The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride Coffee Morning

Newry Mourne and Down District Council kindly hosted a coffee morning in aid of The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride Uganda Bore Hole Fund. Cllr. Robert Burgess and Cllr. Dermot Curran welcomed guests from across the Equestrian World and other Government officials who attended.

Joan Cunningham, organiser of The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride, thanked all the councillors who attended and also Barbara Ennis who organised the catering for their kindness in hosting such an enjoyable morning.

Joan Cunningham used the coffee morning as the perfect occasion to discuss plans with  Cllr. Robert Burgess for the 2020 Saintfield Horse Show. She made the announcement that the Show which has been held for the last number of years at Tyrella House will now move to an exciting new venue in Castlewellan kindly hosted by Eugene Milligan.

The Show will be held on Saturday 1st August and will also be in aid of The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride Ugandan Project Fund.



Envision launched their new DRP (Detect React Protect) product series at their Open House Event, which was very well attended. The excellent weather allowed their A32 ISR aircraft to be put through its paces on the day. Guest speaker Shane Todd entertained everyone after a delicious lunch prepared by Janes Kitchen, Broughshane. Clients, suppliers and guests thoroughly enjoyed an informative event, which showcased Envisions unique security services and products.

For further coverage of this event see our April issue, now on sale.

Jordanstown Woman Raises Over £6,000 For NI Children to Lapland Trust Charity

Jordanstown’s Nicola Joyce recently hosted a special Mini Merchant Afternoon Fundraising Tea in the Rita Duffy Suite of the Merchant Hotel, which raised over £6,000 for Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days To Remember Trust.

Ulster New Zealand Trust Annual Lunch

The Ulster New Zealand Trust at The Ballance House has been holding an annual lunch and talk for over 20 years to recognise Waitangi Day. The speaker at The Ballance House this year was Jim Neilly who recounted very humorous stories to UNZT members and guests of his broadcasting and travel around the world with the BBC for over 40 years, including coverage of Ulster and Irish rugby and boxing. This year’s Dilworth tutors, Paolo Aquino, Anthony Bray and Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo performed a most inspiring haka for guests.

Some special guests included Mayor Cllr Alan Givan & Mayoress LCCC; David Burns, Chief Executive Officer LCCC; Jonathan Saint, New Zealand Ireland Association, Sinclair Stockman, Hon. New Zealand Consul and Brian McKnight, Patron of UNZT.

For more coverage of this event, check out the March edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.

Rathmore Gala Ball

It was a night to remember as Rathmore Grammar School officially launched its Alumni and Friends at the inaugural Gala Ball in the Titanic, Belfast.

The evening of celebration began with a welcome from the school Principal, Mrs Thérèse Hamilton, who set the scene for a night of great craic, with the chance to renew friendships and indulge in a little nostalgia.  She expressed her hope that the Gala Ball would be the beginning of many reunions and opportunities for supporters of the school to reconnect and share in the school’s vision of supporting our young people to have every opportunity that is available to them.

For more coverage, check out the March edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


Frank Ormsby Honoured by Council

Local poet, Frank Ormsby, was honoured at a civic reception in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, recently.  Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, led by Chair Siobhán Currie, hosted the event to mark Ormsby’s appointment as the Ireland Professor of Poetry.  Friends, family and councillors listened while the poet spoke fondly of his early life in Irvinestown, education at St. Michael’s College, Enniskillen, and the lasting impact the people and places of Fermanagh have had on his poetry, including his most recent collection The Rain Barrel, published in October 2019.

For more coverage, check out the March edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


Newry Inspire Awards

The Canal Court Hotel recently hosted the first Newry Inspire Awards. It was a wonderful evening acknowledging and appreciating those within the community who motivate and inspire others in some way. There were ten awards presented on the night which included, ‘Most Inspirational Young Person’, ‘Most Inspirational Public Figure’, and ‘Most Inspirational Business’ to name a few. Children from the Emma Donnelly School of Music and Performing Arts provided the entertainment.

This function featured in the February 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.

Day At The Races

Down Royal Racecourse, one of Ireland’s finest race tracks, has a year-round busy schedule featuring fantastic race fixtures complete with a host of entertainment packages. Located just outside Lisburn, the historic racecourse has hosted the ‘Sport of Kings’ since the 17th Century including some of the most noteworthy events on the Irish racing calendar. The dull winter weather didn’t stop crowds gathering at Down Royal’s much-loved Boxing Day races. Punters wrapped up warm for a day out at the famous course while taking their chances on the horses in hope of a big win.

This function featured in the February 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.

Bangor Swimming Club 100th Anniversary

Over 50 past members of Bangor Swimming Club met to celebrate 100 years of the club in Teddy’s Bar and Grill, Castle Street. Old friends from the 1960s-1990s gathered to celebrate swimming in Bangor ASC in one of their most successful periods while catching up and renewing friendships. It was amazing to hear men in their mid-forties thanking Marion McClean for teaching them to swim when they were small children. All those present wanted to thank everyone who helped their careers and made them what they are.

This function featured in the February 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.

Portadown College 30 Year Reunion

On January 18th, alumni from the former Portadown College of Further Education met at the Flamin’ Grill restaurant in Portadown for a 30-year reunion.  Around 60 local students graduated on the BTEC Business and Finance Diploma in 1990, and attendees were reunited with classmates and teaching staff, including Paul Lundy and well-known local image consultant Billy Dixon.

This function featured in the February 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.

Tommy Bowe and Stephen Ferris Luncheon

The Ulster Reform Club recently played host to a luncheon with two of Ulster and Ireland’s greatest players of the professional era, Tommy Bowe and Stephen Ferris. Both were members of Ireland’s 2009 team that won Ireland’s first Grand Slam for sixty-one years. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by Tommy and Stephen’s conversation with Ulster Reform Club Past President Jim Neilly.

This function featured in the February 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.

Regional Primary PCI Service Gala Ball

A gala ball at the Belfast City Hall celebrated the tenth anniversary of a life-saving treatment called primary per cutaneous coronary intervention. Over those 10 years, over 5,000 patients with a major heart attack have undergone this high-tech medical procedure at either the Royal Victoria or Altnagelvin Hospitals. Expert cardiology teams in these hospitals work at all times of the day or night, removing blockages from inside the heart’s arteries to restore blood flow. The whole population of Northern Ireland has access to this treatment with dramatically better outcomes for patients.

This function featured in the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler.