Archive: January 2014


29 January 2014
Organising the �Forget Me Not� The Patsy Duffy Memorial Benefit Gala Ball the Duffy family, sisters Lisa Duffy, Roisin Duffy, Aisling Bremner, Tanya McGeehan and Patsy�s wife Janette Duffy (centre)

James Nesbitt, Fiona Phillips and Sarah Travers are among the stars taking part in ‘Forget Me Not’ The Patsy Duffy Memorial Benefit, taking place on 07 March at Titanic Belfast. The gala ball aims to raise £50,000, the most ever raised on one evening for Alzheimer’s in Northern Ireland, and build awareness about this often misunderstood disease.

James, Fiona and Sarah have each been personally affected by the devastation of dementia, having recently lost a parent, and in the case of Fiona Phillips, both parents, to the disease. They will join with the Duffy family, who have organised this event in memory of their beloved husband and father Patsy Duffy, to make this one of the most special nights in the Northern Ireland social and charity calendar. Patsy Duffy from Magherafelt passed away in 2012, at the age of just 57 from early-onset dementia. His wife, Janette and four daughters share a common purpose with the event’s hosts, to turn their personal tragedies into something positive, raising awareness and much needed funds to help find a cure.

James Nesbitt, who will be taking time out of his busy filming schedule in LA to be here for the event, stated: “I am honoured to be part of the Forget Me Not Benefit, an important event to raise money and hope towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Their goal of raising £50,000, the most ever raised in Northern Ireland in one night, will go a long way to give scientists the tools to turn dementia into a curable condition. With the right backing, we can fight this terrible disease.” 

Fiona Phillips, a much loved personality, is one of the UK’s foremost campaigners for dementia, most recently taking an active role around the G8 Dementia Summit. Commenting on her support for the Forget Me Not Benefit, she said: “Both of my parents’ battled dementia so I understand how devastating an illness it can be, not just for the person diagnosed, but for all of the family too. As a proud Alzheimer's Society ambassador, I’m delighted to be hosting the Patsy Duffy Memorial Benefit. The funds raised will make a huge difference to the lives of so many families living with dementia.”

The broadcaster and journalist Sarah Travers has only recently experienced the devastation of dementia, explains how she is passionate about channeling her loss into positive action.

She said: “A decade ago I knew very little about the "D" word and the impact it had on families. That was until dementia came to our door. My father, Ian, started showing signs in 2008 at the age of 62. Doctors put his unusual behaviour and anxiety down to work related stress but eventually he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Just five years later and he was gone. My handsome, funny dad passed away on the 04 October 2013 with us at his bedside after such a difficult five years, for him of course but most notably for my mum who cared for him during that time.

“We are only still coming to terms with what has actually happened and we miss him so much. We chose to leave dad's brain to science to try in someway to find something good in a terribly sad situation. We're glad we made the decision as the autopsy revealed he was suffering not only from Alzheimer's disease but also from severe lewy body dementia, the second most common form. This highlights the need for more research which I am passionate about. Only through research can we know more about these conditions and one day find a way to halt their progression, perhaps even find a cure. This is why I'm honoured to be involved with the Forget Me Not Benefit. The Duffy’s are a fantastic family and Patsy would be so proud of his beautiful wife and daughters in what they are doing to raise awareness and much needed funds." 

Looking ahead to the evening, Patsy’s wife, Janette Duffy wanted to thank those who have supported the event and is confident that those attending will have a night to remember. “Myself and the girls have been overwhelmed and are so thankful for the support we have received since launching in September. It’s a testament to the man Patsy was and the desire across NI to do something about this disease that the tables are completely sold out. We look forward to sharing what is set to be a truly unforgettable evening with such a fantastic group of kind and generous people. Our family and friends, businesses from across NI and many whom we don’t know personally whose lives like ours have been affected by this cruel disease, will come together on that evening to fight dementia. We are just putting the finishing touches to the plans for the night, and we promise that our guests will not be disappointed. I know it will be a fitting tribute to Patsy, who would have truly enjoyed an evening like this, full of great food, music, dancing and laughter.”

