Much loved lady had family and community in her heart

Nora McKay, who died on September 29, was a highly respected member of the

Carnlough community and a Past President of the Antrim Coast Lions Club.

She was also one of the founder members of the Young Farmers Club in Carnlough and acted as its first secretary.

Born in March 1944 at Carnegie, Ballyvaddy Road, Carnlough, she was one of six children of Henry Black, a local farmer, and his wife Margaret, who was a teacher. Her siblings were Seamus, Catherine (Kay), Roisin, Nora, Brian and Sean.

Educated at Harphall Girls’ Primary School, she attended St. Aloysius Intermediate School and completed her education at Larne Technical College.

Starting her working career as a secretary in the Quality Supply Centre in 1960, she moved on to become manager at Romax Rentals/Vision Hire in Larne, returning to Quality Supply Centre in the late 1970s, refining her skills in sales and marketing.

In addition to her day job, she and husband Robert opened Whitehill Caravan Park in Carnlough in 1976. The birth of her son in 1983 resulted in her staying at home to focus on her family and manage the growing business of the caravan park.

Nora McKay saw the park and its residents as more than a job and treated them as an extension of her family. She continued to work there until her death.

Her involvement in the coastal community extended well beyond business and family commitments, and she had a deep interest in the area and anything that was beneficial to it.

A founding member of the local Young Farmer’s Club, it was there that she met her husband Robert.

She became a member of the Antrim Coast Lions Club in 1994 and served as Club President in 2000.

She was a very active Lion, helping to co-ordinate the Carnlough Carnival and the annual Charter dinner, promoting charity events and volunteering many hours for the club’s numerous events.

She was a keen and willing sponsor of local events and clubs, from charity pig racing to the local rowing club.

A keen sports fan, she began to follow Manchester United after the Munich Air Disaster of February 1958 and enjoyed regular trips to Old Trafford, holding season tickets for several years.

She was also an avid rugby fan and she and her husband Robert attended their first rugby match – Ireland versus Wales – while on their honeymoon.

Over the years they travelled to Dublin regularly and also in later years to France, Wales, Scotland and England to watch Six Nations matches.

Nora McKay was very family orientated and adored having family and friends around her kitchen table for tea or dinner.

Her siblings were a huge part of her life and her home on the Whitehill Road was a regular gathering place for the family, her nieces and nephews being frequent guests from an early age.

She was widely recognised in the local community as a selfless person who did her best to help everyone she met, including taking time out of a busy lifestyle to help and comfort anyone in need.

She was known for her generosity and her passing on September 29 at Antrim Area Hospital greatly saddened the local community and all who knew her.

In a tribute Antrim Coast Lions said that they attended her funeral to say a final farewell “with the heaviest of hearts.”

“An exemplary Lion and such a wonderful person, she will be so sadly missed by her Lion family and the wider community,” the Club said.

Others commented on the site that Nora McKay was a great woman who did lots for her community.

“Knew Nora for over 30 years, never heard anyone say a bad word about her, a very friendly woman will be sadly missed by all her caravan family,” another said.

“What a wonderful lady Nora was. Carnlough as a community will sadly miss you, but Carnlough’s loss is Heaven’s gain,” said another.

A message from an old friend said “One of my best friends from our teenage years.

“We shared so much of our life growing up. We always had a laugh together and always kept in touch when I emigrated to Australia.”

Nora McKay died peacefully in Antrim Area Hospital on September 29 and her funeral service was held on October 1 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Carnlough, with the officiating priest being Fr. Anthony Alexander.

Interment took place at Ardclinnis Parish Churchyard, Carnlough.

She is survived by her husband Robert, son Robert Jr and daughter-in-law Tiffany, as well as sister Roisin, brothers Brian and Sean and a wide family circle.

Donations in lieu of flowers were encouraged to Antrim Area Hospital ICU


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Much loved lady had family and community in her heart

Nora McKay, who died on September 29, was a highly respected member of the

Carnlough community and a Past President of the Antrim Coast Lions Club.

She was also one of the founder members of the Young Farmers Club in Carnlough and acted as its first secretary.

Born in March 1944 at Carnegie, Ballyvaddy Road, Carnlough, she was one of six children of Henry Black, a local farmer, and his wife Margaret, who was a teacher. Her siblings were Seamus, Catherine (Kay), Roisin, Nora, Brian and Sean.

Educated at Harphall Girls’ Primary School, she attended St. Aloysius Intermediate School and completed her education at Larne Technical College.

Starting her working career as a secretary in the Quality Supply Centre in 1960, she moved on to become manager at Romax Rentals/Vision Hire in Larne, returning to Quality Supply Centre in the late 1970s, refining her skills in sales and marketing.

