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Editor’s Letter

The Statement I was really pleased to see that the 100th anniversary of the birth of Brian Moore was marked by a terrific mini festival in midAugust entitled “Lonely Passions: Brian Moore Centenary Festival”. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, in my humble opinion, he is the greatest writer that Belfast has produced. However, for some reason he seems to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Hopefully his body of work will be reassessed; his achievements are considerable. He was

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shortlisted for the Booker prize three times, he wrote the screenplay for Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain and several of his novels were made into films starring the likes of Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Tilda Swinton and Martin Sheen. Famously Graham Greene once described him as his favourite living novelist. To put it mildly, he had a complicated relationship with his hometown but, to be fair, Belfast was not in great shape during the years when he seldom visited. On pages 113 and 140 we have coverage from two of the festival events. If your interest has been piqued and you don’t know which novel to begin with, I would recommend The Emperor of Ice Cream. It has just been reissued in paperback and is set during the blitz in Belfast. It’s an absorbing read.



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Kathy Clugston Kathy Clugston is a freelance radio presenter. She chairs the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’ and presents the weekly entertainment show ‘The Ticket’ on BBC Radio Ulster.


This month, Kathy Clugston discusses how middle age isn’t what it used to be, and how the media should embrace the ageing population.

I have just turned 52 and, if I say so myself, I don’t think I look it. But nobody looks their age any more, do they? Not that long ago, hitting 50 was basically the end of days. The Beige Fairy would come in the night to take away your nice clothes and leave you with a perm and a sudden interest in bridge. Thankfully, attitudes, expectations and style have all changed. When I was in my 20s, there weren’t many women over 50 in plum roles on television, in music, in films, in popular culture generally to aspire to become one day. And while there are many things still to rage about as regards equal representation and remuneration, middle age is no longer a one-way ticket to the scrap heap. We are often told that we are an aging population. According to data from NISRA, the number of over-65s here is expected to nearly double by 2041 (to around 24%). However, our media is, as ever, obsessed with attracting younger people, even more so now their entertainment choices are almost infinite. The idea of gathering around the wireless to listen to a radio drama or having just three television channels must seem to younger folk the way a party line or putting clothes through a mangle seemed to me. Wait a whole week to see the next episode of a TV show? What’s that all about? And while the under-35s are big consumers of podcasts, I wonder how many of them could switch on an actual radio, should they ever come into contact with one. The TV and radio landscape has changed beyond all recognition. The (for now) publicly-funded BBC, who used to be able to count on a lifetime’s loyalty, is understandably panicky about losing millennials and Gen Z-ers to American streaming services, YouTube and TikTok, and finds itself on a constant quest to find sexier, shoutier ways of luring them in. It is extremely cheering, therefore, to note the success of two services that couldn’t give a flying fig roll about what’s cool, dope, fire or trending on Twitter. The TV channel Talking Pictures, which lurks among the channels selling stuff for making your own Christmas cards, is unashamedly nostalgic, showing a mix of vintage TV series, screwball comedies and old black-and-white films. Their superstars are the likes of Alistair Sim, Dulcie Gray and Sir Donald Wolfit. My mum and I recently had a ball watching Gideon of Scotland Yard from 1958, directed by John Ford and starring Jack Hawkins and a young Anna Massey. A quick glance at today’s schedule reveals Peter Cushing in Twins of Evil from 1971, The June Allyson Show from 1959 and John Hurt in The Naked Civil Servant from 1975. Who wouldn’t want to watch any of those? The popularity of Talking Pictures, which soared during the pandemic, is all the more pleasing when you discover the whole operation is run from a back garden near Watford by a man called Noel and his daughter Sarah. Noel puts the schedule together using a notepad and pen, while Sarah answers

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phone calls from film fans. ‘Shedflix’, as it has been dubbed, now attracts about 6 million viewers a week. Another passion project that took off is Boom Radio. Commercial radio stalwarts Phil Riley and David Lloyd felt that Radio 2’s efforts to target an ever more youthful audience were alienating their age group, and decided to do something about it. The playlist specifically targets the baby boomer generation (roughly, the over-55s); gracing the airwaves today were Connie Francis, The Monkees, Ruby Murray and The Stylistics. It was initially available in just a few regions but proved so popular it soon went national on DAB digital radio, with presenters well-known to that age group - ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton, Esther Rantzen, Kid Jensen, Jenny Hanley - all, modernly, broadcasting from home. These ventures may or may not make a serious dent in the mainstream, but how lovely that someone is bearing the more mature in mind. And as commercial enterprises, advertising to possibly the last generation of people with full pensions and paid-off mortgages, the future may well turn out to be paved with silver.

THIS MONTH’S OBSESSIONS: Chilli Oil – Ever since I discovered this in my local Asian supermarket I’ve been having it with almost everything. You can marinade or dip with it, but I like it best sprinkled over vegetables or fried eggs.

Fake Heiress - BBC Sounds podcast about the rise and fall of Anna Delvey, who scammed hotels, financial institutions and New York society into believing she was a multi-millionairess.

The Bold Type - Netflix series, loosely based on the life of the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Joanna Coles, about three millennial New Yorkers. Corny but moreish. Four seasons are available with the final one hopefully due soon.


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This month Ulster Tatler gives you our top picks of local attractions and things to do out & about in Northern Ireland.

ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is the perfect place for an out of this world family day out. Brand new, state-of-theart facilities boasts the world’s most advanced Planetarium system, Digistar 7, transporting guests anywhere in the Solar System and beyond! The latest technology allows visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in a 360-degree dome experience where shows are played on the roof, using its new projection equipment. The cleverly designed interactive exhibition area allows little ones to explore outer space and broaden their curiosity for the intergalactic phenomena. The sensory room, improved shop and café make for a great day out. Tickets for the dome shows are available to purchase online via www.armagh.space

SUNRISE & SUNSET With a dramatic coastline, cityscape and peaks that outline its immense beauty, Northern Ireland’s landscape is picturesque during rain, snow or sunshine. However, there is something magical watching the sky come to life during dawn or dusk, the colours become vivid and the skyline makes for the perfect picture – it’s not called golden hour for nothing. Discover Northern Ireland have put together some of the most spectacular spots to watch the sunrise and sunset in Northern Ireland. The adventure awaits, just don’t forget to bring your camera! Top spots to check out are; Divis, Cavehill, Lagan Tow Path, Bangor Coastal Path, Slieve Binnian, Lough Navar Forest, Sawel Mountain, Mussenden Temple and Slieve Gullion. For more information on the walks available, other great places to visit and for things to see and do check out: discovernorthernireland.com.

CANOE AND CAKE Combine two experiences into one! Explore the sights of Strangford Lough on board a canoe before heading ashore to indulge in some tasty treats in a traditional Irish thatched cottage. Your adventure starts on beautiful Ballymoran Bay, where you and your guide John will set off on the water to paddle around the little islands dotted around the lough. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of your surroundings and look out for some marine life along the way. Once you have worked up an appetite you will return to land, where Tracey will be waiting as you disembark. You’ll take a twominute walk to her home, where she will have delicious warm breads with homemade jams and butters waiting for you to tuck into. Your host will also demonstrate how to make your own soda bread. Tickets are priced at £65. Book now at www. mobileadventureteam.co.uk


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Whether you are searching for a quiet cup of coffee, that special gift or simply an afternoon to treat yourself, come on down and check out the cosy little community that is THE COURTYARD!

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FRONT COURTYARD Through the black door, immediately on your left upon entering, and up the stairs, you will find Men’s Lodge Room! Jack, Jai and the guys are friendly and hard-working, providing a funky, fresh atmosphere where you are guaranteed to get your next favourite fade.

Up the stairs, there is Bath-A-Licious Bath Bombs! Both the factory and the shop, all products are hand-made right here. Using all responsibly sourced materials, they provide amazing bath bombs full of fabulous bath art and with a full range of not only bath bombs, but also shower steamers, it is well worth a visit.

Local artist Tom Stephenson - from local scenery to his pun-filled sheep collection, The Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph, Tom can often be found in his gallery working on his latest piece and is always happy to share a bit of his knowledge on any of his art. The Silver Store is a unique jeweller holding a beautiful selection including a wide variety of gold, silver and platinum pieces along with the unusual and stunning Alchemy range, so there is something for everyone. Baked by Bap

Baked By Bap bakery is a new addition to the team, who’s tasty treats really do taste as good as they look! Sabrina provides a whole range of cakes and bakes that can easily be designed to suit any occasion.

Operated by father and son team, Gary and Warren, Mount 10 Gallery is a wonderful mixed genre gallery. They exhibit a range of different artwork (including our very own Tom Stephenson), stunning photography, ceramics and local handcrafted pieces.

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on Halloween, check out her socials for more information @dreamybackdrops! JAVART provides an eclectic mix of homeware and giftware, where you can easily find that perfect present. As only one of four Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockists in Northern Ireland, Alison is full of experience and ready assist you with your latest upcycle project.

Next door is The Mulberry Bush, a beautiful children’s boutique. Whether it’s a special outfit, some comfy garments, or a unique present for your little one, Anita is more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

REAR COURTYARD WHICH HOUSES OUR BEAUTIFUL GARDEN Here you can find The Secret Bookshelf, housing a selection of new and pre-loved books, literary gifts and local artwork. Not finding what you want? Don’t worry! Speak to Chris and Jo to see what magic they can work!

Another new addition to the team is Angie’s Corner. This comfy café serves a choice of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, healthy choice and traditional fayre, with all food freshly prepared and cooked daily in house. Always served with a smile, it is worth the visit! Completing our rear courtyard, we have Lee in The Talking Shop. Set up by Positive Carrickfergus to host a project exploring the future of Carrickfergus with the people who live here, The Talking Shop invites innovative thinking and imagination, while providing an encouraging space for community-orientated ideas and experiments.

Why not enjoy an afternoon of pampering between Kellie Courtney Hair Design and The Nail Room? Home to an array of professionals, you can experience all types of hair/nail treatments and styles, along with fabulous and friendly service. Next door, there is Dreamy Gifts and Crafts. Lucinda specialises in a large range of personalised balloon displays and arches to brighten up a special day, and she also hosts children’s events throughout the year. Her next exciting event is a pumpkin patch

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Gerard Campbell, Paul McCurry and Eamon McGlinchey.

Diane Mulholland, Kelly Foster, Martina McCann and Julie-Ann Stagg from the Hat House, Glenavy.


. Francis and Anne Donnelly, Marie and John Morrison.

There was another great turnout at Down Royal for the recent race meeting on Friday 27th August. The sun shone all day for guests to enjoy a day out at the races.

William and Julie Matier, George, Anne and Jack Storey.

zzzz Luke Cruickshank and Ryan Gormley.

Ken McCully, Sophia McDonald, Peter and Mark Wilkinson, Esther McCully, Andrew and Stephanie Hamilton.


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George and Jean Doherty and daughter Lindsay with Vivienne and Brian Glenn.

Paul Reid and Tony Clarke (back row) with Bobby and Sharon McIlvenny and Christine and Sean McCrudden.

. Andrew and Patricia Fallis, Alison Hassard and David Simpson.

John and Samuel Russell, Jane Fallis, Jonny Simpson and George Russell.

Paul and Jill Trott, Mark and Chris Helmke.

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Head of Corporate Services at Armagh Planetarium

1. What do you love most about your job? The variety, I have a wide range of corporate functions to manage on a day-to-day basis, but am also involved in the wider strategic planning and future vision for Armagh Observatory and Planetarium which is very exciting.

that suits my needs well. I sometimes work into the evening although I try to make this an exception rather than the rule. I like my sleep so it would be unusual to find me still up after 10 pm.

2. What has been your career highlight to date? There have been many, but most recently being part of the team that brought the Moon to the Mall in Armagh in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first steps on the moon. That was a real team effort to pull off something very ambitious and well beyond anything AOP had done before. I am so proud that such as small team was able to deliver such a fantastic event.

6. Do you have any tips for staying positive? Get older! The older you get the more you can put things into perspective!

3. What are your favourite hobbies/ activities outside of work? I like to knit, particularly in the winter months. I’m also a big fan of a luxury hotel break! 4. What is your daily routine? I get up around 6.00 am and go for a walk. I’m still mostly working from home and find

5. Do you have a fitness regime? No, except for the daily walk.

7. What do you think is the best thing about living in Northern Ireland? I have never lived anywhere else so don’t have anything to compare it to, but I think the quality of life here is pretty good. I love Armagh and the early morning walking has really made me appreciate what a beautiful place it is to live. 8. What is your mantra or favourite quote that you live by? I read this one recently and it really resonated with me. As I look back on my life, I realise that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

9. Who has been your biggest influence? My parents, you truly don’t appreciate that when you are young, but I am so proud of their strong work ethic, honesty and strong morale compass and the sacrifices they made to make sure their childern got the opportunities they didn’t.

10. FAVOURITE Movie: The Sound of Music comes to mind for some reason – it was my earliest memory of going to the cinema Band/Musician: There are so many, I like a wide range of music Book: Resilience: How to cope when everything around you keeps changing by Liggy Webb. That book came into my life when I really needed it! Restaurant: Digby’s, Killylea Holiday Destination: Anywhere by the sea Drink: Red wine Meal: My mum’s hotpot, I’ve never been able to make it like she did


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LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY AT HELENS BAY GOLF CLUB Linda McAuley’s ‘Ladies Captain’s Day’ at Helen’s Bay Golf Club started with bacon butties with the Green Staff at 9am and then an afternoon tea for friends and family, concluding with a wonderful buffet and prize giving, with prizes of silver jewellery from Helen Ainley Jewellery High Street, Holywood. This year Helen’s Bay Golf Club has flourished with three sponsored Open’s. Linda’s chosen Lady’s Captain’s Charity is ‘North Down Home Start’, a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through challenging and difficult times.

Pamela Ballantine, Maris Steinberg and Carol McAuley.

Helen’s Bay Lady Captain Linda McAuley MBE with lady golfers celebrating the club’s 125 years with a wonderful golf day. Continued on page 30


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Sheevaun McAlister and Connie Wright.

Left-right Isabella, Rachel, Michael and Arthur Andrews, Linda McAuley, Neil and Kelly Andrews with Abigail and Meghan Wilson.

Afternoon tea at Helen’s Bay Golf Club.

zzzz Paul Wilson with Golf Club Lady Hon. Secretary Cecil Linehan. Arnie Wright and Charlie McAlister.

Afternoon tea guests including Pamela Ballantine at Helen’s Bay Golf Club.

Prize winners back row left to right; Dianne Foster, Iris Taylor, Diane Quinn, Barbara Edwards, Lana McCart, Caitlin Donnelly, Ruth Cochrane, Jean Johnston. Front row; Lady President Iris Graham, runner up Jane Allen, Lady Captain Linda McAuley, Winner of the LC Prize Lynda Whitley, Handicap Secretary Liz Jackson.


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Graham Brownlow, David Ginty, Ann-Marie and Simon Stuart.

Lisa Hannigan plays the Open House Festival at Bangor Castle’s walled garden.


Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan played a fully-seated solo show in the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Bangor Walled Garden on Monday 16th August during the Open House Festival, which ran a host of sell out events throughout August. She was also supported by local singer, Lou Price.

Local singer/songwriter Lou Price from Bangor opens the show at the walled garden venue.

. Ross and Clare Calwell.

Fiona Keane and Sean Maguire.

Ignacio Ravelo, Donna Collins and Michael Ravelo.

. Carina Carausu and Gabriella Statia.

Rodney Ringland and Clare McStay.

Kateryna and Russell Houston and Adele Shaw.

Music lovers Clare, Rebecca and Amy.


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Julie Turtle Mackie (Helen’s daughter) and John Wilson Foster (editor).

Tracy Hamilton (Helen’s granddaughter) and Julie Mackie.

Mary Lee Turtle Jackson (Helen’s daughter) with Claira and Fleur Jackson (Helen’s granddaughters), Lorca and Shiva (Helen’s great grandchildren).

MIDNIGHT AGAIN - THE WARTIME LETTERS OF HELEN RAMSEY TURTLE Midnight Again - The Wartime Letters of Helen Ramsey Turtle was launched on Saturday 21st August at The Cottage, Mahee Island from where many of these letters were written during WW2. It was fitting that many of the guests at the occasion had wartime links with the Turtle family, and a warm welcome was extended to them by Helen Ramsey Turtle’s daughter, Julie Mackie. That these letters survived the Battle of the North Atlantic and were meticulously kept by Helen’s mother and sister in Colorado is remarkable. That they made the return journey across the ocean 50 years later is equally so. This publication is the result and it brings to life a Northern Ireland culture rarely depicted and with the bonus of seeing it through the prism of an American eye. ‘Midnight Again’ is presently available from Blackstaff Press (www.blackstaffpress.com) and will soon be available from all booksellers.

Julie and Paddy Mackie with their children Lee Mackie, Tracy Hamilton, Tara Traill, Kerry Mackie. (Helen’s grandchildren).

Peter Boyd, Heather Boyd, Virginia Boyd.

Alexa Mackie, Trinity Firth (Helen’s great granddaughters) and Steffi Firth.

Joy Phillips, Bunty Portig, Ann Hamilton, Marilyn Fitchie.

Julie Turtle Mackie, John Wilson Foster (editor), Wendy Dunbar (book designer) and Paddy Mackie.


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Belfast Born & Blended


Summer Graduations

This month Ulster Tatler features a selection of graduation photographs taken by photographer Marie Allen.

Aisling Rath from Armagh graduated from Queens University Belfast with a 2:1 Hons Degree in Business Management Aisling brought her pet dog Buster to her photo shoot.

Sian Ritchie from Portadown graduated from Queens University with a First class Masters degree in Pharmacy.

Dr Mary Jenkinson from Portadown has graduated from Dundee University with an MBChB. Mary has taken up a post as a doctor in England.

Natalie Greer from Gilford graduated from Queens Univerity with a First Class BSc Honours in Accountancy. She will be continuing her studies with a Masters in avanced Accountancy.

Lewis Jenkinson from Portadown has graduated from Bangor University with a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies, and a PGCE in Primary Education.

Tyler Fry from Tandragee graduated from Queens University Belfast with a 2:1 BSc Hons degree in Biochemistry.

Molly Liggett from Portadown recently graduated from Queen’s University with Joint BA Honours in History and Politics. Molly is due to start her PGCE at Queen’s Univeristy in September.

Sarah-Jayne Gowdy from Tandragee graduated from Ulster University Coleraine with a First Class Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Bioscience. SarahJayne has taken a post at Almac as an Analytical Chemist.

Zoe White from Portadown graduated from Queens University Belfast with a 2:1 BSc Hons degree in Geography. Zoe has also graduated from UU with a PGCE in Geography and has taken a teaching post in Scotland, she is pictued with her pet dog Tobey.


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Holywood Golf Club Lady president Ethne McMullen and Lady Captain Audrey Gibson.

The North Down Golf Club Lady Captains left-right Heather Noble (Clandeboye), Lorraine Lindsay (Carnalea), Claire McNally (Kirkistown Castle), Susan Stockton (Blackwood and Mahee), Holywood Lady Captain Audrey Gibson, Karen Cooley (Bangor) and Shirley Devlin (Scrabo).

HOLYWOOD GOLF CLUB LADY CAPTAINS DAY CHARITY COFFEE MORNING On a bright and sunny Thursday the Lady Captain Mrs Audrey Gibson and the Lady President Mrs Ethna BarbourMcMullan hosted over 70 members and friends which included Lady Captains and Lady Presidents from County Down golf clubs to a joint coffee morning at the Club. Their respective charities are Marie Curie NI and Storehouse. The following day the LC Audrey held her golf day, dinner and prize giving. Eventual winner was Paula Denver.

Carole Nesbitt, Patricia Doherty, Hayley and Jayne Doherty-Clarke.

Joan Pepper, Ruby Jordan, Dorothy McKillen and Sheelagh Davidson.

. Gavin McGuckin from Marie Curie pictured with Holywood Lady Captain Audrey

Gibson and North Down Golf Club Lady Captains Heather Noble (Clandeboye), Claire McNally (Kirkistown Castle), Lorraine Lindsay (Carnalea), Susan Stockton (Blackwood and Mahee), event host and Holywood Golf Club Lady Captain Audrey Gibson, Karen Cooley (Bangor) and Shirley Devlin (Scrabo).

North Down Golf Club Presidents left-right Valerie Montgomery (Bangor), Hilda Keys (Donaghadee), Iris Graham (Helen’s Bay), Ethne McMullen (Holywood), Denise Elliott (Carnalea), Terry Crothers (Royal Belfast) and Joan Martin (Blackwood and Mahee).

Past Lady Captains of Holywood Golf Club left-right Brenda Alderdice, Rosemary Orr, Eileen Paterson, Anne Megarry, Frances Gilmore and Doris Thurley.


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Chris Sherry and Fearghal McAdam.

ULSTER TATLER INTERIORS NETWORKING DRINKS Ulster Tatler Interiors held a small outdoor summer drinks party in August. The outdoor soiree took place at Whalley Fine Art in their stunning courtyard area. Industry experts were in attendence and enjoyed drinks on a lovely summer evening.


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Graeme Kelly, Donna Collins and Adam Collins.

Julie Carson and Linzi Webb.

Pauline Bishop, Fearghal McAdam and Colleen McStravick.

Holly McCallister, Mark McCallister and Valerie Robinson. Continued on page 42


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MAKE A LASTING IMPACT WITH A REGULAR DONATION A stroke, heart attack or debilitating long term chest condition can be devastating and lifechanging for both the person affected, as well as for those who care about them. Currently one in five people in Northern Ireland are living with a chest, heart or stroke condition, which means thousands of local people could benefit from Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s care support services every week. The charity relies on public donations to fund its care and prevention services, so making a small regular donation by monthly direct debit could help make an immediate and positive difference to people’s lives right here in your community. For example, giving a regular gift of £5 per month, the price of a couple of coffees, will help fund two home visits by one of our Family Support Coordinators. They can offer support and guidance to a family after a loved one has suffered a stroke, heart attack or needs respiratory support. For NI Chest Heart & Stroke, knowing they have a reliable income enables them to make plans to provide support to local people who need their help now, or in the future. If you would like to help, you can set up a regular donation online today at https://nichs.org.uk/make-a-donation/recurring/ or call on 028 90 320184 for help to set up a direct debit over the phone.

We’ve been helping local people for 75 years, and with your help we can continue to be there for people who need us now, as well as those who will need us in the future.

