The annual Belfast Christmas Market

IMG_8165 has returned to City Hall. This year’s event will have even more variety for all you Christmas Market lovers to choose from, including a new spacious eating area where you can sit, relax and enjoy the tasty delights that the market has to offer.’ (



Benburb Priory Library & Museum  and The Stables Coffee Shop 

Recently I was in Benburb for an event and I was really impressed with the new Stables  Coffee Shop and the new Benburb Priory Library & Museum.



‘The library and archive collection at the Servite Priory Benburb is unique within Ireland and Great Britain. The  collection is extensive (approx. 20,000 volumes) and includes two valuable collections, the Servite collection and the Marian collection, as well as extensive archival material and artefacts.’  The library also houses many religious and theological books and a collection of Irish Literature. The books deal with the history of the O’Neill Clans and pre-Plantation history. (

Game of Thrones Tapestry, at the Ulster Museum.

Today I went to see the  Game of Thrones  Bayeux style tapestry, exceeding 77 metres, at the Ulster Museum.   ‘From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic tapestry brings to life the infamous events, locations and story of the most popular television series of all time.’ (

‘Winter is coming.’

‘Chaos isn’t a pit, chaos is a ladder.’

‘If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.’

‘You know nothing, Jon Snow.’

Julian Fellowes adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 The Wind in the Willows

As I am on annual leave, I am not listening to politics, at least not during July, but I could not resist Andrew Marr’s interviewing Julian Fellowes this morning. Julian Fellowes has adapted Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 The Wind in the Willows into a family musical.


Guardian Critic commented that:

‘Green-haired Rufus Hound captures the bumptious likability of Mr Toad, Gary Wilmot lends Badger a ramrod-backed military air as well as a cautious mix of belt and braces, and Neil McDermott invests the Chief Weasel with a spivvy, Arthur Daley-style raffishness.’

Lisbane Old Post Office Tea Rooms, Pantry and Gift Shop

Recently I paid a visit to Lisbane Old Post Office Tea Rooms, Pantry and Gift Shop. It is located close to the shores of Strangford Lough.

‘The Grade II listed building dates back to the 1840’s and having lain derelict for many years, it has been lovingly restored and it now makes a charming home for Trevor and Alison Smylie’s tea rooms and gift shop.

Trevor has years of experience as a baker and pastry chef in Australia and the U.K. and is now responsible for producing all the mouth watering scones, gateaux, pies and tarts which can be enjoyed in the three atmospheric tea rooms, each with its own cosy peat fire.’


The Gallery, Dublin Road,Belfast New Apartment block and Bar-Café

I had a meal in The Gallery this evening and it was very busy. There was a graduate celebration taking place and other groups of friends were meeting up for a meal at the end of the week, or perhaps for some other event, maybe a leaving-do or a birthday party.


‘The Gallery is the first new build apartment block in Belfast City Centre in nearly a decade and presents 58 one and two bedroom contemporary apartments  designed for city living.
Located at the midpoint of the Belfast art scene, halfway between the Cathedral Quarter and the Ulster Museum, for years the Dublin Road has been a meeting point for artists. From William Conor, Paul Henry and Gerard Dillon to the poetry of Richard Rowley, who was born and raised just a few doors down, art in all its forms played a large part in shaping this area.

 The 4,000 square foot ground floor space will be occupied by a bar-café with 6 metre high floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor seating area, providing a new meeting point for the artists of today.