Belfast and Dublin to host the Women's rugby world cup 2017

Dublin and Belfast will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the prestigious tournament to the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). 
With women’s rugby continuing to experience record global growth, the pool stages will be held at University College Dublin, before the world’s top female rugby players convene in Belfast for the semi-finals and positional play-offs, including the final at the magnificent Kingspan Stadium.
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Women’s Rugby World Cup continues to go from strength to strength, proving a hit with fans, broadcasters and sponsors around the globe, with its compelling, competitive action and global profile.
“With impressive results on and off the field, the IRFU is a leader in driving forward the promotion and development of women’s rugby and the union’s passion, dedication and expertise in women’s rugby was reflected in an impressive and forward think.
“The awarding of Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 to Ireland is great news for teams and fans as the sport continues to reach out and inspire new participants in our great game. I am sure that Dublin and Belfast will prove to be popular destinations.”
A major international rugby success story, Women’s Rugby World Cup attracted capacity crowds and record broadcast audiences in the last two tournaments in France in 2014 and England in 2010. 
There are now more than 1.7 million women and girls playing the sport (an increase of 20 per cent on 2014), while women’s rugby also continues to experience record growth in popularity, attendance and media exposure driven by the success of Women’s Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games inclusion. 

My Rugby Hero: Gaelle Mignot (1:10)

France captain Gaelle Mignot speaks to us about the player that has inspired her most throughout her career

Women's Rugby World Cup 2017: The recap (2:02)

It was an action packed day at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017. Re-live the best bits…

Misaki Suzuki | Representing Japan at #WRWC2017 (2:49)

Japan's Misaki Suzuki explains how previous generations have enabled the Sakura 15 to compete at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017…

Top 5: Tries from match day two at Women's Rugby World Cup (4:21)

Five great scores from the second match day at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

Match Highlights: France v Australia (6:22)

France put an impressive 48 points on the board as they beat Australia at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017

Match Day Highlights: Ireland v Japan (6:22)

Chloe Pelle fights her way over the try line for another French Try (0:57)

Match Day Highlights: Canada v Wales (5:10)

Ireland captain Claire Molloy speaks about the hard-fought match against Japan (1:21)

Match Day Highlights: USA v Spain (6:15)


European Heritage Open Days

This year’s European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) promises to be exciting with nearly 400 properties opening their doors to visitors over the weekend of 9 and 10 September, and if that isn’t enough to tempt you to go along then perhaps the FREE entry will!

2017 marks the 20th year of European Heritage Open Days in Northern Ireland - a special celebration of our built heritage.  The event provides a great chance for to see behind closed doors and experience the magic of our historic environment.

To mark this milestone they have many properties and sites which were first opened in 1997, opening their doors for the 20th anniversary year. Here are just a small selection, browse through the EHOD Brochure(external link opens in a new window / tab) for the ‘20’ symbol to discover more.

Our highlights include:

Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers Museum, Carrickfergus

An 18th century thatched stone cottage restored as a tribute to Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the USA whose parents lived nearby.

The Redoubt in Enniskillen

A hidden historic gem, this stoned-walled redoubt (a built fortification) sits on Windmill Hill, built in 1796 with walls 142 foot long, 20 feet high, 15 feet thick, and a moat 10 foot deep as a fortification to the town's West Bridge and to Enniskillen Castle.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

Enjoy a guided tour of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s grounds and gardens – the Astropark with a scale model of the Solar System, the Hill of Infinity, the Around North exhibit and the natural environment of our woodland walk.

Benburb Castle, Co Tyrone

Meet the soldiers that lived here, see weapons demonstrations and hear the history of this amazing place. A new exhibition: Wildlife of the Blackwater Valley will be open; take a wildlife walk with experts and spot some of the creatures in the Valley Park.

Exhibition by Tommy Barr, Banbridge Town Hall, Co Down

“Travels in a Small World” is a retrospective exhibition by Banbridge artist, Tommy Barr, presenting a collection of paintings created over the last 12 years, many as part of major International and European festivals and events. A rare opportunity to view the work of a highly travelled and internationally recognised artist.

Creggan Country Park, Co Derry~Londonderry

As part of our Heritage and Nature theme and Environment Week, explore the fascinating world of bats and meet a rescued bat up close. After dark, go for a walk around the lake with bat detecting equipment. (Suitable for ages 7+ only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, Belfast

Come and discover Ulster-Scots music, dance, history and heritage in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. Visit the spacious exhibition gallery with live folk music performances, Highland & Scottish ceilidh dance workshops, or try on some period costumes from the early 1600s, and learn more about the historic links between Scotland and Ulster!

