Cushendall progress to their first All-Ireland final

6 02 2016


Antrim Champions Ruairí Ogs Cushendall advanced to their first ever All-Ireland Club SHC final with an emphatic 3-12 to 1-06 win over Sarsfields of Galway in their semi final played at Pairc Tailteann Navan.

An early penalty goal from Neil McManus signalled the intent of the Antrim men who went on to (uncharacteristically !! ) led at half time with score of Cushendall 1-04 Sarsfields 0-5

A brilliant second half goal from Sean McAfee and a last minute tap in from substitute Karl McKeegan sealed the outcome in favour of the Ulster Champions.

A great team effort with star performances from Ryan McCambridge, Sean McAfee and Paddy McGill making for an All-Ireland final date in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.

Moyle SDLP Councillors appalled by findings of Ombudsman’s report into Campbell murder

27 06 2014

 Joe Campbell

Moyle SDLP Councillors Margaret Anne McKillop and Dónal Cunningham have said that they are appalled but not surprised by the findings in the Police Ombudsman’s report which pointed to failings by the senior management of the RUC which could have prevented the murder of Sergeant Joe Campbell.
The SDLP councillors were speaking following the release of a report by Investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s Office relating to the murder of Sergeant Joe Campbell in Cushendall on 25th February 1977.


 Councillor McKillop who lives in Cushendall said “Sergeant Campbell was a very popular and well-respected member of the community. Locally it was always believed that Joe had been under threat, and then murdered because he had discovered and reported evidence of collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.   The Police Ombudsman’s report clearly indicates that there was sufficient, reliable evidence that senior police officers, including the then Head of Special Branch and quite probably the Chief Constable, were aware of concerns about a threat to his life and failed to act upon them.”


 Councillor Cunningham said “It is of great concern that documents relating to this case have disappeared, and that some retired RUC officers refused to co-operate with the investigation. In the interests of truth and justice it is important that a fuller investigation to discover the complete truth is carried out.” 




Support for Glens Community Firestation

10 03 2013

Cushendall Firestation

Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham gave their full backing to calls for a new community fire station in Cushendall. Speaking after attending a public meeting in the village, they said

“We will be pushing the NIFRS Corporate Management team to approve a “Full Business Case” for a new community fire station in Cushendall, so that the required Capital Programme funding can be secured from the Department”

Glens of Antrim Councillor McCambridge said “Since 1989 Cushendall firefighters have provided invaluable 24 hour emergency cover for the local community from what was always meant to be a temporary structure.  With an average call out rate of 130 calls per year, the firefighters have proven themselves to be a key emergency service for the Glens of Antrim.  It is imperative that they are provided with the facilities they deserve.”

Despite indicating that Ballycastle were campaigning to see progress for their own Community Fire Station Councillor Dónal Cunningham assured the Glens meeting of the 100% support from the Ballycastle community.

“Ballycastle has had a full business case approved for the construction of a new build at a capital cost of £2.62 million which would replace Ballycastle fire station. Outline planning permission has been approved for a new site; however we are yet to see any progress due to a lack of capital funding to take the project forward.  That said we recognise the pressing need for a new station in Cushendall and are happy to throw our weight behind both campaigns”

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Cunningham praises Red Bay Boats

17 08 2012

Speaking after attending the launch of Red Bay Boats new Stormforce 1650 boat in Cushendall, Moyle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has praised the company for their outstanding record of achievement.

 “Red Bay Boats is an outstanding example of a local business, which since its foundation in 1977 has developed into a world leader of high quality boat manufacture.    The new Stormforce 1650 is the largest vessel in their range and has been entirely developed and manufactured over the past year in their Cushendall workshop”

 “The new boat is aimed at a commercial market and has been developed to cater for the needs of ports, harbours and the offshore renewable industry. The company anticipate that they will sell this vessel globally from their Cushendall base. The boat has the potential to greatly enhance our tourism industry particularly in terms of the links between the Glens of Antrim and the Western Isles of Scotland. It can also help improve Search and Rescue resources around our shores”

 “In difficult economic times, RedBay boats are proof that enterprise, innovation and a highly skilled and experienced workforce can compete successfully in the global market. They deserve all of our support “

Funding for Cushendall flood prevention measures welcomed

5 07 2012

Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham have welcomed the announcement from the Assembly Executive which includes Cushendall in a series of measures aimed at mitigating the impact of flooding.
Projects costing more than £10 million are being accelerated to improve infrastructure in South and East Belfast, as well as Cushendall.
“The Cushendall area has suffered significant floods in recent years. The proposed flood defence scheme for the area must be capable of providing adequate protection and have the approval of locals who know only too well the damage and distress caused to properties and businesses.”
“The flood defence scheme should consider the full range of measures available and look at how areas of Scotland have successfully tackled this issue; this may involve upstream storage of the Dall River and any of its tributaries, the installation of water level control structures and the development of improved surface water drainage works.”
“The fact that the Assembly Executive has prioritised work for Cushendall is to be welcomed”

Action demanded after Cushendall swamped again by flash floods

28 06 2012

SDLP Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham are calling for urgent effective action to be taken by DARD, Rivers Agency, and DRD Roads Service in Cushendall and the Glens of Antrim to address the recurring flooding issue.

“Since 2007 we have had various DRD and DARD Ministers coming to the Glens to talk to locals and to pose for photographs with their umbrellas and Wellington boots.
“People in the Glens require action and both Departments have failed to provide it, people are fed up with empty promises and ineffective action.
“Every time it rains heavily, residents here live in fear of flooding.
“It is simply not enough for DRD and DARD Ministers to meet with people and make empty promises. They must deliver.”

McCambridge congratulates award-winning Cushendall B&B

16 12 2011

SDLP Glens of Antrim Councillor Catherine McCambridge has congratulated Mrs Olive McAuley from Cullentra House B&B Cushendall who won the Top Guest House in Ulster award from B&B Ireland.
The Glens councillor said: “I am particularly pleased to see a rural guest house receive the award.
“It is important that the NITB and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development work to promote and develop the concept of the bed and breakfast industry within the rural and farmhouse community, which has the potential to generate additional income for many hard-pressed farmers at this difficult economic time.”