This Sunday will see the city’s weirdest ball sport take place in Custom House Square.

And despite it being a little crazy, it’s all for a good cause.


Brian McGeown (Aether & Echo), Patrick Farrell, Harry Farrell (Heart Patient) and Sarah Quinlan (Children’s Heartbeat Trust)

Belfast bar Aether & Echo are bringing back their now famous Bubble Ball tournament to raise funds for the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

Owners Brian McGeown and Anthony Farrell will transform Custom House Square in the Cathedral Quarter into a fully grassed five aside football pitch to hold their second annual Bubble Ball Outdoor Tournament.

Money raised from the event will go to provide life saving operations for babies, children and young people with heart disease in Northern Ireland.

Last year the tournament welcomed 32 teams from across the Belfast bar community and raised in excess of £1500.

The money raised will go to help sick children like Aether & Echo bar manager Patrick Farrell’s son Harry who is also owner Anthony’s nephew.

Brian explained: “The charity fundamentally is there to offer emotional support to the parents in a caring environment for the kids, but unfortunately they struggle so much for funding.

“This event hopefully will raise the profile of the charity, and at the same time raise some vital cash directly for them.

“A big thanks must go out to the Colin Glen Trust, on Blacks Road who provided the bubble balls.


“Imagine playing football, but with your upper body incased within a giant air filled bubble, fighting for possession and bouncing into your opponent.”

Sarah Quinlan from Children’s Heartbeat Trust said: “This support will help us continue to provide emotional and practical support to families affected by congenital heart disease.

“Bubble Ball looks to be tremendous fun and we would encourage everyone to come down on the day to support the charity and join in the excitement.

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