extra mile...

Going the extra mile...

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

Patricia’s fantastic charity effort

Patricia’s fantastic charity effort

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

Dunlop third in Supersport

Dunlop third in Supersport

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

Springwell Runners perform well at the Walled City Marathon

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

Police presence to increase following syringe discovery

Police presence to increase following syringe discovery

POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are to step up their presence around the Marconi Park area of Ballycastle after a child found a used syringe in a flower bed at the rear of their family home. A Ballycastle mother of two has hit out at what she labelled 'oxygen wasting scum' who dumped the used syringe... Read More

Ulster trio back at Eaton Park

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ulster trio back at Eaton Park

Star rugby names, including Luke Marshall, Ian Humphreys and Mike McComish, will be part of the Ballymena RFC set-up this season! And Eaton Park head coach Andy Graham is hoping at least one of them will play a game or two for his First team in 2014/15. Graham confirmed the trio are back affiliated... Read More

Ballee pupil’s heartfelt message to O’Dowd

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ballee pupil’s heartfelt message to O’Dowd

The deputy head girl of Ballee Community High School who is leaving this summer, has penned a powerful and moving letter to Education minister, John O'Dowd, explaining her love for the school. Ellie Bailey, who read the lesson at Ballymena's annual Civic Service last weekend, has credited Ballee... Read More

What next for Crumlin if College is forced to close?

Antrim GuardianLast month

What next for Crumlin if College is forced to close?

In spite of the recent upturn in fortunes for Crumlin College, there was some dispute over whether a new college could be formed in its place, with parents expressing hope but one source saying that the figures 'will kill that idea off.' “They haven't got that plan sorted. It will come down to... Read More

Dunloy continue bid for promotion

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

Scorpion boxers enjoy rare success Stateside

Scorpion boxers enjoy rare success Stateside

A NUMBER of boxers from the Scorpion club in Ballymoney have helped a Northern Ireland team to a memorable and rare win in the annual Belfast Beltway Boxing tournament in America. The Ballymoney boys all played their part as NI defeated their American opponents 7-3 in the seventh staging of the... Read More

McGuinness fastest in practice at TT races

JOHN McGuinness got his 2014 Isle of Man TT Races campaign underway in fine style on Monday evening when the 20-times winner set the second fastest lap of the opening practice session. With perfect conditions around the 37.73 mile Mountain Course, the 'Morecambe Missile' took his 1000cc Honda Racing... Read More

Gary ‘chilled to Benone’

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

Finlay tops poll in Ballymoney election

BALLYMONEY is the DEA that most reflects one of the old borough's that from next year will cease to exist. Unionists dominated but the DUP performed below expectations thanks to TUV votes and a resurgent UUP. The other losers were Sinn Fein who emerged with only one seat, thanks to a heavily skewed... Read More

Super six!

SIX of Moyle District Council's sitting councillors have been elected to the new Causeway Coast and Glens Council. Five of those are female - councillors Cara McShane (Sinn Fein), Margaret Anne McKillop (SDLP), Sandra Hunter and Joan Baird (both UUP) and Sharon McKillop (TUV) while Independent... Read More

Chef Sean’s big ambitions

Chef Sean’s big ambitions

SEAN Bradley is just 21-years-old but the young Ballycastle man knows exactly what he wants in life. Essentially, it's to open up an award-winning Michelin star restaurant in Northern Ireland. However, he realises such an ambition is still many years off but it's far from being unrealistic. You see,... Read More

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Ex-champ Norris wins Lightning Rod final

Former Irish Champion Daniel Norris from Ballymena showed glimpses of his best form on the way to winning the Group Two Lightning Rod final at Ballymena Raceway on Friday evening. Norris began the evening with a fourth place finish in the opening heat, before improving to record a second place... Read More

Rachael prepares for Malta

Ballymena GuardianLast month

Rachael prepares for Malta

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

Antrim GuardianLast month

New faces on Fridays at Connell Hill centre

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

Baley wins Emyvale Masters GP

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

Dogs living in squalor

THE rescue of more than 40 Alaskan Malamute dogs in Dervock recently who were living in appalling conditions was "one year too late", it has been claimed. Benvardin Animal Rescue Kennels (BARK) charity co-ordinator Sean McIntyre, who has temporarily adopted 12 of the dogs, said Animal Welfare was... Read More

Every Little Helps

Every Little Helps

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

Ballycastle Tennents NI Pool League Finals

Ballycastle Tennents NI Pool League Finals

THE Ballycastle Tennents NI Pool League Finals were held in the Castle Bar, Ballycastle last month. The winners trophies were presented by Moyle District Council Chairperson Cara McShane and included the Kevin O'Neill Perpetual Cup in memory of Kevin who tragically lost his life a year ago.... Read More

Loughgiel and Ballycastle into decider

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

Peak practice

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

Last chance for First Steps?

