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Local MLAs have reacted strongly to Stormont’s decision to cut funding to the prestigious Milk Cup soccer tournament, which stages many games in Ballymena.


Jim Allister MLA commented: “A great funding wrong has been done to the NI Milk Cup, threatening its viability. I find the Tourist Board’s approach incomprehensible. “The Milk Cup has been held annually for the past 28 years, yet in the NITB’s ‘Event Viability and Management Experience’ category the Milk Cup scored 29 out of 65. That fact alone is sufficient to demonstrate just how preposterous the Tourist Board’s decision is.”


He added: “But it gets worse. The Milk Cup scored 10 out of a possible 20 when it came to ‘Brand Northern Ireland’! Personally I would be hard pressed to think of another event which does more to promote Northern Ireland as a brand. Here is an event which has been held in our province annually for the best part of three decades. It is a major youth sporting event, which generates considerable interest overseas by bringing young sports people to Northern Ireland. Manchester United TV (MUTV) for example covers the tournament on a daily basis and at the end of the week produces a one hour documentary shown on their satellite station which, I understand, is the


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Local MLA urges constituents to combat strokes Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member, has called on constituents to pay urgent attention to the new stroke awareness campaign which has been recently launched. Mr Swann made his appeal after taking part in the Stroke Association Northern Ireland’s Atrial Fibrillation awareness campaign at Stormont. And was one of a number of MLAs who had their pulse and blood pressure checked to highlight how, Atrial Fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat, is a risk factor for stroke. The North Antrim MLA said: “More than 1,300 people take a stroke every year with many of them left with disabilities that lessens the quality of their life. However, if a stroke is caught quick enough the amount of damage done can be minimised.”

The recently launched campaign is the latest in an attempt to raise public awareness on how to identify when someone is suffering a stroke and what to do if it is happening to someone. Mr Swann added: “Many people believe that strokes only affect older people, but the facts are that many younger people are now suffering strokes as well. I would urge the North Antrim constituents not only to take notice of the advert and how to recognise if someone is having a stroke, but to realise the type of lifestyle that can put you in the highest danger of having a stroke and change it if you need to. I strongly encourage as many constituents as possible to have their pulse checked and to hear how they can help reduce the risk of stroke.”

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O’Loan: Families in limbo – no more delays in letting of Army housing SDLP Ballymena South Councillor Declan O’Loan has criticised the uncertainty and lack of progress regarding the letting of former Army houses at the old St Patrick’s Barracks site in Ballymena. He said: “There have been a number of delays in the letting of the former army houses at the old St Patrick’s Barracks site and it is high time that these houses are allocated and families moved into them. St Patrick’s Barracks closed

in 2008. There is a high level of demand for social housing in Ballymena and there are many people on the waiting list. It is an inexcusable waste that the 47 Army houses have now been sitting vacant and unused for some three years. At least two hundred families have asked to be considered for these houses and they have been left in limbo. They don’t know whether to wait or look at other offers from the Housing Executive. At various times over the last year I have been told that

allocations were going to start soon in a specified month. Now I am amazed to be told that allocations will not happen this year. “I do not know where the fault lies but it is unacceptable. There should be no further delays and these houses should finally be put back into good use. I am pleased that Ballymena Borough Council at my request has written to the Minister for Social Development expressing its displeasure and calling for action.”

Swann demands rural white paper guarantees Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and member of the Stormont Agriculture Committee, has called on the Farming Minister to “100 percent guarantee” that her department will soon begin engaging with other agencies to consider the outcome of the recent consultation process on the Rural White Paper Action Plan which is intended improve the well-being of rural communities.

Mr Swann said: “This Plan will be of particular benefit to many of our North Antrim constituents. “The Plan also contains specific commitments by all the Stormont departments across a wide range of rural issues and challenges. These include subjects concerning access to services, rural transport, the speed and quality of rural broadband, poverty and social exclusion as well as tourism, all of which have a major impact on communities




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continued from front page. football club channel with the largest number of subscribers worldwide. “The Milk Cup has put Northern Ireland on the junior footballing world map, yet NITB fails it as a brand!” Robin Swann MLA, in his role as UUP Sports Spokesman, has called on Stormont departments to re-think their decision after Arlene Foster announced in the Chamber that vital cash injections for the tournaments can no longer be ring-fenced. Mr Swann, who is himself a member of the Stormont Committee for Culture,

Arts and Leisure, said: “Like many of my North Antrim constituents, I am extremely disappointed at the decision taken by the ministers for DCAL and DETI. The Milk Cup is a wonderful competition, which attracts thousands of spectators to our North Antrim constituency and our neighbouring East Londonderry.” “I urge the two local ministers responsible for sport and tourism – Caral Ni Chuilin and Arlene Foster respectively – to take immediate action to ensure their departments give wholehearted backing to the Milk Cup competition, which showcases Northern Ireland to the outside

world and boosts both tourism and sport,” added Assemblyman Swann. Recently during questions to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Jim Allister pressed Mrs Foster on the issue. He was disappointed that she had no good news for the event organisers and that there appeared to be a ministerial unwillingness to challenge NITB. “As Minister for tourism she should be more proactive in seeking to reverse the wrong done,” he said. “I will continue to lobby on this issue at Stormont and have tabled an adjournment debate on the matter,” he added.

DUP meet with PSNI Area Commander Ian Paisley MP for North Antrim recently led a delegation of DUP members, including Paul Frew MLA and David McIlveen MLA, to meet with newly installed Chief Superintendent Chris Noble Area Commander PSNI to discuss current policing issues affecting the local area. Speaking after the meeting Cllr Paul Frew MLA said: “It was worthwhile to meet Chief Superintendent Noble, he is a police officer with vast experience, which will be needed in his role. He comes into North Antrim at a time when crime rate is

down, but we must not and cannot rest on our laurels. Of course the police are not the only stakeholders with regards crime, society is, but the PSNI have a crucial role to play in keeping our people safe, keeping crime down and also for the perception of crime, which is very, very important and I welcome the meeting we have had with him. “We have been able to highlight some of the issues that we feel are very important to North Antrim. Issues like policing of parading, policing in the countryside, rural theft, closure of rural police

stations, the drugs issue in Ballymena, antisocial elements, and interaction with ethnic minorities. “All these issues are very important and it is good to know we have a direct line to the senior police officer. He will take away the issues that have been raised and he will look at them and he knows if he needs any help or support he only has to contact us and we will give him any assistance that we can on the political side of things and I would offer him my best wishes as he starts his new role.”

New sculpture commission for The Braid Arts Centre A brand new sculpture has been installed in The Braid Arts Centre and it’s well worth a look. Artist Mike Hogg produced the final piece – which is inspired by all the diverse cultures living and working in the Borough of Ballymena – in association with over 100 people who took part in the project. Mike Hogg has created numerous works for the public realm and is interested in how locations and their history can suggest different imagery. This project ran with five local community groups working alongside a series of artists in dance, writing, printmaking and textiles workshops, and was funded by the Arts Council of NI, North East Peace 3 Partnership, Ballymena Borough Council, OFMDFM Minority Ethnic Development Fund & District Council Good Relations Programme.

