AS part of Bright Young Things biggest ever summer programme, the leading drama company is giving pupils attending its first ever Actor’s Studio the chance to win a day on set with patron, Jimmy Nesbitt. The BYT Actor’s Studio takes place Monday 6 – Friday 10 August in the Crescent Arts Centre and is a unique, intensive five-day screen acting course giving the ultimate learning experience covering all attributes of acting for film and television and includes acting technique, script writing, practical rehearsal methods and the opportunity to work on their own production. All members of the BYT Actor’s Studio will have the chance to win The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award which includes a one-day visit to join the renowned local actor on the set of one of his forthcoming projects next year.

Jimmy Nesbitt said: “As patron of Bright Young Things, I am delighted that this very special company is embarking on a huge summer of drama with 17 locations across Northern Ireland for 3 – 11 year olds and the very exciting new Actor’s Studio for secondary school age. Drama is such a powerful and life-changing thing for young people, not to mention, seriously fun. However, it can be misunderstood, so I have a message for those who have never tried it or think it is not for them. Drama should be for everyone. Whatever you want to be in life, who doesn’t need a bit more confidence, communication, creativity and fun in their life. Drama can give you all that and more.”

“The inaugural BYT Actor’s Studio is an incredible opportunity for those aged 12 – 18 and is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Which makes me very proud to announce the launch of The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award. The person judged to be the most creative across the week will get the rare opportunity to spend a day on set with me in one of my forthcoming projects. The winner will experience all that goes on on a professional film set, both in front of and behind the cameras – and I am sure we will have lots of craic on the day too,” Jimmy added.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing about all the new Northern Irish talent coming through the Actor’s Studio’s first intake. I wish all Bright Young Things’ an amazing summer, and you never know, I might drop in and see you at your BYT summer camp,” Jimmy concluded.

Lisa Duffy, founder and creative director of Bright Young Things said: “We are looking forward to the very first Actor’s Studio as part of our biggest ever summer programme and we are thrilled to team up with our patron, Jimmy Nesbitt, to give young people the chance to win the priceless opportunity to join Jimmy on set. We believe this prize, along with Jimmy’s ongoing support, demonstrates his belief in the work we are doing across Northern Ireland to make drama more accessible and help children and young people develop confidence, communication and creativity that will stand by them for the rest of their lives.”

The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award will be judged by the Actor’s Studio Facilitators and Lisa Duffy, Creative Director of Bright Young Things and will be announced on the last day of the camp (Friday August 10).

For further information or to book the Bright Young Things Actor’s Studio or a BYT Summer Camp, go to www.bytdrama.com/summer

Galgorm says Konnichiwa to world exclusive gin

Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel, Galgorm Resort & Spa, has taken delivery of one of the world’s most exclusive and expensive gins. With only six bottles released into the UK market each year, Watenshi retails at £2000 per bottle and Galgorm is now the privileged owner of one of this year’s batch.

A gin unparalleled in intensity and complexity, with notes of sweet citrus and spice, Watenshi will take centre stage in the renowned Gin Library at Galgorm, becoming the 400th brand of gin to be welcomed to the collection. Produced by the multi-award-winning UK based Cambridge Distillery, which has been commissioned to distil gins for some of the world’s best restaurants and voted the ‘World’s Most Innovative Gin’ for the last 2 years running, Watenshi is arguably one of the most extraordinary and prestigious spirts ever produced. Distilled at half the pressure found on top of Mount Everest and at a temperature lower than the coldest day recorded at the South Pole, Watenshi is created by capturing the ‘Angel’s share’ of Cambridge’s ‘Japanese Gin’ which would otherwise be lost to evaporation – yielding just 15ml per distillation.

Galgorm’s resident Gin Connoisseur, Marcus Carty, said;

“As Northern Ireland finds itself in the grip of a gin loving phenomenon and with World Gin Day just around the corner, Watenshi or as it is more affectionately known, ‘The Japanese Angel’, truly is a heavenly arrival to Galgorm for gin aficionados. Galgorm is renowned for its above and beyond offering, housing some of the world’s most innovative brands and exclusive facilities all under one roof. It is a privilege to welcome this extraordinary bottle to our collection and it means our guests can experience something internationally remarkable right here at home. We have acquired bottle No.5 from this year’s release and coming in at 45% ABV it certainly packs a punch. It is a gin best enjoyed neat, on ice or as a very dry Martini.”

