VisitLisburn.com - Latest News http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/ Latest News from VisitLisburn.com en-gb http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Andi Topping info@visitlisburn.com (Lisburn City Council) info@visitlisburn.com (Lisburn City Council) <![CDATA[ Mayor’s Carnival Parade]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Mayors-Carnival-Parade.php  

Once upon a time in a Lisburn Wonderland: Excited little Princess Emma waved her magical wand to herald the launch of The City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10 May. Proving that no–one is too old for Fairytales, Emma is joined by her grandmother, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee as they look for help from Carnival Revellers to chase the big band wolf away.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from classic fairy tales. Carnival organisers are preparing for an event out of the realms of fantasy when the streets of Lisburn will be teemed with creativity, rhythm and bass when thousands of costumed revellers parade elaborately decorated floats and huge, towering characters will sweep through the city’s streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton said: “The atmosphere in Lisburn on this my Mayor’s Carnival is simply magical and an enchanting spectacle. The colourful procession will feature over 1000 brightly clad carnival performers, street entertainers, dancers and masqueraders in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.
The whole day will have a wonderful, festival and family friendly atmosphere and I look forward to warmly welcoming hundreds of celebrators to our city and placing another great event on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar.”

Enchanting land of make believe…
Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city for the festivities. Spectators will shimmy to the addictive rhythm of the carnival beat of marching bands.
Looking forward to the revels Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council, said: “The Mayor’s Carnival is a hugely popular event. Thousands head to our city every year to take in the stunning displays, which members of the community have spent hours carefully crafting. There are lots of opportunities for people to join in the festivities of the day, listen to great live music or be entertained by great street theatre and spectacle.”
Hundreds of school children dressed as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes will parade alongside community groups, proudly displaying their carnival costumes, designed by themselves through ISLAND Arts Centre Carnival workshops in association with the award winning ArtsEkta and The Beat Initiative.

Happily Ever Afters
The mesmerising spectacle will snake its way through the city to Wallace Park where even more family fun awaits. Entertainment will include fairground attractions, sporting arenas and vintage car displays. An unmissable highlight, glorious in all its Tartan Technicolor is The City of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships.

This Carnival is extremely popular so choose your preferred spot early.
The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre and flows through Lisburn City Centre, via Queen’s Road, Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Funds raised from this year’s Mayor’s Carnival will go to the official Mayoral charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.

For further information check out islandartscentre.com. Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre and Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

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Notes to Editors

Lisburn City’s Mayor’s Carnival has become one of the largest Carnival Parades of its kind in Northern Ireland. This year, the parade features the talents of over 800 local Schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups who have been busy making carnival structures, and costumes for the pageant through ISLAND Arts Centre’s Carnival Workshops.

The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre via Queen’s Road, passing along Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. The Mayor is keen emphasise that money raised will not be a replacement for statutory funding but will be used to make a real difference in people lives.
ENDS

We look forward to seeing you on the ISLAND.

For further information, images or interviews please contact:
Úna Casement
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: una@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Or
Patricia McCooe
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: patricia@island.lisburn.gov.uk

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Once upon a time in a Lisburn Wonderland: Excited little Princess Emma waved her magical wand to herald the launch of The City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10 May. Proving that no–one is too old for Fairytales, Emma is joined by her grandmother, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee as they look for help from Carnival Revellers to chase the big band wolf away.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from classic fairy tales. Carnival organisers are preparing for an event out of the realms of fantasy when the streets of Lisburn will be teemed with creativity, rhythm and bass when thousands of costumed revellers parade elaborately decorated floats and huge, towering characters will sweep through the city’s streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton said: “The atmosphere in Lisburn on this my Mayor’s Carnival is simply magical and an enchanting spectacle. The colourful procession will feature over 1000 brightly clad carnival performers, street entertainers, dancers and masqueraders in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.
The whole day will have a wonderful, festival and family friendly atmosphere and I look forward to warmly welcoming hundreds of celebrators to our city and placing another great event on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar.”

Enchanting land of make believe…
Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city for the festivities. Spectators will shimmy to the addictive rhythm of the carnival beat of marching bands.
Looking forward to the revels Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council, said: “The Mayor’s Carnival is a hugely popular event. Thousands head to our city every year to take in the stunning displays, which members of the community have spent hours carefully crafting. There are lots of opportunities for people to join in the festivities of the day, listen to great live music or be entertained by great street theatre and spectacle.”
Hundreds of school children dressed as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes will parade alongside community groups, proudly displaying their carnival costumes, designed by themselves through ISLAND Arts Centre Carnival workshops in association with the award winning ArtsEkta and The Beat Initiative.

Happily Ever Afters
The mesmerising spectacle will snake its way through the city to Wallace Park where even more family fun awaits. Entertainment will include fairground attractions, sporting arenas and vintage car displays. An unmissable highlight, glorious in all its Tartan Technicolor is The City of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships.

This Carnival is extremely popular so choose your preferred spot early.
The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre and flows through Lisburn City Centre, via Queen’s Road, Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Funds raised from this year’s Mayor’s Carnival will go to the official Mayoral charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.

For further information check out islandartscentre.com. Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre and Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

Ends.

Notes to Editors

Lisburn City’s Mayor’s Carnival has become one of the largest Carnival Parades of its kind in Northern Ireland. This year, the parade features the talents of over 800 local Schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups who have been busy making carnival structures, and costumes for the pageant through ISLAND Arts Centre’s Carnival Workshops.

The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre via Queen’s Road, passing along Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. The Mayor is keen emphasise that money raised will not be a replacement for statutory funding but will be used to make a real difference in people lives.
ENDS

We look forward to seeing you on the ISLAND.

For further information, images or interviews please contact:
Úna Casement
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: una@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Or
Patricia McCooe
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: patricia@island.lisburn.gov.uk

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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Mayors-Carnival-Parade.php
<![CDATA[ Circuit Of Ireland Media Opportunities]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Circuit-Of-Ireland-Media-Opportunities.php 2014 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally

NB Full media and public access to competitors and teams at Titanic Service Park, Queens Road (adjacent to Titanic Belfast).

Thursday 17 April

11:00hrs–12:00hrs: Free Practice (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) on the 4.10–kilometre Whinney Hill special stage (Holywood), 10.87 kilometres from Titanic Service Park

12:30hrs – 12:50hrs: Top 9 ERC drivers and also ERC Junior drivers at Ballycultra Town, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (Folk Museum) 18 cars in total.
Includes FIA Action for Road Safety photocall featuring the ERC Junior Championship drivers (12:45hrs)

13:18hrs: Qualifying Stage (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) Whinney Hill special stage
13:45hrs–16:00hrs: Shakedown (for all other drivers) Whinney Hill special stage

14:30hrs: Pre–event press conference. The following drivers will attend –Robert Barrable, Craig Breen, Esapekka Lappi and Kris Meeke

17:15hrs: Build–up to Ceremonial Start – carnival atmosphere with dancers, drummers, pipers on stage. Rally cars arrive, autograph session with competitors. Photo op with top ERC drivers trying their hands at drumming!

18:00hrs: Start order selection: Belfast City Hall. Photo/interview ops with competitors, dancing and drumming

19:00hrs sharp: Ceremonial start: Belfast City Hall – Lord Mayor flags first car off with chequered flag.

Friday 18 April

09:00hrs: Newtownards, Conway Square – first cars officially flagged off. Cars enter Conway Square at timed intervals 9am to 11am. Rally themed entertainment in Newtownards all day.

15:00/15:23hrs: Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Centre – a Regroup. Family entertainment

19:00/19:16hrs: Newtownards – Ards TT Super Stage. Timed town centre stage (roads close to traffic 4pm)beginning at Old Cross along High Street into Mill Street, Gibson’s Lane into Regent Street, Frances Street, down Castle Place – back to Old Cross. (19:00 –2100).

Saturday 19 April

11:42hrs: Lisburn Power Stage – Queen’s Road/Lagan Valley Island. Family Fun activities and entertainment in Lisburn city centre throughout the afternoon.

15:30hrs: Banbridge Regroup (The Cut). During the afternoon there will be stilt walkers, jugglers, samba dancers and rally themed performers in the town centre to add a carnival atmosphere and entertain shoppers and visitors (Newry Street and Bridge Street)

17:28hrs: Finish Podium at Titanic Service Park– Queens Road Belfast

18:30hrs: Post–event press conference: Media Centre (Titanic House). Top–three drivers and co–drivers in attendance
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post–event press conference in the Media Centre

Media Centre:
Titanic House, Belfast
Opening times:
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Thursday 17 April
07:00hrs–00:00hrs, Friday 18 April
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Saturday 19 April

EVENT ESSENTIALS

Starts: 19:00hrs, Thursday 17 April, Belfast City Hall
Finishes: 17:30hrs, Saturday 19 April, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Headquarters: Titanic House, 6 Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT
Service park: Titanic Quarter, Belfast
ERC appearances: None since restructuring of the ERC in 2004
Stages: 18
Stage distance: 230.62 kilometres (113.48 kilometres leg one, 117.14 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 481.96 kilometres
Total: 712.58 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

Event media accreditation and media contact: Christel Patterson, christel@circuitofireland.net

NB – action shots taken by the ERC of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland available through Christel Patterson

General PR team – JPR – Rosemary Allister – 07880 504928 and rosemary.allister@jprni.com, Andrea Kennedy 07808 761857 andrea.kennedy@jprni.com and Jane Wells, 07860 288860 jane.wells@jprni.com.   

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2014 Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally

NB Full media and public access to competitors and teams at Titanic Service Park, Queens Road (adjacent to Titanic Belfast).

Thursday 17 April

11:00hrs–12:00hrs: Free Practice (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) on the 4.10–kilometre Whinney Hill special stage (Holywood), 10.87 kilometres from Titanic Service Park

12:30hrs – 12:50hrs: Top 9 ERC drivers and also ERC Junior drivers at Ballycultra Town, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum (Folk Museum) 18 cars in total.
Includes FIA Action for Road Safety photocall featuring the ERC Junior Championship drivers (12:45hrs)

13:18hrs: Qualifying Stage (for FIA/ERC priority drivers) Whinney Hill special stage
13:45hrs–16:00hrs: Shakedown (for all other drivers) Whinney Hill special stage

14:30hrs: Pre–event press conference. The following drivers will attend –Robert Barrable, Craig Breen, Esapekka Lappi and Kris Meeke

17:15hrs: Build–up to Ceremonial Start – carnival atmosphere with dancers, drummers, pipers on stage. Rally cars arrive, autograph session with competitors. Photo op with top ERC drivers trying their hands at drumming!

18:00hrs: Start order selection: Belfast City Hall. Photo/interview ops with competitors, dancing and drumming

19:00hrs sharp: Ceremonial start: Belfast City Hall – Lord Mayor flags first car off with chequered flag.

Friday 18 April

09:00hrs: Newtownards, Conway Square – first cars officially flagged off. Cars enter Conway Square at timed intervals 9am to 11am. Rally themed entertainment in Newtownards all day.

15:00/15:23hrs: Downpatrick at St Patrick’s Centre – a Regroup. Family entertainment

19:00/19:16hrs: Newtownards – Ards TT Super Stage. Timed town centre stage (roads close to traffic 4pm)beginning at Old Cross along High Street into Mill Street, Gibson’s Lane into Regent Street, Frances Street, down Castle Place – back to Old Cross. (19:00 –2100).

Saturday 19 April

11:42hrs: Lisburn Power Stage – Queen’s Road/Lagan Valley Island. Family Fun activities and entertainment in Lisburn city centre throughout the afternoon.

15:30hrs: Banbridge Regroup (The Cut). During the afternoon there will be stilt walkers, jugglers, samba dancers and rally themed performers in the town centre to add a carnival atmosphere and entertain shoppers and visitors (Newry Street and Bridge Street)

17:28hrs: Finish Podium at Titanic Service Park– Queens Road Belfast

18:30hrs: Post–event press conference: Media Centre (Titanic House). Top–three drivers and co–drivers in attendance
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation: Immediately following the post–event press conference in the Media Centre

Media Centre:
Titanic House, Belfast
Opening times:
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Thursday 17 April
07:00hrs–00:00hrs, Friday 18 April
07:00hrs–22:00hrs, Saturday 19 April

EVENT ESSENTIALS

Starts: 19:00hrs, Thursday 17 April, Belfast City Hall
Finishes: 17:30hrs, Saturday 19 April, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
Headquarters: Titanic House, 6 Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT
Service park: Titanic Quarter, Belfast
ERC appearances: None since restructuring of the ERC in 2004
Stages: 18
Stage distance: 230.62 kilometres (113.48 kilometres leg one, 117.14 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 481.96 kilometres
Total: 712.58 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt

Event media accreditation and media contact: Christel Patterson, christel@circuitofireland.net

NB – action shots taken by the ERC of the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland available through Christel Patterson

General PR team – JPR – Rosemary Allister – 07880 504928 and rosemary.allister@jprni.com, Andrea Kennedy 07808 761857 andrea.kennedy@jprni.com and Jane Wells, 07860 288860 jane.wells@jprni.com.   

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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:05:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Circuit-Of-Ireland-Media-Opportunities.php
<![CDATA[ Countryside Festival bids Farewell to Moira ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Countryside-Festival-bids-Farewell-to-Moira-.php  The weekend of Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June are the dates for this year’s Festival and whilst the venue may have moved four miles along the M1 towards Lisburn, the event will very much be the one that is recognised and loved by the many thousands of visitors it attracts annually to the City of Lisburn.

Festival Director, Derek Lutton said that the move was an obvious one for the event which has grown so much over the last three years that accommodating it within the confines of Moira Demesne had become extremely difficult. Speaking this week, Mr Lutton explained: “We are obviously very reluctant to move from Moira Demesne which has been our home venue, but over the last few years it has been difficult to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors to Moira Demesne. The car parking is no longer adequate for our visitor numbers and it has been frequently affected by inclement weather. Fortunately the new venue at Balmoral Park will not be adversely affected by wet weather and its hard surface car parks will provide parking for several thousand vehicles.”

Organisers say that visitors to the N.I. Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park can expect to see everything that was at Moira and some more besides. With dozens of country sports activities planned, some 200 trade stands confirmed and a range of satellite activities such as the Ulster’s Strongest Man competition, rural life displays, food and crafts festivals, Ulster Aviation Society displays, cookery demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music this will be a another great family experience. With under 12s going free it is not an expensive day out either!

Country sports events such as the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival are popular throughout the UK and contribute greatly to the areas in which they are staged. The organisers are delighted to have found a suitable venue within the City of Lisburn which has been their base for the last eleven years. Whilst they recognise that there will be a learning curve at Balmoral Park for them in the first year they are, none–the–less, confident that the venue is the best option for the expansion and growth of the event. The positive news for the City of Lisburn is that the revenue generated by this flagship event will continue to flow into the Council area through visitor spend and the bed nights created by the event. The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “Lisburn City Council is pleased to again support the NI Countryside Festival and look forward to seeing the changes in the new venue of Balmoral Park.”

Welcoming the new event, Theresa Morrissey, Financial and Commercial Director, RUAS said, “We are pleased to host the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park. It is an exciting addition to our current calendar of events at Balmoral Park. The venue is perfect for events of this nature. It offers substantial hard standing outdoor space adjacent to grassed multiple use areas and an international standard arena. We will work the Countryside Festival team to ensure that the event is successful in this new location.”
The move has already been given the seal of approval by the country sports community here with Facebook and Twitter comments flooding in, congratulating the team on the move and expressing support. Tommy Mayne, Director of BASC Northern Ireland said,” The BASC NI team are looking forward to attending the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park, which will allow for further expansion and development of the event. We obviously wish the organisers continued success as the Festival moves to this new site and we look forward to working with them and our trade members to ensure yet another successful event.”

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) said “This is an exciting and a very positive move for the organisers of the N.I. Countryside Festival. CAI has supported this event for many years and appreciates the hard work and dedication the organisers put into not just this event but other areas of country sports that they are involved with in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to be associated with the event and wish them well with this exciting news.”
More information on the N.I. Countryside Festival can be had from the event’s website www.countrysidefestivals.com and from the social media site which are linked from the website.

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 The weekend of Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June are the dates for this year’s Festival and whilst the venue may have moved four miles along the M1 towards Lisburn, the event will very much be the one that is recognised and loved by the many thousands of visitors it attracts annually to the City of Lisburn.

Festival Director, Derek Lutton said that the move was an obvious one for the event which has grown so much over the last three years that accommodating it within the confines of Moira Demesne had become extremely difficult. Speaking this week, Mr Lutton explained: “We are obviously very reluctant to move from Moira Demesne which has been our home venue, but over the last few years it has been difficult to accommodate the ever increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors to Moira Demesne. The car parking is no longer adequate for our visitor numbers and it has been frequently affected by inclement weather. Fortunately the new venue at Balmoral Park will not be adversely affected by wet weather and its hard surface car parks will provide parking for several thousand vehicles.”

Organisers say that visitors to the N.I. Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park can expect to see everything that was at Moira and some more besides. With dozens of country sports activities planned, some 200 trade stands confirmed and a range of satellite activities such as the Ulster’s Strongest Man competition, rural life displays, food and crafts festivals, Ulster Aviation Society displays, cookery demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music this will be a another great family experience. With under 12s going free it is not an expensive day out either!