Photos will help restore Arthur Cottage Councillor Paul Frew DUP MLA for North Antrim has asked the Minister of the Environment what action his department intends to take to assist in the restoration of Arthur Cottage, which was damaged by fire recently. The Minister of the Environment Alex Attwood has told Mr Frew that his department has already taken action. The minister went on to state that the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s

(NIEA) Conservation Architect for the area visited the site shortly after the fire and has been in liaison with Ballymena Council officials. The architect reports that the building is capable of restoration and that council officials are currently in talks with their insurers. The minister went on to say that the NIEA holds a detailed photographic archive record of the building, which is available to the council and their architects to help with an accurate restoration of lost

parts of the building. NIEA’s conservation architects will also be available to help to advise on appropriate work. Mr Frew stated: “I’m glad that the minister has taken an interest and I will be keeping in contact with him in order that more can be done, but it’s great to know that there is a detailed photographic archive record of the building, which will be available and of use to the council. It will mean that we can accurately restore this building to its former glory.”

O’Loan questions Ulsterbus service from Ballymena to Antrim Area Hospital SDLP Ballymena South Councillor Declan O’Loan has queried the provision of Translink’s Ulsterbus service from Ballymena to Antrim Area Hospital. He said: “I am aware that the Ulsterbus service from Ballymena to Antrim Area Hospital often, but not always, involves passengers having to travel to Antrim town where a change over is

required to continue on to Antrim Area Hospital. This journey can sometimes take over one hour. This issue had been raised with me by a constituent and I have brought it to the council’s attention” “For many Ballymena residents this is the most viable and financially affordable means of transport to their nearest

hospital and it is vital that frequent and efficient public transport is available.” “At my request the council has written to Translink for more information regarding the provision of this Ulsterbus service and are awaiting its response.”

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NI leading way in reponsible pet owerneship Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly and Stormont Agriculture Committee member has called on pet owners throughout the constituency to get their pets micro-chipped in the best interests of their health and safety. Mr Swann issued his call after meeting with a delegation from the Kennel Club at Parliament Buidings: “I am urging all pet owners to have their pets micro-chipped and update their contact details in light of new legislation recently enacted in Northern Ireland and as part of National Microchipping Month 2011, which took place throughout June,” he said.

“The Dogs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 came into force in March and makes microchipping compulsory as a condition of licensing after the Northern Ireland Assembly recognised micro-chipping as a key factor in helping to support and encourage responsible dog ownership. Addressing the Kennel Club’s public affairs team, Mr Swann commented: “With the newly enacted legislation, microchipping your pet and ensuring that details are kept up to date will not only be a large part of being a responsible dog owner, but also a legal duty.

with your pet or never seeing them again. “In Europe, a majority of countries have already introduced compulsory micro-chipping and have since seen the number of lost, stray and abandoned dogs drop significantly, while witnessing tremendous savings for both their local authorities and welfare organisations.” Ms Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club’s Communication Director, said: ‘Northern Ireland is leading the way for responsible dog ownership and we hope their shining example paves the way for the rest of the UK.”

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Milllside Restaurant Cloughmills introduces Ladies Night Supporting Breast Cancer Charity ‘It’s ladies night and the feeling’s right, oh yes it’s ladies night – oh what a night’ (admit it you were beginning to sing along) and any ladies making their way to Millside, Cloughmills between Monday and Thursday will have this tune echoing in their ears! Introducing the all new ladies menu for 2011 Darrell Stevenson of The Millside Group commented, “This is something different that we’re running through

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McIlroy win can boost golf tourism in North Antrim Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and party Sports Spokesman, has said Rory McIlroy’s “tremendous victory” in the US Masters can help boost golfing tourism in the constituency. Assemblyman Swann, who is also a member of the Stormont Culture, Arts and Leisure, committee said: “I congratulate Rory on behalf of our constituency association on his magnificent win and hope that it will not be too long before he

comes to North Antrim to play on some of our own outstanding golf courses.” “Rory’s superb victory can be the catalyst for significantly growing the local tourism industry in general, and golfing in particular. We hope that one of the knockon effects of his win is to see an increase in the number of locals and tourists coming to North Antrim to play golf. “Visitor numbers and indeed tourist spending are down across Northern Ireland as a result of the global recession. This is

having a serious impact on local businesses and is putting major challenges in front of the tourism industry. “We need to use very constructive role models like Rory as ambassadors for this part of the United Kingdom and as a way of growing our reputation as a destination for golfing tourists. “Only by doing such things can we achieve the target set by the Stormont Executive to reach one billion pounds of an annual spend by tourists visiting Ulster.”

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Diabetes shouldn’t mean exclusion for kids Cllr Paul Frew DUP MLA for North Antrim has spoken of his delight at being able to attend a briefing event in the Long Gallery, Stormont for Diabetes UK. Following a meeting with Diabetes UK last summer, Frew was able to ask questions of the Minister of Education around improving care for children with diabetes in schools and ending discrimination against diabetic pupils who face exclusion from school trips and extracurricular activities as a result of their condition. The pack the stakeholders and attendees received when entering the Long Gallery on Monday 13 June included a response from the

Department of Education that had been circulated to the Education Boards and to Principles of schools making all stakeholders aware of his question, and the minister’s response stated no child should face exclusion from school trips or any other activity. Speaking at the event Mr Frew stated: “As an MLA when you ask questions you wonder at times if they are effective. Sometimes MLAs ask questions for their own information but I certainly like to ask questions in order to assert my influence on ministers when I can, to apply pressure on ministers where I can, and to try to change people’s minds. I am certainly delighted that from me asking a question

on 13 September last year something real came out of this whereby the minister responded and made everyone in the education system, be that education boards or principles of all schools, aware of my question and the pressures it was bringing. Hopefully at the end of that it did make a difference for pupils with Type 1 diabetes in schools and young people.” Every child has a right to education and every child has a right to medical care. Yet some children and families across Northern Ireland are currently facing great difficulties as they try to access a normal education and simultaneously manage their diabetes safely.

Footpath upgrades to Dunluce Park The Road Service is planning to upgrade the footpaths in and around the housing developments of Dunluce Park, Kenbane Crescent and Long Common. Paul Frew, DUP MLA for North Antrim said in response: “This is great news for the residents of this

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Congratulations to William Wright CBE The founder of Ballymena bus maker The Wright Group was recognised for the second time on the Queen’s Honours list when he received a CBE for services to the bus industry in June. Dr Wright, said that it was “a deep honour to receive this order from such an eminent institution”. At the age of 83 Dr Wright shows no signs of slowing down. He is still involved in the business and is currently managing the next generation of hybrid electric and hydrogen buses. TUV leader, Jim Allister MLA wished William Wright “many congratulations on the award of his highly deserved CBE”.

He added: “William Wright as an entrepreneur has put Galgorm on the international map as the hub of a hugely successful bus building business. The story of its workshop start, to huge factory and international operation is down to the foresight, initiative and the commitment of William Wright. Ballymena and Northern Ireland owes him much. Thus, it is wholly appropriate that his remarkable achievements should be marked in this personal, yet public way. “This is a fitting tribute to William, his wife and family. People across North Antrim, and further afield, are proud of his lifetime achievements. So, well done for a highly deserved accolade.”

