Ballycastle needs a hotel

16 11 2011

SDLP Ballycastle Cllr Dónal Cunningham has welcomed news that the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle has been placed on the market and has expressed hope that a new owner can be found quickly.

Cllr Cunningham said: “It has been very frustrating that this issue has been allowed to drift to this stage. The Marine Hotel and Country Club has already been closed for over eleven months and as a result Ballycastle was without any hotel provider for the summer of 2011.

“I have called on Moyle District Council’s economic development department to place the need for hotel provision and support for any new hotel business for Ballycastle high on their agenda. I equally support the plans to develop the 100 room hotel on the outskirts of the town.

“Ballycastle has a lot to offer visitors with its wealth of history, the natural beauty in and around the town as well the Glens, Rathlin and the Causeway. As a seaside town, Ballycastle has excellent static caravan parks and bed and breakfast establishments but, it really needs quality hotel accommodation.

“The local economy needs people to stay over in the town, to shop in our local shops, eat in our restaurants and to drink in our pubs and clubs.

“There is a market for increased stay-over provision within the town for both visitors and business people. It is vital that we do everything we can to support the development of the hotel industry within our town.”

Comhghairdeachas agus beannacht do Mhichael D Higgins mar Uachtarain na hÉireann

11 11 2011

Is bua mór don tir é, gur toghadh Michael D. as an seachtar a bhí ag seasamh. Beidh áit lárnach ag an nGaeilge ina uachtarántacht ón tús. Tá mé cinnte nach mbeidh aon áifeála orainn gur roghnaíodh polaiteoir stuama, intleachtóir misniúil agus saor focal gan sárú le bheith mar chomharba ar Mháire Mhic Giolla Íosa. Go maire sé a nuacht agus go ndéana sé muintir na hÉireann mórtasach as ár gcultúr ilghnéitheach is as ár gcumas ildhánach.

Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland

11 11 2011

The Republic of Ireland all but sealed their place in Euro 2012 after a 4-0 away win in Tallinn.
Keith Andrews opened the scoring with a header following a cross from McGready in the 14th minute added to in the second half by goals from Jon Walters and two from captain Robbie Keane.

“Did they really believe that this war would end wars?”

10 11 2011

One of the best “anti-war” anthems – posted with respect for all traditions on the eve of 11th November.

Protect your pipes this winter

7 11 2011

With some predictions forecasting a winter as severe as the last two winters – Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham is worried that soaring energy costs, mean that many local families are finding it increasing difficult to keep their homes warm.
While we are all aware of the need to protect pipes, and be prepared to heat, insulate and protect our homes, for many families the simple fact is that there is not enough money to do so.

McCambridge welcomes improvements to Water Infrastructure

5 11 2011

Glens of Antrim SDLP Councillor Catherine McCambridge has welcomed the announcement of major water infrastructural works which will involve the laying of water mains between Cushendall and Cushendun.
The work represents an investment of approximately £1 million by NI Water.
Work will commence later this month and will continue until Spring 2012. With winter fast approaching, this work is good news for the area as the upgraded water mains will improve the reliability and flexibility of water supply, drinking water quality and will also help reduce leakage.

Moyle Area left out in “Digital Switchover” tour

5 11 2011

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has hit out at the BBC-run Switchover Help Scheme which is due to visit towns across the North to offer older and disabled residents advice about the practical help they can receive to switch to digital TV which he says ignores the Moyle area .
The Switchover Help Scheme Bus will start its tour in Larne on Tuesday 8 November and will visit towns and villages across the North; culminating in a visit to Belfast on Thursday 17 November the tour bus has no scheduled stops in the entire Moyle area.
“Residents in Moyle are not second class citizens; we should not be overlooked on the grounds of geography or population. Our older and disabled residents are as dependent on TV reception as any other area and are keen to be updated and advised on the switchover to digital TV. “