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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 300+ 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 wi… read more

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Gemma Austin: A Peculiar Tea

November 27th, 2023


Gemma Austin is the Owner of A Peculiar Tea in Belfast and a Great British Menu contestant who has represented Northern Ireland three times.

In …

Martina Tierney on Seating Matters, Family Business & “The Stairway of My Life”

November 20th, 2023


Martina Tierney is the founder of Seating Matters and author of “The Stairway of My Life.”

In today’s episode, we talk about:

  • Why the stairs in her …

The Tierney Brothers on Cutting Turf, Family Legacy & Meeting Bob Proctor

November 13th, 2023


Jonathan, Ryan and Martin Tierney are brothers with heads for business, hearts for people and souls that long to the leave the world better than they …

Colin Gibson on Military Contracting, PTSD & The Power of Being Yourself

November 6th, 2023


Colin Gibson is an ex-soldier, military contractor, scuba-diver, and owner of Talon: a security training company based in Northern Ireland. He’s …

“Don’t Hug The Shore!” — Kevin Roland, MD of Teneo (Recorded September 2023)

October 30th, 2023


(Recorded September 2023). Kevin Roland is a Managing Director in New York-based global CEO advisory firm Teneo. He was a member of the Foreign …

Brendan McGurgan on Scaling, Personal Transformation & Keeping Score of the Things That Matter

October 23rd, 2023


Brendan McGurgan is the co-founder of Simple Scaling: an organisation that helps ambitious business leaders to 10x their business through accelerator programs, best-selling books, acclaimed podcasts, and the upcoming …

Joseph Kennedy III on Famous Last Names, Figuring Stuff Out & Northern Ireland

October 16th, 2023


Joseph Kennedy III currently serves as the Special Envoy to Northern Ireland for Economic Affairs.

In today's episode we talk about:

- Growing up in a family known for public service

- How the assassination of his uncle …

Celebrity Defamation Lawyer Paul Tweed on AI, Supreme Confidence & Using Good Judgement

October 9th, 2023


Paul Tweed is a media lawyer described as “the most powerful man in Hollywood.” He’s represented A-list celebrities like Justin Timberlake, Harrison …

Diplomat Colin Leeman on Foreign Service, Travelling the World & Coming Out

October 2nd, 2023


Colin Leeman is the British Consul General in Cape Town. Over the last twenty years in the British Foreign Service, he’s had postings to Iraq, …

George McGowan: Professional Parkour Athlete

September 25th, 2023


George McGowan, is a professional parkour athlete from Northern Ireland who’s widely known as the “springiest guy in the sport.”

In today's episode …

Polymath Laurence Beattie on Grandparenting, Growing Up & Seeing Ghosts

September 18th, 2023


Laurence Beattie is a recently retired jack-of-all-trades, including lab technician, forensic scientist, quality engineer, quality manager, plant manager, production manager, executive, business owner/managing director, …

Gospel Singer Roberta Clements on Alcoholism, Miracles & The Master’s Plan

September 11th, 2023


Roberta Clements is a gospel singer from Belfast who has performed on thousands of stages around the world, including local pubs/clubs, high-security prisons, and U.S. military bases during the Vietnam War. She is also …

Leon McCarron on Adventure, Iraq & The Garden of Eden

September 4th, 2023


Leon McCarron is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and explorer from Northern Ireland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia's Explorer of the Year. He is …

The Priests: Fastest-Selling Classical Music Act of All Time (While also being full-time priests!)

August 28th, 2023


[Rebroadcast: this episode first aired on 13th November 2019]

The Priests are the fastest-selling classical group of all time. They’re also full-time …

Hotbox Sea Sauna, Benone Beach (My Favourite Place in Northern Ireland)

August 21st, 2023

[Rebroadcast: this episode first aired on 17th May 2021]   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 …

Nadine Patterson: Stop-Motion Puppet-Maker for Tim Burton & Wes Anderson

August 14th, 2023


[Rebroadcast: this episode was first aired on 7th November 2019]

Nadine Patterson is a puppet-maker from Northern Ireland. From making models as a child to working in the puppet hospital on a Tim Burton movie set, …

Otto Jaffe & The History of the Jewish Community in Northern Ireland

August 7th, 2023


[Rebroadcast: This episode first aired 2nd November 2020]

Sir Otto Jaffe was one of the leading entrepreneurs responsible for the boom of the Linen Industry here in Belfast in the 1800s.

Through a lot of hard …

Private Investigator Ian D. Withers on Murder Charges, Child Recovery & Telling The Truth

July 31st, 2023


Ian D Withers is a retired Private Investigator and author.

In today’s episode we talk about:

  • Growing up in the aftermath of WW2
  • The role private …

Hospitality Legends: Ryan Jenkins, Owner of ROAM Restaurant

July 24th, 2023


Ryan Jenkins is a 30-year-old self-taught chef from West Belfast and the owner of ROAM: an award-winning restaurant in Belfast city centre.

In …

Joan Burney Keatings on Outrageous Serendipity, Leading With Your Gut & The Purpose Driven Life

July 17th, 2023


Joan Burney Keatings is the Chief Executive of Cinemagic: an award-winning charity that provides young people around the world with opportunities to …

John Christie: Hot Rod Racing World Champion

July 10th, 2023


John Christie is a Hot Rod Racing World Champion.

In today's episode, we discuss:

  • What Hot Rod is and what sets it apart from other motorsports

Hospitality Legends: Michael Cosgrove, The Crown Bar

July 3rd, 2023


Michael Cosgrove is a bartender in The Crown Bar.

In today’s episode we talk about:

  • How he became a celebrity bartender
  • The ghost that lives The …

Abigail Parkinson on TikTok, Dealing With Rejection & The Power of Favour

June 26th, 2023


Welcome to Pub Chats & A Pint, a podcast series sponsored by Harp where we sit down with interesting local people in a Belfast pub.

Today we are in The Orpheus Bar in the Cathedral Quarter and are joined by …

Hospitality Legends: James McGinn, MD of Hastings Hotels

June 19th, 2023


James McGinn is the Managing Director of Hastings Hotels. Over the last 27 years, he has been involved in presidential visits, hosting celebrities, …

Pi Guy Marty Duggan on Broken Bones, Cuban Raves & Legendary Pizza

June 12th, 2023


Welcome to Pub Chats & A Pint a podcast series sponsored by Harp where we sit down with interesting local people in a Belfast pub.

Today we are in The Errigle Inn on the Ormeau Road and are joined by legendary pizza …

Chris Lynch on Suicide, Identity Crisis In Sport & Whole Athlete Wellbeing

June 5th, 2023


Chris Lynch is the Head Wellbeing Manager of Australia's National Football Team. He has also worked in Olympic Cycling and Malaysian Rugby.

In …

William Thompson on Spy Kids, Cerebral Palsy and Meeting Louis C.K.

May 29th, 2023


Welcome to Pub Chats & A Pint, a podcast series sponsored by Harp Lager where we sit down in a local pub with someone interesting from Northern Ireland.

Today we're in The Harp Bar in Cathedral Quarter and are …

Olympic Rower Philip Doyle on Ego, Modelling & Dead Plants

May 22nd, 2023


Welcome to Sport Inspires: a podcast recorded in collaboration with The Mary Peter’s Trust and made possible by the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.

Today’s …

Bernadette Hagans on Modelling, Call of Duty & Losing Her Leg

May 15th, 2023


Welcome to Pub Chats & A Pint, a podcast series sponsored by Harp Lager where we sit down in a local pub with someone interesting from Northern Ireland.

