All the news and happenings from the local and villages


Thursday, 7th November 2013, 6:00 am

Ghostly goings-on

Cllr Cara McShane (Sinn Fein), the Chairperson of Moyle Council, has praised the ‘Ghosts in the Glens’ event and said it attracted many people, both local and from far afield.


Parke praised

Moyle Ulster Unionist councillor Willie Graham congratulated Bushmills man Norman Parke on his success in a televised mixed martial arts encounter in England


Teams praised

Moyle Council Chairperson, Cllr Cara McShane (Sinn Fein), will hold a reception for teams from Cross & Passion College in Ballycastle who had success in the Mageean and McNamee Cups. The success was also praised by Cllr Colum Thompson (Sinn Fein).


Dunluce praise

Moyle Council Chairperson, Cllr Cara McShane (Sinn Fein), attended Dunluce School’s Prizegiving in Bushmills and said it was great to see the achievements of the young people.

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Shinty praise

Cllr Colum Thompson (Sinn Fein) praised local men Neil McManus and Aaron Graffin for their inclusion in the Ireland team which played Scotland at shinty.

McManus captained the team which the councillor said was a huge honour for someone from the local area


Hockey recognition

Cllr Padraig McShane (Independent) asked for the efforts of Ballycastle Ladies Hockey team to be recognised at the Moyle Council ‘Night of Heroes’ .

The councillor said they won their championship in 2013 and are a small club who “don’t maybe get the creid they deserve”.


Cushendall meeting

Independent councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has asked for an office meeting with planners who are of the opintion to refuse permission for a farm dwelling and garage at Gaults Road, Cushendall.

Planners say it has not been demonstrated that the farm business is currently active and has been established for at least six years.

And Cllr Sandra Hunter (Ulster Unionist) has asked for an office meeting after planners are of the opinion to refuse a proposal for a new farm dwelling and domestic garage at Coolkeeran Road near Armoy.

Planners say it has not been demonstrated that satisfactory access can be provided and they say it has not been demonstrated that the proposed new building is visually linked to cluster with an established group of buildings on the farm.


Hunter’s meeting call

Ulster Unionist councillor Sandra Hunter has asked for an office meeing with planners who are of the opinion to refuse a replacement dwelling at Whitepark Road near Bushmills.

Planners say it is within four kilometres of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site.

Planners also say the dwelling which is proposed to be replaced makes an important contribution to the appearance of the area and it has not been demonstrated that it is not reasonably capable of being made structurally sound nor that a replacement would have a greater visual impact.

Planners further state that the existing agricultural access is required to be upgraded to a vehicular access.


Craft Fair

Roseyards Girls’ Brigade are holding their annual craft fair on Friday, November 15 in Roseyards Churchhall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is £3 including supper.



A car boot and general sale will be held in Ballinlea Orange Hall this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 pm..

Hot breakfast and teas are available.

The cost is £5 per car/table or £10 per van/trailer. Phone Jenny on 07899806503 to book. Proceeds in aid of Craiganee Accordion band.


Rota chemist

The chemist on rota duty this Sunday in Ballycastle is J. A. McMichael, 10 Ann Street, who will be on duty from 12 noon to 1 p.m. for urgent prescriptions.


Craft Fair

Carrowreagh Primary School PTA Christmas Craft Fair And Coffee Evening will be held on Wednesday 6th November in Finvoy Presbyterian Church hall from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. Lots of handmade gifts and treats for all the family. Admission incls tea/coffee and traybakes. Facepainting and bran tub for the kids.


Apprentice Boys

The Apprentice Boys Of Derry Campsie Club Rasharkin Branch would like to thank all those who attended their Cultural and Historical Dinner Dance held in the Manor Hotel Ballymoney on the 12th October. They would also like to thank the staff at the Manor hotel for their service. The Club thank Ballymoney Borough Council Good Relations Grant programme for their finanical assitance for the event.


Waste breaches

Mr Frank McHenry (56) of Torr Road, Ballycastle, was fined a total of £918 at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

The court was told that in June 2011, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency carried out a site inspection on lands off the Glenshesk Road, Ballycastle, where they found an estimated 160 tonnes of controlled waste including tarmac, concrete, kerbstone, plastic, metal, polystyrene and electrical cable.

Mr McHenry who owned the land at Glenshesk Road, pleaded guilty on 4 September to two charges of depositing controlled waste without there being in place an exemption or licence.

He was fined £500 and £418 respectively plus court costs of £82 and an offenders levy of £15.


Car dealer fined

A Ballycastle Car Trader who sold a clocked car has been fined a total of £1,000 and conditionally discharged for two years at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court.

In a case brought by the Trading Standards Service of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Oliver McHenry pleaded guilty to seven charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

The charges related to the sale of one vehicle on which the mileage had been reduced and the advertisement of several others in which Mr McHenry concealed the fact that he was a car trader. In January 2013, a consumer bought a Mercedes car from Mr McHenry with 90,800 miles on the clock only later to discover that the car had previously travelled in excess of 170,000 miles. McHenry also failed to disclose to the consumer that he was a car trader.

Moira Todd of the Trading Standards Service said: “The mileage that a used car has travelled significantly affects its value and saleability. Car traders have a legal responsibility to ensure that the mileage on a car they are offering for sale is accurate. Anyone who is in the practice of selling cars for profit can be considered to be a car trader. They do not have to have trade premises to be a car trader. However they are required to disclose or not to conceal the fact that they are in business. A trade who poses as a private seller often does so in an attempt to avoid any comeback if something goes wrong with whatever they’ve sold”.

Anyone who believes they have been sold a clocked car should contact Consumerline on 0300 123 6262.


Coffee morning

The staff at Kennedy’s Pharmacy are busy preparing for their second annual charity coffee morning on Saturday from 11.00am to 1.30pm in the pharmacy in Rasharkin. Pauline Quigg from the pharmacy says: “Unfortunately, every family is touched in some way by cancer and working in the pharmacy, the staff are well aware of this. “

Pauline’s colleague, Laura Bellingham said,” all the staff in Rasharkin and Dunloy have put in a great effort and have been busy swopping recipes! It will be a great chance for people to come, have a cup of tea or coffee and a scone, or perhaps something sweeter and most of all, to have a bit of a chat.”

PICTURED right are Kennedy’s staff getting in some practice for their Coffee Morning - Laura Bellingham, Julie Ritchie, Ann McAleese, Lorraine Mooney, Pauline Quigg, Rory McWilliams and Catherine McQuillan.


Craft Fair

Why not come to Garryduff Craft Fair on Thursday 14th November for your one stop Christmas shop with almost 30 craft stalls to browse and home made traybakes to round the nite off.

Pictured right are some of the children from Garryduff.


Wave Trauma

WAVE Trauma Centre invites you to an information and connection day in their offices at 13 Castlecroft in Ballymoney on Tuesday next (12th) from 10am to 2pm.

Many individuals and organisations don’t know about WAVE, although their support might be beneficial for them. Visitors can learn about the different services. This event is also open to those who have received support in the past, and the day can be a good opportunity to reconnect and meet old friends. Refreshments will be served.