Country sports events such as the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival are popular throughout the UK and contribute greatly to the areas in which they are staged. The organisers are delighted to have found a suitable venue within the City of Lisburn which has been their base for the last eleven years. Whilst they recognise that there will be a learning curve at Balmoral Park for them in the first year they are, none–the–less, confident that the venue is the best option for the expansion and growth of the event. The positive news for the City of Lisburn is that the revenue generated by this flagship event will continue to flow into the Council area through visitor spend and the bed nights created by the event. The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “Lisburn City Council is pleased to again support the NI Countryside Festival and look forward to seeing the changes in the new venue of Balmoral Park.”

Welcoming the new event, Theresa Morrissey, Financial and Commercial Director, RUAS said, “We are pleased to host the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park. It is an exciting addition to our current calendar of events at Balmoral Park. The venue is perfect for events of this nature. It offers substantial hard standing outdoor space adjacent to grassed multiple use areas and an international standard arena. We will work the Countryside Festival team to ensure that the event is successful in this new location.”
The move has already been given the seal of approval by the country sports community here with Facebook and Twitter comments flooding in, congratulating the team on the move and expressing support. Tommy Mayne, Director of BASC Northern Ireland said,” The BASC NI team are looking forward to attending the Northern Ireland Countryside Festival at Balmoral Park, which will allow for further expansion and development of the event. We obviously wish the organisers continued success as the Festival moves to this new site and we look forward to working with them and our trade members to ensure yet another successful event.”

Lyall Plant, Chief Executive of Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) said “This is an exciting and a very positive move for the organisers of the N.I. Countryside Festival. CAI has supported this event for many years and appreciates the hard work and dedication the organisers put into not just this event but other areas of country sports that they are involved with in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to be associated with the event and wish them well with this exciting news.”
More information on the N.I. Countryside Festival can be had from the event’s website www.countrysidefestivals.com and from the social media site which are linked from the website.

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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:30:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Countryside-Festival-bids-Farewell-to-Moira-.php
<![CDATA[ BBC One’s Antique Roadshow visits Hillsborough Castle]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/BBC-Ones-Antique-Roadshow-visits-Hillsborough-Castle.php  

BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 37th series in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle, near Lisburn by kind permission of the Historic Royal Palaces on Thursday 26th June 2014. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce says, “This will be my 7th year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story…’

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e–mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “: “Fiona and the team are really looking forward to their visit. Although we can never predict what will come to light, every show brings big surprises, which is what makes working on the show so exciting. So, on behalf of all of the experts, we’re asking the people of Lisburn to dig out your treasures!”

More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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BBC ONE’s ever popular Sunday evening programme ANTIQUES ROADSHOW will be filming for its 37th series in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle, near Lisburn by kind permission of the Historic Royal Palaces on Thursday 26th June 2014. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presenter Fiona Bruce says, “This will be my 7th year on the Antiques Roadshow and I still feel so lucky to be presenting the programme. Every week is different; a new location and thousands of new visitors. The only constant is the pleasure of the unexpected – we never know what will turn up, from the most fabulous Faberge to the most humble object with a riveting story…’

Some of Britain’s leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e–mail them to: antiques.roadshow@bbc.co.uk. It may be possible to arrange to look at the item in advance and organise transportation to the venue.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: “: “Fiona and the team are really looking forward to their visit. Although we can never predict what will come to light, every show brings big surprises, which is what makes working on the show so exciting. So, on behalf of all of the experts, we’re asking the people of Lisburn to dig out your treasures!”

More information can be found at: www.bbc.co.uk/antiquesroadshow

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:24:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/BBC-Ones-Antique-Roadshow-visits-Hillsborough-Castle.php
<![CDATA[ Balmoral Show extends Equestrian Competitions]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Balmoral-Show-extends-Equestrian-Competitions.php The Young Event Horse class, sponsored by Stonebridge Premium Feeds, is a welcome addition to the Balmoral Show schedule. It will be judged in four phases, the dressage test and the judging of confirmation & type will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 14th May in Horse Ring 2. The jumping phase, which will consist of show jumps and portable cross country style fences, will be judged on Thursday 15th May in the main arena at 9.30am. The fourth mark is the ‘suitability and potential’ score which will be assessed during the flatwork and the jumping phases. Horses have to qualify to take part.

The qualifiers are being held at Ravensdale Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 15th April, The Meadows Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 22nd April and the last opportunity to qualify is at Gransha Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 29th April. The top five horses in the four year old and the five year old sections at each venue will qualify for Balmoral Show but if any of the top five have already qualified, the next placed horses may qualify providing they have achieved acceptable scores. The qualifiers are pre–entered and competitors should contact the qualifying venues regarding entries, which will close at 5pm on the Friday preceding each qualifier. The dressage tests are available at www.balmoralshow.co.uk and will be the same for the qualifiers and the final. As horses are unable to compete in Hunter classes and the Young Event Horse class, if they have qualified, but have already entered Hunter classes, their entry fee will be transferred to cover the Young Event Horse class and their second entre fee will be refunded.

A new Clydesdale Young Hander class sponsored by Macfin Clydesdales, is designed to assess the handler and not the horse. The judge will be judging the handler, looking at how they are dealing with the horse. They will also assess if they are paying attention to the judge and their ability to take instruction and to assess their ring craft. This class, run under the Clydesdale association rules, is open to exhibitors between 12yrs – 16yrs on the day of the show.

Diane Gibson, Chairman of the RUAS Horse Committee says, “It is important to include classes such as this at Balmoral Show as it is designed to encourage young people into showing and will ensure future generations exhibit at the event.”

2014 also sees the expansion of the Pony Showing classes with the introduction of three new classes for the Show Hunter Type Pony. These will start on Thursday with a 153cm class followed by a 143cm and 133cm. The Show Hunter type will also be given its own Championship which will run prior to the start of the more traditional Ridden Show Pony classes. Now for the very first time, owners and riders of these Show Hunter Type Ponies can compete in a ridden class for their type on the Thursday and jump a Working Hunter Class on the Friday. With a wealth of good quality Show Hunter Ponies in Ireland, visitors can expect that these new classes will be popular and competitive with riders trying for the double by winning both the Show and Working Hunter title in 2014.

A new Maxi Cob class will take place on Thursday in Horse Ring 1 at 2pm. The new Irish Draught Ridden class will take place on Wednesday 14th in Horse Ring 2 at 12.30pm with a contribution from Traditional Farm Livestock Foundation.

It is easy to see that the excitement is building up to the Show as entries for the horse and pony sections have risen by 11% this year. Qualifiers for the national jumping competitions have already commenced on 22nd March at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Three other qualifiers are taking place on 5th April at Iveagh at Meadows Equestrian Centre, 12th April at the Kernan Equestrian Centre and 19th April at the Causeway Coast, Portrush.

Balmoral Show has always been a firm favourite with international riders and many of the top GB riders have already put their name forward for selection. Entries for Irish riders will close on the 16th April with those selected announced on the 17th April.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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The Young Event Horse class, sponsored by Stonebridge Premium Feeds, is a welcome addition to the Balmoral Show schedule. It will be judged in four phases, the dressage test and the judging of confirmation & type will take place from 6pm on Wednesday 14th May in Horse Ring 2. The jumping phase, which will consist of show jumps and portable cross country style fences, will be judged on Thursday 15th May in the main arena at 9.30am. The fourth mark is the ‘suitability and potential’ score which will be assessed during the flatwork and the jumping phases. Horses have to qualify to take part.

The qualifiers are being held at Ravensdale Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 15th April, The Meadows Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 22nd April and the last opportunity to qualify is at Gransha Equestrian Centre on Tuesday 29th April. The top five horses in the four year old and the five year old sections at each venue will qualify for Balmoral Show but if any of the top five have already qualified, the next placed horses may qualify providing they have achieved acceptable scores. The qualifiers are pre–entered and competitors should contact the qualifying venues regarding entries, which will close at 5pm on the Friday preceding each qualifier. The dressage tests are available at www.balmoralshow.co.uk and will be the same for the qualifiers and the final. As horses are unable to compete in Hunter classes and the Young Event Horse class, if they have qualified, but have already entered Hunter classes, their entry fee will be transferred to cover the Young Event Horse class and their second entre fee will be refunded.

A new Clydesdale Young Hander class sponsored by Macfin Clydesdales, is designed to assess the handler and not the horse. The judge will be judging the handler, looking at how they are dealing with the horse. They will also assess if they are paying attention to the judge and their ability to take instruction and to assess their ring craft. This class, run under the Clydesdale association rules, is open to exhibitors between 12yrs – 16yrs on the day of the show.

Diane Gibson, Chairman of the RUAS Horse Committee says, “It is important to include classes such as this at Balmoral Show as it is designed to encourage young people into showing and will ensure future generations exhibit at the event.”

2014 also sees the expansion of the Pony Showing classes with the introduction of three new classes for the Show Hunter Type Pony. These will start on Thursday with a 153cm class followed by a 143cm and 133cm. The Show Hunter type will also be given its own Championship which will run prior to the start of the more traditional Ridden Show Pony classes. Now for the very first time, owners and riders of these Show Hunter Type Ponies can compete in a ridden class for their type on the Thursday and jump a Working Hunter Class on the Friday. With a wealth of good quality Show Hunter Ponies in Ireland, visitors can expect that these new classes will be popular and competitive with riders trying for the double by winning both the Show and Working Hunter title in 2014.

A new Maxi Cob class will take place on Thursday in Horse Ring 1 at 2pm. The new Irish Draught Ridden class will take place on Wednesday 14th in Horse Ring 2 at 12.30pm with a contribution from Traditional Farm Livestock Foundation.

It is easy to see that the excitement is building up to the Show as entries for the horse and pony sections have risen by 11% this year. Qualifiers for the national jumping competitions have already commenced on 22nd March at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Three other qualifiers are taking place on 5th April at Iveagh at Meadows Equestrian Centre, 12th April at the Kernan Equestrian Centre and 19th April at the Causeway Coast, Portrush.

Balmoral Show has always been a firm favourite with international riders and many of the top GB riders have already put their name forward for selection. Entries for Irish riders will close on the 16th April with those selected announced on the 17th April.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:36:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Balmoral-Show-extends-Equestrian-Competitions.php
<![CDATA[ Agri–food to benefit significantly from £1billion available for business]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Agrifood-to-benefit-significantly-from-1billion-available-for-business.php Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, says that Ulster Bank has £1billion available to lend to businesses this year and the agri–food sector is a key priority.

“2014 will be Ulster Bank’s sixth year as principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show and it continues to be a unique and important opportunity for us to highlight and communicate the lending and other supports that we can offer,” Mr Jordan says.

“Ulster Bank is already a major lender to the agricultural sector, to food processors, to the wider agri business, food and drink industries. But we see opportunities to further grow our involvement in and support for these sectors. This will be our message at the Show this year,” he continues.

Speaking at the King’s Hall Pavilions, Belfast this afternoon, Mr Jordan points out that the bank has recently launched a range of new measures to support agri–food businesses.

“We have a new agriculture offering which includes a start–up package for young farmers – providing loans, training, and specialist expertise – as well as sector–specific offerings for beef, dairy and poultry farmers,” he says.

“We also recently took the message about our £1billion available to lend to businesses this year on the road with a series of ‘Ahead for Business’ events. Agri–food and drink was a key target and many of the business people who attended were from these sectors,” he continues.

Ian Jordan says that following on from the success of the Balmoral Show’s first year at Balmoral Park, 2014 promises to be another memorable year.

“The last six years have been transformative for the Balmoral show, with the move in 2013 to Balmoral Park clearly a major step forward. Last year, the show attracted more farmers, business people, exhibitors and members of the public than ever before. It was a highly impressive occasion and something to really build on this year and for future years. Once again, Ulster Bank very much looks forward to being at the heart of this year’s Show,” he adds.

Ulster Bank has been involved in the Balmoral Show for many years, and became the Show’s first ever principal sponsor in 2009.

Further information about Ulster Bank is available at www.ulsterbank.co.uk

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Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, says that Ulster Bank has £1billion available to lend to businesses this year and the agri–food sector is a key priority.

“2014 will be Ulster Bank’s sixth year as principal sponsor of the Balmoral Show and it continues to be a unique and important opportunity for us to highlight and communicate the lending and other supports that we can offer,” Mr Jordan says.

“Ulster Bank is already a major lender to the agricultural sector, to food processors, to the wider agri business, food and drink industries. But we see opportunities to further grow our involvement in and support for these sectors. This will be our message at the Show this year,” he continues.

Speaking at the King’s Hall Pavilions, Belfast this afternoon, Mr Jordan points out that the bank has recently launched a range of new measures to support agri–food businesses.

“We have a new agriculture offering which includes a start–up package for young farmers – providing loans, training, and specialist expertise – as well as sector–specific offerings for beef, dairy and poultry farmers,” he says.

“We also recently took the message about our £1billion available to lend to businesses this year on the road with a series of ‘Ahead for Business’ events. Agri–food and drink was a key target and many of the business people who attended were from these sectors,” he continues.

Ian Jordan says that following on from the success of the Balmoral Show’s first year at Balmoral Park, 2014 promises to be another memorable year.

“The last six years have been transformative for the Balmoral show, with the move in 2013 to Balmoral Park clearly a major step forward. Last year, the show attracted more farmers, business people, exhibitors and members of the public than ever before. It was a highly impressive occasion and something to really build on this year and for future years. Once again, Ulster Bank very much looks forward to being at the heart of this year’s Show,” he adds.

Ulster Bank has been involved in the Balmoral Show for many years, and became the Show’s first ever principal sponsor in 2009.

Further information about Ulster Bank is available at www.ulsterbank.co.uk

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:34:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/Agrifood-to-benefit-significantly-from-1billion-available-for-business.php
<![CDATA[ IT’S SHOW TIME – RUAS LAUNCH THE 146th BALMORAL SHOW]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/ITS-SHOW-TIME--RUAS-LAUNCH-THE-146th-BALMORAL-SHOW.php Tens of thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland and beyond are set to converge on the 65 acre Balmoral Park for Ireland’s largest agri–food show, running from Wednesday 14 May until Friday 16 May 2014.

According to Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Chief Executive, Colin McDonald, this years’ show is set to build on the strong foundations laid in 2013, “We were extremely encouraged by the support we received in our inaugural year at Balmoral Park and we are determined to build upon that success. At the core of the Show is healthy competition, good sportsmanship, family fun and community spirit. That’s what brings people back year on year, and we have sought to nurture these elements throughout our planning.”

“We have made some subtle layout changes to the showground, primarily to improve the flow and the overall experience for visitors.”

Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, Ulster Bank, says: “Ulster Bank is delighted to join with the RUAS to officially launch this year’s Balmoral Show. 2014 is our sixth year as principal sponsor and offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight Ulster Bank’s strong support for farmers and the wider agri–food and drink sector – including our specialist agriculture offerings and our dedicated £1billion for lending which is available for businesses this year. Last year saw the historic move to the new site at Balmoral Park and we very much look forward to the Show building on that success in 2014.”

The relocation of the Show to Balmoral Park allowed livestock entries to be increased. This year sees the introduction of five new classes; four equine – Maxi Cob, Young Event Horse, Clydesdale Young Handler and Ridden Irish Draught – and Lleyn sheep classes.

The daily displays of pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs, goats, horses and ponies are supplemented with an array of static and mobile attractions. Firm favourites such as International Show Jumping, Pony Club Games, Riding for the Disabled, and the popular Children’s Farm are mixed with some interesting new features. Bull–erinas – is one such act, which is sure to amuse, or maybe bemuse patrons. Patrons are also warned against feeding the dinosaurs, but are encouraged to walk with them – watch out for 8 foot Jurassics shuffling along Barbour Avenue or Nugent Way.

In another first, Balmoral Park will also welcome competitors for the six nation’s sheep shearing competition. Taking place on Friday 16 May, the Northern Irish team will compete against England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and France to win the coveted title of six nations champion.

No Show would be complete without the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster. This year the YFCU will complement it’s ever popular Tug of War, sheep shearing and ladies five aside football with drama and the return of tractor handling demonstrations.

Back by popular demand are freestyle motocross stunt team Bold Dog Lings in the main arena, and the Mountain Bike stunt team, Savage Skills, who will entertain the young and the young at heart within the activity zone.

There is a treat in store for shoppers, with both the NI Food Pavilion and Shopping Village offering a variety of excellent local goods and produce.

Food is an integral component of every Balmoral Show, and this year will be no exception.

Looking forward to the event, Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive, Food NI said “The NI Food Pavilion is a unique food experience where people can enjoy demonstrations from our Taste of Ulster chefs, sampling and buying local produce from top quality local food and drink companies. The Pavilion provides a unrivalled Northern Ireland food and drink experience. Following on from the success of the last years Balmoral Show we will welcome 80 companies (the biggest food Pavilion Balmoral has ever seen) and this includes many favourites and new companies including Kimeggan Cider, Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli and Flossies Fudge. With 35 Taste of Ulster chefs cooking throughout the three days, and food talks on the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tesco Theatre Kitchens, the NI Food Pavilion is a must visit this year. Don’t miss the regular cookery demonstrations with talented local chefs including Niall McKenna, Ian Orr and Joery Castel. Then pick up a Taste of Ulster Guide and NI Food Producers Guide to take home a piece of Northern Ireland’s food story.”

The Garden Village moves to a new location allowing it to grow and expand. Visitors can wander through the exciting themed gardens; listen to the music from the band stand, get gardening tips and take in the atmosphere of the event in the WI Pavilion.

