Mayor's Diary

Mayor's business from February's Full Council Meeting

Mayor's business from February's Full Council Meeting

Tue, February 02, 2021

Coronavirus Restrictions

As we begin a new month, I want to remind everyone that we must still adhere to ongoing coronavirus restrictions and health advice.

We are indebted to our healthcare workers for their efforts, including those involved in the vaccine roll-out. We can best show our support for them by collectively adhering to the guidance and upholding the restrictions.

For the most up-to-date information visit NI Direct here

Civic Gifts

I’ve launched a very special initiative to coincide with the centenary of Northern Ireland which will see a civic gift presented to our residents, organisations and businesses who will celebrate their own 100th birthday or anniversary this year.

It is our aim to use the centenary of Northern Ireland to celebrate our people, places and products and this includes our oldest residents and institutions who have been a part of the fabric of our society for the past century.

We are calling on the public to help identify those eligible to receive this honour throughout the year.

For more information on how to nominate a recipient click here 

New High Sherriff

I was delighted to watch on as Paula McIntyre MBE officially accepted the role of High Sheriff of County Londonderry for 2021.

Paula will be a fantastic ambassador for the area and I wish her every success.

Read the full story here

Black Santa presentations

Congratulations to Alastair Coyles, Ballymoney’s Black Santa, who has helped five very worthy local charities following his fundraising efforts in December.

Alastair presented his donations this week to St. Vincent De Paul, the Samaritans, Salvation Army, Drop Inn Ministries & Can and this money is vital to these organisations who play an important role in our local communities.

Conard McCullough

During these difficult times it’s encouraging for all of us to see community spirit in action, and it was an honour to meet Portrush man Conard McCullough, who rescued his neighbour from a house fire in early January.

I presented Conard with a certificate and a token of appreciation in recognition of his actions.

People locally have also rallied to support those affected by the fire and this demonstration of community strength and resilience offers much needed hope at this time.

Read the full story here

Shop Local and Gift Card

Finally, I want to remind you all about the continued importance of supporting our local businesses. Traders need our help more than ever during these difficult times so please continue to Shop Local for your essential goods.

If you have a gift to buy, please consider the Causeway Coast and Glens Gift Card which allows you to directly supports the local economy and the great variety of businesses we have in the Borough.

You can buy a card and browse the full list of participating businesses by visiting

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