Last chance for First Steps?

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ballymena 122 all out against CIYMS

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

Ballymena’s Commonwealth Games 2014 celebrations!

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Ballymena’s Commonwealth Games 2014 celebrations!

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

Gareth scoops Apprentice of the Year award

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Gareth scoops Apprentice of the Year award

Gareth Harkness, an apprentice Engineer from Ballymena, has been crowned Apprentice of the Year 2014. Gareth, 19, is completing his apprenticeship in Engineering at Northern Regional College, Ballymena. He is employed by Ryobi Aluminium Castings in Carrickfergus, who produce car engine castings that... Read More

Local man’s poem for ‘wee Oscar’ is shared worldwide

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Local man’s poem for ‘wee Oscar’ is shared worldwide

Ballymena man, Paul O'Neill, is overwhelmed by the worldwide attention a poem he penned for little Oscar Knox has received. He was so moved by the passing of 'wee Oscar' that last week he put pen to paper and composed a piece about Oscar's journey to 'Neverland.' The poem was posted to Paul's own... Read More

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown U13s romp to Ulster Cup win at Ravenhill

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Bridge not over troubled waters just yet

Over a year after they were found to have 'unlawfully failed' to assess a local man's needs, the Northern Trust has come under renewed fire from supporters of the Bridge Training Unit. Bridge has been embroiled in a protracted dispute with the Trust over funding - or, more specifically, the lack of... Read More

Glebe Rangers lose to Armagh in final outing

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

Susanna tops in UK wide comp

Susanna tops in UK wide comp

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

British Open to return to Royal Portrush?

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

‘Broadly positive picture’ for Moyle as crime statistics released

MOYLE Area Commander Brenda Cairns has described the crime statistics for the area as a broadly positive picture. Overall, crime is up in Moyle by 10.1%, following an increasing trend across Northern Ireland. However, Chief Inspector Cairns stressed that Moyle has the lowest rates of crime in the... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Harden Cup victory for invincible Ballymena Fifths

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

Crime levels up

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Crime levels up

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

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

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

Milk Cup organisers confirm debut for Espanyol

SPANISH club Espanyol will make its debut at this Summer's Dale Farm Milk Cup, organisers have announced. The Barcelona-based club will send representatives to contest the Premier section of the football tournament. The Spaniards have produced some top international players down the years as part of... Read More

Taggart wins Mid Ulster Grand Prix

BALLYMONEY schoolboy Arthur Taggart eased to victory in the Under 14 section of this year's Mid Ulster Grand Prix at Cookstown. In all, three members from Ballymoney Cycling Club were in action, with Oliver Watt and Shay Donley joining Taggart at the event. They took their attacking style of racing... Read More

CAN Can Frames - OPEN for business

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

Ballymoney ‘G’s Up’ for Giro

Ballymoney ‘G’s Up’ for Giro

BALLYMONEY traders have been praised for pushing the boat out (or their bikes in this instance) in decorating the town bright pink to celebrate the arrival of the Giro d'Italia cycle this weekend. Pink pedal power is the theme of the day to mark this once in a lifetime occasion which will allow... Read More

Mitsubishi crew continue their winning ways

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

Chef Roisin is top of the menu!

Chef Roisin is top of the menu!

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

It’s Giro d’Italia time!

It’s Giro d’Italia time!