Today we're in Southside Social on Botanic Avenue and are …

Claire Taggart on Boccia, Dystonia, Travel and Tortoises

May 8th, 2023


Welcome to Sport Inspires: a podcast recorded in collaboration with The Mary Peter’s Trust and made possible by the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund.

Today’s …

Paul Kennedy on Surviving Car Crash, Building His Business & Travelling The World

May 1st, 2023


Paul Kennedy is a young, driven entrepreneur who has squeezed a lot into his first 29-years here on earth.

(Including survivng a car accident, …

Noel & Roy Spence: The Filmmaking Twins Born in 1944

April 24th, 2023


Roy and Noel Spence are twin brothers born in 1944 who’ve dedicated their lives to making films.

In today’s episode we talk about:

  • Their first trip …

“LEAN Manufacturing CHANGED My Life Forever" — Ryan Tierney

April 17th, 2023


Ryan Tierney is a director and co-founder of Seating Matters: a medical chair manufacturer based in Limavady.

“Eight years ago I went home from work really frustrated, the business wasn’t running the way I wanted it to …


April 10th, 2023


Johnny Ward is the first person from Ireland to visit every country in the world.

He’s also has made $3m from his blog, started a non-profit and now has his sights set on being the first person in history to visit north …

“The Face Of Guinness” with Terry Loughins

April 3rd, 2023


Terry Loughins has had a lot of jobs including: salesman, milkman, barman and DJ.

But his favourite job was his 25-years working for Guinness NI, a …

MORELLI’S ICE CREAM ft. Damian & Ellen Morelli

March 27th, 2023


For over 100 years, the Morelli family has been serving award-winning Italian Ice Cream in Portstewart.

In today’s episode we sat down with Damian …

UNLOCK YOUR BRAIN with Dr. John Kelly

March 20th, 2023


If no two brains are the same why do our schools, universities and work places treat everyone “equal?”

That’s the question Dr. John Kelly has spent …

MARRIED YOUNG with Mike & Caragh Hamilton

March 13th, 2023


Mike and Caragh Hamilton are a power couple.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Going into business together while dating
  • Whether or not they believe in …


March 6th, 2023


John Eldredge is a husband, father and therapist who has sold millions of books on the topic of masculinity, adventure and becoming the man you …

JELVIS PELVIS: The KING of Belfast’s Busking Scene

February 27th, 2023


Jelvis Pelvis (Jordan Devine) is a full-time Elvis street performer.

In today’s episode we talk about:

  • The cut-throat nature of being a busker on …

#299 THE BAR CZAR ft. Michael Stewart & Jawbox Gerry

February 20th, 2023


Michael Stewart is a hospitality legend with over 36-years of experience under his belt.

In today’s episode we talk about:

  • Opening up bars during …

#298 Peter Quinn: Silly Videos, Snoop Dogg & Thumb-Stopping Content

February 13th, 2023


Peter Quinn is a multi-disciplined creative who’s recently stumbled on success making weird VFX videos for celebrities around Los Angeles like Will …

#297 Cameron Hunter: Comic Books, Big Tech & Working For Netflix

February 6th, 2023


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 …

#296 Tim Clifford: Curator of Ireland’s Largest Vinyl Record Collection

January 30th, 2023


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 …

#295 Dog Trainer Neil Powell on Rescue Missions, Plane Crashes and Malaysian Pirates

January 23rd, 2023


Dr. Neil Powell is an internationally renowned dog trainer whose been involved in global search and rescue missions, crime prevention efforts and …

#294 Philosopher Peter Rollins on Liver King, Irish Mammies & the Tyranny of Happiness

January 16th, 2023


Peter Rollins is a freelance philosopher and psychoanalytic theorist who helps people find freedom from the tyranny of happiness.

In today’s …

#293 Seán Napier: Soccer, Start-Ups & Undercover FBI Agents

January 9th, 2023


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 …

#292 Prison Officer Bill Allen on Physical Courage, Violent Men and Giving Up Drink

January 2nd, 2023


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 …

The Future of Best Of Belfast

December 26th, 2022


Episode 300 is approaching... and we have some weird news to share. 

#291 The Masculine Journey w/ Sai Kelly

December 19th, 2022


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 …

#290 BIG BREAD with Round House Bakery

December 12th, 2022


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 …

#289 Conan Bradley: Itchy Feet, Cookstown Bingo Halls & Assistive Robotics

December 5th, 2022


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 …

#288 PD Savage: Ireland’s Fittest Man

November 28th, 2022


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

#287 Maddie Hamill: Fortune 500 Growth Strategist

November 21st, 2022


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 …

#286 Jane Shaw: Elmfield Estate & Artisan Market

November 14th, 2022


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 …

#285 Louis Pearson: Crossfit, Competition, Addiction

November 7th, 2022


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 …

#284 Sloan’s Gym: Family, Fitness & Mental Health

October 31st, 2022


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 …

#283 Hater Management w/ Ged Armstrong & Matthew Morgan

October 27th, 2022


Ged ArmstrongMatthew 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)
- …

#282 Ilse van Staden: Prop, Butcher, Biltong Maker

October 24th, 2022


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 …

#281 Jonathan Black: Blockception — Building a Business on Minecraft

October 17th, 2022


Jonathan Black is an experienced company director who has co-founded several companies, ranging from gaming to commercial real estate. For over a …

#280 Rich Wade on Photography, WWE & Doing Many Things

October 10th, 2022


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 …

#279 Joe Barr: World-Champion Ultra-Endurance Cyclist

October 3rd, 2022


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 …

#278 Isabel Woods: The 93-Year-Old Record-Breaking Cyclist

September 26th, 2022


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 …

#277 Matt Gillespie on BMXing, Saving Lives & Setting Up Skateparks

September 19th, 2022


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 …

#275 Into the Metaverse with Ryan Scollan

September 5th, 2022


Ryan Scollan is a sports scientist, esports performance coach and entrepreneur who’s deeply passionate about using technology to address the health …

#274 Robert Jamison: Architect

August 29th, 2022


Robert Jamison is an architect, known his boundary-pushing work through his own practice and involvement in the BBC/Netflix show Your Home Made …

#273 Conor Gallagher: AllotMe

August 22nd, 2022


Conor Gallagher is the North Belfast-born founder of AllotMe: an online platform that connects empty outdoor space with would-be vegetable growers, …

#272 Richard Kirk: Workplus

August 15th, 2022


Richard Kirk is the co-founder of Workplus: an online platform that makes it easier for people to find apprenticeships that’s based out of Ormeau …

#271 Brendan Digney: Machine Eye

August 8th, 2022


Brendan Digney is the founder of Machine Eye: a tech start-up from Belfast that uses AI and Computer Vision to make heavy machinery autonomous and safer.

