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Pam's People: Artist Hector McDonnell sees big picture

By Pamela Ballantine

Published 13/04/2015

Kathleen McBride (NITB), Norman McBride and Joanne Harvey
Kathleen McBride (NITB), Norman McBride and Joanne Harvey
Alastair and Bindy Mackey with Mary and Danny McKinlay (Sheans Horse Farm)
Jackie and Frances Wilson (Glenarm Castle) at Ballygally Castle where the McDonell clan were honoured
Madeline Beattie and Chloe Dougan
Nadine Moody
Tamara Duncan and Libby Crowther
Cathy Martin and Linzi Rooney

Anyone who knows a wee bit about Irish history will have heard of the McDonnell clan and their influence in the Glens of Antrim.

The family is still very much in residence in and around the area, and the renowned artist Hector McDonnell - the youngest brother of the Earl of Antrim - was guest of honour at a dinner in the Hastings Hotels' Ballygally Castle to see his specially-commissioned picture of the Glenarm Walled Garden being unveiled.

Meanwhile, Studio Souk, which is a non-profit merchandise store, as well as a studio for artists and craft makers, has moved to a new home.

The brand new space in Castle Lane in Belfast was unveiled to invited guests, and studio owner Linzi Rooney is delighted at the prospect of the opportunities available at the much bigger premises.

Elsewhere, I can't believe its 25 years since CoolFM first took to the airwaves, and to celebrate the station held Northern Ireland's biggest-ever radio prize giveaway at Victoria Square.

Leanne Johnston, from Holywood, was the lucky lady, and she is off to Miami courtesy of American Holidays. Not only that, she also won a car from Charles Hurst and £25,000 from CoolFM. Wow.

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