Spring offers at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort

Galgorm Spa packages:

Spring Reviver Day Spa Experience:

Revive your body, soul and mind with Galgorm’s Spring Reviver Spa Experience. This package offers a five-step, self-applicating Rasul treatment consisting of a Cleanse, Hair Mask, Application of Mud, Salt Scrub and Moisturiser. You’ll have access to the award-winning Thermal Spa Village where you can fully unwind and enjoy a delicious spa lunch at the on-site Elements Café. This is a special spring-only offer, available from only £75 per person. To book or find out more visit: www.galgorm.com



Spring-Zing Day Spa Experience:

Add a little spring to your step with a rejuvenating Spa Experience at The Spa at Galgorm. As part of this experience you can enjoy 60 minute treatment that includes Lime & Lemongrass scrub, Shoulder & Neck Massage and a Brightening Facial. Enjoy a deeper sense of relaxation as you unwind in the Thermal Spa Village and indulge in a delectable lunch in Elements Café. Enjoy all this from only £95 per person. To book or find out more visit: www.galgorm.com.



Accommodation packages:

Spring Escape:

Immerse yourself in luxury with an overnight stay in Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort. Let yourself unwind in the breathtaking river-side Thermal Spa Village before enjoying a tantalising three-course meal complete with a bottle of house wine in one of the Resort’s onsite Restaurants: Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar. Then retire to your luxurious guest room for a restful night’s sleep before digging into a Full Irish Breakfast the following morning. All this is available from only £230 for two guests. To book or find out more visit: www.galgorm.com.


Spring Retreat:

Escape to the country and immerse yourself in tranquillity this Spring. Spend two peaceful nights in one of Galgorm’s luxurious guest rooms and make full use of the river-side Thermal Spa Village. You’ll be treated to a complimentary full Irish breakfast each morning, as well as a three-course evening meal on one evening to include a bottle of house wine in Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar, for only £390 for two guests. To book or to find out more visit: www.galgorm.com.



Cottage Spring Escape

Escape to the depths of serenity in one of Galgorm’s exquisite Cottage Suites. This offer gives you access to the award-winning Thermal Spa Village, providing a new level of relaxation right along the riverbank. You can then enjoy a delicious three-course meal in one of the Resort’s restaurants, Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar. Enjoy this entire experience with a guest for just £250. To book or to find out more visit: www.galgorm.com.



Mother’s Day offers at Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort

Mum & Me Day Spa Experience

Treat the special lady in your life to an extraordinary spa-day experience this Mother’s Day in Galgorm’s award-winning Thermal Spa Village. Situated along the riverbank, you’ll be treating her to two hours of pure tranquillity as you immerse yourselves in the array of relaxing facilities including hot-tubs, saunas, aromatherapy rooms among many others. Enjoy two refreshing and fruity cocktails each along with a delicious light-bite in Elements Café. This offer is available from March 16 – April 5 for only £69 per person. To book or for more information visit: www.galgorm.com.


Mother’s Day Dining

If you want to get the whole family involved, try some of the irresistible Mother’s Day Dining experiences at one of the Resort’s three on-site restaurants – Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar. All three restaurants are offering a four-course meal and a gift for your mother on this special day. Adults can dine from £29.95 and kids from £12.95. To book or find out more visit: www.galgorm.com.



Artist Adrian Margey will stage a major exhibition of his work at Titanic Hotel Belfast this weekend: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th February.  Well-known for his bold and colourful contemporary depictions of Irish landscape, landmarks, cityscapes and musical traditions, Margey is also winning a great deal of praise for his more subtle, impressionistic works.  With a string of successful solo exhibitions behind him, Margey is considered one of Northern Ireland’s most collected young artists today.

The eclectic show at Titanic Hotel promises to showcase a wide variety of the artist’s enigmatic work.  From large-scale canvases to smaller pieces, collectors and art lovers will enjoy many depictions of Belfast City, including portrayals of Belfast Castle, Cavehill, Belvoir Forest, the Crown Bar, City Hall and Barnett Demesne to name but a few. Donegal, the North Coast, Glens of Antrim and the Mournes have also inspired much of Margey’s new collection. Representations of traditional Irish musicians and dancers will also be on show.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.  Opening times as follows: Friday 7th February: 6pm – 9pm / Saturday 8th February: 11am – 8pm & Sunday 9th February: 11am – 6pm.  Parking for Titanic Hotel visitors is located in Titanic Belfast Museum underground car park.  To access the car park, take the second left past the hotel on Queen’s Road following the signs for hotel parking.