The weekend promises to have something for everyone so why not come along and enjoy a little bit of history right on your doorstep?

Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones plot has been recreated in a spectacular Bayeux-style tapestry in Belfast

To mark the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which has just hit our screens, a 77-metre long, Bayeux-style tapestry telling the story from seasons one to six has just been unveiled at Ulster Museum in Belfast. As season seven unfolds, new sections of the tapestry will be revealed each week in the build-up to the next episode, capturing key events from the previous week.

The tapestry brings to life the trials and tribulations of the show’s characters in its most epic and famous scenes, complete with blood red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold blue White Walkers and jet black crows. It has been woven by a team of 30 embroiderers from an enormous piece of linen supplied by Thomas Ferguson’s in Banbridge, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.

The campaign by Tourism Ireland is supported by Tourism NI and created in partnership with HBO. It gives fans the opportunity to re-live their favourite scenes, and showcases Northern Ireland as Game of Thrones territory to millions of fans worldwide. Tourism Ireland will share the new sections of the tapestry via social media, using a mix of cinemagraphs (“living” photographs), time-lapse videos of the weaving process, carousels and Instagram Stories.

An exciting feature of the tapestry that is bound to excite fans is that it will feature hidden cameo appearances by a number of famous faces who have appeared in the show. Game Of Thrones has been filmed in Northern Ireland since 2010, and its lands of the Seven Kingdoms are filmed in the region’s dramatic coastlines, historic castles, monasteries and glens. Fans can use the app to link to pages showing where scenes were filmed and can also start to build an itinerary for their holiday to Northern Ireland.


Game of Thrones

The National Trust Visitor Attractions in Northern Ireland

From the Giant's Causeway and Carrick a Rede rope bridge to stunning houses such as Florencecourt and Castle Ward (to name but a few!) the National Trust is preserving and managing our built hertiage and coastlines with spectacular results.   The website below outlines all of the national Trust's projects in Northern Ireland and events in 2015. This site will give you a true flavour of our beautiful country.

National Trust Northern Ireland

Carnfunnock Country Park /2017

Carnfunnock Country Park - just a mile from the apartments - is hosting their usual variety of exciting events this Autumn/Winter. From Halloween extravaganzas to Nature Walks the Park is an exciting place for young and old with walks, an award winning childrens play park, a childrens adventure centre, an eight hole golf course, driving range and to round it all off a lovely cup of coffee in Cafe spice. Have a look at their website to find out more, there is fun to be had for all the family.

Larne Borough Council

Carrickfergus Castle

Carrickfergus Castle hosts many events during the Summer and one of the most popular is the Lughnasa Fair in July - enjoy local crafts, food and entertainment. Do visit this wonderful website and learn about all the events taking place at Carrickfergus Castle and other venues in Northern Ireland in  2015. A visit to historic Carrickfergus Castle is a must for the kids. The Castle is only 18 miles from the apartments and is a wonderful day out for all the family.    

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Glenarm Castle


It's LESS than 1 WEEK until tickets for the 2017 Christmas Experience go on sale and we are super excited! Make sure you don't miss out and book your tickets at 9am next Monday 21st August via

Glenarm Castle

RSPB Reserves in Northern Ireland

If birds are your thing, Northern Ireland is the place to come and visit. Rathlin Island has one of the largest sea bird colonys in the British Isles and is home to the Rathlin puffins. Even the very rare corncrake has made an appearance here in recent years and choughs are often to be seen.    Strangford lough is one of the RSPB's greatest successess in Northern Ireland and is a bird watchers paradise. Follow the link below ot learn more about events being held in 2015  Happy bird watching.

RSPB Northern Ireland

North West 200 -

2017 was a fantastic race year.   Watch this space for the 2018 dates -  The North West is the race that every motor bike enthusiast is waiting for and is Northern Irelands largest outdoor sporting event.   The race takes place on the legendary triangle between Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. More than 150,000 spectators line the roads to watch this exciting event. The Practice/Festival week has also become a major tourist attraction taking on a festival atmosphere with concerts and other entertainement geared to include all the family. 

North West 200

British Open Golf - Royal Portrush - 2019

Everyone was delighted to learn that one of the biggest sporting events to arrive in Northern Ireland will take place in 2019.  The British Open Golf Championship will take place at the Royal Portrush course and is set to be the most prestigious event to be held in our area.  Watch this space for further news of this fabulous event.

2017 — Ballygally self-catering apartments