The spectacular Titanic Belfast is the setting for this special event. Guests will be welcomed by a Champagne reception overlooking the Titanic Slipways, followed by a specially designed four course menu, laughs from the world famous Brendan Grace, banter on the floor from Cool FM’s Connor Phillips, a silent auction, a wonderful line up of music culminating with a set from the legendary Red Hot Roosters and lots of surprises for guests throughout the night. The dress code is stipulated as ‘Full Length & Fabulous’, which suggests a glittering evening awaits those lucky enough to be attending. The ball is completely sold out, however donations are very welcome and will be recognised on the evening. Donations can be made at

For more information please visit, email or call 079 7125 1680.  Visit to follow the events progress, the fundraising efforts or to learn more about the Duffy family's experience with dementia.

Making A Fashion Splash: West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK Celebrates its Tenth Year

22 January 2014

The launch of Spring/Summer’s West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK can always be relied upon to bring a touch of style, glamour and colour to dreary old January, and this morning’s lively and vibrant launch for 2014 was no exception.  Ireland’s leading fashion event will not only return for another season, but this year it celebrates a remarkable milestone with 2014 marking its tenth year.  Needless to say, hoards of die-hard fashion fans gathered to hear the exciting schedule including celebratory events to mark the tenth year.


Surrounded by ten beautiful models, director of Belfast FASHIONWEEK Cathy Martin, addressed the guests on site at renowned interior designer Kris Turnbull’s chic studio and outlined what we can expect from the landmark event which will take place from 19-23 March across various venues in Belfast. 


Speaking at the launch, Cathy said:  “I feel very proud to be standing here today as I announce the schedule for the seventeenth season of FASHIONWEEK and the beginning of its tenth year.  When I created FASHIONWEEK at my kitchen table in 2004-2005, I could only have dreamed that it would become the much celebrated and anticipated event that it is today, and it’s been a pleasure to watch it - and all those who have been involved, including designers, models and many other creatives - evolve and flourish over the years.  I’m looking forward to showcasing the talents of our local designers and new spring/summer collections from our high street stores and local designer boutiques, but also to ‘giving back’ a little with our Charity Challenge and to let loose some fantastic creativity with Paddy McGurgan’s theatrical make up show.  These extras, as well as some new plans for Autumn, will help celebrate what has been a remarkable decade for FASHIONWEEK.”


In terms of the main schedule, local designers and independent boutiques will kick off the main catwalk shows at the Ulster Museum on Wednesday 19 March with Harrison, Blush, Rachel McKnight, Diamond Dolls in Banbridge, Nor Lisa, CRUISE, Grainne Maher and Larissa Watson all confirmed to take part.


Spring/Summer looks from the high street continue the proceedings on Thursday 20 March, and will see the return of The OUTLET, Banbridge, Benetton, Marks and Spencer, George at Asda and Next, among others. This hugely popular show always sells out quickly so snap up your ticket now to avoid disappointment!


But unlike the main catwalk shows for designers, designer boutiques and the high street stores - which will take place at the Ulster Museum - both the Charity Challenge and Paddy McGurgan’s Make Up Show will be held in Stormont’s iconic Great Hall on Friday 21 March. 


Multi-award-winning artist Paddy McGurgan’s stunning creative make up display will demonstrate some breath-taking and dramatic looks incorporating massive feathered wings and headpieces. As the lead make up artist at FASHIONWEEK since 2005 and a former performer himself, he has choreographed a full production entitled ‘Birds of Paradise’ to wow audiences with a musical, dance and visual spectacular.


