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.






Bushmills® Irish Whiskey has launched BUSHMILLS RED BUSH, a new brand in the award-winning portfolio. The highly anticipated release is the first new expression from The Old Bushmills Distillery for the domestic market in nearly five years.The launch recently happened in Belfast last night with an immersive tasting event at The Harp Bar followed by an after party at The Thirsty Goat. The evening was hosted by Joe Lindsay and the main event saw guests enjoy the signature Red & White serve whilst enjoying Red Bush-inspired burgers and live music from local duo, Hot Sausage & Mustard.

As the Irish whiskey category has escalated in popularity, consumer demand has increased for a relevant and versatile whiskey that can be enjoyed neat or with a range of mixers. BUSHMILLS RED BUSH is a subtle and balanced expression – appealing to both whiskey enthusiasts and those new to the category, drawing new consumers into the character and flavour profile unique to Bushmills Irish Whiskey. The versatile expression delivers a great, effortless taste neat but also works perfectly as a long serve with a range of mixers like soda, cola or ginger ale. The BUSHMILLS RED BUSH signature serve however, is the Red & White, made using one part BUSHMILLS RED BUSH and three parts white lemonade, poured over ice and garnished with a wedge of lime.

This new release is a testament to the increasing popularity of the Irish whiskey category with global sales increasing by 54% in the past five years, according to the report issued by the Irish Spirits Association in October 2017. Colum Egan, Master Distiller at The Old Bushmills Distillery has told us that while they have been innovating with aged whiskeys for centuries, they are excited to embark on a journey with the new whiskey drinker. Maturing the whiskey exclusively in first fill bourbon barrels creates a mildly sweet and extremely smooth spirit that will resonate with both frequent bourbon fans and Irish whiskey drinkers. There have been some big changes in the trade with the growth of the Irish whiskey category, and this new innovation from Bushmills Irish Whiskey is big news for the industry. The smooth blend is said to be ideal for first time whiskey drinkers: easy to drink and easy to mix. The brand is keeping ahead of the curve and responding to consumer demand opening up the Irish whiskey category to a whole new audience.

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United Nations Day Marked In Belfast

To mark UN Day, celebrated worldwide annually on the 24th October, the RT Honorable the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister hosted a reception at the Belfast City Hall. Amongst those attending were US Consul General Daniel J Lawton, Chinese Consul General Madam Wang Shuying, and Head of European Commission for NI, Colette Fitzgerald, along with UNA-NI members, supporters and representatives from other organisations and schools.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister commented that on United Nations Day and in line with the theme for the year, ‘Global Belfast’ she was delighted to welcome representatives from two superpowers at opposite ends of the world to Belfast. China and the United States, working together with many others in the United Nations, promote peace and development in the wider world prooving how important the UN is for all of us. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world we need to work together to help each other. Belfast has established links with both China and the United States, and throughout the European Union, in its efforts to provide and improve opportunities for people.

Students in Northern Ireland, through their studies, are already experiencing the challenges and opportunities that international partnerships can bring. Pupils from Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock and Wallace High School gave presentations on the international work their school are involved in and what the UN means to them as young people living in Northern Ireland

The Speaker Dr Carl Wright, a Trustee on UNA-UK Board who has worked for the UN, European Commission and the Commonwealth concluded that in  the present  climate, Global cooperation, through the United Nations is more vital than ever and that the Lord Mayor’s  chosen theme of a Global Belfast is an excellent step towards this cooperation.

Castle Leslie Estate Wins A Condé Nast Johansens Award For Excellence

Our very own Castle Leslie Estate scooped the prestigious 2018 award for excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions at the Condé Nast Johansens 36th annual awards for excellence. The awards were held on Tuesday 7th November at The May Fair Hotel in London, with hundreds of top hotel industry professionals in attendance.

Castle Leslie was recognised by judges as one of the last great Irish estates still owned by its founding family. The stunning Irish castle stands majestically within the green beauty of the County Monaghan countryside featuring the tranquil waters of Glaslough Lake.  Weddings are given the full treatment with exclusive use of the Castle and as you would expect, renowned warm Irish hospitality is a given here with complete escapism guaranteed

Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and Local Expert reports drawn hotels in the most recent Guides those featured online. With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best.

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Launch of JAX Hair and Beauty Salon

Jay hair and Beauty salon recently opened their doors in Donaghadee with a fabulous launch night. As true haven for rejuvenation and relaxation, the salon uses the best of the best for hair, nails and beauty of clients. We have sent our photographer along to capture the brilliant evening and cover it in our November issue.

For further coverage and photos see our November issue, out in stores now.

Who Runs the World?

The Ladyboys of Bangkok returned to Belfast’s Custom House Square this month with a cabaret performance packed with music, glamour and non-stop fun. Guests were wowed with fabulous feathers, sequined costumes and an electric mix of songs in their brand new show “Who Runs the World?”

Inaugural Cinemagic Spirit Awards 2017

The inaugural Cinemagic Spirit Awards Showcase recently took place at the Odyssey Cinemas Belfast. It celebrated the work that has taken place through a series of trainee programmes that Cinemagic, a film festival for young people, has delivered in Northern Ireland throughout 2016 and 2017. Winners were Lauren Dallas, Krizzah Policarpio who are both from East Belfast as well as Lia Campbell from Newtownards, Jacob Ashby-Glynne from Bangor and Marlene Crockett from Finaghy.