Acknowledging the contribution of sponsors, Colin said, “We are fortunate to have such strong support from the local business community. We retained 95% of our sponsors from previous years, despite the challenging economic climate, and have attracted thirteen new sponsors including Kubota, Bottle Green and Horse First. We are grateful to all of them for their support. We are particularly indebted to our title sponsor Ulster Bank for their continued commitment to Northern Ireland’s farming and food sector through their support of the Show.”

Colin concluded by encouraging visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show, “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the Show over the course of the three days. A traffic management plan for the event includes a provision for a new exhibitor and livestock entrance which will help with traffic flow, but we would strongly encourage visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show. Translink have introduced special train and coach services. The RUAS will once again provide a complimentary shuttle service operating between Lisburn Train Station and Balmoral Park. Additional public transport information is available at www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow.”

“Motorists are reminded to adhere to all directions given by PSNI to keep road disruption and delays to a minimum.”

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 May 2014. Opening times are 9.30am – 8.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 9.30am – 8.00pm (Friday). Admission charges range from £2 to £18 depending on circumstances (i.e. child, youth, adult, full and half day tickets, and group and concession rates). Early bird rates are currently available. There is no charge for children under 5 years when accompanied by an adult.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Tens of thousands of people from all over Northern Ireland and beyond are set to converge on the 65 acre Balmoral Park for Ireland’s largest agri–food show, running from Wednesday 14 May until Friday 16 May 2014.

According to Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Chief Executive, Colin McDonald, this years’ show is set to build on the strong foundations laid in 2013, “We were extremely encouraged by the support we received in our inaugural year at Balmoral Park and we are determined to build upon that success. At the core of the Show is healthy competition, good sportsmanship, family fun and community spirit. That’s what brings people back year on year, and we have sought to nurture these elements throughout our planning.”

“We have made some subtle layout changes to the showground, primarily to improve the flow and the overall experience for visitors.”

Ian Jordan, Director, Corporate Banking Division, Ulster Bank, says: “Ulster Bank is delighted to join with the RUAS to officially launch this year’s Balmoral Show. 2014 is our sixth year as principal sponsor and offers a fantastic opportunity to highlight Ulster Bank’s strong support for farmers and the wider agri–food and drink sector – including our specialist agriculture offerings and our dedicated £1billion for lending which is available for businesses this year. Last year saw the historic move to the new site at Balmoral Park and we very much look forward to the Show building on that success in 2014.”

The relocation of the Show to Balmoral Park allowed livestock entries to be increased. This year sees the introduction of five new classes; four equine – Maxi Cob, Young Event Horse, Clydesdale Young Handler and Ridden Irish Draught – and Lleyn sheep classes.

The daily displays of pedigree and commercial cattle, sheep, poultry, pigs, goats, horses and ponies are supplemented with an array of static and mobile attractions. Firm favourites such as International Show Jumping, Pony Club Games, Riding for the Disabled, and the popular Children’s Farm are mixed with some interesting new features. Bull–erinas – is one such act, which is sure to amuse, or maybe bemuse patrons. Patrons are also warned against feeding the dinosaurs, but are encouraged to walk with them – watch out for 8 foot Jurassics shuffling along Barbour Avenue or Nugent Way.

In another first, Balmoral Park will also welcome competitors for the six nation’s sheep shearing competition. Taking place on Friday 16 May, the Northern Irish team will compete against England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and France to win the coveted title of six nations champion.

No Show would be complete without the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Farmer’s Clubs of Ulster. This year the YFCU will complement it’s ever popular Tug of War, sheep shearing and ladies five aside football with drama and the return of tractor handling demonstrations.

Back by popular demand are freestyle motocross stunt team Bold Dog Lings in the main arena, and the Mountain Bike stunt team, Savage Skills, who will entertain the young and the young at heart within the activity zone.

There is a treat in store for shoppers, with both the NI Food Pavilion and Shopping Village offering a variety of excellent local goods and produce.

Food is an integral component of every Balmoral Show, and this year will be no exception.

Looking forward to the event, Michele Shirlow, Chief Executive, Food NI said “The NI Food Pavilion is a unique food experience where people can enjoy demonstrations from our Taste of Ulster chefs, sampling and buying local produce from top quality local food and drink companies. The Pavilion provides a unrivalled Northern Ireland food and drink experience. Following on from the success of the last years Balmoral Show we will welcome 80 companies (the biggest food Pavilion Balmoral has ever seen) and this includes many favourites and new companies including Kimeggan Cider, Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli and Flossies Fudge. With 35 Taste of Ulster chefs cooking throughout the three days, and food talks on the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tesco Theatre Kitchens, the NI Food Pavilion is a must visit this year. Don’t miss the regular cookery demonstrations with talented local chefs including Niall McKenna, Ian Orr and Joery Castel. Then pick up a Taste of Ulster Guide and NI Food Producers Guide to take home a piece of Northern Ireland’s food story.”

The Garden Village moves to a new location allowing it to grow and expand. Visitors can wander through the exciting themed gardens; listen to the music from the band stand, get gardening tips and take in the atmosphere of the event in the WI Pavilion.

Acknowledging the contribution of sponsors, Colin said, “We are fortunate to have such strong support from the local business community. We retained 95% of our sponsors from previous years, despite the challenging economic climate, and have attracted thirteen new sponsors including Kubota, Bottle Green and Horse First. We are grateful to all of them for their support. We are particularly indebted to our title sponsor Ulster Bank for their continued commitment to Northern Ireland’s farming and food sector through their support of the Show.”

Colin concluded by encouraging visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show, “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the Show over the course of the three days. A traffic management plan for the event includes a provision for a new exhibitor and livestock entrance which will help with traffic flow, but we would strongly encourage visitors to consider public transport options when planning their journey to the Show. Translink have introduced special train and coach services. The RUAS will once again provide a complimentary shuttle service operating between Lisburn Train Station and Balmoral Park. Additional public transport information is available at www.translink.co.uk/balmoralshow.”

“Motorists are reminded to adhere to all directions given by PSNI to keep road disruption and delays to a minimum.”

Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn between Wednesday 14 and Friday 16 May 2014. Opening times are 9.30am – 8.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday) and 9.30am – 8.00pm (Friday). Admission charges range from £2 to £18 depending on circumstances (i.e. child, youth, adult, full and half day tickets, and group and concession rates). Early bird rates are currently available. There is no charge for children under 5 years when accompanied by an adult.

Further information on the 2014 programme, exhibitors and attractions can be found at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:26:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/04/ITS-SHOW-TIME--RUAS-LAUNCH-THE-146th-BALMORAL-SHOW.php
<![CDATA[ Standing the Test of Time]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Standing-the-Test-of-Time.php  

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in Lisburn, is marking 30 years in business as one of Northern Ireland’s stalwarts of the hospitality sector – a testament to its enduring business model. Key representatives from the Lisburn City Council, Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, and Lisburn City Management were out in force to show their support for the business, and to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Originally opened by Italian Angelo Marano, the business is now run and owned by local man, Richard Graham, who took over the helm in 2012 following Angelo’s retirement.

Speaking on this landmark for the restaurant, Richard says: “This is a fantastic achievement for the business. Over the years the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically. From changing consumer habits and expectations, introductions of new cuisine and formats, plus the recession; has meant the industry has had to adapt. Yet our business model has remained the same – offer good quality food, at affordable prices with outstanding customer service. Given that Angelo’s is still a popular eatery is testament to the hard work put in by the whole team and our desire to keep innovating what we offer.
“Over recent years Lisburn has seen a significant dip in footfall, yet through working with the council, the chamber and the city centre management, we are keen to spearhead what is good about the area and the outstanding service and choice that is on the doorstep.
“Our aim is to maintain our strong reputation for providing exceptional food and service for many more years to come.”

Angelo’s Restaurant is located on Piper’s Hill in Lisburn.

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Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in Lisburn, is marking 30 years in business as one of Northern Ireland’s stalwarts of the hospitality sector – a testament to its enduring business model. Key representatives from the Lisburn City Council, Lisburn Chamber of Commerce, and Lisburn City Management were out in force to show their support for the business, and to celebrate this momentous milestone.

Originally opened by Italian Angelo Marano, the business is now run and owned by local man, Richard Graham, who took over the helm in 2012 following Angelo’s retirement.

Speaking on this landmark for the restaurant, Richard says: “This is a fantastic achievement for the business. Over the years the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically. From changing consumer habits and expectations, introductions of new cuisine and formats, plus the recession; has meant the industry has had to adapt. Yet our business model has remained the same – offer good quality food, at affordable prices with outstanding customer service. Given that Angelo’s is still a popular eatery is testament to the hard work put in by the whole team and our desire to keep innovating what we offer.
“Over recent years Lisburn has seen a significant dip in footfall, yet through working with the council, the chamber and the city centre management, we are keen to spearhead what is good about the area and the outstanding service and choice that is on the doorstep.
“Our aim is to maintain our strong reputation for providing exceptional food and service for many more years to come.”

Angelo’s Restaurant is located on Piper’s Hill in Lisburn.

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:37:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Standing-the-Test-of-Time.php
<![CDATA[ Circuit Ramps up the Search for Extra Marshals]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Circuit-Ramps-up-the-Search-for-Extra-Marshals.php Circuit of Ireland organisers are urging people throughout Northern Ireland to sign up as volunteer marshals for the upcoming FIA ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally. The event, which is for the first time ever part of a newly revamped European Rally Championship calendar, takes place during Easter week–end from 17 – 19 April.

“This year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally is set to be one of the biggest and best ever and to help us deliver a top quality event we require an overall volunteer base of up to 600 people,” explained Event Director Bobby Willis.
“We already have a comprehensive number of experienced team leaders and assistants covering all our stages in counties Antrim and Down, as well as the Service Park and Rally HQ at Titanic Belfast and the ceremonial start in Belfast City Centre. However we’re currently seeking up to 200 additional marshals and other volunteers to work alongside our seasoned teams at various locations from Thursday to Easter Saturday.”
Volunteer roles include marshalling at exciting vantage points at each of the Rally’s

Special Stages as well as organisational roles at the Rally Service Park and Media Centre in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Other volunteer opportunities are based at refuel zones in Banbridge and Ballynahinch, the ‘regroup’ centres in Downpatrick, Hillsborough and Banbridge and at time–keeping units at the start and finish of each stage. Organisers have stressed that you don’t need to be a so–called petrol head or motorsport fan, but simply be motivated , enthusiastic and enjoy working with a great team of people who are bringing international motorsport to Northern Ireland

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to get right up close to the action, meet the rally drivers and see all rally in close proximity,” said Bobby Willis. “It also provides people, young and the not so young with a chance to refine management, leadership and life skills. Bottom line, it’s wonderful craic and a great chance to be involved in a world renowned sporting event which will be broadcast to over 10 million television viewers worldwide.
“We provide an intensive training session just prior to the event and as a thank you, we present all volunteers with a unique 2014 Circuit of Ireland souvenir gift. Volunteers can also continue their involvement with motorsport through the Motorsport Marshalling Partnership, where qualifying volunteers will have the opportunity to experience rallying themselves at a special Marshals Day workshop at Kirkistown race circuit later in the year.”

To be part of the action and to find out more details visit www.circuitofireland.net or call the volunteer hotline 07732 612261.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit

http://www.circuitofireland.net/

Follow on www.Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Circuit of Ireland organisers are urging people throughout Northern Ireland to sign up as volunteer marshals for the upcoming FIA ERC Circuit of Ireland Rally. The event, which is for the first time ever part of a newly revamped European Rally Championship calendar, takes place during Easter week–end from 17 – 19 April.

“This year’s Circuit of Ireland Rally is set to be one of the biggest and best ever and to help us deliver a top quality event we require an overall volunteer base of up to 600 people,” explained Event Director Bobby Willis.
“We already have a comprehensive number of experienced team leaders and assistants covering all our stages in counties Antrim and Down, as well as the Service Park and Rally HQ at Titanic Belfast and the ceremonial start in Belfast City Centre. However we’re currently seeking up to 200 additional marshals and other volunteers to work alongside our seasoned teams at various locations from Thursday to Easter Saturday.”
Volunteer roles include marshalling at exciting vantage points at each of the Rally’s

Special Stages as well as organisational roles at the Rally Service Park and Media Centre in Titanic Quarter, Belfast. Other volunteer opportunities are based at refuel zones in Banbridge and Ballynahinch, the ‘regroup’ centres in Downpatrick, Hillsborough and Banbridge and at time–keeping units at the start and finish of each stage. Organisers have stressed that you don’t need to be a so–called petrol head or motorsport fan, but simply be motivated , enthusiastic and enjoy working with a great team of people who are bringing international motorsport to Northern Ireland

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to get right up close to the action, meet the rally drivers and see all rally in close proximity,” said Bobby Willis. “It also provides people, young and the not so young with a chance to refine management, leadership and life skills. Bottom line, it’s wonderful craic and a great chance to be involved in a world renowned sporting event which will be broadcast to over 10 million television viewers worldwide.
“We provide an intensive training session just prior to the event and as a thank you, we present all volunteers with a unique 2014 Circuit of Ireland souvenir gift. Volunteers can also continue their involvement with motorsport through the Motorsport Marshalling Partnership, where qualifying volunteers will have the opportunity to experience rallying themselves at a special Marshals Day workshop at Kirkistown race circuit later in the year.”

To be part of the action and to find out more details visit www.circuitofireland.net or call the volunteer hotline 07732 612261.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit

http://www.circuitofireland.net/

Follow on www.Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/03/Circuit-Ramps-up-the-Search-for-Extra-Marshals.php
<![CDATA[ Monte Carlo Legend Launches Circuit of Ireland Lisburn Stages ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/02/Monte-Carlo-Legend-Launches-Circuit-of-Ireland-Lisburn-Stages-.php The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.
Part of the European Rally Championship for 2014, the iconic Rally has announced a rerun of the thrilling stage at Lisburn’s Civic Centre on Saturday 19th April.
First included in the Circuit’s route in 2011 and repeated in 2012 the popular Lisburn stage attracted huge crowds and support both within Lisburn City Centre.
Lisburn’s state of the art Civic Centre, situated on the scenic River Lagan will be the hub of the action and Circuit partner Lisburn City Council will host a full range of family focused entertainment for rally fans and visitors in the City that day.

World Rally Hall of Fame inductee and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk helped launch the Lisburn stages along with Mayor of Lisburn, Cllr Margaret Tolerton and Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis.

Legend Paddy, who has chalked up 5 Circuit of Ireland Rally trophies, celebrates the 50th anniversary this year of his famous 1964 Mini Cooper victory in Monte Carlo.

Welcoming Paddy and the Circuit of Ireland to Lisburn, Mayor of Lisburn Cllr Margaret Tolerton said:
“I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is once again visiting our city and allowing our residents the opportunity to watch well–known rally drivers undertake a ‘super–special’ rally stage in Lisburn. The Council expects a high number of spectators at the event and I am delighted to advise that once again there will be a family fun day in Castle Gardens with activities and stalls for all ages on Saturday 19th April.

“Lisburn City Council is committed through its Tourism Unit to supporting a variety of events being held within the Council area; and to have the opportunity to work with the Circuit of Ireland team once again is a privilege,” she concluded.

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said, “Lisburn is one of the most hotly contested and best supported stages of the Rally. In 2012 the Lisburn Power Stage determined the overall result of the event – Andreas Mikkelsen lost time when he hit a hay bale and the Circuit was ultimately won by Juho Hanninen.

“We anticipate an equally exciting stage in the Lisburn area on Easter Saturday and would like to pay tribute to Lisburn City Council for all their support and contribution to the Circuit of Ireland both this year and during previous events.

“Entries will be opening soon and already there has been substantial interest from a number of competitors in mainland Europe for the International Rally as well as our national competitors at home. The event regulations are currently with the FIA (4 wheel motorsport) and will be published as soon as they are returned.” explained Bobby Willis.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit http://www.circuitofireland.net/
Follow on Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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The Circuit of Ireland’s renowned ‘Lisburn Power Stage’ will make a welcome return visit to the City this Easter.
Part of the European Rally Championship for 2014, the iconic Rally has announced a rerun of the thrilling stage at Lisburn’s Civic Centre on Saturday 19th April.
First included in the Circuit’s route in 2011 and repeated in 2012 the popular Lisburn stage attracted huge crowds and support both within Lisburn City Centre.
Lisburn’s state of the art Civic Centre, situated on the scenic River Lagan will be the hub of the action and Circuit partner Lisburn City Council will host a full range of family focused entertainment for rally fans and visitors in the City that day.

World Rally Hall of Fame inductee and 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk helped launch the Lisburn stages along with Mayor of Lisburn, Cllr Margaret Tolerton and Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis.

Legend Paddy, who has chalked up 5 Circuit of Ireland Rally trophies, celebrates the 50th anniversary this year of his famous 1964 Mini Cooper victory in Monte Carlo.

Welcoming Paddy and the Circuit of Ireland to Lisburn, Mayor of Lisburn Cllr Margaret Tolerton said:
“I am delighted that the Circuit of Ireland is once again visiting our city and allowing our residents the opportunity to watch well–known rally drivers undertake a ‘super–special’ rally stage in Lisburn. The Council expects a high number of spectators at the event and I am delighted to advise that once again there will be a family fun day in Castle Gardens with activities and stalls for all ages on Saturday 19th April.

“Lisburn City Council is committed through its Tourism Unit to supporting a variety of events being held within the Council area; and to have the opportunity to work with the Circuit of Ireland team once again is a privilege,” she concluded.