(AKA: “he turns big diggers and cranes into Teslas”)

Having grown …

#270 Tōnē Flōrēal on Growing Up, Protecting Your Inner-Child & Becoming a “Keeper of the Flame”

August 1st, 2022


Tōnē Flōrēal is an International Man of Mystery, a real-life cross between Austin Powers and Forrest Gump. He has traveled the world learning from the all-stars of healing and human performance. His company, FlowReal, …

#269 Esoteric Ramblings: The Yo-Yo Principle™ (ft. Tone Floreal)

July 25th, 2022


Our greatest esoteric adventure yet — live from Scott’s sofa.    Join the yo-yo bros and fellow traveller Tone Floreal as we dive deep into the world of true community, the ebb and flow nature of life and moving away …

#268 Dr. Eileen Murphy on Egyptian Mummies, Famine Roads & Skeletons with Leprosy

July 18th, 2022


Eileen Murphy is a Professor of Archaeology at Queen’s University Belfast and a leading expert in ancient human remains/burial practices. Her passion …

#267 Hayley Milthorpe: The Cultured Food Company

July 11th, 2022


Hayley Milthorpe is the creator of The Cultured Food Company. She’s also a mother, nutritionist and passionate advocate for the health benefits of …

#266 James & Matt on Dopamine, Domino-Decisions and Compassionate Confrontation

July 4th, 2022


People come and go in our lives — “friend’s for a season” — folks who we journey with for a while and then part ways. But every now and then a …

#265 Gemma Gallagher: Design & Dine, Dubai

June 27th, 2022


Gemma Gallagher is an award-winning Visual Artist and the Founder of Design & Dine, a Creative Workshop company based in the UAE and Northern …

#264 Dr. Lindsay Broadbent on Viruses, Vampires & The History of Pandemics

June 20th, 2022


Dr Lindsay Broadbent is a virologist at Queen's University Belfast who has made over a thousand media appearances during the pandemic.    In this …

#263 Esoteric Ramblings: Working The Land on Biruck’s Organic Farm

June 13th, 2022


Grab a pair of headphones, a shovel and get to work. The boys are out of town and this time we’re volunteering at Hahu Organics to try and find …

#262 Biruk Sahle: Hahu Organics, Helens Bay Walled Garden

June 6th, 2022


Biruk Sahle is the no-dig gardener behind Hahu Organics: an initiative that feeds 40+ families from a small plot of land in Helens Bay Walled …

#261 Amilra De Silva on Serendipity & the Chemistry of Everything

May 30th, 2022


Dr Amilra De Silva (more commonly known as AP) is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering who during his 40-year career …

#260 John from Shines Seafood on the Sustainability & Health Benefits of Irish Caught Fish

May 23rd, 2022


Shines Seafood are a family business based in Killybegs, Co.Donegal that sell Ireland’s only Irish Tuna, Irish Sardines & Mackerel to both the retail & food services sectors.   It’s is their aim to make the …

#259 Rory O’Connor on Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent

May 16th, 2022


Rory O’Connor, a native of Derry, is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow where he directs the Suicidal Behaviour Research …

#276 The "Post-Social World" with Matthew Scott from Play Human

May 9th, 2022


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 …

#258 Yassin Brunger: Racism, Conflict & Justice

May 9th, 2022


Dr Yassin Brunger is a Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Gender Justice and Society Research Network at Queen’s University Belfast.    Originally from the Gambian, Yassin spent 20 years living in …

#257 Colly Graham: A Conversation With A 78-Year-Old About Contentment

May 2nd, 2022


Colly Graham is a 78-year-old international businessman, sales training expert and great-grandfather.

He's also a former alcoholic, rough-sleeper, …

#256 Mark Rabo on Appreciating Beauty, Becoming a Polymath and Carving Out Community in the Digital Age

April 25th, 2022


Dear friends!

Excited to share with you today a very special conversation with someone I've only met once who left a big impression on me.

The short story is that I got more from a two-hour chat with Rabo

#255 John Barry on “Climate Change” and Meaningful Environmental Action

April 18th, 2022


Professor John Barry is the C0-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queen's University Belfast, and C0-Chair of …

#254 Esoteric Ramblings: The Sauna Episode (ft. Hotbox & Ryan Scollan).

April 11th, 2022


Sea-swimming, sauna-sweating and aufgussing (wait, what?!). 

Join myself, Scott and special guest Ryan Scollan on another esoteric adventure — this …

#253 Ryan Milligan: Lorry Driving, Astrophysics & Space Truckers

April 4th, 2022


Dr. Ryan Milligan is a lecturer in the Astrophysics Research Center at Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on the study of the sun and how it can impact our planet.   After graduating from Queen’s …

#252 Caoimhe Rooney: NASA, Exoplanet Atmospheres & Making Maths Fun

March 28th, 2022


Dr Caoimhe Rooney is a mathematician at NASA that searches for life throughout the universe by studying distant planets, known as exoplanets.    …

#251 Addiction 101: The Final Episode In The Series

March 21st, 2022


What a ride the last few weeks have been! Highly recommend you going back and listening through the six different episodes we've released as part of this Addiction Series.

Today's episode is a final recap conversation …

#250 The State of Addiction in Northern Ireland (ft. Prof Kathryn Higgins & Dr Anne Campbell from Queen’s University Belfast)

March 14th, 2022


Today’s episode features a conversation about the state of addiction in Northern Ireland with Dr Anne Campbell and Professor Kathryn Higgins from Queen’s University Belfast who have both dedicated their professional …

#249 Vivian McKinnon: Former-Addict Turned Floatation & Trauma Expert

March 7th, 2022


Floatation and trauma expert Vivian McKinnon set up Hydro-ease: Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation centre in September 2015.    She established the business in response to her own traumatic experiences and a …

#248 Theo Fleury: The Hockey Superstar Who Got Sober In Belfast

February 28th, 2022


Theo Fleury is a former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist. He’s also the two-time best-selling author of Playing with Fire

#247 Willy G: World-Famous Tattoo Artist, Former Cocaine Addict

February 21st, 2022


Willy G is a world-famous tattoo artist from Whitehead, Northern Ireland. He’s also a husband, proud father of three, painter and former cocaine …

#246 Alan: Alcoholics Anonymous

February 14th, 2022


Today’s very special episode features an in-depth conversation with an individual in his 70s who has been sober for 40+ years through the Alcoholics …

#245 Dr. Anna Lembke: Dopamine, Addiction & Freedom

February 7th, 2022


Kicking off our addiction series is Dr. Anna Lembke: a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and one of the world's leading experts on dopamine. 


Over the last few years, Anna has appeared in Netflix …

Addiction Mini-Series [Trailer]

February 2nd, 2022


Hopping on to give a head-up about probably the most important thing we will ever share on this podcast.


Over the next six weeks, we're diving deep into the topic of addiction, including some incredible stories from …

#244 Mental Health: The Link Between COVID & Depression

January 31st, 2022


Pilot episode for our new podcast! 


Over the last two years, there’s been a lot of discussion about the short and long-term side-effects of COVID-19.

But something I’d never heard anyone talk about was the proven …

#241 Kit Adams: Antarctica's Post-Man

January 10th, 2022

Kit Adams is an adventurer from Newcastle, County Down who is currently working as a post-man in Antarctica.   After growing up at the bottom of the Mourne Mountains, Kit has dedicated his life to learning about and …

#240 Clive Corry: Loss, Grief & Intergenerational Trauma

January 3rd, 2022


Clive Corry is the founder of Action Trauma, Ltd. A not for profit organisation whose vision is to see a world where people stop hurting themselves and others because of undealt-with negative experiences (trauma).

His …

[Rebroadcast] Norman Surplus: The First Man To Circumnavigate The Planet In An Autogyro

December 27th, 2021


This conversation first aired three years ago and is one of our most popular episodes. 


Merry Christmas and enjoy!

[Rebroadcast] Foy Vance: A Once In A Lifetime Conversation

December 20th, 2021


This conversation first aired three years ago and is one of our most popular episodes. 