THE waiting is almost over. After months of hype the Giro d'Italia is finally upon us. On Saturday, Moyle will be showcased to the world as the second greatest cycle race visits the beautiful Causeway Coast and Glens. Every last shop front, bus shelter, even the odd boat and car, and sheep too, has... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Tragedy mars Tandragee 100 Road Races

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

Reflections on Cup final day

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Reflections on Cup final day

As I drove from my home in Ballymoney at 8.30am on Saturday, May 3, I smiled as I saw a Ballymena United flag fluttering from a street lamp post in the town centre in the morning sunshine, writes Shaun O'Neill! I was certain that was an omen and Ballymena's name was on the Marie Curie Irish Cup. A... Read More

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Portglenone farmer to appeal jail term for cruelty to animals

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

Moy Park reports strong sales growth

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Moy Park reports strong sales growth

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Summer Championship returns to Nutts Corner

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

Randalstown’s date with destiny

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown’s date with destiny

History will be made on Saturday when Randalstown Rugby Club's U13 and U17 squads appear in their respective Cup Finals at Ravenhill, with 10.30am and 1pm kick offs respectively. This follows on from the U15 squad's successful visit this time last year when they won the club's first major silverware... Read More

Rowan rules out Killarney glory

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

Election brings massive change

POLITICIANS from across the north coast have been swarming to Ballymoney to get their nomination papers in for election to the new Causeway Coast and Glens District Council (CC&GDC;). As the Chronicle went to press just hours before the deadline passed at 1pm today (Tuesday April 29), 14 candidates... Read More

Beverland named ‘Player of the Year’

CLUB captain Howard Beverland was named 'Player of the Year' at the annual Garvagh, Kilrea and District Coleraine SC dinner on Saturday night. Accepting the award, the central defender admitted that it had been a difficult season for everyone at the club but claimed that there were positives. “It... Read More

‘Unavailable’ notes forces op to be cancelled

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

Rathlin CCTV privacy row

Rathlin CCTV privacy row

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

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Workman wins 10

Ballymena Road Club - Chain Reaction Cycles - held their first club time trial event in the Northstone sponsored club race series last Wednesday evening at Woodgreen. Club time trial champion Steven Workman was fastest of the 17 BRC entrants with a time of 21 minutes 14 seconds, while 2013 junior... Read More

Hit-man Darren ready to deliver

Ballymena Guardian2 months ago

Hit-man Darren ready to deliver

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

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Randalstown club proves a huge success

Despite only opening their doors three months ago, Randalstown Ju-Jitsu Club is punching well above its weight as it proves to be a huge success in the community. The dojo (training hall) is located in the town centre in the Sports Suite of Truffles Restaurant and is accessible / open to everyone in... Read More

Humbling defeat for Moylena men

Antrim Guardian2 months ago

Humbling defeat for Moylena men

Muckamore travelled to the famous Lawn on Saturday to play Waringstown in their first Premiership League match of the season. Put in to bat first, Barry Scott and Patrick Fisher opened the innings against Waringstown bowlers Khan and Eaglestone and in the third over Fisher's was out for four runs... Read More

River Ridge pledges continued support for Armoy Road Races

River Ridge pledges continued support for Armoy Road Races

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

Birth ‘below standard’

Birth ‘below standard’

A RASHARKIN mother whose baby was born 'blue' has appealed for her son's birth to be added to the 20 cases under investigation by the Department of Health. On April 29th last year, baby John Grey made his way into the world weighing 6lb 1oz. Despite assurances from midwives at Causeway Hospital, his... Read More

McNaughton wins battle of the Escorts

WATERFOOT'S Declan McNaughton beat local rival Alistair Cochrane on the Circuit of Ireland National Rally, round two of the Northern Ireland Championship, to claim maximum Two-Wheel-Drive points. McNaughton, with Cork man Sean Hayde on the pace notes, did just enough over the closing miles to hold... Read More

Ballycastle kids take part in Ulster Rugby programme

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

‘Ewe’ better believe it!

‘Ewe’ better believe it!

FORMER Moyle District Council chairperson, Sandra Hunter, has caught the Giro d'Italia fever that has gripped the area, or rather her sheep seem to have! Cllr Hunter's has dyed her batch of Wicklow Cheviot ewes and lambs pink in honour of the prestigious cycle race which will pass through Moyle on... Read More

Southside Youth prepare for two-match tour

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Southside Youth prepare for two-match tour

SOUTHSIDE Youth FC are off on tour to Scotland in May! They have lined up a two matches thanks to their hosts, Glasgow Rangers. The Bally-mena side, treble winners last season, set off on May 3. They have a coaching session that morning at Murray Park - Rangers' £14 million state-of-the-art... Read More

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Council to contribute £10,000 to ‘Civic Pride’ initiative

BALLYMENA Borough Council is to contribute £10,000 to a Civic Pride initiative. The programme aims to improve health and well-being by enhancing the environment and social conditions of communities. Details of the Civic Pride Programme were presented to a recent meeting of council's Regulatory and... Read More

Victory for Pinewood!

