Councillors welcome funding for “Old Cushendun Church” project

13 11 2012









Moyle SDLP Councillors Catherine McCambridge and Dónal Cunningham have welcomed the news that an award of £4,500 has been approved from Moyle Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund to Cushendun Building Preservation Trust.

Councillor Cunningham who sits on the grant panel explained that the award followed an application for assistance with technical costs, as part of an overall project to restore and refurbish the disused “Old Church” in Cushendun into a Community Arts Centre.

“I am delighted that this group have been rewarded for their vision. The group hope to deliver a Community Arts Centre which will act as a venue for exhibitions, performances, classes and other community arts activities.  We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople in the area and are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more.  I believe there is still a huge potential for this type of centre  to grow  by targeting the cultural tourist markety and encouraging visitors to visit the Glens to sample art and craft.

Promoting our local arts and crafts serves also to promote the whole region, and can bring benefits for all year round. Once visitors discover how beautiful our area is and the quality of arts and crafts on offer they will want to keep coming back.

“It is important to mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, by doing so we will be sending out the message that it is a great place for artists and crafts makers to earn a livelihood, and the sort of place where young and talented people can build a career.”

“A Community Arts Centre in Cushendun can be a focal point for cultural tourism”

Malachy McSparran RIP

15 12 2011

SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell MP MLA has, along with party representatives from North Antrim, led tributes to former Moyle Council Chairman Malachy McSparran, who died on Tuesday 13th Decemeber.

Dr McDonnell said: “Malachy was not only a towering figure in the Glens and a much-admired politician, he was a dear friend.
“His contribution to the party and Moyle Council, but most importantly to his community and his family, cannot be overstated and he will be much missed.

“To Brigid, John, Donal, Paul, Brendan, Patrick, Anne and all the extended family, I extend the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family and the SDLP as a whole.”

Former MLA, Sean Farren also said that Malachy McSparran had been a staunch supporter of SDLP principles since the party’s inception, deploring violence believing that partnership between our communities was the only way forward.

Dr Farren said ‘Malachy served for several terms as an SDLP member and Chair of Moyle District Council. He firmly believed in developing cross-party and cross-community partnerships within and beyond the council.

“Malachy worked tirelessly to promote Moyle District and especially his own beloved Glens. Like few others he knew and loved the Glens, its history, its games, its folklore, its customs and traditions and he has left a fine legacy of writings covering all of those aspects of Glens life.
“On a personal level Malachy McSparran was a great support to me as a public representative in North Antrim. I was very proud to call him my friend. To his wife Brigid and family I offer my deepest condolences.”
Councillor Catherine McCambridge, who succeeded Malachy as representative of the Glens on Moyle Council said that Malachy McSparran had been an excellent role-model.
She said: ‘Malachy served the people of the Glens one-hundred per cent. As Chair of the Council he guided its business with a steady hand and won considerable admiration from all sides. The Glens are the poorer for his passing.”

Ballymena Councillor and former North Antrim MLA Declan O’Loan said: “I had a great liking and regard for Malachy McSparran. He was an outstanding person. He was totally immersed in the life and history of the Glens and was a fine public representative. He will be much missed but fondly remembered.”