For more information telephone Margey’s Portrush studio on 07841593762 or visit www.adrianmargey.com for a full online preview of the work going on show.

Looking, feeling and being your best!

Ulster Tatler’s Joanne Harkness speaks to Alex Best, author, TV personality and ex-wife of the late George Best about her non-surgical facelift treatment with Cosmetech in their Holywood branch.

Catching up with Alex, 24 hours after her treatment, I would not have been aware that she had been through a procedure at all – she was in good spirits and looking as fresh and glamorous as she always does. She emphasised the lack of downtime needed with this treatment. “There is no anesthetic required, the only thing used was some numbing cream. It was just like going for antiwrinkle injections, you could even go back to work after! I woke up this morning with no bruising, just totally back to normal.”

“I noticed the difference straight away.” Alex Best says of her recent non-surgical facelift treatment with Cosmetech in their Holywood branch.

The PDO Thread-Lift is a non-surgical facelift, with zero downtime With the session only lasting 30-60 minutes, you could be mistaken that it would take a bit of time to develop but this was not the case according to Alex.

Alex was also thrilled with the quality of service and attention to detail that she received at Cosmetech. For further information, contact Cosmetech, Maypole Clinic, 5-7 Shore Road, Holywood, BT18 9XH. Tel: +44 (0) 2890 423200. www.cosmetech.co.uk

For more coverage, see our January issue out now!

Enhanced Hair System

Alexandra Natzke was last year’s winner of Enhanced Hair Studio’s life-changing competition and was fitted with an Enhanced Hair System. We decided to ask Alex a few questions to see how she’s getting on with her new hair.

When did you start losing your hair?

I first lost all my hair when I was 15 after having chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Most of my hair grew back after treatment but I was left with a bald patch at the top of my head which never grew back.

How did losing your hair affect your confidence?

At the start I was very self-conscious when wearing wigs and hair pieces as I felt it was obvious that I was wearing them and that’s all people would look at. When my hair started growing back, I would always wear it up in a ponytail as I was paranoid that people could see my bald patch. This was especially frustrating when going on nights out or any special events.

Since wearing your new Enhanced Hair System how have you been getting on with it?

I love it! I’m finally able to wear my hair in different ways and not be so self-conscious about wearing my hair down. My hair looks much fuller and the best thing about it is that I don’t feel like I have any hairpieces attached so it’s much more comfortable compared to wigs and clip on hairpieces. I think it’s also more natural looking than wigs.

Is your new system easy to style and manage?

Yes, it’s so easy! The hair piece is human hair, so I can straighten, curl and style it just like normal hair. It is also very handy as you don’t have to wash it as often. I found with wigs and clip on pieces I spent so much time trying to position the hairpiece in the right place to make it look natural so it’s less time consuming as you don’t take the system off.

Would you recommend Enhanced Hair Studio to anyone suffering from hair loss?

Definitely. The ladies at Enhanced Hair Studio are experts at what they do. They are very approachable and willing to answer any questions. At the consultation they show you the hairpieces and explain how the system works. Everything is kept confidential. They also have a variety of different colours, lengths and styles to match your hair. I have tried a lot of different things to try to cover my area of hair loss, but the Enhanced Hair System has been by far the best so for anybody suffering from hair loss I would recommend booking in for a consultation.

If you or anyone you know suffer from hair loss or alopecia, support is available through Alopecia UK. If you would like to find out more information about the Enhanced Hair System please visit www.enhancedhairstudio.com or email info@enhancedhairstudio.com to book in for a free consultation.

Ian Sansom’s Double Book Launch

Professor Ian Sansom has had not one, but two books launched recently in December. The Reading Room is a playful and provocative collection of 365 extracts sourced from the British Library’s collections. The Redstone Diary, edited by Ian Sansom and Julian Rothenstein, celebrates Europe in this, its 32nd edition. The launch took place in No Alibis bookshop, Belfast.

