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A musical start to married life


26 July 2011

With wedding season in full swing, it is unsurprising that one lucky couple celebrated their love in a wedding ceremony at The Meeting House, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra on Friday 22 July.  But their wedding wasn’t any ordinary affair, instead the surprise came when the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) sang throughout the service, giving a performance that Whoopi Goldberg would have been proud of!

Rejoicing in happiness, love and the fullness of life is the BCGC’s forte, so it was only fitting that they graced the stage to celebrate the special day.  The choir’s repertoire included ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jackson Five, ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Little Help From My Friends’ by the Beatles and well-loved classics such as ‘I’ll Be There’ ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’.  Singing with power and energy, the choir created a dynamic vocal performance of some of the greatest soul and gospel songs ever written, and certainly ever performed at a wedding!

Founded in 2009, the choir is made up of 80 auditioned singers and has enjoyed success with many sell out concerts across Northern Ireland. Led by charismatic musical director and choir founder, Marie Lacey, members take great pride in the fact that the group is completely multicultural and cross community.  

Marie said: “BCGC is committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and what better way to celebrate this than at one of the happiest events of a lifetime – a wedding.  The choir is made up with all ages, both genders and many cultures and walks of life are represented in our choir so we have something to appeal to everyone, be it the groom’s two year old niece to the bride’s 90 year old granny – everyone enjoyed themselves!  We were simply honoured to be part of the big day and we wish the couple a lifetime of happiness.  Hopefully they will look back together in 50 years’ time and remember our performance with fondness.”

With wedding season in full swing, it is unsurprising that one lucky couple celebrated their love in a wedding ceremony at The Meeting House, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra on Friday 22 July.  But their wedding wasn’t any ordinary affair, instead the surprise came when the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) sang throughout the service, giving a performance that Whoopi Goldberg would have been proud of!
Rejoicing in happiness, love and the fullness of life is the BCGC’s forte, so it was only fitting that they graced the stage to celebrate the special day.  The choir’s repertoire included ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jackson Five, ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Little Help From My Friends’ by the Beatles and well-loved classics such as ‘I’ll Be There’ ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Oh Happy Day’.  Singing with power and energy, the choir created a dynamic vocal performance of some of the greatest soul and gospel songs ever written, and certainly ever performed at a wedding!
Founded in 2009, the choir is made up of 80 auditioned singers and has enjoyed success with many sell out concerts across Northern Ireland. Led by charismatic musical director and choir founder, Marie Lacey, members take great pride in the fact that the group is completely multicultural and cross community.  
Marie said: “BCGC is committed to performing music that carries the message of love, joy and peace and what better way to celebrate this than at one of the happiest events of a lifetime – a wedding.  The choir is made up with all ages, both genders and many cultures and walks of life are represented in our choir so we have something to appeal to everyone, be it the groom’s two year old niece to the bride’s 90 year old granny – everyone enjoyed themselves!  We were simply honoured to be part of the big day and we wish the couple a lifetime of happiness.  Hopefully they will look back together in 50 years’ time and remember our performance with fondness.”With wedding season in full swing, it is unsurprising that one lucky couple celebrated their love in a wedding ceremony at The Meeting House, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra on Friday 22 July.  But their wedding wasn’t any ordinary affair, instead the surprise came when the Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC) sang throughout the service, giving a performance that Whoopi Goldberg would have been proud o

WHO WILL BE A BLUSH-ING BRIDE?