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Victory for Pinewood!

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

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

Crews aiming to be electric on Circuit

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

Doherty races to top 10 finish in Letterkenny

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

Ballymoney grind out draw against Chimney Corner

Ballymoney grind out draw against Chimney Corner

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

Fobbed off

BALLYMONEY Council is facing a fresh round of discrimination allegations after imposing a £10 'deposit' for key fobs to disabled and elderly users of Ballymoney cemetery. The fob will enable vehicular access to blue badge holders and the elderly to some parts of the cemetery. Last November, The... Read More

St Killian’s Garron Tower win Matchplay Championship title

St Killian’s Garron Tower win Matchplay Championship title

ST Killian's Garron Tower lifted the Ulster Schools' Senior Matchplay Championship title for the second time in three years last week. They will now go on to play in the All-Ireland series, which takes place on Easter Monday and Tuesday at Nenagh GC in Tipperary. They defeated Regent House... Read More

Owners warned to keep dogs on leads

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

New plans for historic site

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

Ballymena promoted

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ballymena promoted

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

Ally penalty nets United ‘derby’ point

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Ally penalty nets United ‘derby’ point

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

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

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

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Green light for Cullybackey Road housing development

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

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

Alan double books United place in showpiece final

Ballymena Guardian3 months 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 Guardian3 months ago

Farry praises apprenticeships contribution to economy during visit to Wrightbus

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has highlighted the importance of apprenticeships at a Wrightbus apprentice award ceremony in Ballymena. Twenty-one Wright Group Engineering Apprentices were recognised for their progress and attainment as they complete the 4-year ApprenticeshipsNI... Read More

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Town U13s breeze into last four

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

Drumreagh’s new church opens this Saturday

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

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

NW200 unveils new trophy in memory of Robert Dunlop

NW200 unveils new trophy in memory of Robert Dunlop

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

Heated debate over Glenariffe presentation

Heated debate over Glenariffe presentation

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

Randalstown take revenge

Antrim Guardian3 months ago

Randalstown take revenge

Randalstown Seconds 22 Ballymena Fourths 12 A young Randalstown Seconds side took their revenge on Ballymena Fourths at Neillsbrook on Saturday afternoon. The first half saw them run in four tries without reply. The scores came in a flurry after about 15 minutes played. First over was young... Read More

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

Glebe get better of Banbridge Town

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

Tributes for tragic Uel

Tributes for tragic Uel

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

Armoy Firsts draw with BHS Former Pupils

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

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

Green shoots of recovery

Green shoots of recovery

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

Seconds have old score to settle

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Seconds have old score to settle

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

Ballymena Guardian3 months 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

Starving horse was ‘left to die’

Ballymena Guardian3 months ago

Starving horse was ‘left to die’

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

Ballymoney lose while Glebe draw

Ballymoney lose while Glebe draw

JOHN Fall's last match in charge of Ballymoney United ended in defeat at home to Championship Two title hopefuls Armagh City. It was the Toon's third loss on the bounce and leaves them mid-table, twelve points adrift of the top six teams in the league. City snatched the win in the dying stages of... 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

Local choir reach high notes

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

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

Council divide over Dundarave scheme

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

Waterfoot storm damage ‘natural’

Waterfoot storm damage ‘natural’

CONSERVATION experts have concluded nothing should be done to repair damaged dunes at Waterfoot beach. On the contrary, said the team engaged by Moyle District Council to assess the aftermath of winter storms, it is better not to interfere with nature. In a report delivered to councillors last... 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

Residents urged to ‘leave your cap on’

Ballymena Guardian4 months 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

Mixed fortunes for Ballymoney hockey teams

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

Mulholland try not enough to hand Ballymoney win

ON a windy day at Kilraughts Road, Ballymoney welcomed Portadown for the last home fixture of the season for the First XV, writes Andy Borthwick. Portadown, last year's Q1 champions, are pushing for top spot again this year, and this match was always billed as a forward-oriented arm wrestle. And... 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

CCTV coming to Ballymoney

THE FIGHT against crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Ballymoney has been turned up a notch with the announcement that a CCTV scheme is to be set up in the town. Finally, after 15 years of revisiting the issue, the funding impasse has been overcome with the scheme being paid for through... Read More

Dunlop aiming to bask in glory

Dunlop aiming to bask in glory

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

Liken hat-trick seals big win for Armoy Seconds

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

Women power!