Presented in a hand-blown decanter bottle and finished off with silver pieces by jeweller Antoine Sandoz, whose other clients include Chanel and Tom Ford, Watenshi is as easy on the eye as it is on the palette. With 400 brands available in the Gin Library, the Resort champions both local and global distillations, with Northern Ireland gins Jawbox and Shortcross sitting shoulder to shoulder with gins as exclusive as Watenshi.  The array is showcased through the Resort’s daily ‘Gin Tasting’ for residents and Connoisseur, Marcus, is on hand to create a bespoke gin-based cocktail for couples getting married at the spectacular Resort adding a personal touch to their special day.


Katharine Walker crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2018

Katharine Walker has been crowned the 2018 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland at the glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 28th May. The stunning 23 year old pediatric nurse from Hillsborough impressed the panel of judges on the night with her beauty, charm and personality, giving her the winning edge over twenty-four other finalists, to acquire the coveted crown from previous titleholder, Anna Henry.

The exclusive gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by UTV presenter Marc Mallet and former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter, Zoe Salmon Corrie. Contest organiser and Managing Director of top Belfast modelling agency ACA Models, Alison Clarke said: “We are thrilled that Katharine has won the title. Although the standard of talent has been extremely high this year, Katharine has really sparkled throughout the contest and she certainly wowed the judging panel on the night.”

Winner Katharine Walker said: “I am absolutely delighted to wear the Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland crown and be given the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in this way! Taking part in the contest has been such an immense experience and I never thought I would come this far. I’ve always looked up to previous Miss Northern Ireland winners, so I hope to follow in their footsteps and become a positive role model for other local girls. The competition has already been such a life changing experience and I have made friends for life. Winning this title is undoubtedly life-changing and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me!”

Katharine will receive an extensive prize package worth thousands of pounds including a year’s modelling contract with ACA Models, an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World,1 years beauty treatments and complimentary Insanity spray Tan’s from Bronze Tanning & Beauty Salons, a make up hamper from Make Up Pro Store worth over £500, a personal training package with Think Fit tailored just for her, a stylish Fiat 500 car from Donnelly Group, a new designer wardrobe provided by Rosie’s Closet and much much more.

Runner’s up on the night were Lucy Spratt aged 22 from Belfast who came second in the contest and Klaudia Gorska aged 18 from Magherafelt who was placed third.

Gerry McBride and Joe McGlinchey, joint MD’s of Bronze Direct and producers of Insanity Tan said: “It has been an absolute pleasure sponsoring Miss NI as title sponsors for another year. Congratulations to Katharine on being crowned Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland 2018 and we can’t wait for Katharine to enjoy all of the amazing beauty treatments we have on offer at our Bronze Tanning & Beauty salons throughout the year of her reign.”

On handing over her title, the 2017 winner Anna Henry said: “I’ve had an incredible year as Miss Northern Ireland. It’s been real honour fulfilling this role and I’ve gained so much from my experience. It’s with a heavy heart that I relinquish my crown, but I am so happy to be passing it to Katharine, who is a deserving winner. I wish her all the very best for her year as Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland 2018.”

For further information on the contest and finalists, please visit www.missnorthernireland.co.uk



Mournes Provide Giant Welcome for Walking Festival

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates 20 years next month!

 The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates two decades of outdoor enjoyment and discovery next month when this award-winning three-day event returns on Friday 22nd June. This Festival celebrates the Mourne Mountains area, with its sweeping slopes, granite peaks and stunning coastline views, and has captivated thousands of walkers, hikers – and strollers – with its myriad of weaving trails and popular rest spots, since 1998. This year’s special event kicks off on Friday 22nd June and runs until Sunday 24th and will feature a range of routes suitable for those who are just starting out, those keen to put their best foot forward and those more experienced to walking a tougher terrain.

Launched by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the annual festival welcomes hundreds of individual, group and family walkers of every age and all nine routes to choose from have been carefully planned to impress at both low and higher levels. The Mourne Mountains has already been recognised as the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in Northern Ireland by WalkNI, which credits the area for its unrivalled network of paths and tracks which provides walkers with incredible opportunities to explore. The Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI ‘Favourite Walking Event’ award for two consecutive years.

