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Mark Allen Classic Pro-Am 2018

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Northern Ireland’s Professional Snooker Player Mark Allen organised a Pro-Am last year called “The Mark Allen Classic”. The tournament is a charity event which ran from 17 June until 19 June 2017, the event was very popular the amount of support that Mark received from his fellow Professional and Amateur snooker players within the snooker community was amazing!! Supporters were allowed to watch the matches with an optional donation fee being paid at the door. The Mark Allen Classic raised over £3,500 last year, all of the proceeds that was raised was donated to a local charity the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit in Belfast.

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Mark Allen does a lot of charity work, Mark recently allocated 2 logo spaces on his waistcoat in the Northern Ireland Open to support 2 local chairties called Welcome Belfast which is a homeless charity to protect vulnerable people. The Cure4Cam charity was setup for a 12 year old boy who has a brain tumour. Mark lost in the second round to Tian Pengfei 4-3 despite the loss Mark very kindly decided to donate his £2,500 prize money between the two charities. What great gesture!!  It’s a shame that more sport’s stars weren’t like him.

The charity event was so successful last year that Mark Allen is planning to run the Mark Allen Classic 2018 event this year! Mark would like to make this event bigger and better than it was last year with a possible 128 format compared to the pervious 64 format. You can keep updated with all the lastest information by visiting this link Mark Allen Classic 2018.


Jonathan Hall Opticians 20th Anniversary

Jonathan Hall first opened in 1997, Jonathan Hall Opticians are an award-winning opotermist, Jonathan and his team won optometry practice of the year in 2014 at the Ireland Eye Helathcare Awards. Jonathan Hall Opticians are based in the Kings Square on the Kings Road.

The beautiful buns display.

Jonathan Hall and his team celebrated their 20th Anniversary on the 11th August 2017. They had Prosecco and handmade cup cakes to honour the special occasion, the Proseccco and cup cakes were absolutely gorgeous. It was lovely to spend the afternoon chatting to Jonathan and his wonderful team.

I would encourage anyone to visit Jonathan and his wonderful team; they are very helpful, friendly and professional. No job is ever to big for Jonathan and his team, their customer service is second to none! The personal approach within a business mean a lot to the customer, it’s very unique unlike any other opticians.

Congratulations to Jonathan Hall and his amazing team on their 20th Anniversary. Here’s to the next 20 years!! If you are interested in booking an appointment you can find out more information by visiting Jonathan Hall Opticians.

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Promoting Ladies Snooker

I have been trying to promote Snooker and other female players (as well as trying to promote myself) for the past few years now but only got round to setting up my website last year. This is why I created  this website to mainly focus on my Snooker career but also to encourage other women to become involved in the sport and to promote the sport in Northern Ireland.

I haven’t been successful in achieving this, I participated in a Snooker Charity event for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland in June, it was a great event and I enjoyed it. Although I lost my matches but it was going to a good cause. However, I was the only female there, I feel that more needs to be done to get more ladies interested in the sport over here! I personally would like to join a Snooker Team, I feel that no-one is helping me progress with my snooker, but they seem to be doing a lot for the males, joining teams/leagues ect. I do understand that you obviously have to be at a good standard before you can join a team but surely as there are no ladies that participate within the sport in Northern Ireland, I would think that someone would help me out and give me a chance. I am trying to promote our beautiful sport but as I have said on Social Media over the past few years; without the support there weather it’s by being involved in a Snooker Leauge or having a practise partner. It’s impossible to promote the sport if I not getting the right support to help me improve!

I know that the NIB&SA (Northern Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association) had a ladies team years ago but that sadly ended due to the lack of ladies playing the sport. It would be nice to see a ladies event here in Northern Ireland but I do enjoying playing against the males so the ladies event isn’t necessary. However, I would like to see more help and support from clubs all over Northern Ireland to support the ladies and junior players; as there are hardly any junior players coming through, if ladies like myself want to join a team we should be able to without any questions asked. I would like to join a team for the new 2017/2018 season, if anyone would like to contact me, please feel free to Contact Me or alternatively you can send me a message via Facebook.