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Book Review by James Greer The Destructors: The Story of Northern Ireland’s Lost Peace Process: by Michael Kerr Published by Irish Academic Press

Is an obsession with our troubled recent past stopping Northern Ireland from moving forward? This question has been prominent in public debate during recent months, but it is one based upon a misconception. Rather than too much history, Northern Ireland’s problem is that the stories told about our past are too often bad history. Prejudiced mythologies are already being passed on to a generation too young to recall the grim realities of the Troubles. Reading Michael Kerr’s new book, ‘The Destructors’, is a welcome anecdote to this dangerous collective amnesia. It is an authoritative academic book written in an accessible, provocative, and pageturning style. It examines the Northern Ireland of 197276: the traumatic era when power-sharing was first attempted and then shelved. The book concentrates on unravelling the fascinating high-politics of ‘the first peace-process’. Beginning with the end of the old Unionist controlled Stormont Government, the book explores the violent context and behind-thescenes manoeuvring that led the UK Government of Ted Heath to impose Direct Rule. Secretary of State Willie Whitelaw then moves centre-stage: employing both sheer persistence

and the dark political arts to engage with the Irish Government and to edge the leaders of unionism and nationalism into compromise. The outcome was to be the Sunningdale Agreement: a power-sharing Executive led by Brian Faulkner, an Ulster Unionist, and Gerry Fitt, of the SDLP, and featuring a controversial Council of Ireland. The Executive survived only five months before a loyalist general strike forced it from office in May 1974. The core theme of the book is how this deal was destroyed. But Kerr deliberately does not explicitly define just who ‘The Destructors’ were – leaving the reader to make their own judgments. Most clearly implicated are the republican and loyalist paramilitaries whose violence polarised and terrorised the society. Also on the list are the anti-Agreement unionist politicians who allied with loyalist trade unionists and paramilitaries to bring down Sunningdale. But the pro-Agreement forces also emerge, to varying degrees, as short-sighted, divided, and unwilling to face up to harsh realities. The ambiguous position of the Irish Government regarding Northern Ireland’s constitutional position and security policy, the weaknesses of Faulkner as a negotiator, and the approach taken by Harold Wilson’s Labour Government all come in for particular criticism. Kerr, a Northern Irishman lecturing at King’s College London, has written a book that contains uncomfortable

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The book is based upon an astonishing range of primary sources. Utilising recently released government files from Belfast, London and Dublin, Kerr’s scholarship gives us an insider’s view of the leading players and the decisions they faced. These sources reveal how tensions within political parties were often as high as those between apparent enemies. Among the other revelations are details about the British Government’s failed talks with the Provisional IRA in 1972. Recording his impressions of the PIRA delegation, one British civil servant singles out a young Gerry Adams as “extremely bright”. Kerr’s description of the UWC Strike, when Northern Ireland’s infrastructure was on the brink of collapse, is equally gripping although some may disagree with his contention that the Wilson Government could have enabled Sunningdale to survive. The book concludes with the failure of further political talks in 1975-76. This period is a forgotten sequel to Sunningdale, but it represents a tragic missed opportunity. In the background the Wilson Government was hinting at withdrawal from Ulster – hints that were met with despair from the Irish state who feared outright civil war – but an unlikely peace deal temporarily looked possible. The unionist hardliner Bill Craig dramatically changed course and advocated power-sharing with the SDLP. However,

0 7837 2 0 1 0 5 8 with the beginnings of a more unionist-friendly deal taking shape, Craig was condemned as a sell-out by Paisley and other unionists. During the talks a British official reported to his superiors that when he asked Paisley if he could ever accept power-sharing with nationalists, Paisley replied that he could not as a matter of “conscience” and “principal”. Rather than a deal with the SDLP, thirtyone years later unionists, led by Paisley, were to enter government jointly with Martin McGuinness – who features in the book as a young uncompromising Provisional commander. The over-riding sentiment this book leaves with the reader is of the futility of the conflict. Kerr argues that only a minority of both communities had clearly defined ideological, or theological, reasons to oppose power-sharing yet the idea failed. In the context of widespread violence and uncertainty the politicians’ short-comings were perhaps understandable

but, as this powerful book details, too often political opportunism determined events. Michael Kerr’s work challenges those who seek

to airbrush our complex past, or to romanticise a squalid conflict. It deserves to be read widely.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (12A) Starts Friday 15 July The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort’s final horcruxes, but when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

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Starts Friday 22 July All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

Starts Friday 29 July Based on the popular comic book. Steve Rogers, volunteered to be a test subject for the US Army, which was engineering the Super Soldier Serum. Coming out of the experiments successfully, Rogers is turned into Captain America and becomes a lethal weapon for the United States. His first mission is to stop the Nazi agent called Red Skull.

Win 2 tickets to any film of your choice at Ballymena IMC Cinema Which actor provides the voice of Lightning McQueen in Cars 2? Send your entries to: Tickets Competition, Elbowroom Media, Unit 48 Ballymena Business Centre, Fenaghy Road, Ballymena, BT42 1FL (Closing date 12/08/11)

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Take That star goes home after gigs Mark Owen has been going home after each of Take That’s gigs to avoid getting involved in the types of shenanigans bands enjoy on tour. It means he gets to spend more time with wife Emma and their two kids. In the past, life on the road played a significant part in Mark’s marriage problems – which the couple have now put firmly behind them. Mark said: “I always thought that the mentality was ‘When you go on tour, you go on tour’. “I’ve realised it doesn’t have to be like that. Life needn’t be that one way or another. I don’t feel as disconnected from my family now.”

Andre tries QVC Peter Andre tried to cash-in as the housewives’ favourite recently by going on shopping channel QVC to attempt to sell his latest single. Katie Price’s ex, 38, will appear every day this week in a bid to get ‘Perfect Night’ to top the charts. He follows in the footsteps of Charlotte Church, who went on QVC last year to sell an album.

Annie gets an OBE The singer Annie Lennox, 56, beamed with joy when she was honoured for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa. She said: “It’s meaningful to me that it’s for charity work. It means that there’s a significance to what I’m doing.”

Summer delights at Fiona Kerr Jewellery Whether you are searching for the perfect summer gift or a little bit of selfindulgence, look no further than Fiona Kerr Jewellery where you will be sure to find something both unique and charming. Based in Cullybackey, Fiona Kerr Jewellery offers a range of beautiful contemporary jewellery in both rose and yellow gold, which are making a strong comeback in fashion trends this summer. The classic and timeless Daisy Chain range, for

which Fiona is renowned, comes in a combination of sliver and rose gold with differing pendants and earring designs to choose from. Prices for this delicate and feminine range start at an affordable £42.50. Moreover, the Happy Hearts range, the latest collection from Fiona Kerr Jewellery, is also available to purchase. These simple elegant heart shaped pendants in gold plated silver are available with different coloured satin silk cords, making them ideal jewellery for the summer.

Come and see Fiona in her workshop and showroom at 82c Main Street, Cullybackey where you can purchase these items and also take advantage of the end of line sales with reductions of up to 50 percent! Fiona’s collection can be viewed online at www. and to avail of the latest offers and information from Fiona Kerr Jewellery why not become a fan on Facebook.

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Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy’s wedding rings were delivered by Falcons

Chris Noth has no plans to sign up for another Sex And The City sequel because he’s adamant the hit franchise has exploded into a “circus of attention”. The actor, who plays Mr Big – the husband of Sarah Jessica Parker’s leading lady Carrie Bradshaw – admits he won’t be upset if he’s left out of a third instalment of the spin-off movies. And Noth insists the popular films, which have scored big bucks at the global box office, no longer resemble the “really good” TV series which spawned them. He told America’s Parade magazine: “I don’t see Sex and the City 3 happening. I’m not disappointed if they don’t. I miss the early days before it became sort of a circus of attention, when it hadn’t become this iconic thing. “It was really good writing and entertainment, and then it became something else that I still don’t really get.”