The walking festival features a variety of self-guided lowland walks including more strenuous mountain climbs ranging in distance from 10km to 40, so everyone is encouraged to gauge what would be most suitable for them. For those taking part, there is also the chance to celebrate their achievements by attending the special ‘Life and Sole Swing’ festival evening event on Saturday 24th at McCann’s in Newcastle. A tasty hot buffet meal will be provided and a ceilidh band will be on hand for those still keen to stay on their feet! Celebrating the region’s mythological past and encouraging visitors and locals alike to explore the land forged by the hands of giants, the walking festival provides the perfect entrée to the region’s upcoming summer festival series. Organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, this year’s ‘Giant Adventures’ will feature several popular events, including Footsteps in the Forest, Wake the Giant, the Festival of Flight, the Strangford Lough Skiffie Festival and City of Merchants.

The Mourne International Walking Festival takes place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018. For more information, visit www.visitmournemountains.co.uk.



Galgorm Resort & Spa, Northern Ireland’s globally-recognised luxury hotel and wellness destination, is calling on young adults interested in a career in hospitality to apply for its inaugural Apprenticeship Programme.

Galgorm’s all-new ‘Go to Grow Apprenticeship Programme’ represents an annual investment of £250,000 by the company and will expose students to the hotelier’s world-leading hospitality approach, as well as guaranteed employment at the Resort or one of the company’s other restaurants, for those who successfully complete the programme. The comprehensive one-year programme offers students the chance to be part of one of three programmes; Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery or Spa Therapy. Apprentices will be in a position to learn as they earn, gaining both practical hands-on experience whilst achieving accreditation through the City & Guilds or CIBTAC qualification frameworks.

Delivered in conjunction with Northern Regional College and Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School and within the accredited qualifications framework, the programme will offer apprentices a weekly mix of masterclasses and workshops alongside their practical experience, to enhance their learning and development and provide invaluable insight into the hospitality industry. Commencing in September 2018, the new programme builds on the success of The Resort’s existing trainee management and operational trainee schemes. All the programmes have been developed in line with the resorts ‘grow your own’ strategy, focussed on the development of the next generation of hospitality professionals, who will in turn help future proof not only Galgorm but the hospitality industry as a whole.

Commenting on the Go to Grow Apprenticeship Programme, Richard McGowan, Galgorm Project Manager: School of Excellence and Staff Wellness, said: “Galgorm Resort & Spa enjoys a global reputation for excellence and through the Apprenticeship Programme we want to open the doors on that excellence to the next generation.

“Northern Ireland’s tourism industry is flourishing at an exponential rate with a wealth of investment being made across the sector. With that growth however comes the challenge of finding sufficient talent and resource to deliver. We are meeting that challenge head on by investing £250,000 annually in the scheme, demonstrating our commitment to nurture and inspire a wealth of young resource.

“Go to Grow will expose students to some of the world’s most exclusive brands, immerse them in practices that have gained us a global reputation for excellence and allow them to train at facilities so exclusive they are not found anywhere else in Ireland. We want to give them that insight though into the operation of one of the UK and Ireland’s busiest and most successful Resorts because they are the future of our hospitality industry.”

With more than twenty awards scooped last year, including being named Global Spa of the Year 2017 at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, Galgorm are world renowned for exemplary standards. Deadline for entries closes on 1st June 2018. To find out more or to apply, visit Galgorm.com/apprentice


Galgorm Resort & Spa, is calling on young adults interested in a career in hospitality to apply for its inaugural Go to Grow Apprenticeship Programme. Commencing in September 2018, the comprehensive one-year programme offers students the chance to be part of one of three programmes; Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery or Spa Therapy. Apprentices will be able to learn as they earn, gaining both practical hands-on experience whilst achieving industry standard accreditation. The programme represents an annual investment of £250,000 by the company and is focussed on the development of the next generation of hospitality professionals, who will help future proof not only Galgorm but the Northern Ireland hospitality industry as a whole. Go to Grow will expose students to some of the world’s most exclusive brands, immerse them in practices that have gained Galgorm a global reputation for excellence and allow them to train at facilities so exclusive they are not found anywhere else in Ireland. Deadline for entries closes on 1st June 2018. To find out more or to apply, visit Galgorm.com/apprentice Pictured fishing for new talent are L-R: Aaron Finlay, Assistant Executive Head Chef, Tara Moore, Spa Manager and Aaron Logan, Food & Beverage Manager.

