Mental Health Awareness

Victoria Square have launched their charity partnership for 2018 which this year focuses on improving mental health across Northern Ireland. With rising rates of anxiety and depression in Northern Ireland, their five chosen charities include, Addiction NI, Action mental health, Aware, Curse Bereavement Care and PIPS (Public Initative for Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm.

Northern Ireland’s premier shopping destination sees over 200,000 customers weekly. With the statics showing that 1 in 4 people are suffering or have suffered with bad mental health this means a high number of their customers have been affected in some way by the issues these charities support. The aim of their commitment is not only to raise money but to educate and encourage others to become more aware of both their own and of others mental health.

Victoria square has hosted several fundraising events such as the annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Gift Wrapping. their efforts will continue into 2018. For more information on the Victoria Square Cause of the Year 2018, please see

Win Tickets To West Side Story

Belfast Music and Drama Society, a non-professional musical company, is giving Ulster Tatler readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to their performance of West Side Story at  Grand Opera House Belfast, Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th February 2018. 

Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story transports the classic tale to the streets of 1950s New York in the middle of a fierce turf war. With two young lovers, two rival gangs and one of Musical Theatre’s greatest scores packed with unforgettable songs, including Somewhere, America, and I Feel Pretty.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets enter the competition via the link here:

Good luck!

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Branagh In Belfast Film Festival

Freedom of the city of Belfast has been granted to Belfast born legend, Sir Kenneth Branagh. As part of the freedom celebrations the city will be hosting a pop up film festival ‘Branagh in Belfast’ in Partnership with Film Hub NI on Tuesday 30th January.

The events of the festival will take place across the city in a range of venues with many spectacular showings of the actors many movies. Some of the main highlights of the festival include a screening of the live action Cinderella at Belfast Castle with audiences encouraged to dress up as their favourite princess and Dunkirk which is being screened on-board the HMS Caroline.

More films being shown throughout the city on the day include ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at Queen’s Film Theatre, ‘My Week With Marilyn’ at The Lyric Theatre and ‘Harry Potter’ at Belfast Castle. Full details on the ‘Branagh in Belfast’ programme can be found on the council website

Belfast City Council are marking this occasion by doing things a little bit differently, getting out into the community and involving as many people as possible; in particular, young people and aspiring young actors. As part of the celebrations Into Film and Cinemagic are also coordinating showings of some of Sir Kenneth’s work across several schools in the city to give children the opportunity to enjoy the Belfast born actor’s work. The main event the ‘Sir Kenneth Branagh and Friends’ Freedom ceremony will take place at the Ulster Hall on Tuesday 30th January at 7pm. Belfast residents can apply for free tickets to the via Belfast City Council’s website

Sir Kenneth described being made a Freeman as an “incredible honour from his home town. It took great care of me until the age of nine. It gave me a profound sense of family, a magnificent landscape to play in, and a Belfast sense of humour that is a constant boisterous reminder to never take yourself too seriously. I’m proud to say that you can take the boy out of Belfast, but you can’t take Belfast out of the boy. This is an incredible honour from my home town and I am humbled to be included in a roll call that includes artists like Van Morrison and Michael Longley.”

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Look Good and Do Good. 

Gemma McCorry and Niamh Cunningham recently celebrated the opening of the new SIX 4 GOOD store in Belfast’s CastleCourt Shopping Centre. This is an accessories and jewellery shop with a difference! All of the brand new items on sale have been donated to Oxfam Ireland by SIX, a brand from the Beeline group, to help raise vital funds for the charity’s work with people in crisis and poverty around the world. SIX is a brand owned by the Beeline group, one of Europe’s leading suppliers for accessories and jewellery, they donates a percentage of profit every year to social institutions. Previous examples include: HIV therapy in Africa and projects in the millennium village Gandhiji Songha in India. Oxfam Ireland is one of its Corporate Social Responsibility partners.

The first of its kind, the shop sells a fantastic range at discount prices, including rings, bracelets and earrings starting at £2 and necklaces and purses from £3 – good news for Northern Ireland’s bargain-hunting fashionistas who like to look good and do good.

