Mr NI 2018 Final

The Mr NI Final was held at House, Belfast where guests enjoyed a drinks reception before the event began.

See the December Edition of Ulster Tatler for full coverage of the evening.

Halloween street party to celebrate Castle Street area

Castle Street will be hosting some spooky Halloween fun later this month with an autumn and harvest-themed street party for all the family.
Local traders will spill out into the streets on Friday 26 October (3pm-9pm) to highlight and celebrate the wealth of independent retailers and the variety of goods and services on offer in the area.
As well as live music and demos, arts and crafts, and some ghostly and ghoulish street performers, there will be a range of food stalls offering a selection of delicious dishes and street food.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “As part of Belfast City Council’s investment in the Castle Street area, this event had been planned before the fire at Bank Buildings, to shine a light on this part of the city centre.
“The fire has had such a devastating impact on the Castle Street area, in particular, so it’s now more important than ever that we rally round the business community, and I’d encourage everyone to make a date in their diary and join us for what promises to be a really fun afternoon and evening.”
She added: “There will also be some spot prizes for the best fancy dress so it’s time to start planning your costume and get into the Halloween spirit.”
As part of the Council investment, new artwork for the area was commissioned as part of the Hit the North festival, and colourful crossings will appear on the road to celebrate the area’s heritage and built environment. People may also spot the new Belfast Music hoardings.
Susan Picken from Culture Night said: “Following on from last month’s event, the Culture Night team are delighted to be working with Folktown on the first Castle Street fair, creating a lively, vibrant, carnival-type atmosphere in the city centre. We’d invite everyone to come along and join in the festival spirit and start the weekend in style.”
Sophie Rasmussen from the Folktown Initiative added: “We are delighted to work with Belfast City Council and Culture Night Belfast to bring a true spectacle to the area. It is a tough time but I think we really need to look forward now and celebrate the wonderful and diverse community of businesses, artist and people living and working here every day.”
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Belfast Fashion Week Launch: Autumn

Media, Fashionistas, photographers, bloggers, models, stylists and everything in between turned out for the official launch of Belfast Fashion Week at The Fitzwilliam Hotel.

Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of the event! See our October edition of Ulster Tatler for full coverage of this glamorous occasion.

Grainne Maher and Naomh McElhatton

Siobhan McKerr and Denise Watson

Deirdre Richardson (GHD), Cathy Martin and Oonagh Boman

Hannah Chambers, Emma McKillion, Sharonn Downey and Siobhan McKerr

Jovita Gliozeryte and daughter Morgan

Lauren Child: ‘If we don’t take risks and fail, we will never make anything spectacular.’

Lauren Child MBE visited Queen’s University Belfast for the first time in honour of the UK Children’s Laureate for a special BookTrust Northern Ireland event on Friday 21stSeptember 2018.

Perhaps best known for her book series, Charlie and Lola, Child was also joined by children’s book illustrator, Bruce Ingman and Children’s Writing Fellow, Myra Zepf.

The 3 literacy enthusiasts enjoyed a lively discussion on creativity chaired by BBC Radio Ulster presenter, Marie-Lousie Muir.

Speaking at the BookTrust NI event Lauren Child said: “We need to be able to fail in our lives.  If we don’t take risks and fail, we will never make anything spectacular. I also think boredom and staring into space must be allowed.  These spaces are the beginning of the imagination.”

The authors and illustrators discussed the best types of literature to share with children to encourage them to read and the joy that reading and creativity can bring to children’s lives.

Myra Zepf, Northern Ireland Children’s Writing Fellow on inspiring a love of reading: “When trying to inspire a love of reading, those children who don’t want to read can be the most interesting. I hope this event helped shine a spotlight on the challenges of cultivating creativity in children’s lives – something we are arguably more in need of than ever.”

Children’s author and illustrator Bruce Ingman said: “Give a child some paint and a brush and see the pure joy it brings. They let us into their world, how exciting is that? I’ve learned so much from reading and drawing with kids.” 

Liz Canning, Head of BookTrust Northern Ireland, said: “We are delighted Lauren Child made a special visit to Northern Ireland as The Waterstones Children’s Laureate. We hope this BookTrust hosted event helped inspire families and practitioners in Belfast to get reading and get creative!”


Montalto Estate To Create 30 New Jobs

Montalto Estate in Ballynahinch is getting ready to open to the public for the first time in its history. The 400 acre private estate which was previously an exclusive luxury venue for business and corporate clients and an award winning wedding venue, will now expand to allow the public access to the estate’s gardens and new facilities.

Once open to the public, guests can enjoy the variety of walks or access the estate’s gardens. A play area for children and a 120 seat café are also in the works for all to enjoy.

This new initiative will create up to 30 new full and part time jobs in the tourism sector as well as 40 construction jobs.