The Ultimate School Trip!

This time last week, pupils from St Patrick’s Primary School in Donaghmore jetted off on what really was, ‘The Ultimate School Trip’! The pupils won Jet2’s nationwide competition, to go on the trip of a lifetime to the amazing Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Majorca.

Ulster Tatler came along to experience the magical weekend that marked the finale of Jet2’s hugely successful campaign. The extraordinary trip, run by Jet2holidays and school travel company WST Travel, included a VIP send off at Belfast International Airport, a welcome dinner with the celebrities, and the ultimate school disco and that was only the first night! Not only did the pupils and their teachers get to enjoy the sunshine but the kids took part in fun educational workshops with celebrity hosts including Dick & Dom, Angellica Bell, and Diversity’s Jordan Banjo. The workshops focused on science, history, drama and crafts, creating a real buzz of excitement and fun amongst the pupils, and made for a weekend that they will never forget!

The chance to win this trip of a lifetime had more than 1,600 entries and 100,000 votes, with the County Tyrone school children being one of nine schools in the U.K to win. The pupils won their place on the trip, after devising and creating a competition entry in response to a challenge posed by Jet2holidays to produce a promotional piece for Sol Katmandu Park & Resort. Steve Lee, Commercial Director of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, who was on the trip said: “St Patrick’s Primary School, really earned their place on the Jet2holidays Ultimate School Trip to Sol Katmandu & Resort thanks to their brilliant entry.”

St Patrick’s Primary School Principal, Dera Cahalane commented, “This trip has been the most amazing experience. Jet2 and WST staff treated us like family and Katmandu Park and hotel were amazing. Both were child friendly and absolutely suited to the occasion. Our children thoroughly enjoyed all the facilities on offer. They were especially amazed at the workshops and the opportunities to meet some of their favourite celebrities. Our children and staff have special memories which will last a lifetime.” 45 schools across the UK were shortlisted to go into a public vote, with each of these 45 schools winning £1,000 worth of school equipment vouchers. After a public vote, which saw more than 100,000 people get involved, the pupils at St Patrick’s Primary School were chosen as the winner, thanks to their fantastic promotional video and song which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcSHP7uR_wY&list=PLvE45KS3Rirlrqb5ZZ00EYhIQGoN-D4ox&index=5

Keep an eye out for full coverage of the trip and this amazing Jet2 holiday location in our upcoming June Edition of Ulster Tatler!

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Capture Conference

Torbin Bullock will be the keynote speaker for the Inaugural ‘Capture Conference’ being launched in Belfast.

The new conference, which hopes to enhance collaborative efforts and skill-sharing among Northern Ireland’s creative industries, has been launched and Torbin Bullock, a California-based Film Editor at Pixar Animation Studios who has worked on films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc and Finding Dory will be its keynote speaker. The inaugural Capture Conference, launched by Belfast Photo Festival to coincide with the 2018 Belfast Photo Festival Compact, will take place at the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT) on Friday, June 8. The day-long conference will include speakers from industries right across the creative spectrum exploring the use of photography in visual effects (VFX), virtual reality (VR), film, animation, gaming and more.

Keynote speaker, Torbin Bullock will take part in a panel discussion on the use of photography in animation alongside Colin Williams, Creative Director at Sixteen South, and Ruth Ducker, Brown Bag Films. He will also deliver a keynote talk about his experiences working in the golden age of 3D animation on countless classic and record-breaking box office hits. Having worked in animation since the early 1990s, Torbin is known for his work on films such as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Monsters, Inc, Cars, Brave and Finding Dory where he also voiced hapless sea lion, Gerald.

Other conference speakers include Kris Kelly, Managing Director at Enter Yes, Phil Morrow, CEO at Retinize and James Busby, Director at Ten24 who will participate in panel discussion covering the use of photography in gaming and VR. Stills photographers, David James and Joanne Mullin will also be joined by Andrew Reid, Head of Production at NI Screen to explore how photography is used in film and TV. As one of the world’s leading stills photographers, David has photographed from the set of major motion pictures including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mission Impossible, Batman Begins and Saving Private Ryan to name but a few.