The long pauses, stretches of silence and absolute golden …

#236 Eimir McSwiggan: Champion Ice Climber

December 13th, 2021


Eimir McSwiggan is a World Champion Ice Climber from Northern Ireland who’s been living and working in South Korea since 2010.   With 6 World Cup medals under her belt, Eimir is passionate about sharing her love for …

#235 Martin Mullholland: Head Concierge Of The Europa Hotel Belfast

December 6th, 2021


Martin Mullholland is the Head Concierge of the Europa Hotel and has worked there for 38-years — making him the longest-serving staff member of …

#234 Esoteric Ramblings: The Prince Of Egypt

November 29th, 2021


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, …

#233 Nadia Sayers: Miss Universe, Comic Books & Mental Health

November 22nd, 2021

Nadia Sayers is a professional model and Miss Universe Ireland 2020. She's also a passionate mental health advocate, speaker and educator with a …

#232 Francesca Morelli: Ice Cream, Influencers & Forging Your Own Path

November 15th, 2021


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 …

#231 Roger Woodend: Amazon, MBA’s & 75+ Countries

November 8th, 2021


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 …

#230 Esoteric Ramblings: Matt & Scott's Winter Survival Guide

November 1st, 2021


***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 …

#229 Kerri McCrea: Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

October 25th, 2021


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 …

#228 Chris Suitor on Donegal, Coffee & Trance Music

October 18th, 2021


Chris Suitor is a tailor, entrepreneur, DJ, Speaker, Father, Husband and — most recently, barista — from Belfast, Northern Ireland.   In today’s …

#227 NI’s Three Olympic Gold Medals (Jimmy Kirkwood, Mary Peters & Stephen Martin)

October 11th, 2021


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 …

#226 Bill Neely: NBC’s Chief Global Correspondent

October 4th, 2021


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 …

#225 Emma Mcilroy: Wildfang

September 27th, 2021


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 …

#224 Marissa Callaghan: Northern Ireland Women's Football Captain

September 20th, 2021


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 …

#223 Joe Magowan: Irish Whiskey Expert

September 13th, 2021


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 …

#222 Ciaran Gillen: Machinery Partner

September 6th, 2021


[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 …

#221 Michael McKillop: Gold Medals, World Records & Cerebral Palsy

August 30th, 2021


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, …

#220 Neville Isdell: Global CEO of Coca-Cola

August 23rd, 2021


Neville Isdell is the former global CEO and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company.   Originally born in Downpatrick, Neville has lived and worked in …

#219 Photographer Nick Patterson From Sync Imaging

August 16th, 2021


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.


#218 Tony McGaharan: People Playbook

August 9th, 2021


Tony McGaharan is a People Development Expert who has experience working with some of the biggest businesses on the planet. 


(While also being a …

#217 Napoleon Coffee: Rachel & Matt on their First Year Of Business

August 2nd, 2021


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 …

#216 Adrian Balfour: Founder Of The Seattle Seawolves Rugby Team

July 26th, 2021


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 …

#215 Carl Frampton: Two-Weight Boxing World Champion

July 19th, 2021


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 …

#214 Nico van der Horst: Pride & Pinion

July 12th, 2021


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 …

Three Beers, Three Books (ft. James Leckey & Greg Bradley)

July 5th, 2021


Hiya folks. Got another experimental episode for you today — a new segment called 'Three Beers, Three Books' where we bring back two previous guests …

#212 Mícheál O'Rourke: Psychotherapist

June 28th, 2021


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 …

#211 Connie Hunter-Jamison: StudioStereo

June 21st, 2021


Connie Hunter-Jamison is a partner at StudioStereo, a multi-disciplinary design firm based in East Belfast which she co-founded with her late …

#210 Katie Mullan: Captain Of Ireland's Olympic Hockey Team

June 14th, 2021


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 …

#209 Brookvale Farm: The Milk Vending Machine Taking NI By Storm

June 7th, 2021


  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 …

#208 Northern Ireland & Climate Change (A Panel Discussion)

June 4th, 2021


How is Northern Ireland tackling the climate challenge? What are some of the things we can do to help? And why should we even care in the first …

#207 Christine Boyle: The World’s First Nanocomposite Solar Panels

June 3rd, 2021


Christine Boyle is the CEO of Senergy, a Belfast-based business bringing the world’s first nanocomposite solar thermal panels to market later this …

#206 Dr Lucy Tallents: Wildlife Conservationist

June 2nd, 2021


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, …

#205 Stephen Dunn: What Is Carbon & Why Does It Matter?

June 1st, 2021


Stephen Dunn describes himself as “just an ordinary guy” — despite cycling the entire length of Ireland, running marathons and becoming the first …

#204 Lane44: Eco-Friendly Shaving Company

May 31st, 2021


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 …

Climate Of Change

May 26th, 2021


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…   …

#203 Chris Gunning: The James Bond Accountant

May 24th, 2021


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 …

#202 Hotbox Sea Sauna: NI’s First Beach Sauna Experience

May 17th, 2021

Anna and Carl Isaksson are the founders of Hotbox: Northern Ireland’s first ever beach sauna experience.   The idea is simple yet utterly genius: …

#201 Mary Peters & Rhys McClenaghan On Olympics, Mental Health & Life After Sport

May 10th, 2021


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.     …

#200 Ian Browne: Ignite Accelerator Program

May 3rd, 2021


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 …

#199 Jaz Mooney: Belfast's Pubs During The Troubles

April 26th, 2021

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, …

#198 My Favourite Episodes (ft. Rob Cantle)

April 19th, 2021


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 …

#197 A Slow-Cooked Conversation With Simon Worthington

April 12th, 2021


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 …

[Documentary] Samuel Davidson: "The Inventor Who Brought Tea To Northern Ireland"

April 5th, 2021


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.


The Balloon Joke

April 1st, 2021


One of the most talked-about moments on the show.


Found it on the hard drive the other day and couldn't resist sharing it. Hope it gives you a …

#195 Sheree Atcheson: Monzo, Forbes, Women Who Code & More

March 29th, 2021


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 …

#194 Local Box: The Start-Up Bringing NI Food To Your Doorstep

March 26th, 2021


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 …

#193 Circle: Belfast’s First Bicycle Delivery Company

March 25th, 2021


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 …

#192 Hearty Growers: The Urban Farmers Growing Mushrooms In Belfast

March 24th, 2021


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.     …

#191 Aura Digital: The Student Start-Up Shaking Up The Animation Industry

March 23rd, 2021


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 …

#190 Murphy & Bailey: The Pet Boutique That Launched During The Pandemic

March 22nd, 2021


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 …

Tough Times, Tougher City.

March 17th, 2021


Just hopping on to give a quick heads up about an exciting new mini-series we're launching next week in collaboration with Belfast City Council.


#189 Professor Paul Moore: Future Screens NI

March 15th, 2021

Paul Moore is the Director of Future Screens NI and the Professor of Creative Technologies at Ulster University.   He's also a TEDxSpeaker, fellow

[Documentary] Helen Lewis: "The Dancing Holocaust Survivor"

March 8th, 2021


Helen Lewis (1916-2009) was a dancer, choreographer and Holocaust Survivor who moved to Belfast after WW2.


Growing up in Czechoslovakia, she …

#187 Anna McKeever: Painting & The Role Of Art In Society

March 1st, 2021

Anna McKeever is an Irish Artist based on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.     Predominantly a palette knife painter, she is inspired by both urban and rural Ireland; and her work is a celebration of the spirit and warmth of …

#186 Donna Dooher & Kevin Gallagher: The Restauranteurs Who Brought Brunch To Toronto

February 22nd, 2021

Donna Dooher and Kevin Gallagher are second and third generation Northern-Irish-Canadians who first burst onto the hospitality scene by introducing the phenomena of brunch to Toronto through their restaurant Mildred …

#185 Martin Lynch, Playwright [Live Podcast]

February 15th, 2021


Martin Lynch is a playwright from Belfast, Northern Ireland who started out in Community Theatre at Turf Lodge before being appointed Resident Playwright at the Lyric.     A 35-year career has seen Martin's work …

#184 Steve Strange: Agent Of Eminem, Coldplay & Snow Patrol

February 8th, 2021


Steve Strange is an agent from Carrickfergus who started his career in the music industry as a drummer for Northern Irish rock band No Hot Ashes.


