British Medical Association celebrates Dr John D Woods

British Medical Association members and staff recently attended an event to mark Dr John D Woods term of office as BMA Northern Ireland Council chair.

At the event Dr Woods was joined by his wife Dr Sara Hedderwick and other members of BMA committees including the former BMA Cymru-Wales chair Dr Philip Banfield and BMA Scotland National Director Jill Vickerman.

Speaking at the event Dr Woods thanked BMA Northern Ireland national director Claire Armstrong, BMA staff and BMA committee members who had who worked with him during his term as chair.

Holiday World Show 2019 at Titanic Belfast

Holiday seekers and adventure enthusiasts alike will pleased to know the Holiday World Show will be returning to Belfast once again in 2019. TV Personality Paul Martin from ‘Flog It’ will be opening what is set to be an even bigger and better event than ever before.

From Friday 18th January- Sunday 20th January 2019, the action-packed Holiday World Show will be taking place in the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.

Whether you’re in the market for a weekend break, a family holiday, activity adventure or the luxury break of a lifetime, you’ll find it all right here.  Amongst the big new names checking into Northern Ireland’s favourite celebration of travel and tourism will be China’s National Tourist Office, the Great Lakes region of the USA, the Madeira Bureau and the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board.


The three-in-one show is a one-stop-shop for expert global travel advice, deals and destinations, competitions, show-only offers and great family entertainment.

A 50+ Village and the ever-popular Cavan & Motorhome Show will add to the holiday highlights, which also include the Oasis Travel Cruise Pavilion and Clubworld Travel’s Honeymoon & Wedding Destinations Pavilion.

Visit Holiday World at Titanic Exhibition Centre on:

Friday         18th January: 1pm – 6pm

Saturday    19th January: 11am –5.30pm

Sunday       20th January: 11am – 5.30pm

Or visit for more information

The MAC And Cahoots NI Collaborate For Magical Christmas Show

This Christmas, the MAC will collaborate once again with the children’s theatre company Cahoots NI for a magical production of the much-loved Brothers Grimm story, The Elves and The Shoemaker.

This classic fairytale is the uplifting story of a kind-hearted tradesman who has fallen on hard times and is assisted by a mischievous band of fairy folk. As ever with the MAC’s Christmas shows, expect a unique twist on the traditional fairy tale format with a funny script co-written by Simon Magill and Stephen Beggs, under the direction of Paul Bosco McEneaney, and an enchanting festive score from Garth McConaghie.

This show is suitable for all ages and will run from Tuesday 27th November to Saturday 6th January, but tickets are selling out quick! Avail of discount prices when you purchase a Family Saver ticket, valid Monday to Friday, which will save you 10% when you purchase 4 tickets or more.


For more information about the show or to book tickets for your festive family trip to the MAC, visit

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas at Hillsborough Castle!

A series of magical events and activities will be taking place right through the festive period at Hillsborough Castle, Co. Down.

From 28 November – 23 December visitors can travel back to 1895, as Lord and Lady Arthur Hill decorate the grand house for a Victorian Christmas! Soak up the seasonal atmosphere in the stunning candlelit State Rooms, adorned with exquisite paper cuts from local artist Emma Davison and discover the rich, inspiring and often surprising history of this famous residence, guided by the Castle’s team of expert explainers. After exploring the Castle’s beautifully decorated interiors, families can even have a go at making their very own decorations with drop-in family workshops, on selected weekends, including wreath making and decorative paper cutting classes.

Each weekend, the Castle will burst into life with costumed interpreters as the household celebrates yuletide with live musicfrom the Downshire Brass band and Sestina music ensemble. Kitchen staff will be serving up scrumptious samples of Twelfth Cakeand Wassail Cup,while on 15-16 and 22-23 December, Father Christmas will be taking a break from his very busy schedule with a special appearance at the Castle.

Following Christmas, from 27-30 December, the world turns topsy-turvy as the old year makes way for the new! Meet characters from the Castle’s past as Lord and Lady Arthur Hill get ready for a dazzling Christmas Ball. Listen to stories and music, play traditional festive games and sample traditional food and drink. On the 29 and 30 December, you might just bump into one of the Tower of London’s present day ‘Beefeaters’ who will be taking part in the celebrations, just like they did in 1895.

Throughout the Christmas calendar, Hillsborough Castle will also be hosting a range of after-hours events for adults. For those that dare, round off the year by diving into the chilling world of Victorian Christmas ghost stories. On 28 December, internationally-acclaimed actor and local legend Ian McElhinney delivers an atmospheric reading of terrifying tales in the imposing Throne Room.

For the full programme of seasonal events at Hillsborough Castle and tickets, please visit:

Hillsborough Castle general admission ticket:

  • Members: Free
  • Adult (18+ years old): £8.00
  • Child (5-15 years old): £5.10

Ulster Tatler pre-Christmas drinks at Fratellis Belfast

Sarah Sherry

Fratellis Belfast was the fabulous venue for Ulster Tatler’s pre-Christmas drinks reception. Guests enjoyed wonderful canapés and drinks and the party continued into the wee small hours. Here’s a preview of some of the pics that will feature in our January issue – on sale Saturday 22 December.


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