Montalto Estate will open to the public in the autumn. Opening hours are Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Access to site including car park, welcome area, café and shop is free. Gardens, Trails and Walks will be ticketed with prices starting from £7.50 (adults) and Children (age 5 – 16) £5.00 with discounted rates when you book in advance online. Children under 5 are free. Visit for more information.

Mark The Start Of The Season With The Malcolm Brodie NI Soccer Yearbook

The 2018/19 edition of the Malcolm Brodie Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook, sponsored by Hankook Tyres, will be hitting the shelves for the start of the local football season. Northern Ireland’s ‘football encyclopedia’ provides an in-depth account of last season’s action across all levels of Irish League Football.


The yearbook follows Northern Ireland’s World Cup Qualifying campaign, which brought us so close to our first World Cup since 1986. It also features the senior team’s friendly match against South Korea and their trip to South America as Michael O’Neill gets stuck into his new contract that will see him into 2024.


President of the Irish Football Association, David Martin, gives us his review of the past footballing year which saw Northern Ireland play host to the UEFA Women’s U19 Championship, the introduction of the UEFA Nations League which is set to start next month, Crusaders picking up the Danske Premiership title and Coleraine picking up the Irish Cup…plus much more.


The Malcolm Brodie Soccer Yearbook has been a firm favourite for football fans since its first edition in 1967 and it continues to serve as part of Malcolm Brodie’s legacy to Irish Football.


The Malcolm Brodie Northern Ireland Soccer Yearbook 2018/19 is available from all good newsagents with all proceeds going to charity.


The NI Soccer Yearbook is an Ulster Tatler Publication, for more information email: edit@ulstertatler.comor call 028 9066 3311




Countdown is on to welcome Dippy to the Ulster Museum

From 28th September to 6thJanuary Dippy the Diplodocus will take up residence in the Ulster Museum as part of an 8 stop UK tour, marking the dinosaur’s first venture outside London since 1905. National Museums NI and the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, will bring the beloved dinosaur to Belfast where he’s expected to be a big hit with young and old visitors alike! Standing at an impressive 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high, Dippy’s arrival will be accompanied by an exciting programme of events aimed at encouraging visitors to learn more about the fascinating world of biodiversity.

The exhibition is free, but those planning to visit are urged to book time slots in advance as large crowds are expect at the Ulster Museum during Dippy’s stay.

Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventureis being brought to visitors by the Natural History in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation, and supported by Dell EMC and Williams & Hill.

For further information on the exhibition and associated events and to make a booking visit





Summer 2018 Graduations

Congratulations to the 2018 graduates from both Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster! Keep an eye out for our photographers at the summer graduations over the next few weeks. Full coverage of summer graduations can be found in our August edition.

Host of Stars Confirmed for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am

STARS from the worlds of sport, music, TV and film will align up to play in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation Pro Am on Wednesday July 4, the eve of the fourth Rolex Series event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

Representing the sporting world is former Republic of Ireland, Manchester City and Newcastle United goalkeeper and RTE pundit Shay Given, while Donegal’s GAA Football Captain Michael Murphy will delight the home support just over a week after he leads the county out in the Ulster Football Championship Final. He is joined in the field by Kerry football star Kieran Donaghy, former Ireland international rugby players Keith Wood and Stephen Ferris, while renowned jockey AP McCoy will also make an appearance. Completing the sporting representation is ex-snooker World Champion Dennis Taylor and Derry City Football Club players Paddy McCourt, Gerard Doherty and Rory Patterson.

Also taking part in the Pro Am is former Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, professional dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing Anton du Beke and pop singers Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy. Completing the star-studded line up is well-known Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt. “Ballyliffin is a great golf course,” said Rory McIlroy. “It’s always nice to be back home and play in front of the home crowd so I’m very much looking forward to playing the course and also having some fun at the Pro Am before the tournament kicks off.” Fans will also be treated to a festival of music as country star Nathan Carter headlines the ‘Glashedy Sessions’ on the Friday night (6thJuly) of the tournament. A host of exciting local bands will also entertain the crowds at the Glashedy Stage, including popular four-piece the Logues and regular favourites the Groove Robbers.

Tickets for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation are on sale at www.dubaidutyfreeirishopen.comand begin at €20 for Pro-Am Wednesday, with tickets for Thursday and Friday costing €32 and day tickets for the weekend costing €34 each. An adult season souvenir ticket, which covers five days of world class golf from Wednesday to Sunday, costs just €110. Concessions are available for customers aged over 60 and between 14 and 17, while children up to 13 are permitted free entry when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.