Circuit of Ireland Event Director Bobby Willis said, “Lisburn is one of the most hotly contested and best supported stages of the Rally. In 2012 the Lisburn Power Stage determined the overall result of the event – Andreas Mikkelsen lost time when he hit a hay bale and the Circuit was ultimately won by Juho Hanninen.

“We anticipate an equally exciting stage in the Lisburn area on Easter Saturday and would like to pay tribute to Lisburn City Council for all their support and contribution to the Circuit of Ireland both this year and during previous events.

“Entries will be opening soon and already there has been substantial interest from a number of competitors in mainland Europe for the International Rally as well as our national competitors at home. The event regulations are currently with the FIA (4 wheel motorsport) and will be published as soon as they are returned.” explained Bobby Willis.

For up to date information on the 2014 Circuit of Ireland visit http://www.circuitofireland.net/
Follow on Facebook.com/circuitofireland or twitter @CircuitIreland.

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Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:31:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/02/Monte-Carlo-Legend-Launches-Circuit-of-Ireland-Lisburn-Stages-.php
<![CDATA[ ULSTER AVIATION SOCIETY NEW ARRIVAL]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/01/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-NEW-ARRIVAL.php The Ulster Aviation Society has recently aquired a full size replica Spitfire Mark 2A. The camouflage and marking scheme represent an aircraft from 72 Squadron of the RAF in 1941.

Belfast Telegraph article, dated Monday 6 January 2014: 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/in-world-war-two-our-readers-helped-buy-17-spitfires-now-the-famous-fighter-needs-your-help-again-29891012.html

Ulster Aviation Society Website:  http://www.ulsteraviationsociety.org/

Ulster Aviation Society donation fund: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1007379

 

Photo – Stephen Riley

 

 

 

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The Ulster Aviation Society has recently aquired a full size replica Spitfire Mark 2A. The camouflage and marking scheme represent an aircraft from 72 Squadron of the RAF in 1941.

Belfast Telegraph article, dated Monday 6 January 2014: 

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/in-world-war-two-our-readers-helped-buy-17-spitfires-now-the-famous-fighter-needs-your-help-again-29891012.html

Ulster Aviation Society Website:  http://www.ulsteraviationsociety.org/

Ulster Aviation Society donation fund: 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1007379

 

Photo – Stephen Riley

 

 

 

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:13:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2014/01/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-NEW-ARRIVAL.php
<![CDATA[ ’You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/You-Got-It-For-Less-in-Lisburn-this-weekend.php ‘You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend

 

Starting this Thursday 21 November 2013, a 3–day discount shopping event will run across Lisburn City Centre, involving more than 70 stores.

Over the three–day period the majority of shops taking part will also be open for late night shopping on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22nd November.

The event has been designed to offer Christmas shoppers a range of unique discounts and the great value to be found in Lisburn’s family–friendly, city centre atmosphere.

Over the three day period the number of participating stores will offer unique discounts to customers. “You Got It For Less” point–of–sale material throughout the city centre will assist shoppers to find participating retailers and traders.

Participating shops include big–brand high–street stores and top–quality independent retailers offering everything from high–end designer fashion to unique gifts for all the family at Christmas.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management, said: “Lisburn is the second largest city in Northern Ireland with a strong history of independent retailing and this Christmas, with over 70 stores taking part, traders in Lisburn City Centre have shown overwhelming support for the campaign. This is the start of a series of festive events happening over the coming weeks that will see Lisburn as the place to add to your shopping list this year.’

Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, said: “The Council and Lisburn City Centre Management have worked imaginatively to continually attract shoppers and visitors into the City Centre and the “You Got It For Less” Campaign is no exception. We hope the three–day period will be a great success for shoppers hoping to snap up a bargain and for traders to increase sales. It will also make the city a welcoming environment.’’

As well as the discount campaign in the City Centre the Council is also supporting a charity car park in Castle Street which will be open from 21 November until 24 December to make available even more car park spaces to visitors. A discretionary contribution to charity is recommended with a number of charities due to be represented over the period.  

Photo Caption:

Andrew Lowry from C.R Lowry Jewellers and Julian Stevenson from Sports Dock join Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee to celebrate the start of the You Got It For Less weekend in Lisburn City Centre which runs from 21–23 November.

 

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‘You Got It For Less’ in Lisburn this weekend

 

Starting this Thursday 21 November 2013, a 3–day discount shopping event will run across Lisburn City Centre, involving more than 70 stores.

Over the three–day period the majority of shops taking part will also be open for late night shopping on Thursday 21 November and Friday 22nd November.

The event has been designed to offer Christmas shoppers a range of unique discounts and the great value to be found in Lisburn’s family–friendly, city centre atmosphere.

Over the three day period the number of participating stores will offer unique discounts to customers. “You Got It For Less” point–of–sale material throughout the city centre will assist shoppers to find participating retailers and traders.

Participating shops include big–brand high–street stores and top–quality independent retailers offering everything from high–end designer fashion to unique gifts for all the family at Christmas.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management, said: “Lisburn is the second largest city in Northern Ireland with a strong history of independent retailing and this Christmas, with over 70 stores taking part, traders in Lisburn City Centre have shown overwhelming support for the campaign. This is the start of a series of festive events happening over the coming weeks that will see Lisburn as the place to add to your shopping list this year.’

Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, said: “The Council and Lisburn City Centre Management have worked imaginatively to continually attract shoppers and visitors into the City Centre and the “You Got It For Less” Campaign is no exception. We hope the three–day period will be a great success for shoppers hoping to snap up a bargain and for traders to increase sales. It will also make the city a welcoming environment.’’

As well as the discount campaign in the City Centre the Council is also supporting a charity car park in Castle Street which will be open from 21 November until 24 December to make available even more car park spaces to visitors. A discretionary contribution to charity is recommended with a number of charities due to be represented over the period.  

Photo Caption:

Andrew Lowry from C.R Lowry Jewellers and Julian Stevenson from Sports Dock join Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of Lisburn City Centre Management and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee to celebrate the start of the You Got It For Less weekend in Lisburn City Centre which runs from 21–23 November.

 

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:08:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/You-Got-It-For-Less-in-Lisburn-this-weekend.php
<![CDATA[ DROMARA DESTROYERS MOTORCYCLE SHOW COMES TO LISBURN ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/DROMARA-DESTROYERS-MOTORCYCLE-SHOW-COMES-TO-LISBURN-.php Lisburn City Council is delighted to announce that the ‘Legendary’ Dromara Destroyers will be holding a Motorcycle Show at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn on the 15th–16th November.

Ian McGregor was the very original Dromara Destroyer. Ray McCullough had many successes over the years, winning the last 250cc World Championship race at Dundrod in 1971 ranks as one of his highlights.

Trevor Steele did some of his best racing at Dundrod and Brian Reid is a former World Champion who won the Formula 2 World Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Speaking at the announcement Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It gives me great pleasure to bring an event like this to Lisburn. The Dromara Destroyers were a formidable force in motorbike road racing and for the Council to support this exhibition at the LeisurePlex is truly an honour. The bikes and racing memorabilia which will form the exhibition will allow the public to relive the golden age of road racing. The Council has a strong relationship with the sport of motorbike road racing, supporting the Ulster Grand Prix every year and we are pleased to lend our support to this event also.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Lisburn City is a 2013 European City of Sport and we are pleased to support the group in any way we can with their fundraising efforts. We would extend a welcome to everyone to come along to this one–off exhibition.”

Brian Reid, one of the Dromara Destroyers, explains: “Almost three years ago a like minded group of ardent road racing fans met with the residents of Dromara Village with the idea of creating a lasting tribute to mark the outstanding motorcycle racing successes of the Dromara Destroyers, all sons of the Village. The group have been working very hard fundraising for the tribute and the generosity of the public has been great. The latest fundraising event is the Dromara Destroyers Motorcycle Show and I would urge anyone with an interest in motorbike road racing to come along. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors Stoneyford Concrete and Global Oils/Magic Bullet Fuel Treatments. We are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per person for entry into the show and this will go along way toward assisting the group in fundraising.”

Caption:
Pictured at the launch are: Trevor Leckey, from sponsor, Stoneyford Concrete; Stanley Watson from sponsor, Global Oils; Ian McGregor; Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter; Trevor Steele; Brendan Leckey, Stoneyford Concrete; Brian Reid; Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart and Raymond McCullough.

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Lisburn City Council is delighted to announce that the ‘Legendary’ Dromara Destroyers will be holding a Motorcycle Show at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex, Lisburn on the 15th–16th November.

Ian McGregor was the very original Dromara Destroyer. Ray McCullough had many successes over the years, winning the last 250cc World Championship race at Dundrod in 1971 ranks as one of his highlights.

Trevor Steele did some of his best racing at Dundrod and Brian Reid is a former World Champion who won the Formula 2 World Championship in 1985 and 1986.

Speaking at the announcement Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It gives me great pleasure to bring an event like this to Lisburn. The Dromara Destroyers were a formidable force in motorbike road racing and for the Council to support this exhibition at the LeisurePlex is truly an honour. The bikes and racing memorabilia which will form the exhibition will allow the public to relive the golden age of road racing. The Council has a strong relationship with the sport of motorbike road racing, supporting the Ulster Grand Prix every year and we are pleased to lend our support to this event also.”

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Lisburn City is a 2013 European City of Sport and we are pleased to support the group in any way we can with their fundraising efforts. We would extend a welcome to everyone to come along to this one–off exhibition.”

Brian Reid, one of the Dromara Destroyers, explains: “Almost three years ago a like minded group of ardent road racing fans met with the residents of Dromara Village with the idea of creating a lasting tribute to mark the outstanding motorcycle racing successes of the Dromara Destroyers, all sons of the Village. The group have been working very hard fundraising for the tribute and the generosity of the public has been great. The latest fundraising event is the Dromara Destroyers Motorcycle Show and I would urge anyone with an interest in motorbike road racing to come along. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors Stoneyford Concrete and Global Oils/Magic Bullet Fuel Treatments. We are asking for a minimum donation of £5 per person for entry into the show and this will go along way toward assisting the group in fundraising.”

Caption:
Pictured at the launch are: Trevor Leckey, from sponsor, Stoneyford Concrete; Stanley Watson from sponsor, Global Oils; Ian McGregor; Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter; Trevor Steele; Brendan Leckey, Stoneyford Concrete; Brian Reid; Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart and Raymond McCullough.

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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:38:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/11/DROMARA-DESTROYERS-MOTORCYCLE-SHOW-COMES-TO-LISBURN-.php
<![CDATA[ Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Twilight-Night-by-Fairy-Light-Arrangements-for-the-Purchase-of-Wristbands-.php Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands Friday 25 – Monday 28 October.

Following last years’ crowd–pleasing successes; families and Trick or Treaters to the city are encouraged to wrap up warm a magical moonlit feast for the senses. As Lisburn hosts the Twilight Night by Fairy Light celebrations at Wallace Park on Thursday 31 October 7–9pm.

Entry to Wallace Park is by wrist band only Priced at £1 each (max 6 per person). Wristbands can be purchased at this Lagan Valley Leisureplex and Brook Activity Centre Friday 25 – Monday 28 October. Tickets are on sale at the Leisureplex Friday 25 October 1 – 9.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.15am – 5.30 pm and 7.30 am – 9.30pm Monday 28 October.

Tickets are available at Brook Activity from 1pm Friday 25 October until 8.30pm, Saturday 26 October from 8.30am – 3pm and Monday 28 October 8.30am – 8.30pm.

All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will be donated to the Mayoral Charity the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.
A Halloween Treat for all the Family Mythical performers, entertainers, dancers and musicians will provide Twilight thrills for kids and their grown–ups. In a swirl of sparkles and a fluttering of wings, good natured woodland pixies and fairies will pop from amongst the autumn splendour to weave enchanting tales.
One of Europe’s most celebrated folk ensembles, The Armagh Rhymers who recently performed at Glastonbury Music Festival will blend the art of mumming, poetry, music, drama, song and dance. While a beacon lighting and Lantern Parade will add shine to the evening of enchantment.

Delicious gourmet delights and spooky specialities will revive flagging Halloween spirits in the Artisan food fayre.

Dress to Impress
Grown–ups are encouraged to dress up their little pixies and pirates and don a disguise of their own as they embark on their evening of adventure which draws to a close with a fireworks finale at 8.40pm.

On Halloween night, revellers can access Wallace Park from the Belfast and Magheralave Road entrances. Parking restrictions will be in operation and visitors are advised to use public transport where possible and to park responsibly.
Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times and Assistance Dogs only are permitted at this event.

For further information contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 92 509509 www.islandartscentre.com
www.facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre
https://twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

 

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Twilight Night by Fairy Light Arrangements for the Purchase of Wristbands Friday 25 – Monday 28 October.

Following last years’ crowd–pleasing successes; families and Trick or Treaters to the city are encouraged to wrap up warm a magical moonlit feast for the senses. As Lisburn hosts the Twilight Night by Fairy Light celebrations at Wallace Park on Thursday 31 October 7–9pm.

Entry to Wallace Park is by wrist band only Priced at £1 each (max 6 per person). Wristbands can be purchased at this Lagan Valley Leisureplex and Brook Activity Centre Friday 25 – Monday 28 October. Tickets are on sale at the Leisureplex Friday 25 October 1 – 9.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.15am – 5.30 pm and 7.30 am – 9.30pm Monday 28 October.

Tickets are available at Brook Activity from 1pm Friday 25 October until 8.30pm, Saturday 26 October from 8.30am – 3pm and Monday 28 October 8.30am – 8.30pm.

All proceeds from the sale of the wristbands will be donated to the Mayoral Charity the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.
A Halloween Treat for all the Family Mythical performers, entertainers, dancers and musicians will provide Twilight thrills for kids and their grown–ups. In a swirl of sparkles and a fluttering of wings, good natured woodland pixies and fairies will pop from amongst the autumn splendour to weave enchanting tales.
One of Europe’s most celebrated folk ensembles, The Armagh Rhymers who recently performed at Glastonbury Music Festival will blend the art of mumming, poetry, music, drama, song and dance. While a beacon lighting and Lantern Parade will add shine to the evening of enchantment.

Delicious gourmet delights and spooky specialities will revive flagging Halloween spirits in the Artisan food fayre.

Dress to Impress
Grown–ups are encouraged to dress up their little pixies and pirates and don a disguise of their own as they embark on their evening of adventure which draws to a close with a fireworks finale at 8.40pm.

On Halloween night, revellers can access Wallace Park from the Belfast and Magheralave Road entrances. Parking restrictions will be in operation and visitors are advised to use public transport where possible and to park responsibly.
Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times and Assistance Dogs only are permitted at this event.

For further information contact ISLAND Arts Centre on 028 92 509509 www.islandartscentre.com
www.facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre
https://twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

 

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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:11:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Twilight-Night-by-Fairy-Light-Arrangements-for-the-Purchase-of-Wristbands-.php
<![CDATA[ Down Royal Puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the Spotlight]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Down-Royal-Puts-the-2013-Festival-of-Racing-in-the-Spotlight.php

Down Royal puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the spotlight

 

Details of the 2013 Down Royal Festival of Racing were officially unveiled today (Thursday, 17th October 2013) at a jam–packed Belfast launch event at which organisers promised that this year’s Festival would be Northern Ireland’s biggest and best yet.

 

Celebrating 20 years of award–winning racing, hospitality and an investment spend to date of more than £5 million, Down Royal disclosed details of a jaw–dropping prize fund of over €400,000 and the inclusion of horseracing champions AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh on the race card.

 

It was also revealed that current Irish champion jockey Davy Russell will also be hoping to add to his growing list of victories at this year’s Festival.

 

Organisers expect the turnstiles to be swinging non–stop for this year’s event which gets underway on Friday November 1st and runs until Saturday November 2nd, and includes the famous JNWine.com Champion Chase – the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season.

 

Famous Grand National–winner and popular Channel 4 Racing presenter Mick Fitzgerald fronted a top–notch panel of experts to help officially launch the festival at Belfast’s plush Fitzwilliam hotel.

 

Over his 15–year career, Fitzgerald became best known for his long–standing job as stable jockey to Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson. Fitzgerald’s big winners included the Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on See More Business in 1999.

 

Fitzgerald was also leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival in 1999 and 2000.  Later in his career, Fitzgerald came back from injury to win the 2005 Hennessy Gold Cup on Trabolgan at Newbury for Nicky Henderson.

 

“We’re all set and ready to deliver the best Festival of Racing in Down Royal’s long and proud history yet”, said Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal said. “With the quality of racing on offer, and an award–winning hospitality offering which will be provided in new, cutting–edge, modern facilities, we’re looking forward to making this year’s the biggest yet.”

 

Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new, state–of–the–art grandstand, new , luxurious hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions.

 

 For more details on this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing,
 visit www.downroyal.com.

 

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Down Royal puts the 2013 Festival of Racing in the spotlight

 

Details of the 2013 Down Royal Festival of Racing were officially unveiled today (Thursday, 17th October 2013) at a jam–packed Belfast launch event at which organisers promised that this year’s Festival would be Northern Ireland’s biggest and best yet.

 

Celebrating 20 years of award–winning racing, hospitality and an investment spend to date of more than £5 million, Down Royal disclosed details of a jaw–dropping prize fund of over €400,000 and the inclusion of horseracing champions AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh on the race card.

 

It was also revealed that current Irish champion jockey Davy Russell will also be hoping to add to his growing list of victories at this year’s Festival.