Since then he worked with some of the biggest names in the world …

[Documentary] Sir John Lavery: "The Belfast Orphan Who Painted History"

February 1st, 2021


Sir John Lavery is a painter from Northern Ireland best known for his portraits of Michael Collins, Churchhill and Queen Victoria.


But besides …

#182 Neil Walsh, United Nations: Surviving Trauma & Fighting Crime

January 25th, 2021

Neil Walsh is Chief of the Cybercrime, Counter-Terrorist Finance and Anti-Money Laundering Department at the United Nations where he and his team advise the UN Senior Leadership on conflict prevention in cyberspace.   …

#181 National Museums NI: Hannah Crowdy

January 18th, 2021

Hannah Crowdy is the Head Of Curatorial for National Museums NI.     In 2009 she relocated from Brighton to Belfast and eleven years later, she is very happy to call this place home.     As a museum professional for …

#180 Dr. Steve Ilardi: The Depression Cure

January 11th, 2021

Steve Ilardi is a professor of psychology and a clinical researcher specialising in the treatment of mental illness.  He's worked with several …

#179 East Antrim Counselling: Noel McKee

January 4th, 2021

Noel McKee was a firefighter in North Belfast for 32 years before training as a counsellor and launching his own practice in 2004.     Since then he has logged over 6,500 supervised counselling hours of one-to-one …

#178 Leah McCourt MMA: The First Female To Headline A Fight In Europe

December 28th, 2020

Leah McCourt is an MMA Fighter from Belfast Northern Ireland.     Alongside being a blackbelt in Judo and brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Leah was also the first female in Europe to Headline a Mixed-Martial Arts …

#177 BLK BOX Fitness: Greg Bradley

December 21st, 2020

Greg Bradley is the founder and CEO of BLK BOX Fitness: a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and delivery of fitness equipment.      Since 2012, the Belfast-based team have worked with some of the …

#176 John Elliott: Founder Of Clements Coffee

December 14th, 2020

John Elliott is a serial-entrepreneur from Larne, Northern Ireland.     He’s best known for starting Clements Coffee, a chain of over 10 cafes launched in 1999 that has paved the way for Belfast’s now thriving coffee …

#175 Frank Morris: The Man Who Built An Airplane In His Garage

December 7th, 2020


Frank Morris is a tinkerer, builder and inventor from Northern Ireland.


After growing up on a "farm" and being inspired by the handiness of his grandas, he always messing about with stuff at a young age including …

[Documentary] Lilian Bland: "The First Woman To Design, Build & Fly Her Own Airplane"

November 30th, 2020


Lillian Bland was the first women in the world to design, build and fly her own airplane.


She was also a sports journalist, photographer, investor, gambler, smoker, mechanic, hunter, markswomen, the owner of …

#173 Julie Andrews: Linenhall Library

November 23rd, 2020


Julie Andrews is the current Director of the Linen Hall Library: Belfast's oldest and last-standing private Libary.


Located just opposite City …

#172 Dennis Coppel: Medic, Father, President

November 16th, 2020

Dennis Coppel is an 85-year-old former Anesthetist and the current President of the Belfast Jewish Community.     Some of his early memories …

#171 Virtual Tour Of The Belfast Jewish Synagogue

November 9th, 2020


As part of our documentary on Otto Jaffe and the history of the Jewish Community in Northern Ireland, we paid a visit to the Belfast Hebrew Congregation on the Somerton Road.


The North Belfast synagogue is the third …

[Documentary] Sir Otto Jaffe: "The Linen Entrepreneur Who Changed A City"

November 2nd, 2020


Sir Otto Jaffe was one of the leading entrepreneurs responsible for the boom of the Linen Industry here in Belfast in the 1800s.


Through a lot of hard work and determination, the young German-born entrepreneur …

#169 Mark Goldstone: Pharmacist, Copywriter, Investor

October 26th, 2020

Mark Goldstone has worked for more than 25 years in the healthcare/life sciences industry.     He has a passion for technology, new “stuff” and …

#168 Leonard Nugent: Construction Worker, Adventurer, Author

October 19th, 2020

  Leonard Nugent is a businessman and author from Belfast with an incredible story to tell.     Despite experiencing homelessness at a young age and receiving no formal education, Leonard went on to start a one-man …

#167 Rita Harkin & The Red Bricks Of Belfast

October 12th, 2020


Quick bonus episode with Rita Harkin from the Architectural Heritage Trust who we interviewed as part of our Danny Blanchflower documentary released last week.


I had such a good time with Rita and learned so much that …

[Documentary] Danny Blanchflower: "The Greatest Footballer Who Ever Lived"

October 5th, 2020


Danny Blanchflower was a footballer from Belfast who’s most well-known for captaining the Tottenham Hotspurs team that won the double in 1961 and 1962.


(The first team to win the FA Cup twice in the 20th Century).

#165 Maud Hamill: Blue Plaques & Ulster History Circle

September 28th, 2020


Today marks the beginning of a very exciting new series we’re rolling out next week called The Streets Where They Lived: a six-part history …

#164 Joshua Burnside: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller

September 21st, 2020


Joshua Burnside is a singer, songwriter and storyteller from Northern Ireland.


His award-winning, genre-defying music draws from the rich, complex history of home — and has found music-lovers from all over the world.


#163 Alice Wilkinson & Susan Rollins-McEwen: Yoga Quarter & Refill Quarter

September 14th, 2020

Alice Wilkinson and Susan Rollins-McEwen are the dynamic duo behind Yoga Quarter and Refill Quarter in East Belfast.     They met while completing …

#162 David O'Reilly (Rigsy): DJ, Broadcaster, Author, Father.

September 7th, 2020

David O’Reilly (Rigsy) is is a broadcaster, DJ and author from Belfast, Northern Ireland.       As an independent producer, he hosts two radio …

#161 Cormac Quinn: The Tech Entrepreneur Behind loyalBe

August 31st, 2020


Cormac Quinn is the founder of loyalBe: a bank-connected rewards app aimed at helping independent retailers to attract and retain customers.


The most impressive part is that before their recent investment, the Ormeau …

#160 Andi Jarvis: Marketing & Black Lives Matter

August 24th, 2020


Andi Jarvis is the Founder and Strategy Director of Eximo Marketing, a marketing strategy consultancy based in Bangor and Liverpool.


Originally …

#159 Sinead O'Sullivan: Aerospace Engineer, NASA, Harvard & Beyond

August 17th, 2020


Sinead O’Sullivan is an Aerospace Engineer from Northern Ireland who has worked with NASA to design human spaceflight missions to the planet Mars and …

#158 Mike Kerr: beIN Sports

August 10th, 2020


Mike is the Managing Director, of beIN ASIA PACIFIC: a global leader in the production and distribution of sports content like The Premier League, Rugby World Cup, FA Cup and much much more.


After moving to Singapore …

#157 Terry Kane: Facebook

August 3rd, 2020


Terry Kane is a senior executive at Facebook living in Dubai where he heads up the marketing strategy for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey regions for all Facebook's platforms and services.

