Archive: May 2012


29 May 2012

This summer’s epic event, Land of Giants, doesn’t do anything small as on Saturday 26 May 160 drummers from all over Ireland met for the first time in T13 to rehearse their starring role in the landmark performance happening on 30 June at the titanic Slipways in Belfast.


The groups and individuals, managed and coordinated by The Beat Carnival, represent numerous styles of drumming including samba, African, traditional Lambeg and Bodhran and come from Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dublin, Kilkenny, Drogheda, Enniskillen, Craigavon and Sligo, to name a few.


Land of Giants is the biggest event of its kind ever staged in Northern Ireland and features state-of-the-art animation, spectacular aerial performances, a bespoke musical score and poetry as well as stunning pyrotechnics during its 45 minute run time at the Titanic Slipways on the 30 June.


The epic show celebrates the many giants in the shared and diverse history and society of Northern Ireland - including the population as being ‘giant’ in terms of ideas, talent and heritage.


Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver, the legendary Finn McCool, Harland and Wolff’s Samson and Goliath, the Titanic and the Giant’s Causeway are all iconic giants referenced throughout the performance.


The T13 ‘Shared Cultural Space’ venue is located directly beneath the legendary H&W Cranes adjacent to the Titanic Drawing Offices. This pioneering complex plays host to a program of high calibre events throughout 2012 including music festivals, art installations, orchestral performances, comedy nights, world class action sports events and even its own performing arts festival.


Land of Giants is written and directed by Mark Murphy and presented by Giant Events Company in association with Belfast City Council, Beat Carnival, Belfast Community Circus and Young at Art.


Land of Giants is part of London 2012 Festival and funded by Legacy Trust UK with additional support from Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. For further information and tickets visit


Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Golfing Glamour at The OUTLET, Banbridge

22 May 2012

With both the Irish Open at Portrush and the Championship at Wimbledon just around the corner, not to mention the London 2012 Olympics, Golfino at The OUTLET Village, Banbridge, is offering a wealth of super stylish sportswear at up to 70% off ahead of the biggest sports events of the year.

Exclusive to The OUTLET on the island of Ireland, GOLFINO has been creating a passion for golf wear and accessories in Europe for over 25 years.  The brand began as a niche label initially only supplying knitwear to golfers, but later introduced motif and adornment-laden garments to the wider fashion market.

Whether you’re a golfing pro or you’re simply ‘hobby happy’, thanks to GOLFINO, ladies and gents can now hit the tee-box or the tennis ball in an array of elegant and high tech, design-led shirts, blouses, trousers, polos, fleeces and knitwear as well as a range of accessories which include golf bags, gloves, caps and umbrellas. 

The success of GOLFINO has been based on its combination of sophisticated style and must-have functionality.  GOLFINO solely uses performance fabrics consisting of the latest impeccably processed high-tech materials, ensuring your look gets noticed on the golf course while cutting a great figure in the city too!  GOLFINO provides everything you’ll ever need to keep you at the top of your game - and all at incredible outlet prices.

Visit GOLFINO at Unit 38b in The OUTLET Village, Banbridge or call + 44 (0) 28 4062 9934


14 May 2012

The nationwide search to find a fresh face to represent Northern Ireland at Miss World ended last night as Tiffany Brien was crowned Open+Direct Miss Northern Ireland 2012 at a glittering ceremony in the Europa Hotel.

Tiffany, 21, from Holywood is a student in Marketing at the University of Ulster, beat off stiff competition from twenty six other finalists to walk away with this year's crown plus thousands of pounds worth of prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to Miss World in China, a KIA car from Downey's sponsored by Open+Direct, shoes from Armani Collections at The OUTLET in Banbridge, a wardrobe of outfits for Miss World from Beverly Hills in Belfast and a front cover photoshoot with IN! Magazine. To keep her looking fabulous for her year-long contract with Alison Clarke's ACA model agency, there are also hair and beauty prizes galore from Michele International, Beauty Culture, a membership at The Culloden Spa, and designer glasses from Jonathan Keys.