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In Northern Ireland four in ten adult deaths are Please visit nichs.org.uk/giftsinwills for further caused by chest, heart and stroke illnesses. We’re working hard to change this by funding life-changing information on leaving a gift in your Will to NICHS or call us on 028 9032 0184. research and caring for those who are affected by devastating health conditions every day.

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Mandy Little and Graeme Kelly.

Chris Sherry and Penny Smyth.

Maria and Maeve Sherry.

Gemma Johnston and Jessica Rodgers.

Stephen Whalley and Paul Mason.

Ben Bishop, Pauline Bishop and Fearghal McAdam.

zzzzKelly and Melanie Harrison. Graeme Adrian Bailie and Ann Swann.

Graeme Kelly and Des Ewing.

Chris Sherry, Caroline and Andy Rea.


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Lisa Thompson, Donna McCormick, Arlene Gormley and Cathy Gormley-Heenan.

Caithlin Nolan and mum Nuala Walls.

Arlene Gormley, Clare McKinney and Cate Conway.

FEEDING DREAMS CAMBODIA FUNDRAISING EVENT Local business woman, Clare McKinney recently held a fundraising event in Babel Bar for the charity – Feeding Dreams Cambodia. Over 70 guests were treated to prosecco and pizza, with hosts Cate Conway and Victoria Square’s personal stylist, Katherin Farries on hand to talk all things fashion and styling. There were pop-up shops from We are Paradoxx, Vermillion Clinic and Accessories by Elite. A total of £3000 was raised for Feeding Dreams Cambodia, which will bring vital aid to extremely poor families in the slums of Siem Reap Cambodia.

Trish Lindsay, Kathy Cummings and Pamela Harrison.

Olwyn Thomas, Louise Fullerton and Denise Strong.

Suzie Oliver, Claire Poots and Carol Young.

Cate Conway and Victoria Square personal stylist Katherin Farries.

Bullitt Hotel general manager Andrew Carson with Clare McKinney.

Modelling fashions from Victoria Square are Victoria Farries, Catherine O’Brien, Christine Patterson, Karen Hewitt and Sandra Daly.


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The 152nd Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank will take place from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September 2021 at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. As Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, it promises to be four fun-filled days out for all the family.

Shop ‘til you drop and browse the wide selection of trade stands, watch livestock compete for prestigious Balmoral titles, tantalize your taste buds and enjoy the best of local produce in the NI Food & Drink Pavilion or dress to impress by entering the Best Dressed competition judged by Cool FM’s Melissa Riddell. Visitors can also look forward to the return of many family favourite’s including the Children’s Farm, Downtown Show Stage, Healthy Horticulture Area as well as enjoying some of the new attractions on show such as the RAF Parachute team and Polo Exhibition. Come along and visit the show, whether you’re from the city or countryside, a first-time visitor or repeat show-goer, it is an event that is not to be missed.

Tickets are available to purchase online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Please note this year tickets are day specific only and must be purchased prior to the Show. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow. co.uk.


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Jane Hardy is a feature writer who has interviewed a few of the big names from Arlene Foster to Mrs Thatcher.


Cameron Menzies, new Artistic Director of Northern Ireland Opera talks to Jane Hardy about his ambitious plans, the new production of La Boheme and Dolce & Gabbana shoes.


alking to Cameron Menzies, new artistic director of NI Opera, in the atmospheric surroundings of the 19th century, semi-restored Carlisle Memorial Church, he brilliantly sums up the appeal of his genre: “Opera changes the air, it alters the vibration with an audience.” He elaborates by saying that when his company presented a live performance during the summer recital series with a couple of the Opera Studio alumni, Elaine McDaid and David Corr (last year’s winner of the Festival of Voice), the sense of engagement was palpable. “It’s important to bring live performance back, to get that energy again. Acoustically, this church, which was built in the 1870s, is perfect. We’re talking in it now, and there’s no booming. “ The company is presenting its first fulllength opera for over a year and a half in this venue. It’s Puccini’s La Boheme, and it’s also the first opera with NI Opera directed by Cameron Menzies, who arrived in post during lockdown in March. As Menzies reveals, there will be family and friends bubbles, there will be safety, but above all, there will be great music. It’s not hard to work out why the opera about bohemians struggling to earn a living in Paris, with a backdrop of consumption which kills off lovely Mimi our heroine, was chosen. Other operas were in the frame apparently, but this won out. “Yes, I thought of one or two others, but La Boheme was the right choice as it’s about a group of people finding themselves, and finding their way through.” Something we have all been doing in the plague year. The fit of venue and opera is also great, as Menzies explains. “It’s been through a lot, has fallen on hard times and that works. We can

also control it both sides of the fourth wall.” Cameron Menzies, who is directing, has set it post-World War One. “I’ve moved it from the late nineteenth century, as it sets it in a more fragmented world with a class system breaking up. Mimi has her embroidery and crafts but isn’t aristocratic. The costumes are more interesting too.” The sense of a world order breaking, leading to a new age, will be reflected in the cast’s bohemian rags and tatters. The cast is stellar and includes American tenor Noah Stewart as Rodolfo. NI Opera

are pretty excited about having secured this great, charismatic singer from Harlem. I wonder whether the casting of a black American Rodolfo will shift the emphasis or are we hopefully colour blind in terms of performance now, post-Hamilton? “We’ve got him because he’s a superb singer, a class act. Also, in Paris in the early twentieth century, Americans had come over and colour really wasn’t an issue. Think of performers such as Josephine Baker.” Listening to his Nessun dorma, you get the point and start counting the days to his account of Puccini’s Che gelida

Cameron Menzies directing the new NI Opera film ‘Old Friends and Other Days’ in Carlisle Memorial Church. Photograph: Ste Murray


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manina (Your tiny hand is frozen), one of the great Romantic era love arias. The cast also includes soprano Gemma Summerfield in her first outing as Mimi; soprano Emma Morwood from Belfast, making her debut with the company as Musetta; and Ukrainian star Yuriy Yurchuk as Marcello. Menzies pretty much defines eclectic. He has directed operas about netball, and wrote an operatic work about the effect of HIVAids on Australian sufferers which involved extensive interviewing. He works with Diva Opera company and earlier this year, put on touring productions of Carmen and Don Giovanni (“traditional versions”) which have toured to the south of France. And he has, in his home country, put on top- end fashion extravaganzas as well as operas, theatre productions, films. The outfit he is wearing which complements the old gold and faded colours on the back wall - originally the altar backdrop with the biblical message “Do this in remembrance of me” - is a mix of labels. “My gold shoes are Dolce & Gabbana, the jacket is from what you call a charity shop and we call an opp (opportunity) shop in Australia. You’d almost think I’d chosen them on purpose.” Menzies got into opera early when his father, Scott, took him to see traditional productions of Il Trovatore and other repertoire favourites. “If you lived in Sydney, you passed the opera house which looked magnificent. Inside, it was even better. Hearing the music, I knew opera was for me.” One of the projects Cameron Menzies is most excited about at NI Opera is the opera on homelessness they have commissioned, designed to appeal to young people. “It’s written by Fionnuala Kennedy, a very talented writer, has no title as yet but is based on interviews with young people living on the streets. We wanted to get their voice and won’t shy away from using their language, including swearing.” The production, due to be workshopped early next year during the Children’s Arts Festival, will shake up our idea of what opera is. This ornate art form that often tackles extremes of human experience with trills, many noted or melismatic word settings and sumptuous harmony, sometimes seems out of reach. But accessibility is opera’s current watchword with a new programme Take me to the Opera from Zeinab Badawi airing on the BBC recently. Although the paternal influence on Menzies’ taste was strong – “my dad liked everything from Rod Stewart and Elton John to musicals and opera” – Scott Menzies had no arts background but was originally a star rugger player in the national team. Then he became an accountant. Cameron Menzies, who is distantly related to Sir Robert Menzies, Australian PM twice in

the forties and sixties, hit the ground running in March when he arrived in Belfast. It’s a city he hasn’t been able to get to know fully during the Covid-19 constraint. “I haven’t seen it yet but sense a place that I am going to like.” He left behind in Australia his partner and two grown up children, Ethan (23) and Piper (21), both creative. He says proudly that his son is very musical, plays in a band, and that his daughter is a designer, creating top-end shop window displays. Cameron Menzies keeps in regular touch and makes daily phone calls home from his city centre base. Off duty, he admits to one guilty TV

pleasure. “Lower Deck, about the people who work on the yachts of the rich, I love it.” Artistically, these are tough times. So as Menzies works round the clock on La Boheme, what would he like to see as a spectator coming out of the pandemic? “We need a mix of things: variety, opera, ballet, fashion, we need distraction, entertainment.” For sheer entertainment, this month’s production of La Boheme should be just the ticket.

“If you lived in Sydney, you passed the opera house which looked magnificent. Inside, it was even better. Hearing the music, I knew opera was for me.”


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Do you have a skincare regime? Funny you ask this! I have been religiously using the new Bellamianta Hyaluronic gradual tanning serum in my skincare routine which has just launched! This product is now part of our product range and I have had the dream of wanting to branch out and combine tanning with skincare for so long and now it is finally a reality! The serum contains hyaluronic acid, which plumps and hydrates your skin, also having Sodium Hyaluronate, which smooths out fine lines. Honestly, I am so proud of this launch and all the work that has gone into it! The serum is also a buildable tan, so during the week I would put 2-3 drops into my moisturiser for a nice natural glow and if I was going out at the weekend, put 4-5 drops on and it would give you a gorgeous summer glow! It is my No.1 skincare product! What is your signature scent? I could never leave the house without putting on J’adore by Dior, if I don’t put it on, I never feel properly ready! I love the notes of bergamot and vanilla because it makes a beautiful fresh yet musky scent. It is gorgeous when you can wear it lightly throughout the day or build up when I am going out, honestly, I couldn’t live without it.

Are there any haircare products you recommend? Whenever I am visiting my hairdressers, I have found that the products that my hair loves best are Olaplex products specifically No. 4 Bond Maintenance treatment, it always leaves my hair feeling so strong and the shine I get from using them is unbelievable, I always feel best when I use it. What is your go-to makeup product? I never go a day without applying bronzer to my face or body, so I would have to say our Bellamianta Bronzer is my go-to. It just creates such a gorgeous healthy glow onto the skin, it makes you look and feel like you have had a week of sun! Also, there being a stunning shimmer finish, you feel ready for any event, day or night. How do you keep fit and healthy, are there any exercises or health foods your swear by? I have been making sure to always make time for the gym or attend a gym class or some sort into my weekly routine, as it doesn’t just help physically, it does wonders for clearing my head and just gives me mental clarity. I know this sounds typical as well, but I swear by drinking at least 2L of water a day. It does wonders for the skin.


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Voting is closed, the judges are gathered and the excitement is mounting for this autumn’s glittering Ulster Tatler Awards 2021. Now in their 14th year, the awards ceremony is one of the most glamorous sell-out events in the calendar. After last year’s postponement, I hear guests are planning to pull out all the stops style wise. Always one of the chicest and most hotly anticipated awards ceremonies, sporting heroes, film and acting legends, TV personalities, and celebrities will walk the red carpet with the best in business, beauty and hospitality across Northern Ireland. One thing is for certain, there will be no shortage of glamour at this year’s glittering event. Once again the highly coveted award of ‘Best Dressed’ sponsored by Holley Optometrists, is up for grabs on the night, so the pressure is on. See you on the red carpet folks.


High-end French fashion brand, Louis Vuitton is cashing in on Generation Z and launching their first smartphone game called ‘Louis the Game’. The game follows Vivienne, a flower-shaped mascot (naturally) who dresses in LV clothing and unlocks stories while crossing whimsical versions of Paris and other landscapes. An eye-watering 90% of Gen Z (born between 1999 and 2012) are gamers and have the combined purchasing power of £44 billion! Louis Vuitton is not alone, the Italian brand Moschino and British brand Burberry are jumping in on the game. Now, call me cynical but wouldn’t a game of good ol’ hide and seek, or a quick round of snap be more fun! But I guess that would mean interaction with other humans, and spending no money, perish the thought!

NO THANKS CHAPS Yee-haw, Beyoncé has just released her fourth collaboration with Adidas. The new ‘Rodeo’ range includes fringed face coverings, a slashed skirt with purple cow print design, and a selection of denim chap trousers. After a quick preview of this latest collection, it’s a no thanks chaps from me.

NO SWEAT KARMA KLAY HAVE YOU COVERED! Newly launched eco-deodorant brand Karma Klay is on a mission to make the world a better place, one pit at a time! The Belfast-based brand has created the most divine little pots of vegan and naturally antibacterial eco-deodorant. All products are handmade in Belfast using sustainably sourced, unrefined, ingredients including, all-natural butters, oils, and earthen clay. No need to sweat the small stuff. Head over to www.karmaklay.com @karmaklay.deo

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Maggie Napier is glass artist and jewellery designer, her studio ‘Glassistudio’ is based in County Down. She works with a glassmaking technique called ‘Flamework’ or ‘Lampwork’ originally used in Murano, Venice, to create her unique range of jewellery. Each piece of glass is individually melted and shaped in a torch flame, often 24k gold leaf is added for lustre, before combining with silver or gold elements to create a range of delicate but strong statement jewellery. Bespoke one-off pieces can also be designed and created to suit your individual request.

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FUNKY KNITS S up er colossal knit jacket, Hope Ma ca uley, £3 8 0 .

D a isy kn it ca rdiga n , Pr i ma r k, £15.

Kn itte d gre e n c ardiga n a n d k n itte d ca mi top, Omn e s, £45 a n d £38.

Turquo is e k nit t o p, KNI TTS, £57.50.

M&S Co l l e c ti o n j u m psu i t, Ma r ks & S pen cer, £49. 50.

Ja sm i n e j u m psu i t in black, KNITTS, £88. 20. Knit z ip cardigan, Georg e @ A sd a, £ 1 6 . 56

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663 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GT Tel: 028 9038 1313 www.orchidlingerie.co.uk

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2. Bobbi Brown – Extra Lip Tints Collection in shade B a r e Pu n c h , £ 3 3 . 0 0 .

4 1 . AY U – Lipstick in the shade Sara.

3 3. Chanel – Rouge Alure in the shade Rose Ambigu, £33.00. 3. Note – Mattever Lipstick, £7.95.



Get ready to take your makeup routine to new levels with the latest launch from Iconic Bronze. Here to sculpt you like the gods, the new Superstar Sculpt & Glow Palette combines two of the brands most loved and Award-Winning favourites Miami Matte Bronzer and Golden Galaxy Highlighter into one, easy to use makeup bag staple. The smooth, satin finish bronzer and shimmering golden highlighter complement each other perfectly and instantly elevate the complexion, injecting life and a sun-kissed glow with a quick swipe of a brush. Contour and bronze your features using the Miami Matte Bronzer and add a beautifully dewy sheen with the Golden Galaxy Highlighter, which injects an extra luminous shimmer to the high points of your face. Effortlessly blendable and buildable, this is a beautiful addition to any makeup arsenal.

Bobbi Brown have launched their new all-in-one foundation and serum, which has up to 12 hour colour-true radiance. Powered by serum, their newly transformed engerised foundation delivers 10x the Cordyceps and stronger skincare benefits to leave skin looking smoother, plumper, and more radiant instantly and over time. Powerful skincare meets skin-perfecting makeup with fuller coverage, and up to 12-hour non-caking, non-creasing, colour-true wear. Key benefits include: - Stronger skincare - Amplified radiance - Instant and lasting hydration - Comprehensive UV protection The Intensive Serum Foundation is SPF 40/30, comes in 23 shades and retails at £51.

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Hair Matters...

with Kelly Cowan

Kelly Cowan has been hairdressing for 34 years, starting her career in Hairdressing with the best in the business David and Lawrain Aumonier in Bangor Main Street. Kelly has been a business owner for 19 years, now having her first salon in Bangor but more recently moving to her home town of Donaghadee.

REFLECTING ON YOUR NEEDS Covid-19 has been a difficult time for myself and the team only opening the doors of a new salon in February just before Covid-19 hit. However, this has also given me time to reflect and gather my thoughts on what exactly customers want from the experience in the chair. Certainly they wanted to get back to the salon for the backwash treatments as these have been a big hit on our return to the salon, along with our specialised coffee and tea menu in Our branded disposable cups. Also, that extra time between guests has been lovely as appointments are not rushed and there’s more time to catch up and chat on the months missed in safe and comfortable surroundings. I’m lucky that the salon is large and spacious enough to distance our guests so they feel confident in the knowledge that we can deliver top service and beautiful hair without compromise.

EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL CURLS Curls have also made a comeback as guests have given up during lockdown to pull those curls straight and have been embracing the natural movement so much so we have a curl bundle service in place to take the guest through the process from start to finish from backwash to blow dry on how to manage unruly curls. The new curl Manifesto by Kérastase is a must have for natural curls. the reviews are fantastic and with having curls myself it’s the first range of products for curls I have ever been excited about.


The future trends are looking cool with a bounce back to the 70s we are seeing that big soft blowout of Farrah Fawcett And the rough textured rock chick look of Suzi Quatro. With different length variations this can be diluted to suit all age groups.

SPLASH OF COLOUR! Colour is a big part of business at KCH. We love seeing the change of seasons and our colour choices change even if it’s only one shade lighter in Summer or one shade darker in winter. I see that autumn and winter will bring some lovely rose golds and copper tones. Also, fine flashing of strong vibrant colour for me and the team is very visual and we love to blend tones and paint hair with seamless free hand colour and glossing.


Our top heat tool of the moment is our GHD unplugged with its hybrid co-lithium battery for top up cordless use. Fully charged gives you 20min styling time sleek and smooth styles with no extreme heat. Top-up curls or gloss and straighten that fringe with this easy on the go tool!

4 High Street Donaghadee BT21 0AA kellycowanhair@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 028 9188 2222


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HEAD TO TOE BEAUTY 1 1. Be Almai – Wa v e s t y l i n g wand, £77.99.


2. Bellamianta – Maura Higgins Ta n n i n g Wa t e r, £19.99.


3 . T h e G r u ff S t u ff – S p r a y o n b o d y l o t i o n , £ 2 5 .

4. Chanel – Sublimage La Creme – the ultimate skin revitalisation, £310.



5 . Po l i s h e d L o n d o n – R e j u v e n a t i n g To o t h S e r u m , £16.99.

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Julietta studio

Beauty Is Our Profession.

As an independent clinic, we dedicate our practice to revealing your inner beauty and potential by enhancing your natural and defining characteristics to leave a flawless and glowing new you.

Julietta studio is a Multi-Award winning aesthetics salon formed in 2013 when Julietta began working for herself and created her dream of becoming an SPMU artist. This was forged with a passion for beauty, cosmetic treatments and SemiPermanent Make Up. The very beginning of Facial Aesthetics as we know it to be now. She has elevated her training, to specialise in Dermal Filler treatments, PDO Threads including Cog Facial Threads Lifts, Anti-Wrinkle Treatments and Advanced Beauty Facial Treatments. The Julietta Studio is committed to providing individualised treatments in a professional and caring environment, and is run by aesthetic professionals who are all highly skilled in advanced aesthetics tailored to your individual features and goals. We specialise in non-surgical treatments as well as the development of leading, results-driven aesthetic products. Over the past 8 years we have built up an excellent team of dedicated experts and loyal clients. The Julietta Studio is a private Cosmetic clinic which continually updates and improves treatment protocols. This means that we always provide the latest and most effective treatments for every client. Our team of experienced aesthetic practitioners and beauty therapists offer consultations to discuss your aesthetic and beauty needs and guide you confidently through the process. In clinic, we offer a wide range of advanced aesthetics and beauty therapy treatments including: • Facial & Body Fillers • PDO Threads including Cog Facial Threads Lifts • Anti-Wrinkle Treatments • Semi-Permanent Makeup • Advanced Beauty Facial Treatments You can choose from range of packages post consultation to meet your needs. Whether they are muscle relaxant treatments to reduce facial wrinkles, or restore volume loss with dermal fillers, or as an example non-surgical ultrasound liposuction and injectables for weight loss. Whatever your aesthetic needs, there is a treatment to suit you here at Julietta Studio. Beauty Is Our Profession. We pride ourselves on outstanding customer service, with a very personalised feel. Providing bespoke treatments, achieving exceptional results, ensuring that our clients look and feel their very best from our experts.

Your Self-confidence Is Our Success. Our new location is in BT41 3JW, CO.Antrim 07933550799

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Let’s Talk Health This month Ulster Tatler is looking at all things health related. Your mind and body are the two most valuable assets that you will ever have so it is extremely important to know the right steps to take to make health your number one priority. If your health fails, it can overshadow everything else that’s going on in your life. From relatively minor health issues such as aches and pains, lethargy, and indigestion to major health problems that can threaten your existence, health can really affect happiness and stress levels. Committing to your health will be one of the best decisions you make. We will be looking at everything from nutrition and fitness to dentistry to name but a few.

Surgical Skin Clinic

Same Day See And Treat Service

Call 028 9042 3200 today or e-mail frontdesk@cosmetech.co.uk to book a consultation. Quote EDA08 when booking to redeem your £25 voucher off your first procedure. Valid until 30th October 2021 Other Treatments Available include: Cyst Removal EarBuddies (Ear Correction for Babies) Lipoma Removal Surgery Aqualyx - Fat Dissolving Injections Split Earlobe Repair Pinnaplasty Facial Threadvein Removal Skin Biopsy Thread-Lifts Mole Removal Dermal Fillers Tag Removal Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cosmetech Maypole Clinic, 5-7 Shore Road, Holywood, BT18 9HX www.cosmetech.co.uk Cosmetic Surgery is also available at Kingsbridge Private Hospital Belfast. For more information please visit kingsbridgeprivatehospital.com Cosmetech is a partner company of Kingsbridge Private Hospital

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EXPERIENCE MATTERS CRANMORE DENTAL IMPLANTS When you decide it’s time to replace a missing tooth or teeth, we are here for you. We accept nothing less than the best for our patients. Talk your decision through with us, book a complimentary dental implant consultation today on 028 9038 1822.

15 Windsor Avenue Belfast BT9 6EE 028 9038 1822 www.cranmoredental.com *Non clinical consultation with Patient Care Coordinator.