The birds of prey flew them in for the nuptials at the end of June. A family friend said: “They are birds of a feather and both loved the idea of falcons delivering the wedding rings. They can’t wait to be man and wife.” The couple, who have a

14-week-old daughter Sophia, tied the knot after signing a pre-nup that protects Crouch’s £7million fortune. Prior to the wedding, Abbey banned the tall striker from having a stag do.

Perfection from start to finish Broughshane Street has welcomed the addition of a top new hairdressing salon to its already impressive business offering and it’s quite simply ‘Perfection’. ‘Perfection by name and perfection by nature’ said Danielle Greer, fellow proprietor alongside sister Vicky Greer who boast a combined experience of 13 years in the industry.

The two girls have made the brave move from their old salon on Mill Street and welcome the addition of stylist Louise Jamieson and trainee hairstylist Gemma Walker. They would like to take this opportunity to welcome clients old and new to their beautifully refurbished salon where they can take advantage of some fantastic opening offers.

£15 for a wash, cut and blow-dry and 20% off all colours should be enough to whet your appetite. “We’re a family business with a friendly environment – let us add some perfection to your hair.” Perfection Hair & Beauty, 59a Mill Street, Ballymena. Tel 028 2565 5550


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Bonnie Baby Competition July Finalists...

Eden Lennox, 5 Months

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The whitening effect from this procedure is caused by the tooth surface being etched. This destroys the tooth enamel causing sensitive teeth and possibly even the loss of the teeth in the long-term. The acid can also burn the gums causing pain and discomfort. In time, this treatment will actually leave your teeth even more discoloured. This is because once the enamel is damaged, the

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Have a look at these before and after shots. These results can now be achieved – legally, safely and without any damage being done to the surface of your teeth – in Ballymena!

as both an oxidizing agent, and a cleaning agent. The LED light system used to activate the B-Zero is now one of the strongest on the market, with 36 watts of power. Using this light with the B-Zero whitening gel ensures the oxidizing agents activate and enter the porous enamel of the teeth, cleaning out the elements that cause discolouration.

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An overview of the selection of plants on display at The Potting Shed, Logans Complex, Cloughmills Recession is all we ever hear these days, will it/ won’t it end, blah blah blah. But life must go on and those businesses that are succeeding are those that recognise the current climate and offer their customers the opportunity to save money on items that we used to take very much for granted. With this in mind, we’re recommending a visit to Logan’s Complex, Cloughmills where quality meets value. Take your home for

example. The rising costs of living are starting to affect everyone and some forward thinking enterprises based at Logan’s Fashions are attacking this head on. Customers at BC Discount an ex-catalogue superstore, can expect to pay up to 50 percent less on bedroom furniture, office furniture, gym equipment and outdoor furniture. Not only that, all of this furniture comes pre built, so no more flat packed nightmares, guaranteed! Dallas Bryan of BC Discount

said: “Our furniture is top quality, well priced and given the once over by professional joiners just to ensure that everything is 100 percent, so you can’t really go wrong!” Logan’s wholesale stock a wide range of toiletries, bed linen, fancy goods, stationery, tools, soft drink, confectionary and much much more – all at wholesale, rock bottom prices. John Smith of Logan’s Wholesale commented: “This is an area that has so often been known for the up-market shopper, lending


BC Discount X Catalogue - bedroom, dining room, garden and office furniture, and gym equipment at up to 50% off catalogue prices itself to the more expensive taste, but everyone appreciates a bargain and we have lots of them in-store.” £5.50 for a bag of coal and £13.99 for emergency heating oil (20 litre jar) has to be unrivalled pricing for home heating, they will also deliver the heating oil to your home for FREE. Logan’s Wholesale are encouraging everyone to stock up now while the prices are so good, in case the big freeze strikes again. With the weather always playing a part to our

decisions, mood swings and general day to day activity, Denver Doherty of the potting shed gives us some thoughts. “The enjoyment and pleasure that many of us got from our gardens and greenhouses has been hard to find this year. Even the cheeriness of a few plants around the front door seems more effort than it’s worth given the weather conditions. “Whether it’s worth it or not, this year is telling the tale of everyone having to make the

best of what the weather will allow. We can hope for better weather but it’s considered plant choices that will bring colour to our living spaces in the second half of the year.” So if you want quality supplied at a fair price, then call in and see them at BC Discount, Logan’s Wholesale and The Potting Shed – you won’t be disappointed!


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Move and Improve – We Have! To move or improve? One of the many questions that has haunted homeowners over the past decade. Or perhaps your question has been ‘To buy or not to buy?’ Whatever the question, we’ve got news for you – we’ve moved, improved and we’re here to help! We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce your brand new Mortgage Shop team of Judy Conway and Ryan O’Neill now based at 29-31 Mill Street, Ballymena. With over 5 years experience in The Mortgage Shop as an advisor, Judy felt it was the right time to open her own office in Ballymena. In 2006 she won ‘Best Newcomer’ for the entire Mortgage Shop brand and has often found herself among the top 5 producers over the 27 branches nationwide. Any Alliance & Leicester/Santander customers out there will probably recognise Ryan from his days there as a mortgage advisor. Asked why he made the move Ryan stated, “The opportunity with the mortgage shop to offer so many products across different lenders and really meet my clients requirements was something I couldn’t turn away.” During his time as a mortgage advisor he has won several recognition events, and they sent me to Paris, Barcelona, Zurich and Venice for qualifying in the top 10% of the company 4 years running The Mortgage Shop franchise all over Ireland prides itself on making your home ownership and protection decisions easy and affordable by following these easy steps – you talk, we listen. You may want to lower your monthly payments, raise cash from the equity in your home, protect your income, protect your family, consolidate your debts or just have a chat with someone about your overall financial situation. Pick up the phone or drop into the office to arrange an appointment, we look forward to seeing our old clients, meeting new clients and meeting and finding affordable solutions to your financial needs. If you are unable to come to us we’ll happily come to your home or a suitable place to meet you. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Typically we do not charge a fee, however if we do,

depending on your circumstances, it will be a maximum of £300. The Mortgage Shop is a trading name of The Mortgage Shop (NI) Limited, which is an appointed representative of Legal & General Partnership Services Limited for advising on and arranging mortgages and insurance and an introducer appointed representative of Legal &

General (Portfolio Management Services) Limited for introducing life assurance, pensions and investments. Both Legal & General companies are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. The Mortgage Shop, Ballymena – Tel 028 2565 2222

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Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Typically we do not charge a fee, however if we do, depending on your circumstances, it will be a maximum of £300. The Mortgage Shop is a trading name of The Mortgage Shop (NI) Limited, which is an appointed representative of Legal & General Partnership Services Limited for advising on and arranging mortgages and insurance and an introducer appointed representative of Legal & General (Portfolio Management Services) Limited for introducing life assurance, pensions and investments. Both Legal & General companies are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. The Mortgage Shop is registered in Northern Ireland under registered No. NI26842. Reg Office 132 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BG.

