Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ballymoney.




Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.


There are over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.


There are some 58,000 Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland in 1,845 clubs.

Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.


Michael Fleming

Club President

Club Secretary:
Trevor Patton

Ballymoney is a market town with approximately 9000 inhabitants, situated near the breathtaking Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. It has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland.



Thursday 10 May saw a group of 100 people attend Ballymoney Rotary Club’s first Business Breakfast held in St Patrick’s Parish Centre in the town. Following a sumptuous breakfast the attendees were enthralled by a short talk delivered by Ken Belshaw, Founder and Director of Grafton Recruitment. He regaled the audience with stories from his early days in employment and the factors and indeed chance encounters leading up to the establishment and growth of Grafton Recruitment. He concluded by sharing a few key take-home messages useful to anyone dealing in an environment involving people.

During the presentation you could have heard a pin drop. The audience were left wanting more but sadly the daily pressures of the work place had to be acknowledged.

The event was hugely successful in terms of interest from the local business community. The fact that the event was generously sponsored by O’Neills Caravans meant that all the proceeds and donations received would be used by Ballymoney Rotary Club to support its numerous charities.

Business Breakfast - May 2018

Dragons were reported on the River Bann on Saturday 8th September 2018 or rather dragon boats as Ballymoney Rotary Club held its second annual Dragon Boats event. Television cameras were even there to record the reappearance of the dragons. BBC NI were there to record the participation of the Moycraig Young Farmers team as part of the BBC Home Ground rural affairs series.

Ballymoney Rotary Club Annual Dragon Boat Event

On what was a very successful day seventeen teams competed leading up to a successful final between the Roseyard Rockets and the Finvoy Young Farmers with Finvoy securing victory.



September 2018

The Rotary Club flower display at Meetinghouse Street, Ballymoney is looking well


After the event Ballymoney Rotary Club were pleased to report that similar to last year all the teams participating had raised over £5000 for a variety of charities.




Ballymoney Rotary Club is indebted to the many sponsors who ensured the success of the Dragon Boat event. These include Knockanboy Vets, Riada Vets, Bayview Hotel, John Steele Farm Supplies, Chestnutt Mills, DJM Robinson & Sons, O’Neill’s Caravan Sales and Distributors, Old Market Vans, Manor Architects, John W Pinkerton & Sons Solicitors, Greer Hamilton & Gailey Solicitors, Sam Moore, Indigo Jewellers, McAfee Properties, Dervock Community Group, Ballymoney Kyoujin BJJ, La Petite Baguette, Causeway Coast & Glens Council, Culbertson Music Coleraine,  Bryson Lagan Sports and BBC Home Ground – Below the Radar.

In addition to the above teams, also taking part in the event were Ballymoney Inner Wheel, the Samaritans, Christians Against Poverty, The Bravehearts, Ballymoney Kyoujin BJJ, Mossiders, Ballycastle Buccaneers, Kilraughts Young Farmers, Limavady Grammar, Payescape, JKC, John Laverty Opticians, Forge PT and Ballymoney Rotary Club. There was a wide variety of ages and backgrounds but everyone had one thing it common, they all had fun raising money for good causes.

Photo: Preparing for the event

Rotary International funding of over US$1.2 billion means that Poliomyelitis may soon become only the second disease ever to be totally eradicated following a worldwide vaccination campaign, smallpox being the only other fully eradicated disease.


In UK and Europe we take for granted the childhood Polio vaccination drops given to protect our children and general population. There are still many people in our communities who suffer from continuing lifelong disabilities due to Polio illness contracted mainly before the development of Polio vaccination in the late 1950’s.


In 1916 a single outbreak of Polio in New York City resulted in over 2,000 deaths. Rotary International commenced funding a worldwide vaccination programme in 1979. 30 years ago there were still 350,000 cases of Polio reported in 125 countries worldwide.


PRESENTLY there have been only 20 CASES of Polio infection reported last year in ONLY 3 COUNTRIES. This massive reduction has been due to the Global Polio Eradication Campaign sponsored by Rotary Clubs worldwide and assisted by the World Health Organisation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a major contribution to funding by promising to donate £2 for every £1 raised by our Clubs.


Ballymoney Rotary Club has made it one of their main targets this year to support the END POLIO NOW campaign. We wish to thank all those members of the public who have supported our fundraising projects so far this year.




Ballymoney Rotary Club recently held the local heat of this year’s annual Youth Leadership Development Competition. This competition rewards young people with clear leadership potential demonstrated by their extra-curricular activities and interview skills.

 Following an interview process locally, winners go through to regional heats and the final 24 successful students meet with local politicians and business leaders and travel to Dublin for further meetings with leaders before travelling to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to debate a variety of motions at Euroscola.

As always the standard was very high. The winner of this year’s local heat is Mark Crawford from Dalriada School and the runner up Lucy Mitchell from Ballymoney High School. Mark now goes through to the regional heat taking place in Coleraine later this month.

Ballymoney Rotary Club Youth Leadership Development Competition

Ballymoney winner Mark Crawford with John Flynn, President Rotary Club of Ballymoney

John Flynn, President Ballymoney Rotary Club, Audrey Shields, President of Ballymoney Inner Wheel, competition winner Mark Crawford, Nicola Johnston (Dalriada School),  Lucy Mitchell (runner up) and Richard Hargy, Ballymoney High School.


David McKeown of Ballymoney Rotary Club Presents a £500 Rotary Club cheque on behalf of the club to Gareth Barton, one of the transatlantic rowers who completed the arduous Talisker Atlantic Challenge.