Conference founder and Festival Director of Belfast Photo Festival, Michael Weir said:“Northern Ireland has a rich history of creative export. From people and place to product, our celebrated creative output spans the globe. We have state-of-the-art film studios used for blockbuster film and TV production, we have award-winning visual artists of all kind that hail from our shores and act as global ambassadors, shining a light on our homegrown creative industries and calibre of work. “The inaugural conference will act as a forum for creative professionals in all fields across Northern Ireland to collaborate and skill-share to further enhance our excellent creative output. The conference will bring with it leading creative minds from across various industries to share their story and insights, but we have a rich pool of creative minds in Northern Ireland too. So, alongside global names and brands will be keynote addresses by some of the best minds in creative professions across Northern Ireland. “Photography is universal and industries across the creative spectrum rely on it. The conference will bring to light the growing application of photography in so many creative fields.”

Belfast Photo Festival returns from June 7 – 30 with Belfast Photo Festival Compact, in association with Quilter Cheviot Investment Management. A condensed festival format, Belfast Photo Festival Compact will include the inaugural Capture Conference as well as a programme of workshops, seminars and exhibitions staged throughout greater Belfast. Highlight exhibitions include the work of Brian Griffin, best known for his album photography with artists such as Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello. The grounds of Belfast City Hall will also be the home for an engaging, large format exhibition – entitled ‘The Disciples’ – by James Mollison which showcases musicians’ fans photographed outside gigs emulating the unique style of their idols.

  The conference takes place on Friday, June 8 and tickets are available from the Belfast Photo Festival website

For more information on this year’s festival or the inaugural Capture Conference, visit www.belfastphotofestival.com and keep up to date on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Get Down To Tayto Park This Weekend

Looking for something to do this St. Patrick’s weekend?  Tayto Park, Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, has recently announced that it will reopen its gates for the 2018 season on Sunday 18th March. The County Meath park is gearing up for its biggest season yet with over 100 attractions on site and the promise of more exciting new rides this year. To celebrate its opening weekend on Sunday 18th March and Monday 19th March, Tayto Park is offering a special ‘all in’ €20 ticket which includes entry and wristbands for opened attractions.  To find out more go to www.taytopark.ie, call 00 353 1 835 1999 or follow @TaytoPark on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Owner and founder Raymond Coyle visited Belfast recently to launch the new season, accompanied by a selection of birds of prey from the World of Raptors display – one of the Park’s major success stories of last year. He noted that Northern Ireland visitors account for more than a quarter of all visitors. Last year the park opened the new World of Raptors and Viking Voyage attractions and this year will also see a number of new attractions including Ireland’s first ever driving school for kid, which opens on March 24, and a new spinning coaster which is due to open in June. The park has easy access from Northern Ireland and free parking for cars and buses, there is something for visitors of all ages, whether they be families, couples, groups of friends, schools, birthday parties, or even companies hosting a corporate event. The new attractions will complement existing favourites such as the Viking Voyage water flume ride, the gravity-defying Rotator, the Power Surge and The Cú Chulainn Coaster, Ireland’s first rollercoaster and Europe’s first wooden rollercoaster with an inversion.

Tayto Park Zoo is home to an exceptional and diverse animal collection, from meerkats to big cats like the Amur Tiger, and a growing primate collection which includes the Squirrel monkey, Red-bellied tamarins and the Geoldi’s monkey. The Park also hosts a selection of beautiful and colourful birds from around the globe, as well as the extremely popular World of Raptors birds of prey demonstration. And for kids wanting to travel back in time, Dinosaurs Alive, Ireland’s only life-size animatronic dinosaur exhibition, features the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus.

There are also hopes to build a 32,000 square-metre, 250 bedroom family hotel that will offer accommodation, spa and leisure facilities for up to 1,000 guests. The seven-storey hotel will be built from wood to match the look and feel of the Park and will be in a parkland setting.


Could You Be The Next Miss NI?

Aspiring beauty queens from Northern Ireland are encouraged to join the quest for the 2018 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland. The first heat of the contest will take place at Tipsy Bird, Belfast on Thursday 1st March and the second heat of the contest will take place at Spice, Templepatrick on Sunday 4th March.

