Cunningham welcomes £750,000 investment in Glenariff Forest Park

25 03 2014


Moyle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the plans announced for a substantial £750,000 investment at Glenariff Forest Park under the Forestry Fund.

Councillor Cunningham added: “This investment came after Moyle Council had developed a comprehensive and strategic proposal for the upgrade of forest based recreation and tourist facilities in the three major forests in the Moyle area namely Ballycastle, Ballypatrick and Glenariff.”

“The development of as high quality caravan and camping facility in Glenariff Forest Park will include 43 Caravan and Camper van site plus 9 Timber Tents is the first phase of a much bigger and more ambitious project which will play an important role in catering for and encouraging recreation and tourism within the Glens of Antrim.”

Councillor Cunningham continued

“Forest recreation and tourism promotes a better quality of life and improves people’s physical and mental health.  This development will provide a spur to the fragile rural economy and local community and will help regenerate Glenariff.”

Mark H Durkan announces £186k for regeneration project in Waterfoot

7 01 2014

Waterfoot Toilet Project


Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced a grant of over £186,000 which will allow Moyle Council to press ahead with an innovative regeneration project –converting a disused toilet block into a coastal centre.  

The project will bring much needed revenue to the area and provide employment opportunities in retail, catering and tourism as well as a community facility not available locally. Local artists and craft makers will be provided with retail space for their goods. The project will create three jobs and support a further three indirect positions within the local economy.

Outlining how the funding will be used, the Minister responsible for the Coastal Communities Fund, Mark H Durkan said: “The Coastal Communities Fund is designed to support the economic development of communities along our coasts. It promotes regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs and safeguard existing jobs.

“Coastal communities have been shown to be very resourceful and this project is an excellent example of how funding can encourage cross-sector partnerships working together for the benefit of the community and to stimulate local initiative. As a result of the grants these projects will create employment at all skills levels and support jobs in the local Glenariff community.”

Concluding Minister Durkan said: “The next round of Coastal Communities Fund will open early in the New Year. I would urge coastal communities to visit the Big Lottery Fund website to find out more about the Fund and start preparing their projects. What I and DOE are about is building a better environment and a stronger economy. This will help do that.”

Moyle Council supports “Heart of the Glens” landscape partnership programme

30 10 2011

Moyle District Council voted to support the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust’s project to conserve and celebrate the unique landscape of the Antrim Glens.

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said “The Glens of Antrim contain some of Ireland’s most stunning and
beautiful landscapes , I am delighted to support the plans to conserve and celebrate the unique natural and cultural heritage of the area”. CCGHT’s Helen Noble presented to Council an outline of the outreach and educational activities at the heart of the proposals, the project will reconnect the local community and visitors to the area with the landscape to secure its habitats and traditional features for generations to come.

Landscape Partnerships act as a catalyst to bring organisations and communities together to form partnerships that create a shared vision for the conservation and management of our landscape heritage, enabling people to tackle the heritage needs of their local landscapes in a co-ordinated and effective way. The Heart of the Glens scheme involves a portfolio of individual projects that deliver long-term social, economic and environmental benefits for the area.

The Glens of Antrim consist of nine spectacular glens on the Antrim Coast which run down to the dramatic cliffs, headlands and bays of the rocky North Channel coastline. The area is one of high scenic value, important habitats and vigorous community life. It is a popular tourist destination thanks to its distinctive farmsteads known as Clachans and traditional field patterns. The four coastal villages of Glenarm, Cushendall, Cushendun and Carnlough alongside the town of Ballycastle, all designated Conservation Areas, are home to the majority of the population of the Glens and each has its own distinct relationship with the glens.

The five year Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership will conserve and maintain the special landscape character of the area and re-enforce the relationship between people and place through a series of individual projects. The rich natural heritage of the area will be conserved through a series of schemes to manage the woodland, conserve the red squirrel and improve the condition of the upland blanket bog habitat. Built heritage projects will include the survey and restoration of selected archaeological sites and heritage features such as the dry stone walls of the ladder farms.

The Landscape Partnership will reconnect the Glens community to the glens landscape through a series of events and activities such as a public art competition, food festival and exhibitions and talks. Working in partnership with local businesses and other organisations with an interest in the area, a number of learning and training opportunities will be offered on subjects as diverse as sustainable fishing and farming practices, hedge laying and whitewashing traditional buildings or traditional music and sport.

The Nine Glens of Antrim are
Glenarm – The glen of the army, the village of Glenarm is on the famous Antrim Coast.
Glencloy – The glen of the hedges, two miles north of Glenarm, with the village of Carnlough at its foot.
Glenariff – The arable or fertile glen, the best-known of the nine as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, sweeps majestically towards the village of Waterfoot.
Glenballyemon – Edwardstown glen, at the foot of which is Cushendall – more of less at the centre of the nine glens.
Glenaan – The glen of the colt’s foot or rush lights, a rugged glen – having the site of the legendary Ossian’s grave, on the Cushendall-Ballymoney mountain road.
Glencorp – The glen of the slaughtered, close by Glenaan and roughly parallel to the main road from Cushendall to Cushendun.
Glendun – The glen of the brown river, adjacent to Cushendun village; spanned by a viaduct on the main Cushendall-Ballycastle road.
Glenshesk – The sedgy glen, east of the town of Ballycastle, and sweeping towards the ruins of historical Bonamargy friary.
Glentaisie – Named after ‘Taisie’, princess of Rathlin Island, roughly west of Ballycastle and, like Glenshesk, close to the town.