Moyle ‘Songs of Praise’ a great success

26 04 2015

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of last Sunday’s  ‘Songs of Praise’. Tara McHugh, Siobhan Mullin, Kate Elliott,Jane  Leighton, Barbara Ward, Ian Williamson, Maurice McCurdy, Marie Louise McClarey, Maeve Walsh, Berkeley White, Lois Chambers,  Corrymeela, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle High School, Dalriada Hospital , Ballycastle Church Action, Good Morning Ballycastle,Causeway Peace Group, Rev John Stanbridge, Fr Brian Daly, Ballycastle Presbyterian Church Songs of Praise 2





Moyle Songs of Praise

15 04 2015

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Songs of Praise – an interdenominational service of hymns will be held in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church on Sunday 19th April at 7.00pm as a recognition of 42 years of Moyle Council. Everyone Welcome





Moyle – one of the most dangerous places for heart health

19 04 2013

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Moyle heart health figures highlight need for co-coordinated approach
Reacting to news that Moyle Council area has been ranked as one of the top ten most dangerous places in the UK for heart health.
Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham said

“We need to see a coordinated approach at both national and local levels to deliver improved health outcomes for Moyle”

The figures which were released by the British Heart Foundation on the launch of its Fight for Every Heartbeat campaign show that 32 people in Moyle die from coronary heart disease each year.

Councillor Cunningham called for every effort to be made to enable people in the area to choose a lifestyle where healthier outcomes can happen.

“When we combine these heart health figures along with the fact that Moyle also saw a 43% increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes it is clear that we need to act positively to improve public health”





Moyle must see benefits of Tidal energy projects

10 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement of the successful bidders for the tidal energy projects off Fair Head and Torr Head.
“Tidal Ventures Limited a joint venture between Open Hydro Group, a designer and manufacturer of tidal turbines, and Board Gáis Energy one of Ireland’s leading energy providers received the lease off Torr Head, and a consortium comprising Cork based DP Marine Energy Limited and the Belgian marine engineering company DEME Blue Energy received the lease for the tidal stream energy project off Fair Head”.

Councillor Cunningham commented “These infrastructure projects present a great opportunity for the local economy and community.”
 “I will be requesting that Moyle Council and in particular our economic development department seek early engagement with the successful companies as we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits.





Make Moyle the Arts and Crafts centre of the North

15 09 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor, Dónal Cunningham has called for local based artists and craftspeople to link up in a bid to further promote the Arts and Crafts sector which exists in Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and the Glens of Antrim.

Councillor Cunningham said: “We have such a rich variety of artists and craftspeople. We are home to a huge variety of talents such as potters, painters, photographers, sculptors, jewellery designers and furniture makers and much more. Many have already come together for the Ballycastle Community Markets but I believe there is still a huge potential for this industry to grow further by targeting the tourism industry and encouraging visitors to visit Ballycastle, Rathlin Island and 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.

“Once we mark Moyle out as being somewhere that nurtures and encourages arts and crafts, 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.”





“Moyle needs Investment not Austerity to get back on its feet “

21 05 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has expressed his concerns at the lack of details in the Social Investment Fund recently announced by the OFMDFM and has called on the Assembly Executive to prioritize jobs and investment to help the local economy cope with the economic crisis.
“Moyle has seen nothing from the Assembly Executive. The OFMDFM plan for a Social Investment Fund lacks clarity and transparency, all we know is that Moyle will be part of a bigger “Northern” regional group, one of nine areas. In the face of Westminster cuts, investing wisely is more important than ever, and capital investment projects are the only effective way of stimulating the economy. Yet despite rising unemployment, and the struggle that faces many families, the Assembly Executive have failed to bring forward a single new investment project which would benefit Moyle.
“Investment, and not austerity, is what is needed for the Moyle economy.”





Cunningham welcomes Moyle’s inclusion in the International Appalachian Trail

13 05 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed plans to include Ballycastle and Moyle to the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) – an extension of the world renowned and globally popular walking route, the Appalachian Trail.

The proposed link will see the Irish section of the international trail start at the spectacular coastal cliffs of Slieve League in County Donegal and working its way through to Moyle and Ballycastle and the stunning Antrim coast.
“Research by Fáilte Ireland shows walking is likely to be the number one activity to attract visitors to Ireland over the next five years.”
“I am delighted to support the extension of the IAT to Moyle. It will help position Moyle as a top walking destination and it is a fantastic marketing opportunity to position ourselves as the centre of a fantastic walking trail.”

Councillor Cunningham continued –

“It is important that Moyle Council proactively continue to invest in the infrastructure required to position and maintain Moyle as a world class destination for walkers, so that domestic holidaymakers and overseas visitors, are able to enjoy our wide range of walking paths, beaches and trails.”





Cunningham: Moyle must make most of renewable energy project

16 12 2011


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the potential which a major offshore tidal renewable energy infrastructure project could present for the local economy and community.
Cllr Cunningham was speaking after an announcement by the Crown Estate that it was putting contracts for renewable energy production in the Rathlin and Torr Head Strategic Area out to tender following the confirmation of market demand.
He said: “Moyle District Council has agreed to my request for early engagement and consultation with the companies successful in the upcoming leasing round for sites in the offshore Moyle areas, and we are keen to ensure that Moyle fully benefits from the project.
“It is important that Council has its act together as we need to achieve a real economic stimulator in terms of jobs and economic input rather than any short term goodwill gesture form these big companies.
“The development of offshore renewable energy provides not only greater energy security and diversity but significant economic and employment and educational benefits