 

Organisers expect the turnstiles to be swinging non–stop for this year’s event which gets underway on Friday November 1st and runs until Saturday November 2nd, and includes the famous JNWine.com Champion Chase – the first Grade 1 event of the Irish National Hunt season.

 

Famous Grand National–winner and popular Channel 4 Racing presenter Mick Fitzgerald fronted a top–notch panel of experts to help officially launch the festival at Belfast’s plush Fitzwilliam hotel.

 

Over his 15–year career, Fitzgerald became best known for his long–standing job as stable jockey to Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson. Fitzgerald’s big winners included the Grand National on Rough Quest in 1996, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup on See More Business in 1999.

 

Fitzgerald was also leading jockey at the Cheltenham Festival in 1999 and 2000.  Later in his career, Fitzgerald came back from injury to win the 2005 Hennessy Gold Cup on Trabolgan at Newbury for Nicky Henderson.

 

“We’re all set and ready to deliver the best Festival of Racing in Down Royal’s long and proud history yet”, said Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal said. “With the quality of racing on offer, and an award–winning hospitality offering which will be provided in new, cutting–edge, modern facilities, we’re looking forward to making this year’s the biggest yet.”

 

Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new, state–of–the–art grandstand, new , luxurious hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions.

 

 For more details on this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing,
 visit www.downroyal.com.

 

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Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:19:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/Down-Royal-Puts-the-2013-Festival-of-Racing-in-the-Spotlight.php
<![CDATA[ ‘KITH AND KIN’ BOOK LAUNCH]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/KITH-AND-KIN-BOOK-LAUNCH.php ‘KITH AND KIN’ BOOK LAUNCH

The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, recently hosted a book launch for local author Alister McReynolds who has just published his third book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – The Continuing Legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’.

The book presents a collection of life stories that serves to highlight that Scotch–Irish contribution to life in America was, and remains, more valuable and less of a cliché than the images of rascality, motor sports and corn liquor suggest.

The stories of these pioneers, clergy, cavalry men, presidents, and inventors show how the achievements of these characters have pervaded American society to an extent that is often unnoticed and under–appreciated even amongst the Scotch–Irish communities themselves.

Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said: “The Council is proud of the work of local resident and scholar Alister McReynolds, who has spent over thirty years as a teacher including fourteen of those years as the Principal of the Regional College in Lisburn. The Council would like to wish Alister well in his latest project involving his passion of Scotch–Irish and re–telling short stories in this new publication, Kith and Kin.”

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart was also at the launch event and said: “The Tourism Section of the Council has developed a number of tourism products surrounding the Ulster–Scots heritage. Alister played a key role in developing the feasibility study that carried out detailed research on key sites and locations within the area. From this we now have an Ulster–Scots audio driving trail, an app for android or iPhone use, walking trail, interpretive signage and DVD all promoting the heritage of the Ulster–Scots to this area.

This new publication will provide further interest to those groups considering a visit or wishing to learn of the influential Scotch–Irish that made their mark in America,” he concluded.

Alister’s book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – the continuing legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’ is now available from all bookshops or online at www.booksni.com  

 

 

 

Caption: The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, recently hosted a book launch for local author Alister McReynolds who has just published his third book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – the continuing legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’. Pictured at the book launch are Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee; The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton; Alister McReynolds and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice–Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

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‘KITH AND KIN’ BOOK LAUNCH

The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, recently hosted a book launch for local author Alister McReynolds who has just published his third book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – The Continuing Legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’.

The book presents a collection of life stories that serves to highlight that Scotch–Irish contribution to life in America was, and remains, more valuable and less of a cliché than the images of rascality, motor sports and corn liquor suggest.

The stories of these pioneers, clergy, cavalry men, presidents, and inventors show how the achievements of these characters have pervaded American society to an extent that is often unnoticed and under–appreciated even amongst the Scotch–Irish communities themselves.

Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said: “The Council is proud of the work of local resident and scholar Alister McReynolds, who has spent over thirty years as a teacher including fourteen of those years as the Principal of the Regional College in Lisburn. The Council would like to wish Alister well in his latest project involving his passion of Scotch–Irish and re–telling short stories in this new publication, Kith and Kin.”

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart was also at the launch event and said: “The Tourism Section of the Council has developed a number of tourism products surrounding the Ulster–Scots heritage. Alister played a key role in developing the feasibility study that carried out detailed research on key sites and locations within the area. From this we now have an Ulster–Scots audio driving trail, an app for android or iPhone use, walking trail, interpretive signage and DVD all promoting the heritage of the Ulster–Scots to this area.

This new publication will provide further interest to those groups considering a visit or wishing to learn of the influential Scotch–Irish that made their mark in America,” he concluded.

Alister’s book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – the continuing legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’ is now available from all bookshops or online at www.booksni.com  

 

 

 

Caption: The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, recently hosted a book launch for local author Alister McReynolds who has just published his third book entitled ‘Kith and Kin – the continuing legacy of the Scotch–Irish in America’. Pictured at the book launch are Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee; The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton; Alister McReynolds and Alderman Jim Dillon, Vice–Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:09:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/KITH-AND-KIN-BOOK-LAUNCH.php
<![CDATA[ HILLSBOROUGH CELEBRATES DOUBLE SUCCESS IN RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM COMPETITION WITH SILVER GILT AND COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARDS]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/HILLSBOROUGH-CELEBRATES-DOUBLE-SUCCESS-IN-RHS-BRITAIN-IN-BLOOM-COMPETITION-WITH-SILVER-GILT-AND-COMMUNITY-CHAMPION-AWARDS.php  

HILLSBOROUGH CELEBRATES DOUBLE SUCCESS IN RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM COMPETITION WITH SILVER GILT AND COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARDS

13th October 2013

The prestigious Britain in Bloom awards were held this weekend in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and Hillsborough village collected a Silver Gilt award at the ceremony for the second consecutive year. Roy Hanna, Lisburn City Council’s Assistant Director of Operational Services, was thrilled to be singled out to receive the Community Champion Award for his 42 years of commitment to promoting Britain in Bloom in the local community.

The Mayor of Lisburn City Council and Cllr Jenny Palmer, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee, represented the Council at the awards ceremony.

The village was hailed as meeting virtually all the judging criteria and as exemplifying best practice in multiple areas, including floral display, community integration, sustainability, environmental responsibility and biodiversity.Credit was relayed to everyone whose effort helped attain the awards, including the Council’s Operational Services team, led by Mr Roy Hanna; the Hillsborough Village community who work with the Council and the gardeners who spend the summer months making sure the village looks outstanding.Hillsborough competed with villages from all over the UK and was shortlisted from over 1200 entries to the final.

 

The Mayor, Cllr Margaret Tolerton, attended the awards ceremony and said: “This is a time to reflect on hard work being rewarded.

 ”It is a tremendous accolade to come away with the Silver Gilt and the Community Champion Award for one of our own, Roy Hanna, who richly deserves this honour. There can be no clearer demonstration of the partnerships and positive working relationships in the Hillsborough community than receipt of this very special honour. I wish to pay tribute to everyone whose efforts have put the historical village of Hillsborough so firmly on the map. I particularly want to extend my congratulations to the Operational Services Team, who have worked tirelessly to achieve this success. It’s all about doing the best we can do for the City of Lisburn.”Cllr Jenny Palmer, said: “The competition is very intense because it is the only Royal Horticultural Society competition in the UK, where the finalists compete with the best of the best in floral excellence.

 ”We have had a wonderful year, Lisburn was voted best in Northern Ireland for its Roses in Town award in the Ulster in Bloom awards and Hillsborough also achieved success in this competition. ”I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Roy Hanna our Assistant Director of Operational Services who is known throughout local government and in the Lisburn community as a dedicated officer who puts total commitment into his work. The Council’s Parks Manager, Mark Gregg and our gardeners also deserve high praise for their efforts for Hillsborough. We are very pleased indeed.”

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HILLSBOROUGH CELEBRATES DOUBLE SUCCESS IN RHS BRITAIN IN BLOOM COMPETITION WITH SILVER GILT AND COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARDS

13th October 2013

The prestigious Britain in Bloom awards were held this weekend in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire and Hillsborough village collected a Silver Gilt award at the ceremony for the second consecutive year. Roy Hanna, Lisburn City Council’s Assistant Director of Operational Services, was thrilled to be singled out to receive the Community Champion Award for his 42 years of commitment to promoting Britain in Bloom in the local community.

The Mayor of Lisburn City Council and Cllr Jenny Palmer, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee, represented the Council at the awards ceremony.

The village was hailed as meeting virtually all the judging criteria and as exemplifying best practice in multiple areas, including floral display, community integration, sustainability, environmental responsibility and biodiversity.Credit was relayed to everyone whose effort helped attain the awards, including the Council’s Operational Services team, led by Mr Roy Hanna; the Hillsborough Village community who work with the Council and the gardeners who spend the summer months making sure the village looks outstanding.Hillsborough competed with villages from all over the UK and was shortlisted from over 1200 entries to the final.

 

The Mayor, Cllr Margaret Tolerton, attended the awards ceremony and said: “This is a time to reflect on hard work being rewarded.

 ”It is a tremendous accolade to come away with the Silver Gilt and the Community Champion Award for one of our own, Roy Hanna, who richly deserves this honour. There can be no clearer demonstration of the partnerships and positive working relationships in the Hillsborough community than receipt of this very special honour. I wish to pay tribute to everyone whose efforts have put the historical village of Hillsborough so firmly on the map. I particularly want to extend my congratulations to the Operational Services Team, who have worked tirelessly to achieve this success. It’s all about doing the best we can do for the City of Lisburn.”Cllr Jenny Palmer, said: “The competition is very intense because it is the only Royal Horticultural Society competition in the UK, where the finalists compete with the best of the best in floral excellence.

 ”We have had a wonderful year, Lisburn was voted best in Northern Ireland for its Roses in Town award in the Ulster in Bloom awards and Hillsborough also achieved success in this competition. ”I would like to extend my personal congratulations to Roy Hanna our Assistant Director of Operational Services who is known throughout local government and in the Lisburn community as a dedicated officer who puts total commitment into his work. The Council’s Parks Manager, Mark Gregg and our gardeners also deserve high praise for their efforts for Hillsborough. We are very pleased indeed.”

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Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:59:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/HILLSBOROUGH-CELEBRATES-DOUBLE-SUCCESS-IN-RHS-BRITAIN-IN-BLOOM-COMPETITION-WITH-SILVER-GILT-AND-COMMUNITY-CHAMPION-AWARDS.php
<![CDATA[ COUNCIL TO LAUNCH ITS EIGHTH TRADE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/COUNCIL-TO-LAUNCH-ITS-EIGHTH-TRADE-DEVELOPMENT-PROGRAMME.php COUNCIL TO LAUNCH ITS EIGHTH

TRADE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

October 2013

 

Lisburn City Council recently launched its eighth trade mission to Central and Eastern Europe at an information seminar which was hosted in Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

 

To date the Council has assisted local businesses explore new opportunities in Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia.

 

This time around the programme will focus on the Slovakian market, and is targeted at local business owners and managers who wish to be equipped with the relevant in–depth knowledge, know–how and confidence to successfully operate in this market. 

 

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, speaking about the Programme, said: “The Council appreciates that all Lisburn–based businesses are being challenged in the current economic climate to find new customers both locally and globally. To assist such businesses the Council has identified the Central and Eastern European marketplace as a focus for potential new trade development activity.

 

Through the programme the aim is to assist local businesses to capture some of the 5.4 million population market size in Slovakia, strategically located at the geographic heart of Europe and the 3rd richest country in Central & Eastern Europe: and to help them realise sales that will help them through the economic downturn. 

 

This programme will assist business to research Slovakia as a potential export market, meet potential importers and distributors or meet with potential suppliers. Due to the Council’s substantial contribution each participating business will only be required to pay £500 (ex. VAT) including flights and accommodation,” he concluded.

 

The programme is jointly funded by Lisburn City Council, Invest Northern Ireland and the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for NI 2007–2013; and is being delivered and managed by NITC Easylink.

 

Steve Murnaghan, Managing Director of NITC Easylink says: “We have extensive experience across both the public and private sectors in Lisburn and in delivering export programmes throughout Central and Eastern Europe. We are delighted through the Council’s Trade Development Programme to be working once again with Lisburn businesses. Slovakia is a great country to do business with and in fact has gained second best position among CEE countries in World bank’s Doing Business Report 2008–2013.

 

“This is a very exciting programme which will be individually tailored to meet the needs of each participating business. This market offers opportunities across a wide range of sectors including automotive, electronics & electrical, mechanical & precise engineering, chemical, food, renewables, infrastructure, transportation, ICT and software development. Each owner/manager along with an experienced advisor will decide on the best market entry approach into Slovakia for their product or service; and an individual itinerary will be set up for the market visit which takes place on the 26th – 29th November 2013.”

 

During the programme each business will: in partnership with their specific business advisor develop a comprehensive export development plan; participate in two workshops to understand the marketplace and any internal requirements which the business must put in place; and receive a detailed itinerary prior to the market visit.

 

The programme is now open for recruitment and if you are a Lisburn–based business interested in finding out further information please contact Steve Murnaghan on 0031 20 421 7400 or by email on murn@nitc.nl

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COUNCIL TO LAUNCH ITS EIGHTH

TRADE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

October 2013

 

Lisburn City Council recently launched its eighth trade mission to Central and Eastern Europe at an information seminar which was hosted in Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.

 

To date the Council has assisted local businesses explore new opportunities in Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia.

 

This time around the programme will focus on the Slovakian market, and is targeted at local business owners and managers who wish to be equipped with the relevant in–depth knowledge, know–how and confidence to successfully operate in this market. 

 

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, speaking about the Programme, said: “The Council appreciates that all Lisburn–based businesses are being challenged in the current economic climate to find new customers both locally and globally. To assist such businesses the Council has identified the Central and Eastern European marketplace as a focus for potential new trade development activity.

 

Through the programme the aim is to assist local businesses to capture some of the 5.4 million population market size in Slovakia, strategically located at the geographic heart of Europe and the 3rd richest country in Central & Eastern Europe: and to help them realise sales that will help them through the economic downturn. 

 

This programme will assist business to research Slovakia as a potential export market, meet potential importers and distributors or meet with potential suppliers. Due to the Council’s substantial contribution each participating business will only be required to pay £500 (ex. VAT) including flights and accommodation,” he concluded.

 

The programme is jointly funded by Lisburn City Council, Invest Northern Ireland and the EU Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for NI 2007–2013; and is being delivered and managed by NITC Easylink.

 

Steve Murnaghan, Managing Director of NITC Easylink says: “We have extensive experience across both the public and private sectors in Lisburn and in delivering export programmes throughout Central and Eastern Europe. We are delighted through the Council’s Trade Development Programme to be working once again with Lisburn businesses. Slovakia is a great country to do business with and in fact has gained second best position among CEE countries in World bank’s Doing Business Report 2008–2013.

 

“This is a very exciting programme which will be individually tailored to meet the needs of each participating business. This market offers opportunities across a wide range of sectors including automotive, electronics & electrical, mechanical & precise engineering, chemical, food, renewables, infrastructure, transportation, ICT and software development. Each owner/manager along with an experienced advisor will decide on the best market entry approach into Slovakia for their product or service; and an individual itinerary will be set up for the market visit which takes place on the 26th – 29th November 2013.”

 

During the programme each business will: in partnership with their specific business advisor develop a comprehensive export development plan; participate in two workshops to understand the marketplace and any internal requirements which the business must put in place; and receive a detailed itinerary prior to the market visit.

 

The programme is now open for recruitment and if you are a Lisburn–based business interested in finding out further information please contact Steve Murnaghan on 0031 20 421 7400 or by email on murn@nitc.nl

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:17:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/10/COUNCIL-TO-LAUNCH-ITS-EIGHTH-TRADE-DEVELOPMENT-PROGRAMME.php
<![CDATA[ SAVE THE DATE: LAGAN VALLEY ISLAND WEDDING FAYRE ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/09/SAVE-THE-DATE-LAGAN-VALLEY-ISLAND-WEDDING-FAYRE-.php Couples planning their big day are invited to save the date for the bi–annual Wedding Fayre being held at Lagan Valley Island on Sunday 22nd September 2013 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Organised by Perfect Bliss Wedding Events, the upcoming Wedding Fayre promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Over 45 innovative wedding suppliers will be on hand to help couples design their dream wedding and they will be treated to live performances from wedding bands and a catwalk extravaganza to enjoy.

The Wedding Fayre also coincides with the launch of the venues’ new Wedding reception package. Couples can book their reception for 60 guests for less than £1500 at Lagan Valley Island. This includes room hire, a four course wedding banquet, chair covers, centrepieces, fairy light backdrop and much more. Tours of the stunning wedding facilities will be provided throughout the day of the event.

Not only will couples attending the show enjoy free entry and free car parking, but they will also be entered into a free prize draw to win up to £500 of wedding vouchers. Winners will be chosen at 4.45pm on the day.

Speaking about the Wedding Fayre, Councillor Pat Catney, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Service Committee, said: “The biannual Wedding Fayre is always a fantastic day out for engaged couples and their families, and it is becoming even more successful each year. Couples will have the opportunity to meet a variety of fantastic local, quality wedding suppliers offering a great range of products and services.’


‘It is also a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the new Wedding reception package and to view the stunning wedding facilities available at Lagan Valley Island. Offering unrivalled value for money, superb service and beautiful surroundings, wedding couples will not be disappointed.’ he said.