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Selling? Buying? Given up trying? – Let us Help Homes Independent, Mill Street Ballymena are undoubtedly one of the longest standing, reliable estate agencies in town. On adding to this unrivalled service, Clifford Rea, Director of Homes Independent commented: “It’s our great privilege to welcome, Judy and Ryan to our premises and we look forward to working with them in the future.” “The Mortgage Shop is a very strong brand across the country and they provide the kind of excellence that help us to turn interested parties into homeowners.” Asked about the current climate and whether or not there are any positives to be taken from it Clifford went on to say, “sales and enquiry rates have increased and there are buyers looking to make a move”. Clifford’s expertise of the property market formed a solid base with a background in their sister company, Watt Surveying. “Inaccurate valuations are slowing the sale of property right down, with certain agents massively overpricing and also giving

in to what vendors think their property may be worth. A valuation five years ago will not stack up in today’s market because the banks are not supporting it so honesty is the best policy.

Fiona Cupples and Clifford Rea of Homes Independent, Ballymena

“All our houses are priced to sell and their valuations are based upon market expertise. Whilst we listen to our vendors, we do try to be honest with them on price as we feel it is unfair that if priced wrongly, their house could sit on the market for anything up to two years,” stated Clifford. In summary of the above, if you are looking to buy a house, Homes Independent have an exceptional range of properties to view and can accommodate the first time buyer right through to those wishing to upgrade. There’s now the expert service of Judy and Ryan in financial services – making us the one stop shop for moving home. Call in to our premises, give us call or check us out online. Homes Independent, 2931 Mill Street, Ballymena, 028 2565 1111, www.


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280m South of 74 Granagh Road, Cullybackey. offers around £279,950

15 Old Park Manor, Ballymena offers aroud £224,950

8 Rowallane Drive, Ballymena offers around £124,950

32 Dunfane Park, Ballymena offers around £102,500

Detached 4 Bedroom Family Home presented to a high standard of decorative finish and benefiting from a recently refitted Kitchen.

This is a competitively priced 3 Bedroom Detached Bungalow occupying a spacious site, (particularly to rear) and having recent improvements including refitted Kitchen.

Attractive 3 Bedroom Semi-Detached Home benefiting from Detached Garage and close proximity to town centre and local schools and amenities.

17 Tullymore Park, Ballymena offers around £163,500

29 Beechgrove, Ballymena offers around £149,950

70 Meadowvale, Ballymena offers around £125,000

34 Beechwood Avenue, Ballymena, offers around £116,500

3 Bedroom Detached Home located in this much sought after area off Leighinmohr Avenue and close to local grammar schools.

This is a deceptively spacious 3 Bedroom Detached Chalet Bungalow which has the benefit of a ground floor Bedroom with en-suite, spacious lounge and enclosed rear garden.

This attractively priced detached home offers family living accommodation with the benefit of an en-suite shower room and garage.

Located at the edge of the village of Ahoghill just off the Killane Road this attractive 3 bed semi detached house offers family accommodation in a popular suburban development.

Detached House of approximately 2800sq ft with 5 Bedrooms (3 with en-suite facilities), 3 Reception Rooms plus study on a roadside site of approx 1 3/4 acres including paddock.


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Mortgage IQ launch ‘Time to Fix’ Campaign! ‘Local down to earth advice from local down to earth people’ After more than two years of the lowest interest rates in history, many of us are enjoying a period of low mortgage payments. But, with a rise in the Bank of England Base Rate expected in the coming months, this is unlikely to continue for much longer. It’s important to regularly review your mortgage, as it can make sense to transfer your mortgage to a new deal – or even a different lender. Your decision to transfer will depend on your individual circumstances, and your current deal. No one knows for certain when a rate rise will come, but when it does, lenders will be quick to increase their interest rates, and fixed rate deals will also become more expensive.

Fixed rate mortgages are useful if budgeting is important to you. It can be tempting to try and second-guess the market and fix at the last moment. Unfortunately this can be a dangerous game to play, as lenders tend to be several steps ahead. That means now is the right time to fix your mortgage. As most lenders offer a fee free or reduced option, it can often be a lot cheaper to change lender. At Mortgage IQ as we are a member of Openwork – the second largest financial advice network in the UK – we have access to a panel of lenders representative of the whole market. That means we can source a vast range of mortgages from a host of lenders

including Ulster Bank, Woolwich, Santander, Nationwide and many more. Some of the deals we have access to are on an exclusive basis, and aren’t available anywhere else.


So if you want a FREE review please call in to Claire or Lisa at Mortgage IQ, 21 Wellington Street, Ballymena and you will receive the best customer service and even a tea/ coffee! In addition for the summer, if you decide to do business with us we will give you £30 of vouchers with the voucher attached.

Bring this advert with you to mortgage iq, wellington street, ballymena for a free mortgage and mortgage protection review and if you do business receive a £30 voucher for anywhere of your choice Valid until 31st august 2011, t&c’s apply


Prime Properties To enquire about these properties please contact Homes Independent: 028 2565 1111 11 Rosses Farm, Ballymena. Offers Around £132,950

Holly Mews, Old Antrim Road, Ballymena Prices from £89,950.

This is a beautifully presented 3 bedroom semi detached house benefitingfrom ‘Maple’ Kitchen, en-suite to master Bedroom and enclosed rear garden.

2 Bedroom Apartments in a select development of only 8 units. Full turn key finish.

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Ballymena Mortgages – Business as Usual Ballymena Mortgages, formerly known as The Mortgage Shop has undergone quite the facelift. A name change, a lick of paint and a whole new range of products and services on offer for clients old and new. Still situated at 45 Mill Street, Ballymena, Joe Burrell’s place of trading for 7 years now, and he wants to stress that nothing has changed. As a mortgage specialist with 27 years experience, Joe feels that his service to clients is now unrivalled as he is no longer tied to any financial institution – allowing him to search the market for what will ultimately be the best deal for his customer. “So often, brokers and advisors are more interested in making the sale than gaining the right product for their client,” explained Joe. “I look at it differently and this is what has caused me to move, I want to be able to offer the most variety and choice for everyone that comes through the door.” If you’ve achieved a satisfactory mortgage and protection package from Ballymena Mortgages, it no longer stops there. This expansion allows Joe to look to your

financial future and he will happily discuss the opportunities available through pensions and investments. Mr Burrell became famous for his reliability on the football pitch and has represented Ballymena and Wakehurst to the point of exclusive television coverage in the past. A community man at heart, Joe wants to see first time buyers and help them get on to the property ladder and then assist them through the various stages of their financial future. All clients old and new will be given a warm welcome, and Joe and his new team will be delighted to see you. For further information please contact 028 2565 4744 or email We do not charge a fee but your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.

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New palliative care unit at Antrim Hospital, the first of its kind in NI

Funding for Wakehurst pitches makes it through budgetary process

A new palliative care unit at Antrim Hospital, which will provide 12 specialist ensuite bedrooms for patients with terminal illness, is complete and will be brought into use on a phased basis over the next few weeks.

stringency, it is good to see such a magnificent development. It is only right that those suffering from terminal illness receive the best possible care in the best surroundings, and that is what has been achieved at Antrim Hospital.

The unit has been provided through a partnership between the Northern Health Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. It cost over £5 million of which £2 million was contributed by Macmillan. Macmillan will also contribute to the running costs of the unit.

“It is a step change from what was previously provided at the Braid Valley Hospital. The facilities are all tremendous and have been carefully thought through in terms of the needs of patients and their families. As well as the excellent patient bedrooms, there is first class provision for families, including rooms for overnight stays. The building is open and spacious and there is some excellent artwork.”

£150,000 has been allocated in this year’s budget, with another £150,000 in next year’s, for pitch refurbishments – which will completely reinvigorate the Wakehurst playing fields with brand new drainage system and a total pitch refurbishment – in the ongoing developments to the Ballymena South Community and Sports Facilities.

