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We believe Northern Ireland has a better story to tell — one that goes beyond bombs, bullets and a sunken ship. You are part of this story. With 180+ conversations featuring some of the incredible people who call this place home, our weekly show gives you the chance to get away from the clickbait and connect with the amazing things happening on your doorstep. Previous guests include NASA Scientists, Billion-Dollar CEOs, 91-year-old parkrunners, teenaged entrepreneurs, Oscar-winning directors ...
 
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Scott has never seen The Prince Of Egypt. Matt grew up watching it. In this episode, the lads take an esoteric adventure through the trippy, complicated, star-studded, Oscar-winning 1998 animated cult-classic "kids-movie" musical all about Meek Moses leading the people of Israel through the Red Sea. Check it out. https://bestofbelfast/stories/princ…
 
Nadia Sayers is a professional model and Miss Universe Ireland 2020. She's also a passionate mental health advocate, speaker and educator with a Masters in Psychology. After facing her own battles with depression and anxiety, Nadia went on to work in suicide prevention for six years before taking on her current role as Youth Development Manager at …
 
Francesca Morelli is the Enterprise Development Officer at QUBSU and Co-Founder of VAVA Influence: Northern Ireland’s first dedicated Influencer Marketing Agency. After growing up as part of the Morelli Ice Cream family, Fran began forging her own path in the world of tech start-ups by spending a year working in Paris before moving back home to sta…
 
Roger Woodend is the Director of Strategic Sales at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He was born in Belfast in 1975 and was raised in a council-estate in Coleraine before eventually leaving NI to study Politics in Glasgow. Since then he’s lived and worked all over the world for telecom titans, tech-startups and even found the time to do an MBA before tak…
 
***Experimental Episode*** So as you know we've been playing around with some different formats over the last year that differ from our typical 'life story' styled interviews — and today's episode is probably our weirdest and wonderful-est one yet. The idea was to catch up with Wim Hof Instructor, Health & Wellness expert, recent podcaster and now …
 
Kerri McCrea studied zoology at Queen's before moving to Thailand in 2013. Since then, she and her Thai-Karen husband Sombat have set up their own elephant project called Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary which works with local communities to bring elephants home to the forest and away from a life of work in the tourism industry. In today’s episode…
 
Chris Suitor is a tailor, entrepreneur, DJ, Speaker, Father, Husband and — most recently, barista — from Belfast, Northern Ireland. In today’s show we talk about: Buying a cottage in Donegal How he took a family business to new heights Starting a coffee truck How he plans on opening 10 cafes in 2 years Managing screen time And being an egotistical …
 
Welcome to Sport Inspires, a podcast recorded with the Mary Peters Trust and made possible by the Coca-cola Thank you Fund. Today’s episode is with Olympic hockey stars Stephen Martin and Jimmy Kirkwood who both won gold medals with Team GB in the 1988 Summer Games. In this conversation myself and Lady Mary Peters talk with them about: Their once i…
 
Bill Neely is a three-time BAFTA and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist with over 40 years of experience, most recently as NBC’s Chief Global Correspondent. He’s also a triathlon runner and the recent recipient of the highly esteemed Queens University Graduate Of The Year Award. In today’s conversation we chat about: How he got into journalism…
 
Emma Mcilroy is the Co-founder and CEO of Wildfang: a clothing brand based in Portland Oregon whose mission is to rethink gender norms and how they show up in fashion. (She’s also proudly Norn Irish). In today’s episode we talk about: Finding a pre-historic fossil as a kid Landing dream jobs with the Premier League and Nike The big problems she not…
 
Welcome to Sport Inspires, a podcast recorded with the Mary Peters Trust and made possible by the Coca-cola Thank You Fund. Today’s episode is with Northern Ireland Women’s Football Captain Marissa Callaghan, who led the team to their first-ever major tournament qualifier last year in a historic match against Ukraine. The conversation you’re about …
 
Joe Magowan is an Irish Whiskey Expert from Belfast who spends his days educating people all over the world about "the water of life." In this episode we talk about: Growing up working in The Vineyard How he became Brand Ambassador for Powers The history of Irish Whiskey What "the angel share" is And his most significant memories throughout his lif…
 
[Please note that some of the financial figures have been censored from this episode] This time last year, Ciaran Gillen was working on a laptop in Ormeau Baths trying to get his new start-up "tinder-for-tractors" off the ground. Today, Machinery Partner is an industry-changing business that's raised a record-breaking $4.5 million of investment. It…
 
Michael McKillop is a four-time Paralympic Gold-Medalist who currently holds the world record for the 800m and 1500m races. In today’s episode, Matthew Thompson and Lady Mary Peters talk with Michael about: What it was like being coached by his father at a young age His current journey to the Tokyo 2020 Games And how he’s dealt with cerebral palsy …
 
Neville Isdell is the former global CEO and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company. Originally born in Downpatrick, Neville has lived and worked in over 11 countries around the world, “taking on jobs nobody else wanted to take” and “cleaning up messes no one else wanted to own.” He spent his life battling Pepsi, leading through empathy and rising up the…
 