19 July 2011

The search to find the Face of Blush continues in its fourth year as chic designer wedding shop Blush, on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, seeks to find the face of its advertising campaign for 2012.
The gorgeous Helen McAleer, who judges most felt encaptured the essence of the Blush brand, was the lucky lady to take the title last year and had her dreams come true with a stunning wedding, proving how successful the amazing campaign has been. Speaking about her win she said, 'I still can’t believe it, I had such a special year, not only did I fulfill my dreams by becoming Mick’s wife, but becoming the Face of Blush was such a special and exciting experience. The whole thing was wonderful - from meeting all the other blushing brides, to winning the competition and feeling like a princess. The photo-shoot and advertising campaigns were amazing, getting to see myself in the glossy magazines was something I had never imagined. Blush made all my dreams come true, I can’t thank Aileen and the team enough. I still pinch myself when I see the ad campaign on the store window. '
The prestigious competition offers prizes including a designer bridal gown and a mother-of-the-bride outfit from Blush Boutique, professional hair styling from top stylist Ruairi Curran at Blue Hairdressing and make up by the wonderful Caoimhe Curran. New additions to the prize list this coming year include teeth whitening and one facial aesthetic procedure by expert Martina Collins for either the mother of bride or the bride herself as well as the use of luxurious wedding cars for the winner on her big day. The icing on the prize cake -  for most – is the professional shoot with photographer extraordinaire Khara Pringle who will transform the winner into a blushing bride for the Blush advertising campaign across the country.
Owner of Blush, Aileen Wilson said 'We can’t believe we are in our fourth year, we have had such a fantastic and positive response every time and it seems to be getting stronger with each year. The hardest part is choosing the perfect bride to take the title as so many girls could easily win. Helen was a great Face of Blush in 2011 - we felt that her warm, friendly and glowing persona represented everything a Blush bride should be. We’re not looking for models, we’re simply looking for brides who just beam with happiness and should epitomise everything a Blush bride should be. She doesn’t have to be young nor super glamorous either – many of our customers are slightly older and are tying the knot for a second time, so this year I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for those kinds of brides too.'
Aileen continued, 'We are so pleased to be able to offer such an extensive prize package for our Face of Blush and we’ve added a new and totally different prize this year with the beauty treatments by Martina Collins. The competition really does offer the main elements needed for a dream wedding, including the all-important gown. Most of all, we just want our Blush brides to feel amazing on their big day!'
If your wedding date is set for 2012 and if want to have the chance of seeing yourself as the Face of Blush simply call into Blush Boutique on the Lisburn Road or visit the website at www.blushboutique.co.uk. Entrants must be genuine brides getting married in 2012. Closing date is 30th November 2011.

La Revolucion del Burrito! Boojum Offers Mexican Heaven with Free Burritos on 9 July


07 July 2011

Boojum, Belfast’s most popular Mexican restaurant, is offering the hungry people of the city free burritos this Saturday, 09 July 2011, as a thank you for their loyal support.  The Free Burrito Day marks the end of a hugely popular race to the highest number of ‘likes’ between the Belfast and Dublin stores on Facebook, with the northern fan page winning the contest and bagging free grub. 

The fresh Mexican burrito bar began the campaign back in May, to encourage people throughout Ireland to join the Burrito Revolution.  Since then, the competition has been hotter than a jalapeno, with Belfast coming from behind to beat Dublin by over 900 votes therefore securing the prize of tasty tortillas wrapped around fillings such as cheese, chicken, beans, lettuce, salsa and guacamole.   

Husband and wife team, John and Karen Blisard, opened the first Boojum in December 2007.  After moving from America to Ireland and searching unsuccessfully to find a satisfactory Mexican restaurant, the American husband and Northern Irish wife took the plunge to open their own.  The business soon expanded to Dublin where, to mark the launch of the new store a free burrito day saw over 750 burritos served in just six hours.  

John masterminded the social media campaign and explains, “Using Facebook was a fun way to create awareness of our brand, while also introducing a little friendly competition between Belfast and Dublin.  Social media relates to Boojum’s target market; it's how they communicate and share information, so it made sense to devise a marketing campaign around it.  Many people in Ireland may not be familiar with burritos, fresh Mexican food or our style of service. By making it free, we get to introduce people to our food that may not normally come in and try it, as well as thanking our regular customers.”

Free Burrito Day is taking place on 09 July from 12-6pm at Boojum, Chichester Street only.  For more information visit www.boojummex.com or check out the Facebook fan page. 

 

La Revolucion Del Burrito! Boojum offers Mexican Heaven with free burritos on 9 July


06 July 2011

 

Boojum, Belfast’s most popular Mexican fast-food restaurant, are offering the hungry people of the city free burritos on 9th July, as a thank you for their loyal support.  The free burrito day marks the end of a hugely popular race to the highest number of ‘likes’ between the Belfast and Dublin stores on Facebook, with the Northern fanpage winning the contest and bagging free grub. 
The fresh Mexican grill began the campaign back in May, to encourage people throughout Ireland to join the Burrito Revolution.  Since then, the competition has been hotter than a jalapeno, with Belfast coming from behind to beat Dublin by over 900 votes, securing the prize.  
Husband and wife team, John and Karen Blisard, opened the first Boojum in December 2007.  After moving from America to Ireland and searching unsuccessfully to find a satisfactory Mexican restaurant, the American husband and Northern Irish wife took the plunge to open their own.  The business soon expanded to Dublin where, to mark the launch of the new store a free burrito day saw over 750 burritos served in just 6 hours!   
Founder John Blisard masterminded the social media campaign and explains, “Using Facebook was a fun way to create awareness of our brand, while also introducing a little friendly competition between Belfast and Dublin.  Social media relates to Boojum’s target market; it's how they communicate and share information, so it made sense to devise a marketing campaign around it.  Many people in Ireland may not be familiar with burritos, fresh Mexican food or our style of service. By making it free, we get to introduce people to our food that may not normally come in and try it, as well as thanking our regular customers.”
Free Burrito Day is taking place on 9 of July from 12-6 at Boojum, Chichester Street only.  For more information visit www.boojummex.com
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Boojum, Belfast’s most popular Mexican fast-food restaurant, are offering the hungry people of the city free burritos on 9th July, as a thank you for their loyal support.  The free burrito day marks the end of a hugely popular race to the highest number of ‘likes’ between the Belfast and Dublin stores on Facebook, with the Northern fanpage winning the contest and bagging free grub. 