The Charity Challenge concept was created by Cathy to bring together ten fashion bloggers or stylists with ten charities and their retail stores to create a collection of ten catwalk-worthy outfits each. Cathy said: “I can’t wait to see what classic, quirky and vintage ensembles our exceptionally creative stylists will come up with.  Actually, we started off with the goal of ten charity partnerships to celebrate our tenth year, but I’m delighted to say we now have twelve. And all the outfits shown on the catwalk as part of the Charity Challenge will be available to buy (via donation) on the night at each charity’s pop up store, so as well as exposing what great finds there are in store at some of these gem shops, we’re hoping that the charities will sell the entire collections to make some much needed funds.” Cathy, who will fund the Charity Challenge production herself, has supported charity over the years through FASHIONWEEK tying in with Mencap via the Style Sunday event, as well as breast cancer charity Pretty in Pink, which collects donations at all shows. 


Cathy said: “I’m so grateful to MLA’s Basil McCrea, Judith Cochrane, Pat Sheehan, Megan Fearon and Chris Lyttle from parties across the board who have supported our application to show at Stormont. We’ve showcased in some wonderful venues over the past nine years including Belfast’s City Hall, the underground car park at Victoria Square, the old bank in Waring Street, the Ulster Museum and the Grand Opera House’s Baby Grand, so it is nice to find a home at Stormont for this season.”


Although the main catwalk shows draw to a close on Friday, fashion fans are in for a treat at the weekend (quite literally!) as afternoon fashion teas will take place on Saturday 22 March at the sumptuous and decadent surroundings of Saphyre on the Lisburn Road.  Fresh gourmet sandwiches, cream cakes and other delicious treats will be served as guests sit back, relax and enjoy a mini fashion show by luxury fashion store, CRUISE. 


As if that wasn’t enough to whet fashionistas’ appetites, the celebrations will come to a very tasty end with the renowned Style Sunday event, which will take place once again at SHU restaurant on Sunday 23 March in association with Mencap.  This glamorous four course gourmet luncheon accompanies trend forecasts, a mini fashion show and seasonal style tips from some of the country’s top style experts. It is very often sold out within days of being launched.  Tickets cost £45.00 per person and places can be booked directly through the restaurant on 028 9038 1655. All monies raised on the day are donated to Mencap.


Throughout the week, breast cancer charity Pretty‘n’Pink will collect funds at all shows to support women who need to feel better about themselves after undergoing debilitating breast cancer surgery or treatment.


Making a special return as part of the ten year celebrations is the Sunday Life’s iconic COVERGIRL competition, which this year is in association with West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK.  The team is seeking to find ten budding models – and one ultimate COVERGIRL – who will walk away with a host of amazing prizes including a stint on the catwalk at FASHIONWEEK in March.  Scouting days will take place at Victoria Square on 25 January and 01 February from 1-3pm.   A team of judges will whittle down the entrants to ten finalists who’ll take part in a shoot for Victoria Square, then three lucky finalists from the ten will be shortlisted and whisked away for an all-expenses paid, four day destination shoot in the sun soaked Canary Island of Lanzarote, flying with leading leisure airline and staying in luxurious style at Natural Retreats villas in Playa Blanca.


Karen Anderson, brand manager for West Coast Cooler, which sponsors the event added: “FASHIONWEEK has stood the test of time and never disappoints when it comes to providing an exciting and varied schedule of events.  I’m looking forward to another busy season of show-stopping catwalk shows and to celebrate, in style, what has been a wonderful collaboration between FASHIONWEEK and West Coast Cooler.”


The full show schedule is available online at along with details of this season’s trends plus links to all participant retailers and sponsors.  Catwalk tickets, which cost £20 (or £25 for a limited number of exclusive front row seats), are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609 or via the website. Ticket price includes a fabulous goodie bag and a refreshing West Coast Cooler.