Nick Patterson is a freelance photographer based in Ormeau Baths. Over the course of his career, he's shot celebrities, worked with some of the biggest businesses on the planet and seen an entire industry transform. (From developing photos in lightrooms, to handling the first digital camera in Northern Ireland, to taking the world's first 8K portra…
 
Tony McGaharan is a People Development Expert who has experience working with some of the biggest businesses on the planet. (While also being a fully qualified Coach — both on and off the basketball court). Last year — at the height of the pandemic — he founded People Playbook, a learning consultancy focused on wellbeing that helps organisations ac…
 
Napoleon is an independent speciality coffee shop in Ormeau Baths that opened in August 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Since then it has become a leading cafe in Northern Ireland’s burgeoning speciality scene with their “front-and-centre” approach to coffee attracting a loyal team of regulars from across the nation. Founded by superstar Barist…
 
Adrian Balfour is the founder of Envorso, a US consulting firm based in Seattle that has worked with the likes of Ford and Microsoft. He’s also an organic sheep farmer, Angel Investor, co-founder of the Major League Rugby and founder of the Seattle Seawolves, a US rugby team coached by Allen Clarke and Rory Best. Previously he created Pcubed, a pro…
 
Welcome to Sport Inspires, a podcast recorded with the Mary Peters Trust and made possible by the Coca-cola Thank you Fund. Today’s episode is with legendary two-weight world champion boxer Carl Frampton who’s recently retired from the sport just a few months ago. Along the way Thomas Kane and Gold Medalist Lady Mary Peters ask Carl about : How ret…
 
Nico van der Horst is the founder of Pride & Pinion: Ireland’s only dedicated luxury watch boutique. Over the last four years, Nico and the team have sourced and sold countless luxury watches for celebrities, collectors, investors and everyday people alike. During lockdown, he and the team started posting videos under the name Nico Leonard — which …
 
Hiya folks. Got another experimental episode for you today — a new segment called 'Three Beers, Three Books' where we bring back two previous guests to chat about their favourite books while trying out a few local beers. To get the ball rolling we asked back James Leckey from Leckey Design and Greg Bradley from BLK BOX. Throw in a few Heaney Craft …
 
Mícheál O'Rourke is a Psychotherapist from Newry who moved out to Canada with his partner Leah in 2014. He currently works for the University Health Network in Toronto, serving on the leadership team for their mental health programs. In his free time he’s also heavily involved in the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre. In today’s episode we cover: W…
 
Connie Hunter-Jamison is a partner at StudioStereo, a multi-disciplinary design firm based in East Belfast which she co-founded with her late husband Craig in 2008. Some of her clients include: Madlug Van Morrision Belfast Whiskey Club And many, many more… From hot chocolate start-ups to multi-million-pound tech companies, Connie’s day-to-day is sp…
 
Welcome to Sport Inspires, a podcast recorded with the Mary Peters Trust and made possible by the Coca-cola Thank you Fund. Today’s episode is with Irish Hockey Captain Katie Mullan, the Coleraine player leading the team to their first-ever Olympic Games. Along the way myself and Gold Medalist Lady Mary Peters ask about : The role team spirit has p…
 
Pamela and Richard Lilburn are the owners of Brookvale Farm, a 100-year old family farm that has been taking County Down by storm after they installed a milk vending machine just a few months ago. It’s where I get my milk, it’s the best milk I’ve ever tasted in Northern Ireland if you like a bit of nostalgia, it even comes in a reusable glass bottl…
 
Christine Boyle is the CEO of Senergy, a Belfast-based business bringing the world’s first nanocomposite solar thermal panels to market later this year. Not only is their technology is 50% cheaper and 3-4 times more efficient than other solar options, but they’ve also raised £1.7 million of investment while still retaining 96% ownership (!) In toda…
 
Dr Lucy Tallents is a wildlife conservationist who spent 10 years teaching at Oxford University before launching her environmental e-learning start-up VerdantLearn. After spending many years in the field herself, Lucy’s next adventure is to empower wildlife conservation professionals around the world through VerdantLearn’s collaborative online lear…
 
Stephen Dunn describes himself as “just an ordinary guy” — despite cycling the entire length of Ireland, running marathons and becoming the first environmental consultant in Northern Ireland. After the success of his first business SDS Energy, Stephen and his co-founder Brian have created a new start-up called CarbonFIT: whose sole purpose is to he…
 
Blayne Shaw is an entrepreneur who worked in his family’s fashion business. Toyah Warnock is a Chemistry PhD who worked in a lab. Now they’re co-founders of Lane44: an eco-friendly shaving company who are on a mission to end the 1 billion plastic razors sent to landfill sites each year. In today’s episode we talk about: How the humble yet might saf…
 
Hey folks. Hope you’re doing well. Just hopping on to give you a quick heads up about an exciting new mini-series we’re rolling out next week… ‘Climate Of Change’ is a five-part podcast series presented in partnership with Ulster Bank featuring Northern Irish start-ups who are tackling the climate challenge. Each episode is an opportunity to discov…
 