  As if his 20-years …

#156 Bernadette Collins: Formula One

July 27th, 2020


Bernadette Collins is a senior Formula One strategy engineer from Northern Ireland working with the Racing Point F1 Team.


Alongside being …

#155 Professor Philip Hamill: Abu Dhabi University

July 20th, 2020


Philip Hamill is the Associate Provost, and currently the Interim provost, at Abu Dhabi University.


After watching a movie about Wall Street when he was a boy, Philip decided to move to Belfast from Portadown to study …

#154 Sheridan Tongue: Composer

July 13th, 2020


Sheridan Tongue is a BAFTA-nominated composer from Belfast known his global, award-winning work on drama series and documentaries alike.


From scoring the mind of Stephen Hawkings, soundtracking 12 seasons of Silent …

#153 Connecting The Northern Irish Diaspora (With Anne Beggs from NI Connections)

July 9th, 2020


Incredibly excited to announce a new mini-series we're launching in collaboration with Northern Irish Connections where we’ll be sharing the story of …

#152 Brian John Spencer: Artist (Featuring 7-year-old son Henry)

July 6th, 2020


Brian John Spencer is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


After going down the grammar-school track of studying law, Brian decided to take …

#151 Joan Henderson: The Power Of Outdoor Play

June 29th, 2020


Joan Henderson is an Educational Mentor focusing on helping schools across Ireland tap into the developmental power of outdoor play in young children.

#150 The Power Of Celebrating Local

June 24th, 2020




I was interviewed recently for another podcast and ended up talking about Northern Ireland the whole time.


Thought there was some …

#149 Conor & Tom McLaughlin: Red Bay Boats

June 22nd, 2020


Red Bay Boats is a family business in Cushendall that has built over 1000 boats and 'shipped' to 30+ different countries around the world.


After …

#148 Daniel Crawford: Axial3D, The Human Body 3D Printing Start-Up

June 15th, 2020


Daniel Crawford is the Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Axial3D; a 3D printing company that creates medical models of a patient's organs, …

#147 Claire McLaughlin: Junior Doctor & Rugby Player

June 8th, 2020


Claire McLaughlin is a 28-year-old junior doctor from Bushmills and a professional rugby player.


After admittedly not being any good at sports as a …

#146 Jon Bradford: “The Godfather Of European Accelerators”

June 1st, 2020


Jon Bradford is “doer of many things (badly)” — at least that’s what he sent through when we asked him for a short bio.


However, a quick Google search will tell you that Jon is a highly experienced early-stage …

#145 Hugh McGauran: The 75-Year-Old Wheatgrass Salesman

May 28th, 2020


Hugh McGauran is a stroke-surviving, set-dancing, wheatgrass and ionized water salesman from Northern Ireland.


He claims that homegrown wheatgrass and ionized water has allowed him to feel the healthiest he's been in …

#144 Janine Kane: The Publican Behind The Spaniard, Muriels, The Jeggy Nettle & More!

May 25th, 2020


Janine Kane is the publican behind bars some of Belfast’s most beloved bars, including The Spaniard, Muriels, Pablos, Panama, The Jeggy Nettle and most recently, The Chester.  


After originally training and working a …

#143 Terry Doherty: Post-Man, Music-Lover, Storyteller

May 21st, 2020


Terry Doherty is a postal worker, music-lover and storyteller from Larne, Northern Ireland.


In this easy-listening episode, he shares a treasure …

#142 The Power Of Creating Daily with Dillon Osborne

May 18th, 2020


The King of Instagram Stories returns!


(You can check out our first interview with Dillon here to get the backstory).


In today's episode, we chat …

#141 James McClurg: Sky's Startup Investment & Partnerships Team (VC)

May 16th, 2020


Jame McClurg leads Sky’s Startup Investment and Partnerships team. 


Since joining the team when it started in 2013 he has been investing in and partnering with companies from the US, UK/Europe and Israel including …

#140 Aidan Larkin: The World’s First Bitcoin Auctioneer

May 14th, 2020


Aidan Larkin is the former Asset Recovery Director at Wilsons Auctions. (In other words, he sells the stuff seized by the police from criminals).


#139 Colin Davidson: Artist & Painter

May 11th, 2020


Colin Davidson is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  Since 2010, Colin's focus has been on painting scale portraits which have received …

#138 Jawbox Gerry Returns!

May 9th, 2020


Joined today again by Belfast's favourite barman: the one and only Gerry White.


Founder of Jawbox Gin, ex-manager of The John Hewitt and all-round Belfast legend, Gerry has stories coming out of his ears when it comes …

#137 Alison Clarke: ACA Models & Miss NI

May 7th, 2020


Alison Clarke is the founder of ACA Models: Northern Ireland's longest-running modelling and promotion agency.


After growing up on a farm in County Tyrone, Alison gave up her University offers to study Maths and …

#136 In The Green Room With Zoe Salmon

May 4th, 2020


Zoe Salmon is back — and this time we’re kicking back in the digital green room with a light-hearted catch-up. 


(With a bit of seriousness sprinkled in there for good measure).


We caught up the TV Presenting legend …

#135 Tony Carson: Entrepreneur & Investor

May 2nd, 2020


Tony Carson is an entrepreneur and investor from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


He's one of those guys who not only has a fascinating career, but also a remarkable personal story.


Growing up in the New Lodge area of …

#134 Brenda McMullan: Halifax Foundation For Northern Ireland

April 30th, 2020


Brenda McMullan is Grant-Maker from West Belfast, Northern Ireland.


After originally starting her career off in IT, Brenda is now the Executive …

#133 Gary Lightbody: Snow Patrol

April 27th, 2020


Gary Lightbody is a singer-songwriter from Bangor, Northern Ireland and the lead singer of Snow Patrol.


Across their 25-year journey, Snow Patrol …

#132 Rebecca McKinney: Radio Presenter & Fashion Stylist

April 23rd, 2020

Rebecca McKinney is a Radio Presenter and Fashion Stylist from Belfast, Northern Ireland.   After originally studying law, Rebecca pivoted into PR & Marketing before becoming the Resident Stylist for Victoria …

#131 Lockdown Extension Update

April 21st, 2020


Thanks for an awesome month of monthly episodes!


Switching to two episodes a week (Monday & Thursday) going forward.


Say hello:


#130 Gerry Flynn: Footballer Turned Entrepreneur (Live From Murcia, Spain)

April 20th, 2020


Gerry Flynn is a footballer and entrepreneur from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Prior to moving to Spain 10 years ago, Gerry played professional …

#129 Sam Halliday: Two Door Cinema Club

April 17th, 2020


Sam Halliday is a musician from Bangor, Northern Ireland (and a part-time footballer for his local team).


After starting a band with some friends …

#128 Adam Cree: Former Belfast Giants Star Turned Entrepreneur

April 16th, 2020


Adam Cree is the Chief Revenue Officer of 3EN Cloud Ltd, located in Holywood, Co. Down.


Having spent the first part of his working life in …

#127 Paddy Raff: Comedian

April 15th, 2020


Paddy Raff is a comedian from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  After working in a call-centre before joining a wedding band, Paddy has exploded onto the comedy-scene much later in life than most — despite having all the …

#126 Patrick Quinn: International School Principal (Live From Changshu China)

April 14th, 2020


Patrick Quinn is a 37-year-old International School Principal from Belfast currently living in Changshu, China.

  After initially working in fashion …

#125 Claire Moore: Sports, Marketing & Brain-Surgery (Live From Hong Kong)

April 13th, 2020


Claire Moore hails from Jordanstown, Co. Antrim and is currently based in Hong Kong after an eight-year stint in Dublin.