Winner Tiffany said: “I just can't stop smiling, I am so happy and truly delighted to be taking over the crown and representing Northern Ireland! Being part of the competition has been amazing fun and I know the best is yet to come, especially with the once-in-a-lifetime trip to China for Miss World, but I plan to enjoy every single minute of the next year and really give it my all!”

The extravagant gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by stunning TV presenter Zoe Salmon - a former Miss Northern Ireland herself - alongside TV news broadcaster, Marc Mallett. Audiences were wowed by the entertainment, the contestant performances and the 'Gossip Girl' themed fashion show by fashion sponsors The OUTLET in Banbridge.

Mark Hallam Head of Marketing from Open + Direct Insurance, the title sponsor of the competition said: “Open + Direct is proud to have been the title sponsor of this year's Miss Northern Ireland contest, our branches across the province have really enjoyed being part of what has been a spectacular event right through from the heats to the gala final. We wish Tiffany all the very best as she embarks on what will be an exciting year.”

And handing over her title, the 2011 winner Finola Guinnane said: “My year as Miss Northern Ireland has exceeded any expectations I had. I have enjoyed so many fantastic experiences and have met lots of really influential people along the way - including Alison Clarke who has been a great mentor and friend. I'm pleased to hand over the crown to such a worthy winner and I wish her every success.” Ends:// For further information, interviews or pictures, please contact Hannah Irwin or Cathy Martin at CMPR on: T: 02890324437/02890324438 or out of hours 07823882095. E: or


04 May 2012

Millionaire marketing coach, Bernadette Doyle, is bringing together a collection of elite corporate minds to give Northern Ireland business owners the benefit of their extensive knowledge, for free.


The ‘Selling to Corporates Success Summit’ is a series of virtual teleseminars that give entrepreneurs the chance to learn advanced techniques and strategies for attracting and winning lucrative corporate contracts.


The teleseminar is available online at from Monday 7 May and is something which Doyle feels will appeal to business owners who can be time poor or have a feeling of inertia in their business and need the right advice about reaching and selling to large companies in a fast and efficient way.


Bernadette Doyle said:  "I started out with no budget or track record – yet within a few short months I was working for companies like Shell, Aviva, BT and others – and in every case they called me.  Now I get to hang out with a billionaire and share business ideas. 


“The experts on this telesummit can show how to go from a standing start to those sorts of business results.”


The list of people taking part in the summit includes some of the biggest names in marketing and business building; Diana Lowther, Ian Brodie, Angelique Rewers, Hannah McNamara, Penny Pullan, Tom Searcy, Pete Bennett, Ari Galper, Tony Parinello, and Doyle herself.


“I have gathered an unbelievable cast of elite business minds who are happy to discuss the processes and give insights into what has made them the successes they are today.  For anyone who is really serious about succeeding in business this is an opportunity you cannot pass on.


“I know it can be difficult to get time away from your business so the telesummit is ideal as there’s no travel or stays in hotels involved - you can listen when and where you want.


“I know small businesses can struggle to break into big companies as they don't know how to get their foot in the door, and, even if they do get in – how to negotiate and close the sale when there are multiple decision makers involved. 


“This telesummit solves that problem as it offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise from already successful businessmen and women who give practical, tried and tested, advice.”, said Bernadette.


Some of the topics which will be discussed include; the truth about getting higher fees from corporate clients (or what entrepreneurs don’t hear and should absolutely know to be successful); 5 must-know reasons why LinkedIn can land an entrepreneur big business accounts; a highly undervalued referral strategy business owners can use to get in front of their ideal corporate clients in no time, and much more.


Bernadette continued:  “Many independent consultants and freelance business owners avoid corporate clients because they feel that they can’t connect as deeply with the people who need their services. 


“I’m looking forward to showing them how to do just that by arming them with knowledge and advice that will generate truly astounding results.”


The ‘Selling To Corporates Success Summit’ series is free, and Doyle invites all entrepreneurs who are interested in selling to corporate clients, link in -


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