Old Portrush clock bound for Council?

TWO PLUS TWO. Smiling for our cameraman at a Burns Night held at the Distillers Arms on Friday night are Mr & Mrs Barry and Fiona Torrens and Mr & Mrs Raymond and Helen Haughey.INBM5-13 019SC.
TWO PLUS TWO. Smiling for our cameraman at a Burns Night held at the Distillers Arms on Friday night are Mr & Mrs Barry and Fiona Torrens and Mr & Mrs Raymond and Helen Haughey.INBM5-13 019SC.
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Causeway Coast and Glens Council has received a request from Portrush Heritage Group for the old Portrush train station clock to be temporarily located in Council offices at Cloonavin.

The clock - which is the largest free standing grandfather clock in the world - had been located at the entrance to Barry’s amusement arcade in Portrush.

Barry Torrens bought the 124-year-old Portrush Railway Station Clock, which stands at an impressive 17.5 feet, in 2007 following a campaign by Coleraine Times Editor David Rankin to bring such it back to the seaside resort. Now, however, the Portrush Heritage Group has asked for the iconic longcase clock from the former Portrush Railway Station concourse to be temporarily located in Council headquarters at Cloonavin until a suitable permanent location in Portrush can be found.

Members of Council’s Policy and resources Committee discussed the matter on Tuesday evening.

Cllr George Duddy asked for more information on what exactly would be expected from Council. “Who would be liable for it? Who is responsible for it? What about insurance?” he asked.

Cllr Maura Hickey agreed that questions needed to be answered first such as “what is the definition of temporary?” It was agreed that council officers would seek further information from the Heritage Group.