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Style reaches new heights in Dungannon


19 September 2012
heels on the hill in Dungannon

STYLE HITS NEW HEIGHTS IN DUNGANNON WITH ‘HEELS ON THE HILL’ FASHION EVENT.

A spectacular one-off fashion show is coming to Dungannon as part of a week-long celebration to mark the opening of Hill of the O’Neill this autumn.

 

Former Miss Northern Ireland and Dungannon local Joanne Salley will host a chic, high-end catwalk extravaganza on Tuesday 25 September which will showcase the hottest collections from both Dungannon town centre and the surrounding area’s independent boutiques and high street retailers along with the ever-popular Linen Green.  Lucky ladies of all ages and shopping budgets who manage to snap up one of the £8 tickets will enjoy a sneak preview of the new season collections from almost twenty well-established, Northern Ireland renowned outlets.  The most covetable trends for fall hitting the catwalk on the night will include purple power; pretty peplums; lavish leather pieces; bold brocade; sassy statement-making adornments and embellishments and the most glamorous dresses of the party season.

 

The celebratory week also sees the arrival of the new Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre that will deliver a gateway to the historic Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon town.  The new centre and landscaped hill and park have been created with £5.5 million pounds of investment from Heritage Lottery, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.  The newly refurbished Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre will boast a multi-media exhibition area, tourism information centre, coffee station, workshop areas and a 100-seat black box theatre space.

 

Mayor Cllr Phelim Gildernew comments: “As part of the ‘Linen Triangle’ Dungannon has played an integral part in the history of Northern Ireland’s fashion industry through the development of quality fabrics and textiles.  I am delighted that this creative flair continues to this day with an outstanding range of stylish retailers in the town as well as some of Ireland’s top designers at the nearby Linen Green.  Heels on the Hill is set to be a fashion furore not to be missed!”

 

Heels on the Hill kicks off at the Festive Hill Marquee at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 September 2012 and ladies will be treated to a fabulous free goody bag.  Tickets cost £8 each and are available now from the following Dungannon outlets: Killymaddy Tourist Information Centre (028 8776 7259), Dungannon Leisure Centre – cash only (028 8772 0370/ 028 8772 0371) and Gene Stuart Records (028 8772 5286).

Style reaches new heights Dungannon with Heels on the Hill fashion show on Tuesday 25


19 September 2012
Style reaches new hights Dungannon

STYLE HITS NEW HEIGHTS IN DUNGANNON WITH ‘HEELS ON THE HILL’ FASHION EVENT.

A spectacular one-off fashion show is coming to Dungannon as part of a week-long celebration to mark the opening of Hill of the O’Neill this autumn.

 

Former Miss Northern Ireland and Dungannon local Joanne Salley will host a chic, high-end catwalk extravaganza on Tuesday 25 September which will showcase the hottest collections from both Dungannon town centre and the surrounding area’s independent boutiques and high street retailers along with the ever-popular Linen Green.  Lucky ladies of all ages and shopping budgets who manage to snap up one of the £8 tickets will enjoy a sneak preview of the new season collections from almost twenty well-established, Northern Ireland renowned outlets.  The most covetable trends for fall hitting the catwalk on the night will include purple power; pretty peplums; lavish leather pieces; bold brocade; sassy statement-making adornments and embellishments and the most glamorous dresses of the party season.

 

The celebratory week also sees the arrival of the new Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre that will deliver a gateway to the historic Hill of The O’Neill in Dungannon town.  The new centre and landscaped hill and park have been created with £5.5 million pounds of investment from Heritage Lottery, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.  The newly refurbished Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre will boast a multi-media exhibition area, tourism information centre, coffee station, workshop areas and a 100-seat black box theatre space.

 

Mayor Cllr Phelim Gildernew comments: “As part of the ‘Linen Triangle’ Dungannon has played an integral part in the history of Northern Ireland’s fashion industry through the development of quality fabrics and textiles.  I am delighted that this creative flair continues to this day with an outstanding range of stylish retailers in the town as well as some of Ireland’s top designers at the nearby Linen Green.  Heels on the Hill is set to be a fashion furore not to be missed!”

 

Heels on the Hill kicks off at the Festive Hill Marquee at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 September 2012 and ladies will be treated to a fabulous free goody bag.  Tickets cost £8 each and are available now from the following Dungannon outlets: Killymaddy Tourist Information Centre (028 8776 7259), Dungannon Leisure Centre – cash only (028 8772 0370/ 028 8772 0371) and Gene Stuart Records (028 8772 5286).

THE EVOLUTION OF AN INSTITUTION


04 September 2012

For those who enjoy the pleasures of dining out, the economic downturn has played a surprising role in ensuring youa quality experience at restaurants across the nation.

Cash-strapped consumers with less money for leisure pursuits, such as eating out, are choosing the best they can afford which means restaurants have to be at the top of their game at all times to satisfy a changing industry.  Something award-winning Belfast restaurant, James Street South, has realised as it unveiled a new look and food offering recently.

Niall McKenna, the chef and owner of James Street South said:  “These days you need to offer something fresh and exciting, or fall by the way side.  People will vote with their feet and only the best will survive.”

The restaurant scene in Belfast has developed significantly over the last few years as top chefs move with the times, creating ever more inventive and exciting food that challenges taste buds and keeps the industry energised.  McKenna has always been a leader when it comes to serving good local produce with a flair that takes it beyond its humble roots. 

The city centre favourite has transformed not only its décor but its menu in a move that is both gutsy and insightful.

“I’ve been wanting to tweak James Street South for quite some time now.”, said Niall.  “My goal was to create a refreshed space where people could come together to celebrate with each other; a place to take a loved one or family member to make them feel special and where the emphasis is on atmosphere and food. We’ve thought of everything and we hope people enjoy the results.”

He added:  “I’ve been visiting restaurants all over the UK on a fact-finding mission of sorts.  My goal was to immerse myself in the myriad of eateries out there, see what I liked and put my own twist on it.  I looked at everything, from the wine list to place settings and lighting to pricing.

“In some ways, the easiest decision to make was what the menu would look like.  I know how to get the best out of food and love serving the produce I get from farms and seas all over Northern Ireland in ways that enhance what’s already great about them.”

The menu includes firm favourites, some with a unique twist, like salt baked beetroot,

with milk curd, charred fennel and red pepper caramel,typical of one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished chefs.

Local food abounds and the odyssey begins in Kilkeel with Mackerel; then onto Comber for potatoes; Donegal for Sea Trout; Antrim for Beef; Mill Bay for Lobster then the Mournes for Lamb.  All accompanied by the best vegetables; also grown locally, of course.

“The menu is something I’m quite proud of – it’s a reflection of where I am as a chef and where Belfast is as a city; forward looking, confident and fun and always with an eye on getting the most out of life.”, said Niall.

Changing a firm favourite brings with it an element of fear, something that hasn’t been lost of the Belfast born chef.

He continued:  “I built my reputation with James Street South so this process has been daunting - however, I felt the time was right and I am thrilled with the results.”

To book a table at James Street South call 02890434310, or use the online booking service at www.jamesstreetsouth.com and see the menus and pictures fresh from the kitchen on www.facebook.com/jamesstreetsouth

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