The Catwalk Show is always a big hit and is scheduled to take place at 4.00pm with the very best in bridal fashion, as well as outfits to inspire the whole wedding party. Prepare to be spoiled for choice as the professionally choreographed models take to the catwalk.

Lagan Valley Island can cater for ceremonies and wedding receptions of up to 220 guests. Set within the heart of Lisburn City, the venue offers a truly romantic setting; with the River Lagan on one side and the lovingly restored canal locks on the other.

Those in attendance can meet with Lagan Valley Island’s experienced registrars, wedding co–ordinators and catering team to take the first steps towards planning that special day. Check out www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk for more information on holding your wedding at Lagan Valley Island.

 

For more information on attending or to book a stand at the Wedding Fayre, contact Perfect Bliss Wedding Events on 07845 357339 or email: info@perfectblissweddingevents.com

 

 

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Couples planning their big day are invited to save the date for the bi–annual Wedding Fayre being held at Lagan Valley Island on Sunday 22nd September 2013 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Organised by Perfect Bliss Wedding Events, the upcoming Wedding Fayre promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Over 45 innovative wedding suppliers will be on hand to help couples design their dream wedding and they will be treated to live performances from wedding bands and a catwalk extravaganza to enjoy.

The Wedding Fayre also coincides with the launch of the venues’ new Wedding reception package. Couples can book their reception for 60 guests for less than £1500 at Lagan Valley Island. This includes room hire, a four course wedding banquet, chair covers, centrepieces, fairy light backdrop and much more. Tours of the stunning wedding facilities will be provided throughout the day of the event.

Not only will couples attending the show enjoy free entry and free car parking, but they will also be entered into a free prize draw to win up to £500 of wedding vouchers. Winners will be chosen at 4.45pm on the day.

Speaking about the Wedding Fayre, Councillor Pat Catney, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Service Committee, said: “The biannual Wedding Fayre is always a fantastic day out for engaged couples and their families, and it is becoming even more successful each year. Couples will have the opportunity to meet a variety of fantastic local, quality wedding suppliers offering a great range of products and services.’


‘It is also a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the new Wedding reception package and to view the stunning wedding facilities available at Lagan Valley Island. Offering unrivalled value for money, superb service and beautiful surroundings, wedding couples will not be disappointed.’ he said.

The Catwalk Show is always a big hit and is scheduled to take place at 4.00pm with the very best in bridal fashion, as well as outfits to inspire the whole wedding party. Prepare to be spoiled for choice as the professionally choreographed models take to the catwalk.

Lagan Valley Island can cater for ceremonies and wedding receptions of up to 220 guests. Set within the heart of Lisburn City, the venue offers a truly romantic setting; with the River Lagan on one side and the lovingly restored canal locks on the other.

Those in attendance can meet with Lagan Valley Island’s experienced registrars, wedding co–ordinators and catering team to take the first steps towards planning that special day. Check out www.laganvalleyisland.co.uk for more information on holding your wedding at Lagan Valley Island.

 

For more information on attending or to book a stand at the Wedding Fayre, contact Perfect Bliss Wedding Events on 07845 357339 or email: info@perfectblissweddingevents.com

 

 

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Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:15:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/09/SAVE-THE-DATE-LAGAN-VALLEY-ISLAND-WEDDING-FAYRE-.php
<![CDATA[ BUILD PROJECTS SEE NEW LIFE IN LISBURN CITY CENTRE ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/BUILD-PROJECTS-SEE-NEW-LIFE-IN-LISBURN-CITY-CENTRE-.php Restorative work on the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum has begun and site works in the City Centre, for the Council’s Public Realm Scheme, are getting underway.

The Chairmen of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee and Economic Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter and Alderman Allan Ewart, visited the city centre last week to see how work is progressing.

Alderman Porter said: “The Irish Linen Centre is receiving essential maintenance work to its roof, windows and its walls to ensure this landmark facility continues to provide its historical services and receive a refreshed appearance. The building will also be fully repainted.

“The work at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is scheduled to finish in mid November which will leave it ready for Christmas. We have planned that all works going on in Lisburn will be done as far as possible in tandem. I expect to see the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum looking really good as it is a beautifully designed building and a landmark in the city centre which is very popular with our local schools and visitors to Lisburn. We have also received some financial assistance for this work from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency which we wish to acknowledge.”

Alderman Allan Ewart has been monitoring progress on the public realm works, and the Council’s schedule of upgrade works are due to commence within the next fortnight, now that all preparatory works by Northern Ireland Water are nearing completion.

He said: “The City Centre Masterplan for Lisburn is designed to breathe new life into its public areas and provide an enjoyable and ambient atmosphere for our residents, shoppers and visitors. With the choice of destinations open to people in Northern Ireland it is essential for cities and towns to evolve and improve so as to offer the best visitor experience possible and creating attractive surroundings and visitor facilities is a core part of that offer.

“Footpaths, street lighting and street furniture will be upgraded and there will be new signage, landscaping and public art in the city centre. It is our hope that private sector investment will grow over the medium to long term in Lisburn city centre, bringing with it employment opportunities and increased career prospects for our young people.

“While some disruption is inevitable in the short–term, in the long term the benefits will vastly outweigh those and a brighter, more attractive Lisburn city centre will attract shoppers and other visitors into the years ahead,” he said.

The Irish Linen Centre upgrade and facelift is being managed by the Council’s Leisure Services Department and the City Centre Masterplan is being progressed by the Council’s Environmental Services Department. The City Centre Masterplan is a multi–agency project led and funded by Lisburn City Council and the Department for Social Development and the Department for Regional Development.

Photo Caption

Pictured outside the historic Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum and as regeneration work continues to develop the new in Lisburn city centre is (l–r) Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Lisburn City Council; Michelle Carvill, Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee.

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Restorative work on the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum has begun and site works in the City Centre, for the Council’s Public Realm Scheme, are getting underway.

The Chairmen of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee and Economic Development Committee, Alderman Paul Porter and Alderman Allan Ewart, visited the city centre last week to see how work is progressing.

Alderman Porter said: “The Irish Linen Centre is receiving essential maintenance work to its roof, windows and its walls to ensure this landmark facility continues to provide its historical services and receive a refreshed appearance. The building will also be fully repainted.

“The work at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is scheduled to finish in mid November which will leave it ready for Christmas. We have planned that all works going on in Lisburn will be done as far as possible in tandem. I expect to see the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum looking really good as it is a beautifully designed building and a landmark in the city centre which is very popular with our local schools and visitors to Lisburn. We have also received some financial assistance for this work from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency which we wish to acknowledge.”

Alderman Allan Ewart has been monitoring progress on the public realm works, and the Council’s schedule of upgrade works are due to commence within the next fortnight, now that all preparatory works by Northern Ireland Water are nearing completion.

He said: “The City Centre Masterplan for Lisburn is designed to breathe new life into its public areas and provide an enjoyable and ambient atmosphere for our residents, shoppers and visitors. With the choice of destinations open to people in Northern Ireland it is essential for cities and towns to evolve and improve so as to offer the best visitor experience possible and creating attractive surroundings and visitor facilities is a core part of that offer.

“Footpaths, street lighting and street furniture will be upgraded and there will be new signage, landscaping and public art in the city centre. It is our hope that private sector investment will grow over the medium to long term in Lisburn city centre, bringing with it employment opportunities and increased career prospects for our young people.

“While some disruption is inevitable in the short–term, in the long term the benefits will vastly outweigh those and a brighter, more attractive Lisburn city centre will attract shoppers and other visitors into the years ahead,” he said.

The Irish Linen Centre upgrade and facelift is being managed by the Council’s Leisure Services Department and the City Centre Masterplan is being progressed by the Council’s Environmental Services Department. The City Centre Masterplan is a multi–agency project led and funded by Lisburn City Council and the Department for Social Development and the Department for Regional Development.

Photo Caption

Pictured outside the historic Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum and as regeneration work continues to develop the new in Lisburn city centre is (l–r) Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Lisburn City Council; Michelle Carvill, Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee.

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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:27:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/BUILD-PROJECTS-SEE-NEW-LIFE-IN-LISBURN-CITY-CENTRE-.php
<![CDATA[ ULSTER AVIATION SOCIETY HOLDS ITS FOURTH OPEN DAY]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-HOLDS-ITS-FOURTH-OPEN-DAY.php The Ulster Aviation Society will hold its fourth Open Day tomorrow, on Saturday 24th August, at the Maze/Long Kesh site in Lisburn City.

Commensurate with its theme this year, the Battle of the Atlantic, visitors will be treated to see, touch and experience a variety of aircraft first–hand and up close as well as seeing live aircraft movements of helicopters through the day.

Lisburn City Council is supporting the event and is also a sponsor. The Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, visited the aircraft hangers as final preparations were being put into place for tomorrow.

“The event will appeal to everyone, families and especially to children who will be able to see the many aircraft on display. It is a really interactive day and most people once they go into the hangers stare in amazement at the planes on show. The quality of what is on display is of such a high quality and so very interesting. Some older visitors may recall memories of the use of some of the planes during the war years. At the time some local civilians may have been involved in building the airfield or worked in the then Short & Harland in the hangers.

“A huge amount of effort involving many volunteers, under the direction of the Society’s Chairman, Mr Ray Burrows, has been put into the event. We hope to see the site full on Saturday and would encourage people to come down and experience this very interactive aircraft–centred Open Day,” he said.

The day will include Buccaneer displays, Ballroom Blitz and the Air Training Corps also will put on different drill displays.

The event begins at 12.30pm and parking is free and on–site.

Please visit the Ulster Aviation Society’s website www.ulsteraviationsociety.org
for further information.

 

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The Ulster Aviation Society will hold its fourth Open Day tomorrow, on Saturday 24th August, at the Maze/Long Kesh site in Lisburn City.

Commensurate with its theme this year, the Battle of the Atlantic, visitors will be treated to see, touch and experience a variety of aircraft first–hand and up close as well as seeing live aircraft movements of helicopters through the day.

Lisburn City Council is supporting the event and is also a sponsor. The Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, visited the aircraft hangers as final preparations were being put into place for tomorrow.

“The event will appeal to everyone, families and especially to children who will be able to see the many aircraft on display. It is a really interactive day and most people once they go into the hangers stare in amazement at the planes on show. The quality of what is on display is of such a high quality and so very interesting. Some older visitors may recall memories of the use of some of the planes during the war years. At the time some local civilians may have been involved in building the airfield or worked in the then Short & Harland in the hangers.

“A huge amount of effort involving many volunteers, under the direction of the Society’s Chairman, Mr Ray Burrows, has been put into the event. We hope to see the site full on Saturday and would encourage people to come down and experience this very interactive aircraft–centred Open Day,” he said.

The day will include Buccaneer displays, Ballroom Blitz and the Air Training Corps also will put on different drill displays.

The event begins at 12.30pm and parking is free and on–site.

Please visit the Ulster Aviation Society’s website www.ulsteraviationsociety.org
for further information.

 

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Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:07:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/ULSTER-AVIATION-SOCIETY-HOLDS-ITS-FOURTH-OPEN-DAY.php
<![CDATA[ Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2013]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/Hilden-Beer-and-Music-Festival-2013.php Craft Beer aficionados and music lovers will descend on Hilden Brewery for a long–established festival that celebrates hops, food and music.

The Georgian stable courtyard in the grounds of Hilden House will be filled with revellers enjoying over 35 beers and ciders from the UK and Ireland.

Whether it is a cold keg of Belfast Blonde or a cask of ale from Titanic Brewery, punters will have no shortage of irrestible brews to choose from.

The staff from the on–site restaurant The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery will fire up the BBQ offering festival goers mouth–watering burgers, juicy hot dogs or a sizzling steak sandwich celebrating locally sourced produce.

The Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2013 welcomes distinguished local artists such as Kaz Hawkins, Vinyl Tap, Malojian, Sons of Caliber and the acclaimed Ronnie Greer as well as emerging talent and enjoys the warm support of the local community of Northern Ireland where there is a thriving music scene.  There will be rock and blues blasting from the main stage and acoustic sets in the giant Tipi tents creating a relaxed vibe all contributing to a convivial festival atmosphere. 

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Craft Beer aficionados and music lovers will descend on Hilden Brewery for a long–established festival that celebrates hops, food and music.

The Georgian stable courtyard in the grounds of Hilden House will be filled with revellers enjoying over 35 beers and ciders from the UK and Ireland.

Whether it is a cold keg of Belfast Blonde or a cask of ale from Titanic Brewery, punters will have no shortage of irrestible brews to choose from.

The staff from the on–site restaurant The Tap Room at Hilden Brewery will fire up the BBQ offering festival goers mouth–watering burgers, juicy hot dogs or a sizzling steak sandwich celebrating locally sourced produce.

The Hilden Beer and Music Festival 2013 welcomes distinguished local artists such as Kaz Hawkins, Vinyl Tap, Malojian, Sons of Caliber and the acclaimed Ronnie Greer as well as emerging talent and enjoys the warm support of the local community of Northern Ireland where there is a thriving music scene.  There will be rock and blues blasting from the main stage and acoustic sets in the giant Tipi tents creating a relaxed vibe all contributing to a convivial festival atmosphere. 

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Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/Hilden-Beer-and-Music-Festival-2013.php
<![CDATA[ LISBURN EXTENDS A WARM WELCOME TO WORLD POLICE AND FIRE GAMES COMPETITIORS ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/LISBURN-EXTENDS-A-WARM-WELCOME-TO-WORLD-POLICE-AND-FIRE-GAMES-COMPETITIORS-.php On Friday evening (2nd August) the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, welcomed Volleyball and Badminton competitors from the World Police and Fire Games to a Mayor’s Reception at Lagan Valley Island, organised by the Council’s Economic Development,Tourism section.

The main aim of the reception was to welcome the many nationalities being represented at the Volleyball and Badminton competitions of the World Police and Fire Games which are taking place at Lisburn’s National Badminton Centre.
Over 90 competitors from Belgium, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Holland, Hawaii, Canada, Italy, Brussels, Singapore and Germany were represented at the Mayor’s Reception.
The Mayor, Councillor Tolerton, said: “The Council is pleased that the Lisburn Racquets Club is being used as the venue for Badminton and Volleyball and also hopes to see many other visitors to the City, making day trips throughout the course of the Games.”
The Mayor’s reception included a small tour of the Council Chamber, a discussion on the history and famous connections of the Council, finishing with an informal buffet dinner and drinks.

Addressing the competitors at the reception The Mayor said: “I would hope within your busy schedule you find time to explore the attractions and indeed experience the warm welcome from the people of our City. Lisburn is the only City in the United Kingdom to have been awarded a European City of Sport Designation for 2013. This is an exciting time for sport in Lisburn and we want to raise the profile of the City locally, nationally and internationally.”

Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It is a delight to see so many different nationalities represented at the Games. It is even more pleasing to see the many international visitors exploring the City of Lisburn, returning economic benefits to the traders, attractions and restaurants.”

The Reception ended with new friendships formed and further networking among all those in attendance.

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On Friday evening (2nd August) the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, welcomed Volleyball and Badminton competitors from the World Police and Fire Games to a Mayor’s Reception at Lagan Valley Island, organised by the Council’s Economic Development,Tourism section.

The main aim of the reception was to welcome the many nationalities being represented at the Volleyball and Badminton competitions of the World Police and Fire Games which are taking place at Lisburn’s National Badminton Centre.
Over 90 competitors from Belgium, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Holland, Hawaii, Canada, Italy, Brussels, Singapore and Germany were represented at the Mayor’s Reception.
The Mayor, Councillor Tolerton, said: “The Council is pleased that the Lisburn Racquets Club is being used as the venue for Badminton and Volleyball and also hopes to see many other visitors to the City, making day trips throughout the course of the Games.”
The Mayor’s reception included a small tour of the Council Chamber, a discussion on the history and famous connections of the Council, finishing with an informal buffet dinner and drinks.

Addressing the competitors at the reception The Mayor said: “I would hope within your busy schedule you find time to explore the attractions and indeed experience the warm welcome from the people of our City. Lisburn is the only City in the United Kingdom to have been awarded a European City of Sport Designation for 2013. This is an exciting time for sport in Lisburn and we want to raise the profile of the City locally, nationally and internationally.”

Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, said: “It is a delight to see so many different nationalities represented at the Games. It is even more pleasing to see the many international visitors exploring the City of Lisburn, returning economic benefits to the traders, attractions and restaurants.”

The Reception ended with new friendships formed and further networking among all those in attendance.

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Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:00:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/08/LISBURN-EXTENDS-A-WARM-WELCOME-TO-WORLD-POLICE-AND-FIRE-GAMES-COMPETITIORS-.php
<![CDATA[ LISBURN’S FORGAITHERIN – WILL YE BE THAIR?]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/LISBURNS-FORGAITHERIN--WILL-YE-BE-THAIR.php Lisburn City Council, supported by the Ulster–Scots Agency, is hosting Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival on Saturday 10th August in Wallace Park, Lisburn from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

This free family Festival is a celebration of Ulster–Scots heritage and promises to be a great day out for families and visitors to the city.

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart explains: “The Council wanted to hold an event that would showcase the many aspects of Ulster–Scots culture. Lisburn’s Forgaitherin will include all the traditional elements of Ulster–Scots culture including music, dancing and crafts, as well as a variety of activities to keep the children entertained.

The Council would like to extend a warm welcome to competitors and spectators who will be visiting Northern Ireland for the World Police and Fire Games. Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival is a perfect way for these visitors to learn about Ulster–Scots while enjoying one of Lisburn’s most beautiful parks,” he concluded.

