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.

The Culloden’s 50th Anniversary

On reaching their 50th anniversary of owning the Culloden Estate & Spa, Hastings Hotels hosted a garden party to celebrate. When Hastings Hotels bought the Culloden in June 1967, a high reputation came with it and one that they have sustained over the years.

Sir William Hastings who purchased the hotel, said, “I am proud to say this reputation has stood the test of time and the Culloden remains Northern Ireland’s foremost five star hotel.”

To read more on this, full details will be in our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June.

Supporting Local Disadvantaged Children

Staff from Lloyds Banking Group gathered at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast to celebrate with a Gala Ball in aid of Action for Children. 100 guests enjoyed a champagne reception and a fantastic night’s entertainment supporting local disadvantaged children and young people. Action for Children have been chosen by the Sapphire team at Lloyds Banking Group as their Charity of the Year during 2017, and as well as holding the Gala Ball, the team have been busy bag packing, collecting and running in the Belfast City Marathon. Dawn Shaw, who’s recently been appointed National Director at Action for Children Northern Ireland, said, “Thanks to all the staff at Lloyds Banking Group who have made the evening such a success. With their help we will be able to support even more disadvantaged children, young people and families across Northern Ireland.”

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event. 

St Brides PTA Gala Ball

St Brides PTA glitter ball took place in The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast. It was attended by  approximately 300 teachers, parents and friends of the school. The focus of the night was to raise well needed funds for an outdoor ‘eco-garden’ that will be used by all pupils attending the school. The night was a great success and a fabulous time was had by all.

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event. 

Lady Taverners 30th Anniversary Lunch

The Lady Taverners hosted their 30th anniversary lunch at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. During the event, the ‘Spirit of Sport Awards’ were presented to the children who have achieved the most in their chosen sport despite their disability. Lois Little of Cedar Lodge School spoke of the benefits of the sensory room they have received from The Lady Taverners and the choir from Park View Special school entertained guests before lunch was served. Actor Ricky Groves, best known for playing Garry Hobbs in EastEnders, who is a Lord Taverner, was the special guest at the event.

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event.


Spring Ball 2017 at Culloden

The Spring Ball was hosted in the stunning surroundings of Culloden Estate in memory of Lindsay Emerson, raising funds for Fields of Life. During her short life, Lindsay worked with charities in the Philippines, Burkina Faso, South Africa and Albania. Her last charity trip was in 2006, when she and her husband led a team of volunteers from Emmanuel Church to Uganda, with Fields of Life. Lindsay thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children she encountered and was touched by the passion of the Fields of Life staff and school teachers.

Whilst in Uganda, Lindsay suffered from headaches and shortly after her return home, she was diagnosed with with a brain tumour. When Lindsay died in April 2007, at the age of 23, Fields of Life dedicated the school she and her team had started working on, to her memory. The secondary school is called Light for All school and over 200 pupils now attend.

Over £60,000 was raised on the night, which will go to build a computer room at Light for All, as technology is a key element in improving education and obtaining results in sustainable development.

Sky News correspondent David Blevins was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and entertainment was provided by top Ulster performers, Conor Taggart, The Belfast Community Gospel Choir, and popular band The Gents. The evening’s prize draw included a £2,000 diamond ring, courtesy of Lunns Jewellers.


Family Fun Day at Wallace Park

Dynamic Brass conducted by Harold Whan (Musical Director) entertained the Mayor’s guests at the hospitality marquee at a ‘Family Fun Day’ at Wallace Park following the ‘Mayor’s Carnival Parade’ on Saturday 20th May.

Merry May Day in Holywood

Holywood was more like a scene from the French Riviera as people who packed the seaside town for the ‘Merry May Day Activities’ were met with wall-to-wall sunshine.  The activities included: Food, craft and charity stalls, maypole dancing, Irish dancing, children’s interactive dancing, fancy dress competition, bonny baby competition and a historical walk.  The special event of the fun packed day was of course the crowning of the May Queen, Leah Ross by Alderman Deborah Girvan (Mayor of Ards & North Down).

Historic Occasion

Maghery GAA, situated on the south west corner of Lough Neag, held its annual dinner dance at the Armagh City Hotel recently. Over 300 people attended and this year’s event was an extra special celebration as the senior team has just won the Armagh Championship – the first time in their 110 year history.

For more coverage of this event, check out our May issue, on sale now. 

La Taverna Opens at Fratelli

The top floor of Fratelli Belfast on Great Victoria Street has been redeveloped by the Galgorm Resort & Spa owners into La Taverna @ Fratelli; a brand new Italian-style wine bar offering sharing plates in a rustic-themed space. Both new and existing clients and local media enjoyed a great night at its launch on Friday 7th April.

For more coverage of this event, check out our May issue, on sale now. 

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.  

Schools’ Cup Final at Kingspan

Royal Belfast Academical Institution won the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup final for the third time in a row, after a tough win over Methodist College Belfast at the Kingspan Stadium. The end result was RBAI 12 MCB 8, which Methodist College dominating in the first half, but ultimately RBAI pulling it back in the second to lift the trophy and secure their third title victory. Supporters from both schools, and more across Belfast, watched the match from the stands of the Kingspan Stadium.

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