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Pam's People: Pulling up a chair at the Ikea Ideas Festival

By Pamela Ballantine

Published 08/06/2015

Matthew McGovern, Melissa Magee, and Amanda and Robert Espy
Matthew McGovern, Melissa Magee, and Amanda and Robert Espy
Vicki and Dave McGuinness
From left, Nadia Duncan, Rosie Kearney, Caroline Beatty and Louise Lemon
Katrina Martin (Park Avenue Hotel) , Mandy Patrick, (President NIHF), Marianne Hood (MH Hospitality Training)
From left, Avril Robson (Corick House), Conor Douds (Tara Lodge) and Adrienne Hanna (Right Revenue)
Bridgene and Edward McKeever (McKeever Hotels Group)
Paddy, Rosemary and Andrew Mallon with Neil Shawcross
John Fyfe, Anne Garrigan and Alo Tote from Mallon Foods
Joe and Rosemary Kearney

It's that time of year when many of us are having a clear-out, but are you often stuck for storage? I know I am, but help was at hand at the launch of the Ideas Festival at Ikea, which offered tips and advice on the joy of storage.

The stylist Kate McKeogh was on hand to guide guests through trend workshops and how best to store their clothes throughout different seasons. I'm now sorted.

Elsewhere, local artist Neil Shawcross unveiled his latest work at the James Wray and Company art gallery in Belfast. It was commissioned by Monaghan-based sausage producer Arthur Mallon Foods, and it depicts the iconic brand logo of the family-owned company. Guests were delighted to meet the artist but also to sample Mallon sausages, which were cooked to perfection by leading chef Niall McKenna.

Meanwhile, we can agree that first impressions are important, and when you check in at a hotel, the receptionist is usually the first person you meet, so they can shape your opinion of the place, which is why the NIHF Receptionist of the Year competition means so much.

This year's ceremony was held in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club, and it gave these very important front-of-house staff the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved night off.

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