She works in sports …

#124 Oliver Jeffers: Artist & Author

April 10th, 2020


Quarantine Phone Call.


Oliver Jeffers is a visual artist and author from Belfast, Northern Ireland.


His critically acclaimed picture books have …

#123 Noel Allen: Noisy Snacks

April 9th, 2020


Noel Allen is the founder and CEO of NI based food start-up Noisy Snacks.


Noisy Snacks is the award-winning innovative snacks company behind tasty, nutritional snacks that require all FIVE Senses to eat.


They claim …

#122 Emer Maguire: Science Communicator, Comedian, Broadcaster, Musician & Speech Therapist

April 8th, 2020


Emer Maguire is a multi-talented comedic, musical, public-speaking, broadcasting, science communicating legend from Strabane, Northern Ireland.


#121 Rabbit-Hole Conversations with Mark Todd

April 7th, 2020


Had the absolute pleasure of chatting to friend and previous guest Mark Todd... an insanely good conversationalist, storyteller and talented …

#120 Ian McLernon: Remy Cointreau — Manhattan, NYC

April 6th, 2020


Ian McLernon is the CEO of Remy Cointreau Americas, a family-owned spirit business that dates back to 1724 best known for their cognacs Rémy Martin and Louis XIII.


Originally from Ballymoney, Ian has lived in …

#119 Conor Houston: Solicitor, Connected Citizens, The Irish Times & Much, Much More

April 3rd, 2020


Conor Houston is a... 


Well, he's a lot of things. 


  • Director at Houston Solutions Ltd, a bespoke leadership advisory company.

  • Founder of …

#118 Leanne Ross, Live From The Lockdown In New Zealand

April 2nd, 2020


Leanne Ross is a marketing director, author, trainer, lecturer and former Belfast blogger who emigrated to Dunedin, New Zealand in 2016 (homeland of her retired Ulster Rugby playing Kiwi-Irish husband).


Born and bred …

#117 Peter Dickson: The Voice Of X-Factor, Britains Got Talent & 30,000 Commercials

April 1st, 2020


Peter Dickson is the legendary voiceover artist behind The X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent, the London 2012 Olympics and 30,000 TV/Radio commercials …

#116 Sly Guy Dave Elliott: Comedian & Podcaster

March 31st, 2020


Dave Elliott is a comedian and podcaster from Bangor, Northern Ireland.


He hosts two weekly podcasts: Sly Guy and Boy Town.


In today's episode …

#115 Pete Snodden: Cool FM, Broadcaster, Speaker & Event Host

March 30th, 2020


Pete Snodden is a broadcaster, speaker and event host from Bangor, Northern Ireland.


He's the voice of one of the nation's most popular radio …

#114 Julian Simmons: The Legendary UTV Continuity Presenter

March 29th, 2020


Julian Simmons is the legendary UTV Continuity Presenter known for his sharp-tongued transitions between TV shows like Coronation Street and …

#113 Andrew Agnew: EUROSPAR, Henderson Group, Burnout, Running + Much Much More

March 28th, 2020


Had the absolute privilege of interviewing a guy today I grew up with who has gone on to live a very interesting life at a young age.


Andrew Agnew …

#112 The May McFettridge/John Linehan Origin Story

March 27th, 2020


May McFettridge is one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable and loved faces.


But what about the man behind the character?


John Linehan is the …

#111 Geraldine Hughes, Live From The Lockdown In New York

March 26th, 2020


We hopped on the phone with legendary West Belfast actor Geraldine Hughes (Rocky Balboa, Gran Torino, Harry Potter on Broadway) to catch up and see how she is surviving (and thriving) during these uncertain times.


In …

#110 How ESTHER Is Getting Financial Support To Those In Need During COVID-19

March 25th, 2020


If you would like to donate directly to someone in need in Belfast you can do so at


ESTHER is a pocket-to-pocket giving …

#109 The Nonsense Show With Sarah McBride

March 24th, 2020


An episode where we don’t talk about the C-19-word.


Stick the headphones on and get lost in a series of ramblings about living in NYC, social media conspiracy theories, Denny sausages, BIG MILK, the best ice-cream in …

#108 Andrew Trimble Interviews Matthew Thompson (Live From The Bunker)

March 23rd, 2020


You guys asked for it.


Here's what was suppose to be "episode 101" where Andrew Trimble turns the tables and gets me on the other side of the mic.


We chat about selling Tayto crisps to Norn Irish people living …

#107 Live From The Lockdown In Italy With Cordelia McKinley

March 22nd, 2020


In today’s Quarantine Phone Call we hopped on WhatsApp to talk to Cordelia McKinley, a Northern Irish writer/English teacher currently living in Italy.


With Italy being two weeks ahead of us in terms of the spread of …

#106 Shane Todd Returns (With Listener Questions)

March 21st, 2020


Would you swap your Twitter Blue Tick for a Nandos Black Card?


Do you take red sauce or brown sauce in a sausage bap?


What is Jeeves from Ask …

#105 Nurturing Our Inner-Child with Kevin Young

March 20th, 2020

Hopped on a phone call with one of the most insightful people I know when it comes to our emotional and spiritual well-being.     Kevin is a …

#104 Building Our Immune System with Scott Riley

March 19th, 2020

How can we take care of our physical and mental wellbeing during the lockdown?     Out of everyone I know and have interviewed, Scott Riley is the one guy I trust the most for advice — and what he had to say certainly …

#103 Mash Direct's Plan To FEED THE NATION

March 18th, 2020


Worried about food during the lockdown?

Don't be. 

In this bonus episode, I caught up with the legendary Jack Hamilton from Mash Direct for a quick phonecall about what his family business is doing to help keep us fed …

#102 DADcast with Colin Geddis

March 17th, 2020


Welcome to first and only episode of DADcast with local comedian Colin Geddis where I let slip I haven't listened to his podcast for six months...


#101 COVID-19 Update (Live From My Garden Shed)

March 16th, 2020


Just because we isolated doesn't mean we are alone.



#100 David Harbinson: Firefighter, Station Commander, Cancer-Survivor

March 15th, 2020


David Harbinson is a Station Commander for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in Belfast.


After joining the service at a young age, David has worked his way through the ranks and has a story or two to tell …

#99 Andrew Cuthbert aka “Rocketman”: Innovation Maven, Polymath, Father

March 9th, 2020


Andrew Cuthbert is a polymath from Northern Ireland. 


So far he’s been involved in research trips to Madagascar, human rights campaigns, setting up …

#98 Clodagh Dunlop: Locked-In Syndrome Survivor (ft. Partner + Carer Adrian Simpson)

March 2nd, 2020


Clodagh Dunlop is a detective for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 


In April 2015, her life was turned upside down after suffering a …

#97 Dr Mano Shanmuganathan: Neurosurgeon + Bear Grylls ‘Treasure Island’ Survivor

February 24th, 2020


Dr Mano Shanmuganathan is one of the only pediatric neurosurgeons in Northern Ireland. He also survived being stranded on a desert island for 30 days as part of ‘Treasure Island,’ a TV show hosted by Bear Grylls. 


Liam Neeson Update, Episode 100 and Q&A Episode

February 20th, 2020


Quick wee update for you guys as we approach episode 100 and an invitation for you to be a part of it. 

#96 Claire Dowds: Ormeau Baths, Community-Building, & Treasure-Seeking

February 17th, 2020


Claire Dowds is the General Manager of Ormeau Baths, a coworking space right here in the heart of the city centre where she spends her time building an environment where people and businesses can thrive. 