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


QUB RFC Celebrates 150 Years

Queen’s University Belfast Rugby Club, the oldest continuous club in Ulster and the second oldest in Ireland, recently celebrated their 150th anniversary with a Gala Dinner in the Whitla Hall. During its rich history, Queen’s has won the Ulster Senior Cup a record 23 times, lifted the Ulster Junior Cup on the most occasions with 15 wins and won the Bateman Cup (All Ireland Cup) three times, which is more than every Ulster club combined.

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

‘Careless Love’ New Season Programme Revealed

‘Careless Love’, the Spring-Summer 2020 programme launched recently at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, sees masterpieces and returning hits take centre stage. From the ‘Careless Love’ of warring husband-wife in Cole Porter’s hilarious musical masterpiece Kiss Me Kate (1-22 Feb); the search for less careless love that Shirley Valentine pursues (27 Feb-15 Mar); to the Lyric Drama Studio’s production of undead love in Dracula (23-27 June).

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.

Rosemary Jenkinson and Jimmy Fay
Pamela and Michael Cameron and Libby Smyth
Oisin Kearney and Rachel Leitch
Martin Lynch
Rebecca Mairs and Walter Sutcliffe

Methody PTA Ladies Fashion Show

Guests recently turned out in style for the Methody PTA Ladies Dinner and fashion show in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings. The evening was hosted and styled by Rebecca McKinney, and Rebecca shared her latest picks from high-end, high street and boutique retailers, showcasing outfits for every budget, occasion and taste.

For more coverage, see the January 2020 edition of Ulster Tatler, out now.


NI public smash ’Stuff A Bus’ toy target for local children this Christmas

The annual Translink and U105 Stuff A Bus Toy Appeal, in aid of The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul, has smashed its target of 20,000 toy donations. Thanks to the generosity of the NI public thousands of children living in poverty will receive Christmas presents under the tree this year.

Now in its third year, the public transport provider and broadcaster joined forces to support The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Family Appeal. With toy donation points in bus and train stations across the country, Translink passengers, staff, local businesses and the wider public responded with exceptional kindness, helping to stuff a double decker Translink bus with over 20,000 toys.

The gifts will be delivered ahead of Christmas Eve to families who need it most, ensuring thousands of children wake up to a present on Christmas morning.


Pauline Brown, St Vincent de Paul, Jacqueline Wright, The Salvation Army, Peter McVerry, U105 and Ursula Henderson, Translink.


Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink thanked everyone for their efforts:

“A massive thank you to everyone who supported the Stuff A Bus Toy Appeal. Every year we wonder if we can beat the last target, and year on year thousands of people visit our stations to donate and make a positive difference for families who are going through very tough times at Christmas.

“If you’ve been tuning into U105 you will have heard moving stories about the families that St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army look after. It really brings home the need for ongoing support to tackle the serious issue of poverty across Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who has supported this year’s appeal and I would like to wish them all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Last minute gift ideas: Black Bush and Single Malts

If you are looking for that last minute gift for your loved one, look no further than the Black Bush and Single Malt collection from Bushmills. With something for a range of budgets, they can make the perfect gift this Christmas.


Bushmills Black Bush is a premium blended Irish whiskey that combines a uniquely high proportion of malt whiskey matured in Oloroso sherry casks with a sweet, batch distilled grain whiskey. An independent, spirited and confident whiskey, its silky texture floats across the tongue to deliver dark, velvety fruity notes right through to the long finish with robust flavours of dried fruits and nuts. This premium blend, made in small batches with passion, great care and supreme craftsmanship, is the ideal gift this Christmas for new and discerning whiskey drinkers alike.

Bushmills Black Bush is available in all retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £25/€33.




Triple distilled from 100% malted barley and matured for a minimum of 10 years in bourbon casks, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt whiskey is an approachable but premium Single Malt. A delicate, floral and quietly confident spirit, it has aromas of honey, vanilla and milk chocolate with crisp, fruity notes to taste. Carefully balanced by Bushmills Master Blender Helen Mulholland to ensure its precise flavour, it is the perfect Christmas gift for a discerning whiskey drinker.

Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt is available in all retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £32/€45.





