The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Rev Dr Michael Barry, was in Ballyclare on Friday, October 10 to meet with local clergy and business owners.
The meetings were organised as part of his official visit to the Carrickfergus Presbytery, which includes congregations in Ballynure, Ballylinney and Ballyclare.
Rev Barry, who is originally from Carrickfergus, said it was “great to be back home again.”
Following a visit to Ballynure Primary School and Dennison Commercials Ltd, Rev Barry met up with local ministers Rev Robert Bell, Rev Emerson McDowell and Rev James Rogers at Ballyclare Presbyterian Church for a walkabout around the town centre.
He visited more than a dozen local shops and service providers, chatting to traders about the economy and the problems facing many small business owners.
“We have been talking about the economy generally and the problems people are facing, especially over these past few years. But hopefully things are going to be improving over the next wee while and there seems to be more confidence about, and that’s something we would be pleased to hear,” he told the Times.
Rev Barry also urged Northern Ireland’s political leaders to work together to bring an end to the current impasse so that the country can move forward and people’s quality of life can be improved.
As part of his official visit, the Moderator also met with Mayor Thomas Hogg at Mossley Mill.
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