Sun Awareness is the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer. At Belfast Skin Clinic we believe in prevention and early detection to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer. Here are some skin safety tips. • Tanned skin is damaged skin • Never let your skin burn, whatever your skin type. • Every time you use a sunbed you damage your skin. This damage ages the skin causing wrinkles to appear and can lead to skin cancer. Using a sunbed once a month or more can increase the risk of skin cancer by more than half. • Children burn more easily. Sunburn in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life. Protect them with a hat, t-shirt and factor 50+ sunscreen. View Tanorama on the BBC iPlayer now. www.sunsmart.org.uk www.which.co.uk july 21 ’sunscreens you can rely on’ For more information or to book an appointment visit www.belfastskinclinic.com or email: info@belfastskinclinic.com

Medical Director, Dr Pamela McHenry

BREAST FOOT FORWARD As Action Cancer launches its new fundraising walk, Breast Foot Forward, sponsored by SuperValu, Eileen McConnell and “Team Alice” share their story as to why this event is so special. Having lost her mum to cancer, Eileen is encouraging everyone to register for the event which takes place on Saturday 9th October 2021 at Belfast City Hall. Eileen McConnell (56), a Nurse from Belfast, is taking part in the Breast Foot Forward fundraising walk on 9th October 2021 and is encouraging others to get behind her in raising funds for Action Cancer. Eileen explains why this event is so important to her and her family: “My mum, Alice Hunter, lost her battle with cancer in June 2010 and, every year since then, my family and I have taken part in Action Cancer’s 10K Walk in her memory. We call ourselves Team Alice and every June we get on our walking shoes, dress in pink and walk Patricia McIlroy, Brand Manager from SuperValu, is pictured with L-R Laura the 10K remembering mum. It is now our family McCoy and Georgina Campbell from tradition and we could never let it go by without the Action Cancer Fundraising Team. taking part. When the walk couldn’t happen in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions, we were devastated, as it was the 10th year anniversary of mum’s passing. We wanted to acknowledge it in our usual way, so we took to the streets as usual, and completed our own socially distanced 10K challenge with mum at the forefront of our minds. I am so happy that the walk is happening in October this year. As soon as I got the email from the Action Cancer team, I signed up straight away. It’s quite fitting that the walk has a new name this year, so do we! Unfortunately, my dad passed away in May of this year, so in October we will walk as Team Alice & Billy remembering them both. We are always very well supported and since 2011 we have raised £5,675 for Action Cancer. We really hope to smash the £6,000 mark in 2021.” Registration is now open at www. actioncancer.org or by calling 028 9080 3344. 64 Ulster Tatler

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A harmless mole, or potential skin cancer?

At Belfast Skin Clinic we offer general skin checks, mole scanning and skin cancer screening services.



For more information or to book a consultation call Belfast Skin Clinic on 028 9066 7077 or email info@belfastskinclinic.com

BELFAST SKIN CLINIC www.belfastskinclinic.com

Kick Start To A Healthier You Diet and Nutritional adviser and founder of Perfectly Pure, Kathie McCausland, started the business from her mum’s kitchen, and from humble beginnings her company has grown from strength to strength. Perfectly Pure is a family-run business, set up by Kathie McCausland and co-owned by her son Josh. The immuneboosting super drink is taking the market by storm. Kathie is short-listed for business woman of the year at this year’s Ulster Tatler Awards. Kathie has always been passionate about caring, and when family members’ became ill, she drew on her skill and knowledge and believe in the power of juicing vegetables to help heal the body. After much research and development, she created her signature Immune Support Juice was created. Kathie has also developed a 6 pack of lunch box kids range of freshly made fruit and vegetables juices to help keep our children healthy and a six pack of fresh fruit and vegetables juices for adults - both of which will be available from October.

Kathie and her son Josh.

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Brian McMonagle, head chef at the Copper Tap, Omagh and winner of 33 major national awards,including best chef in Tyrone for a record 5 times and Best Chef at Ulster Tatler Awards 2013 - is Kathie’s house chef, who has developed a beautiful

Kathie and chef Brian.

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Kathie with her mum Kate. Cousins Sonny, Harry and Dylan.

range of soups and broths that complement Perfectly Pure juice cleanses. Brian will also be holding a Perfectly Pure signature ‘Wholefoods Mindful Cookery classes every month. People take the Immune Booster because they say it helps them greatly with all types of ailments. Some of the ailments which people say the juices have helped with include; psoriasis, arthritis, skin conditions, fibromyalgia... the list really does go on. I have Oncologists, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and natural health practitioners who recommend their patients to take their product. Kathie’s customers have stated how the drinks have been a “miracle’ in improving their health. Kathie would like to thank her brother Dez, who helped and provided support during the extensive refurbishment of the new premises. She would also like to thank, Ben Downey, joiner, Kevin Corrigan Electrics, MMC painting and decorating, Bosco Montague Plumbing.

I just want to say a huge thank you for your kindness and generosity when I was so very ill. I genuniely believe you saved me from a long hard road to recovery from Covid-19 and I will be forever grateful. From the moment I started to take Perfectly Pure IMMUNE SUPPORT, my symptons completely changed and within just a number of days I was getting better! My breathing was getting better, my headaches gone, temperature down…. The list goes on. After a long 10 days in isolation away from my family, with my breathing being extremely difficult and having to stay calm myself, your drinks have been a miracle to me! I am finally able to focus on my family and business again and I am amazed at how quickly I am able to do this after being so ill. This, I believe, is all down to you and the power of prayer. I will always remember your kindness and so will my family. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Lots of love. Amy - Ask Boutique

Stockists who sell our signature natural, anti-inflammatory IMMUNE SUPPORT health food supplement – £30 for the month supply, just £1 a day, to help keep the doctor away: - Emerson’s Supermarket, Armagh - Daly’s Spar, Eglish - O’Kanes Spar, Carrickmore - McKenna’s, Aughnacloy - Jackie’s Nisa, Sixmilecross - Sillis Green Veg Farm Shop, Glaslough - Bawn’s Meats, Richill - Simply Fresh Farm Shop, Omagh - Bellaghy Pharmacy - Moneymore Pharmacy - Dolans Pharmacy & Health Shop, Monaghan - Forbes Spar, Ardboe - Linwoods Shop, Monaghan - Apperleys Butchers, Antrim - Woosleys, Portadown - Ward & Co Fine Foods, Stranmillis - Mace, Newmills - The Kabin, Warrenpoint

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T: 07512 683 164 Find Perfectly Pure on:

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Tried and Tested

"I'm new clear from vertigo after having COVID thanks to Apex Headache Clinic" 52-year-old, business owner Mark Scullion from Bellaghy, suffered with vertigo after having Covid, which had turned his life upside down. After thinking vertigo might be something he would have to live with, he visited Apex Headache Clinic in the hope that he could get even a little relief. Here, he shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment for vertigo and dizziness, called The Nelson Vertigo Approach™, cleared his vertigo meaning he could start to enjoy life again.

Mark, when did your vertigo begin? I used to get vertigo at the end of the hayfever season each year but only for a few weeks and it would be infrequent and not restrictive, it didn’t affect my day-to-day life. At the beginning of this year in January 2021 I took covid and my vertigo spiralled out of control. It was horrendous. How did the dizziness affect your life? It affected my life such that I couldn’t function or do the things I could normally do. It affected my work life majorly, I would have to leave board meetings. I also had no energy. I was a very active person who trained a lot and climbed mountains including climbing Mount Everest just four years ago and now I had to stop while walking up a flight of stairs. What led you to Apex Headache Clinic? My wife and I signed up to a post-covid survey at the University of Ulster. There were 100 people tested for their antibodies and how their body was reacting to the virus. I told one of the professors that I wasn’t able to function due to my vertigo and that my life had been completely turned upside down. She said I might benefit from attending Apex Headache Clinic. I made an appointment for an initial consultation there and at first, I was sceptical as the mobilisation of the neck involved very little movements and I was used to something a lot more aggressive from previous treatment elsewhere. I attended twice a week with my specialist physiotherapist, which was quite a commitment as I live 40 miles away, but my health was my main priority and my aim was to get myself better no matter what. I felt there was no other source of help or information out there, my GP wasn’t able to help me and I even went for a medical as I was starting to get paranoid that there could be something else underlying. The treatment at Apex Headache Clinic was my only hope and I wanted to give it the best possible chance. How has your life changed since having treatment? Much to my disbelief after attending my twice weekly sessions the vertigo began to subside. I thought this was something I was going to have forever but now I am 99% clear from vertigo. My treatment sessions are now spaced out to once every three weeks. I used to think that I would have vertigo forever and not be able to do all the activities that I enjoyed before but now I’ve got my life back.

What advice would you offer someone suffering from vertigo? Get yourself to Apex Headache Clinic, don’t hesitate. Vertigo runs in my family and now my mum who is 90 years old is also attending Apex Clinic for treatment. I have done so well with my vertigo after having covid that I would highly recommend this clinic for anyone who is suffering with vertigo. To book an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.





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Column / Physiotherapy Matters

Rebecca Nelson Rebecca is founder and Director of Physiotherapy at Apex Clinic and Apex Headache Clinic.

Let Apex Headache Clinic cure your child's Headaches or Migraines Does your child suffer from frequent headaches or migraines? This month, Apex Headache Clinic Founder and Spinal & Headache Physiotherapy Specialist, Rebecca Nelson shares how the team at Ireland’s first drug-free headache and migraine clinic, has been successfully using her evidence based, manual physiotherapy regime to clear children and teenagers of their headaches and migraines as well as treating adults of all ages. Headache Clinic, we offer hope to families, thanks to our drug-free specialist approach to treating and clearing these debilitating conditions.

Children suffer from headaches and migraines too While it’s widely known that adults suffer from headaches and migraines, it might surprise you to learn that 70% of school children have a headache at least once a year, with 25% of these children suffering recurring headaches. Furthermore, a staggering 10% of school children experience migraines, affecting both girls and boys. Are headaches ruining your child’s life? At Apex Headache Clinic, our team frequently sees the devastating effects that headaches can have on lives. Parents often come to the clinic, after trying all other avenues, including consulting GPs, paediatricians, neurologists and opticians, in desperation to find a cure for their child’s headaches or migraines. At Apex

The Nelson Headache Approach™ My approach of treating and clearing headaches/ migraines, called The Nelson Headache Approach™ is offered in no other clinics in the UK, and its high success rate explains why people travel from all over the UK, southern Ireland and Europe for this treatment. It was whilst I was working as a physiotherapist in New Zealand, early in my career, that I sought treatment for my own migraines. These were diagnosed as stemming from my neck, and following treatment, I have been pain-free ever since. The change this had on my life was indescribable. With years of experience of treating headaches and migraine sufferers, I further developed my own regime for treating and clearing headaches and migraines. We offer this unique, drug-free approach for all ages, including children from 4 years old and upwards. Daniel’s life was changed after visiting Apex Headache Clinic When Daniel Matthews from Lurgan visited Apex Headache Clinic, it restored the quality of his life. He said, “My migraines began two years

ago. While I was playing rugby, I was at the bottom of the scrum and received a hard knock on the head, which caused me to pass out. A month or so after this, I started getting a migraine monthly. Over time these got worse until I was getting migraines every day. The pain was so bad I suffered memory loss from during this time and had to repeat a year at school.” “It was my Granny and Granda who booked an appointment, after reading an interview with a patient who had had great success after attending Apex Headache Clinic. Everyone in my family was desperate to help me. During my first appointment, my specialist headache physiotherapist diagnosed my migraines as stemming from my neck. My neck was always stiff and sore but I didn’t connect this as the cause of the migraines. Gradually, with each treatment session, my neck began to loosen and I was able to come off all my medication. I am now completely migraine-free.” Let Apex Headache Clinic bring relief to your family If your child is experiencing persistent headaches or migraines and you have already consulted with a GP, help is at hand at Apex Headache Clinic. One of our specialist headache physiotherapists will assess your child and start treatment immediately. We have an extremely high success rate and whilst we get many referrals from consultant neurologists and paediatricians, parents can also refer their child to us directly. To book an appointment, call Apex Headache Clinic on 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.





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Speaking to the expert Ulster Tatler speaks to Brendan Fogarty, Medical Director at Paradigm Clinic/Lead Clinician for Plastic and Burn Surgery/NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon.


Do you find a lot of stigma around hair loss? Realistically, patients who are losing hair often impose a stigma on themselves. Restoring hair is about restoring self-confidence. The subsequent improvement in self-esteem, post-operatively, often endures; the transplanted patient never has to worry about going bald in the future even as their peers face hair-loss going forward. What reasons do people usually visit the clinic for? People usually visit the clinic for definitive, informed advice. And we are happy to share our knowledge at Paradigm. Patients have often read widely and gained information for themselves, but this can sometimes be anecdotal, second-hand or poor quality. This means people are often worried or confused. Their main concern is that, as time goes by, they will continue to lose hair before they can get a chance to take matters in hand. I can give them advice specifically tailored to their individual hair-loss. What is involved in the process? Unlike my work in the NHS (which may involve life or limb threatening conditions) hair transplantation is quality of life enhancing - and thus discretionary. I believe that patients must be given the space to make a decision in an unfettered fashion. For this reason, at no stage do I or my staff ask whether patients want a procedure carried out. I supply high quality information and offer detailed personal and medical advice so that the best choice can be made. Patients must be assessed so that I can make sure they will yield a successful result. If this is not the case, I’m honest with them and tell them not to waste their money and time if it would not be in their best interests to undertake a transplant. When patients do decide that they would like to take things forward they have at least a two-staged decision and design process to complete. We do this so that they are fully involved and aware of the likely outcome. We need to make sure that the likely and realistic outcome is what they want. The procedure itself is carried out here in

Belfast, under local anaesthetic with tablet sedation. The top of the head does not have to be shaved but the back and sides are shaved on the day. This is because I need to have access to what we call the ‘privileged’ hair that is used for the transplant. This privileged ie permanent hair, will come to occupy the once balding areas and take up growth just as normal hair does. These areas at the back and sides are thus known as the donor sites. The remaining hair in the donor site grows back to a blade one haircut within a ten day period. We recommend that our patients adopt the “Fade Cut” in the run up to their procedure. Post procedure, the balding or recipient area will now have the short transplanted hairs (~2-4 mm long) which remain there for approximately 3 weeks. At this stage the transplanted hairs temporarily fall out (leaving the transplanted root in place to provide new growth). This returns the patient to their preoperative appearance until the new hair starts to grow again around 3-4 months post-op. We have a specific set of instructions for the patient to carry out in the first 14 days after the procedure. Most of our patients take a week off work post operatively and I see all of our patients towards the end of this timeframe. This is the point at which any potential complications can show themselves and I’m here to nip them in the bud. How long does it usually take for people to see results and do the results tend to last? One would see the new hair growing between 3 to 4 months post operatively, and appearances continuing to improve up until 18 months post-operatively. The definitive/ final result would be evident at this stage. The hair transplant will last for the individual’s lifetime. So it’s important that all of our transplants look natural now and in the future no matter how much hair an individual loses in their lifetime. What matters most is the longer-term quality of the transplanted hair; at Paradigm we maximise the viability of all of the grafts. The entire staff/team fully understand the importance of treating each graft with

skill and care. The co-ordination and cooperation of the team is what’s significant here. As the medical director, I oversee the structure of this and make sure that we are all working optimally for the patient. Do the hair transplant procedures take place in Belfast? All of our consultations and procedures at Paradigm are only carried out in Belfast. We have a consistent and highly experienced staff/team who are all experts in their own particular roles. Having a cohesive staff/ team is a really important part of making sure that we optimise the outcomes for our Paradigm patients. One of the other things that is important is that we have an on-going relationship with our patients. There is a consistency and a comprehensiveness in our pre and post-operative care. This puts patients in safe hands and makes sure we are there for them over the course of their treatment and beyond. Do you just treat Male Pattern Hair-loss? We also have expertise in repairing transplants that have been undertaken elsewhere, where patients are unsatisfied with the result. Unfortunately, this is not always possible e.g. if there has been excessive numbers of grafts harvested from the privileged donor site hair or the size of the area that needs repair is excessive. We obviously have extensive experience in carrying out transplants with patients who have had either burns or scalp injuries that have resulted in scarring and hair-loss. Hair transplantation for women who have experienced female pattern hair loss constitutes a significant amount of our practice and demand for this specialist work is increasing. As an experienced consultant plastic surgeon this affords the medical skills essential to undertake this more complicated work for a wide variety of clients who have experienced different types of hair loss from a variety of causes. It’s interesting and fascinating work and lovely to see satisfied patients whose lives are positively impacted by the work that we do at Paradigm. I know this is a big factor for all our staff.

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Ulster Tatler speaks to Joanne Knox, award-winning dental hygienist, Pure Dental Hygiene Company director and principle hygienist of Pure Dental Hygiene NI.

KEEP ON SMILING What do most people get wrong with regards to oral health? Rinsing out after brushing is a common mistake. In doing so you are rinsing away the fluoride in the toothpaste which helps keep your teeth strong. So spit, don’t rinse! Another error can be considering bleeding gums as a normal – bleeding gums is an indication that there’s inflammation in the gum tissue and that can be an indication of gum disease. This is treatable, if picked up quickly. During lockdown, a lot of people couldn’t get to the dentist. What tips can you give people to look after their teeth at home when they can’t get to the dentist? Prevention is key! Take time to care for your teeth effectively. Brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily. Interdental cleaning, use floss or interdental brushes to clean in-between your teeth. Diet – minimise sugary snacks, fizzy or sugary drinks/alcohol. Watch what you eat and drink and most importantly the frequency that you eat and drink it. Don’t smoke. Make an appointment at Pure dental Hygiene. We are open and ready to help


these are very often not monitored and could cause more damage to the enamel. What are the main causes of tooth sensitivity? A dental professional will help you identify the cause individually, but can include; - Overly aggressive toothbrushing technique. - Gum disease resulting in gum recession. - Acid reflux or high acid diet.

prevent tooth decay and gum disease. We are happy to spend quality time with you customising a oral health regime, whilst ensuring your gums are healthy and teeth leave sparkly. Does whitening toothpaste actually work? A visit to a dental Hygienist who provides a jet polish treatment is a far more effective way of removing stain effectively without damaging the enamel. If you choose to opt for a whitening toothpaste, stick to a reputable Dental brand endorsed by dental professionals and ensure it contains fluoride. Avoid buying products over the internet that promise unrealistic results,

What is the most complex case you’ve ever worked on and what was involved? The most complex and rewarding cases are ones where patients have been experiencing symptoms such as bleeding gums for years. This tends to affect their personal confidence and ability to smile. Also, the level of inflammation that they were experiencing is also jeopardising their general health. If you were bleeding spontaneously from anywhere else on your body on a daily basis you wouldn’t not tend to ignore that. A meticulous dental clean removes all debris above and below the gum margin. Within a few days the bleeding will disappear. Gums heal so quickly when treated effectively. That to me is the most rewarding part of my job.


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Joy Harrison Registered Nutritionist CNMDip w/ Distinction, mBANT, rCNHC

Transform Your Health with Joy Fuelled Nutrition This month, Joy Harrison of Joy Fuelled Nutrition discusses the life changing impacts Nutritional Therapy can offer. What is Nutritional Therapy? Nutritional Therapy is a natural discipline which looks at the body as a whole, including all of the systems within it. I consult with clients to find the root cause of symptoms, not unlike a detective, enabling me to resolve problematic imbalances. A lot is achieved through simple diet & lifestyle changes. Why did you become a Nutritional Therapist? I experienced and continue to experience countless examples in my own life where Nutrition has made a life changing difference. From struggling with stubborn allergies, multiple skin complaints and persistent weight issues. I now have an extensive knowledge of what optimal

health is, how it is achieved and most importantly, how to sustain it. I equip my clients with the tools to help them take charge of their own health, resulting in lasting changes. It’s all just knowing how. The work I do is both humbling and inspiring, especially when I see clients completely transform their lives, even if they felt as though hope was lost. From thyroid conditions to autoimmune diseases and everything in between, there is so much that can be done, hope to be had, and incredible food to be eaten and that is why I became a Nutritional Therapist. What changes have you seen in your clients? One of the most profound changes I have seen with a client was how their chronic and debilitating IBS completely ceased within one month. They went from not being able to leave the house, to returning to do the outdoor activities that they enjoyed so much. Restoring quality of life to my clients is a top priority and is the most rewarding feedback I can receive. However, they aren’t the only ones. I have had numerous clients like these, including those who were coping with harrowing skin issues that disappear completely, to stubborn weight gain finally lost, to sleep restored to those who haven’t had it in years and so much more. It never gets old seeing clients find joy in their health again. What is the most common question your clients ask you? Unsurprisingly, after the year we have all experienced, a lot of my clients ask me how they can strengthen their immune system. There’s lots that can be done to set your immunity up for success, which is why I have designed an accessible program for anyone to learn about how they could boost their immune system naturally.

When is the course running? It is running from September 13th October 13th and includes:  12 interactive modules across 4 weeks.  Weekly live Q&As with myself.  Downloadable recipe books, meal plans, shopping lists, and how to guide’s.  An online community who are there to support you as they embark on the journey themselves. This program is designed to teach how the immune system works, how to support it naturally & easy changes that can be made to your diet & lifestyle to ensure the immune system is fighting fit & ready to protect you! Ulster Tatler readers can benefit from an exclusive offer of 20% off Boost Your Immune System in 30 days with code ULSTERTATLER20 - the spaces are limited so don’t miss out! To sign up visit my website wwwjoyfuellednutrition.com Not ready for an online course and need something more personal? No problem, get in touch with me for a Free 15 minute Discovery Call to discuss how you can start to transform your health. Visit my website www. joyfuellednutrition.com Contact me at hello@joyfuellednutrition.com Find me on Instagram: @joyfuellednutrition

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RAF air cadets Ben McClure, Kurtis Ritchie, Madelna Belozerova and Josh Harvey.

Neil Jackson from the Wartime Living History Society.

ULSTER FLYING CLUB AIRFIELD OPEN DAY Ulster Flying Club recently held their Airfield Open Day in Newtownards. There was a variety of aircraft on static display, as well as a Cessna C152 aircraft available to sit inside. There were a range of family friendly activities, such as; fun fair rides, face painting, bubble football bungee trampolines, crazy golf and much more. Visiters to the open day also had an opportunity to take part in flying activities, taking short flights over the local area.

Monika Fereno with kids Klaudia and Szymon.


Daniel Zuska, Tomasz Hoppe and Jarek Konpa dressed as Polish army and Air Force for the WW2 memorial day at the Ards airfield.

Ards Model Flying Club members Maurice, Tim, John, Bill, Mark and Craig.

Eileen and Steve Atkinson with Roxy and their ‘airportable’ lightweight Land Rover.


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. Ulster Flying Club committee Lee Pritchard,

From the Wartime Living History Society are Kristian Campbell, Karl and Neil Jackson and Robert Stewart.

Julie Kitt, Rodney Pritchard and Alan Finlay.

