Award Winning Ambition

Around 250 PR professionals in Belfast last Friday, 13th October for the 2017 CIPR NI PRide Awards. The awards are a celebration of outstanding public relations practice in Northern Ireland. The glamorous event, hosted by Q Radio Breakfast hosts, Stephen Clements and Cate Conway took place at the Culloden Estate & Spa. Ambition magazine won the highly coveted Best Publication award in the CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards 2017.

The magazine of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry is published by The Ulster Tatler Group. Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry won the Silver winner for Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team. The night also proved unforgettable for Hollywood based company, Smarts Communicate who took home seven Gold Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy Award as well as Seona McGrath winning the Outstanding Young Communicator title.

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. Sinead Doyle Chair of CIPR Northern Ireland remarked that for a region of its size, Northern Ireland punches well above its weight. Talented individuals and teams with first-class creativity. The Awards celebrate the outstanding professionalism and excellence that puts the Northern Ireland PR industry on the map.

Congratulations are offered to the winners and everyone shortlisted.

Check out the November issue of Ulster Tatler for all the photos and full coverage of the night!

Inaugural Rural Women’s Regeneration Conference

Showcasing the achievements of women across all sectors in Northern Ireland was the focus of the first ever rural women’s regeneration conference held at Sinton’s at the Bridge, Scarva. Organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council in conjunction with Southern Organisation for Action in Rural areas, the conference was attended by around 70 women and men from a range of sectors. Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Sam Nicholson opened proceedings, while Jo Scott, experienced and accomplished television presenter, compered the event. The event was well attended with Chanelle Lady McCoy, Director of pharmaceutical company Chanelle Medical Ltd and latest dragon to join RTE’s Dragon’s Den as the key note speaker for the day.

Native female entrepreneurs, Julianne Morton of Sinton’s at the Bridge, Joyce Brownless of Blackwell House and Clare Medland of Rolltack Ltd recounted their personal stories, sharing their experiences, challenges and the support mechanisms, which helped them on their unique path to success in the business world. The conference also provided signposting to the audience for a range of local forums, networks and funding available to help support female entrepreneurs, leaders and policy makers across NI. With plenty of food for thought the conference concluded with a networking lunch.

Belfast Tattoo

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast and Councillor Sonia Copeland hosted a reception at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Belfast City Hall for the Belfast Tattoo representatives and performers recently. They were welcomed to Belfast for the Belfast Tattoo, a highlight in the Belfast cultural calendar.

It was a great event that showcased the local talent that we have here in Northern Ireland, but also welcomed performers from overseas showcasing a wide variety of cultures.The 2017 Belfast Tattoo was held between Thursday August 31st to Saturday 2nd of September in the SSE Arena, some of the performers that were at the event: The Band of the Royal Air Force College, Queens Colour Squadron of The Royal Air Force – 63 Squadron, Crescendo Bicycle Band (The Netherlands), Raffrey pipe band and the choir of Belfast High School and many moreDuring the reception Deputy Lord Mayor noted that Belfast is a city that is on the way up, a city full of ambition, optimism and and above all energy. Highlighting how great it was to see so many countries being represented at the Belfast Tattoo. This year will see many spectacular events and the up coming showpiece which incorporates a celebration of the centenary of The Royal Air Force.The annual event was enjoyed by all who attend and is continuing grow in strength and success getting bigger and better year upon year.


Belfast Culture Night

Belfast’s most anticipated night of the year took place on Friday past with the atmosphere on the night bringing the city to life and creating a buzz of excitement from the City Hall right through to the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. Culture Night is one of the biggest, most inclusive and lively celebrations hosted in Belfast. Now in its ninth year, Culture Night brings together over 300 free events across 150 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day. The event attracts over 85,000 visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond to witness the spectacular culture on show. From live music and performances, to dancing, art, food and drink it was and entertaining night for everyone. Check out our November issue for more photos from the night.

Grand Opening of Lisburn Store

TK Maxx is now open in Lisburn. The store opened its doors last month at its new location in Laganbank Retail Park. Well known for offering customers big designer labels at affordable price, the store is an exciting addition to the area for shoppers. With several deliveries arriving every week, bringing thousands of new items to store, there will always be new and exciting items to find.

The store is well worth a visit, especially with Christmas on the horizon. Having such a wide and varied selection available, with designer names, at amazing prices, it’s the perfect place to find whatever you are looking for.

