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

Job opportunities at Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme

8 11 2013

Heart of the Glens

Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust are now recruiting four positions for the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.  For more details and to download an application pack please visit the links below. 

 Heart of the Glens LPS Manager

Responsible for the overall implementation of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Landscape Projects Officer

Responsible for the delivery of landscape projects within the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Outreach and Volunteer Officer

Responsible for the delivery of outreach and volunteer engagement activities in the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 Heart of the Glens LPS Administration and Finance Officer (Part-time)

Responsible for the administrative and financial support in the delivery of the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Alternatively you can request an application pack by contacting our office on (028) 2075 2100 or email

 The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd November 2013 at 3pm.

North’s renewable energy sector must be explored

8 11 2013

SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney says the growth of the North’s indigenous renewable energy sector should be explored in a bid to deliver cheaper energy prices to homeowners and businesses.

 The SDLP spokesperson on energy made the call at the annual SDLP party conference in Armagh at the weekend when members backed a motion agreeing to adopt a wider vision on energy policy.

 Mr. McKinney, the SDLP spokesperson on energy, said the issue of fuel prices was uppermost in everyone’s mind, particularly in light of a recent PWC report highlighting housing and utility bills are squeezing incomes most of all and account for 26% of family budgets. Mr. Mc Kinney said the North must be established as an energy exporter, a vision the SDLP are calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to share.

 “That solution is the growth of our indigenous renewable sector. The North is well placed to harness the potential of tidal and wind energy. However, if we are to embrace fully a renewable energy supply, we have to accept that in the short term this may be a costly vision. 

 “Significant upgrades to our current transmission and distribution infrastructure are needed. These necessary upgrades will be extremely costly in the short term but, if carried out, will lead to more affordable, clean and secure energy future.

 “The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment must work closely with the Department of the Environment and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to stimulate the development of renewable energy. All possible mechanisms must be deployed to create the right conditions for the growth of the renewable sector.”

The assemblyman reiterated the SDLP position it does not support frackingwithout the additional scientific investigations that must be carried out in order to justify further explorations.

 “We must approach this issue with a robust knowledge base – using the most up-to-date geological survey information. I believe fracking will not provide us the enhanced energy security or increased affordability.”


Remember “The Disappeared”

8 11 2013
Searching for Columba McVeigh: the excavation site at Bragan Bog, Co  Monaghan, where he is believed to have been buried. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons  Searching for Columba McVeigh: the excavation site at Bragan Bog, Co Monaghan, where he is believed to have been buried.
There are seven Disappeared people whose bodies remain missing, according to the North-South Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains. Ten bodies have been recovered.

The commission has no leads about Joe Lynskey, who disappeared from west Belfast in 1972, when he was in his 40s and was killed by the IRA.

Only three years ago the IRA admitted Joe Lynskey was one of the Disappeared. A former Cistercian monk, he was abducted and killed as, the IRA ruled, he was seriously compromised by an alleged relationship with the wife of an IRA prisoner.

Information was received about Seamus Ruddy, who was killed by the Irish National Liberation Army in Paris in 1985 because of an internal feud, but it was the wrong information.

The commission is convinced that Columba McVeigh, who went missing in 1975, is buried in Bragan bog, near Emyale in Co Monaghan, but despite several excavations since 1999 his body has not been found.

The commission also believes that Kevin McKee and Seamus Wright, who went missing from west Belfast in 1972, are buried in a bog at Coghalstown, near Wilkinstown in Co Meath.

The commission has “high-grade information” that Brendan Megraw, who disappeared from Twinbrook in west Belfast in 1978, was buried in nearby Oristown, Co Meath.

Despite this  the seven “Disappeared”  bodies remain missing