Eugene Morgan, James and Ella Truesdale and Geraldine Morgan with their 1957 Austins.

Annie and Anthony Campbell.

Anita Hoppe with sons Maksymilian and Filip.

Oonagh Allport and Gavin McQuaid from the Wartime Living History Society.

Michelle Majury and Kenny Campbell.

Jenny Hamilton, Robert Wilkinson, Leah Wilkinson, Alan Hamilton and Cheryl Wilkinson.

Amanda McGrath with daughters Avarie and Autumn.

Justyna, Brigid, Wojcich and Sandra.


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Royally Rewarded This month Ulster Tatler features a selection of photographs from those members of the community recognised in the Birthday Honours.

SHARON SMITH BEM Sharon Smith was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the Girls’ Brigade and to the community in Whiterock, West Belfast. “The Girls’ Brigade has had a huge influence on my life since I was three years old. In 1993, as Captain, I led a team of three Officers and established a new Girls’ Brigade company in St. Columba’s church, which is based in Whiterock, a socially deprived area of West Belfast, with very little at that time for girls and young women. On the first night we registered a membership of 63 girls. We grew very quickly and held a steady membership of 100-120 girls every year with a leadership team of 16 Officers. Over the past 27 years our company helped out in the community, held special events, end of year displays, themed parties, had camps, we equipped the girls with life skills also facilitated a spiritual, educational and physical programme, but above all provided a safe environment to nurture the girls in our care. I am completely overwhelmed to have been awarded a BEM for services to The Girls’ Brigade and the community of Whiterock and feel incredibly honoured that people feel I have given something back to both the organisation and the community, which I love so very much.


Ulster Tatler’s Michaela Colgan speaks to up and coming artist, Alex Patterson. Talented young artist and 14 year old Foyle College pupil from Eglinton, Alex Patterson has received recognition for her amazing artwork in a number of huge competitions including the UK category in the Creative Earth for the United Nations Climate Change Conference with her ‘’Mother Earth” piece in which she will attend the COP 26 Conference in Glasgow in November. With her passion for reducing global warming and climate change, she hopes that her art can help make an impact. Alex also came first in the Unisons National Art Schools competition with her art piece combining health eating and promoting free school meals nationally which allowed her school to receive £1000 for art materials. Her success did not stop there! MidAugust brought the exciting news of Alex’s success in the UK National Competition “Boat of Hope”. Artist Justin Eagleton called it the most outstanding piece and noted that Alex’s artwork will be seen by upwards of 800 million people worldwide. Her design will be combined and used to adorn (OBE) Bernie Hollywood’s boat as he makes his solo voyage across the Atlantic to raise money for a number of charities including Samaritans. This will be (OBE) Bernie Hollywood’s last voyage fundraiser and he has already raised 43 million. Alex has an invite to the exclusive unveiling of Bernies Boat of Hope October in London. Alex was recently asked to compile a design for the UK Royal mail design a stamp to recognise the heroes in the Covid-19 pandemic. She noted this as the most challenging piece to date as the design needed to be iconic and visually effective when reduced to stamp size, so not an easy piece to create. Alex would like to thank Foyle College for the opportunities and their continued support throughout her art journey. 78

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Oliver and Lyndsey Parsons.

Andrew and Zoe Henderson.

SUPERCAR ROAD TRIP The Bumblebee 1000 is the brainchild of businessmen and supercar owners Paul Smith and PJ Harte. They not only enjoy the best fast and furious machines the world has to offer, but love to drive their supercars on the best roads Ireland has to offer. So they decided to put their love of fast cars to good use by organising epic road trips with fellow supercar and sports car owners and also raising much needed funds for local charities and worthwhile causes. Benefiting from Bumblebee 1000’s Northern Getaway adventure will be a very worthwhile cause — Air Ambulance NI.

Philip and Matthew Davison.

Jim and Diane Wright and the Aston Martin Superleggera.

Cathal Connolly and Shaun Gilmartin with the 1991 Mercedes 190E Cosworth.

Jaz Sura and Donal Ryan.


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WEDDINGS Toner & Gilvary Miss Mary-Beth Toner, daughter of Malachy and Ellen Toner from Belfast, married Gareth Gilvary, son of Colm and Deirdre Gilvary from Lurgan. The wedding took place on 7th May 2021 at St Brigid’s Belfast, followed by a reception at the bride’s family home. The bride wore a Justin Alexander Mikado ballgown from Pronuptia and the flowers were supplied by House of Elliott. Photography by Rachel Cooke.


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Ulster Tatler’s Michaela Colgan speaks to Chloe, make-up artist at Clare Mckinney Make-Up & Beauty. What made you decide you wanted to be a make-up artist? I have always been an artsy person from no age! I love playing with colours and creating new looks. I’ve been inspired by so many make-up artists and I am aiming to be in their shoes one day. How long have you been working in the beauty industry? I went straight into the beauty industry at the young age of 16 and have been at it ever since. What do you like most about it? My favourite thing about my job is the feel good factor. I just love seeing how my work can make someone feel so good about themselves. It’s a real treat seeing someone leave their appointment happy. What would you say is your favourite product? I use a wide range of products it’s hard to single out just one but if I had to pick it would be my KASH beauty secret treasure palette. This palette just dropped last September. It’s super wearable for anyone and really easy to work with. You were recently the make-up artist for this month’s cover photoshoot, what was your inspiration for this look? My inspiration for my cover shoot was the soft glowing skin looks seen on NARS, Pat McGrath and Artist Couture’s summer campaigns. I love a flawless, fresh face with lots of gloss and highlight. Do you offer wedding make up trials? And do you do wedding day call outs? Yes I do! Before the big day I always would like to do a trial maybe a few weeks before the wedding just so my client and I can get our ideas together and create the look that is perfect for her. Brides can come to us in the salon or I can travel to them (there’s a call out charge based on travel time from the salon). Chloe’s make-up look for the September cover photoshoot.

For any further questions or if you would like to book Chloe for a special occasion or wedding please contact the salon on 02892611111

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WEDDINGS Edwards & Veitch Miss Ruth Edwards, daughter of Fiona Hunter and step-father Robert Hunter, from Newtownards, married Terry Veitch, son of Keith and Patricia Veitch, also from Newtownards. The wedding took place on 2nd August 2021 at Dunadry Hotel and Gardens. The bride wore a ballgown with beaded bodice from Forever Bridal in Finaghy. Photography by Jervis Wedding Photography.


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get personal training for a more tailored approach. 6. Do you have any tips for staying positive? The best tip to stay positive is to surround yourself with strong like-minded people who support you. Also focusing on the good things while practicing gratitude, and always looking forward for what is to come in the future. Keep setting yourself goals, remind yourself daily that opinions aren’t facts, so stop caring what other people think, and stop focusing on things you don’t have and keep appreciating what you do. All of this will keep you in a positive mind frame.


Belfast representative for Miss Great Britain 2021.

1. What do you love most about pageants? What I love most about pageantry is the memories and people that you meet. Pageants build your self-esteem and self-confidence, make friendships, teach poise, public speaking, and show the importance of being involved in your community and charity by using your voice for something good and meaningful. Pageants have taught me so much that I can apply to my daily life, and I learn more about myself and how to be a better version of myself every time I do a pageant. 2. What has been your career highlight to date? There have been so many highlights of my career from winning Miss Teen Galaxy Ireland, top 5 in Miss Northern Ireland and moving over to the UK and being accepted into the huge pageant sisterhood and winning Miss Pageant Girl UK 2019. But the best highlight of my career so far has to be when I get to represent Belfast in Miss Great Britain in September. Finally…not forgetting my first front cover of Ulster Tatler for the July edition.

3. What are your favourite hobbies/ activities outside of work? I love travelling to new places, experiencing their culture and meeting new people – although relatively young, I have visited quite a few countries and places growing up with my mum, my dad and also through experiences like gymnastics. Obviously travel has been hindered these last few years by the global pandemic, but I have my bucket list ready for when life hopefully returns to a bit of normality for us all. 4. What is your daily routine? At the minute I don’t have much of a daily routine after moving back from living in England for four years, as I am trying to settle back in. Come September I am starting my masters in Law at Queens University so hopefully by then I will have a better routine. 5. Do you have a fitness regime? From a young age I have always been involved in dance, gymnastics and fitness. This has shown me hard work and discipline throughout daily life. I go to the gym and love long walks. When I have a competition coming up I tend to take it up a gear and

7. What do you think is the best thing about living in Northern Ireland? What I love about Northern Ireland is that it is the place that I call home. No matter where I am in the world, coming back to Belfast is just so special, the sense of community, everybody seems to know everyone, and it is so friendly unlike anywhere else in the UK. But aside from that the best thing would have to be the people. I honestly think that the people in Northern Ireland have the biggest hearts, are so friendly and have the best lingo – where else would you get the great craic! 8. What is your mantra or favourite quote that you live by? My life quote is simple. “There is no failure, you either win or you learn” and that I am enough. 9. Who has been your biggest influence? I am influenced by so many strong, educated women who empower me throughout my pageantry. But on a personal note, I owe much of who I am to my mother and grandmothers. Because of them, I have learnt how to love unconditionally, how to be independent, and to never give up on my goals and believe in myself. I am grateful and thankful to every woman who has influenced me in my life.

10. FAVOURITE Movie: Legally Blonde Band/Musician: Anything light pop / R&B Book: Anything empowering and uplifting Restaurant: Zen, Belfast Holiday Destination: New York or Dubai Drink: West Coast Cooler Meal: Chinese


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We chat to some prominent local figures about why the UK is the ultimate staycation location. Lorna Ballard National Director Northern Ireland at Action for Children I moved back home to Northern Ireland in January 2020 with my husband and three kids after having lived away for a number of years, so planning a staycation was a great way to revisit all the beautiful spots where I spent time growing up. We day-tripped up and down the gorgeous Antrim and Causeway coast and took the ferry from Ballycastle to Rathlin Island to see the puffins. We did an exhilarating hike along the cliff at Fair head led by my Action for Children colleague and mountaineer Paul Kellagher who had spent the previous night sleeping on a cot suspended over the cliff 196 metres above the sea as part of our annual Boycott Your Bed fundraising event. My son was delighted to find tiny frogs in the marsh, weave reeds and learn about the rock formations and ancient lake settlement of Coolanlough. We rounded off our staycation with a drive through the stunning Mourne Mountains, a visit with Alpacas in Kilkeel and a day in Newcastle. We feel fortunate to have all this on our doorstep and thankful for the delicious chips and ice cream that fuelled us along the way. You can follow Action for Children NI on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit actionforchildren.org.uk to see how you can get involved.


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Melanie Harrison Owner of The Harrison Hotel A very special place for me is Castle Leslie in Glaslough just on the Monaghan border. The Castle has been in the Leslie family for 300 years and at the helm is the wonderfully funny and warm hostess Sammy Leslie. Her charm wears off on all staff as no matter who you talk to, they are chatty, helpful and friendly. This makes me feel so relaxed and I love to imagine being a house guest back when the Castle was in full swing. Not only are the Castle and grounds jaw droppingly beautiful but there is no end to the stories behind the castle walls. I never tire of hearing about the colourful family history with its eccentric characters. I love to hear of the visiting dignitaries of old and the celebrities who have slept in the opulent rooms. People like Jonathan Swift, Jackie Kennedy, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful and Paul McCartney to name but a few. Staying in the Castle feels like such a treat. Steeped in history, each room has a fascinating story about the Leslie family. Four poster beds, baths the size of a small swimming pool and thrones for toilets! What’s not to love? I love horse riding and the estate has an excellent cross country and a stable of great horses that you can take out across the stunning estate with its boating lake and own Chapel. The grounds are well cared for and are a joy to walk around (if you don’t fancy careering around at top speed) and stop for a quick picnic. If relaxing is your thing you can unwind in the Victorian Spa. Glaslough is voted one of the best places to live in Ireland. It is full of old-world character and charm. Wright’s pub is worth a visit for a bit of craic with the locals and Castle Antiques sells some beautiful pieces. I am heading back to Castle Leslie again soon as it is only an hour from Belfast and I really think of it as my happy place. Each time I visit I have a different experience and it truly never disappoints. Opulent, relaxing yet full of personality and tongue in cheek humour, it’s the recipe for the best break.


However you want to reconnect with loved ones, welcome nature’s descent into hibernation with a getaway to the Isle of Man. Just a stone’s throw away from Ireland (with flights and/or ferry connections from Belfast and Dublin), experience the Island in all its autumnal glory. Reconnect with the dazzling colours of its picture-perfect scenery, explore the natural wildlife along its dramatic windswept coast, or hunker down on a foodie heritage trail that will satisfy even the fussiest of travellers. Celebrated on the 31st October, Hop-Tu-Naa is the Manx equivalent of Halloween and marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year and the start of winter. With a wide selection of Hop-Tu-Naa and half-term events and activities set to take place, it’s the perfect location to fall back in touch with friends, family and loved ones, having fun and celebrating. Discover your autumn getaway at visitisleofman.com.


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Chris Sherry spends a weekend at the Aparthotel Adagio, Stratford, London.


hen is a hotel not a hotel? When it’s an aparthotel, duh. For the perplexed, the term is a portmanteau word i.e. a blending of the words apartment and hotel, and it is becoming an increasingly popular concept in hotel accommodation. So instead of the traditional model of just a bedroom with a bathroom, you also have a living room and small kitchen. In addition, you also have the key services that you would expect from a hotel such as reception, a basic, fastfood style breakfast, drinks, luggage storage etc – you just don’t have the usual bars and restaurants, rather, you can collect a limited selection of food and drinks from the reception area for consumption in your room or the common room. Of course, you are in London and there are numerous excellent bars/restaurants/coffee shops etc on your doorstop. We visited London in late July. It was a great time to be there as the city was just starting to get back on its feet again. We were there a couple of weeks after “freedom day” and could feel the vibrancy returning to this great city. Long may it continue. The Concept In the Adagio Aparthotel Stratford there are 100 two-person studios and 36 flats designed to accommodate up to four people, each with a fully equipped kitchen. This property only opened in May 2021 so everything is brand spanking new. The concept really appealed to me and I will definitely be seeking out the brand on my next trip around the UK. The Aparthotel

Adagio chain has six other branches in cities across the UK, e.g. Liverpool, Birmingham and Edinburgh. On a family city break we don’t tend to spend much time in our hotel so the priority is a comfortable room that is centrally located. The Adagio aparthotel is this and then some. The rooms are bright, airy and have a contemporary design. Reception staff were extremely friendly and informative. Stratford Although I have visited London on countless occasions (I even lived there for two years, many moons ago) I had never, until now, been to Stratford. The area has seen massive redevelopment over the last decade or so. It is now home to the Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, built for the 2012 Olympic Games. With over 250 shops and 70 places to dine, Westfield is the largest shopping mall in Europe. The shopping centre opened in 2011 and is just a few hundred yards from the aparthotel. So if you are a hardcore shopper, you will love it. The danger is that you will not make it to any other parts of London, which would be a pity, given all that the city has to offer. After several hours at the Westfield we managed to drag ourselves away to visit the British Museum and Covent Garden, which is only 20 minutes or so by tube. This area was also home to the iconic 2012 Olympics and as a result has some great new facilities. The Lee Valley Velopark, London Stadium (home to West Ham United football club) and London Aquatics Centre are all located

in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is a short walk from the hotel. In addition, the area has hundreds of acres of parkland with numerous walking and running trails – a great place to explore after the bustle of central London. In summary I could not recommend the Aparthotel Adagio Stratford highly enough, especially when travelling with children. Also, if you are staying in London for an extended period and would rather not stay in a conventional hotel, I would suggest this property. By day three we were tired of eating out and it was great to have our little apartment to return to for dinner. There is a well-stocked supermarket just below the hotel so you can easily pick something up and cook it back in your very own London apartment. It feels a lot more homely than a hotel room. I really enjoyed staying in this property and was interested to see a part of London that I had never been to before.

Fact File Pricing per night starts at under £80 for two guests or just over £100 for four guests. Aparthotel Adagio 42 Celebration Avenue Penny Brookes Street Stratford London E20 1DB Tel: 0204 524 7900 Web: adagio-city.com


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work. I collect the dogs and head home to get dinner. I go and see my niece for a few hours and then go home to watch TV and relax. 5. Do you have a fitness regime? I used to be very active at the gym, but since lockdown the main exercise I do is walking the dogs. 6. Do you have any tips for staying positive? My tip is not to get too focused on the negative, as that will pass – always look for the rainbow after the rain. Plus with every challenge comes a time to reflect, learn and grow. 7. What do you think is the best thing about living in Northern Ireland? I think Northern Ireland has some beautiful places to explore. There are so many hidden gems and when you find them it is a real treat.


8. What is your mantra or favourite quote that you live by? “Keep Swimming” – like Dory says – just keep moving forward.

Company Director, Rumour Mill Creative Communications

1. What do you love most about your job? I love the variety and creativity of the job. No day, week, or month is the same. I love meeting new people and getting my teeth into developing new campaigns, then watching them come to life. 2. What has been your career highlight to date? Setting up Rumour Mill Creative Communications in 2013 and watching it grow. It has been a lot of hard work but so rewarding. I am very lucky to have a great team and amazing clients. Together we have achieved so much and not just by adding to the trophy cabinet, but seeing real,

meaningful results of our work on a client’s business. 3. What are your favourite hobbies/ activities outside of work? I have two dogs, Dotty and Alfie, so spending time walking with them is great. I love to eat out and explore Ireland with my fiancé, Tim. 4. What is your daily routine? Once I manage to coax myself out of bed, I get the dogs walked. Once dressed and ready for work after a quick cuppa, I take the dogs to day care and then off to work. Every day is different, but I am either in meetings, organising or drafting campaigns, having a laugh with the team and planning client

9. Who has been your biggest influence? My family have been a massive influence in my life. They have showed me how working hard pays off. They encourage me to do my best and love me so much for just trying. I am where I am today thanks to them.

10. FAVOURITE Movie: Predator Band/Musician: Walking on Cars Book: Tennison by Lynda La Plante Restaurant: Square Bistro, Lisburn Holiday Destination: Gran Canaria Drink: French Martini Meal: Christmas Dinner


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The Speckled Hen, A Multi-Award-Winning Pub Is One Of Ireland’s Oldest Pubs Dating Back To 1660. Situated in the ancient Parish of Derriaghy (Doire Achaidh – Field of Oak) on the edge of Milltown Village, the Speckled Hen has a warm, cosy atmosphere and a passion for simple, rustic cuisine, craft beers, ciders and a friendly welcome. Relax in the old bar; enjoy a drink in front of the fire. Or relax in one of the pub’s beer garden cabañas. Try a beer from the pub’s Black Mountain Brewery or savour one of our Hen’s Blend spirits. Choose from a selection of great pub food presented at its very best in one of our dining rooms or eat on the outdoor patio. We look forward to welcoming you to The Speckled Hen.

47 Derriaghy Road, Lisburn BT28 3SH Tel: 028 9061 1113 Email: speckledhenlisburn@gmail.com

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Chelsea with Villarreal during Wednesday nights UEFA Super Cup final at the National Stadium at Windsor Park, Belfast.

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso with Villarreal’s Daniel Raba.

UEFA SUPER CUP Belfast took centre stage as it hosted the final of the UEFA Super Cup at the National Football stadium at Windsor Park. The Super Cup, which sees the winners of the Champions League take on the winners of the Europa League took place on Wednesday 11th August in front of a crowd of 13,000 spectators. Champions League winners, Chelsea managed to clinch a victory against Spanish side, Villarreal after a 1-1 draw, which ended in penalties.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante with Villarreal’s Etienne Capoue.

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring against Villarreal.

Chelsea fans during the UEFA Super Cup final.

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso kisses the UEFA Super Cup.

Villarreal fans during the UEFA Super Cup final in Belfast.


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UlsterTatler FOCUS ON

The Ormeau Road

Representatives from Ormeau Road Business Association pictured with Glyn Roberts, Retail NI CEO; Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA; Gary McDonald, Irish News Business Editor and Aisling Press, Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank.


outh Belfast’s bustling Ormeau Road has won the ‘High Street of the Year’ award in Retail NI’s High Street Heroes campaign. With its vast array of independent retail shops, restaurants and cafes, there is something for everyone on the Ormeau road! The new ‘parklet’ has converted on-street parking into public green space. The first of its kind in Northern Ireland, the Ormeau parklet is a stepping stone for redesigning problematic spaces. And if it’s not enough greenery for you, Ormeau Park, the city’s oldest municipal park is a great open space ideal for walks, sport, relaxing in the sun and keeping the children entertained with the play area. The park is home to the Ormeau Golf Club and also boasts football pitches along with tennis and basketball courts.

Photographs of the Ormeau Parklet partners, at the launch of the trial project today, (L-R, Shane Quinn, Development Director for Belfast Buildings Trust, Nichola Mallon MLA, Minister for Infrastructure, Fearghal Murray, Partner at MMAS Architects, Professor Ian Greer, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Cllr. Christina Black, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy & Resources Committee, Chris Upson, Partner at OGU Architects.)


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HOMEWARE RETAILER OF THE YEAR The doors are open at Neptune Belfast, Ormeau Road, which most recently was awarded High Street of the year. The now showroom was once home of the ‘Ormo Bakery’, just opposite of the Ormeau Park. Neptune Belfast, as awarded the silver Homeware Retailer of the Year voted by the Irish News/Retail NI Initiative, welcomes you to call round and visit their showroom to view their kitchen and home displays. Step into their showroom to schedule a consultation with their interior or kitchen designers. Curate a floral arrangement with a home retail stylist, pick out your next paint colour or simply have a nosey at their collections of home décor accessories.

Why I Love

Ormeau Road

Ulster Tatler speaks to Michael Goggin of Michel’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. How long have you been on the Ormeau Road? I opened on the Ormeau road 23rd November 1999. What do you like most about the Ormeau Road? I like the eclectic cosmopolitan feel of the road and the vibrancy that mixed nationalities bring to the road. Does it have any hidden gems? The engaging mix of places like The Hallows Art Gallery alongside sporting outlets, coffee shops, food outlets like Michel’s and upmarket furniture stores like Neptune plus the local ‘waterholes’ with their own unique character make the road special.

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How did it feel to be one of the retailers on the ‘Highstreet of the Year’? The ‘Highstreet of the year’ has helped to raise the profile of road and allow business to be proud of who and where we are!


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Hannah Gibson and Ngozi Anyadike-Dawes.

Blåithín Jones, Phil Mhic Philbín, Rose Monks and Blue the dog.


Natasha McNicholl with Skye.