SDLP Ballymena Councillor Declan O’Loan who was part of a council delegation that visited the unit, said: “In these days of financial

“Of course much palliative care will continue to be provided at home. I hope that this unit will become the hub for all palliative care, ensuring that care for those with end-of-life illnesses will receive the care package that they individually need, and which will have the capacity to adjust quickly to changing patient condition.” “I congratulate the Trust and Macmillan on this great joint achievement, the first unit of its kind in Northern Ireland.”

Swann warns of Kells and Connor becoming the ‘abandoned villages’ Mr Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman, has warned that Kells and Connor will soon be the ‘abandoned villages’ if the neighbourhood police officer is removed. Assemblyman Swann issued his stern warning after attending the recent District Policing Partnership meeting in Ballymena where it was announced the PSNI were removing the neighbourhood police officer from Kells




Mr Swann said: “I expressed my bitter disappointment at a public meeting when the station was closed then we were promised a neighbourhood officer to make up for this. Now we have to endure the even more bitter medicine that this promise has been broken.” “Kells and Connor have been abandoned yet again.” He added: “I have asked the PSNI District Commander

Ryan Henderson to come and meet the residents of Kells and Connor villages face to face and explain to them this decision, as I feel it is indefensible. “The loss of neighbourhood officers along with the proposed closure of local libraries will increase the terrible reality of ‘abandoned villages’ taking root in many rural communities, especially in Kells and Connor,” said Assemblyman Swann.

Cllr Paul Frew MLA for North Antrim stated: “Over the last few years there has been a community protest, which sometimes hasn’t always been constructive, but I understand the frustration. I met with the football teams and those people who use the pitch on a weekly basis, we sat down and thought out

a strategy of what we needed for the area and lobbied hard for it, myself as an MLA and the local councillors for the area, and we were able to get this on the table. It went through the budgetary process, and this is now the start of something very special for Wakehurst and for Harryville and Ballymena South as a whole.” “The largest part of the project is a replacement community centre, which will entail changing facilities, a main hall, auxiliary rooms and car parking, but of course that will take time. There is £750,000 earmarked for the budgetary period 2012/2013, and a further £750,000 for 2013/2014 all for the community centre.

“At the end of that process there will be a brand new community centre and state of the art pitches, which will be a great credit to the local community and of great need at this time. The community centre is much needed, the old community centre is not fit for purpose, it does not fulfil the needs of the community, and it is very important that we get this replacement community centre as soon as possible, but this project will take time.” “The pitches will be the start. There will be various design stages and tendering processes and the actual construction of the building, and people should be patient for this to be finished.”

Subsidence on Shellinghill to be sorted Cllr Paul Frew DUP MLA for North Antrim has welcomed the news that Road Service has committed to dealing with the Shellinghill Road Cullybackey. Frew told us: “I contacted Road Service about the Shellinghill Road because

I was concerned that the road was clearly subsiding. Road Service have come back to me with the news that they are aware of the problem and they are committed to addressing the issue. It would not be enough to simply resurface the road they need to deal with the fundamental issue

with the sub-base of the road and that is what they have committed to do.” Road Service estimate the work will commence in the autumn and they will complete the section from the junction of Tullygrawley Road to the level crossing.

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Focus on rural crime DUP Agriculture Spokesman Paul Frew is to meet with Police chiefs to discuss the issue of rural crime. Mr Frew, who is Chairman of the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee will be attending the meeting organised by Justice Committee Chairman Paul Givan. Mr Frew said: “Rural crime not only causes fear amongst many people living in rural areas, but it also places a huge cost on many farmers who have lost expensive machinery to thieves operating in these isolated areas. “Only a few weeks ago there was the very sad case of a farmer in County Armagh who died after attempting to apprehend thieves who were stealing his tractor from the farmyard. There are some

areas of Northern Ireland that have experienced quite a number of these thefts with items such as quads, trailers and tractors seeming to be particularly targeted. This loss places a financial burden onto the farm business and is highly disruptive to ongoing work.”

reasonable precautions are taken to lock sheds and to ensure that opportunistic theft are prevented. Similarly, it is helpful to have photographs of the machinery as well as a list of makes, models and serial numbers, colour and a record of any damage.

“My own constituency of North Antrim has not been unaffected by these kind of thefts and I have been involved in local campaigns to tackle the threat posed by these criminals. Police in the area have highlighted the need for communities to work alongside them in tackling the problem and in raising awareness of what is occurring. Obviously public awareness campaigns are very important and there is a growing acceptance amongst the agricultural community to ensure that

“However, there must be a strong and targeted police action behind this to target and apprehend the criminals involved in many of these well organised operations. I believe it is very important that it is simply not pigeon-holed as an agricultural issue, but that it is recognised as important within overall policing and criminal justice issues in the province,” he added.

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Kids fail their parents on driving test When 1,000 children between the ages of four and 16 were polled, threequarters said their parents shout at other road users and one in five reported that their ‘responsible adult’ used a mobile phone while driving despite this being banned in December 2003. The back-seat view revealed that 40 percent of youngsters get upset when mum or dad loses it behind the wheel and one in three gets embarrassed.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of children admit their parents are aggressive drivers and 13 percent say are scared or embarrassed by mum and dad’s driving, according to new research. The survey by Continental Tyres, asked kids to report what they witnessed and to say how they felt about their parents driving – and the results might make mum and dad think twice about their behaviour.

The poor driving skills prompt 22 percent of children to slump down in their seat to try to hide and one in five have told their elders to improve their driving, despite 14 percent saying they were too scared to tell their parents that they were unimpressed. Tim Bailey, safety expert for Continental Tyres said: “There are some serious failings highlighted here revealing poor driving practices and lack of courtesy by millions of motorists.

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“What compounds that situation is the impact it has on the children. Nearly one in ten said they had gripped the seat in response to the speed of their parents driving.

Peugeot launches new Peugeot 107 Sportium Special Edition to add even more fun and style to the ever popular city car range, and replace the previous ENVY model.

“The assumption might have been that driving with a child in the car would prompt greater care and attention, but this evidence suggests not, and poor driving habits are potentially being ingrained in future motorists.”

The 107 Sportium Special Edition, based on the standard 107 Urban model, is available with a 1.0 litre petrol engine and fivespeed manual gearbox. With CO2 emissions of 103g/ km and a combined fuel consumption of 62.77 mpg it will ensure that motoring

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According to four in five kids (80 percent), dad is more likely to speed. However mum is nearly three times more likely to be their ‘taxi’ ferrying them to school, activities and friends. It appears that the combustible mix of mum and dad can be worse when both are together. Two-thirds of parents argue about each other’s driving with their offspring rating them both as better drivers when their partner was not in the car.

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Mid-Antrim Memories

by James Greer

The Weavers’ Revolt In recent history, thousands of mid-Antrim families made a living through the linen industry. Webs of mid-Antrim linen became renowned for their fine qualities and, for a time, it was a product with a high status on the international market. But the fortunes of local weavers and manufacturers were to rise and fall in relation to changing fashions, international politics, and most crucially due to developments in technology.

by handloom weavers. These webs became internationally known as ‘Ballymenas’. The disruption of industry within America during the civil-war made the 1860s a particular boom period when ‘Ballymenas’ stepped in to meet demand in the US market.