This year Cinemagic celebrated its 28th Festival, hosting workshops, film screenings from around the world and industry talent labs with BAFTA and Oscar-winning hosts. Forever inspired by their enthusiasm, spirit and overall ‘can do’ attitude of the youth coming through their doors, the Cinemagic Spirit Awards were held to recognise their commitment. The Cinemagic Film Festival is the leading youth film festival in the UK in relation to film choice, film heritage and practical film education activities. The annual festival promotes, strengthens and nurtures a strong film culture in Northern Ireland by providing greater audience choice for all young people.

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Down Royal Meets Rio

The second day of Down Royal Festival of Racing took place recently, celebrating 332 years of racing at the Co Down racecourse. But the attention was not only on the horse racing but on the glamorous Ladies Day Down Royal, as well. Despite the cold, ladies came in their most fabulous outfits to enjoy the race atmosphere and enter the competition. The fashionable contest was won by Catherine McKillion from Donaghmore in Co Tyrone, who wore a smart combo of Zara, Alf& Roe Vintage, Christian Louboutin and Lori Muldoon Millinery. The prize was awarded to her by fashion blogger Diane McStay and personal stylist Katherin Farries. The two judges were able to present Ms. McKillion with a 10 day trip to Rio de Janeiro on behalf of Victoria Square.

On the race track the JNwine Champion Chase, created in 1999, was won by Gordon Elliott’s trained horse Outlander ridden by Jack Kennedy.

For further coverage and photos of the elegant event, see our upcoming December Issue.

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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Pride of the Northern Ireland PR Industry

Around 250 PR professionals recently gathered at the Culloden Estate& Spa in Belfast for the 2017 CIPR NI PRide Awards which is the short form for the annual celebration of outstanding public relations practice in Northern Ireland. The glitzy evening, hosted by Q Radio Breakfast hosts, Stephen Clements and Cate Conway, proved unforgettable for Smarts Communicate – the Hollywood-based agency scooped seven Gold Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy Award. Smarts Communicate’s Seona McGrath (MCIPR) capped a memorable night by claiming the Outstanding Young Communicator title. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council were named Public Sector Team of the Year and Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team. Judges applauded the Council for their “outcome focused” approach and for “using video content to effectively increase participation in vital council consultations.”  JComms and Navigator Blue both took home two gold awards, with the latter recognised for a creative campaign highlighting the links between stress and strokes. Maurica Mackle, Mackle Communications clinched Gold for Outstanding Independent Practitioner; Translink secured Gold in the Public Sector Campaign category and Massive PR won the Not-For-Profit Campaign Award for its Northern Ireland says ‘Bula’ to Bula Batiki campaign.

New for 2017, the Award for Construction, Property or Infrastructure Campaign went to Lanyon Communications and Belfast City Council for their Belfast at MIPIM 2017 campaign. Aiken won the Public Affairs Campaign for its work with McDonalds and LK Communications secured the Gold Award for Integrated Campaign for its #FindYourBelfast campaign with Visit Belfast. Gold Awards were also presented to the Health and Social Care Board (Low Budget Campaign); – ASG & Partners (Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign); North West Regional College (Education Communications Campaign); NI Chamber Ambition Magazine (Best Publication). A Special Award for Contribution to the PR industry was also presented in memory of the late Brian Arlow, accepted by his daughters Katie and Nini Arlow. Once again Northern Ireland proved to be full of talented individuals, teams and organisations with strategic thinking, first-class creativity, professionalism, excellence and insight, as Sinead Doyle expressed proudly.

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PANI Awards at Culloden Estate

The Public Association of Northern Ireland Awards recently took place at the Culloden Hotel. The biggest names in the advertising industry in Northern Ireland came together with media-owners alike to celebrate the remarkable successes in the development and implementation of creative, innovative and impactful advertising campaigns over the past 3 years. Hosted by well-known Irish comedian Neil Delamere, it was a night to remember for local Belfast-based agency Genesis who picked up a total of twenty-two awards, including five gold and the evening’s top prize – the PANI Awards 2017 Grand Prix for the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland’s Farm Safety campaign.

Marketing and creative advertising agency RLA scooped an equally impressive five gold, spanning the press, magazines and outdoor sections of the awards ceremony for its work with Belfast International Airport and Recruit NI. ICAN’s work with West Coast Cooler proved impressive among the judging panel, picking up gold in both Best Outdoor Innovation and Best Mixed Media Campaign categories. Shopper marketing agency mxb took home the top prize in the Best Magazine Campaign category, while brand engagement agency Mammoth won gold for Best Use of Digital Advertising and Social Media.

For its work with radio, ASG & Partners took home gold in both the Best Use of Radio and Best Radio Campaign categories, while Holywood-based advertising agency Ardmore Advertising won gold for the Most Outstanding Use of Radio as a Sound Medium. Recognising the crucial role of media-owners, PANI Chair Siobhan Lavery presented two category awards for the Media Owner Initiative. Mirror Media Northern Ireland won gold for ‘Belfast Loves’ by Belfast Live, as did Q Radio for ‘Proud to be Local’.

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Pictured: Phil Crothers, Darren Lyttle, Tara West, Helen Blakley and Stephen Bogan.
Team Genesis showcasing their haul of awards at the 2017 PANI Awards gala which took place at the Culloden Estate & Spa.