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Why I Love


Ormeau Road

David Holmes is a producer, musician and composer. Some of his famous works include the music for the Ocean’s Trilogy, Killing Eve and Belfast based series The Fall.

Ulster Tatler speaks to photographer, Michael Lowther

John Boyd Dunlop developed and tested the first practical pneumatic (inflatable) tyre in Cherryvale Sports Ground in October 1887 and a patent was granted on 7 December 1888. James Young (better known as Jimmy Young) was a Northern Irish actor and comedian who grew up at 26 Fernwood Street, off the Ormeau Road. His comedy records sold over a quarter of a million copies and his one man show gained a listing in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running in the world.

How long have you lived on the Ormeau Road? I’ve lived on Ormeau for the past 15 months. What do you like most about the Ormeau Road? It’s convenient to the park to exercise and walk with a coffee. Does it have any hidden gems? Yes there are some amazing charity shops.

Tom Paulin is is a Northern Irish poet and critic of film, music and literature most widely known in Britain for his appearances on the late-night BBC arts programmes The Late Show, Late Review and Newsnight Review. He was raised on North Parade, just off the Ormeau Road.

Where do you like to dine and socialise on the Ormeau Road? There are so many options on Ormeau Road! I enjoy heading to Banjo Bakery, Cafe Nero, Canteen, Al Gelato and General Merchants.

STRONGER TOGETHER The Ormeau Business Association officially constituted in May of this year but work to bring the organisation together had been underway since September 2020. In formation we have received help from Lisa Toland, Senior Manager of Economy at Belfast City council and guidance from Glyn Roberts at Retail NI. The group is made up of 9 committee members, all of whom operate businesses in the Ormeau area. Ormeau Business Association was established to promote and develop the interests of all businesses within the area. The Association’s aims include: • Promote the Area through promotions and destination marketing campaigns; • Lobby the interests of businesses in the Area to government bodies & other interested parties; • Exchange ideas, experiences and identify opportunities; • Contribute to making the Area a vibrant, successful and safe area; • Identify and implement practical projects that enhance the local environment and neighbourhood in the Area.

Our key areas of focus will be: • Increasing footfall & customer spend in the area • Improving parking in the area • Building awareness of the Ormeau Road area as a key destination in the City’s offering • Encouraging regeneration & overall appearance of the area • Increasing awareness of the offering in the area amongst the local market

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Neil Anderson, Aisling Brady, Clare Murray, Anne Graham and Gerard Murray.

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FIFTY YEARS OF BREDAGH GAC In 1971, 50 Years ago a group of local enthusiasts met to discuss the formation of a GAA new club in south Belfast. This was during a turbulent time in Belfast’s history. What these men had was guts and determination and the will to succeed and succeed they did. It is thanks of these forward-thinking Gaels, Bredagh have grown into one of the largest GAA clubs in both County Down and the province of Ulster with over 1,400 members and 30+ playing teams. From what was originally a male football club Bredagh now field teams across all age groups in all 4 GAA playing codes – ladies & men’s football along with Camogie & Hurling. Sadly, most of those who founded the club are no longer alive. The club will remember them always and no better way to acknowledge their efforts and foresight than to make their 50th year a special one. They have organised a number of efforts to date - launched a Bredagh GAC retro logo and jersey, 5k Fun Run in aid of Marie Curie raising over £9k and a 50th memorabilia exhibition “50 Years of Bredagh GAC” which many of their past and present players visited to take trip down memory lane. They have also have planned a Golf Day, Down GAA matches in Cherryvale their home pitch and an Anniversary Gala Dinner in November.

L- R: Ciarán O’Keefe, Stephen Brown, Thomas White and Nicky McCafferty.

Lord Mayor Councillor Kate Nicholl visits the 50 years of Bredagh GAC exhibition, also pictured are Malcolm MacFarlane, and Ciarán O’Keefe.


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Olivia Litter and Shane Smyth.

Jennifer Stewart from Bread & Banjo bakery.


Linzi Watts with children Lucas and Luna from Newtownabbey enjoying a day out to enjoy south Belfast before going back to school.


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Left to Right: Karen Dempsey, Edel Quinn, Ciaran Kerr-Johnston, Ciaran Cunningham, Michael Brentnall.

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The Word

ASPECTS FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR IT’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY Aspects Festival is back in person, celebrating 30 years of the endless talent from across Ireland, running from 24 September – 3 October. The Festival opens with Bangor’s own Colin Bateman who will be reading from his new memoir, Thunder and Lightning for the very first time. Expect dry humour, honesty and colourful insight into days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the era before Colin’s career as an acclaimed writer of crime novels, children’s books and screenplays. They are thrilled to welcome back Fergal Keane to the Festival on Saturday 2 October. Fergal will be in conversation with William Crawley, as he talks about his writing, his career and life journey. Actor and musician, Richard Clements will perform a rehearsed reading about his grandfather’s war years titled, How to Bury a Dead Mule. This will be the first live performance from work which began as an audio project and will undoubtedly continue its journey towards a full theatre production. The Festival takes advantage of the outstanding locations to be found in Ards and North Down by offering a series of outdoor workshops and creative experiences. For the aspiring writer, experienced author Bernie McGill will facilitate a writing workshop amongst the beauty of Castle Park and Bangor Castle Walled Garden. For those who love something a little different, we have a unique poetry and paddle-boarding event offering a rare chance to get creative while enjoying a beautiful perspective of Bangor from Belfast Lough. At Clandeboye Estate, author, historic

horticulturalist and painter, Eoin Lane will lead a walk through the estate and read from his book, Beyond the Horizon. With the stunning backdrop of Clandeboye, surrounded by the dazzling display of autumn in nature, this promises to be a wonderful immersive experience. There will be a virtual event between the acclaimed poet Sinead Morrissey and American poet Tess Taylor, who will reconnect once again to read from their collections, discuss our cultural similarities, our differences and how the arts can help to heal. This is a free event. Evelyn Conlon and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne will discuss and read from their most recent highly acclaimed short story publications, Moving About The Place (2021) and Little Red and Other Stories (2020). Festival Director, Patricia Hamilton is delighted to be back, “We are looking forward to celebrating Aspects in its 30th year and to bring people together to enjoy lively discussion, new perspectives and to soak up the intimate atmosphere the Festival is renowned for.” Information and tickets are available at aspectsfestival.com Image Captions: Richard Clements and his grandfather Short Story publications by Evelyn Conlon and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Colin Bateman

OPEN HERITAGE BELFAST: EXPLORING BELFAST’S PARKS & GARDENS Ulster Architectural Heritage are delighted to announce that they will be working in partnership with Belfast City Council to deliver Open Heritage Belfast. Discover the fascinating story behind Belfast’s parks and gardens through a series of FREE in-person and online events from Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September. Open Heritage Belfast celebrates Belfast’s historic buildings and places with free public events across the city. During COVID-19, we have all had the opportunity to look at our local parks and gardens with fresh eyes. Having access to outdoor spaces where we could meet safely with friends or family, exercise or just have a change of scene, never felt so important. This year, Ulster Architectural Heritage will be exploring Belfast’s parks and gardens, and will be offering free walking tours of the Waterworks and Botanic Gardens. Additionally they will be offering drawing and photography workshops; and they will also be producing

an online tour of the Waterworks, Botanic Gardens, Falls Park and Victoria Park. These tours will help you to discover the history behind these green spaces, and allow you to look at them in a new way. Learn about the lost pleasure gardens at Queen’s Island, or ostriches at Ormeau Park. Find out more about the Tropical Ravine and the Palm House, swimming at Falls Park or the Waterworks’ and the Belfast Blitz. A booklet exploring more of Belfast’s historic green spaces will also be available to pick up free of charge from selected EHOD sites and Belfast City Hall. Booking for tours and workshops is essential. Find out more and book: www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/ events Pictured are: Councillor Kate Nicholl, Lord Mayor of Belfast and Nikki McVeigh, Chief Executive of Ulster Architectural Heritage. 106

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Aspects Festival Featuring Live Conversations with:

Fergal Keane Colin Bateman Eílís Ní Dhuibhne and Evelyn Conlon Susan McKay and Monica McWilliams

Bangor, 24 September to 3 October

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North Coast Artist Evana Bjourson The work of Portrush based artist Evana Bjourson incorporates human interaction, seascapes and coastal experiences observed through the lens of transience. Evana’s figurative work reflects thoughts on the reason for and role of humanity while her dynamic wave paintings take inspiration from life on the North Coast. It is these large scale wave studies that truly demonstrate her love for framing and enhancing the organic. Her most recent work, developed over the summer, has focused on capturing cherished buildings and land forms in Portrush and Portstewart, those spaces in which memories are made. Light sources are often central features in the work and a limited palette tends to be used, drawing out predominant, dramatised colours in a scene. Evana completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast and subsequently achieved a Masters in Architecture at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. Evana Bjourson originals and limited edition prints can be viewed at Margey & Bjourson Art Studio & Gallery Portrush and on www.evanabjoursonart.com. Telephone 07746208381 for more information.

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Artist Evana Bjourson

PRETTY ‘N’ PINK On 27th July 2021, Grace McGoldrick, 11, had her beautiful long hair cut by Caitlin’s Hairdressers, Glen Road, Belfast to donate to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides free real hair wigs to those who have lost their own due to cancer treatment or other conditions. Grace’s parents Stephen McGoldrick and Angela McGoldrick, who reside in Portrush, are friends of Gemma Cunningham. Gemma was an ambassador and amazing friend to those at breast cancer charity Pretty ‘n’ Pink but sadly passed away in January of this year. As well as growing her hair over the last number of months, Grace wanted to raise money for the Charity. Grace had set a target of £300 on her Just Giving page and raised £831.25. Pretty ‘n’ Pink is NI’s only registered Breast Cancer Charity and supported Gemma throughout her own diagnosis. Grace and her family were aware of the support given and wanted to give back to Pretty ‘n’ Pink. Pretty ‘n’ Pink provides financial and other support services to women and men with a breast cancer diagnosis.


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Column /

Arts Diary Kellie Burch

“a new publication celebrating Queer artists and writers in 2021”


CATALYST ARTS LAUNCHES Catalyst Arts recently hosted not one, but two launches. The first, held in the gallery space at College Court in Belfast, was the opening of exhibition Concealed in the Half-light. This presentation explores the idea of the archive. Rather than accepting the traditional archive model which rigidly depends on data organisation such as standardisation and categorisation to streamline and eradicate difference, Concealed in the Half-Light explores how multiple histories not restricted by agreed narratives, can offer archive alternatives, by acknowledging the subjective, intimate and personal, essentially the ‘unarchivable’. The exhibition is made up of many voices including Alice Rekab, artist-inresidence Nollaig Molloy, Matthew Wilson, The Department of Ultimology, the Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing, Frances Whorrall-Campbell and the Artist-Led Archive. The second of Catalyst Arts’ launches, was the official unveiling of SAM’S EDEN,, a new publication celebrating Queer artists and writers in 2021. This book, which is edited by Thomas Wells, was launched at Fruit Shop on Ormeau Road and showcases the work of fourteen LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups and explores queer occupation of physical and virtual spaces. The artists included are: Day Magee, Jennifer Mehigan, Padraig Regan, Yarli Allison, Richard Martin, Claire Biddles, Bassam Al-Sabah, Phillip McCrilly, Ben Malcolmson, Michaela Nash, Richard O’Leary, Ruth McCarthy, the LGBTQIA+ youth Steering Committee at Ulster Museums and Shy Bairns. At the launch, segments of the unique book were projected onto the walls of the intimate venue. As well as guests having the opportunity to snap up their own copy of this original publication, twenty original framed works by featured artist Ben Malcolmson were also on sale. SAM’S EDEN is a vibrant and important publication, and its launch was well supported by guests including publication contributors Padraig Regan and Phillip McCrilly; artist Stephen Farnan; Programme Manager at Strand Arts Centre Johanna Leech; and Catalyst Arts Manuuela Moser. Concealed in the Half-Light and SAM’S EDEN were launched on 5 August 2021.


Manuuela Moser with Thomas Wells at the launch

Ponyo and Johanna Leech.

Celeste Owens and Ciara Hickey.


Julia Maguire, Stephen Farnan and Sarah Cassidy.

Ruth McCarthy and Padraig Regan.

Matthew Wilson, gallery co-director Cecelia Graham and show curator Nathan.

Phillip McCrilly and Nollaig Molloy.

Lauren Purton and Eilish McLaughlin.


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Courtney and Riley Strong, Andy Strong and Jonny Gould.

The Outcasts live in Ward Park.

Natasha Manganar and Melissa Hawthorne.

Kellie and Keith Burch.

Elsie and mum Shelley Armstrong.

Ashleigh and Jenna Sittlington, Steven Ferguson, Roberta and Paul Sittlington.

Niamh Lennon and Samuel Morrow with Mischa the dog.

Karen and Richard McGarvey with Jarvis.

PUNK IN THE PARK Beloved Belfast punk band, The Outcasts, turned up the heat this summer as they headlined Punk in the Park. The open-air concert, which was part of the Open House Festival’s Music in the Park series, saw the iconic band, supported by local Bangor ensemble Wasted Talent, transform Ward Park for the afternoon. Punks, young and old, brought picnics, deckchairs and good vibrations as they soaked up the electric atmosphere. Wasted Talented took to the stage first and thoroughly warmed up the energetic crowd. Their opening number, ‘Anarchy in the UK’ by The Sex Pistols, set the tone, whilst a superb cover of ’Alternative Ulster’ took things up a notch. Their closing number was ’Teenage Kicks’ which appropriately was dedicated to the godfather of punk, and champion of The Undertones, Terri Hooley.

Next up was The Outcasts, who were fittingly introduced by Hooley himself. The band shot to fame under Hooley’s Good Vibrations record label in 1977 - and they have been a force to be reckoned with ever since. The band, which is made up of brothers Greg and Martin Cowan along with JP and Petsey Burns, gave the audience what they wanted and played a collection of their classics such as ‘Frustration’, ‘The Cops Are Comin’, and ‘You’re A Disease’. They also paid homage to their peers with a rambunctious cover of RUDI’s ‘The Pressure’s On’. Over the years punk has been a genre that has been important, both to Northern Ireland, and the world, in allowing audiences the opportunity to embrace their differences and to unite because of them. It was heart-warming to see that decades after

the explosion of punk that these principles remain the same. The audience gathered in Ward Park was a rich and diverse tapestry, from mohawk wearing pogo dancers to dog walkers. The audience was also made up of all ages, from original punks to the new-born generation. As the sun came out for the afternoon’s festivities, it was a pleasure to see some familiar faces in the crowd, such as Belfast Telegraph’s Karen McGarvey and her dog Jarvis. Whilst it was hard to tell who was having the most fun, the band or the audience, one thing was obvious - everyone was vocal in their appreciation of the superb Open House Festival for bringing live music back to the fore and making it accessible to all after such a tough year. Punk in the Park took place on 22 August 2021.

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It was a very exciting moment when live theatre made a triumphant come back. From Dracula at the Lyric Theatre to Through the Window at The MAC, theatre goers were snapping up tickets with renewed vigour. My first theatrical experience was the VIP and Press Evening to see The Burial at Thebes, part of the EastSide Arts Festival and Féile an Phobail. The production was staged by Bright Umbrella at The Sanctuary Theatre, a unique space in the former Mountpottinger NSP Church on Castlereagh Street. This former Church has been wonderfully renovated to make it a practical theatrical space whilst retaining its impressive charm. The opening night attracted a varied crowd including journalists Jane and Padraig Coyle, as well as former arts programme co-ordinator Tim Kerr and his wife Alice, a fundraising consultant. Before the play started I had the opportunity to chat to artist director Trevor Gill about this exciting debut, which is the first production to be shown on the stage at The Sanctuary Theatre. The Burial at Thebes is based on Seamus Heaney’s classic, which in turn was inspired by one of the world’s oldest extant plays, ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles. Whilst modernised in parts, and interwoven with world politics, the production maintains its gravitas and intensity. The play opens somberly with a military funeral. What unfolds is a fast paced tale that grips your attention throughout. This is in no small part due to the captivating performances from the cast. Eleanor Shannon as Antigone is completely spellbinding whilst Glenn McGivern as Creon exudes an intensity that roots you to the spot. I know I am not alone in being overjoyed by the return of theatre and The Burial at Thebes was a poignant reminder of what we’ve been missing. I have to mention how professional the theatre was at creating an intimate atmosphere whilst also sticking to Covid-19 restrictions. Seating in the pews was limited to two people and there was hand sanitiser available at each designated sitting area. The actors also incorporated masks into their performance when accessing the stage through the audience. With such thought and attention to detail this production shows how well theatres can comply to the current situation and so here’s hoping this theatrical resurrection is one that’s here to stay. The Burial of Thebes VIP and Press Evening took place on 4 August.

Alice and Tim Kerr with Artistic Director Trevor Gill.

Cast members from top to bottom: Glenn McGivern, Nathan Martin, Graham Chipperfield, Jennifer McCarley and Samuel Mahadeo. Jane and Padraig Coyle.

Trevor Gill with members of the The Bright Umbrella Theatre company.

Cast members: Paula Byrne, Eleanor Shannon and Patricia Elwood.


Lisa Hannigan

It’s been a while, but Belfast’s most dynamic arts festival is back! Fully masked and double jabbed, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns from 2-12 September, with an incredible programme of live music, comedy, literature, theatre and more. Live music events include Lisa Hannigan, Bronagh Gallagher, Kíla, From the Specials – Neville Staple, own fabulously funny Teresa Bell X1, Sharon Shannon, The Livingstone. There’s the return of Adventures and Luka Bloom, to Belfast’s Street Art Festival Hit the name a mere few. Live comedy North and an impressive listing of headliners include the welcome special CQAF screenings. returns of Andrew Maxwell and Rich Hall, the acclaimed For full programme and Nabil Abdulrashid and our very booking info go to cqaf.com.

ROUGH GIRLS It will be a game changing production when Rough Girls, a new play by Tara Lynne O’Neill, takes to the stage of the Lyric Theatre Belfast 9th- 25th Sept 2021. Proudly supported by Electric Ireland, Rough Girls tells the story of the first all-female football team in Belfast at the end of the First World War. Featuring an impressive eleven strong female cast, audiences will also have the unique opportunity to sit amongst the action on stage. Directed by Kimbelery Sykes, this ambitious, large-scale production is an original Belfast story based on true events which

Ruby Campbell, Caroline Curran, Eloise Stephenson and Nicky Harley.

resonates with the history of the city and chimes with the recent equality movements across the sports industry and the cultural sector. For further details visit www. lyrictheatre.co.uk.


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Pedro Donald and Mary Lindsay.

Maggie Cronin, Cillian Lenaghan and Tim McGarry (standing). Louise Matthews (seated).

Angela and Damien McLoughlin.

Julie McCauley and Eileen Branagh.

Fiona and Raymond Johnston.

Vittoria Cafolla, Tim McGarry and Mary Lindsay.

Geraldine Finucane and Pat Caldwell.

Gráinne Maher and Sharon Curran.

AT THE BAR WITH BRIAN The American Bar beer garden in Belfast was drenched in late summer sunshine when it played host to the closing event of Paradosso Theatre’s Lonely Passions: The Brian Moore Centenary Festival. At the Bar With Brian, which was aptly held on the centenary of his birth - 25 August 1921 - offered the sold out audience the chance to listen to readings from the prolific Belfast author’s most famous works. The evening was hosted by the superb actor/ writer/ comedian Tim McGarry. Joining him on stage were fellow actors Maggie Cronin, Louise Matthews and Cillian Lenaghan. The actors collaborated in various combinations on stage, performing six readings from the three time Booker Prize nominee’s novels. The festivities kicked off with Tim McGarry reading a passage from

The Lonely Passion of Judith Herne. Other titles showcased were, Fergus, I Am Mary Dunne, The Feast Of Lupercal, and The Emperor Of Ice Cream. The prize-winning writer based a lot of his books on his experiences from his life in Belfast. The places - and indeed people - are familiar. The performances were captivating and really brought Moore’s subjects to life. The audience were in stitches throughout as the talented actors teased out the nuances of Moore’s writing, making those awkward interactions he’s famous for, suitably hilarious. I also have to say that Tim McGarry, who peppered the evening with tidbits of information about Moore, as well as offering lashings of his signature humour, was the perfect host. Lonely Passions: The Brian Moore

Centenary Festival was an expertly curated series of events from Paradosso Theatre. By using diverse mediums, such as walking tours, documentaries, panel discussions and readings in unusual places, the festival had something for everyone. At the Bar With Brian was a wonderful close to these festivities. Attended by milliner Gráinne Maher, Open Arts Chief Executive Officer Eileen Branagh, The American Bar (and sister bar The Sunflower) owner Pedro Donald, Paradosso Theatre’s Mary Lindsay, and even members of Brian Moore’s family, this relaxed evening was filled with fun and laughter and gave an insight in to why this somewhat underappreciated writer should be recognised as a sublime talent. At the Bar With Brian took place on Wednesday 25th August.

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. USWA President Judith Logan welcomes guests to the exhibition.

Prof Chris Maccabe CB and Jenny Maccabe and Neil Mathews.

USWA 64TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION The Ulster Society of Women Artists (USWA) 64th Annual Exhibition took place recently at the Lanyon Conference Suite in Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast. Although the Society staged a number of successful online shows during the Covid-19 pandemic, this was their first physical art exhibition since 2019 and allowed attendees to once again appreciate the nuances and subtleties of the art on display in real life.

Guest speaker and former RUA President Betty Brown.

Award winning sculptor Helen Merrigan-Colfer.

. John, Margaret and Neil Mathews.

USWA President’s husband Hernan and daughter Annabelle.

Trevor Russell, Mary Dugdale Cup winner Helen Condy Russell with show judge Noelle McAlinden.

Drew and Valerie Blackburne (Duchess of Abercorn trophy winner).


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Noelle McAlinden with guest speaker and former RUA President Betty Brown.

. USWA members Kay Cullen and Deirdre Hiscocks.

Tedzzzz Macartney and Robyn Joyce.

Sculptor Trish Rogers.

zzzzUSWA President and Bradbury Graphics awardee Former Margaret Brand with family Michael and Nicola Bannon. Arlene Marks and Ursula Leighton.

Richard and Lesley Sharp and Beverley Healy.

USWA President Judith Logan with daughter Annabelle and husband Hernan Farias.


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Below is an extract from A CITY IMAGINED - Belfast Soulscapes, by Belfast-born author, Gerald Dawe, published by Merrion Press.

