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It’s a month of celebrations inside our August issue and it’s been lovely to remember that although there’s often a lot of sad stories in our pages, there’s lots of positive things happening too - like graduations! We are celebrating North’s Coast Class of 2018 with our Graduation Special featuring photos of our local graduates sent in by family and friends who are bursting with pride – and rightly so!
Ballymoney’s Emma Stewart is also celebrating this month. After seven years of fertility struggles, heartache and disappointment, Emma’s story has a very happy ending as she has just welcomed her beautiful little boy Arthur through successful IVF treatment. The new mum has shared the story of her tough journey to give hope to other women who are going through something similar. Congratulations from all of us at Local Women Emma!
Another Ballymoney lady celebrating is Eleanor Coulter who has been recognised as an NHS Star. Out of 1.5 million people working in the NHS today, the Robinson’s Hospital health
care assistant placed eighth in a 70th anniversary poll to .nd ‘star’ employees – amazing!
Then there’s Aghadowey’s celebrity chef Paula McIntyre who has been awarded a very well-deserved MBE. I had a great time getting to know her after she invited me into her beautiful Portstewart home. I made sure to get her best tips for all of us normal folk whose culinary skills aren’t quite as impressive as Paula’s, so
read inside to .nd out what they were!
Speaking of Portstewart, the Red Sails Festival was in full swing last month and we were there to get pictures of you all enjoying it – see if you can spot yourself in our social pages! During the festival, I headed to The Anchor Bar Complex for the Red Sails Cocktail Contest where I had a great night
being a judge! I got to taste amazing cocktails from some of the best mixologists on the North Coast and although my ‘Oh… This tastes like a Refreshers lolly!’ critique wasn’t quite as technical as my fellow judges, we all agreed on the very
deserving winner! See all the pictures from the night inside. As always, I hope you enjoy this issue and if you’d like to be featured in Local Women, please drop us a message
North Coast and Ballymena Editor
This month's highlights
After seven years trying, Emma Stewart was giving up hope of ever becoming the mum she longed to be. But this is a story with a happy ending... Mandi Millar caught up the Ballymoney woman who hopes her experience might bring hope to others.
Kirsty Farrell models for Rosie’s Closet, Newry, Ireland’s Largest Dress Shop
Out & About
Huge crowds took to the streets to enjoy the popular seven-day festival of free entertainment for all ages in the beautiful coastal resort of Portstewart.
Out & About
The Portrush Heritage Group stage the sixth adventure of the notorious Pirate Off Portrush, Tavish Dhu when the town is invaded by the Emperor of The Orient - and crowds gather to see The Emperor, his warriors and dragons, parade the streets of Portrush in their search for the Skerry Island.
Wedding of Alison Louise Davidson and Michael Quiery both from Portstewart