Issued on behalf of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK by CMPR. For further information, stock or catwalk pictures or interviews with retailers, designers, models or director Cathy Martin, please contact:


Lisa Bell at CMPR on T +44 (0) 2890324437 or via email/mobile: +44 (0)7922212215


Sunday Life Cover Girl Terms and Conditions

12 January 2014


To qualify for Sunday Life Cover Girl you must meet the following criteria:

a) You must be female and aged 18 years or over on or before 12th January 2014.

i) However, if you are under 18 years of age and want to be a model you can contact CMPR Models on tel: 028 9032 4437

b) You must be a resident in Ireland North or South.

i) The Organisers reserve the right to view any documentary evidence as required.

c) There is no height restriction but as a fashion model competition the finalists will most likely be 5’8” and above.

d) You may be single, married, divorced and may have borne children.

e) You must not:

i) have any serious criminal convictions (at the Organisers discretion).

ii) have been in any way involved in any illegal or immoral activities as deemed applicable by the Organisers.

f) Participation in Sunday Life Cover Girl will require you to wear and be seen in swimwear or similar style garments.

g) At the discretion of the Organisers, these criteria may be waived for individual Entrants.

h) All Entrants agree to partake and be featured in any photography or filming (whether for television use or the use of the Organisers) when attending official interviews and events.

i) By submitting an Entry Form, you acknowledge that you have read these Terms & Conditions of Entry, agree to the contents and have completed all of the information required on the Entry Form fully and accurately. Failure to do so may result in yours expulsion at any time during the Competition process and without redress.


a) A judging and selection panel of no less than 3 officially authorised persons will oversee and undertake the judging process for selection of the Competition participants from all entry applications submitted and their decisions will be final.

b) All matters relating to the Competition selections and results shall be determined by the Judges appointed by the Organisers in relation to the results. The Judges’ decisions as announced shall be final and the Judges will not be required to enter into any correspondence with any individual in relation to the selections. All such or subsequent correspondence should be undertaken in writing and directly with the Organisers only.


a) All Entrants are required to willingly attend and be present at all relevant rehearsals, training sessions, photographic opportunities, sponsors events, etc. throughout the Competition process and as required by the Organisers and must apply themselves in a professional manner accordingly at all times.

b) You must arrive on time and as required for any rehearsals, photo shoots and the Competition, the details of which will be clearly outlined and stated to you in advance.

c) You agree to wear all outfits provide by the fashion sponsor.

d) For television, general media and all official online usage, you agree that any images of you submitted as part of your application or any images produced in relation to the event or associated events may be used by the Organisers in any way deemed fit for promotional, public relations and publication purposes. In agreeing, you waive all rights to copyright claims or claims of intellectual property rights for an indefinite period.

e) The final three finalists chosen will be required to be available from 10th – 14th March 2014 to travel for a four day destination photoshoot in Lanzorote. They must have a valid and in date passport to travel.


a) You are required at all times to conduct yourself in a responsible and sportsmanlike manner. Any failure by an Entrant or any Supporter to maintain a standard of behaviour and decorum acceptable to the Organisers may lead to disqualification of the Entrant and ejection of the Entrant and her Supporters from the venue at which the event is being held, without redress.

b) All third parties such as your supporters, friends, family, etc. are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times and it is your responsibility to ensure such.

c) You undertake not to make any criticism or disparaging comments about the Organisers, related event third parties or the event in part or parts in writing, verbally, Internet or social media.


a) All Entrants acknowledge that all rights in the Sunday Life Cover Girl event are vested in the Organisers.

b) All prizes awarded to Winners or runners up may be substituted, removed or replaced by the Organisers at any time prior to the result being known and all prizes once awarded are strictly non-exchangeable without consent from the Organisers. The Organisers cannot accept responsibility or liability for the failure of any prizes or promises made or provided by any third party, the reliability of which is deemed and accepted by the Organisers as a genuine prize offer at all times.

c) You agree to provide interviews with the press or any other media when requested to do so by the Organisers and undertake not to make any criticism or disparaging comments about the Organisers, related event third parties or the event in part or parts.


a) You fully understand and accept that you are fully liable for your own personal safety and liabilities, actions and well-being, and any consequences or results of the Entrants participation and actions, directly or indirectly, including loss, damage or injury to yourself and/or third parties, are your own personal liability and responsibility, without redress, in any form, to the Organisers.

b) You fully understand that any personal belongings or possessions are carried entirely at your own risk and you will take every due care and attention to safeguard such and, in doing so, consider and protect the well-being, safety and security of those around you, without redress, in any form, to the Organisers.