Simply put, my late mother was a keen admirer of all kinds of music in performance. As a very young woman she fell in love with my musician-father. Originally from a family from the WelshEnglish border, he was London-born and joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers band at a young age. The band toured Northern Ireland for a morale-boosting celebration towards the end of the Second World War. They were married in 1945. The marriage lasted until the mid-1950s, whereupon my sister and I and my mother relocated to my grandmother’s house in north Belfast. It was during this time – the mid- to late 1950s – that the aftermath of the war registered with me. For ‘the war’ – the Second World War was colloquial- ly known as simply ‘the war’ – was literally everywhere. Barely a decade had gone by since its end, and Belfast was still very much marked by the experience. The physical landscape bore the scars of the deadly blitz of 1941 – when almost 1,000 citizens had perished – and in the quasi-industrial pop-up camps that had been created to house army installations, garages, depots and the like, one could still wander. As young boys we did so, picking up the habits of bubble-gum, hairstyle and, latterly, dance moves from the long-departed American troops who had been stationed nearby. The ‘prefabs’ – as temporary housing was called – remained along north Belfast’s Shore Road. But the sense of a ceremonial life in honour of those who had lost family members during the war was very much an accepted and unselfconscious part of our upbringing in school and in social and civic life. More intimately, the house in which I spent my early years retained fixtures of the war –

blackout blinds to seal off any light that might benefit Luftwaffe bombers remained in place on the bedroom windows upstairs; ration-books were left in a kitchen press, and the language and customs that were associated with rationing carried over well into the 1950s. Food was not thrown out; clothes were repaired, socks darned and these practices continued not out of thrift but out of habit. The human dimension of this post-war world retains a very special resonance for me, bearing in mind what would descend upon the city of Belfast by the end of the 1960s. In the house I moved to in the mid-1950s, with its random relics of wartime, I took in, without actually knowing it, many stories of precisely how war recasts what seems to be the stabilities and securities of ‘home’. My mother and her brother were evacuated after the first blitz in Belfast to the Antrim countryside from their own family home to which they had returned from Canada in the mid-1930s. It was in this house in north Belfast that refugees, contacts of friends of my grandmother, had briefly passed through on their way to Canada. I was fascinated to hear about the CID calling to that house to interview my grandmother about one such friend, one of the fleeing émigrés, only to be confronted by her straight-laced and stalwart father, who denied any such knowledge and sent the police on their way. Or so the story goes. Around that house and the surrounding avenues and terraces off the Antrim and Cliftonville roads, the Nazi bombs would fall and create carnage in the blitz of 1941. If the aftermath of war had left its mark on the streetscapes of Belfast, one can also see in retrospect how lives had been not so much ‘influenced’ by the war as determined by it. Men in their regimental blazers heading to the British Legion sporting pencil-thin moustaches, raincoats folded neatly over arm, turned out well was the phrase. One of our neighbours, who never fully recovered from the experience of being torpedoed, could be heard crying out at night for his friend and second-in-command whom he had lost at sea. The strained understanding of their women was stretched, no doubt, to breaking point. A friend’s father, who had been a rear gunner on a Lancaster (a perilous position with high mortalities), never referred to his war experiences and would unaccountably turn morose and barely talk for days on end. A neighbour, literally next door, a quiet unassuming civil servant who had fought with the British Army through the bitter campaigns liberating Europe, found himself finally in Vienna, where he met and married Elsa, with whom he returned to Belfast to live a subdued life before illness struck him

down in middle-age. Elsa seemed so foreign in manner and style and custom. One evening my mother, to whom she was very close, recounted the truth of Elsa’s hounded wartime existence, dressed as a man to avoid rape when the avenging Soviet troops settled their grim score with the Third Reich. There were other such stories, which I heard without quite understanding. I had another friend whose mother was Czech. She was a wonderful, quietly mannered and sophisticated woman, but who amongst us could know what she had gone through, of what had happened that took her across Europe to a suburban home in north Belfast. Our boyhood was peopled with many such stories. The anecdotes I eagerly listened to when ‘soirées’ gathered in our house included recollections about the Pathé newsreels that featured the release from the camps of desperate, unbelievable figures. Those who watched laughed at first and thought that what they were seeing on the screen was a ‘horror’ movie until the reality dawned that this was actual. My mother recounted how people in the Capitol cinema on the Antrim Road fainted or were sick and fled. When I started at the Lyric Youth theatre as a young, impressionable teenager, our dance instructress was a wonderful woman called Helen Lewis, who had been incarcerated in a concentration camp (her camp number was stamped on her arm) – experiences which she recounted in A Time to Speak, one of the few Holocaust survivor accounts from Ireland.

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Arts Gallery DRACULA Young actors from the Lyric’s hugely successful Drama Studio programme, marked the theatre’s reopening by staging Dracula, which ran from 27th July – 1st Aug 2021. This version of the popular story was adapted from the original Bram Stoker classic by former Makar, the Scots equivalent of the Poet Laureate, Liz Lochhead.

Coggin Galbreath and Ryan Hay. Jane McMillan and John Ball.

Jimmy Fay and Bronagh McFeely.

Linda Moody, Cathy McCormack and Philip Crawford.

Patrice Cairns and Siobhan Murphy.

THROUGH THE WINDOW Belfast based Three’s Theatre Company, specialists in ‘choice theatre’, staged an innovative live outdoor theatre experience called ‘Through The Window’ on 27 July. Blending live and pre-recorded material, audiences, using multi-channel radio headphones, experienced a variety of stories performed by actors through the windows of the MAC Theatre, Belfast.

AS I CANNOT WRITE Visual artist Cathy Scullion launched her solo exhibition ‘As I Cannot Write’ at Vault Studio on 4 August. Through this body of work, Scullion responds to stories from other female artists, stories of times when they felt silenced or unable to speak. Her response to these stories explores ideas of embodiment theory through the act of knitting. By focusing on the ‘ritualised’ processes involved in making, she examines the use of gesture, material and movements to investigate how this act can provide a safe space for the sharing, recounting and transforming of experience.

Raymond and Catherine Flynn.

Anna Leckey and Colm G. Doran.

Jim McCarthy and Alan Herbert.

Jordan Nelson and Rosie Barry and Phoebe the dog.

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UlsterTatler Auctions The Word

Going, Going, Gone!

Ulster Tatler looks into the world of auctions.


e see auctions on television and in the media all the time, whether it be property auctions on Homes Under The

Hammer, antique auctions on Bargain Hunt or the infamous

Banksy artwork auction at Sotheby’s – an auction makes an event out of purchasing items and creates a thrill that you won’t experience anywhere else.

So why should you consider taking a trip to an auction? •

You can find one-of-a-kind items – this could be anything from a piece of antique furniture to vintage jewellery. If you don’t like to follow the crowd, you can create a unique look with your special

finds from auction.

You can grab a bargain – when it comes to car and house

auctions for example, you can get great price deals as you are

cutting out the middleman, so to speak. Just make sure you know

exactly what you are buying and that it is in good condition before •

you reach for your paddle.

It is an experience – shopping at auction is something for the

bucket list. You can make a day out of it, browsing the items and

then going head-to-head with other bidders to snap up your prize!

NEW EXPANSION, NEW OPPORTUNITIES Wilsons Auctions is proud to announce that it is expanding its business with the purchase of West Oxfordshire Motor Auction Ltd, in Oxford, England. The acquisition of the family-run business brings the total number of sites for Wilsons Auctions to nineteen including ten branches and nine logistic and storage locations across the UK and Ireland. The acquisition will see the 27-strong Oxford workforce transition to Wilsons Auctions along with weekly car auctions that currently see 30,000 vehicles go under the hammer annually. Plans include the creation of additional employment from the local area and to extensively refurbish the premises which will be rebranded as Wilsons Auctions, Oxford.

Peter Johnston, Group Operations Director alongside some of the new contractors awarded to Wilsons Auctions.

With 85 years of experience, Wilsons Auctions has grown from a single

auction site in Belfast to become the largest independent auction company in the UK and Ireland with an annual hammer total in excess of £400 million. Managing over 3,000 auctions annually, the company auction everything from cars, plant and machinery, property, offsite equipment, designer goods and cryptocurrency. Online sales have grown by 30% over the last year with the increased offering of fine jewellery, luxury handbags and prestigious watches available at auction.

Wilsons Auctions held the first public auction of seized cryptocurrency.

Wilsons Auctions has been awarded new contracts, worth in excess of £50 million, with the Home Office, HMRC, Border Force and the National Crime Agency in a multi-agency government contract in addition to further contracts with HMRC, Natural Resources Wales, a government sponsored body, and Trust Ford.

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NEW ACQUISITION We are proud to announce that Wilsons Auctions is expanding the business with the purchase of West Oxfordshire Motor Auction Ltd, in Oxford, England. The acquisition brings the total number of sites for Wilsons Auctions to nineteen, reaffirming us as the largest independent auction house in the UK and Ireland. Now with ten branches and nine logistic and storage locations across the UK and Ireland, we are delighted to be strengthening our offering into the south east region of England.










To find out more about this exciting story and to view all upcoming auctions, visit wilsonsauctions.com

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The Cullybackey 9:30 club local community group John McKibbin, Edrick Davidson, Philip Simpson, Mervyn Dickey and Bobby Workman.

Elizabeth Moffett, Gary Allen, Neil Bownes and Megan McGaughey.

CULLYBACKEY SPAR OPENING The new Spar in Cullybackey was recently unveiled some with members of the local community getting their hands on Spar goodie bags to celebrate the new opening. Make sure to check out the new store for the best in local produce and of course you can pick up a copy of the latest Ulster Tatler.

Cullybackey locals Pamela and Tommy Dickson.

Jason Saville and Nathan McDonald from Hendersons group.

The new Bridge Spar in Cullybackey.

Local shoppers Richard, Alex Rose and Sharon Ross.

Jason Saville and Nathan McDonald from Hendersons group.

Emma and Rebecca Henry.


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UlsterTatler TALKING


Food & Drink

fter lockdown, many people are excited to get back to restaurants or looking to develop the cookery skills they have dabbled with while at home so when would be a better time for a food guide? With a range of local produce grown at home, or caught locally at sea, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to fresh ingredients. Local restaurants and takeaway establishments place a greater emphasis on allergies and intolerances, providing more vegan and gluten-free options so that needs are catered for. But remember, it is not all about the food. With a number of award-winning breweries and distilleries in Northern Ireland, you are guaranteed to find the perfect aperitif or night cap to round off your dining experience. Food and drink are at the heart of the Northern Ireland, so read on to see what teases your tastebuds.


Smoked ast Duck Bre

Method 1. Sear Duck Breast and cook in oven for 6 minutes 2. Set up smoker and when hot, place the duck inside, cover with foil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. 3. Peel and dice oranges, sweat off the shallots, add the star anise, cinnamon and sugar. 4. Add the white wine vinegar and diced orange.


Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • •

Duck Breast Rice Woodchips Sugar 6 Oranges 100g Caster Sugar 6 Shallots, Diced 1 Star Anise Splash of White Wine Vinegar 1 Cinnamon Stick Loaf of Brioche, Diced 1mm Pickled Carrots

5. Cook gently until sticky and jam like. 6. Saute the brioche croutons in oil, butter and thyme. 7. Serve the duck cold and very thinly sliced. 8. Garnish with orange chutney & pickled carrots Recipe from Millar’s Kitchen, Lisburn Road

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Quality. Simplicity. Seasonality Indulge in a Tasting Menu by Head Chef Chris Rees & his team, showcasing local artisan producers in seasonally curated dishes



A TASTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND Ulster Tatler’s Chris Rees, Head Chef of the River Room Restaurant at Galgorm Resort and Spa.

pleasure to prepare and has great flavours. It also comes from a very small producer which means it’s quite exclusive to me. What has been a career highlight for you to date? There are many highlights, from working on ships and yachts in high end kitchens and seeing a lot of the globe, to working in Michelin awarded kitchens, to where I am now - being able to grow and forage a lot of my own ingredients and have full creative reign over what I do on the River Room menu. What would you say is your signature dish? I’d say my signature dish would be the rabbit ballotine which often finds its way on to the menu at various times of year. I’m lucky to have access to some amazing wild rabbit and being a big fan of the “field to fork” process, it’s always a pleasure to use it. How did you get into the culinary arts and how long have you been in the industry for? My introduction to kitchens started when I was 15 years old, having a weekend job in a small restaurant in the city centre. I have always loved ‘messing about’ in the kitchen and grew up experimenting with lots of recipes – and gave everything a go. Now, with my wealth of experience, I am always searching for quality ingredients and am inspired by my peers to make fine dining into fun dining. Tell us a bit about the River Room Restaurant? The River Room Restaurant is located at Galgorm Resort and has obtained my accolades including 3AA Rosettes. I am passionate about using local produce and promoting the taste of Northern Ireland. I source the best of produce for our menu but also grow a portion of what I need (weather permitting of course) – including cress and courgettes - in the Resort greenhouse. We try to use interesting and sometimes unusual techniques to try and offer the customer a unique but still familiar experience. What is your favourite dish on the menu and why? At the minute it’s the fantastic local quail that is served with multicoloured cauliflowers and Irish ham. It looks great on the plate, is a 124|

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# Fabulous in Finaghy Millar’s Restaurant Owners Christopher and Matthew Roman-Millar alongside Head Chef Boyle and Sous Chef McCormack are bringing Fine Dining to Finaghy. Beautiful interiors meet 5* customer service in South Belfast’s newest dining experience. Matched with a fine dining menu and a beautifully curated wine list, Millar’s is the perfect venue for intimate date nights, friends getting together, and celebrating larger events. Exclusive private dining room and large groups catered for Exciting New Autumn Menu out now. Featuring the best local produce Northern Ireland has to offer with the creative and culinary experience of the Millar’s Team, they have created a must try menu. The latest addition to the South Belfast food scene is already proving popular, so early booking is advised.

135B Upper Lisburn Rd, Finaghy, Belfast BT10 0LH Tel: 028 9600 1545

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We’re in Lisburn

“Carnbrooke stands for quality. We want to offer the best, it’s that simple”

The Founding Origins

Established in August 2011 Carnbrooke is owned by husband-and-wife team Jason & Jacqueline Hamilton. With a butchery background and 20 years in the industry Jason took a leap of faith to go out on his own and it quickly went from strength to strength starting off with four staff and a small factory in Dromara, Co Down. Supplying hotels and restaurants offering quality, locally sourced beef, pork, and lamb products they quickly built the customer base to include well renowned and prestigious Hastings Hotel Group, Deanes, Muddlers Club and OX. We soon became well known in our own right and opened a small retail butchery shop in Dromara located close to our factory.

Our Success

Our driving force behind our growth and success is our passion in sourcing the best local produce. We have direct contact with the farmers, the animals are reared to our own specific standard to ensure consistency. We believe in supporting local and recognise the quality that exists on our doorstep. Over the last 10 years that number has grown to approx. 300 restaurants and hotels, as well as contracts such as Ulster Rugby. Our growth made us think big. We required a site that could house our production and kitchen facility as well as an extensive retail shop with ample onsite car parking. We have ended up with much more thanks to the support we have received. We have grown to a team of almost 70, doubling in size since our move to Lisburn. We have a great team of talent and look forward to what the future has in store for us.

In 2020 days just prior to the first lockdown we opened a 2500 square foot Butchery & Food Hall. We truly didn’t know what to expect. Immediately the local community supported our vision and offering. We began to have customers visiting from far and wide. Our Food Hall has provided us an outlet to showcase our capabilities. Customers shop with us knowing they receive quality, provenance and excellent service. We receive such positive feedback from our customers. We have a Himalayan Salt ageing chamber that can be viewed in the food hall as well as a 25 ms2 chamber in the factory. We have a vast range of cooked and raw products made on site by our talented team of butchers, chefs and production operatives. The in-house team are constantly adding to their offering devising new recipes and meals-to go that really are excellent, there is something for everyone. Alongside our Carnbrooke range we love to support small, local, artisan suppliers with over 40 supplier relationships and growing.

Committed to Our Future

We are keen to keep growing in all areas of our business. Since the reopening of hospitality and indoor dining we continue to supply our existing partner base, now more than ever we are dealing with many new hotels and restaurants that understand Carnbrooke do not compromise on quality and provenance and recognise us for excellence and innovation and our commitment to quality, sourcing local ingredients and products. Our Food Hall continues to thrive along with our offering. We have some exciting plans for Carnbrooke in the not-toodistant future. We have a great team of talented people working alongside us with a passion for food and growing the business. We are excited for our future and looking forward to the next 10 years.

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B & FF O OO OD HA LL L BU U TT C CH H EE R RY Y & D H AL Ballynahinch Road Road Lisburn 100 Ballynahinch Lisburn BT27 5EZ Tel: Tel: 028 97 532200

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Holly White shares her top tips and recipes for delicious picnic staples using a variety of delectable delights from Frontier Foods. Be it a trip to the beach, a local park, or simply a gathering in your garden; al fresco dining is the perfect opportunity to relax, socialise and reconnect with those closest to you while tucking into some delectable delights. Plant-based nutritionist and foodie influencer Holly White has created the dream duo to add to your picnic basket, perfect to tuck into with family and friends, and a welcome change from the humble ham sandwich, which has long been a staple for jaunts to the park. Using a selection of the new range of delicious staples from Frontier Foods, which includes Black Olives Pitted, Green Olives Pitted, Pickled Onions in Vinegar, Mini Gherkins in Brine & Vinegar and Gordal Olives filled with Cucumber, Holly has created a Mixed Olive Tapenade, the perfect accompaniment to salted crackers, crisps, or crusty fresh bread and cheese, and a tangy and satisfying pickled onion, basil and sundried tomato rice salad. Frontier Foods Olive Tapenade Ingredients: • 1 Jar Of Frontier Foods Black Pitted Olives • 1 Jar Of Frontier Foods Green Pitted Olives • 1 Tablespoon Of Capers • 2 Cloves Of Crushed Garlic • 2 Tablespoons Of Olive Oil • 1/2 Squeezed Lemon • Large Pinch Of Pepper Optional: 1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast. Method: Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse till your desired consistency is reached.

When it comes to picnics and dining al fresco, there’s more to think about however than what we are going to consume as all too soon the grub is gone, leaving a pile of disposable plastic packaging in its wake. Shockingly, the world produces 381 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, and only 9% of it has ever been recycled - so even the most conscientious of picnickers who dispose of their rubbish responsibly are contributing to the problem. Besides – the dips, salads and sandwiches that so often come encased in plastic leave a lot to be desired in terms of both taste and quality. So how do we make the most of one of summer’s greatest pleasures, without harming the environment? It’s time to ditch those soggy shop-bought sambos, roll our sleeves up in the kitchen and take the oh-so-enjoyable art of picnicking to a whole new level. Plant-based nutritionist and Frontier Foods ambassador Holly White has shared some top crowd-pleasing recipes and tips on creating a sustainable picnic: - Pack everything the night before so you can get on the road early. - Have extra flasks or bottles of water in your car to clean off sticky hands and sandy toes. - Save any used jam jars and use them to bring dips and dressings with you saving single-use plastic. - Think reusable or degradable wherever possible and bring cutlery from home or look for bamboo options which will degrade. If using compostable cutlery and food storage ensure it goes into the brown bin after use. - Avoid clingfilm and look for reusable wax wrap which work perfectly for keeping sandwiches fresh. - Most importantly take home any rubbish you bring with you and leave no trace behind. The Frontier Foods range is available in stockists nationwide, including Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Super Valu, Fresh Stores & Eurospar. For more information visit www.frontierfoods.ie.

