Arranmore Tragedy

Monday 18 November 2019

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It is with deep shock and sadness that we learned of the untimely death on Sunday morning of 26-year old Leigh Early, a skipper on the Arranmore Ferry and volunteer on the island’s lifeboat. From the Rathlin Island family, we add our sincere condolences to those of countless others and offer our thoughts and prayers for Leigh’s family, his friends and his community.

Seabird Centre Jobs Advertised

Monday 18 November 2019

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The RSPB is advertising for Visitor Experience Officer posts for the Rathlin West Seabird Centre 2020 season. For more details and to apply, find the vacancy online here or email The closing date is 1st December 2019.

Remembrance Sunday Invitation

Thursday 14 November 2019

The following invitation for Rathlin residents has been received in the Resource Centre from the Ballycastle Royal British Legion:

"To the Residents of Rathlin Island

On behalf of Ballycastle Branch of The Royal British Legion, I would like to invite the residents of Rathlin Island, to attend a Service of Remembrance on Sunday 17th November at 11.30am in St Thomas's Church of Ireland.

We would be delighted if you could join with us on this occasion.

Kind Regards
Angela Mills
Secretary Ballycastle RBL"

Business Support Event

Wednesday 13 November 2019

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"As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council’s Business Support team through its Alchemy programme, is hosting a day filled with networking opportunities and workshops for businesses.

The free event will take place on Thursday 21st November in the Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine, and is open to everyone regardless of where you are in your entrepreneurial journey.

The Last Right

Wednesday 13 November 2019


The Irish comedy drama, The Last Right which was partly shot on Rathlin in December 2018 will be released across Ireland on Friday 6th December.

Bin Lorry Mechanical Problem

28 October 2019

The bin lorry has a mechanical problem today, and has had to stop collecting the bins. It is hoped that the black bin collection will be completed later this week. We'll update as soon as we hear more.

NIW Works Disruption

Tuesday 24 September 2019

NI Water have informed the RDCA of work taking place at the borehole site on Rathlin as part of NI Water upgrades to the water supply on the island.

“We wanted to let you know of the work which is proposed for this week which may cause some disruption to the island. Part of this work involves the construction of a new main, which runs along the road from the borehole site to the area in front of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Gas Engineers On The Island

Monday 16 September 2019

"1st For Gas" Engineers will be on the island on Tuesday 24th September (and possibly Wednesday 25th) for any repairs or inspections that people might need. Please contact them on 028 2766 8652 to book an appointment

Cleaning Service Available

Monday 9 September 2019

Classic Cleaning from Ballymoney were over doing some work on the Richard Branson Centre, and they're willing to come back over for more work this autumn, such as window cleaning (inside and out), guttering, etc. if they have enough work. Failing that they will look at coming over in the spring. Ring them on 028 2766 3320, or contact Margaret or Suzy.

John Donaghy RIP

Thursday 5th September 2019

Message from the family of John Donaghy.

"John Donaghy passed away peacefully at home on Rathlin, yesterday Wednesday 4th of September. Reposing at his home on Rathlin on Thursday.

Removal at 10.30am Friday 6th September for 11.00am ferry. Further reposing at his sister Margaret's home on Friday and Saturday.

Funeral will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 7th September at St Mary's chapel in Tamnaherin, Co. Derry."

Our sincere condolences to his children Shauna, Feargal, Gretta and Cathal, and to the whole extended family.

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