In the Spotlight with: MacBlair, Glenarm Castle, Busy Bee Laundrette and RD Mechanical

Apr 9, 2021 | Archive

We are continuing our ‘In the Spotlight’ series where each week, four of our fantastic sponsors will feature giving you an opportunity to find out who they are, and what their business offers.  A strong club is built on the support of sponsors, and our sponsors’ benefit from everyone’s support where possible.  That is the cycle that we are creating here in Larne for many years to come.  We have some fantastic local traders, and we are proud to be showcasing them to our many followers through this series.

For the second week of this series, our spotlight features MacBlair, Glenarm Castle, Busy Bee Laundrette and RD Mechanical. All four of these businesses are fantastic sponsors of our club and we are excited to tell you more about them.

MacBlair Larne, situated on the old Minnis Fleck site in the town, is a supplier of building material to the construction and DIY industry. Part of the McNaughton Blair group, with 16 branches across Northern Ireland, they are the leading builders’ merchant across NI. As well as the full range of building material which we can deliver with our fleet of 2 trucks with hiab cranes, we also have a Watershed Bathroom & Tiles showroom on site. With knowledgeable and experienced staff we pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service, from the self-builder up to the multi-house builder, we supply quality products at a very competitive price. MacBlair has been sponsors of Larne FC for many years now and we always look forward to seeing some of the staff coming along to Inver Park.

Glenarm Castle, home to the McDonnell family, Earls of Antrim is one of Ireland’s most important historic estates. We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to come and enjoy all that we have on offer as we reopen this spring. Enjoy enchanted walks in the Walled Garden, homemade food in the Tea Room, freshly made Gelato ice cream in The Milk Parlour and exceptional retail in The Castle Shop, The Byre and Shambles Workshop. Let your little ones take a turn in the driving seat at our Mini Land Rover Experience: Ireland’s first-ever off-road adventure designed just for them. Why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our luxurious 4* pods with stunning views across the Irish Sea? Or you can hire our new E-bikes to explore more of the Antrim Coast and Glens. With plenty to see and do for all the family, why not become a member for 2021. For more information, visit their website at Glenarm Castle has been very active in their support of the club over the last couple of years, whether it be through player sponsorship or advertising boards and we are very grateful for everything Adrian, Nigel and the rest of the team have done!

The Busy Bee Laundrette has been a family run business for over 50 years based in the centre of Larne Town. We provide a high-quality laundry service to customers including the washing, drying and ironing of all clothing as well as bedding and household items. We can also for larger items such as duvets. Over the years, we have prided ourselves on delivering a high-quality service to our consumers and as such, we have catered for different communities such as the equine community, laundering horse rugs and blankets amongst other things. We have worked with Larne Football Club for many years now, whether that be through washing all their kits through the week, having staff members attend games or through our sponsorship, we are proud to support our local Club!

R.D. Mechanical Services was established in 1998 and since then have been involved in the maintenance, repair, and servicing of all types of municipal vehicles and plant equipment. We specialize in equipment related to the Waste Industry and we have modern, well-equipped workshop facilities here at Mallusk. We currently employ 14 Service Engineers and Fabricator/ Welders and carry a full range of Spare Parts for the Aebi – Schmidt Swingo range of Compact Roadsweepers, Holder Multi-purpose Tractors and NTM Refuse collection Bodies. We cover all types of repairs on the above from servicing and P.S.V. work to major overhauls of compaction equipment and refuse bodies. We can carry out all sorts of fabrication work including aluminium welding repairs. To find out more about what we do, check out our new website at

We hope that you have enjoyed finding out more about these four sponsors in this week’s ‘In The Spotlight’. Larne, and it’s surrounding areas,  are on the climb and so many people are responsible for that.  Let’s support our town and shop local to help the town and community thrive in the years to come.  As a town, as a local economy and as a community we are much stronger together.


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