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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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Tim Clifford is the curator of Ireland’s largest vinyl record collection. His life’s mission is to collect all the singles that have made it into the top 100 charts between 1952 and 2003. He’s also co-owner of the historic mansion Abbeydene House which has hosted guests like President Eisenhower, Daniel O’Donnell and international music acts from a…
 
Cameron Hunter is a senior software engineer that has spent the last 15 years working in tech for companies like Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix. (If you’ve ever sent a DM on Twitter or watched Netflix on a TV you have Cam to thank). Originally from Belfast, he now lives in Silicon Valley where away from the glowing screens, he enjoys climbing rocks, …
 
Dr. Neil Powell is an internationally renowned dog trainer whose been involved in global search and rescue missions, crime prevention efforts and natural disaster relief. His dogs have been awarded the gold medal for valour, murdered by Malaysian pirates and saved countless lives — while recovering the bodies of many more. In today’s episode we tal…
 
Peter Rollins is a freelance philosopher and psychoanalytic theorist who helps people find freedom from the tyranny of happiness. In today’s conversation we talk about: Why people post on Instagram How desire works Irish mammies Amusing Ourselves To Death The weird, cult-like nature of LA Liver King The Psychology of JD and Elliott in Scrubs Why he…
 
Seán Napier is a football coach and entrepreneur who works as the MLS Next Academy Director for the Boston Bolts. He’s also the co-founder of Evolve Academy; an online learning start-up that helps young athletes develop resilience, confidence and the self-reflective skills they need to thrive on and off the pitch. In today’s episode we talk about: …
 
Bill Allen (William Frank Allen) is an ex-prison officer who worked in the Crumlin Road Jail and Maze Prison at the height of the troubles. In today’s episode, we talk about: Growing up in London after WW2 Mars Bars coming off the ration How he got into prison work Physical courage War hero and friend Ken Lewis The Shankill Butchers Why rough men k…
 
Sai Kelly is a husband, father and filmmaker. In today’s episode we talk about: What it means to be a man How having a daughter forces you to level-up Why you should always talk to the scariest person in the room And the new wild wisdom mini-series dropping on Best Of Belfast in 2023. This is episode is also the first one in our brand new video pod…
 
Hannah and Shane are the artistic duo behind Spontaneous Deuce: a big breaded baking sensation that has been taking the NI Artisan markets by storm. After studying art in London and travelling around the world on a food pilgrimage, the couple have just opened a bakery in Hillsborough called Round House Bakery. In today’s episode we talk about: - Gr…
 
Conan Bradley is the co-founder of Bioliberty: a start-up whose mission is to empower every human to live a longer independent life through assistive and rehabilitative robotics. In this episode, we chat about: Part-time pizza jobs Cookstown Bingo Halls Itchy feet The difference between soft and hard robotics How assistive robotics can help stroke …
 
PD Savage is a CrossFit Games Athlete and the fittest man in Ireland. In today’s conversation we chat about: Growing up doing manual labour on a farm How playing GA set him up as a competitor Why he got into CrossFit Highs and lows of competing on such a high-level Balancing income generating work with sport The role loss has played in his journey …
 
Maddie Hamill started out her career as a research scientist in the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland. Her plan was to work for a few years before getting married, having kids and living in a wee house near her mum on the Cave Hill Road. What ended up happening was a rollercoaster journey that included moving to Wales to work for a Toba…
 
Jane Shaw lives at and manages Elmfield Estate: a family-run wellness centre, retreat facility, educational institute and home of a monthly artisan market. After living and working in London for almost 20-years, Jane moved back to Northern Ireland to help transform her childhood home — and breathtaking grounds — into a destination where individuals…
 
Bio: Louis Pearsons is an entrepreneur, athlete and competitor. In this episode we talk about: Competing at a high level from a young age Pursuing goals vs being content Qualifying for the Crossfit Games Leaning into our flaws Polaroids And dealing with addiction // https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/louis-pearson //…
 
Bio: In this episode we caught up with Granda John, Johnny-son and Grandson Curtis from Sloan’s Gym to chat about running an intergenerational family business and: The boxing legacy of their building How they build community among members The connection between Mental health and exercise Why we don’t talk to strangers anymore The power of breaking …
 
Ged Armstrong & Matthew Morgan have a combined 300 million video views on TikTok and Instagram. In this episode we talk about: - Why we don't rap in our accents - Our first YouTube videos (Runescape, COD, FIFA) - Balancing creativity with making money - Dealing with haters - The trauma involved with going viral - Short-term vs legacy - And managing…
 
Ilse van Staden is a rugby player, butcher, chef, language teacher and biltong maker from South Africa. Since moving to Northern Ireland in 2011 she has played for Ulster Rugby, and represented Ireland in the Six Nations as prop. Along with her partner Alannah, Ilse also set up Ke Nako: an award-winning artisan food business that specialises in Sou…
 
Jonathan Black is an experienced company director who has co-founded several companies, ranging from gaming to commercial real estate. For over a decade, he has been actively involved in the Games Industry, originally specialising in 3D Modelling and Level Design while using Minecraft as a platform for distribution. In 2015, along with his business…
 
Rich Wade is a photographer from Belfast based in New York. He has shot for the likes of WWE, Rolling Stone, Vogue, NPR, Van Morrison and The Washington post— and his work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. In this episode we chat about: Getting into wrestling at a young age Moving to NYC Shooting for WWE W…
 
Joe Barr is a 63-year old ultra-endurance cyclist who has been racing bikes his whole life. He is a 1986 Commonwealth Games medalist and has amassed hundreds of medals and trophies in different cycling disciplines throughout his 45+ year career. In 2004 Joe retired from professional cycling but after his young son, Ross beat cancer in 2008 he retur…
 
Isabel Woods is a 93-year-old who set long distance cycling records back in the 1950s. In this episode we talk about: Street-games she played as a young girl on the streets of Belfast Saving up to buy her first bicycle while working in a factory Cycling through rain, wind and snow to make her club proud Giving a donkey a bath in her cottage Set dan…
 
Matt Gillespie is a die hard BMX fanatic who has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of seeing Skateparks built across Northern Ireland. He’s built three indoor Skateparks, runs a dare devil stunt team and fronts an organisation who seek to teach every child in the land how to safely ride a bmx, stunt scooter or skateboard. In the last 5 years …
 
Matthew Scott is a Digital Media Entrepreneur working hard to change Media Entertainment, Digital Storytelling and Digital Democracy. Over the last 20-years he has worked as a creator, producer, marketer and innovator with the likes of SKY, BBC, Discovery Networks, Nike, Coca-Cola, Ford, Lego, Intel, Sony Pictures and countless more. His new compan…
 
Ryan Scollan is a sports scientist, esports performance coach and entrepreneur who’s deeply passionate about using technology to address the health and well-being challenges of professional gamers. In pursuit of this passion, he founded Gscience, an esports and performance coaching company, which he led from inception to its recent acquisition by A…
 
Robert Jamison is an architect, known his boundary-pushing work through his own practice and involvement in the BBC/Netflix show Your Home Made Perfect. In his early days, Robert studied architecture at Queen’s and became a lecturer there before moving to London to work on a wide-range of projects. After the 2008 crash, he booked a one-way plane ti…
 
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