Life’s a beach at St. George’s Market

Summertime is here and St George’s Market is entering into the spirit with its beach themed twilight market at the end of this month.

A little sand, shade, good food, something to drink and party tunes will all be on offer at the family friendly event beginning on Tuesday, 31st July.

More than 100 unique traders will be operating and there will be the opportunity to experience food demonstrations, cocktail master classes and sample local cuisine from some of Belfast’s top chefs.

Councillor Aileen Graham, Deputy Chair of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “The earlier part of the day is family friendly events and entertainment, with the latter part of the evening being aimed at over 18s.”

“It’s a chance to see, taste and listen in a very relaxed atmosphere. The beach theme is because it is summer and who doesn’t love to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer?” added the councillor.

The event is running Tuesday 31stJuly and Wednesday 1stAugust from 4pm-11pm each day.

Entry to the event is free and more information is available at:  www.belfastcity.gov.uk/twilightmarket

 

The Big Listen

Having noticed the rise in people sleeping rough in the surrounding area who are in need of support,  St Anne’s Cathedral have decided to  donate any money they receive on Tuesday 24th July to the Samaritans. For many of the people sleeping on the streets of Belfast the need for mental health support is a crucial as ever. However with the current lack of government and funding for mental health this has become a bigger problem.

The 24th July marks the Samaritans UK-wide Big Listen event. The Cathedral normally has a £5pp admission fee which they will be happy to donate to the charity for the day and encourages anyone who just wants to pop in and donate any amount big or small, all money received will be donated to the Samaritans at the end of the day.

St. Anne’s Cathedral is encouraging as many people and local businesses as possible to get involved and spread the word for this very important cause. Even just by popping in to make a donation, bringing buns, not bringing buns but eating buns or pointing people in their direction it will help make a difference.

Staff and volunteers have started attaching ‘Messages of Hope’ along the railings of the Cathedral, similar to those that run along the Foyle Bridge and are asking people to drop in their messages or attach them to the railings as a show of support. Some of the Samaritan volunteer Belfast team will be in the Cathedral on Tuesday 24th July if anyone needs to talk to someone. Every little will help!

Find more information on there Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BelfastCathedral/

 

Big Surprise’ for Northern Ireland National Lottery Funded Hero

Antrim’s Jason Kennedy of Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club honoured by The National Lottery on UTV primetime TV.

 The National Lottery’s ‘Big Surprise’ – which honours individuals who have made a real difference with the help of National Lottery funding – will next weekend (14 July) make a dream come true for County Antrim man Jason Kennedy, Head Coach and Chairman of the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club.

The ‘Big Surprise’ is a 90-second weekly slot during the ad break of Saturday night primetime UTV/ITV shows – meaning local hero, Jason, is set to get national recognition with around 5 million people expected to tune in across the ITV network. The Knights were founded in 1990 to help give disabled people the opportunity to get involved in team sport. Jason originally came to coach a single session but 18 years later he’s still volunteering at the club and his list of responsibilities has grown to include Head Coach, Club Chairman, fundraising organiser and ever-reliable taxi driver.

The club now has over 50 players from across Northern Ireland taking part with ages ranging from as young as seven right up to players in their forties. Head Coach Jason and The Knights travel across the UK and further afield to compete in various wheelchair basketball leagues, with a recent success story being local star, James McSorley, who last year won an under-23 world championship with the GB Wheelchair Basketball Team.

For Jason’s ‘Big Surprise’, The National Lottery arranged for him to meet his favourite team, The Harlem Globetrotters, at a recent game at the Bournemouth International Centre. Jason enjoyed a special meet and greet with the team who presented him with a signed ball and even asked him to do the honorary ‘tip off’ at the beginning of the game. The National Lottery filmed the heart-warming results which will air at 7.58pm during the ad break on UTV and is the third of 17 short films which will be shown throughout the year, during ITV’s primetime Saturday night TV schedule, that will celebrate and showcase National Lottery funded heroes across the UK.The all-important Saturday night Lotto results will also continue to be delivered during the weekly slot.

The Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club was awarded over £29,000 of National Lottery funding to help them provide opportunities for disabled people to get involved in team sport and continue to promote a healthy lifestyle for disabled people and encourage more social inclusion. The Knights have around 20 volunteers who give up their own time to support the club and help out at weekly training sessions at their two main training venues at Antrim Forum Sports Centre in Antrim and The Hammer Youth Centre in Belfast.

For more information on Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club please visit: http://www.niknightswbc.co.uk/

Chris Henry Testimonial

Chris Henry has been awarded a testimonial season for his service to Ulster and Irish rugby. The launch recently took place at Titanic Hotel with guests including rugby players, fans and local business owners and celebrities. See the August Ulster Tatler for full coverage.

