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. Northern Ireland will be at the centre of the global sporting spotlight from 18-21 July 2019 as The Open is staged outside of Scotland and England for only the second time in the Championship’s more than 150-year history with sports fans from throughout Ireland and around the world expected to descend upon the town of Portrush.

Rory McIlroy, who lifted the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool in 2014, added, “Royal Portrush is one of my favourite golf courses in the world. I think it will be a fantastic Open venue. They are going to add a couple of new holes to the golf course and I think that will be a great addition and will make the course even stronger. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Course preparations and the work to create the two new holes on the renowned Dunluce Links are well underway. The new 7th and 8th holes will utilise land from the adjacent Valley Course to develop a new par 5 hole, playing down into the valley encompassing that course’s 6th hole, and then a par four, playing back over its 5th hole into some beautiful duneland. Both holes will have an immediate air of maturity using some of the most stunning land at Royal Portrush. The new holes will replace the current 17th and 18th holes on the Dunluce Links, freeing up that land to be used to accommodate the Spectator Village and Championship infrastructure.

Earlier this year the proposals were approved by the Royal Portrush membership and the work is being overseen by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert the Club's golf course architects. As well as creating two new holes, a series of other changes are being made to the course to enhance the challenge that will face the world’s top golfers while remaining true to the ethos of Harry Colt’s original design.

The most significant changes will be to move the 2nd green to lengthen the par five hole by around 40 yards and on the current 10th hole, which will be the 12th at The Open, to alter the line of the hole and extend it by 50 yards. Elsewhere, the existing 8th green (the 10th at The Open), which was not designed by Colt, will be reshaped and several new back tees will be created.

The overall length of the course will increase by just under 200 yards to 7,337 yards and the number of bunkers will be increased by three to 62 in total, still leaving Royal Portrush with the fewest bunkers of any of the courses which host The Open.

The work on the Dunluce Links is due to be complete by the middle of 2016 with the two new holes being given time to grow-in ahead of the following season.https://www.theopen.com/News/News/2015/10/Royal-Portrush-to-host-The-148th-Open-in-2019

Watch this space for further news of this fabulous event. And if you are starting to think of booking accomodation in advance for the event we are now taking bookings for 2019 in our Self-catering apartments in Ballygally Larne so you can take advantage of all the Antrim and Causeway Coast has to offer whilst attending.

Golf open 2019 accomodation

Game of Thrones Tapestry in Belfast

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

Heavens Above at Carrickfergus Museum

Heavens above Carrickfergus Museum- event and times

Dates- Thursday 9 November 2017 to Thursday 4 January 2018  

This spectacular astrophotography exhibition, on loan from the Irish Astronomical Association, features stunning images of the local skyscape as well as a special display of astronomical objects on loan from the Armagh Planetarium.

Launch event Friday 10 November at 7pm.

Public talks on the Night Sky, following by a stargazing event (weather permitting) and access to the Stardome, a mobile planetarium (Stardome - £2 per person). Suitable for all ages.

For further information contact Carrickfergus Museum on T: 028 9335 8241 or E: carrickfergusmuseums@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

 

Sound like a great event, if you are staying in Our self catering apartments on Northern Irelands Antrim Coast pencil it in to your diary.

Carrick museum accomodation larne

White Bear Triathlon

White Bear Triathlon Ballygally!

Situated on the world famous Antrim Coast Road (part of the Causeway coastal route) you will find Ballygally beach, nestled under the Sallagh Braes and home to the historic Ballygally Castle. Views of the infamous North channel and the Mull of Kintyre will meet you as you stand ready for a running beach start and a day of endurance, courtesy of Force 12 events.

No one can dispute the beauty of the Antrim Coast, an area steeped in history, culture and myth... but truly unforgiving for the unprepared. 

‚ÄčThe White Bear is a tough triathlon and will without a doubt test you. The nature of this triathlon will present challenging open water swimming conditions, a relentless cycling route and a gradually ascending run that concludes with a descent through the Sallagh Braes unveiling spectacular views and the sound of applause from a fantastic local community when you cross the finish line at the White Bear.

This is so exciting for us as the White bear is just opposite us on the Coast road! So if you are wondering "where to stay for the white bear triathlon?" or is there any accomodation near the White Bear Triathlon?" Yes there is! You could save your energy for the race and stay right accross the road and who would want to stay at the best situated self catering in Northern Ireland? 

For how to enter the White bear triathlon or information on the white bear triathlon All enquiries regarding entries to Jonny Davies Email: Info@force12events.com

Accommodation near the white bear triathlon

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

North West 200 - 2018 Dates and event details

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. 

The International Northwest 200 is on the North Coast of Northern Ireland and runs between the towns of Portrush,  Portstewart, and Coleraine.  This motorcycle race meeting is Ireland's largest outdoor sporting event.  Attracting in excess of 100,000 spectators.  Practice is all day Tuesday and Thursday morning before the main events.  There are several separate races of 4-6 laps held on the Thursday afternoon and all day Saturday.  All practice and races are on closed roads.  The street circuit is mostly public roads but does include three speed reducing chicanes.  The circuit is 8.97 miles long per lap. The fastest recorded speed through the speed trap is 208 mph/334.74kph    

Dates for the Northwest 200

2018
NW200 DATES
Tuesday 8th May to Saturday 12th May

And if you are coming off the Ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland after a long driveand thinking "where can I stay for the Northwest 200?" we are so close to Larne harbour and therefore an ideal base for your trip to the North West 200. You can start with us staying at our self catering Apartments in Ballygally outside larne and travel up the Antrim and Causeway Coasts for one of the most scenic drives you will ever complete.  We can cater for groups if required. Just give us a ring to find out on 02828583061

North West 200

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

The Gardens are now closed at Glenarm castle but the tea room is currently still open untill the start of December.

And of course they are only a short drive up the antrim coast from our self catering accomodation in Northern Ireland.

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.  Happy bird watching.

Here in Ballygally we have some fabulous bird life too. There can be no other self catering in Northern Ireland with such a diverse variety of wildlife to view from the windows due to the beach, sea, countryside and the hills and of course being in a "Designated Area of Natural Beauty" helps.

RSPB Northern Ireland



2017 — Ballygally self-catering apartments