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter is encouraging everyone to come along to the event: “This festival is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Ulster–Scots culture. The range of attractions and activities means that we can all come together and celebrate this culture in a fun and relaxing way. The event is part of the Council’s ‘Park Life’ programme of free events, based in Wallace Park. It is the perfect backdrop for Lisburn’s Forgaitherin and I hope everyone will come along and enjoy everything that is Ulster–Scots.”

Gillian Pearson from the Ulster–Scots Agency said: “Ulster–Scots is much more than a language and an event like Lisburn’s Forgaitherin will show locals and visitors what the culture means to Ulster and how the traditions have become mainstream in our everyday lives. The Ulster–Scots Agency is proud to support Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival and in doing so will promote an understanding of the history of Ulster–Scots.”

Leading up to the event look out for ‘Wallace’, a brave Scotsman who will be making his way around Lisburn and beyond. Follow his journey on facebook (visitlisburn) and join him on Saturday 10th August at Wallace Park for Lisburn’s Forgaitherin.

For further information on Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival go to: visitlisburn.com or contact the Tourist Information Centres in Lisburn or Hillsborough.

 

Caption: Pictured (l–r) are ‘Wallace’; Ms Gillian Pearson, Ulster Scots Agency; Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee; Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee; Kathryn Boyde, Tara and Zoe Kennedy.

 

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Lisburn City Council, supported by the Ulster–Scots Agency, is hosting Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival on Saturday 10th August in Wallace Park, Lisburn from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

This free family Festival is a celebration of Ulster–Scots heritage and promises to be a great day out for families and visitors to the city.

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart explains: “The Council wanted to hold an event that would showcase the many aspects of Ulster–Scots culture. Lisburn’s Forgaitherin will include all the traditional elements of Ulster–Scots culture including music, dancing and crafts, as well as a variety of activities to keep the children entertained.

The Council would like to extend a warm welcome to competitors and spectators who will be visiting Northern Ireland for the World Police and Fire Games. Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival is a perfect way for these visitors to learn about Ulster–Scots while enjoying one of Lisburn’s most beautiful parks,” he concluded.

Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter is encouraging everyone to come along to the event: “This festival is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Ulster–Scots culture. The range of attractions and activities means that we can all come together and celebrate this culture in a fun and relaxing way. The event is part of the Council’s ‘Park Life’ programme of free events, based in Wallace Park. It is the perfect backdrop for Lisburn’s Forgaitherin and I hope everyone will come along and enjoy everything that is Ulster–Scots.”

Gillian Pearson from the Ulster–Scots Agency said: “Ulster–Scots is much more than a language and an event like Lisburn’s Forgaitherin will show locals and visitors what the culture means to Ulster and how the traditions have become mainstream in our everyday lives. The Ulster–Scots Agency is proud to support Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival and in doing so will promote an understanding of the history of Ulster–Scots.”

Leading up to the event look out for ‘Wallace’, a brave Scotsman who will be making his way around Lisburn and beyond. Follow his journey on facebook (visitlisburn) and join him on Saturday 10th August at Wallace Park for Lisburn’s Forgaitherin.

For further information on Lisburn’s Forgaitherin Festival go to: visitlisburn.com or contact the Tourist Information Centres in Lisburn or Hillsborough.

 

Caption: Pictured (l–r) are ‘Wallace’; Ms Gillian Pearson, Ulster Scots Agency; Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee; Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee; Kathryn Boyde, Tara and Zoe Kennedy.

 

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Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:35:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/LISBURNS-FORGAITHERIN--WILL-YE-BE-THAIR.php
<![CDATA[ The summer will really get into swing at the castle]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/The-summer-will-really-get-into-swing-at-the-castle.php Unique Event Music and Lisburn City Council are delighted to announce Summer Swing ‘13 – a summer picnic prom concert in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on Sunday the 11th of August in support of Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

The concert will feature Peter Corry and guest vocalist Jenny Howe accompanied by the 17 piece Paul Eshelby Big Band whose members include some of the UK’s top session players. Many of whom feature on the sound tracks of the James Bond Films/Strictly Come Dancing TV programme etc.

The musical programme will feature the songs made famous by Michel Buble, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald & Nina Simone and favourite Big Band hits from band leaders such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie & Benny Goodman.
Hugh Carslaw MD of Unique Event Music said: “Summer Swing 2013 is a musical tribute to the songs and music of the Big Band Era. I can think of no finer vocalist to pay tribute to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett than Peter Corry and I look forward to working with him again on this concert project. Paul Eshelby is at the very top of his profession as a jazz and swing specialist and I am delighted to see him perform with a swing band which includes the crème de la crème of the UK’s session musicians.

Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Lisburn City Council Economic Development Committee said: ‘Lisburn City Council is delighted to work with the organisers of the Hillsborough Castle Summer Swing Prom, bringing yet another high profile event to the Council area. Hillsborough Castle is an ideal venue for this proposal quality line up of performers. I would hope the public support this new initiative by purchasing tickets early.’

The timing of the event coincides with the end of the World Police and Fire Games (10th August) and offers an opportunity to these visitors to Northern Ireland to enjoy a top class musical event in the stunning grounds of Hillsborough Castle–one of N.I.’s most beautiful and historic venues. And with the opportunity to ‘Bring Your Own’ picnic and refreshments or to avail of the delicacies of Mourne Seafood or a drink from The Plough, Hillsborough who will both be on site, Summer Swing ‘13 promises to be a great day out.

The concert will run from 2pm to 6pm. Gates open at 12–30. A Park and Ride service will be available from the Maze car parking facility £2.50 pp (adults only).  No glass, bottles or barbeques will be allowed on site.

Tickets are priced:

Adults £22.50, Children 6–17 inclusive £7.50, Children 5 & under go free.

To Book Tickets:

Grand Opera House Box office – Tel: 028 9024 1919, www.goh.co.uk

Lagan Valley Island, Tel: 028 9250 9254 www.tickets.lisburncity.gov.uk 

Hugh Carslaw
Unique Event Music
Tel: 07778 705 070

Email: info@uniqueeventmusic.com

Web: www.summerswing.co.uk

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Unique Event Music and Lisburn City Council are delighted to announce Summer Swing ‘13 – a summer picnic prom concert in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on Sunday the 11th of August in support of Northern Ireland Hospice and Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke.

The concert will feature Peter Corry and guest vocalist Jenny Howe accompanied by the 17 piece Paul Eshelby Big Band whose members include some of the UK’s top session players. Many of whom feature on the sound tracks of the James Bond Films/Strictly Come Dancing TV programme etc.

The musical programme will feature the songs made famous by Michel Buble, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald & Nina Simone and favourite Big Band hits from band leaders such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie & Benny Goodman.
Hugh Carslaw MD of Unique Event Music said: “Summer Swing 2013 is a musical tribute to the songs and music of the Big Band Era. I can think of no finer vocalist to pay tribute to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett than Peter Corry and I look forward to working with him again on this concert project. Paul Eshelby is at the very top of his profession as a jazz and swing specialist and I am delighted to see him perform with a swing band which includes the crème de la crème of the UK’s session musicians.

Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of the Lisburn City Council Economic Development Committee said: ‘Lisburn City Council is delighted to work with the organisers of the Hillsborough Castle Summer Swing Prom, bringing yet another high profile event to the Council area. Hillsborough Castle is an ideal venue for this proposal quality line up of performers. I would hope the public support this new initiative by purchasing tickets early.’

The timing of the event coincides with the end of the World Police and Fire Games (10th August) and offers an opportunity to these visitors to Northern Ireland to enjoy a top class musical event in the stunning grounds of Hillsborough Castle–one of N.I.’s most beautiful and historic venues. And with the opportunity to ‘Bring Your Own’ picnic and refreshments or to avail of the delicacies of Mourne Seafood or a drink from The Plough, Hillsborough who will both be on site, Summer Swing ‘13 promises to be a great day out.

The concert will run from 2pm to 6pm. Gates open at 12–30. A Park and Ride service will be available from the Maze car parking facility £2.50 pp (adults only).  No glass, bottles or barbeques will be allowed on site.

Tickets are priced:

Adults £22.50, Children 6–17 inclusive £7.50, Children 5 & under go free.

To Book Tickets:

Grand Opera House Box office – Tel: 028 9024 1919, www.goh.co.uk

Lagan Valley Island, Tel: 028 9250 9254 www.tickets.lisburncity.gov.uk 

Hugh Carslaw
Unique Event Music
Tel: 07778 705 070

Email: info@uniqueeventmusic.com

Web: www.summerswing.co.uk

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Mon, 08 Jul 2013 14:39:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/The-summer-will-really-get-into-swing-at-the-castle.php
<![CDATA[ August Event features Atlantic Campaign]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/August-Event-features-Atlantic-Campaign.php The North Atlantic, during centuries of grim weather and warfare, has earned a fierce reputation. For the past 70 years, however, at least the guns have been relatively silent, and to mark that milestone the Ulster Aviation Society is holding a special event on Aug. 24.

We’re opening our hangar doors—and much more—to the public to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. And though the struggle didn’t end until 1945, the year 1943 was a turning point in that campaign, the longest one of the Second World War.

“Northern Ireland was a major naval support base on this side of the convoy routes,” said Raymond Burrows, chairman of the UAS. “As well, the Allied air bases here were the main centre for aerial reconnaissance and attacks against German u–boats and aircraft which were stalking those convoys.”

And, though more than 60,000 Allied seamen died in that long battle, the society sees the eventual victory as a cause for celebration, as well as an opportunity to mark the sacrifice paid by combatants on both sides, he added.

“We hope to have present at least one veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic,” said Mr. Burrows. “These survivors went through their own kind of terrible trials, never knowing from one convoy to another whether a torpedo or bomb had their name on it. This is our chance to say thanks for the sacrifices made by so many.”

The society will have on display its impressive collection of 16 aircraft—including a combat veteran of World War II, in the shape of a Grumman Wildcat fighter aircraft under restoration. Fighters of this type played a crucial rôle in thwarting the German submarines, which had sunk hundreds of ships up to the spring of 1943, when new technology and techniques tipped the scales in the Allies’ favour.

Subject to weather, visitors will see a helicopter fly–in, as well as a wide assortment of military vehicles and displays dating back to World War II—including a special display featuring the Battle of the Atlantic. As well, the Swing Gals will be on stage in uniforms from that era to present music from the time as well as more contemporary tunes. It’s a family day above all, with a free bouncy slide for the children, the chance to sit in the cockpit of a real jet fighter, or have a photo taken in one of our ejection seats.

Refreshments and snack food will be available as well.

The Society will roll out its Buccaneer strike aircraft to regularly demonstrate its folding wings, retract its undercarriage and show off a few other flight–deck moves it made half a century ago when serving aboard aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy.
The Open Day is sponsored by several business organisations, and through a £1,000 grant from Lisburn City Council.

UAS vice–chairman and aviation historian Guy Warner has welcomed the city’s gesture, noting that it bodes well for a solid relationship in the years to come between the council and the Society’s Aviation Heritage Centre.

“We are delighted to receive this generous grant support, and look forward to further cooperation with the Council as we continue to develop this unique visitor attraction,” he said.

The entrance gate to the Maze/Long Kesh site will be open from 12.30 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. The entrance fee is £5 per adult and there’s plenty of on–site parking. Children get in free, and most on–site activities are free.

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The North Atlantic, during centuries of grim weather and warfare, has earned a fierce reputation. For the past 70 years, however, at least the guns have been relatively silent, and to mark that milestone the Ulster Aviation Society is holding a special event on Aug. 24.

We’re opening our hangar doors—and much more—to the public to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory in the Battle of the Atlantic. And though the struggle didn’t end until 1945, the year 1943 was a turning point in that campaign, the longest one of the Second World War.

“Northern Ireland was a major naval support base on this side of the convoy routes,” said Raymond Burrows, chairman of the UAS. “As well, the Allied air bases here were the main centre for aerial reconnaissance and attacks against German u–boats and aircraft which were stalking those convoys.”

And, though more than 60,000 Allied seamen died in that long battle, the society sees the eventual victory as a cause for celebration, as well as an opportunity to mark the sacrifice paid by combatants on both sides, he added.

“We hope to have present at least one veteran of the Battle of the Atlantic,” said Mr. Burrows. “These survivors went through their own kind of terrible trials, never knowing from one convoy to another whether a torpedo or bomb had their name on it. This is our chance to say thanks for the sacrifices made by so many.”

The society will have on display its impressive collection of 16 aircraft—including a combat veteran of World War II, in the shape of a Grumman Wildcat fighter aircraft under restoration. Fighters of this type played a crucial rôle in thwarting the German submarines, which had sunk hundreds of ships up to the spring of 1943, when new technology and techniques tipped the scales in the Allies’ favour.

Subject to weather, visitors will see a helicopter fly–in, as well as a wide assortment of military vehicles and displays dating back to World War II—including a special display featuring the Battle of the Atlantic. As well, the Swing Gals will be on stage in uniforms from that era to present music from the time as well as more contemporary tunes. It’s a family day above all, with a free bouncy slide for the children, the chance to sit in the cockpit of a real jet fighter, or have a photo taken in one of our ejection seats.

Refreshments and snack food will be available as well.

The Society will roll out its Buccaneer strike aircraft to regularly demonstrate its folding wings, retract its undercarriage and show off a few other flight–deck moves it made half a century ago when serving aboard aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy.
The Open Day is sponsored by several business organisations, and through a £1,000 grant from Lisburn City Council.

UAS vice–chairman and aviation historian Guy Warner has welcomed the city’s gesture, noting that it bodes well for a solid relationship in the years to come between the council and the Society’s Aviation Heritage Centre.

“We are delighted to receive this generous grant support, and look forward to further cooperation with the Council as we continue to develop this unique visitor attraction,” he said.

The entrance gate to the Maze/Long Kesh site will be open from 12.30 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 24. The entrance fee is £5 per adult and there’s plenty of on–site parking. Children get in free, and most on–site activities are free.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:47:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/07/August-Event-features-Atlantic-Campaign.php
<![CDATA[ Park Life offers FREE Family Fun Days every Saturday and Sunday in Wallace Park ]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Park-Life-offers-FREE-Family-Fun-Days-every-Saturday-and-Sunday-in-Wallace-Park-.php Wallace Park will become a hive of activity this summer with the launch of its third year of highly successful Park Life Free Family Fun Days, which will take place every Saturday and Sunday in July and August.

This Saturday 29th July will kick off with Circus Circus and children are encouraged to come along dressed up in their favourite fancy dress costumes to join with fabulous Wizard of Oz characters including Dorothy in a yellow–brick road parade. There will also be bouncy castles, street theatre, trapeze artists and face painting in the beautiful surroundings of Wallace Park.

Each week the Park Life weekend entertainment will be featured on the Lisburn City Council website and will include details on treats just waiting to be discovered by children, such as the very popular Mr Hullabaloo with his amazing puppets and special appearances from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There will also be a large–scale Ulster Scots culture event, named the Forgaitherin, with music, teenage zone street art, culture and dance in August. A Mini Sports Festival in Lisburn City’s year as a designated European City of Sport will also feature in the busy calendar of events for Park Life.

There will be bands playing in the park every Sunday from around the local City area, including Bailliesmills Accordion Band, Drumlough Pipe Band, Magheragall Pipe Band, Lisburn Young Defenders and the Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe Band. Newly formed band, Dynamic Brass, will also take centre stage for the first time in Wallace Park.

The Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Wallace Park is looking the best it has ever looked and it’s wonderful to see so many people out and about and enjoying its surroundings. I hope to see many families with mums and dads, grandparents and aunts and uncles come together with the young children in the family to be entertained over the summer months.

“We are delighted to put on a bigger, better and fuller Park Life programme this summer for our citizens. We have really tried to bring new, exciting and creative acts and entertainment to Wallace Park and to encourage children and young people to join in this shared space and get involved in the fun.

“I would encourage everyone to get a copy of the Park Life leaflet or check out the Lisburn City Council website to see all the exciting activities on offer this summer and to plan ahead,” he said.

Park Life events will take place every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 1st September.

A Park Life leaflet providing full information is available from Council facilities and on–line at www.lisburncity.gov.uk

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Wallace Park will become a hive of activity this summer with the launch of its third year of highly successful Park Life Free Family Fun Days, which will take place every Saturday and Sunday in July and August.

This Saturday 29th July will kick off with Circus Circus and children are encouraged to come along dressed up in their favourite fancy dress costumes to join with fabulous Wizard of Oz characters including Dorothy in a yellow–brick road parade. There will also be bouncy castles, street theatre, trapeze artists and face painting in the beautiful surroundings of Wallace Park.

Each week the Park Life weekend entertainment will be featured on the Lisburn City Council website and will include details on treats just waiting to be discovered by children, such as the very popular Mr Hullabaloo with his amazing puppets and special appearances from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There will also be a large–scale Ulster Scots culture event, named the Forgaitherin, with music, teenage zone street art, culture and dance in August. A Mini Sports Festival in Lisburn City’s year as a designated European City of Sport will also feature in the busy calendar of events for Park Life.

There will be bands playing in the park every Sunday from around the local City area, including Bailliesmills Accordion Band, Drumlough Pipe Band, Magheragall Pipe Band, Lisburn Young Defenders and the Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe Band. Newly formed band, Dynamic Brass, will also take centre stage for the first time in Wallace Park.

The Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “Wallace Park is looking the best it has ever looked and it’s wonderful to see so many people out and about and enjoying its surroundings. I hope to see many families with mums and dads, grandparents and aunts and uncles come together with the young children in the family to be entertained over the summer months.

“We are delighted to put on a bigger, better and fuller Park Life programme this summer for our citizens. We have really tried to bring new, exciting and creative acts and entertainment to Wallace Park and to encourage children and young people to join in this shared space and get involved in the fun.

“I would encourage everyone to get a copy of the Park Life leaflet or check out the Lisburn City Council website to see all the exciting activities on offer this summer and to plan ahead,” he said.

Park Life events will take place every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 29th June to Sunday 1st September.

A Park Life leaflet providing full information is available from Council facilities and on–line at www.lisburncity.gov.uk

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Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:09:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Park-Life-offers-FREE-Family-Fun-Days-every-Saturday-and-Sunday-in-Wallace-Park-.php
<![CDATA[ Whitemountain & District Community Association]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Whitemountain-and-District-Community-Association.php Whitemountain & District Community Association met the Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leatham on Tuesday night as part of their series of summer events. The Mayor gave the group an interesting insight into the council’s operation, historical items of significance within the Civic Centre and what the future might hold for the Whitemountain area under the proposed council boundary changes.

One of the highlights of the evening was the launch by the association of a tourism initiative called The Limestone Way and a tidy up campaign for Belshaw’s Quarry which is a key nationally recognised feature in the area.

The ‘Meet The Mayor’ event was initiated after an invite by the Mayor to the association at the end of his term of office and to commemorate what was the Mayor’s last community reception it was a fitting opportunity for the Mayor to help launch the summer initiatives.

Chairperson of the association Liam Doyle commented “We had been hoping for a successful application via the Lagan Rural Partnership scheme for additional tourism signage in the area but when that fell through we decided to take matters into our own hands and create a flyer on a set of features that we have ‘branded’ as The Limestone Way.

The Meet The Mayor event on Tuesday night presented us a great opportunity to launch a leaflet on The Limestone Way which we hope will be distributed via Lisburn City Council Tourism Development office. This leaflet builds on the tourism map for Lisburn launched at the World Travel Market in London last November which now includes Belshaws quarry.

Also at the launch event was Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, who said “it is great to see the Whitemountain and District Community Association develop the new Limestone Way for interested visitors to the area. There is significant geological features to be found within this community just a stones thrown away from the Lisburn City. The leaflet is also a welcome addition for locals to be better informed about their area of scenic beauty and conservation interest”.

Liam further commented “The main focus of The Limestone Way initiative will be Belshaws Quarry which is classed by BMap as a National Nature Reserve, mostly for it’s unique geological features. Professional geologists have identified the site as unique in Europe in many respects and as such we thought it worth being promoted better than at present. Along with a BMap recognised Site of Local Nature Conservation Interest , or SLNCI, just up the road and other links with the Ulster White Limestone we created the idea of linking all ten features together into The Limestone Way.

Tuesday night also gave an opportunity to launch a multi–event day in August when the public can hear about the site at a visit by professional geologists, take part in a litter pick, and also hear the acoustics of the venue when we hope to have a choral society along to make the three hour event a memorable one. More details will be announced in the incoming weeks, assuming our annual grant application is successful with the city council for some funding for our association.

The Limestone Way leaflet production costs have already been secured though at our recent year end meeting when the committee voted to release funds for the design, print and circulation of leaflets on the project.

We are also very grateful to The Ulster Star for public announcements such as this. Our website www.whitemountain.org.uk is also available where anyone with an interest in the events or the association can get more details.”

The Little Green Allotments which is the newest business initiative in the area also announced that their venue was now available for the group to hold their meetings at and hopefully joint projects will come from that throughout the twelve months ahead.

Whitemountain & District Community Association aims to help connect together residents of the rural areas bounded by Sheepwalk Rd, Pond Park Rd, Beanstown, Glenavy Rd and Whinney Hill in the townlands of the Whitemountain, Aghnahough, Beanstown, Ballyclough and surrounding areas just North of the city.”

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Whitemountain & District Community Association met the Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leatham on Tuesday night as part of their series of summer events. The Mayor gave the group an interesting insight into the council’s operation, historical items of significance within the Civic Centre and what the future might hold for the Whitemountain area under the proposed council boundary changes.

One of the highlights of the evening was the launch by the association of a tourism initiative called The Limestone Way and a tidy up campaign for Belshaw’s Quarry which is a key nationally recognised feature in the area.

The ‘Meet The Mayor’ event was initiated after an invite by the Mayor to the association at the end of his term of office and to commemorate what was the Mayor’s last community reception it was a fitting opportunity for the Mayor to help launch the summer initiatives.

Chairperson of the association Liam Doyle commented “We had been hoping for a successful application via the Lagan Rural Partnership scheme for additional tourism signage in the area but when that fell through we decided to take matters into our own hands and create a flyer on a set of features that we have ‘branded’ as The Limestone Way.

The Meet The Mayor event on Tuesday night presented us a great opportunity to launch a leaflet on The Limestone Way which we hope will be distributed via Lisburn City Council Tourism Development office. This leaflet builds on the tourism map for Lisburn launched at the World Travel Market in London last November which now includes Belshaws quarry.

Also at the launch event was Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, who said “it is great to see the Whitemountain and District Community Association develop the new Limestone Way for interested visitors to the area. There is significant geological features to be found within this community just a stones thrown away from the Lisburn City. The leaflet is also a welcome addition for locals to be better informed about their area of scenic beauty and conservation interest”.

Liam further commented “The main focus of The Limestone Way initiative will be Belshaws Quarry which is classed by BMap as a National Nature Reserve, mostly for it’s unique geological features. Professional geologists have identified the site as unique in Europe in many respects and as such we thought it worth being promoted better than at present. Along with a BMap recognised Site of Local Nature Conservation Interest , or SLNCI, just up the road and other links with the Ulster White Limestone we created the idea of linking all ten features together into The Limestone Way.

Tuesday night also gave an opportunity to launch a multi–event day in August when the public can hear about the site at a visit by professional geologists, take part in a litter pick, and also hear the acoustics of the venue when we hope to have a choral society along to make the three hour event a memorable one. More details will be announced in the incoming weeks, assuming our annual grant application is successful with the city council for some funding for our association.

The Limestone Way leaflet production costs have already been secured though at our recent year end meeting when the committee voted to release funds for the design, print and circulation of leaflets on the project.

We are also very grateful to The Ulster Star for public announcements such as this. Our website www.whitemountain.org.uk is also available where anyone with an interest in the events or the association can get more details.”

The Little Green Allotments which is the newest business initiative in the area also announced that their venue was now available for the group to hold their meetings at and hopefully joint projects will come from that throughout the twelve months ahead.

Whitemountain & District Community Association aims to help connect together residents of the rural areas bounded by Sheepwalk Rd, Pond Park Rd, Beanstown, Glenavy Rd and Whinney Hill in the townlands of the Whitemountain, Aghnahough, Beanstown, Ballyclough and surrounding areas just North of the city.”

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Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:50:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Whitemountain-and-District-Community-Association.php
<![CDATA[ Lisburn Tourist Accommodation Celebrates Achieving WorldHost Customer Service Award]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Lisburn-Tourist-Accommodation-Celebrates-Achieving-WorldHost-Customer-Service-Award.php Nine local Lisburn self catering accommodation businesses have become the latest organisations in Northern Ireland to be awarded the national WorldHost Recognised Business Status for their commitment to customer service.

Owners of Dunhill Cottage, Flatfield House and Clock Tower Self Catering, Heatherfield Hall, Clenbelle B&B, the Coach House, Clintagh Cottage, Richmond Coaches, Good Cottages and Ballycanal Manor were presented with their WorldHost certificates at Good Cottages in Ballinderry on 8th May by Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

Also in attendance were Mr Sammy Gamble, Department for Employment and Learning; Mr Duncan McCausland and Ms Seaneen McGrady from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The World Host Trainer is Ms Lynda Willis.

WorldHost Recognised Business Status is awarded to businesses that have trained 50% or more of their front line staff through the WorldHost Customer Service training programme and who have signed a commitment to delivering excellent customer service.

The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, said: “I wish to offer my warmest congratulations to these organisations on receiving this accreditation. With customer expectations of a high standard of service, local businesses need to ensure the services that they provide not only meet but surpass expectations.

“I have no doubt that customer satisfaction is right on the top of each businesses’ agenda in the tourism and business industry”.

“In such a competitive industry I am keen to see Lisburn based accommodation providers seize every opportunity possible to enhance their customer service offer which is so very important” he concluded.

Sammy Gamble from the Department for Employment and Learning added “

“I welcome that these businesses in the Lisburn area are taking the opportunity to avail of the internationally recognised Worldhost Customer Service programme which DEL funds. WorldHost has clearly demonstrated how Government is working together through successful collaborative partnerships to ensure support is available for business to deliver excellent customer service.

With nearly 6000 employees already successfully trained, it is clear that this programme delivers for employers and we look forward to continuing participation in the Lisburn area.” ”

The WorldHost programme is being rolled out in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, People 1st, and the Department for Employment and Learning in order to help businesses gain a competitive edge and position Northern Ireland as a world–class tourist destination.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries that employ fewer than 250 employees may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department for Employment and Learning funded package for WorldHost customer service training.

Future WorldHost courses are planned for the Lisburn Area.

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Nine local Lisburn self catering accommodation businesses have become the latest organisations in Northern Ireland to be awarded the national WorldHost Recognised Business Status for their commitment to customer service.

Owners of Dunhill Cottage, Flatfield House and Clock Tower Self Catering, Heatherfield Hall, Clenbelle B&B, the Coach House, Clintagh Cottage, Richmond Coaches, Good Cottages and Ballycanal Manor were presented with their WorldHost certificates at Good Cottages in Ballinderry on 8th May by Alderman Jim Dillon, Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Economic Development Committee.

Also in attendance were Mr Sammy Gamble, Department for Employment and Learning; Mr Duncan McCausland and Ms Seaneen McGrady from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. The World Host Trainer is Ms Lynda Willis.

WorldHost Recognised Business Status is awarded to businesses that have trained 50% or more of their front line staff through the WorldHost Customer Service training programme and who have signed a commitment to delivering excellent customer service.

The Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, said: “I wish to offer my warmest congratulations to these organisations on receiving this accreditation. With customer expectations of a high standard of service, local businesses need to ensure the services that they provide not only meet but surpass expectations.

“I have no doubt that customer satisfaction is right on the top of each businesses’ agenda in the tourism and business industry”.

“In such a competitive industry I am keen to see Lisburn based accommodation providers seize every opportunity possible to enhance their customer service offer which is so very important” he concluded.

Sammy Gamble from the Department for Employment and Learning added “

“I welcome that these businesses in the Lisburn area are taking the opportunity to avail of the internationally recognised Worldhost Customer Service programme which DEL funds. WorldHost has clearly demonstrated how Government is working together through successful collaborative partnerships to ensure support is available for business to deliver excellent customer service.

With nearly 6000 employees already successfully trained, it is clear that this programme delivers for employers and we look forward to continuing participation in the Lisburn area.” ”

The WorldHost programme is being rolled out in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in partnership with the Sector Skills Council, People 1st, and the Department for Employment and Learning in order to help businesses gain a competitive edge and position Northern Ireland as a world–class tourist destination.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries that employ fewer than 250 employees may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department for Employment and Learning funded package for WorldHost customer service training.

Future WorldHost courses are planned for the Lisburn Area.

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Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:26:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/06/Lisburn-Tourist-Accommodation-Celebrates-Achieving-WorldHost-Customer-Service-Award.php
<![CDATA[ LISBURN CITY COUNCIL’S QUEEN’S CORONATION UNIFORMED PARADE TO TAKE PLACE 2ND JUNE]]> http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/05/LISBURN-CITY-COUNCILS-QUEENS-CORONATION-UNIFORMED-PARADE-TO-TAKE-PLACE-2ND-JUNE.php A Uniformed Organisations Parade and open air Service will take place in Lisburn City this Sunday 2nd June. The parade has been organised in honour of the
coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and to celebrate her continued reign over 60 years.

The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem will be taking part in the parade and is keen that people come out to see this special event and support those taking part in it. The Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, OBE, will also be in attendance.

A host of Uniformed Organisations, from across the Lisburn area will participate and these include the Girl’s Brigade, the Boy’s Brigade, Girl Guides, the Scouts, Church Lads Brigade and Church Girls Brigade.

The Parade will be led by a number of bands to include the Symington Memorial Silver and Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe Band. Other bands are: Ballycoan Flute, Bailliesmills Accordion, Ballylesson Old Boys, 17th Belfast BB and Lisburn Young Defenders. It will leave Wallace Park at 2.45pm via the Park’s Magheralave Road Entrance and continue along Railway Street into Castle Street, where the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Joan Christie, will take the salute. The Parade will then continue along Seymour Street to the Belfast Road, re–entering Wallace Park at the main entrance.

Car parking for the uniformed organisations taking part is as follows:

Boy’s Brigade, Wallace High School car park
Girl’s Brigade, Forthill Integrated School car park
Church Lads Brigade and Church Girls Brigade, Masonic Hall, Belsize Road car park
The Scouts, Wallace High School car park
Girl Guides, Seymour Street Methodist Church car park

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children are safely dropped off at Wallace Park and collected afterwards.

The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, said: “I have written to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wishing her many congratulations on her 60–year reign and on the anniversary of her coronation. There will be individuals taking part in the parade on the 2nd June who also paraded in Lisburn in 1953 at the time of the Queen’s Coronation and we are delighted to welcome them and create our own little piece of history.

“The whole idea for this event began when I was treated to a viewing of a video made back in 1953 when the then young Queen Elizabeth visited Lisburn. I saw the video last year around the time of the Diamond Jubilee events in Lisburn. A number of uniformed organisations came together back in 1953 and celebrated the newly crowned Queen with a parade in Wallace Park and a Fun Day was also held. I then decided that it would be fitting to do it all again some 60 years on and of course we want as many people as possible to participate and turn out and see the parade.

 

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In Wallace Park in advance of the Lisburn City Council organised Queen’s Coronation Uniformed Parade to take place in Lisburn and Wallace Park on 2nd June is (l–r) Kerri Nelson, Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Sgt. Andrew Kelly, BB; Casey Thompson, Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Phillip Nelson, Captain Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Paul McCarroll, BB; Cllr Thomas Beckett; Cllr Uel Mackin; Alderman James Tinsely, all Working Group Members; Mr Francis Beckett, Chief Marshall for the Parade and the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem.

 

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A Uniformed Organisations Parade and open air Service will take place in Lisburn City this Sunday 2nd June. The parade has been organised in honour of the
coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and to celebrate her continued reign over 60 years.

The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem will be taking part in the parade and is keen that people come out to see this special event and support those taking part in it. The Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, OBE, will also be in attendance.

A host of Uniformed Organisations, from across the Lisburn area will participate and these include the Girl’s Brigade, the Boy’s Brigade, Girl Guides, the Scouts, Church Lads Brigade and Church Girls Brigade.

The Parade will be led by a number of bands to include the Symington Memorial Silver and Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe Band. Other bands are: Ballycoan Flute, Bailliesmills Accordion, Ballylesson Old Boys, 17th Belfast BB and Lisburn Young Defenders. It will leave Wallace Park at 2.45pm via the Park’s Magheralave Road Entrance and continue along Railway Street into Castle Street, where the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Joan Christie, will take the salute. The Parade will then continue along Seymour Street to the Belfast Road, re–entering Wallace Park at the main entrance.

Car parking for the uniformed organisations taking part is as follows:

Boy’s Brigade, Wallace High School car park
Girl’s Brigade, Forthill Integrated School car park
Church Lads Brigade and Church Girls Brigade, Masonic Hall, Belsize Road car park
The Scouts, Wallace High School car park
Girl Guides, Seymour Street Methodist Church car park

It is the responsibility of parents to ensure children are safely dropped off at Wallace Park and collected afterwards.

The Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, said: “I have written to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wishing her many congratulations on her 60–year reign and on the anniversary of her coronation. There will be individuals taking part in the parade on the 2nd June who also paraded in Lisburn in 1953 at the time of the Queen’s Coronation and we are delighted to welcome them and create our own little piece of history.

“The whole idea for this event began when I was treated to a viewing of a video made back in 1953 when the then young Queen Elizabeth visited Lisburn. I saw the video last year around the time of the Diamond Jubilee events in Lisburn. A number of uniformed organisations came together back in 1953 and celebrated the newly crowned Queen with a parade in Wallace Park and a Fun Day was also held. I then decided that it would be fitting to do it all again some 60 years on and of course we want as many people as possible to participate and turn out and see the parade.

 

Caption
In Wallace Park in advance of the Lisburn City Council organised Queen’s Coronation Uniformed Parade to take place in Lisburn and Wallace Park on 2nd June is (l–r) Kerri Nelson, Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Sgt. Andrew Kelly, BB; Casey Thompson, Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Phillip Nelson, Captain Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade; Paul McCarroll, BB; Cllr Thomas Beckett; Cllr Uel Mackin; Alderman James Tinsely, all Working Group Members; Mr Francis Beckett, Chief Marshall for the Parade and the Mayor, Alderman William Leathem.

 

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Wed, 22 May 2013 10:38:00 GMT http://www.visitlisburn.com/news/2013/05/LISBURN-CITY-COUNCILS-QUEENS-CORONATION-UNIFORMED-PARADE-TO-TAKE-PLACE-2ND-JUNE.php