All Night Prayer Vigil in Holy Trinity Church

24 11 2013

Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has praised Ballycastle Church Action, the inter-faith group representing the three main Christian denominations  in Ballycastle who have organised an All Night Prayer Vigil in Holy Trinity Church, the Diamond Ballycastle starting from 4.00pm on Monday 25th November .

Councillor Cunningham said ” Since it’s formation in 2005 Ballycastle Church Action has met the Christian challenge of reaching into and serving the local community, through inter-church activity, community service projects such as “Good Morning Ballycastle” and programmes promoting ‘Good Relations’. BCA  have provided the template of good neighbourliness and have taken us to a place where hope thrives”

“I look forward to this wonderful community event and would urge everyone who is able to get along to any part of the vigil , to do so.  I hope that this event is well supported and makes it’s way into our annual Calendar. “

Annual Concern 24 Hour Fast and Street Collection Ballycastle

24 11 2013

The Annual Concern 24 hour fast and street collection in Ballycastle will be taking place on Saturday 30th November, all money will go directly to fighting child malnutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries and providing emergency assistance to those worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Launch of 2014 Competition for Young People – Citizenship: What’s your role?

23 11 2013


Young people are being challenged to use their creative skills to demonstrate how they are involved in active citizenship within their community either as an individual or as part of a group in the Youth Justice Agency’s annual competition for 10 to 17 year olds.


‘Citizenship’ is the theme of this year’s competition with entrants invited to showcase their talents through a range of media including photography, poetry, short story or newsletter, song or rap, arts & crafts or short film. Winners will be judged in three age groups – 10 to 11 year olds, 12 to 14 year olds and 15 to 17 year olds.

Great prizes are up for grabs within each of the age categories thanks to our sponsors ‘The Co-operative Group’, ‘Harrison Photography’ and ‘Ulster Rugby’. Individual prizes include iPods, kindles, digital cameras and Ulster Rugby tickets along with a personal experience prize of spending a day job-shadowing a professional photographer at a number of assignments. One overall winner will also receive an iPad for their school, community or youth organisation.

John Hume pays tribute to the legacy of Fr Alec Reid

22 11 2013

Fr Alec Reid

Nobel Laureate and former SDLP leader John Hume has paid tribute to Father Alec Reid who passed away this morning

Mr Hume Said:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of my friend Father Alec Reid.

“Fr Reid was a pillar of the Peace Process. Without his courage, determination and utter selflessness, the road to peace in our region would have been much longer and much more difficult to traverse. A man of faith and deep conviction, his commitment to our people was a key part of the foundation on which our early, fragile peace was built.

“Fr Alec was not simply a ‘go between’ in the early days of negotiating for peace. He was an active player in fighting for an end to violence. Few will forget the image of Fr Reid lying between Corporals  David Howes and Derek Wood in an attempt to save their lives in March 1988. His dedication was to all people, regardless of their background.

“While we mourn the loss of a great man, we must also celebrate the legacy of peace and an opportunity to reconcile our people that he gave to us. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to waste.

“I wish to send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, his fellow priests and Brothers of the Redemptorist Order and all those whose lives he touched.”

Ballycastle to host Antrim’s National Hurling League matches in 2014

22 11 2013


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his delight that his home GAA club McQuillan GAC will host both of Antrim’s Allianz National Hurling League Division 1B home matches at Páirc MacUílín in 2014.

The Ballycastle venue will see the Saffrons entertain Wexford and Cork on February 16 and March 16 respectively.

Councillor Cunningham has urged local accommodation providers to make a special effort whether through advertising or special rates to encourage as many visitors as possible from both Wexford and Cork.

“Let’s make these two weekends memorable for the Club, Town and County”

Well Done Peter and Martin

15 11 2013

Narrow Water

European funding for a proposed cross-border bridge that would link counties Down and Louth has been withdrawn.

Where is the power sharing?

Where is the North/South dimension ?

Stormont isn’t Working !!

John Hume pays tribute to Eddie McGrady

11 11 2013

 Eddie McGrady puts the finishing touches to his campaign the day before the election when he takes on his main challenger Enoch Powell in the South Down constituency.

 Nobel Laureate former SDLP leader John Hume has paid tribute to Eddie McGrady a fellow founding member of the SDLP who has passed away after a long illness.

Mr Hume said

“I am extremely sad to learn of the death of my dear friend Eddie McGrady.

“Eddie was a man of deep faith incredible fortitude and considerable courage. He brought a sharp political instinct to all his work displaying both talent and tenacity throughout a distinguished career stretching 50 years in public service.

“He will be rightfully remembered for his 1987 election victory over Enoch Powell but we should not forget his unswerving devotion to peace and his substantial contribution towards the new beginning to policing.

“Eddie served the constituency of South Down which he loved with distinction but above all Eddie was a family man happiest at his home in Saul in Downpatrick.

“I wish to send my deepest condolences to his daughter Paula, sons Jerome and Conaill his sister Maire, brother Malachy and wider family circle.”

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dhílis