Oxfam and Beeline have been working together since 2005. Beeline donates new stock to Oxfam for sale in Oxfam shops across the island of Ireland which helps raise vital funds for the charity’s work worldwide.


Promoting World Class Golf in Northern Ireland

‘Big drive’ to grow golf tourism at International Golf Travel Market           

In 2016 we welcomed 2.1 million overseas tourists to Northern Ireland and there’s no doubt that our magestic courses and golfing pedigree encouraged golf fans around the world to come and visit us. Tourism is a vital part of Northern Irelands business sector, supporting  61,300 jobs and comprising of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland.

Tourism Ireland’s drive to continue to grow the number of golf visitors to Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland continued earlier this month – at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Cannes, France. A number of golf and tourism operators from Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at this important event in the global B2B golf travel calendar.

IGTM, now in its 20th year, is attended by more than 1,300 golf tourism professionals from over 65 countries, including about 400 golf tour operators, who are responsible for 80% of the world’s outbound golf travel market. The companies engaged in one-to-one, pre-scheduled appointments, which provided an excellent opportunity to negotiate and exchange vital contracts for 2018.

IGTM is another really good opportunity to showcase Northern Irelands world-class golf. This is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s busy promotional programme. Tourism Irelands Head of Business Partnerships comments that they encourage more golfers from around the globe to consider a holiday in Northern Ireland in 2018. With some of the very best golf in the world, stunning scenery and the warmest of welcomes. IGTM’S  Message is that Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland offers international golfers the complete package.

Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Saturday the 2nd of December marked the annual ‘Pop Up’ Christmas Market for the 1st Lisburn Company Boys Brigade, with all the family invited for the fun-filled festivities! Held in the Railway Street Presbyterian Church Hall it was a day to remember, with face-painting and even a chance to meet Santa in his grotto. Throughout the action-packed day there wasn’t a sad face in sight!

With warm tea and coffee to battle the cold outdoors adults were left feeling toasty, and people of all ages were entranced by the vibrant variety of market stalls. With scones in the morning and a mouth-watering selection of snacks, no one was left feeling hungry. Many more delicious deserts such as pavlova followed, much to the delight of everyone involved.

Geoffrey Cherry made an appearance, the principal of Pondpark Primary School and the Director of Music of Lisburn Operatic Society, whose pantomime ‘Aladdin’ is at the Island Hall this weekend- make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!



The incomparable ‘Lunch with and Old Bag’ returned to The Belfast Harbour Commissioners Offices on Friday 10th November raising over £45,000 for young people supported by The Prince’s Trust. A host of guests including Una Healy from the former girl band the Saturdays and Pamela Ballantine became honorary ‘Old Bags’ and joined 150 of the country’s most fabulous and influential women in aid of the youth charity. Also in attendance was the wonderful Cathy Martin of CMPR and Former Miss N.I, Beauty Blogger and Business Women, Tiffany Brien.

The annual fundraising event on behalf of The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland brought together many of Northern Ireland’s most glamorous and stylish ladies, known affectionately as ‘Old Bags’. This year’s event was supported by Lunn’s, Hastings Hotels, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Devenish, Danske Bank and Legacy Wealth Management with funds helping the charity support thousands of young people who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives.

The number of young people supported by The Prince’s Trust has increased substantially in the past few years. In 2014/15 they supported 58,804 young people through core and pilot programmes, with 77% finishing with a positive outcome in education, employment or training. Lunch with an Old Bag shines a bright light on issues faced by young people, challenges stereotypes and helps The Prince’s Trust in it’s mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The full story and photos from the event are featured in this months December Issue of Ulster Tatler in shops now.





Inspirational Olympic sailor lined up for RYANI awards

Sailors from across Northern Ireland will be recognised by the RYANI and Olympic Gold medallist Shirley Robertson at an awards ceremony on Friday 24 November. The RYANI annual awards recognise and celebrate the contributions and achievements made over the last year by clubs, teams and individuals across Northern Ireland. This year the awards, in association with Greers of Antrim and SMW Belfast, will take place at Malone House, Belfast. UTV Sports Reporter Denise Watson will compere the evening and inspirational Scottish sailor Shirley Robertson will be the guest speaker.Shirley Robertson made it into the history books after becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals at consecutive games, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. She was named female World Sailor of the Year by the International Sailing Federation in 2000, and was awarded an MBE in 2000 and an OBE in 2005. The RYA Northern Ireland Annual Awards are a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment made by volunteers across Northern Ireland. The event is being supported by SMW Belfast and Greers of Antrim.