The fresh Mexican grill began the campaign back in May, to encourage people throughout Ireland to join the Burrito Revolution.  Since then, the competition has been hotter than a jalapeno, with Belfast coming from behind to beat Dublin by over 900 votes, securing the prize.  

Husband and wife team, John and Karen Blisard, opened the first Boojum in December 2007.  After moving from America to Ireland and searching unsuccessfully to find a satisfactory Mexican restaurant, the American husband and Northern Irish wife took the plunge to open their own.  The business soon expanded to Dublin where, to mark the launch of the new store a free burrito day saw over 750 burritos served in just 6 hours!   

Founder John Blisard masterminded the social media campaign and explains, “Using Facebook was a fun way to create awareness of our brand, while also introducing a little friendly competition between Belfast and Dublin.  Social media relates to Boojum’s target market; it's how they communicate and share information, so it made sense to devise a marketing campaign around it.  Many people in Ireland may not be familiar with burritos, fresh Mexican food or our style of service. By making it free, we get to introduce people to our food that may not normally come in and try it, as well as thanking our regular customers.”

Free Burrito Day is taking place on 9 of July from 12-6 at Boojum, Chichester Street only.  For more information visit www.boojummex.com

 

The Summer Officially Kicks Off in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter with a Fantastic Free Concert to Celebrate Club 21 Social's First Birthday Party


01 July 2011

 

Summer revellers will get the chance to dance and enjoy one of the first outdoor concerts of the summer, right in the heart of Belfast’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter, as Diet Coke and 21 Social bring a free concert to Cotton Court on 01 July. 
The concert, featuring the Matt McGinn band and the Supreme Dream Girls from Atlanta, USA, will take place in the bustling square from 6pm. DJ’s Steve Simpson and Jay Kay will also round off the event, with a ‘sunset’ DJ set at 11pm. 
Colin Brown from 21 Social said: “We’ve had an amazing first year in business and we really wanted to celebrate our birthday in style, so after much planning and brainstorming we’ve come up with a fun line-up as well as a cool Bacardi-Diet Coke bar outside to keep the mini festival feel to it all. At the minute the forecast is good so we’re really hoping customers old and new will come to enjoy the event with us.”
Paula Colhoun, from Diet Coke, which is also supporting the event said: “Northern Irish weather can be unpredictable, but our idea of fun and having a good time is not, so the fact that it is free is such a great thing - we’re predicting smiles and enjoyment all round.”
Entry to the event is free - but on a first come, first served basis - so concert-goers are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. 
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Summer revellers will get the chance to dance and enjoy one of the first outdoor concerts of the summer, right in the heart of Belfast’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter, as Diet Coke and 21 Social bring a free concert to Cotton Court on 01 July. 

The concert, featuring the Matt McGinn band and the Supreme Dream Girls from Atlanta, USA, will take place in the bustling square from 6pm. DJ’s Steve Simpson and Jay Kay will also round off the event, with a ‘sunset’ DJ set at 11pm. 

Colin Brown from 21 Social said: “We’ve had an amazing first year in business and we really wanted to celebrate our birthday in style, so after much planning and brainstorming we’ve come up with a fun line-up as well as a cool Bacardi-Diet Coke bar outside to keep the mini festival feel to it all. At the minute the forecast is good so we’re really hoping customers old and new will come to enjoy the event with us.”

Paula Colhoun, from Diet Coke, which is also supporting the event said: “Northern Irish weather can be unpredictable, but our idea of fun and having a good time is not, so the fact that it is free is such a great thing - we’re predicting smiles and enjoyment all round.”

Entry to the event is free - but on a first come, first served basis - so concert-goers are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

 

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