In addition to her day job, she and husband Robert opened Whitehill Caravan Park in Carnlough in 1976. The birth of her son in 1983 resulted in her staying at home to focus on her family and manage the growing business of the caravan park.

Nora McKay saw the park and its residents as more than a job and treated them as an extension of her family. She continued to work there until her death.

Her involvement in the coastal community extended well beyond business and family commitments, and she had a deep interest in the area and anything that was beneficial to it.

A founding member of the local Young Farmer’s Club, it was there that she met her husband Robert.

She became a member of the Antrim Coast Lions Club in 1994 and served as Club President in 2000.

She was a very active Lion, helping to co-ordinate the Carnlough Carnival and the annual Charter dinner, promoting charity events and volunteering many hours for the club’s numerous events.

She was a keen and willing sponsor of local events and clubs, from charity pig racing to the local rowing club.

A keen sports fan, she began to follow Manchester United after the Munich Air Disaster of February 1958 and enjoyed regular trips to Old Trafford, holding season tickets for several years.

She was also an avid rugby fan and she and her husband Robert attended their first rugby match – Ireland versus Wales – while on their honeymoon.

Over the years they travelled to Dublin regularly and also in later years to France, Wales, Scotland and England to watch Six Nations matches.

Nora McKay was very family orientated and adored having family and friends around her kitchen table for tea or dinner.

Her siblings were a huge part of her life and her home on the Whitehill Road was a regular gathering place for the family, her nieces and nephews being frequent guests from an early age.

She was widely recognised in the local community as a selfless person who did her best to help everyone she met, including taking time out of a busy lifestyle to help and comfort anyone in need.

She was known for her generosity and her passing on September 29 at Antrim Area Hospital greatly saddened the local community and all who knew her.

In a tribute Antrim Coast Lions said that they attended her funeral to say a final farewell “with the heaviest of hearts.”

“An exemplary Lion and such a wonderful person, she will be so sadly missed by her Lion family and the wider community,” the Club said.

Others commented on the site that Nora McKay was a great woman who did lots for her community.

“Knew Nora for over 30 years, never heard anyone say a bad word about her, a very friendly woman will be sadly missed by all her caravan family,” another said.

“What a wonderful lady Nora was. Carnlough as a community will sadly miss you, but Carnlough’s loss is Heaven’s gain,” said another.

A message from an old friend said “One of my best friends from our teenage years.

“We shared so much of our life growing up. We always had a laugh together and always kept in touch when I emigrated to Australia.”

Nora McKay died peacefully in Antrim Area Hospital on September 29 and her funeral service was held on October 1 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Carnlough, with the officiating priest being Fr. Anthony Alexander.

Interment took place at Ardclinnis Parish Churchyard, Carnlough.

She is survived by her husband Robert, son Robert Jr and daughter-in-law Tiffany, as well as sister Roisin, brothers Brian and Sean and a wide family circle.

Donations in lieu of flowers were encouraged to Antrim Area Hospital ICU


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Children to Lapland Trust appeals for daredevil volunteers

Over 50 people so far have committed to abseiling down the side of Belfast’s Europa Hotel to send deserving children to Lapland in December.

And with a target of 100 participants, the NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT) would love to hear from others interested in descending the landmark building on Sunday, June 23.

The charity founded by Larne man Jack Rodgers MBE, who died in March following a short illness, aims to fulfil the dreams of terminally ill and life limited young people by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland. Funds raised from the abseil will go directly towards the trip on December 17, 2019.

Fiona Williamson, NICLT co-ordinator, says: “We are asking each abseiler to raise a minimum of £100 through sponsorship and we will cover all of the necessary insurance. On the day of the abseil all abseilers will meet in the lobby of the Europa Hotel. It will take approximately two hours from the point of registering until you finish the abseil.

“Comfortable clothing is advisable, as are flat shoes or training shoes. To book your place all you need to do is send a confirmation email to fionanilaplandtrust@yahoo.co.uk and include your name, address, and contact number. We will send you the necessary sponsor forms, NICLT brochures and DVDs to help with your fundraising efforts.

“Alternatively, if you can’t take part in the abseil but you’d still like to make a donation towards the December 2019 Lapland trip you can do so through via our website www.niclt.org or our NICLT Just Giving page. All donations are so very appreciated.”

Over 50 individuals and local companies such as Ballyclare-headquartered Hagan Homes, Carrick’s Courtyard shopping complex and Wineflair have already signed up for the challenge.

Jim Burke, director of sales and acquisitions at Hagan Homes, said: “We have worked closely with NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust for many years. What they offer terminally ill or life limited children and their families is absolutely priceless – creating magical memories by helping them to travel on a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

“It is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and deserving charities we have ever been involved with.”