Frontier Foods Pickled Onion, Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Rice Salad Ingredients: • 350g Rice- Pre Cooked Weight • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube • 2 Shallots, Finely Sliced • 200g Sun-Dried Tomatoes • 1/2 Jar Frontier Foods Pickled Onions In Vinegar • 200g Raw Courgette Cut Into 1/4 Slices. Dressing • Juice of 1 Lemon • 1 Tablespoon Miso Paste • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil • Salt And Pepper To Season To Serve • 100g Flaked Almonds • 200g Frontier Foods Pitted Olives - Black Or Green • A Handful Of Fresh Basil Method: Cook the rice as per instructions in approx 600 ml water and a vegetable stock cube for approximately 15 minutes. Allow it to cool and prep your other ingredients. Stir all your dressing ingredients together. When your rice is cooled stir in the shallots, sun-dried tomato and courgette together. Drizzle over your dressing and top with the olives and flaked almonds and basil. Add a generous pinch of fresh ground pepper and sea salt. 128|

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Ulster Tatler | GOOD FOOD GUIDE AUTUMN 2021



Ulster Tatler’s Joanne Harkness visits The Rabbit restaurant, Templepatrick.


he Galgorm collection got a little bit bigger last year when it added The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat to its growing list of top-notch hotels and eateries. You know when the Galgorm name is involved it is going to have that certain touch of class that makes it stand out from the rest because everything they touch turns to gold. The Rabbit Hotel is a quick 15-minute drive from where I live and since it opened its doors last year, there has been a real buzz around the local area, with it being tagged as the new ‘hot spot’ to socialise with friends and family. I had seen countless people on my social media post photographs of themselves at The Rabbit and had a serious case of Fomo (fear of missing out), so I had to go along to see it for myself. Location The Rabbit is in the scenic and centrally located Templepatrick village, Ballyclare. It is only a matter of minutes drive away from the airport and the motorways to Belfast, Antrim, Ballymena and beyond, so it is incredibly easy to get to. From the outside in, The Rabbit oozes character, with a vibe that mixes oldstyle New York and Italian all into one. Atmosphere My partner and I had our table booked for a

Thursday evening, which was a lovely treat after work just as the weekend was starting to approach. When we arrived the vibrant and attentive hostess immediately showed us to our table. The restaurant had the right amount of buzz - it didn’t feel overcrowded and claustrophobic, but had a tangible atmosphere. The waiter was straight over to advise us on the menu and take our drinks order - and to make the most of not driving, I of course had to order their signature cocktail, Jessica Rabbit. I had seen pictures of people posing with the cocktails all over Facebook and Instagram, so I wanted to see if they lived up to the hype – the Jessica Rabbit certainly did. It was a mix of pink gin and prosecco, bursting with citrus and berries flavours – so refreshing! The Menu The menu was very extensive; from appetisers and entrees, to local seafood and prime cut meat – there was something to suit everyone. Our waiter was very helpful in giving suggestions of what he thought we might like as we were finding it hard to choose between all of the delicious options. To start with we decided to share the beer battered chipolatas and truffle arancini (deep fried Italian rice balls). They were both extremely moreish,

especially when dipped in the creamy garlic mayo – almost too good to share! For the main course I chose a fish option, as I find it lighter (I have to leave room for dessert). The fish I opted for was roast cod fillet, with creamed greens and a side of patatas bravas. The cod was fresh and flaky, and was completed perfectly with the rich, creamy sauce. The spicy patatas bravas gave a punchy kick to the dish, a great side dish to choose if you like a bit of fieriness. My partner went for the waiter’s recommendation, which was the mustard glazed pork chops, with a side of garlic potatoes and onion rings. The two pork chops were huge, almost like two pieces of thick steak – so this is a must-try for meat lovers who want something a bit different. We decided to share a dessert, which was the double chocolate truffle cake as we are both chocolate lovers. It was a complete delight! It had a rich cake base, topped with a smooth, chocolate truffle mousse – the ideal end to an ideal meal. Fact File 882 Antrim Rd, Templepatrick BT39 0AH Tel:028 9443 2984 W: www.rabbithotel.com

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Chandpur started 2020 on a high, having a hugely successful 2019 in terms of awards and business, the stage was set for another great year. It started off so well, in March they won Best World Cuisine from the Restaurant Association of Ireland, then just 5 days later, the Irish Government announced a lockdown to try and stop the spread of Covid 19. For 16 long weeks, the restaurant could not open to diners, however as winners of the Irish Takeaway Awards 2019, Best Indian Takeaway in Ireland, Chandpur kept all their customers happy in lockdown by opening for takeaway 7 nights a week. On the 3rd of July they opened their doors again, however in a completely different way to before. 30 seats were removed for social distance, two sittings were offered to cater for the loss of seats and Covid 19 precautions were everywhere. July, August and September proved to be very busy despite all the

anxiety around and Chandpur thought the year was going to improve. They were delighted to receive another 5 Star Travellers Choice Certificate from Trip Advisor 2020. Sadly once again at the end of September the restaurant had to close to diners and again offer takeaway only. Many of the biggest nights in the Food Industry diary had to be cancelled, the Irish Takeaway Awards, The Yes Chef awards. The Irish Curry Awards, The Food Awards Ireland 2020. Rana and Susan, say 2020/2021 has a been a huge challenge in the fact they have had to close their Indoor dining for so long and trying to keep the staff fully employed and the business running successfully as a take away has been their sole aim . However they are determined with the

k Winner! Best Indian Establishment of the Year at the Food Awards Ireland 2019. k Winner! Best Chef at the Irish Curry Awards 2019. k Winner! Best Indian Restaurant in Ireland at the Yes Chef Awards 2020. k Winner! Best Indian Takeaway in both Ulster and All-Ireland at the Irish Take Away Awards 2019. k Winner! Fifth Gold Star in a row from Lucinda O’Sullivan, acclaimed food critic 2021. k Winner! Ninth Gold Medal in a row from A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019.

recent reopening of indoor dining they will get back to what they do best, have a full restaurant with diners and takeaway and look after all the wonderful customers who supported them all through lockdown and invite back to dine in, all the regular visitors and family and friends who support their Award Winning restaurant on a regular basis. . So far in 2021 they have achieved another Gold Star, Great Places to Eat Award from the prestigious Lucinda O’Sullivan, a write up in the Irish Independent from Lucinda also and an Eighth 5 Star Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award for 2021. Rana and Susan hope that with all the measures they have in place for the safety of their customers, that they will remain open now and look forward to a return to some normality.

k Winner! Best Newcomer for Young Chef at a Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019. k Winner! Eighth 5 star certificate in a row from Trip Advisor 2021. k Winner! Bangladeshi Restaurant of the Year 2019 from the Irish Asian Food Awards 2019. k Winner! Restaurant Team of the Year from the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019. k Winner! Restaurant of the Year Borders from the Irish Hospitality Awards 2019. k Winner! Best World Cuisine (regional) from the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2020.

Unit 4 Main Street, (Car Park Entrance), Donegal Town. Tel: 00 353 74 97 25452 Web: www.chandpurdonegal.com Email: chandpurdonegaltown@gmail.com Open 7 nights a week, 4-10pm

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Coconut a t t o C a n n Pa

Originating from the region of Piedmont in Italy, panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert of sweetened cream and gelatine. It can be made in advance so is ideal for saving time when preparing your dinner parties. Have a go creating this rich and silky smooth dish with a coconut flavour approach from Millar’s Restaurant, Lisburn Road.


Ingredients • 1 tin coconut milk • 125ml milk • 50g sugar • 1 vanilla pod • 2 gelatine leaves

Method 1. Place the milk, coconut milk, the vanilla pods halved and scraped out and sugar in a pan together. 2. Bring to the boil and let infuse for 5 minutes. 3. Remove the pods and stir in the soaked gelatine leave until dissolved. 4. Pour into bowls and set for at least 2. hours in the fridge

For the pineapple salsa 1. Dice the pineapple, and fine dice the chillies, mix together with coriandor and a splash of rum and the juice of one lime. 2. To serve, pop out the Panna Cotta and garnish with the pineapple salsa.


Welcome to Milford House

Milford House Co. Armagh is the former home of the fascinating McCrum family and later home to Manor House School. Famous as the first house in Ireland to be lit with hydroelectricity and even a proper waterfall in the Dining Room. World famous as the home of William McCrum inventor of the penalty kick rule. Now one of the top ten listed buildings at risk in Northern Ireland. Today you can view many of the beautiful artworks, grand furnishings and personal possessions of the McCrum family at 3 Victoria Street Armagh. A warm welcoming historic house which has something of interest to everyone. House tours reveal the stories of the people who lived there and there always something new to discover Enjoy a great day out at Milford House for all the family. 3 Victoria Street Armagh BT61 9DS Tel: 028 3752 5467 / 07854 784 256 Email: milfordhouse57@gmail.com www.heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk

Lidl Northern Ireland will showcase the very best of local home-grown produce as 18 new food and drink products hit the shelves of 210 Lidl stores across the island of Ireland, as part of the retailer’s Kickstart Supplier Development programme. From flavoured gins distilled with locally-grown botanicals, to succulent and spicy South African-inspired meats, authentic Irish poitin, refreshing craft beer and melt-in-the-mouth sorbets and ice-creams, this year eight local Northern Irish producers have been selected by Lidl as the cream of the crop and saw their products go on sale in stores from Thursday 12th August. The Lidl Northern Ireland Kickstart Programme is designed to help small and medium-sized local food and drink producers grow their brand, build their supply network and reach new customer audiences, upping their potential to open up new export opportunities. For more information on the Kickstart Supplier Development Programme, visit lidl-ni.co.uk/kickstart

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Cloughbane Farm Shop's 28 Day Matured Ribeyes, Sirloins & Fillets have all won Great Taste Awards


Lasagnes, Cottage Pies, Chicken & Broccoli Bake & Pastry Pies



Cloughbane Farm Foods, 160 Tanderagee Road, Pomeroy, Co Tyrone BT70 3EB email: info@cloughbanefarm.com

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Ulster Tatler’s Michaela Colgan speaks to Ciaran Mulgrew , Managing Director of Niche Drinks about his new whiskey “The Quiet Man”. Where did the origins of the name come from? My father was a bartender who worked for over 50 years in bars around Belfast. Sometimes he would bring me into work with him and so I grew up loving the sounds and smells of the bar, the craic, the laughter and the smell of the beer and the whiskey. Especially the whiskey. Now that I am blending my own whiskey I am naming it after my father. In 50 years as a bartender he saw a lot of things and heard a lot of stories, but like all good bartenders, he was true to his code and told no tales. My father, John Mulgrew. “The Quiet Man” or as they say in the Irish “An Fear Ciuin” What sets it apart from other whiskeys? What makes a whiskey special? The ingredients, the water and the distiller? Yes, but more than that it’s the wood the whiskey matures in. We took the best Grain and Single Malt Irish Whiskies we could find and re-casked them in first fill Bourbon barrels to let the whiskey soak up those wonderful sweet yet spicey oak flavours. Then we blended them to create what we feel is a fabulous Irish Whiskey. The Quiet Man has also won countless awards, most recently our 8-YearOld Single Malt and our 12-Year-Old Single Malt won Gold Medals at the Irish Whiskey Masters Competition. We have also won Gold and Double Gold Awards at Whiskey Competitions from San Francisco to Beijing. It is always exciting when independent experts taste The Quiet Man and decide it is among the best whiskeys you can buy. Where is it distilled? We don’t distill the whiskey ourselves, instead we chose the best whiskies we can find and mature, blend and bottle them in Derry. Where can customers purchase Quiet Man Whiskey? Most independent off licenses in Northern Ireland carry The Quiet Man and we are very grateful for their support.

FOOD MADE FOR SHARING 2 TAPS WINEBAR Walking hand-in-hand with the Cathedral Quarter’s revival, since 2005 2Taps Winebar has been inviting families and friends to come feel at home, whet their appetite and celebrate life and the occasion. Our extensive seating includes one of Belfast’s largest heated outdoor terraces, letting you savour the moment whatever the weather. Boasting charming, seasonal selections of tapas and paellas prepared in both locally embracing and traditionally Spanish fashion, with delicious refreshments and tastefully paired wines, our family owned restaurant has always been centred on a deep-rooted love for getting together and sharing. With over 40 dishes to enjoy our offering can surprise even our devoted customers we’ve welcomed for years.

Eagerly awaiting your next visit via OpenTable, email or phone on 028 90311 414.

• Afternoon Teas • Traybakes • Celebration Cakes • Vegan & Gluten Free Options

104 Castlereagh Road, Belfast BT5 5FR T: 028 9508 6287 www.ivysbakes.co.uk

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It’s Honeycomb With A Sting Local drinks company Niche Drinks have been manufacturing and exporting their range of Irish Cream Liqueurs for over 35 years and now they are trying to bring a local favourite to a wider audience. Managing Director Ciaran Mulgrew explains “When I was a kid, we spent a lot of time up in Ballycastle and I always loved the Auld Lamas Fair and in particular Yellow Man, the hard boiled honeycomb sweet that you find all around the North Coast. Over the years I always thought it would be a great flavour to put into a liqueur and that’s where the idea behind “YellaMan Honeycomb Vodka Liqueur” came from – it’s a fantastic honeycomb, and burnt caramel flavour which really comes through on the nose and on your palate.” YellaMan has been launched locally by Drinks Inc. and Mulgrew has high hopes for it: “When people drink a vodka, the alcohol content at 37.5% is quite high and all people really get on their palate is the alcohol burn and no flavour. YellaMan is a vodka liqueur which means it is at a lower alcohol level and that makes it easier to taste the flavours in the product, hopefully people will enjoy it.” YellaMan – it’s honeycomb with a sting.

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Quality Dining Relaxed Informal


Open every day from 12pm - 10pm you’ll find us here serving up rustic and freshly baked Italian styled pizzas, plates of creamy pastas as well as a popular selection of meat and fish dishes. Not forgetting dreamy desserts.


Zio Restaurant Millennium Court, William Street, Portadown, Co. Armagh BT62 3NX Tel: 028 3833 7696

7 days a week 12pm - 10pm, Last orders at 10pm

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Belfast’s longest established Chinese restaurant

The Wong family opened their first Welcome Restaurant in Northern Ireland in 1973. The Stranmillis restaurant was opened in 1982 by the then Lord Mayor, Tom Patton. Now in its second generation, it is the longest established Chinese restaurant in the country. Charlie Wong, son of the founder, took over the restaurant in 2016 after working for over 10 years abroad in places such as USA, Bhutan, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. The Welcome Takeaways are now independently run by his cousins. The Welcome restaurant has won a range of awards throughout the years, including Best Belfast Restaurant, Master Chef and Egon Ronay Awards.

Other recent accolades include: • Golden Chopsticks Awards 2018 - Best Restaurant in Ireland - Finalist • Golden Chopsticks Awards 2019 - Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland - Finalist • Licensed & Catering News Awards 2018 - Outstanding Customer Service of the Year - Finalist • Licensed & Catering News Awards 2019 - Outstanding Customer Service of the Year - Finalist • The Northern Ireland Food Awards 2018 - Best Oriental Establishment - Winner • The Northern Ireland Food Awards 2019 - Highly Commended Recognition Award - Winner • OpenTable 2018 - Diners’ Choice Award • OpenTable 2019 - Diners’ Choice Award • Good Food Awards 2019 - Winner • Good Food Awards 2020 - Winner

22 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AA T: 028 9038 1359 E: hello@welcomebelfast.co.uk www.welcomebelfast.co.uk

NOW OFFERING DELIVERIES • Fresh Vegetables • Fresh Fruit • Fruit Baskets • Vegetable Boxes

Fresh Deliveries

Evans Farm Shop based on Moira Road, Lisburn have a team of efficient and experienced staff who provide friendly and courteous service. They offer a delivery service to local shops, schools, cafes, restaurants and canteens. You can also phone them with your order and they will have it prepared and ready for collection. The shop stocks everything from fresh, local and imported fruit and vegetables, flowers, plants, dairy products, jams, chutneys and more. evansfarmshop.co.uk Tel: 028 9266 6507

• Fresh Flowers • Bunches • Bouquets • Arrangements • Easy Parking at the Door •

187 MOIRA ROAD, LISBURN BT28 1JA Open Monday to Saturday 8.00am - 6.00pm

Tel: 028 9266 6507

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Silk road supper club cooks Aya Hasan, Shaha Raz, Kargar Pari, Belfast Mela Director Nisha Tandon and Kata Yon from Iran.

Heather McGarrigle and Krishan Tandon.

SILK ROAD SUPPER CLUB The Silk Road Supper Club was a three-course dining experience which took place during the Belfast Mela Festival. Guests were treated to recipes that were inspired from our local asylum seeker and refugee community with performance and conversation, bringing together traditional sights, sounds and smells of Asia in an exciting contemporary fusion.

John Mulgrew, Carolyn Stewart, Jane Hardy and Orla McKibbin.

Gemma Canham and Zaid Tariq.

ArtsEkta volunteers Denise Doherty, Lee and Aoife McCrory.

Nuala McMhaon and Murray Wiseman.

Martin Labaj and Linda Clark.

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Multi Award Winning company dedicated to producing the finest free range eggs in the industry

Raspberry & White Chocolate Martini

• Multi award winning, including Great Taste, Irish Quality Food Awards and Blas na hEireann Gold awards • Family run business • Farm to fork • All hens are free range

Calling all cocktail lovers! This is a must try recipe from Millar’s Restaurant, Lisburn Road.

• High welfare standards • British Lion accredited


Ingredients: • • • • • •

35 ml raspberry vodka 25ml chambord 15ml raspberry syrup 50 ml cranberry juice 50 ml double cream White chocolate syrup

Method 1. In a boston shaker, add all ingredients except the cream and white chocolate syrup 2. Add ice and shake well 3. Strain into a martini or coupe glass 4. Gently whisk the cream and white chocolate syrup until slightly thickened. 5. Top the cocktail with the cream by pouring over the back of a spoon onto the martini.

Cavanagh Free Range Eggs Ltd. 58 Clonkee Road, Cavanagh, Newtownbutler Co. Fermangh, BT92 8FH Website: www.cavanagheggs.co.uk Email: hello@cavanagheggs.co.uk Facebook: facebook.com/cavanaghfreerangeeggs.co.uk Twitter: @cavanagheggs Phone: 028 6773 7889 Mobile John: 078 5796 4436 Mobile Eileen: 078 5796 4468

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Actors left-right Callum Payne, Noel McGee, Eimear Fearon, Will Jordan, Finnian Garbutt, Holly Demaine, Eoin Sweeney and Jonny Cameron.

Actors David Evans and Sarah Reid.

THE EMPEROR OF ICE CREAM: LIVE READ St Joseph’s Church in Sailortown recently became the stage for a live reading of The Emperor of Ice-Cream. As part of Paradosso Theatre’s Lonely Passions: The Brian Moore Centenary Festival, this was the first time Bill Morrison’s adaptation of Brian Moore’s novel was performed since its run in the Abbey in 1977.

St Joseph’s church in sailortown.

Maeve Smyth and Dan Leith.

Vittoria Cafolla, Terry McKeown and Maeve O’Connor from Sailortown regeneration.

Theatre designer Dr Niall Rea with Anthony Toner, Andrea Montgomery and Tom Clarke.

The Sailortown currach builders Ken Geary and Niamh Scullion.


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Build your dream home THIS MONTH’S ULSTER TATLER TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT ALL THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN MAKING YOUR DREAM HOME A REALITY. Programmes such as Grand Designs have tapped into the desire to build your dream home. in this guide hopefully we will help inspire you along your self build journey. Investing in your dream home is all about choices: from the location, to the layout, right down to the kitchen cabinets. When you’re making that many decisions, everything can feel like a bit of a splurge, but there are ways homeowners can save, too. THE LOCATION This one may seem obvious, but choosing the perfect location isn’t just about increasing your home’s value, it is also about improving your quality of life. Having your dream home means living in a neighbourhood that has everything you need and maybe even that little bit extra. Its important to pick the right location for you in an area that’s going to grow and really increase the value of your home. Choosing a location you love that will grow with you is the first step in creating your dream home. THE MONEY SIDE To build Self-builders need more money up front than conventional homebuyers. They usually have to buy their building plots and fund their planning applications before they can get loans. Mortgages for self-builders tend to be interest-only. They work like an overdraft: the borrower pays interest when money is drawn down at the completion of each stage of the build. Cheap fixed-rate loans tend not to be available during the building process and there can be hefty exit fees imposed on borrowers who change loans when the work is completed. Self-build interest rates are typically more than 5 per cent. Self-builders should expect to take as long as six months to get their finance in place and have 25 per cent of the cost of the land and building materials upfront. Before they can apply for a mortgage, they also need to have full or outline planning permission. When the building is completed some self-build lenders will automatically offer a lower-rate conventional mortgage. THE FAVOURITE ROOM If you love cooking and entertaining, chances are you’ll be spending a lot more time in your kitchen than anywhere else in the house, and your budget should reflect that. Instead of spreading your cash evenly around the home, concentrate more of it in the areas where you’ll get the most joy from your splurges. If you’re the type who likes friends and family to gather around the kitchen counter, it may as well be a counter you’re in love with. Prefer to pamper yourself? Upgrade the ensuite. If that is where you’re going to spend your time, so that’s where you should splurge. Whether you’re ready to go all-out on high end appliances and fixtures, or you’d like to concentrate your cash on the rooms that feel special to you, designing your dream home is about the freedom to choose how you use your budget. Self-building can take a lot more time and work than just buying a new home, but it has some advantages: • You get more choice over the way your home looks. • You can plan your home’s features to suit your own needs. • It can cost less to buy a plot of land and build a house than to buy a similar house that already exists. If you are thinking that building your dream home is just a pipe dream, you may be surprised to learn that people from all walks of life successfully self-build their own homes. Don’t be put off by those spectacular self builds that you see on TV. You are the one who sets your own budget. When creating your wish list for your dream home, seperate it into two sections, the first for your specific needs (the essentials, the things that you cannot live without) and the second, the features that you want but could do without if you needed too. This will help you to get your budgeting priorities in order. 142

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Penny Smyth

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly made many prospective home movers think of where and how they would like to live. When lock down was lifted in July 2020 and occupied property viewings could recommence, the property market exploded. In July 2020, Lenders increased the loan to value (LTV) and many house sales fell through as result of buyers unable to produce a 15% deposit. Saying that, it wasn’t long before the properties were sale agreed again. With respect to the UK Government furlough scheme, lenders were very risk adverse to lend at the high loan to value (LTV) brackets. However, in 2022 when we hope with the property market starting to settle that more mortgage products will become available. The stamp duty holiday which was introduced in July 2020 to help homebuyers and to boost the UK property market will be resuming to normal rates payable from £125,000 commencing 1st October 2021. We are still experiencing the demand outweighing the supply. For many finding their next home, this has certainly proved challenging. We at Penny Smyth Estates have been educating all our clients to include vendors and prospective purchasers during this time. We want to help everyone understand that patience and flexibility are key in making this work for the end result. We have increased our working hours to facilitate the demand and speaking to our fellow colleagues in the industry to include solicitors and surveyors, everyone is doing their very best to keep fingers on all the pulses. Should you be considering selling your property, we strongly advise that you organise a valuation initially of your property and ensure you have spoken to your financial advisor to have an affordability check carried out prior to listing your property for sale. Should you be considering buying a property, we strongly advise that you seek a financial advisor to carry out an affordability check prior to seeking your new home. Estate Agents will require evidence of your mortgage in principle in order for you to sale agreed on a property.

We at Penny Smyth Estates will continue to have your safety as our priority. We have strict protocols in place to bring you peace of mind when buying & selling your home. We also provide professional video tours which we strongly encourage you to view prior to physically inspecting our listed properties. If you have any questions and would like some advice, please do not hesitate to call our office and we would be happy to help.


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BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME A STUNNING TILE COLLECTION McCall’s showrooms in Clough, Portadown and Carryduff have an extensive range of bathrooms on display from an array of leading brands. The fabulous bathrooms are of course complimented by a stunning tile collection. McCall Tiles & Bathrooms offer a vast selection of luxury imported floor, wall, kitchen and bathroom tiles. Under tile heating is also available along with a wide range of laminate, engineered and solid wooden flooring. The wide range of mirrors, cabinets and bathroom accessories on display will complete your bathroom makeover. The staff’s extensive product knowledge, excellent customer service and attention to detail have made J & W McCall Supplies an award-winning, leading supplier in Ireland. Visit one of the showrooms today to experience innovative, unique tiles and bathrooms to suit all tastes and budgets. Why not take advantage of the free 3D design service to help you bring your ideas together. For enquiries please call: 02844 811999 or email info@jwmccall.com.

AUTUMN SALE STARTS SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER UP TO 40% OFF SELECTED LINES LIGHT IT UP A selection of lighting brands available from Lightsource. Kelly Waerstler Kelly Wearstler’s eponymous global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and signature soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. With a style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds colour, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design.

Aerin Lauder The AERIN lighting collection with Visual Comfort & Co. is inspired by old world glamour and European mid century design. Classic, but always with a modern point of view, every piece is created to make life more beautiful, with a sense of ease and refinement.

Kate Spade Kate Spade’s interior designs were always mix-and-match affairs of hand-curated pieces from travels near and far. Her motto was: ‘Buy what you love and you’ll never go wrong’. Her intricate lighting designs show her love for beautiful objects.

For enquiries please call: 028 90 666615 or email sales@thelightsource.co.uk.