By 1873 changes led to anger from independent handloom weavers. Believing that they were being exploited by large manufacturers and merchants, the local weavers revolted. What followed was a short period of mass-rallies and strikes. Talk of class-conflict was rife in the district. Linen had long been produced in Ireland but it was in first half of the eighteenth-century that it boomed. 520,000 yards of cloth had been exported in 1705; within twenty years that figured had soared to 3,864,987 yards. Behind this surge lay a multitude of factors. Irish linen was advantaged during this period by strong support from government and by barriers against continental European producers entering the lucrative British market. The industry also benefited from the expertise of highly skilled French Huguenots who had found asylum in Ireland. Equally important, however, was the advantage over competitors due to the efficient way the industry operated. Many of these yards of cloth were the product of the collective labour of families. Husbands, wives, children and grandparents typically worked together through the various stages of production. Indeed as the industry evolved, women were to play an increasingly vital role in its survival. By the early years of the nineteenth-century the expanding industry had concentrated in Ulster. In the Victorian era Belfast became the global centre of the trade, but a key strength of Ulster linen was the local specialities districts throughout the province developed. Mid-Antrim became known for high-quality, fine, yard-wide, linens produced

This niche market had enabled the handloom weavers of mid-Antrim to survive while their colleagues in other areas were replaced by new steam-powered looms. The new technology was as yet unable to replicate the quality of the local weavers’ handiwork. New large-scale spinning mills – such as the Braidwater mill – emerged as large employers in Ballymena, but for a short period both sectors of the trade co-existed successfully. Sadly, however, changes in the trade locally and internationally led to the quick decline in the status and economic power of the weaver in the 1870s. While previously weavers from the surrounding district had sold their wares directly in the Ballymena market, now larger-manufacturers acted as middlemen. Weavers also bitterly condemned the manufacturers for demanding longer webs (for no extra payment) than a handloom could safely produce. Public sympathy for the weavers was reflected by the ‘Ballymena Observer’ who, in January 1873, noted that: “It is confidently

stated that a first-class operative, hard at work upon his loom for 12 hours each day – and with a boy or woman in necessary attendance upon him – cannot possibly make more than 5 shillings per week at the current rates of pay.” Anger at the situation led to weavers forming the Weavers Defence Association trade union. At a rally in Linenhall Square the WDA stated their case to a cheering crowd of over 3,000. They wouldn’t produce any more webs above 56 inches in length and they wanted fairer treatment from the manufacturers. John Rea, a solicitor advising the WDA, grandly stated that “they would let their meeting… inaugurate a great industrial movement of the working classes”. When the WDA called a further protest outside the linen market a large number of soldiers were sent to the town due to fears of unrest. Mediation from John Young, of Galgorm Castle, resulted in a meeting between the WDA and some of the manufacturers at the Adair Arms Hotel. The weavers’ case was passionately argued by Daniel Shields of Ahoghill. The meeting produced a compromise, but it was one that manufacturers not at the meeting refused to endorse. As the stalemate continued the houses of two weavers who broke the strike were attacked. Eventually, in May, an agreement that stuck was announced. The weavers would produce longer-webs but would now receive full payment for each yard. And they were to have access to the open market again. They had gained some improvements to their conditions, but the long-term decline of the handloom weavers was to continue. In County Antrim over 20,000 handloom weavers worked in 1880; by 1914 there were less than 2,000. It may have been a dying trade, but it was one that had been pivotal to the social and cultural history of the area. For more information see Kevin James: Handloom Weavers in Ulster’s Linen Industry 1815-1914 (Four Courts Press: Dublin, 2007).


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Sky Blue News With the new football season on the horizon, we have a look at what’s going on at Warden Street. United’s 22-year-old full back Michael Smith has secured a dream move to English League 2 side Bristol Rovers. Rovers swopped to sign Smith after he had an impressive season that had already alerted the

likes of Kilmarnock and Linfield to his capabilities. Indeed, it was thought that Smith was destined for Kilmarnock as soon as ex Sky Blue boss Kenny Shiels was given the manager’s job there, but Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle was able to use his Northern Irish contacts to steal a march on Killie and get his man.

Ballymena United are back in pre-season training and all the faces, new and old, will be hoping that this season can be more successful than last, where things had started so well, but ended like a damp squib at Halloween. After the upcoming game against Championship 2 and exiled Ballymena side Wakehurst, the Sky Blue players and fans can look forward to the

following pre-season games: Thursday 2 July: Kilmarnock (7.30pm) Home Saturday 16 July: Ards (3.00pm) Allen Park Antrim Wednesday 27 July: Larne (7.45pm) Away Saturday 30 July: Ballymoney (3pm) Home (Open Day) The obvious glamour tie being the visit of SPL side Kilmarnock who are

Ballymena RFC At the recent AGM Ballymena RFC elected the following people to serve on the Board of Directors for the incoming year: President: Dr Syd Millar CBE Chairman: Neil Patton Vice Chairman: Tom Loughridge Hon Treasurer: Thompson McCullough Hon Secretary: Guy McCullough Directors: AIL Rugby: David Smyth Community Rugby: Mike Kerr Youth Development: Tom Wiggins Groups & Property: Hector Deane Business Development: Rodney Cole Communications & PRO: Les McCracken Functions/Events:Richard Montgomery

As it is currently off season, training is well underway with the senior squad in preparation for their return to AIL Division 1B. They are currently undergoing six weeks conditioning and weight training. This will be followed with their summer break in July with return to full training at the end of July. Mike Kerr is currently organising the community 3rd, 4th and 5th teams with coaches and captains for next season. Tom Wiggins continues to develop rugby in the community with various events across rugby, hockey and GAA. Ally McKay is the new Mini Rugby Convenor with registration evenings taking place in advance of next season.

Rock Hard Football Trivia 1. Who is the only player to win league titles in four different European countries? 2. Last season London became only the second city to have three teams in a single Champions League season, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs. Which city was the first? 3. What do England internationals Terry Butcher, John Barnes, Tony Dorigo, Matthew Le Tissier and Cyrille Regis all have in common? 4. What does Juve mean in Italian? 5. Name the team from the badge

stopping in the province as part of a pre-season tour that will also see them take on both Linfield and Coleraine. Once these games are done and dusted Ballymena get down to business with their first league game of the 2011/2012 season taking place on the 6 August away to Lisburn Distillery. This is followed by their first home game of the season a

week later on the 13 August when they host Marty Quinn’s Glenavon. The first local ‘derby’ between fierce rivals Ballymena and Coleraine takes place on the 17 September at the Ballymena Showgrounds. With both teams going through wholesale changes in personnel in the summer, this will certainly make for an intriguing encounter.

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Saints U-10s pick up silverware at Carryduff tournament All Saints GAC under-10 footballers participated in the annual Carryduff U10 Tournament on Saturday 18 June on what was a very enjoyable day for all concerned. Sixteen teams from across the province were in action including St. Galls, Belfast; St. Endas, Glengormley; Erins Own, Lavey; Carrickcruppen, Newry; St. Eunans, Letterkenny; and Clan na Gael, Lurgan, to name but a few. The tournament was superbly organised and several high profile GAA personalities were in attendance; the boys enjoyed rubbing shoulders with Sean Kelly, Johnny

McGurk, Seamus Downey and James McCartan. On another successful day for the club, the All Saints lads came away with the Carryduff Shield after defeating Clann na Banna from Banbridge in the semifinal and then Annaclone after extra time in what was a pulsating final. The tournament provided the boys with a controlled competitive environment which will bode well in their development towards being footballing stars of the future for All Saints GAC

Eoin McNally captain of the victorious U10 Footballers at Carryduff GAC’s annual prestigious tournament

All Saints GAC U10 Footballers, winners of the Shield at the Carryduff GAC Tournament held in late June with coaches Jim Brady and Des Metrustry

Senior Footballers qualify for Feis Final All Saints senior footballers qualified for the final of the North Antrim Feis Football Final with a 1-15 to 0-7 victory over St Enda’s at Quinn Park. In perfect playing conditions, All Saints started the game brightly and dominated the play in the first half, taking a 1-9 to 0-2 lead into the break.

