Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Belmore Court & Motel earns 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Honoured as a Top Performing Accommodation as Reviewed by Travellers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

Belmore Court & Motel today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Terry McCartney is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Belmore Court & Motel, Owner/Manager in Enniskillen. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

 “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About Belmore Court & Motel
[The Belmore Court and Motel is the perfect solution for all your accommodation needs, offering two distinctive choices of places to stay while in Enniskillen.

The new Belmore Court offers 30 modern, superior and executive bedrooms and with a choice of double, twin, triple and family rooms, the Belmore Court is perfect for business or leisure stays. Finished to the highest of standards, these rooms offer a new level of luxury, space and style.
After a perfect night’s sleep, help yourself to a delicious continental style breakfast in our breakfast room, with steaming hot coffee, croissants, toast and cereal. Please note that there is no bar or full restaurant on site but with two 24 hour supermarkets, award winning restaurants and take-aways close by, you really will be spoiled for choice.
The Belmore Court & Motel is owned and operated by a company called Blakely McCartney Limited whose prior interests include Lough Erne Hotel, Killyhevlin Hotel and McCartney's Inn.
Terry and Mary McCartney are directors of Blakely McCartney Limited.]

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travellers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013
**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, March 2013
©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved. 
SOURCE TripAdvisor

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

2013 Enniskillen 100 Revival Event

On the 25th August last year, Enniskillen Airport reverberated to the sound of racing exhausts as the first Enniskillen 100 Revival got under way. A huge variety of motorbikes, along with an array of cars, took to the smooth tarmac of St Angelo for the Enniskillen 100 Revival event. 

Councillor Harold Andrews, Vice Chairman, FDC on 1948 AJS 7R
Kenny Loughran, P.R.O, Cookstown & District MCC
Norman Crooks, Race Secretary, Cookstown & District MCC
Paul Gartland, on Honda Fireblade Superbike
Michael McGarrity, Irvinestown, Organising Committee
Eddie McGovern, FDC, Organising Committee

The large crowd were thrilled by the sights and sounds of this first Revival, staged to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the last Enniskillen 100 Motorcycle Road Races. Encouraged by the success of last year's event, the Organising Committee has decided to run a second Enniskillen 100 Revival event on 22nd June 2013, supported by Fermanagh District Council and Cookstown and District MCC.

 The core of the Revival event will again be demonstration runs and parade laps by a wide variety of historic motorcycles, on the mile long course laid out at Enniskillen Airport. It is planned to have static displays, a PSNI BikeSafe event, displays of historic racing and rally cars and a selection of other attractions for motorsport enthusiasts and the general public alike. 


 The sights and sounds of the 2013 Enniskillen 100 Revival at Enniskillen Airport will provide a unique mix of nostalgia and excitement for spectators and participants alike. The organisers are working hard to secure the appearance of some very significant riders and racing motorcycles from Ireland, Great Britain and even further afield. Already confirmed to be attending is David Hailwood, son of the legendary 'Mike the Bike' Hailwood, who will be riding a Factory approved replica of his father's famous Honda 500cc four cylinder machine.

The response from participants and spectators to last year's Enniskillen 100 Revival was so positive and encouraging that the Enniskillen 100 Revival Committee are hoping that the event will become an established fixture on the Fermanagh events calendar.

Further Information can be obtained from:

Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh District Council, Town Hall, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7BA or by calling +44(0)28 6632 5050.

Joanne Cunningham Fermanagh District Council, Tourist Information Centre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7EF or by calling +44 (0)28 6632 3110

Michael McGarrity on +44(0) 28 68628111.

Monday, 27 May 2013

NI Eurofans visit Enniskillen

With the support of EU PEACE III funding, the NI Eurofan’s team participated in a residential in Enniskillen over the weekend.

The team, made up of local football fans, will be heading to Ukraine in June to participate in the Eurofan’s Football Tournament, as well as volunteering their time to visit and support a local orphanage bringing much needed aid.
During their weekend residential, the team participated in ‘Football for All’ workshops delivered by Michael Boyd and Claire Adams, looking at the project, the resources available, and their role as FFA Ambassadors. The team are also developing a NI Eurofan’s Charter with the support of FFA, which will outline their role on the team as well as a code of conduct. There was chance for some team building and communications work during activities at the Share Centre, which encouraged the team to work together off the pitch as well as on it.
John Bell, from the Institute of Conflict Research, held a focus group with the team as part of the research for a new Football For All Fan’s Strategy being developed in association with NI football fans. This gave participants a chance to share their opinions and views of football culture in Northern Ireland in a safe and productive environment, assisting in the contribution to the strategy.
Michael Boyd, Head of Community Relations at the IFA said, “Football For All is all about listening to Fans and engaging with Fans on meaningful projects which make a difference. We are proud to support the NI Euro Fans team and thank them for their support promoting the Football For All message of respect for diversity”.
Fans who participated in the FFA residential added:
- “The activities were very good at helping with communication and got everyone in the group working together”
- “We needed to have good team building activities before Ukraine – this helped a lot”
- “It made me think more about things before I act on them”
- “Great for making people work as a team off the pitch as well as on it”