Chris Gunning is the Finance Transformation Service lead at Heineken in Amsterdam where he has been living with his family over the last 20 years. Starting off back in Belfast with an Accountancy Degree from Queens, he’s since lived and worked all over the world on every continent — except Antarctica — for Global Tech Companies, Automotive business…
 
Anna and Carl Isaksson are the founders of Hotbox: Northern Ireland’s first ever beach sauna experience. The idea is simple yet utterly genius: what if after a cold plunge in the sea you could cosy into a sauna to sweat it out with your nearest and dearest? In today's episode we talk about: Working for and kissing kings How a gal from NI ended up m…
 
Hello and welcome to the Sport Inspires Podcast — a new series in collaboration with The Mary Peters Trust and the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. Each episode will give you the chance to listen in on conversations with Northern Ireland’s incredible sports men and women on the topics of performance, mental health and life after sport. Our first episode i…
 
Ian Browne is an entrepreneur, fellow-Ormeau Baths resident and COO of the Ignite Accelerator Program. He’s spent time in San Francisco, helped launch hundreds of start-ups and has experience building and selling his own. In this week’s episode we talk about: Riding a horse across Cuba Quitting a job to start his own business The start-up ecosystem…
 
Jaz Mooney is a publican from Northern Ireland who built-up an insane portfolio of pubs during the Troubles like The Fly bar, Madison’s Hotel, McHugh’s, The Nothern Whig, Ryan’s Bar and Grill, The Kings Head, The Globe Bar, Apartment Bar, The Rotterdam Bar and of course The Botanic Inn (aka The Bot!) After being trained at what became the Universit…
 
Hello! Today is a bit of an experimental episode where I catch up with Rob Cantle from the Producer's Club to talk through his favourite Best Of Belfast podcast episodes! The idea is simple: what if every quarter or so, we hop on a pod with a listener to swap notes and stories about some episodes from deep within the archive or the show’s recent pa…
 
Hey friends — bringing something a little different to you today — a slow-cooked conversation with good friend and fellow creative Simon Worthington. We cover a lot of random things in this chat from our Queen's Gambit-inspired chess obsession, skateboarding, writing and early mornings, but the real meat and potatoes of the conversation (starting a…
 
Samuel Davidson (1846 – 1921) was an engineer from Belfast who invented the air conditioning fan, brought tea to Northern Ireland and founded Sirocco Works — a manufacturer of machines that employed over 1000 people. He was also a self-taught musician, photographer and world-traveller in a time when ‘a business trip to India’ meant a 66-day journey…
 
Sheree Atcheson is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert from Sri Lanka/County Tyrone currently living in London! Listed as one of the UK's Most Influential Women in Tech, Sheree (@nirushika) worked for the likes of Deloitte and Monzo before becoming the Global Director Of Diversity and Inclusion at Peakon. Alongside being a regular contributor at…
 
Ever since she was little, Lydia Hodgins has dreamed of working with food (even though the teachers wanted her to study Latin instead). During the lockdown, this dream became a reality when she and her partner Justin launched Local Box — a digital ‘corner shop’ that delivers high-quality NI food to your door. In this episode we caught up with Lydia…
 
Ian Richardson has come a long way from cleaning glasses in his parent’s pub. As a Landscape Architect and the founder of multiple start-ups he now spends his days reinventing the way cities work. Being deeply passionate about the environment, he believes entrepreneurship is the solution to global problems like climate change and his current ventur…
 
10-years ago, Terry from Mumbai proposed to Judy from Budapest at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. From there they travelled all over the world, launched a business and moved to Belfast to start a family. But when the pandemic hit — causing Terry to lose his job — the couple were put in a tricky situation… especially since Judy had just had b…
 
When Eva, Josh and Donal signed up to go university, they would have laughed if you told them that a few years later they’d be directors in their own Animation Studio. But when COVID wiped out all of their placement opportunities, they decided to go out and create their own — launching Aura Digital in the process. In today’s episode, hear how three…
 
Murphy & Bailey is a luxury pet boutique on the Belmont Road in East Belfast that launched during lockdown. It’s founded by Jude and Karen — two dog-loving, high-flying corporates who met while walking their dogs Murphy and Bailey at the local park. In today’s episode, hear why they traded established careers for the start-up life, what it was like…
 
Paul Moore is the Director of Future Screens NI and the Professor of Creative Technologies at Ulster University. He's also a TEDxSpeaker, fellow Ormeau Baths resident, lifelong Deadhead and has even spent a few years riding with the Hells Angels for part of his PhD. In today's episode we talk about: What it was like growing up in the 50s/60s in Bel…
 
Helen Lewis (1916-2009) was a dancer, choreographer and Holocaust Survivor who moved to Belfast after WW2. Growing up in Czechoslovakia, she witnessed attitudes towards her Jewish friends and family change with the rise of Nazis Germany. When the war broke out, she, her husband and her parents were moved to the Jewish ghetto Terezín before being im…
 
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