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Zircon is a technically designed polished concrete that delivers a sleek polished floor suitable for commercial, new build and refurbishment projects. Available in a range of colours. Main image: Ambra Sands in deep grind finish

Other RTU Signature Products:

Contact Our Sales Team:

028 9085 1441 sales@rtu.co.uk



Watson & Browne, situated outside Belfast in Carryduff boasts a vast showroom housing brands such as Natuzzi Italia, Eichholtz, Duresta and Bontempi. The showroom is also home to the innovative Interior Design studio. The Interior Design team consists of Creative Director Morgan Watson, Senior Designers, Lucy, Anna and Lesley, assisted by Junior Designer Lydia. The design team collaborates on a range of projects from private residential to large

scale commercial. No matter what stage you are at with your project, they are happy to consult, whether it is a new build, renovation or redesigning an existing space.

(L-R): Anna Trainor, Morgan Lyttle & Lucy Chalmers.

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The approachable team has over a two decades of knowledge and experience within the design industry, from consulting on initial spatial designs, selecting fabrics and materials to refining the finishing touches.

The design team at Watson & Browne take great care and and consideration with each clients design journey, ensuring they create a unique, beautiful, tailored space that caters for lifestyle and individual needs of the client. To chat with one of our Design Team and book your consultation please contact028 90 813007 Info@watsonbrowne.co.uk

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The most sought-after brand in washlets exclusive to Soaks.

Features include heated seat, automatic cleaning, odour extraction and warm air drying with the ability to program your individual preferences.

MON - SAT: 9.30AM - 5PM, THURS: 9.30AM - 8PM / 5 - 7 APOLLO RD, BELFAST, BT12 6HP / TEL: (028) 9068 1121 / WWW.SOAKSBATHROOMS.COM

STYLISH AFFORDABLE HEATING ElectriCast Limited is a Northern Irish company that manufactures and retails an innovative heating technology, ElectriCast. Owned and operated by the man behind this genius invention, Mr Shane McCrory, the ElectriCast business manufactures and sells low wattage electric cast iron radiators.

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ElectriCast is a cost-effective heating solution, using the properties of cast iron along with a low-wattage electric input that helps to reduce any generated carbon footprint. The ElectriCast radiators produce affordable and clean heat that can be custom coloured which is sure to complement any living area, whilst providing comfortable levels of fully controllable heat where it is needed without the need to plumb. As high conductors, they give off ample amounts of heat and unlike steel radiators retain heat for longer once turned off. ElectriCast radiators maintain the properties of the original traditional radiators but modernise it for the world of today. Each new radiator from ElectriCast comes with a remote control to provide multiple options for heating and timed programmes, providing an ambient temperature for the user. There are two key components to the heater; the heater body, and the heating element and controller. The radiators themselves are thermal fluid filled and, using a low-wattage electrical element, the fluid is heated to the required temperature. Though the process can take up to a maximum of one hour, the heat is then regulated and maintained by the radiator’s thermostat or remote control programme. Once the element is then switched off, the radiator will continue radiating heat out into the room. ElectriCast is ahead of its time as it combines maximum heating efficiencies with low running costs. The entire business is continually involved in new product development to expand the energy efficiency products that are available to the market. COVID-19 has meant that people are spending more time in their homes and heating them properly has become a necessity for many. Especially for those living alone or working from home, the solution must be focused on heating one or two rooms rather than the whole house and racking up an enormous bill. ElectriCast is only part one of Mr McCrory’s vision for what the heating industry could become. The firm is now actively working on a more advanced technology to provide hot water to homes through an all-in-one heating and hot water system that is powered completely by electricity. If it were to be combined with renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, then ElectriCast could considerably and dramatically help to reduce the carbon footprint of clients all over the United Kingdom and Ireland. Mr McCrory’s reputation for pristine workmanship through his 20+ years of working with cast iron and high standards of customer service have assisted with the continued success of ElectriCast, and will no doubt continue to serve the firm well into the future. The company was recently recognised at the SME News 2020 UK Enterprise Awards, winning Most Innovative Heating Solution 2020. The running costs are available on the website www.electricast.com.

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LIGHTING SPECIALISTS Lightsource has served the Northern Irish market with decorative, architectural and bespoke lighting for over 35 years. Lightsource provides in-house professional design services and lighting from the finest lighting manufacturers in Europe. RESIDENTIAL DESIGN SERVICE Great lighting in your home is proven to transform your space, elevate your mood and significantly improve your day-to-day life. From circuit diagrams to 3D renders of your space, Lightsource will guide you through a meticulous process, from the planning stages through to on-site delivery. Your style, lifestyle and budget are always at the heart of the decision-making process to ensure you love the finished product. Not only will Lightsource guide you through every step of the lighting design process, they will reinforce their expertise with a price match guarantee on all light fittings. MARGA CASACUBERTA Following a seven-year career in lighting design in Barcelona, Marga Casacuberta joined Lightsource in 2016 and has rightfully earned her status as a residential lighting specialist. Marga heads Lightsource’s residential design team, with a keen eye for design and extensive knowledge of lighting, Marga has worked on some of the most prestigious residential lighting projects in Ireland & the UK.

you through any aspect of lighting with a free consultation. Whether it is selecting the right pendants for your Kitchen, or, discussing a new build project, there will be a lighting expert waiting to take your call. OUR SHOWROOM In February 2020, Lightsource opened the doors of ‘The Engine Room’, a state-of-the-art lighting showroom that is full of the latest designs, technologies and lighting techniques. The Engine Room provides an inspiring space with dedicated meeting rooms, to discuss your project. Call 02890666615 or email marga@ thelightsource.co.uk today for your free, personalised consultation.

Residential lighting specialist, Marga Casacuberta.

Lightsource, The Engine Room, Portview Trade Centre 310 Newtownards Road Belfast BT4 1HE T: 028 9066 6615 E: marga@thelightsource.co.uk

DIMMING & LIGHTING CONTROLS Control over your lighting has become a key aspect of any lighting design. The ability to set scenes for specific tasks will provide you with additional functionality and flexibility in every area of your home. This aspect of lighting design is something every self-builder or renovator should consider in the early stages of the project. FREE CONSULTATION The team at Lightsource will be happy to guide 152

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H.M Building Services is an established construction company yielding quality landscaping services across Newtownabbey, Belfast and the surrounding areas. Home extensions and driveway paving are also provided by HM Building Services. We also provide window replacement and build up garden fences to protect your property.

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Ulster Tatler’s Michaela Colgan speaks to Mark McCallister, Director of Mark McCallister Carpets about his business, mobile showroom and current carpet trends.


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What inspired you to set up your own carpet business? When I first started to learn to fit carpet, I enjoyed so many elements of it - from the physical work to the variety of jobs to meeting so many different people. It quickly became a passion which must have been obvious to the customers, as I grew a loyal client base. Selling carpets became a natural progression. I saw how busy my customers were with work and family life so I developed the mobile showroom which goes to the customer’s home at a time convenient to them and allows them to view samples alongside other fabrics at the same time, and avail of the bespoke service. Visit: carpetni.com

How long has the business been established? I started fitting carpet in 1998, and selling to the public in 2008. My first purpose built mobile showroom began its journey in 2013. What do you like most about your job? I like meeting people, and no two days are the same. I most enjoy seeing a job through from start to finish and having a happy customer at the end. What are the current trends in carpets at the moment? With people working and spending more time in their homes this past year, customers are looking for easily maintained, good quality carpets. Warmer neutral tones are superseding greys, with patterns and bold colours making a statement, particularly on staircases.

THE HEART OF CONTEMPORARY LIVING Whatever you are looking for, Creations offer stylish, top quality home furnishings and decorative solutions. Creations is a spectacular furniture showroom family run for over 35 years. The main extended flagship showroom is in Boucher Crescent, Belfast and a smaller satellite store in Ballymena. From living to dining to bedroom you’ll find what you are looking for at Creations. They have luxury sofa brands such as Tedrad and Himolla and many other suppliers of leather, fabric, modular sofas, recliners and more. Not to mention their dedicated divan studio offering brands such as Sealy, Silentnight and luxury brand Hypnos. Many items are kept in stock which means you can purchase immediately. There is also a fabulous range of giftware and mirrors to add that finishing touch to your room. Creations have the selection and expertise in their team to make your home a reality and really is a destination not to be missed. With their Autumn event now on why not check out their newly designed website to view some of the great pieces on offer at creations-interiors.com


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Glassmarque fabricates and installs aluminium windows and doors, outdoor verandas, ‘steel style’ interior doors and roof lights. Glassmarque’s bespoke aluminium verandas create an outdoor room for use in all weathers and all seasons – perfect for Northern Ireland’s climate. A beautiful outdoor seating area, kitchen or bar will increase property value and furnishings can remain outside all year without the need for covers. The verandas are constructed from slimline polyester powder coated aluminium posts with a toughened glass roof and fit seamlessly to the house. For exposed sites, glass sides can be added if required. In 2020 Glassmarque developed internal ‘steel style’ doors, as an alternative to expensive steel doors. Their doors and screens are slimline polyester powder coated aluminium with fine horizontal bars and are glazed with safety glass. They are available in either swing or sliding options. There has been a tremendous response to this new product with Glassmarque installing doors, double doors and screens in homes and businesses throughout Ireland. Glassmarque’s other products include bi-fold doors up to 5.5m, lift & slide doors up to 5m, lantern roof lights and flat roof lights to the client’s spec. Glassmarque’s aim throughout is to provide its clients with a quality, bespoke product combined with a top class service.

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CREATE YOUR DREAM HOME WITH HILLVIEW FURNITURE At Hillview Furniture, they specialise in bespoke kitchen, bedroom and all aspects of furniture design and manufacturing. They are a highly experienced & professional team driven by their passion for handcrafted, made to measure furniture. From concept to design to realisation, they offer a personalised approach delivering stunning yet functional spaces that underpin their clients unique and individual personalities. One of the very few companies that offer in-house design, manufacturing and installation, Hillview furniture has worked on numerous new build projects. They work closely with clients from the earliest stage of planning to create stylish and most importantly, functional kitchen and living areas. This is achieved with careful placement of windows, doors and lighting to unleash the projects full potential. No matter your style of preference, from modern to contemporary to traditional, the team at Hillview furniture can take your dream home and turn it into a reality.

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Solicitor Directory If you are interested in obtaining legal assistance, please read on for a comprehensive list of solicitors in your area.

BELFAST: Bernard Campbell & Company 94 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 3HH Tel: 028 9023 2008 SOUTH BELFAST: Philip Gallen & Company 195 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7EJ Tel: 028 9066 3364 BANGOR: David Russell & Co. Solicitors 66 Abbey Street Bangor, BT20 4JB Tel: 028 9127 4022 Email: vanessa@davidrussellsolicitors.co.uk

COOKSTOWN: Millar, Shearer & Black 40 Molesworth Street, Cookstown BT80 8PH Tel: 028 028 8676 2346 DOWNPATRICK: King & Boyd Solicitors 37 St. Patrick’s Avenue, Downpatrick BT30 6DW Tel: 028 4461 2026 Email: emma.killen@kingandboyd.co.uk LURGAN: T.G. Menary & Co. 19 Windsor Avenue, Lurgan BT67 9BG Tel: 028 3832 7811

McConnell Kelly Solicitors 45 Main Street Bangor, BT20 5AF Tel: 028 9147 9900

NEWRY: The Elliott-Trainor Partnership 3 Downshire Road, Newry BT34 1EE Tel: 028 3026 8116 NEWTOWNARDS: Stephen Scott Solicitors 45 Court Street, Newtownards BT23 7NX Tel: 028 9182 1700 OMAGH MJ McIvor Solicitors Omagh Enterprise Center, Great Northern Road, Omagh BT78 5LU Tel: 028 8225 3370 PORTADOWN Gus Campbell Solicitors 10-12 Carleton Street, Portadown BT62 3EP Tel: 028 3833 4801 Email: michele@guscampbell.co.uk


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Clare Curran Director of Curran Bowles Family Law Solicitors

FINANCES ON DIVORCE With the pandemic and its associated pressures resulting in an increase in family breakdowns and a reported increase in separation and divorce, Clare Curran, Director of Curran Bowles Family Law Solicitors, a firm specialising in separation, divorce, and other family law issues throughout Northern Ireland, explains the principles a court will apply in dividing a couple’s finances, in the event of a separation. As a general rule, the court will approach any case on the basis of sharing those assets acquired or earned during the marriage equally between the parties. However, the court may depart from this starting point if, for example, one spouse has made a significant contribution, the marriage was very short, or if one party has engaged in financial misconduct, such as reckless spending. Where there are insufficient assets and sharing would result in a spouse’s needs, or the needs of the children not being met, the court may redistribute the assets or make orders for maintenance to achieve a reasonable outcome.

The exact nature of the outcome of a case will depend hugely on the individual circumstances, which makes specialist legal advice at an early stage advisable. At the very least, the court will try to meet the needs of the individuals and of the children on separation. If you are contemplating separation or divorce, and need legal advice, get in touch with our specialist team at Curran Bowles Family Law by telephoning 028 91871880 to discuss your situation in confidence or by email to Clare.Curran@bowles-law.com. Curran Bowles Family Law is the sister company of Peter Bowles + Co Solicitors. With offices in Saintfield, Comber and Lisburn, Peter Bowles + Co Solicitors provides the highest quality legal representation to clients across the country in areas including litigation, conveyancing, and employment law. For further information, please see www.bowles-law.com.

When looking at the parties’ needs, the court can consider the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, where the assets allow, as there may be a difference between what one party needs to survive and what is needed to maintain their lifestyle. Following a couple’s separation, this may not always be possible to achieve but this is a factor which can be taken into account. The court will always treat the needs of any minor children as its paramount concern and will try to ensure that they are appropriately housed and do not suffer unnecessarily. Where necessary and appropriate, Orders can also be made relating to child maintenance and to school fees.

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ith its industrial heritage and being the home of many famous faces including George Best, CS Lewis and Van Morrison, don’t miss out on everything East Belfast has to offer! It is particularly great for art lovers as the area is filled with it including public art pieces in Stormont Estate and Titanic Quarter. Keep an eye out for our coverage of the Eastside Arts Festival and Belfast Mela Festival.

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Shona and Jim Dempsey, Alison Reain and dad Ken Saunders.

Paddy and Jeremy Strong, Robert Haughey, Paddy and Serena Booth and Charmaine McMeekin with Janet the dog.

FESTIVAL FUN DAY The EastSide Arts’ fourth annual Festival Fun Day was a family-friendly chance for everyone to get back together and have some fun at C.S.Lewis Square. There was a host of activities for all including craft tables, circus skills workshops, BSL Signed Storytelling and much more.

Eastside singers Barbara Wright, Elaine Freestone, Linda and Alan Higgins, Sharon McBurney and mum Alison Haughey, Aoife Donnelly and Ann Saunders.

Katharine and Jonathan Forsythe and children Olivia, Mia and Evie.

Wilma Dempsey, June Morgan and Anne Hamilton.

Jane and Chris Anderson and children enjoy a family picnic.

Ankur, Kiyaan and Ritu Saxena.

Lily with her best friend Binky the dog.


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Beauty Culture has been awarded the prestigious ‘Crown Guinot Salon’ for the sixth year in a row and recently introduced a new treatment, the Guinot Detoxygene facial. This amazing new one-hour facial from Guinot detoxifies and oxygenates the skin by removing toxins and pollutants, leaving it soft, radiant and luminous. It’s a three-step treatment which includes mechanical & enzymatic exfoliation with papaya extract & cellulose. This eliminates pollution particles and dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth & texture refined. A detoxifying green clay mask is then applied which acts as a pollution magnet. Finishing with a reoxygenating massage which boosts micro circulation through manual movements and specific ingredients in the massage serum. It then leaves skin protected against harmful pollutants. We have an amazing introductory offer if you purchase the Bioxygene Mousse Cleanser, Serum bioxygene and a Creme bioxygene moisturiser altogether, you will receive a Detoxygene facial for FREE (valid for the month of September). The bioxygene skincare line is the perfect range to compliment the facial and keep up the amazing results at home.

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Marc and Julie-Ann Bailie.

Matthew Conlon, Amy Gray, Matthew and Emily-Rose Edgar.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE Under the Influence – Gareth Dunlop and Friends was a music event that took place during the Eastside Arts Festival. Five songwriters shared the songs that changed their lives with Gareth Dunlop, Grainne Duffy, Nathan O’Regan, Rachel McCarthy and Anthony Toner, all backed by the fabulous Songbook Band. It was a unique evening of surprises and superb performances.

Neil Harrison, Zoe McBride, Michael Burch, Aoife Crilly, Paul and Lorraine Burch.

Ian and Anne McMurray.

Joan Caldwell, Kathy Montgomery and Joan Jamison.

Dolly the rock’n’roll puppy with Julie O’Neill and Donk Patton.

Tania Murray and Ruth Taylor.

Cleland Rogers and Gloria Darocha.


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The south Asian dance academy Dona Das Gupta, Lauren Guyer, Essyrose Mathew, Kousalyaa Somasundram and Felicity Rooney.

The luminate procession at CS Lewis square.

BELFAST MELA LUMINATE Belfast Mela Luminate was a fun family day out with food, music, dance, workshops, a lantern procession and fire shows. The spectacular event was held at CS Lewis Square and was created by young people across Northern Ireland. Rounding off the event was a performance from SPARK with a magical piece of street theatre.

Ron and Gloria Carson, Leonard and Jean Walker.


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Emily and Lorraine McDowell.

Jonathan and Sarah McKee with Tristan and Amber.

Jenny, Evie, Mark and George Lee.

Emma and Neal Gordon.

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FOSTER CARERS URGENTLY NEEDED IN NORTHERN IRELAND Action for Children have made an urgent call for potential foster carers to come forward in Northern Ireland. Avery Bowser, Fostering Services Manager, explained: “The need is very great in Northern Ireland at the moment but the numbers coming forward have been too small. “We know that there are lots of people who have the space in their home to foster but they are often put off by myths about fostering. They think it’s only for certain types of people. “We need people from different backgrounds and communities to become foster carers because our children are all so different. “At Action for Children we provide foster families that have the warmth and stability that enable children to cope with the changes that life brings them. We do that by recruiting ordinary people, from all walks of life, who do something extraordinary – become a foster carer.” Avery is asking readers to think about fostering or encourage someone else who could foster. “All kinds of people can foster. You have to be over 21, have a spare room, the ability to work with children and have the time in your life to give. “So please give our friendly fostering team a call. The need in Belfast is very urgent and I am appealing for your help.” If you are interested in becoming a foster carer or would like to find out more, please contact Action for Children’s fostering team on 028 9046 0500 or email fostercareni@actionforchildren.org.uk


Julie-Anne Vaughan (Oasis Portfolio Manager) shares why Silversea’s is her number 1 choice for her own holidays. As the newest ship to join the fleet, Silver Moon has taken the luxurious and illustrious Silversea brand to the next level. While still maintaining the small-ship intimacy, exceptional attention to detail and all-suite accommodation, Silver Moon also brings a host of exciting new features. For me, Silversea is perfection, I love how you are made to feel so special for every moment you are onboard, and you can relax in six-star luxury, knowing that every wish will be taken care of. My personal highlights include spending an evening at ‘Hot Rocks’ dining under the stars overlooking the vibrant Monte Carlo, which was full of life following the completion of the Grand Prix. Then to the magnificent glaciers of Alaska, where I was taken on an excursion where I immersed myself as an explorer, taking in some spectacular views, from epic mountain peaks to fascinating wildlife. Back on board the fun doesn’t stop, as you can enjoy a plethora of entertainment from live performances and shows, to lectures, demonstrations, and world class cuisine. With Silversea you are free to explore the world’s most beautiful destinations in total comfort and elegance and that’s just the way I like it! For more infomation, contact Julie- Anne on 02892 635222


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Chris Martin, Head of Climate Risk & Strategy at Danske Bank; Aisling Press, Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank, and James Dunlop, Senior Engineer at the Carbon Trust, launch the Danske Carbon Neutral Mortgage.

Danske Bank in Northern Ireland has launched the UK’s first mortgage to be certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust measured the carbon footprint of providing mortgages, which includes the emissions generated throughout the mortgage lifecycle. Physical paperwork forms the largest part of the footprint but other activities taken into account include energy consumption in Danske’s offices, digital paperwork at each stage, paper waste generation and a welcome box provided to customers. The Carbon Trust has calculated the emissions per mortgage at 96kg CO2e, equivalent to driving 241 miles driven in an average car, or charging 11,678 smartphones. To achieve carbon neutrality for our mortgage service, Danske has committed to keep reducing this carbon footprint yearly and to offset any remaining emissions by investing in projects that reduce emissions by the same amount as those generated by providing our mortgages. Danske will work with carbon reduction specialists ClimateCare to offset the environmental impact of the mortgage by supporting wind energy projects in India. First time buyers, home movers, and switchers, with a home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) rating of A-C, are eligible to apply for the Danske Carbon Neutral Mortgage. Aisling Press, Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank said: “At Danske Bank, we’re already carbon neutral in the heating and electricity we use in our branches and offices. So the mortgages we’ll provide on greener homes won’t contribute to rising greenhouse gas emissions. That’s certified by the Carbon Trust. “Domestic homes generate an estimated 15%* of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, so improving the energy efficiency of our homes is crucial in the fight against climate change. As a leading mortgage lender, we have a responsibility to support customers who choose a greener home. We’ve therefore made the Carbon Neutral Mortgage our most competitively priced mortgage and launched a new cashback offer of up to £2,000.” John Newton, Associate Director at the Carbon Trust Advisory said: “The Carbon Trust is pleased to certify Danske Bank’s mortgage service to the PAS 2060 Specification, demonstrating the carbon neutrality of the activities associated with the provision of the service. The initiatives that Danske Bank has undertaken to achieve this certification demonstrate the company’s commitment to continually reduce and offset the carbon impacts of their mortgage product.” Chris Martin, Head of Climate Risk & Strategy at Danske Bank added: “At Danske Bank we’ve committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and have a strategy in place to achieve that target. We’ve already delivered significant reductions in the emissions produced through our own operations, for example through more energy efficient heating systems, LED lighting, solar panels and changing our company car policy. We’ve also been providing sustainability training for employees and have developed a climate literacy programme with Business in the Community for businesses. But the Carbon Neutral Mortgage is the first step in developing climate friendly products and services, and we’re excited about what’s still to come.”

“At Danske Bank, we’re already carbon neutral in the heating and electricity we use in our branches and offices. So the mortgages we’ll provide on greener homes won’t contribute to rising greenhouse gas emissions. That’s certified by the Carbon Trust.”


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