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Pam's People: Breaking open bubbly as golfing event tees off

By Pamela Ballantine

Later this week golf fans from around the world will be descending on Royal County Down in Newcastle for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

And while they are there they will be sampling some of the finest food and drink we have to offer.

I was lucky enough to have been invited to JNWines in Crossgar to sample the champagne which is being exclusively provided by James Nicholson for this world-class event.

Another world-class sporting event is the NW200 and every year several thousand motorbike enthusiasts flock to the North Coast for the famous road races and one of the hottest tickets in town is for the hospitality marquee.

Not only did guests get the chance to relax between the races, but they also heard from all the winning riders, gaining some fascinating insights into what goes on out on the course.

Meanwhile, over the years many great international players have come from Ireland's oldest provincial rugby club, Dungannon.

It is also a very social and charitable club which was evident at a gala ball the club held in the Europa Hotel.

Many club members and Ulster players including Craig Gilroy, Stephen Ferris and Tommy Bowe were there to support the cause.

What lovely boys they are.

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