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

Ex Sinn Fein Cllr to be replaced on LAG?

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

1st XI exit Irish Trophy after penalty strokes

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

United embarrassed at the Oval

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

United embarrassed at the Oval

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

‘Cup places up for grabs’

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

‘Cup places up for grabs’

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Competition strong at Connell Hill

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

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

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

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

Locks sacrificed  for sick children

Locks sacrificed for sick children

A BRAVE Ballymoney woman suffering from chronic M.E. is going to have her beautiful long hair cut off to help children recovering from Chemotherapy after being inspired by a young Stranocum girl. Joanne Peden has had chronic M.E for eight years, this is a severe debilitating illness that has left... 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

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

TUV urges 3G pitch for Bushmills

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

United book semi spot in style

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

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

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

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

Antrim Guardian4 months ago

Traffic wardens ‘killing business’ in Crumlin - claim

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

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

Ballymoney secure top-four finish

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

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

£27,358 for local groups

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

Murray strikes to secure three points for Ports

Murray strikes to secure three points for Ports

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

Half day trade lost

Half day trade lost

BUSINESSES in Ballycastle were forced to shut up shop last week or make alternative provisions following an unexpected electricity outage. The power cut, which lasted over four hours, affected some 700 homes and businesses which suffered half-a-day's lost trade. At lunchtime last Thurday (20th),... Read More

Lives on the line

Lives on the line

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

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Sky Blues move to sixth with victory over Warrenpoint Town

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

Ballymena Guardian4 months ago

Big bus ‘drives’ cancer services to Braid, Ballee and Ballykeel

Leading local cancer charity Action Cancer is bringing its SuperValu Big Bus mobile unit to Ballymena next week. The Bus will be hosted by the Ballymena South Cluster and will be located at three different locations for three days in March. On Monday, March 3 the unit will be in Ballee Childcare... Read More

Ronan’s thanks

Ronan’s thanks

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

Farquhar set for road race return at North West

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

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

Council officers congratulated on striking of rates

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Annaclone GP this Saturday

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

Kells answers the question

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Kells answers the question

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

Ally’s penalty earns United ‘derby’ draw

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Ally’s penalty earns United ‘derby’ draw

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Councillors clash over rates relief for amateur sports clubs

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

Loughguile lose out on final spot

Loughguile lose out on final spot

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

NRC newbuild on Linenhall Street?

NRC newbuild on Linenhall Street?

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

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

Families reassured after text glitch

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Road Club will be represented across all categories in 2014

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

‘Our Lizzie had a heart of gold’

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

‘Our Lizzie had a heart of gold’

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

Win sees Glebe move clear of relegation dogfight

Win sees Glebe move clear of relegation dogfight

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

Masterplan launched

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

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

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 Guardian5 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

Congratulations!

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Congratulations!

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

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

Justice Minister welcomes launch of Ballymena ‘Farmwatch’

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

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

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

Antrim Guardian5 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

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

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

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

Dalriada paired with beaten finalists RBAI

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

Substation standstill

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

Mark ‘shines’ in Glasgow

Mark ‘shines’ in Glasgow

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

Field of Dreams at the Coleraine Showgrounds

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

Dalriada’s on the money!

Dalriada’s on the money!

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

McShane commends those involved in domain names issue

INDEPENDENT Moyle Councillor Padraig McShane has claimed that efforts to remove the Glens from the domain name of the 'Causeway Coast and Glens' super council emanated from the Orange Order in both Coleraine and Ballymoney. The Cllr made the claim following a transition committee meeting in... Read More

Dirty dogs!

Dirty dogs!

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

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

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

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

St Louis pupils come top of the class with their ‘stud-ies!’

Ballymena Guardian5 months ago

St Louis pupils come top of the class with their ‘stud-ies!’