See our October issue for the full story and more pictures of the grand opening.

Celebrating Belfast Mela This Bank Holiday Weekend

Belfast Mela took place this Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 27th August. The annual celebration took place in Botanic Gardens where people from a global range of cultures gathered in their thousands to celebrate their unique and diverse heritages together.

The event hosted a massive range of activities including a ‘Fantasy Forest’ for young children to explore with a variety of nature inspired artistic workshops and a story telling tree. Music was available for all ages, with live performers.

There was a ‘World Food Market’ which offered culinary experiences from all over the world as well as an Artisan market featuring locally produce food from Northern Ireland and a live cookery theatre. The Global Soak had artists from local, national and international backgrounds being represented.

The weekend displayed an impressive array of cultures and had an inclusive atmosphere with something for everyone to enjoy in the heart of Belfast.

‘(A)’ Dress Exhibition at Millenium Court

‘(A) Dress’ by Alison Lowry opened on the 4th of August at Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown to an enthusiastic crowd. Audrey Whitty, head of decorative arts, design and history at National Museum of Ireland opened the exhibition providing profound insights into the delicate themes during her opening speech, describing how Alison utilises the technique of Pate de Verre to create fragile but haunting objects imbued with memories. The exhibition also features collaborations with other artists and continues until the 27th of September.

For more coverage of this event see our September issue, on sale now. 

Fred Daly Memorial at Balmoral Golf Club

The annual Fred Daly Memorial Pro-am was hosted at Balmoral Golf Club recently. Fred Daly MBE was the first Irish player to win a Major Championship when he won the Open Championship in 1947 at Hoylake GC. The Fred Daly Memorial Pro-am holds a special place in the calendar for the Irish PGA Region with the top 44 PGA Professionals in Ireland competing. It brings a fantastic atmosphere and pride to the Belfast area, bringing tourism from all over Ireland and overseas to play one of Belfast’s finest Golf Courses.

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


Whiskey and Muses

Bushmills® Irish Whiskey has collaborated with Dean Kane (aka Visual Waste), one of Belfast’s most successful street artists, in the latest in the #AnswerTheCall series, which continues to celebrate and inspire talented individuals across the country. ‘Whiskey and Muses’ is a Bushmills and Visual Waste collaboration whereby Dean has created an urban interpretation of legendary artists who have inspired his career, as well as Northern Ireland legends who have answered the call in what is the artist’s very first exhibition. The exhibition, which sees Visual Waste move from urban murals to fine art, was officially launched with a preview evening on Thursday 24th August and on the night guests heard Visual Waste share an insight into his inspiring career journey whilst enjoying canapes and serves.

Bushmills will host the exhibit at The Gallery, Belfast, until 31st August.

For more information on the #AnswerTheCall event series, visit

Photo credit: Brendan Gallagher

Ballyholme Yacht Club Annual Regatta

Ballyholme Yacht Club’s annual regatta was a massive success. The races were enjoyed with fun for all the family, including a BBQ and Steakhouse evening, cupcake and traybake donations and a DJ to conclude the celebrations.

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


Cancer Focus Fashion Fundraiser

The newly, beautifully refurbished Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh saw a fashion show hosted by Cancer Focus grace its premises this Summer. Compere for the evening was the beautiful and very entertaining Lady Portia Di Mante.

The event featured designs by Rustic Runway vintage shop, Milan Menswear and AML Boutique which is based in Cooktown. Furthermore, the event announced the winner of a 6 week fitness challenge that took part in Noreen McDermott’s Fit for Life gym. The night’s overall winner was Una McGirr and the group’s efforts raised £7,500 bringing the total amount of money raised by this gym for Cancer Focus in the last 3 years to a staggering £42,000.

For more coverage on this event, check out our September Ulster Tatler. 



Ladies Football Championship Kicked Off at Victoria Square

Belfast’s Victoria Square saw a fun day celebrate the beginning of the 2017 finals of the UEFA European Women’s U19 Football Championship in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland’s manager, Alfie Wylie was in attendance to announce the squad that would be competing in the championship. Entertainment was then provided for everyone there, evoking excitement for the tournament. This included a Cool FM roadshow, a live performance by singer/songwriter Triona, a bouncy castle, speed shooter game, face painting and giveaways.

Eight national teams are participating in the prestigious 16-day tournament at venues across the country making right now an exciting time for sport in Northern Ireland.

See more coverage on this event in the September Ulster Tatler.