Sunday, 29 June 2014

Bushmills & Great War Centenary Exhibition - July 1 for two weeks


Invite from Robert Thompson: "Hope to see you on Tuesday at the opening of the Bushmills and the Great War exhibition in Bushmills Community Centre. There are lots of items never before seen in the exhibition. Dundarave House have been very good with lots of things never seen before outside the immediate family. There are lots of medals and plaques and a few surprises that I cannot divulge at present. Everyone welcome on Tuesday, July 1, for the opening and for the following fortnight."

The Lennon-Wylie website contains links to a series of books written by Robert about those who didn't survive the war. These were published on a district basis and extend from Ballycastle in Co Antrim to Inishowen in Donegal.. He's recently published a book about those from Bushmills who served and survived.



Friday, 27 June 2014

Ballycastle Marina Safety Barrier - Red for Danger



There are two gates stopping small children running
 from the popular sand-pit onto the marina quay.



The keeper is missing ..


.. and the spring closure isn't working


I reported the problem to the harbour master's office and 
a piece of cord effected a temporary safety measure.


Two weeks later the cord has gone 
so I reported the problem a second time.

Added July 15

The gate was lying open today as no repairs had been carried out. On the basis that it's better to be safe than sorry, perhaps the responsible council official should get the problem resolved, even if only on a temporary basis.

Added July 21


Chain and padlock

Why did it take so long to effect this temporary safety measure?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Bushmills Public Conveniences - "A Disgrace"


A stronger sentiment than that in the title has been conveyed to me on a number of occasions by someone who meets and greets visitors to the Causeway Coast and Glens. Perhaps Moyle District Council can effect some remedies.


I've used the facilities provided by Larne Borough Council in Carnlough and they are maintained to a much higher standard than those in Bushmills - they even provide nappy changing facilities in the gents.

The complainant listed a series of faults: no gender symbol on the ladies entrance door, a broken soap dispenser, broken toilet paper holders and no coat hooks.

Added September 11

Months later - I was in Moyle Council offices yesterday and drew attention to these repairs that needed to be carried out. Lo and behold the gender symbol and the soap dispenser had been replaced. Now why wasn't this work done months ago in advance of the main tourist season?