A Glamorous Night at Belfast High School Formal

The boys and girls of Belfast High School gathered for one of the best nights in the school calendar at the Culloden Hotel in Hollywood, Belfast – their formal. Many of the young ladies opted for full-length ball gowns with the gentlemen sharpening up as well in evening suits. These glamorous students ate, drank and partied the night away at the five star estate forgetting for an evening their looming exam results later this summer. Good luck to all!

Enjoy more coverage of this event in the September Ulster Tatler.


2017 Primary School Musician of the Year

The 22nd Primary School Musician of the Year competition saw an impressive level of skills demonstrated by the young musicians of Northern Ireland once again this year.

Organisers, the Rotary Club of North Down were delighted to announce that harpist Paige McDonald of St. Joseph’s Primary School in Meigh, Newry took the title of Primary School Musician of the Year.

Fifteen children participated in the final, all of whom were Grade 3 or above in their respective instruments. Adjudicator Mr Michael McCracken spoke highly of the excellence of the performances of the other finalists and selected flautist Harry Douglas of Alexander Dickson Primary School, Ballygowan as runner up with singer Theo Rea of Towerview Primary School, Bangor in third place.


Commenting on Paige’s performance, Mr McCracken, the Director of Music at Down Cathedral, said that it was well beyond her years and displayed a high level of both skill and artistry.

The competition is an event which year by year is helping to raise the standard of musical performance across Northern Ireland according to Mr McCracken.He praised the teachers and parents who nurtured such amazing talent.


New Zealand Pipe Band takes part in Pipe Band Championships at Moira

The 5th of August saw Moira Demesne provide the perfect setting for the 2017 Lisburn & Castlereagh City Pipe Band Championships organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI). Approximately 48 pipe bands and 47 drum majors participated in the hope of becoming 2017 champions, the stakes were high and so was the standard. Bands travelled to Moira Demesne from all across Northern Ireland and indeed beyond Northern Ireland as far as  Auckland, New Zealand.  The Chieftain of the Day was Councillor Hazel Legge, Deputy Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
 Top winners on the day were: Grade 1 – Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Grade 2 – Manorcunningham Pipe Band (Donegal), Grade 3A – Marlacoo and District Pipe Band, Grade 3B – Quinn Memorial Pipe Band, Grade 4A – St Mary’s, Derrytrasna and Grade 4B – Lisnamulligan Pipe Band.  The main drum major winners were:  Adult Grade – Andrea Gibson (Battlehill Pipe Band), Juvenile Grade – Emma Barr (Field Marshal Montgomery), Junior Grade – Rebecca Hamilton (Tullylagan Pipe Band) and Novice Grade – Leanne Crooks (Syerla Pipe Band).

‘An evening with Carl Frampton and Lee Johnston’

‘An evening with Carl Frampton and Lee Johnston’ was held in the Ulster Grand Prix Marquee yesterday as part of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week events. It was presented by Mark Sidebottom from the BBC in aid of the cancer charity Marie Curie. The event saw extensive and interesting interviews with both of the dynamic Irish sportsmen as well as presentations about the charity in question.
Both Lee Johnston, the Fermanagh born, double North West 200 bike race winner and Carl Frampton MBE, the Belfast born featherweight and super bantamweight boxer have spoken passionately about the work that Marie Curie do. Indeed, they were not disappointed with the support that their event received from their fans which saw an impressive £10,000 raised and gratefully received.

Peter Corry hosts Twilight at the Trust

The atmospheric Mount Stewart House saw the charming musical event Twilight at the Trust grace its corridors following the resounding success of last year’s event. The event’s structure was that of a guided tour of the breath-taking premises encompassing intimate, stripped-back performances in each room.

The acts included; Ashley Fulton‘s conducting of The Twilight Voices, Jonathan Johnston on Flute, Tanya Houghton on Harp, NI young musician of the year Samuel Kane, pianist Chris Blake who accompanied the host Peter Corry and readings by Director Wilfie Piper. The event was then punctuated by an interval in the form of a champagne and canapé reception before all of the acts came together to form a magnificent concert in the Great Hall.