Cash For Kids Santa Dash

Be a Claus for good with Cash for Kids!

Cash for Kids Santa Dash Belfast is returning for it’s sixth year on Sunday 3rd December.

The already popular event, will be even bigger and better  this year with the addition of a new timed 5k city centre route, a great way for runners to work on their personal best and support young people in need at the same time. Albeit in a Santa suit with all running the 5k receiving a finishers medal.

Participants of all ages and abilities are welcomed to attend with the event traditionally attracting hundreds of entrants and supporters of this amazing cause.

The usual 2.5k dash led by Santa’s sleigh is great fun for all so get down to the kick off at writer’s square, grab your free Santa suit and get walking, running or dashing through the city. Money raised through the registration fee and sponsorship will help to support disadvantaged children from across Northern Ireland.

The Cash for Kids Santa Dash supports nominated local children’s charities each year, which receive 100% of registration donation and sponsorship. This year, participants can support Cash for Kids, Cancer Fund for Children, Mencap NI, Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, Parenting NI or VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care).

For full details visit to register for Cash for Kids Santa Dash Belfast City

Charity Art exhibition at Canvas Galleries

Housing Rights in association with Canvas Galleries is hosting a charity exhibition that will run from Thursday 9 November until 11 November 2017.  The exhibition will include a sale of of artwork by local artists who have kindly agreed, along with Canvas Galleries to donate 10% of all sales between 9-11 November to Housing Rights. Housing Rights has been helping people in Northern Ireland deal with housing problems since 1964 and continues its works to improve lives by tackling homelessness and housing problems in Northern Ireland.

The featured local artists being exhibited over the weekend cover landscapes, cityscapes, animals and still life.

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Pink Colour Run for breast cancer research

Hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities from across Northern Ireland have taken part in this year’s Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Pink Run. By now the event is firmly established as a fundraising favourite during breast cancer awareness month, October. As the most common cancer in women in Northern Ireland, 1,200 are diagnosed with Breast cancer every year and about 300 lose their lives.

All the Money raised at the run, hosted by Cancer Focus NI goes towards funding research at Queens University in Belfast. These Researches allow to find alternative treatments and explore better ways of preventing the disease which will increase the options of treatment following a cancer diagnosis immensely.

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Bring the Bid Home #WeAre2023

Belfast City Council along with Derry City and Strabane District Council are bidding for the exciting title of European Capital of Culture 2023!

The European Capital of Culture is awarded every year to countries inside and outside of the EU. Being a European Capital of Culture celebrates not only the arts and cultural events but it has the power to showcase all our cities have to offer on the world stage. Despite being a small country we really do punch above our weight with the impact our people and culture have had on the world. The organisers of the #WeAre2013 campaign know that people are not contained by boundaries drawn on a map, with a sense of belonging and the benefits of the being a European Capital of Culture being extending beyond the city limits in our small but mighty country. By bidding together,  both cities can demonstrate their full power as regional economic and social drivers. It will also create the opportunity to to connect with others and celebrate cities across Europe and the world.

Wining this title will benefit not just the cities but Northern Ireland as a whole. It will continue encouraging positive changes and enhance attitudes and perceptions, promote diversity, grow our economy through tourism and raise our international profile, with the help of regeneration and increased connectivity to the rest of the world.

Some of N.Is biggest names are supporting the WeAre2023 Bid, including Liam Neeson, Carl Frampton, the NI football team, Belfast Giants, Ulster Rugby team, John Duddy, Brendan Coyle, Ian McElhinney, Eamonn Holmes, Roy Walker and Sir Kenneth Branagh

The closing date for submitting our first bid is 27 October 2017, with the winner being announced later in 2018. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your neighbours to visit the WeAre2023 website and back the bid with just one click

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