AS part of Bright Young Things biggest ever summer programme, the leading drama company is giving pupils attending its first ever Actor’s Studio the chance to win a day on set with patron, Jimmy Nesbitt. The BYT Actor’s Studio takes place Monday 6 – Friday 10 August in the Crescent Arts Centre and is a unique, intensive five-day screen acting course giving the ultimate learning experience covering all attributes of acting for film and television and includes acting technique, script writing, practical rehearsal methods and the opportunity to work on their own production. All members of the BYT Actor’s Studio will have the chance to win The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award which includes a one-day visit to join the renowned local actor on the set of one of his forthcoming projects next year.

Jimmy Nesbitt said: “As patron of Bright Young Things, I am delighted that this very special company is embarking on a huge summer of drama with 17 locations across Northern Ireland for 3 – 11 year olds and the very exciting new Actor’s Studio for secondary school age. Drama is such a powerful and life-changing thing for young people, not to mention, seriously fun. However, it can be misunderstood, so I have a message for those who have never tried it or think it is not for them. Drama should be for everyone. Whatever you want to be in life, who doesn’t need a bit more confidence, communication, creativity and fun in their life. Drama can give you all that and more.”

“The inaugural BYT Actor’s Studio is an incredible opportunity for those aged 12 – 18 and is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. Which makes me very proud to announce the launch of The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award. The person judged to be the most creative across the week will get the rare opportunity to spend a day on set with me in one of my forthcoming projects. The winner will experience all that goes on on a professional film set, both in front of and behind the cameras – and I am sure we will have lots of craic on the day too,” Jimmy added.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing about all the new Northern Irish talent coming through the Actor’s Studio’s first intake. I wish all Bright Young Things’ an amazing summer, and you never know, I might drop in and see you at your BYT summer camp,” Jimmy concluded.

Lisa Duffy, founder and creative director of Bright Young Things said: “We are looking forward to the very first Actor’s Studio as part of our biggest ever summer programme and we are thrilled to team up with our patron, Jimmy Nesbitt, to give young people the chance to win the priceless opportunity to join Jimmy on set. We believe this prize, along with Jimmy’s ongoing support, demonstrates his belief in the work we are doing across Northern Ireland to make drama more accessible and help children and young people develop confidence, communication and creativity that will stand by them for the rest of their lives.”

The Jimmy Nesbitt Creativity Award will be judged by the Actor’s Studio Facilitators and Lisa Duffy, Creative Director of Bright Young Things and will be announced on the last day of the camp (Friday August 10).

For further information or to book the Bright Young Things Actor’s Studio or a BYT Summer Camp, go to

Galgorm says Konnichiwa to world exclusive gin

Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel, Galgorm Resort & Spa, has taken delivery of one of the world’s most exclusive and expensive gins. With only six bottles released into the UK market each year, Watenshi retails at £2000 per bottle and Galgorm is now the privileged owner of one of this year’s batch.

A gin unparalleled in intensity and complexity, with notes of sweet citrus and spice, Watenshi will take centre stage in the renowned Gin Library at Galgorm, becoming the 400th brand of gin to be welcomed to the collection. Produced by the multi-award-winning UK based Cambridge Distillery, which has been commissioned to distil gins for some of the world’s best restaurants and voted the ‘World’s Most Innovative Gin’ for the last 2 years running, Watenshi is arguably one of the most extraordinary and prestigious spirts ever produced. Distilled at half the pressure found on top of Mount Everest and at a temperature lower than the coldest day recorded at the South Pole, Watenshi is created by capturing the ‘Angel’s share’ of Cambridge’s ‘Japanese Gin’ which would otherwise be lost to evaporation – yielding just 15ml per distillation.

Galgorm’s resident Gin Connoisseur, Marcus Carty, said;

“As Northern Ireland finds itself in the grip of a gin loving phenomenon and with World Gin Day just around the corner, Watenshi or as it is more affectionately known, ‘The Japanese Angel’, truly is a heavenly arrival to Galgorm for gin aficionados. Galgorm is renowned for its above and beyond offering, housing some of the world’s most innovative brands and exclusive facilities all under one roof. It is a privilege to welcome this extraordinary bottle to our collection and it means our guests can experience something internationally remarkable right here at home. We have acquired bottle No.5 from this year’s release and coming in at 45% ABV it certainly packs a punch. It is a gin best enjoyed neat, on ice or as a very dry Martini.”

Presented in a hand-blown decanter bottle and finished off with silver pieces by jeweller Antoine Sandoz, whose other clients include Chanel and Tom Ford, Watenshi is as easy on the eye as it is on the palette. With 400 brands available in the Gin Library, the Resort champions both local and global distillations, with Northern Ireland gins Jawbox and Shortcross sitting shoulder to shoulder with gins as exclusive as Watenshi.  The array is showcased through the Resort’s daily ‘Gin Tasting’ for residents and Connoisseur, Marcus, is on hand to create a bespoke gin-based cocktail for couples getting married at the spectacular Resort adding a personal touch to their special day.