If you would like more information about this group or their trip to Ukraine, please get in touch with Claire Adams – 028 90688425.
This project has been supported by the EU PEACE III programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body –

Friday, 17 May 2013

Belmore Court opens doors for stroke challenge.

Terry McCartney is no stranger to unusual requests at the Belmore Court & Motel, but he’s currently preparing several extra buckets of ice for some aching limbs arriving on Thursday 16 May!

His guest list for the night includes 43 year old stroke survivor, Raymond Kelly who’s set himself the ultimate challenge of cycling 500 miles and climbing 7 mountain peaks in just 5 days! All to raise vital funds for the Stroke Association charity in Northern Ireland.

Raymond, from Dunloy, had his first stroke at the age of 38 which left him with aphasia as well as physical and emotional problems. Since then, he has had further strokes but has slowly improved his speech and regained mobility with the support of the Stroke Association, his wife Denise and their two children.

Not one to sit back and let his health defeat him and in an effort to give something back to the Stroke Association for their support, Raymond has created the 575 Stroke Challenge. 

The ‘575 Stroke Challenge’ aims to raise £10,000 for the Stroke Association in Northern Ireland and Raymond and his two cycling partners, Simon Corrigan and Peter Zagrapan have been training for a number of months and will arrive in Enniskillen on Thursday 16 May.

Raymond comments; “I’ve always been an active person but when I took my first stroke I pretty much lost a year of my life. I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t really move and felt very depressed. However, I was determined to get my life back again for the sake of my family and so, with the support of the Stroke Association, my speech has improved and my physical ability has come back. I still can’t read properly, get my words mixed up and get very tired but I’m alive and getting on with things as best I can. I got the help I needed to overcome my stroke and so if I can do something to help other stroke survivors, I will.”

Terry McCartney, from the Belmore Court & Motel said; “When we heard the guys were coming through Enniskillen we were only too happy to open our doors to them.  Raymond has stayed with us before, and truly is an inspiration to the thousands of stroke survivors across Northern Ireland.  We wish Raymond, Simon and Peter the very best of luck in this amazing challenge.”

To support Raymond’s challenge, please visit or the ‘575strokechallenge’ page on Facebook. Raymond and the guys would also greatly welcome your donations and support along the route so please do come out and cheer them on.

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Michelle Baird, Communications Manager at the Stroke Association on 028 9050 8051 or email

            575 Stroke Challenge route is as follows:

            Wed 15 May              - Cycle from Dunloy to Derry

            Thu 16 May                - Cycle from Derry to Enniskillen

            Fri 17 May                  - Cycle from Enniskillen to Newcastle

            Sat 18 May                - Climb 7 peaks of the Mourne Mountains

            Sun 19 May                - Cycle from Newcastle to Dunloy

  • A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Around 4,000 people have a stroke in Northern Ireland every year. That’s one person every two hours. Stroke has a devastating impact on an individual, is the single biggest cause of severe disability in the UK and the third most common cause of death.

  • There are over 33,000 people in Northern Ireland living with the effects of stroke, including 10,000 with aphasia, a devastating communication disability caused by stroke.

·         Stroke Association is a charity. We believe in life after stroke and we’re leading a community of people to change the world for people affected by stroke.  We work directly with stroke survivors and their families and carers, with health and social care professionals and with scientists and researchers. We campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best recovery they can. We fund research to develop new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. The Stroke Helpline (0303 303 3100) provides information and support on stroke. More information can be found at

·         For many people a stroke happens suddenly and without warning and contrary to common belief, it can happen to anyone at any age – even babies in the womb.

The Stroke Association  Phone:   028 9050 8020
          Rushmere House          Fax:   028 9066 0720
46 Cadogan Park
Belfast BT9 6HH         Registered Charity No. XT33805