In Northern Ireland, at any given time, there are over 1500 children suffering from a terminal illness or life limiting illness.

The Lapland Trust does not receive any government or national funding, it is totally reliant on donations.


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Children to Lapland Trust appeals for daredevil volunteers

Over 50 people so far have committed to abseiling down the side of Belfast’s Europa Hotel to send deserving children to Lapland in December.

And with a target of 100 participants, the NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT) would love to hear from others interested in descending the landmark building on Sunday, June 23.

The charity founded by Larne man Jack Rodgers MBE, who died in March following a short illness, aims to fulfil the dreams of terminally ill and life limited young people by taking them to see Santa at his home in Lapland. Funds raised from the abseil will go directly towards the trip on December 17, 2019.

Fiona Williamson, NICLT co-ordinator, says: “We are asking each abseiler to raise a minimum of £100 through sponsorship and we will cover all of the necessary insurance. On the day of the abseil all abseilers will meet in the lobby of the Europa Hotel. It will take approximately two hours from the point of registering until you finish the abseil.

“Comfortable clothing is advisable, as are flat shoes or training shoes. To book your place all you need to do is send a confirmation email to fionanilaplandtrust@yahoo.co.uk and include your name, address, and contact number. We will send you the necessary sponsor forms, NICLT brochures and DVDs to help with your fundraising efforts.

“Alternatively, if you can’t take part in the abseil but you’d still like to make a donation towards the December 2019 Lapland trip you can do so through via our website www.niclt.org or our NICLT Just Giving page. All donations are so very appreciated.”

Over 50 individuals and local companies such as Ballyclare-headquartered Hagan Homes, Carrick’s Courtyard shopping complex and Wineflair have already signed up for the challenge.

Jim Burke, director of sales and acquisitions at Hagan Homes, said: “We have worked closely with NI Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust for many years. What they offer terminally ill or life limited children and their families is absolutely priceless – creating magical memories by helping them to travel on a trip of a lifetime to Lapland.

“It is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding and deserving charities we have ever been involved with.”

In Northern Ireland, at any given time, there are over 1500 children suffering from a terminal illness or life limiting illness.

The Lapland Trust does not receive any government or national funding, it is totally reliant on donations.


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Hope House partners web solutions provider to boost donations

A cancer patient support charity has revealed plans to extend its provision in Islandmagee.

Hope House, founded by Roy and Dawn McConnell, offers free self-catering accommodation to cancer patients and their carers during or upon completion of their treatment for a short time of rest.

Details of the proposal were revealed as the charity announced it has partnered with Flint Studios, a web solutions provider, to develop a website enabling it to accept donations online.

Dawn said: “We have plans to convert a second, smaller property, also in Brown’s Bay, towards the end of the year. This will sleep two people and will be really helpful in catering to the demand for the service we provide. We’re hoping to start the renovations as soon as funds become available.”

Since completing renovation of its centre in Brown’s Bay in October 2018, Hope House has raised £12,000 through the website and local fundraising efforts. Gifted by Flint Studios, the website also provides an online application form for patients to book to stay.

Dawn said: “As a result of people’s generous donations, various fundraising initiatives and the ongoing support from several organisations such as MIS Claims, we were able to purchase a cottage in Brown’s Bay that can sleep up to five people.

“Ongoing funding is really crucial to enable us to continue offering this much-needed service. We were therefore delighted with the website provided by Flint Studios as it not only provided us with a platform to tell our story and promote the service to families in need, but also to allow people to easily donate online.”

Jeremy Biggerstaff, Managing Director at Flint Studios, said: “The work carried out by Hope House Ireland makes a huge difference to cancer patients and those who assist and care for them. The Hope House Ireland website we designed and developed now enables quick and easy donations of any amount made through PayPal or the charity’s Just Giving page.”

Flint Studios was introduced to Hope House by its longstanding client, MIS Claims. Michael Bennett, managing director at the road traffic management services company, said: “We made the decision to select Hope House Ireland as our charity partner due to reasons very close to our heart. As of September 2018, we are proud to have raised a total of £145,000 towards the purchase of the new Hope House facility.”

MIS Claims’ support of Hope House was instigated by its owner, the late Alan Baillie, who worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for various charities. Since Alan’s cancer diagnosis in 2017 and passing in 2018, the company with support from the Baillie family, has continued to raise funds for Hope House.

Dawn said: “We are so appreciative of the support Alan gave us and the subsequent and continued support from MIS Claims and the Baillie family, so we will therefore be naming the new property in Alan’s honour.”

For more information on Hope House Ireland or to make a donation, visit https://hopehouseireland.org/


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