Harvey Norman raises over £5,000 for Shelter NI

Harvey Norman teamed up with Shelter NI to raise awareness of the homeless crisis in Northern Ireland, helping those who are suffering from homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Harvey Norman staff across stores, warehouses and offices in Northern Ireland fundraised and together with their customers, they’ve raised over £5,000 for Shelter NI in a one month period. Shelter NI reported that there were almost 12,000 households officially declared homeless during 2017 and currently estimates that around 5000 men, women and children in Northern Ireland are living in emergency accommodation right now. Shelter NI was founded in 1980 and is a charity whose mission is to promote and facilitate the provision of sufficient, decent and affordable homes to end long term homelessness and eliminate poor housing.

Director of Shelter NI, Tony McQuillan, said “With record numbers of people affected by homelessness or at risk of homelessness, there needs to be a significant review of the housing strategy here and an increase in public investment in new housing supply, if we are to eliminate long term homelessness.

Harvey Norman Ireland & Northern Ireland CEO, Blaine Callard said “We’ve been searching for ways to give more back to the communities we are in. Harvey Norman has been making homes in Northern Ireland for 15 years – it’s what we do best. Our teams are so excited to be able to give back in this way”.

 

Ards and North Down Council Mayor’s Farewell Concert

Cllr Robert Adair (Mayor of Ards and North Down) hosted a ‘Farewell Concert’ in Bangor Castle recently to thank people for their support during his Mayoral year.  Bangor Ladies Choir wearing sashes ‘Votes for Women’ sang their tribute to the Suffragettes with a great selection of songs that included the well-known WWI songs, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, ‘Keep the home fires burning’ and ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’.  After being entertained by the choir, the Mayor’s guests enjoyed a delightful afternoon tea. Cllr Adair was installed at the annual general meeting of Ards and North Down Council on Wednesday 7th June 2017; at age 29 he was younger than any mayor of the two councils Ards and North Down which ceased as separate entities in 2015.  Speaking of his Mayoral year, Mr Adair said that he was honoured and humbled and felt very privileged to be the youngest ever Mayor of Ards and North Down Council.

Cllr Robert Adair (Mayor of Ards and North Down) pictured at his ‘Farewell Concert’ in Bangor Castle with Ann Adair-Smith and Warren Smith.

New York showcase for Belfast International Arts Festival

The Belfast International Arts Festival was highlighted in New York this week, at an event hosted by Tourism Ireland, the Northern Ireland Bureau and Tourism NI. 
 
The event – which was an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on Belfast and this year’s festival – was attended by influential American arts and lifestyle journalists, as well as representatives of the travel trade in New York. Guests heard about the unique and authentic cultural experience on offer in Belfast for American visitors and about the festival programme which is set to feature world-class artistic performances.
 
Belfast International Arts Festival is one of the many festivals in Northern Ireland being promoted by Tourism Ireland around the world this year, particularly to our important ‘culturally curious’ audience.
 

Ulster Tatler Awards 2018

 

We have officially launched the Ulster Tatler Awards 2018.

The awards now in their eleventh year will once again be hosted by popular television and radio personality Pamela Ballantine who has said she is “extremely excited to be hosting the Ulster Tatler Awards for another year.” She commented that “It is always a great night and such a pleasure to be involved in. I just hope that as many people as possible get voting for all the wonderful talented people in Northern Ireland who make the awards the great event they have been over the last decade,”.

We are proud to announce two brand new categories – Home of the Year and Best Dressed (on the night). The Ulster Tatler Awards 2018 will celebrate the best that Northern Ireland has to offer in hospitality, beauty and business with readers being asked to vote in various categories honouring the local people and companies that have shined throughout Northern Ireland in the last year.

The awards will take place at Belfast City Hall on Thursday September 6 with key awards including Celebrity of the Year and Sports Person of the Year as well as the desired Lifetime Achievement Award which has recognised some of the province’s best-loved personalities over the years such as Dame Mary Peters OBE, Brian Friel, Sir James Galway, Gloria Hunniford, Barry McGuigan and playwright Marie Jones who was honoured at last year’s ceremony.

Optilase Eye Clinic is on board as title sponsor for the 2018 ceremony, continuing its involvement with the event for a fifth year. Philip McGlade, CEO of Optilase said: “We are thrilled to be Title Sponsor of the Ulster Tatler Awards again, and to be part of such a brilliant night that recognises the best people and businesses of Northern Ireland.”

Members of the public can vote by visiting  https://bit.ly/2ojZEY2 where all the categories are listed, or by picking up the latest edition of Ulster Tatler magazine and filling in the voting form inside. Voters have a further incentive to cast their ballots as they will be entered in to a draw to be in for a chance of winning a VIP trip for two to the awards ceremony including an overnight stay at the Hilton Hotel Belfast.