In the Home to Portrush boat, 7 metres long and just under 2 metres wide, the four man team was the only Northern Ireland team to enter and complete the world’s toughest rowing race and completed it in a world record equalling time of 31 days, 8 hours and 57 minutes.

Rotary club members were delighted to be able to boost the funds  helping the rowers raise in excess of £30,000 to assist the RNLI, Willie’s Orphan Fund and Row for Ross.

Ballymoney Rotary Club boosts funds for to Home to Portrush charities

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Ballymoney Rotary Club held a successful charity breakfast in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre on Thursday 7th March.  Folllowing the event, Ballymoney Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs presented John Nicholl with a donation of £2,200. This donation is targeted towards helping John and his family buy a specialised Braille computer costing over £5,000 and required by John to aid communications with friends and family.


Ballymoney Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs recognise the outstanding achievements by John who serves as an ambassador for N Ireland not only in archery but also as a mentor to others who suffer from severely impaired hearing and visual disabilities.


The above photograph was taken with a group of local cyclists who have supported John for several years and accompany John on a tandem bicycle ride every week around the Causeway triangle.

John Nicholl suffers from a condition causing him total deafness and severe blindness. In the past he communicated using sign language but due to progressive severe visual impairment he communicates now only by touch sign language known only to a few people.


Charity Breakfast 2019

John is the first Ballymoney person to represent Northern Ireland as a Deaf / Blind Archer at the British Championships 2 years ago where he finished as runner up and last weekend won silver medal at the British Visually Impaired Championships in Shropshire where he set a new British record. He is now recognised to be the only Deaf / Blind Archer in Europe and possibly the world and will compete for Team GB in Blind Archery Category at the World Para Archery Championships in Holland in June this year. John competes with the support of a team including an interpreter and 2 coaches from Causeway Archers. His family have undertaken extensive fundraising activities to help fund John’s archery competitions including coffee mornings, table quizzes, and car boot sales. He and his family would value any support for any of these ongoing fundraising events.

Enjoying the Charity Breakfast

Rotary President John Flynn congratulates Ernest Bustard from Flash Outside Catering for a job well done

Left to right: Campbell Nicholl, Dr Robert Burns, Robin Taggart, John Nicholl, Dr John Flynn (President Ballymoney Rotary Club),Sarah Browne (Inner Wheel Club), Audrey Shields (President Inner Wheel Ballymoney), Peter Scott, Michael Fleming (Vice-President Ballymoney Rotary Club), David McKeown (Cyclist and Rotarian)


Left to right: Peter Scott, Dr John Flynn (President Ballymoney Rotary Club), John Nicholl and Robin Taggart


Ballymoney Rotary Club sponsored their annual ‘Just One Life’ road safety event at Dalriada School on Wednesday 27th March. The Club wishes to thank Dalriada School, their Head Teacher and staff for hosting this event again this year. Over 300 pupils aged 16 years from all 3 Ballymoney secondary schools attended: Ballymoney High School, Our Lady of Lourdes School and Dalriada School. This group of pupils will soon have the opportunity of being new car drivers in the near future.

The main part of the event centred on an outdoor demonstration by all 3 Emergency Services and a Consultant Dr in Emergency Medicine who all demonstrated the rescue and emergency care of a mock accident involving 2 vehicles. Pupils from each school acted out the parts of a car driver driving dangerously and several accident victims, one of whom sustained serious life changing injuries as they had been a rear seat passenger not wearing a seat belt.



Ms Brenda Chivers, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, then addressed all the pupils in the assembly hall and challenged the pupils to pay serious attention to road safety during their driving careers.

A short drama was then performed by members of the Rotary Club and a PSNI Officer which portrayed the legal proceedings and serious outcomes of a driver charged with dangerous driving.

Also on display were 55 pairs of shoes representing the 55 victims of road traffic accidents in 2018 who had died. The PSNI Traffic Branch Officer also pointed out that 14 people had already been killed on our roads this year from start of January 2019 compared to 9 deaths during the same period last year.

Several questions posed by representatives from all 3 schools were answered by a panel representing all 3 Emergency Services and the Consultant Dr in Emergency Medicine. All in attendance including pupils and staff were obviously challenged by the joint experiences of Emergency Staff dealing with past serious accident situations and paid attention to the various advices given for ensuring safety for vehicle occupants and pedestrians on our roads.

Ballymoney Rotary Club would like to thank all the pupils for attending and taking part, the Staff of each school for their organisation, Mayor Brenda Chivers of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, and all the representatives of the PSNI Traffic Branch, NI Ambulance Service, NI Fire and Rescue Service and Emergency Doctor who gave their valuable time and expert advice.

Congratulations to ‘Black Santa’ Liam Beckett who raised £12,500 during the week of 18th to 22nd December 2018. Ballymoney Rotary Club members were pleased to support him during his sit out and many personal messages were left for the Tree of Remembrance by those coming to support Liam.


2019 Dragon Boat Challenge

Saturday 14th September 2019

Drumaheglis Marina, Ballymoney

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In his first official act, incoming President of Ballymoney Rotary Club Michael Fleming presented the Jack Pinkerton Endeavour Award to Rosemary and Sean Cochrane, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the community. Over the last seven years the annual country and western concert they organise has raised £115,000 for local charities. The eight annual concert will be on Tuesday 17th September in Dunloy.


Jack Pinkerton Endeavour Award recipients 2019