Peter Corry commented on the event saying “Mount Stewart is the perfect setting for this unique evening. The opportunity to be up close and personal to intimate musical performances while surrounded by the most beautiful of settings is a rare treat.” He was accompanied on this occasion by the gorgeous dancer Fleur Mellor whom he looks forward to marrying later this year.

See more on this event in our August 2017 issue which is out now. 



Budding Architects at QUB Host Graduate Showcase

Students at Queen’s University Belfast welcomed their families, university staff and practitioners to their End of Year Show which featured drawings, cartography, models and writing. The event facilitated academic and artistic discussion prompted by the work provided by the graduates as well as an atmosphere of well-deserved celebration amongst the large crowd.

More on this event is available in our August 2017 issue out now. 

Open Air Concert in Wallace Park

Musical group Dynamic Brass performed an open air concert in Wallace Park this weekend as part of the Park Life 2017 summer programme. The group entertained a large audience at the park’s newly refurbished bandstand on Sunday afternoon. The musical ensemble was conducted by Harold Whan, who led the band through a number of shoe taping tunes on what was the last Sunday of the traditional Twelfth fortnight holiday period.

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council are providing a number of  free family fun events throughout July and August in Wallace Park Lisburn and Moat Park Dundonald. The entertainment ranges from arts and crafts, dance, theatre and musical activities to entertain the whole family.

For more information about Park Life visit:  www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/things-to-do/park-life-2017


U.S. Consulate Garden Party

US Consul General in Belfast, Daniel J. Lawton and wife Paula Hawkins, hosted the annual U.S. Consulate garden party at Ardnavally, south Belfast. Hundreds of guests gathered to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.

More coverage of this event will be available in our August issue, on sale Friday 21st July. 

Ulster University Art Degree Show

Ulster University hosted their annual School of Art and Design Annual Degree Show, which showcases the talent of the next generation of artists and designers who will lead the way into the future. The show never disappoints, providing a positive representation of the creative minds within Northern Ireland.

This event not only gives students the chance to promote themselves and their work to potential employers and partners, it also provides members of the public and corporate companies with the opportunity to purchase artwork from the artists of the future.

A variety of disciplines could be seen as you walk around this impressive show including architecture, painting, photography, fashion and more.

Carrie Neely, a contemporary art expert, attended on behalf of the Ulster Tatler and her write up of this event can be found inside our July issue which is on sale now.

Action for Children Gala Ball

Hilton Hotel Belfast hosted a Gala ball in aid of ‘Action for Children’ for the staff members of Lloyds Banking Group. The Sapphire team at Lloyds Banking Group selected this as their chosen charity of the year. They have already carried out bag packs and participated in the Belfast City Marathon to help raise funds for local disadvantaged children and young people. This event was a fantastic evening for raising funds for the charity while ensuring that everyone in attendance had a brilliant night.

Further coverage of this event can be found within our July issue, on sale now.

Best Dressed at Down Royal

Saturday past saw an abundance of women dress up in their best attire for the annual best dressed competition on Magners Derby Day, which is part of the summer festival of racing at Down Royal Racecourse. All of the participants for the day looked exceptional. However, the person that dressing to impress really paid off for was Victoria Corr from Galbally, county Tyrone, whose vibrant outfit helped to catch the eye of the judges and guarantee her win of the ultimate accolade of Magners Best Dressed Competition. The prize for this prestigious event included an incredible three nights stay in Miami followed by a seven day Caribbean cruise.

Full coverage of this event will be featured within our August issue.

Lisburn Half Marathon

On Wednesday 21st June, around 6,500 runners participated in the 2017 Lisburn Coca-Cola HBC Half Marathon, 10K Road & Fun Run which includes the Northern Ireland and Ulster Championships. The event was sponsored by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and also local businesses.