Votes must be received by midnight on Sunday June 24.

Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry commented: “We are delighted to launch the voting for the Ulster Tatler Awards 2018, we’re hosting the awards a week early this year so please don’t forget to get your votes in as soon as possible.

“Once again the awards ceremony will be held in the grandeur of Belfast’s City Hall and the night will be hosted by our good friend and TV personality Pamela Ballantine.

“This year we are very excited to announce two new categories, Home of the Year and Best Dressed. Like our other categories you must send your entries for Home of the Year prior to the ceremony, whereas Best Dressed will be judged on the night by fashion expert Nuala Meenehan – so make sure to get your glad rags on!

“As always, this is going to be a special night as we recognise the great achievements and talents coming out of Northern Ireland,”

Our full list of categories can be seen here: https://bit.ly/2ojZEY2

Ladies in Waiting

Galgorm Resort and Spa rolled out the red carpet to welcome two very special guests ahead of their attendance at the hotly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Mother and daughter, Catherine Cooke and Julie-Ann Coll from Derry-Londonderry, who have been invited to the Royal Wedding on 19th May, were whisked off to Galgorm for a day of styling and pampering to get them royally ready for the celebrations at Windsor Castle. Hosted in the opulent surroundings of the Spa ‘Boudoir’, Galgorm’s private group treatment suite ideal for pre-wedding pampering, the Resort treated the excited pair to a day of luxury fit for a Princess. After a bespoke styling session, decadent royal themed Afternoon Tea and luxurious spa treatments in Galgorm’s award-winning spa and thermal village, the ladies were left refreshed, revamped and ready to attend the wedding of the year. Although their wedding packages don’t come with an official Royal title, Galgorm promises to make every bride feel like Royalty. The Resort is inviting future brides to join them for a showcase of matrimonial opulence at the Galgorm Summer Bridal Open Evening on Wednesday 27th June. Those attending will be treated to everything a summer wedding at Galgorm has to offer including access to their very own gin mixologist, croquet on the lawn, entertainment and an array of delectable culinary delights.

 

Further information about the free event is available now at www.galgorm.com Mother and daughter, Catherine Cooke and Julie-Ann Coll, are pictured with Galgorm Resort and Spa Doorman, David Faloon.

 

Galgorm Resort and Spa rolled out the red carpet to welcome two very special guests this week ahead of their attendance at the hotly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. Mother and daughter, Catherine Cooke and Julie-Ann Coll from Derry-Londonderry, who have been invited to the Royal Wedding on 19th May, were whisked off to Galgorm for a day of styling and pampering to get them royally ready for the celebrations at Windsor Castle. Hosted in the opulent surroundings of the Spa ‘Boudoir’, Galgorm’s private group treatment suite ideal for pre-wedding pampering, the Resort treated the excited pair to a day of luxury fit for a Princess. After a bespoke styling session, decadent royal themed Afternoon Tea and luxurious spa treatments in Galgorm’s award-winning spa and thermal village, the ladies were left refreshed, revamped and ready to attend the wedding of the year. Although their wedding packages don’t come with an official Royal title, Galgorm promises to make every bride feel like Royalty. The Resort is inviting future brides to join them for a showcase of matrimonial opulence at the Galgorm Summer Bridal Open Evening on Wednesday 27th June. Those attending will be treated to everything a summer wedding at Galgorm has to offer including access to their very own gin mixologist, croquet on the lawn, entertainment and an array of delectable culinary delights. Further information about the free event is available now at www.galgorm.com Mother and daughter, Catherine Cooke and Julie-Ann Coll, are pictured with Galgorm Resort and Spa Doorman, David Faloon.

 

My Fair Lady

Lisnagarvey Operatic Society presented ‘My Fair Lady’ in the Island Hall, Lisburn recently.  People who flocked to the show enjoyed seeing Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (Karen Hawthorne) take speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins (Tim Pentland) so that she may pass as a lady and improve her career prospects.  This comic, moving and endearing show adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture ‘Pygmalion’ included well-loved musical numbers such as, ‘Wouldn’t it be loverly’, ‘With a little bit of luck’ and ‘Get me to the church on time’.  This ‘rags to riches’ musical favourite, was definitely one not to be missed.

Come and Play

‘Come and Play’, a social evening where flute bands got together in a non-competitive atmosphere was held at the Discover Ulster-Scots Centre. The event was hosted by the Flute Band Association of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Ulster-Scots Community Network (USCN) with the flute band ensemble being conducted by Richard Douglas MBE. They played a great selection of tunes and many bands being represented in the ensemble.