The event, which is organised by top modelling agency ACA Models, seeks ambitious young women aged between 17 and 24 to take over the crown from current Miss Northern Ireland, Anna Henry. There are 13 regional heats scheduled to take place across Northern Ireland, including Antrim, Strabane, Banbridge, Cookstown, Ballymena, Portstewart, Maghera, Dungannon, Bangor, Enniskillen and L’Derry. Two finalists from each heat will be chosen to take part in the grand finale at the historic Europa Hotel, Belfast on 28th May, 2018. The glamorous black tie event will be hosted by the former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter Zoe Salmon.

Contest organiser Alison Clarke said, “We are looking forward to meeting lots of new talent at the upcoming regional heats. Our talent scouts have been out and about over the last few weeks and, so far, we have had great response.”

The contest is about more than just superficial beauty; it’s about finding talented young women, who will be judged not only on their appearance but also on their personality, poise, presence and intelligence. The winner will become an ambassador for Northern Ireland and will be given support and guidance throughout her reign and beyond. Over the year’s they have nurtured many young women who have gone on to achieve high profile careers in modelling, the media and business. The contest really is an opportunity of a life time!

Current title holder Anna Henry said, “Being crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2017 was a watershed event in my life. From getting to wear the most beautiful crown, to being an ambassador for the NI Children’s Hospice and representing Northern Ireland on a world stage in China, it has all been incredible.”

“Spending 5 weeks in China with 120 beautiful, caring and intelligent ladies from all across the world was a once in a lifetime experience. It was outstanding to live in the Chinese culture! Being Miss Northern Ireland, I really do appreciate that regardless of our very small country, we have so much to offer and the contest is something I’m very proud to be associated with.”

Joe McGlinchey & Gerry McBride, joint MD’s of Bronze Direct and producers of Insanity Tan commented that “Everyone at Insanity Tan is delighted to be returning as title sponsors of the iconic Miss Northern Ireland contest. We will still be sponsoring a category with our salon chain Bronze Tanning & Beauty and we’ll be at every regional heat, sitting in one of the judge’s chairs; plus we’ll be running a range of fantastic competitions up until the final. It’s a perfect brand fit for both Insanity Tan and Bronze Tanning & Beauty, and we are excited to be involved again in this amazing contest.” All the very best of luck to this year’s contestants, let the competition commence!”

Entrants should send a photograph with their name and address to, Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Contest, 381 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, BT5 5DT or email missni@acamodels.com. Entrants can also enter online via the Bronze Tanning & Beauty website or the Miss Northern Ireland website.

Heats are as follows:

Tipsy Bird, Belfast – Thursday 1st March

Spice, Templepatrick – Sunday 4th March

Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane – Saturday 10th March

Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera – Friday 16th March

Horatio Todd’s, East Belfast – Tuesday 20th March

Coach, Banbridge – Friday 6th April

Gillies Galgorm, Ballymena – Wednesday 11th April

Granny Annie’s, Enniskillen – Friday 13th April

Anchor Bar, Portstewart – Friday 20th April

Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown – Sunday 22nd April

Granny Annie’s, L’Derry – Thursday 26th April

Cafe Ceol, Bangor – Friday 27th April

McAleers, Dungannon – Friday 4th May


Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland Prizes 2018

All expenses paid trip to the Miss World Competition

1 years beauty treatments from Bronze Tanning & Beauty at any of their salons based in Belfast, Lisburn, Ballymena, Armagh, Portadown and Strabane.

Comprehensive use of a stylish Fiat 500 from Donnelly Group Fiat for 1 year*

Wardrobe of designer dresses for Miss World from Rosie’s Closet

Bespoke personal training package with Think Fit

1 years Spray Tanning Treatments from the premium Insanity Tan available at salons across Northern Ireland.

Ulster Tatler front cover Photoshoot

1 years hairdressing treatments from Michele International

Sunglasses from Jonathan Keys

Modelling contract with ACA Models

Model portfolio from Brendan Gallagher Photography

Make Up Hamper to the value of £500 by ‘Make Up Studio’, exclusive to Northern Ireland at Make Up Pro Store, Paddy McGurgan Ltd and a personalised make up lesson with Paddy.

Flowers from Leckey & Golden


Prizes for 2nd and  3rd Place

Modelling contract with ACA Models

1 years Spray Tanning Treatments from the premium Insanity Tan available at salons across Northern Ireland

1 years hairdressing from Michele International

Model portfolio from Brendan Gallagher Photography

Sunglasses from Jonathan Keys

Flowers from Leckey & Golden


All Finalists

Insanity Tan gift set.