The goal coming from Rory McVeigh as he slotted the ball under the keeper, who had parried a shot from Diarmuid McNally. In the second half, St Endas battled gamely, but the All Saints defence was resolute and would not let their opponents through on goal. In the eased

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Ciarán wins All Star Award Congratulations to Ciarán Neeson who has been selected at right half forward on this year’s County Antrim Schools, Year 8 All Star Hurling team. Ciarán, a pupil at St Louis, is passionate about his sport, and has been slotting sliotars over the crossbars at Slemish Park since he was old enough to carry a

hurl. The award is a great honour for his school and the club and a worthy reward for the time and effort he spends practising and honing his skills. Ciarán is the first All Saints player to receive a hurling All Star, but with the conveyor of talent coming behind him we are confident that he won’t be the last.

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Milk Cup 2011 The 28th annual Milk Cup kicks off on Monday 25 July 2011 – showcasing the best young footballing talent from across the world. Featuring a wide range of competitors – from the

Under 20 national teams of the USA and Denmark, to the emerging talents of well known teams such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – the 2011 Milk Cup is one of the best youth tournaments

McCoy picks up OBE

Moneyglass jockey Tony McCoy was at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 28 June 2011 to pick up his OBE, a whole 12 months after he had been initially awarded the prestigious honour!

McCoy, who has an unwavering commitment to his sport, was unable to attend the original reception because of its clash with a race meeting he was due to attend. Thankfully, there were no such complications this year and McCoy was able

in the world. Games will be taking place within the borough at both the Ballymena Showgrounds and Broughshane so be sure to take a trip down and who knows, you may even see the next Beckham or Giggs!

galgorm & ballymena

to collect his OBE without hiccup. With Rory McIlroy’s recent success at the US Open at Congressional, it is great once again to see Northern Ireland sports stars doing so well and gaining the global recognition that their achievements merit.



Kells & Connor Community Improvement Association 2011 Civic Week Programme Saturday 9 July

Sunday 10 July


Over 16, 7-a-side Football Tournament and BBQ Kells Playing Fields Kick off 12.30pm £14.00 per team (in aid of the War Memorial)

Monday 11 July

Annual Orange Service to Kells Presbyterian Church 2pm Children’s Street Party Community Centre 6.30pm – 8.30pm Bouncy castle, fancy dress, disco and face painting

Tuesday 12 July

Annual Twelfth July celebrations

Wednesday 13 July

Walking Treasure Hunt around village – starts from community centre 6.30pm, £1.00 per person

Thursday 14 July

Wheelbarrow Race – leaves Connor car park 7pm to parade to community centre Fancy dress parade and parade of wheelbarrow floats. There will be prizes for the most original, best decorated, etc with the opportunity for you to enter your wheelbarrow in an optional race at the end of the parade. It does not have to be an actual wheelbarrow, but must have wheel(s) you must be able to push it and it must have one person travelling in or on it.

Friday 15 July

Kells Community Centre: 7.00 pm Trial Bike and Stunt Riding Display, BBQ 8.10 pm Best turned out motorcycle presentation Prize - £100.00 Hein Gericke Voucher 8.15 pm “The Stories behind the Pictures” World-renowned road racing photographer, Stephen Davison of Tardree, speaks about his work on display 9.00 pm Buffs Club, Connor - Traditional Ulster Scots Music £5.00

Saturday 16 July

Kells Community Centre – 11am to 3pm: Family Entertainment including bouncy castle, large slide, bungee run, assault course and face painting BBQ & Tug of War Live Broadcast – Local radio station ‘Seven on 107FM’ Special Guests – The Emerald Garrison the characters from a galaxy far, far away come to Kells to join in the fun! Motorcycle Display (Kells Community Centre Main Hall) Join in the Star Wars Theme and enter the Fancy Dress Competition! (Children & adults) Great Prizes!

Portglenone Round-up Cloud Nine NI Yoga Stretch & Relaxtion

B-Dramatic Summer Musical Theatre

@ Portglenone Community Centre, Starts Tuesday 5 July 7:15pm – 8:15pm, 4 weeks £20 Improve posture & increase flexibility. Explore techniques to help you cope with stress. Feel energized and refreshed! To register please call Fiona Jones 028 2175 9633 or 07518 391883

Monday 4 July – Friday 8 July 10am – 2pm, in Portglenone For more details contact Brian McMahon 07543 976214.


Give your child a step towards success this summer at Community Summer Sizzlers: Focus Learning with the increase your job TTRS (Touch, Type, Read and Spell) Computer opportunities this based programme, for the summer improvement of Spelling, Reading & Writing Skills. If you are a student or just TTRS succeeds in developing looking to get a job, why not Literacy, Memory, Cotake the opportunity to gain a ordination, Confidence, qualification over the summer Concentration and Selfin any of the following: Esteem. OCR Word Processing Levels 13, ECDL, CLAiT, ECDL Adv. For all ages 8 and up. One Classes ongoing throughout hour per week class starting summer – don’t waste your Thursday 7 July 10.30am – time get a step ahead. 11.30am in Portglenone Contact Mary at Community Contact Mary 028 25821184 Focus Learning 028 2582 1184 for more details.




Chance to win £20 for your club or community organisation

BAND REHEARSAL SPACE £20.00 for up to 3 hours P.A., mics, ridiculously loud amps, drums, stands & leads all enclosed in a 22ft x 11ft sound proofed room.

The Ballymena Doorstep Advertiser is Ballymena’s community newspaper, and therefore we want to hear from anyone with community based news. Are you a school, organisation or club who have details on forthcoming events or news that you would like to showcase to 20,000 people in the borough? Or you may have pictures from a recent event, ceremony or function. If so we are really keen that you send the details in to us. To show how keen we are to showcase your community news we are giving away £20 to any editorial/pictures featured in the September edition of the paper from an organisation or group who previously haven’t been featured in the paper.

Just send you articles and/or photos to: The September paper will be distributed week commencing 22 August. We look forward to receiving news about you and your community!

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Hillhead Sheds Spring Sale 1/2 Weatherboard Sheds

12 × 8 10 × 8 8×8 10 × 6 8×6

was - £795 was - £695 was - £575 was - £575 was - £475

now - £725 now - £625 now - £525 now - £525 now - £425

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FREE Delivery & Erection Within 20 Mile Radius of Ballyclare! All sheds are heavy built & require a flat base Shed frames are constructed from 3 x 11/2 inch timber, With 12mm T&G weather board cladded walls & T&G floor & roof. The roof is covered with 40Kg green mineral felt. All timber is sourced from Scandanivian softwood from a sustainable source. Sheds are treated in teak oil based preservative.

12 × 8 10 × 8 8×8 10 × 6 8×6

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