St Louis Grammar School in Ballymena has won Invest Northern Ireland's 2013 Step 'N' Zones Competition, with a business idea for football boots with deployable studs. The competition was held during Global Entrepreneurship Week two months ago and attracted over 1,300 pupils from 40 schools across... Read More

Toon secure derby bragging rights over Coleraine

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

Cairns second reign gets off to a winning start

Cairns second reign gets off to a winning start

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

Fighting for a bed

A LOUGHGUILE daughter has said that it is not acceptable that her 81 year that old mother had to wait nearly three weeks for a bed suitable for her mother's medical condition after she was released from hospital a few weeks before Christmas. The woman, who suffers a variety of medical conditions... 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

Jedward’s ‘GIANT’ adventure!

Jedward’s ‘GIANT’ adventure!

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

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ballynahinch too strong for Ballymena men

Ballymena 1st XI 2 Ballynahinch 7 Ballymena may have lost their two previous encounters with this Ballynahinch side, but there was a still sense that a victory wasn't beyond the bounds of possibility. Ballymena started well and dominated possession, for a time, with continued passing and fluid... Read More

Suspended United trio miss Welders tie

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Suspended United trio miss Welders tie

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson is minus three key men for tonight's (Tuesday) Irish Cup fifth round replay with Harland and Wolff Welders at the Showgrounds (7.45pm), writes Shaun O'Neill. Classy centre-half Johnny Taylor (2 game ban), rugged midfielder Gavin Taggart and... Read More

Ten-man United lose to Linfield

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ten-man United lose to Linfield

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

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Roy Gillespie to step down from council

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

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

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

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

Randalstown suffer bruising defeat

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Randalstown suffer bruising defeat

Randalstown 3 Omagh 34 There was to be no change at the top of Qualifying Two as Randalstown slumped to a heavy home defeat at the hands of Omagh on Saturday afternoon. The prevailing conditions were never going to be conducive to Town's favoured style of open running rugby and in the end they... Read More

Laverty wins Irish accolade

Antrim Guardian6 months ago

Laverty wins Irish accolade

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

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

Ballymoney comfortably beaten by visitors Dromore

BALLYMONEY took to the field on a cold but clear day, looking to make up for the previous league fixture, where players and coaches alike were left disappointed by the effort in losing out to Coleraine, writes Andy Bothwick. Having drawn away in the league, and won in the cup, Ballymoney knew this... Read More

A life sentence!

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

Our son’s ‘miracle’ recovery

Our son’s ‘miracle’ recovery

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

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

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

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

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Deadly Darren out to sink Swifts

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

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

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

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

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Mark Rainey wins Jamesy McBroom Christmas Cup

THE Christmas Competition was renamed the Jamesy McBroom Christmas Cup in honour of the late member Jimmy McBroom, a wish that had been put forward by the members of Woodford Fly Fishery and granted by Jamesy's wife Sadie. A good turn out of 22 anglers all eager to be the first name on the trophy.... Read More

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Paisley ‘owes us all an apology’

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

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Woman to strand trial on £35k fraud

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

Karen makes piping history

Karen makes piping history

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

Winter League at Ballycastle

THE Winter League began this week at Ballycastle and the weather lived up to the forecast. Strong winds and heavy rain battered the course over both days of the weekend but that wasn't enough to stop the hardy golfers stepping out on the links. This year's Winter League is sponsored by P.J.... Read More

New look Coleraine ready for Cliftonville Irish Cup test

New look Coleraine ready for Cliftonville Irish Cup test

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

Glens Cllr blasts operator advice

Glens Cllr blasts operator advice

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

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 Guardian6 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

Ahoghill boys win coveted places in National Children’s Orchestra

Ballymena Guardian6 months ago

Ahoghill boys win coveted places in National Children’s Orchestra

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

Lord Bannside due out of hospital soon

Ballymena Guardian6 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

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Carrick Ladies rue defensive errors against Grosvenor

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

Carrick Advertiser6 months ago

Almost £160,000 to be investmented in Mullaghdubh Primary

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

Comrades victorious in eight goal thriller

Ballyclare Gazette6 months ago

Comrades victorious in eight goal thriller

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

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

Festive post bag delivered

Festive post bag delivered

ROYAL Mail in Ballymoney handled almost 29,000 items of Christmas mail on its busiest day this year which included customers' festive greetings cards and letters, online shopping orders and Christmas parcels. Ballymoney's 37 postmen and women worked flat out to deliver a first class Christmas for... Read More

BEM for Barbara

BEM for Barbara

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

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

Portrush out to end 15 year wait for a trophy

Portrush out to end 15 year wait for a trophy

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