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BCDA Coffee Morning

Come along and join us on Thursday 30th March 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm.
This month you’ll get a bowl of stew with your tea or coffee…..a real bargain for £3.00 admission, and you won’t need to worry about lunch when you get home!!
Ballygally Shield will also be on show, in case you weren’t able to make it to the Coffee Morning last month.BCDA COffee Morning

Don't forget Larne Half Marathon this Saturday!

The 2017 AES Larne Half Marathon takes place next Saturday 18th March 2017, and this year’s event has sold out in record time with 2000 participants confirmed to run the beautiful coastal route. Attracting participants from throughout Ireland, and even some from the mainland, it is a fantastic event which showcases all that is good about local sport and the Larne area overall.

The marathon will start at 11am from Larne Leisure Centre, with the Walk going a bit earlier at 10.00am, and club officials are once again keen to ensure that all local people understand how the event will unfold as the runners make their way around the route. The club are extremely grateful for the ongoing support that all the local residents give to the event, and how they help to create a great atmosphere along the route.

Naturally, with so many participants travelling from outside the borough, traffic is likely to be particularly heavy from 9.30am around the Circular Road, Curran Road, Tower Road, Leisure Centre and Redlands so please allow for this if heading towards these areas.

The race itself starts at 11am, and runners will head down Bay Road, Curran Road and then towards Larne Main Street from around 11.05am – 11.25am. The PSNI will be assisting with traffic control during these periods and club officials would appeal for patience and consideration towards runners as the race procession makes its way through along main street and back on to Victoria Road before heading towards Coast Road.

From 11.20am the Coast Road will see the majority of the action for the remainder of the half marathon as the runners head towards Ballygally before looping round at Weyburn Road and heading back for Larne Leisure Centre along the Coast Road once again. Coastal traffic will be encouraged to use alternative traffic diversions from the Victoria Road/Glenarm Road Junction in place from 11.20am to roughly 12.45pm. Any essential coastal traffic is asked to use alternative routes along the Old Glenarm Road, and officials would ask that drivers requiring access to the Coast Road would try and enter on to the Coast Road at a convenient place (Drains Bay, Ballygally, Drumnagreagh). With so many runners due to be on the route, drivers are also asked to allow extra time for coastal journeys (residents, Cairndhu Golf Club, Carnfunnock traffic) and exercise extreme caution for runners when travelling on the route.

Ballygally residents will also be impacted from around 11.30am to 12.50pm and residents are asked once again to allow extra time for planned journeys within this time. Marshals in Ballygally will help to manage traffic flow and runners, and the slightly changed route at Grace Avenue North is aimed to ease congestion at the Coast Road/Cairncastle Road Junction.

The club have organised for a large team of volunteer marshals who will be positioned throughout the route to ensure that any questions from the public are answered, and that both runners and traffic are considered safely. Members of the public are asked to work along with the marshals in order to create an atmosphere that everyone can safely enjoy. The club have also organised entertainment at several points along the route and any spectators are encouraged to get to their positions early, and avoid parking at junctions to the Coast Road.

If you would like more on the route, or you are a participant and you need to consult the race instructions, please visit the official Larne Half Marathon website on www.larnehalfmarathon.webs.com

Larne Athletic club would like to thank the Larne community for its ongoing support of a great event, and it looks forward to another great event that everyone from the area can feel a part of and be proud of.Larne Half Marathon

BCDA Coffee Morning

BCDA COffee Morning

Come along and join us at our first Coffee Morning of 2017!!

Thursday 26th January 2017
11.00am-1.00pm
Cost: £3.00

About BCDA

BCDA organisations

BCDA is a community organisation active in the Ballygally area. Its original vision was to regenerate the village following the closure of the village’s only shop. To this end, two companies were formed (BCDA Limited and BCDA Trading Limited) as vehicles to establish a strong case for funding a social enterprise project in the village.

BCDA Limited was formed as a charitable company to receive funding and manage the overall project of building the new hall/shop facility.

BCDA Trading Limited was formed as a company to oversee the running of the facility (for example, to manage rental income from the shop tenant, hall bookings, pay utility charges/overheads, manage volunteers/any future employees).

Our community plan
BCDA has a 3 year village development plan in place to ensure that the organisations and community facility have a clear plan to demonstrate continued growth and success for the benefit of all.

Getting involved
If you’d like to get involved with BCDA in any way, please feel free to contact us; everyone’s welcome!

Whether it be helping to organise events, delivering Newsletters, cleaning the Hall or beach from time to time, or even joining the Board of Directors, BCDA offers a great way to contribute to the community and get to know more people locally.


About our funders

Ballygally Hall and shop were made possible by the generosity of the following:

Big Lottery
After an application to their Village SOS programme and beating some worthy opponents, we were successful in the competition and granted £405,840 by Big Lottery. Click here for more information>>

Larne Borough Council
LBC funded our early feasibility studies, granted £250,000 towards local community development and generously leased the ground to us enabling the building to be erected on the ideally central village site.

Department of Agricultural and Rural Development
We also made a successful application to the North East Region of DARD, who granted us £109.000

Our community
Last but certainly not least is the contribution of the local residents of Ballygally and the environs who not only contributed £10,500 to furnishings but by their attendance and support in maintenance keep the Hall viable.


About Ballygally

Ballygally is a small coastal village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. With stunning views of the Glens of Antrim and eastwards to Scotland, amenities include:

Ballygally Beach
Ballygally beach is about 200m long and set in a sheltered, horseshoe bay. Predominantly sandy, with seaweed and boulders, it is a perfect setting for a stroll or family day out. With good water quality, the beach offers a base for sea activities including swimming, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking and more.

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Antrim Coast Road
Ballygally is situated in the southerly stretch of the world-famous ‘causeway coast and glens’; an area whose breathtaking rugged coastline merges into the romantic landscape of its deep silemnt glens and lush forest parks.

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North Antrim Hills Way
Ballygally provides great access to the North Antrim Hills Way, a 22 mile section of the Ulster Hills Way. The route is mainly off road through fields and exposed hills, providing spectacular inland and sea views.

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Cairndhu Golf Club
Cairndhu is a hilly seaside course laid out on cliffs offering sensational views of of the Antrim coastline and Ballygally Bay. With a warm welcome always afforded to visitors, Cairndhu is one of Ireland’s must play destinations.

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Carnfunnock Country Park
Ballygally is a short drive and linked by forest tracks to Carnfunnock Country Park, a 191 hectare park offering a a wide variety of family activities, attractions, events, games, environmental education, eating out and camping.

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Hotels and accommodation
Ballygally is served by Ballygally Castle Hotel, Halfway House Hotel and Ballygally Holiday Apartments, offering a wide range of accommodation and dining to suit all needs.

Ballygally Castle Hotel>>
Halfway House Hotel>>
Ballygally Holiday Apartments>>

For more photographs of Ballygally and its surroundings, please visit our ‘Gallery’ page link>>