BUSHMILLS® Irish Whiskey To Discover Northern Ireland’s Literary Talent

#AnswerTheCall sees Bushmills® Irish Whiskey working with local creators, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and adventurers to celebrate their stories and inspire others to fulfil their true calling.

Keen to celebrate local talent, #AnswerTheCall has teamed up with David Torrans of No Alibis to offer undiscovered writers in Northern Ireland the opportunity to have their work published. Writers are invited to compose an ode for the fearless, spirited and defiant amongst us and submit it to answerthecall.co.uk. A selection of the submissions that embrace the Bushmills spirit of fearlessness and determination will feature in a publication exclusively available at No Alibis.

The Old Bushmills Distillery has been handcrafting whiskey for over 400 years, and is one of the first distilleries in the world to make both single malt and blended Irish whiskey. This innovation and fearlessness to forge a new path is something David Torrans can identify with.

Fighting off the giants of the books industry is a tall order but cultural hotspot, No Alibis has confidently owned its place in the market since 1997. Like Bushmills Irish Whiskey staying true to its recipe throughout the malt tax of the 1850s, No Alibis has been persistent in fighting off the books industry, refusing to be intimidated by bigger industry players. For over 20 years, David has defied the rise of digital publishing and the never-ending march of national book chains to create a unique book buying experience for Belfast’s literature lovers.

David once only dreamed of owning his own bookstore and worked the 9-5 slog as a mushroom picker, barman and civil servant. Until he answered his call. With expression his passion and literature his tool, David established No Alibis to serve as a cool, interactive medium between readers and writers. His vision was to create much more than a bookshop, rather a cultural hotspot to nurture visitors’ passions and talents for literary arts – everything from spoken-word to song-writing to reading.

Now, No Alibis represents a success story, each chapter filled with challenges and accomplishments and each page packed with ambition.

Some of the other talent collaborating with Bushmills Irish Whiskey to host and curate #AnswerTheCall events include; Whitehead based tattoo artist Willy G who in his second year of tattooing won 6 awards and has countless celebrity clients on his books, one of Belfast’s best known street artists, Visual Waste who has attracted thousands of tourists to Belfast through his expressive and unpredictable murals and Kevin Pyke, owner of Derry based Pyke ‘n’ Pomme, an acclaimed street food style eatery.

To submit creative words for consideration for the #AnswerTheCall publication, visit www.answerthecall.co.uk.

To join in the conversation and keep up to date with the #AnswerTheCall series, follow Bushmills on social media @BushmillsUK.

Maria Rice, Jacinta Hughes, Corinna McKee, Gemma Murphy, Jack Murphy, Pat Murphy, Rory Murphy, Moya Gallagher, Margaret Donnelly and Emma Sloan.

Diamonds & Daiquiris at Jack Murphy Jewellers

Jack Murphy Jewellers celebrated their 5th annual cocktail party at 63 Hill Street Newry on the 6th of April. This was a special event as they recognised the founder, Jack’s 60th year in the jewellery trade. A relaxed evening of cocktails and canapés while trying on and viewing the stunning diamond collection. One lucky attendee – Clarice Downey won a £1,000 diamond on the night!

Check out our May issue, on sale Friday 21st April, for more coverage of this event.  

Councillor Matt Garrett, Chair of the People and Communities Committee,  enjoys tea with nine-month old Maisie McErlean, her sister Ella and Paul the scarecrow as they launch the Spring Fair that takes place at Barnett Demesne on Saturday/Sunday 29-30 April between 1.30pm-5.30pm.

An Entertaining Spring Fair at Barnett Demesne

Roll up! Roll up! for fun as Belfast’s annual Spring Fair unleashes a feast of family entertainment in the grounds of Barnett Demesne over the weekend of Saturday, 29 April and Sunday, 30 April.

Surrounded by a colourful pageant of spring flowers including glorious daffodils children can view the scarecrow display or try to score a bullseye having a go at archery. They can take pony rides, dance, climb, get a caricature drawing, use junk to create artistic masterpieces, meet the larger than life characters ‘Himself’ and ‘Herself’ or just sit still and enjoy the fun going on around them.

Bees, bugs and butterflies are on the agenda in the environmental areas while the Park Life education programme will have activities related to the harmless Hoverfly and his pollinator pals.

Councillor Matt Garrett, Chair of the People and Communities Committee,  enjoys tea with nine-month old Maisie McErlean, her sister Ella and Paul the scarecrow as they launch the Spring Fair that takes place at Barnett Demesne on Saturday/Sunday 29-30 April between 1.30pm-5.30pm.
Councillor Matt Garrett, Chair of the People and Communities Committee, enjoys tea with nine-month old Maisie McErlean, her sister Ella and Paul the scarecrow as they launch the Spring Fair that takes place at Barnett Demesne on Saturday/Sunday 29-30 April between 1.30pm-5.30pm.