c) Whilst every care is taken in the preparation and production of published information or materials, the Organisers shall not be liable for any errors or omissions in any of its published material or be held responsible for any unfulfilled guarantees made by third parties and reserves the right to make operational and other changes to any elements of any information published or produced, in any format, as required.

d) The Organisers accept no liability for the loss, damage or abuse of any materials or possessions, printed or otherwise, which have been provided or submitted to the Organisers via a third party carrier or source.

e) The Organisers shall not be held responsible or liable for any injury to any entrant, supporter or third party or for the loss or damage to any of their property that might occur during any part of the Competition process or thereafter. All individuals should seek or acquire appropriate insurance if deemed necessary by the individual concerned.

f) The dates, times and/or location of any official Sunday Life Cover Girl events may be changed by the Organisers at any time if deemed necessary or under extenuating circumstances and without redress to the Organisers. In such circumstances no compensation or liability will be accepted on the part of the Organisers.


a) The Organisers may amend any of these Terms and Conditions at any time if so deemed necessary.

b) You must be as accurate as possible in providing all the information requested in the Entry Form as details may be checked at a later stage. Inaccuracies or errors may result in expulsion from the Sunday Life Cover Girl, with redress.

c) Sunday Life Cover Girl operates a strict Data Protection Policy and may share data with Sponsors. Sunday Life Cover Girl never knowingly shares data with any other third party without your express permission or permission of any other parties.

d) By entering the Sunday Life Cover Girl Competition, you accept that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms & Conditions of Entry and agree to be bound by the said.


a) The competition prizes are as follows:

•          2 Jet2 return flights to a European destination

•          Modelling contract with CMPR Models

•          Four day destination shoot in Lanzorate flying with Jet2 and staying with Natural Retreats

•          Walk on the Belfast FASHIONWEEK catwalk

•          One year’s supply of hair treatments from Andrew Mulvenna

•          One year’s supply of make-up sessions from Paddy McGurgan, along with make-up and beauty products

•          £1000 worth of Victoria Square prizes

b) Claims for prizes must be made in the manner and within the time specified on the Competition Notice. Failure to claim a prize within this time or in the manner specified may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

c) Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative. Sunday Life Cover Girl and its Partners reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

d) Prizes are awarded at the discretion of Sunday Life Cover Girl and no prizes will be awarded as a result of improper actions by or on behalf of any entrant.

e) Where a prize may not be appropriate for a younger contestant, the minimum age for entry will be stated in the Competition Notice and must be observed. Sunday Life Cover Girl reserves the right to request written proof of age of any winner.

f) All taxes, insurances, transfers, spending money and other expenses (including meals or personal expenses upgrades etc.) as the case may be, unless specifically stated, are the sole responsibility of the prize winner.

Leading leisure airline,, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of flying direct from Belfast International Airport. To mark this milestone, it has teamed up with Cover Girl to fly all the finalists and style team to the sun soaked Canary Island of Lanzarote.  The overall winner will also receive two return flights of her choice to any of’s 14 sun, city or ski destinations from Belfast.

Flights are subject to availability – can’t be used at busy periods.

Flights must be redeemed within one year of winning the prize.

No cash alternative.

Victoria Square

No cash alternative.

Exact prizes will be updated in due course.

All prizes must be redeemed within one year of the competition unless otherwise stated

Andrew Mulvenna 

One year of hairdressing free at Andrew Mulvenna - this will include all the cutting/ trimming and colouring, up to 2 blow-drys per month and home care for the year. This amounts to approximately £2K worth of a prize.

No cash alternative.

Prize must be used within one year of winning the competition.

Paddy McGurgan

12 make-up application sessions at either Make Up Pro Store Belfast or Newry to be used by the winner only over a 12 month period starting from Friday 21st March 2014.

One make-up lesson at Make Up Pro Store with a budget of £250 for cosmetics and skin care within the store on the day of the lesson, this is to be used by the named winner only and within one month of the winner being announced.


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