Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Celebration

We were invited to a special celebration on Friday past. A mainly family celebration with some special friends as well.

The celebration was held in Montalto House in Ballynahinch. We had exclusive use of the house for the entire evening! It's such a beautiful location and the house is absolutely stunning. As it says on their website: 'You can become the Lord or Lady of the manor with the attention of your personal butler, the scrumptious food of renowned chefs and the hands-on management of one of Ireland's most respected hospitality professionals.' This was certainly borne out to be true as the meal and the service we had was second to none. And yes, we had our very own butler! A younger and much more handsome butler than Downton Abbey's Carson! He has worked in Hillsborough Castle and attended there when the Queen was visiting.

So what were we celebrating? We were celebrating the appointment of my cousin Denise as a high court judge. She and another woman are the first women to be appointed as high court judges in the history of the Northern Ireland judicial system. As you can imagine, we are all extremely happy for her as she has worked very hard. Her mother, my aunt Ruby, is ninety one years old! She broke her hip a few years ago but managed to walk into Montalto House on Friday evening with just a helping hand from her daughters. Denise is the next to youngest of eight daughters and one son. They were all there with their families on Friday, so delighted for Denise's success.

Well, this is just a very quick post without even a single picture of the event. I just wanted to enjoy it all without stopping to take photos of all that was going on.


  1. Wow! Many congratulations to your cousin, such a an achievement, and lovely that so many of your family could share your cousin's celebration!
    Caz xx

  2. That's brilliant news, what a fantastic achievement x

  3. Congratulations to your cousin!!! How wonderful and what a historical moment! So great that so many of you could share it with her!!! xx

  4. Dear Gillian: Congratulations to your cousin and what a wonderful celebration!

  5. This is certainly an achievement to be celebrated in style! Congratulations to your cousin and her colleague. x

  6. Congratulations to Denise on my behalf too! Bravo! xx

  7. Many congratulations to your cousin, what a wonderful achievement. The celebrations sound fabulous, glad you were all able to join together and wish her well on her success.

  8. Sounds wonderful. Congratulations to your cousin. I enjoyed the photos from your previous blog post, too (the camping trip).

  9. Many congratulations to your cousin Denise! x

  10. Congrats to Denise! What an amazing achievement - you must be so proud!

    The place of the celebrations sound pretty special and rather cool as well!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

  11. Wow, an amazing achievement for your cousin and a special moment in history. Congratulations to your cousin and glad you all enjoyed such a wonderful time. Hx

  12. Congratulations to your cousin, Denise!

    What an amazing place to celebrate, too!

    Barbara xx

  13. Many, many congratulations to your cousin Denise, what an amazing achievement. I bet her Mum and the family
    are so proud.

    Thank you for your visit and comment.


  14. Congratulations to your cousin...how wonderful! And what a fantastic celebration!
    Helen xox

  15. How wonderful! That really is something to celebrate - your cousin is making history. You must all be very proud of her, and the venue sounds like a fitting place for such an occasion. x


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