Everyone can enjoy the plants and craft stalls while a fun fair zone with the biggest inflatable assault course in the world will be on offer for £1.00.

Councillor Matt Garrett, Chair of the People and Communities Committee, who launched the Spring Fair said: “Be adventurous that’s our message for the weekend try out something you haven’t done before alongside those old favourites.

“The Spring Fair is always a great family event with thousands of people of all ages coming through the gates. I hope everyone will take advantage of what’s on offer.”

Visitors are encouraged to use public transport with a bus service from Donegall Square East as only limited parking, including disabled parking, is available at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club, Milltown Road. A park and ride service will operate from here between 1.30pm – 5.30pm each day.

Only assistance dogs only are allowed in the park.

More information is available from www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events or pick up a leaflet, which are also available in braille, from local centres or visitor attractions.

Monique and Ruan Pienaar.

An Evening with Ruan Pienaar

On Thursday 30th March, Ulster Rugby hosted a special event at Kingspan Stadium to celebrate the contribution Ruan Pienaar has made to rugby in Ulster. Over 150 guest attended to pay tribute to the South African, who will leave Ulster at the end of the season. Pienaar is an ambassador for Bavarian BMW.

For full coverage of this event see our May issue on sale Friday 21 April.

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Bushmills® Irish Whiskey Kicks Off #AnswerTheCall Series With ‘Whiskey By Candlelight’ Event

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey has today kicked off an event series to salute local creators, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and adventurers from across Northern Ireland. The #AnswerTheCall series sees Bushmills® Irish Whiskey partnering with creators, thinkers, artists, entrepreneurs and adventurers to celebrate their stories and inspire others to fulfil their true calling. A series of collaborator events will be held in Belfast’s iconic venues across 2017. Each event will
celebrate those who have defied convention to follow their own path and aim to inspire undiscovered talent to ignite and follow their own individual passions.

The Old Bushmills Distillery™ has been handcrafting whiskey for over 400 years, and is one of the first distilleries in the world to make both single malt and blended Irish whiskey. This innovation and fearlessness has inspired the launch of the #AnswerTheCall campaign.

The first event will be hosted by Downpatrick duo, Michael Morris and Mark Kelly, collectively known as The Bearded Candle Makers.

The pair will host a free event aptly named, ‘Whiskey by Candlelight’ this 30 March 2017 at Love and Death Inc. in association with highly acclaimed bartender Anthony Farrell. The evening will offer whiskey enthusiasts the opportunity to understand the art of documenting scent and create their very own keepsake candle, inspired by the rich, fruit notes and deep intense taste of Bushmills® Black Bush. Attendees will also be treated to a specially-created, whiskey tasting, crafted by Love and Death Inc. To register for ‘Whiskey by Candlelight’, visit www.answerthecall.co.uk.

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Michael and Mark launched The Bearded Candle Makers while they were both in full time employment. Three years after their lightbulb moment, products made by The Bearded Candle Makers are sold to customers around the world. Michael and Mark shy away from traditional scents and experiment with unexpected aromas such as whiskey, coffee and turf. Helping people across the globe relive forgotten or favourite memories through scent, is what drives the duo to continue carving their own path through the candle industry.

Self-acclaimed creatives, The Bearded Candle Makers refused to be chained to a desk and even though candle making sees them working harder for longer each day, the adventures they have had in discovering and experimenting are the creatively satisfying challenges they have always craved.

Some of the other talent collaborating with Bushmills® Irish Whiskey to host and curate #AnswerTheCall events include; Whitehead based tattoo artist Willy G who in his second year of tattooing won 6 awards and has countless celebrity clients on his books, one of Belfast’s best known street artists, Visual Waste who has attracted thousands of tourists to Belfast through his expressive and unpredictable murals and David Torrans, owner of Belfast’s only independent crime-fiction bookstore No Alibis, who for the last 20 years has been fighting off the giants of the book world.

All events in the #AnswerTheCall series will offer attendees the opportunity to experience bespoke serves showcasing the signature smooth taste and famous style of Bushmills® Black Bush.

More information about the #AnswerTheCall event series and the local talent involved can be found
at www.answerthecall.co.uk. To join in the conversation and keep up to date with the
#AnswerTheCall series, follow Bushmills® Black Bush on social media @BushmillsUK.