£100k for Moyle

4 02 2013

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SDLP Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the news that DOE Minister Alex Attwood has approved funding of £100,000 to deal with decay and dereliction in the Moyle area.

 Councillor Cunningham who chairs the “Revitalise Ballycastle” steering group which is seeking funding to deal with the regeneration of the town centre, and in particular the conservation areas of Castle Street and Clare Street said:

 “Not for the first time the Minister has been able to show the ability to invest unspent monies into the built environment of coastal towns and villages.”

“It is hoped that this intervention will help to stabilise trade in our towns and villages, improve our tourist and visitor appeal, and build up respect for the conservation and unique appeal of our streetscape and built heritage.”

 “On top of Ministers Attwood’s funding if the “Revitalise” project was successful it could offer grants to improve historic buildings within Castle Street and Clare Street to enhance the historical character of the buildings and contribute to an improvement in the local economy as well as remaining an attractive place to visit.”


Games of Thrones bus tour welcomed

30 10 2012

Welcoming news of a “Game of Thrones bus tour” which will visit each of the fantasy epic’s filming locations, Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham hopes that Ballintoy can reap the resultant tourist benefits.

Beauty spots like the picturesque NorthCoast  Ballintoy harbour and Larrybane Quarry both featured in the US cable television series, and should prove popular destinations for enthusiasts

If we look at how well other areas like Northumberland’s AlnwickCastle which featured in the Harry Potter movies have done, reputedly bringing about £9m worth of tourism to that region, we should see this as a positive development.

Maurice’s new book celebrates life of John Clarke

17 09 2012

Moyle SDLP Councillors Dónal Cunningham and Catherine McCambridge were amongst  a large crowd who attended the launch of a new book “John Clarke: A Potato Wizard” by local historian Maurice McHenry, in the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre.

The book explores the life and achievements of the pioneering North Antrim potato breeder John Clarke.

Clarke understood the principles of the emerging science of genetics and applied them to the breeding of potatoes. “A talented botanist, Clarke developed 33 certified varieties, the vast majority of which have the prefix Ulster in their name, and was a key figure in the struggle to breed varieties which were more resistant to potato blight.

“As well as being good scientist, Clarke had a natural flair for selecting the best seedlings.”

Clarke’s achievements earned him an international reputation as a highly successful potato breeder.

 Mr McHenry’s book will ensure that Clarke is remembered and celebrated. Moreover, it fills a major gap in our agricultural and scientific history.

Ballintoy Village Forum could be the key to successful Community Engagement

30 10 2011

SDLP Ballycastle Cllr Donal Cunningham has praised the local groups who have come together to form the Ballintoy Village Forum.

Speaking after a meeting with local residents, he said: “A Village Plan for Ballintoy had been produced following extensive and detailed community consultation and research, it contained a collective vision of how people who live in, work and visit Ballintoy would like to see their village improve and develop

The Village Forum will aim to progress the proposals identified in the Village Plan to bid for funding from the second stage of the North East Rural Development Programme for Village Renewal

“ I would encourage anyone with an interest in the village whether resident or otherwise, to support the community initiatives, and to get involved in progressing the projects so that they can work to improve the quality of village life. I also hope that the Village Forum will act as a link between the Ballintoy Community and the Council and help improve Community Engagement”