Bushmills 16 Year Old is a premium whiskey aged in a combination of Oloroso sherry and bourbon seasoned casks, before maturing for several months in Port Wine barrels. This unique maturation process imparts distinct, up front and punchy notes of juicy stone fruits, nuts and spice in the whiskey, as well as giving the spirit its depth and hint of ruby redness. The whiskey lover’s whiskey, Bushmills 16 Year Old is the hero of the Bushmills Single Malts range, and is ideal for Christmas gifting.

Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt is available in select retailers and off-licenses across the country, RRP £89/€99.




Named Irish Single Malt of the Year for 2020 by renowned whiskey expert, Jim Murray, the rare Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt is in scarce supply, with only a limited number of casks in the warehouses of the Old Bushmills Distillery. A whiskey of considerable depth, its taste interweaves notes of dark chocolate, toasted raisins and caramelised toffee, with a sip that clings to the palate. Sure to be the jewel in any whiskey enthusiast’s collection this Christmas.

Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt is available in select retailers and off-licences across the country, RRP £129/€188.


Banish the ‘big-question’ nerves with your very own Proposal Planner

Lough Erne Resort has the perfect proposal for those planning to ask the all-important question during the festive season – the resort introduces its very own Proposal Planner.

Just as a wedding planner takes care of all the details, big and small, in the run up to the nuptials, Lough Erne Resort’s skilled and experienced team of Proposal Planners are on hand to help nervous or unorganised romantics. Helping them consider how and where to ask their loved one for their hand in marriage.

As part of the service, the five-star resort has launched a ‘Proposal Package’ to ensure the gesture is unforgettable. Once booked, guests will coordinate with their very own Proposal Planner to create the perfect setting to pop the question.

Lough Erne Resort offers an array of stunning locations to stage a dream proposal, from the natural beauty of the surrounding Fermanagh Lakelands, the scenic Collop Walk and the handcrafted pavilion overlooking the lake. For a more intimate experience, guests may opt to get down on one knee by the cosy open fire with the backdrop of festive décor, or for a more private expression of love, arrangements can be made to decorate a suite to any requirement.

As a truly unique offering, the Proposal Package can be curated to each individual taste and can include a photographer to capture all the important moments, a luxury suite for two with complimentary champagne, rose petal turndown, locally made chocolates, indulgent room-service breakfast, couple’s spa treatment at the Thai Spa and romantic private-dining by Executive Chef Noel McMeel.

For more information regarding bookings and individual prices please contact Lough Erne Resort on 028 6632 3230 or visit our dedicated proposal webpage – https://www.lougherneresort.com/Proposal-Ideas-in-Northern-Ireland.html

Northern Ireland Shoppers Have a Dashing Good Time at Lidl Trolley Dash

£97,678 raised for NSPCC as Lidl shoppers dash through the aisles to win their Christmas shop

One lucky shopper from 38 Lidl stores across Northern Ireland took part in the Lidl Trolley Dash on Saturday 14th December. With two minutes on the clock, shoppers dashed around their local Lidl store to grab as much of their Christmas shopping as possible – all to raise vital funds for NSPCC.

All proceeds from Lidl Trolley Dash ticket sales went directly to NSPCC, resulting in an incredible £97,678 being raised.

Across Northern Ireland, 38 lucky shoppers took part in the Lidl Trolley Dash and bagged their favourite Lidl Christmas products, including festive treats from the premium Deluxe and Favourina ranges.

Deirdre Ryan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland said:

“The annual Lidl Trolley Dash is a real highlight in the calendar and is a major fundraising initiative for our charity partner, NSPCC. For the past two years we have supported the charity to continue its vital work across Northern Ireland and Lidl’s Trolley Dash is a huge boost to our fundraising efforts.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s Lidl Trolley Dash has generated an amazing £97,678 and we would like to thank Lidl customers across Northern Ireland for their support. Lidl’s Trolley Dash is also an opportunity for us to give something back to our loyal customers and we’re delighted to reward 38 lucky shoppers with their Christmas shop on us.

Thanks to our customers, we’re able to help NSPCC bring a brighter Christmas to children, young people and families across Northern Ireland.”

For more information about Lidl Trolley Dash and for competition terms and conditions, please visit www.lidl.co.uk.