One hour Make up lesson at the Make Up Pro Store located in Belfast, Newry or L’Derry.


*For full terms and conditions of prizes please visit: www.missnorthernireland.co.uk/prizes2018.php

Visit Belfast becomes ‘China Ready’

The Visit Belfast Welcome Centre scores an island-wide first to secure global China Ready status.

Visit Belfast has been recognised for being ‘China Ready’, another major accomplishment in the tourism agency’s efforts to maximise on the city’s growing popularity with Chinese tourists. As Belfast and NI’s flagship visitor information centre, it is the first on the island of Ireland to secure this market status. The new China Ready accreditation, which helps identify global services that Chinese visitors can trust, recognises the measures Visit Belfast has taken to cater for the increasing Chinese visitor market, a key growth market for the UK and Ireland.

Tourist trips from China to the UK and Ireland have doubled in the past decade, with Europe being a major global destination for Chinese tourists who tend to stay longer and are also among the biggest tourist spenders. Everyone in Belfast can benefit from a thriving and prosperous economy.  The strengthening relationship with China stands in helping to achieve that aim.


Young Musicians and Actors Wanted for Paperboy Auditions

Youth Music Theatre UK are looking for young actors and musicians from Falls and Shankill Road for the 2018 production of Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy,

Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the leading UK music theatre for young people, that has helped shape the careers of many including Grammy award winners Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, is now searching for Northern Ireland’s next big musical theatre star!

The brand-new musical adaption for Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy will be performed in Belfast’s Lyric Theatre in July 2018. Special auditions will take place on the Falls Road at Falls Leisure Centre and Shankill Road at Spectrum Centre on the 16th February 2018.

Shankill Road is the location where the novel has taken place and is where author and peace wall builder Tony Macaulay grew up. Auditions are open to anyone aged between 11-21 years of age and no previous experience is required. Auditions for all eight productions of the YMT’s UK-wide 15th season of new musical theatre, including Paperboy, will take place at Dance Ireland Dublin on the 21st January, The Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry on the 3rd February and Lyric Theatre Belfast on the 4th February. The wide popularity of Tony Macaulay’s Paperboy has led to its success across the world; the book has been published in the UK and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Tony Macaulay has said that he believes the arts can break down barriers and build peace, bringing people together, which is why they are looking for some strong singers, actors, dancers and musicians from Ireland who will have the opportunity to work along side some of the most talented and best in the industry.

Belfast-born, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Duke Special and Derry born stand up comedian Andrew Boyle, will join renowned director Steven Dexter and choreographer Jennifer Rooney to bring Paperboy to life on the stage. Youth Music Theatre UK’s Executive Producer, Jon Bromwich, said that Paperboy is a flagship show of the YMT’s 2018 summer season and that it is also their 15th anniversary season, making it a special one.



Vertigo Indoor Skydiving, the first and only indoor skydiving simulator on the island of Ireland, has officially opened its doors in the former T13 building in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The £1.5 million state-of-the-art facility, which has created 20 new jobs, is the newest venture from Belfast-based adventure centre, We Are Vertigo, bringing the company’s total investment in Northern Ireland’s leisure industry to £5 million.

Developed using world leading Aerodium technology, the indoor skydiving centre allows adrenalin junkies to experience freefall conditions with speeds of up to 200km per hour. The innovative skydiving technology has been used by the movie industry to film stunts for award-winning blockbusters, including the final fight scene in Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac, and has become an increasingly popular sport in recent years, with more and more individuals and teams taking part in bodyflight competitions around the world, including the Indoor Skydiving World Championships.

The adventure activity has also sparked the interest of first-time flyers and novices, with an increasing number of indoor skydiving facilities opening in the UK attracting adrenaline junkies to simple fun seekers. Indoor skydiving is already popular world-wide. We are vertigo have invested heavily in the location, technology, equipment and the training of the centre’s instructors to make this a world-class facility based right in the heart of Belfast.

Indoor skydiving is suitable for those aged 4 and upwards. The facilities can also be used by professionals to train for skydiving qualifications. An indoor skydiving session starts from £45.   For further information on bookings and terms and conditions for use visit, www.wearevertigo.com/skydiving or www.facebook.com/VertigoBelfast.
Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.