As a lot of …

#95 Colin Anderson: The Godfather Of Advertising In Northern Ireland

February 10th, 2020


This week’s interview is the fifth episode in ‘The Disruptors’, a mini-series presented in collaboration with Fleet Financial where we sit down with …

#94 Reuben Skinner: Videographer at Canva, Sydney, Australia

February 3rd, 2020


Reuben Skinner is a Belfast born and bred videographer currently living in Sydney Australia with his wife Estelle and three kids to Dora-Rose, Toban and Zeke.  


Having initially studied Education with Art and Design, …

#93 Carmel McKinney: Northern Ireland Fire And Rescue Service (NIFRS)

January 27th, 2020


Carmel McKinney is the Chairperson of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). 


After studying English and French at university, Carmel went on to become a teacher and one of Northern Ireland’s leading …

#92 Nick Whelan: Dale Farm

January 21st, 2020


Ok, so when I think of Dale Farm I think of milk, cheese, eating Joker ice lollies in the car. Tasty delicious, love it. But I always assumed it was …

#91 James Leckey: Founder & CEO of Leckey Design

January 13th, 2020


James Leckey is the founder & CEO of Leckey: a company focused on designing life-enhancing products for physically challenged children. 


After starting out small in a garden shed, the Northern Ireland-based …

#90 Baroness May Blood: Integrated Education Fund

January 6th, 2020


Baroness May Blood grew up in a working-class area of Belfast.


In today’s episode, we talk all about what it was like growing up in Belfast in the ’40s, her time in the House Of Lords and why Integrated Education is …

#89 Ciaran Sheehan: Clarendon Executive, Young Enterprise & Corcreggan Mill Holidays

December 30th, 2019


I first met today’s guest when I was 16 while doing Young Enterprise at school and since then I’ve also known him to be incredibly passionate and …

#88 Jonny Quinn: Snow Patrol (Drummer)

December 23rd, 2019


Jonny Quinn is the drummer of Snow Patrol, an alternative rock band from Northern Ireland that has released six albums so far and sold over 13 …

#87 Sarah McAnallen: Student Entrepreneur Behind The Award-Winning McAnallen Design

December 16th, 2019


When Sarah was six-years-old her mum had a stroke — making everyday tasks difficult. It was out of this personal experience that McAnallen was born.


#86 Zoe Salmon: TV Presenter & Lawyer, Blue Peter

December 9th, 2019


Zoe Salmon is an award-winning television presenter from Bangor, Northern Ireland.


In today’s episode, we talk about how she overcame childhood shyness, her unusual Blue Peter audition and the highs/lows she’s faced …

#85 Philip Bain: Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist

December 2nd, 2019


Philip Bain is the co-founder of ShredBank and the author of two business books: Start to Grow and Start to Lead.


We talk about his exposure to entrepreneurship at a young age (his dad brought Pizza Hut to NI), how to …

#84 Lady Mary Peters: Olympian, Author, Legend

November 27th, 2019


Lady Mary Peters, LG CH DBE RNR OLY — or Mary P as her friends call her — is an Olympic Gold Medalist, member of the Order Of The Garter and author …

#83 Cowfield Design: Exporting NI Landmarks To The World

November 25th, 2019


Cowfield Design is a father and son, creative design crafts business setup by Conor and Sean Kelly. 


After starting as a hobby they now sell a …

#82 Tim Brundle: Ulster University

November 20th, 2019


Tim Brundle is the Director of Research & Impact at Ulster University (and much, MUCH more). 


In today’s episode, we cover Tim’s early career, including helping out in his mum’s art shop as a boy, interviewing the …

#81 Eleanor McEvoy: Energy Entrepreneur, CEO, Dragoness

November 18th, 2019


Eleanor McEvoy is Northern Ireland's Ambassador for Entrepreneurship, RTE Dragons Den Star and the CEO of Next-Gen Power.


In today’s episode, we talk about tackling climate change, what Eleanor’s goals are for her …

#80 The Priests: Singers, World-Record Holders, Priests

November 13th, 2019


The Priests are the fastest-selling classical group of all time. They’re also full-time clergymen… 


In this week’s episode, we chat about what it …

#79 Mark Todd: Architect, Artist, Conversationalist

November 11th, 2019


Today’s conversation is my attempt of bottling the magic, curiosity and deep sense of calm I experience while talking to Mark and it’s unlike any episode we’ve shared before. 


It’s the type of slow-paced, relaxing …

#78 Peter Dixon: The Man Who Brought Natural Gas To Northern Ireland

November 4th, 2019


After leaving school at 16 without any professional qualifications, Peter Dixon worked as a gas fitter, a plumber and a welder. 


Against all the …

#77 Claire Leese: Fashion Stylist, Game Of Thrones, Archive 12

October 28th, 2019


After working in the music industry with artists like The Darkness and Lilly Allen, Claire returned to NI just in time to work on the pilot of Game Of Thrones.


Almost a decade later she decided to take a step back …

#76 Max Mackin: Polio-Survivor, Entrepreneur, Movie-Buff.

October 21st, 2019


As probably the last person in the UK to contact Polio, Max had a very short-lived school career. 


But at 18-years-old he moved to London to make …

#75 Norman Surplus, First Man to Circumnavigate the World in an Autogyro

October 14th, 2019


Video game designer, wind-farmer, lifeboat captain, cancer survivor and most recently the first man in the world to circumnavigate the world in an autogyro.


Also known as a gyrocraft or gyrocopter, these nifty flying …

#74 Nadine Patterson, Puppet-Maker

October 7th, 2019


Nadine Patterson is a puppet-maker from Northern Ireland. From making models as a child to working in the puppet hospital on a Tim Burton movie set, Nadine has one of the most interesting stories we’ve ever featured on …

#73 Colin Williams, Sixteen South

September 30th, 2019


Colin Williams is the BAFTA-winning children’s television creator, showrunner and writer behind Sixteen South — a production company that has …

#72 Living With Arthritis At 18-Years-Old — Katrina Cairns

September 23rd, 2019


Katrina Cairns is one of the youngest people we’ve ever had on the podcast. She’s also the first person I’ve ever met with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).


In today’s show, Katrina teaches me what arthritis …

#71 Podcast With Entrepreneur Pete Boyle: Argento & Let’s Go Hyrdo

September 16th, 2019


In this week’s show we have the absolute privilege of sitting down with one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced and successful entrepreneurs: Pete …

#70 Sarah Friar: Building Community In The Digital Age

September 9th, 2019


Sarah Friar is from Sion Mills, Northern Ireland. She’s also the CEO of Nextdoor, a free private social network whose goal is to get you connected to your neighbours. 


In this episode, we discuss how Sarah got to …

#69 Live Podcast With Andrew Trimble

September 2nd, 2019


Andrew Trimble is a “retired egg chaser, entrepreneur and podcaster.”


The former Ulster and Ireland rugby star played over 250 professional games before retiring in 2018 to pursue business.

In today’s conversation …

#68 Artificial Intelligence & T-Shirts: Sarah Mcbride From Cross & Freckle

August 26th, 2019


Despite only being 23 years old, Ballymena born & bred Sarah Mcbride has already worked with Google, Nokia, Betaworks, a VC firm in NYC — and …

#67 Terry George: The Oscar-Winning Director From Belfast

August 19th, 2019


Terry George is an Oscar-winning film director from Belfast, Northern Ireland, known for movies like Hotel Rwanda, The Shore, In The Name Of The Father and much, much more. 


In this rare conversation, we talk about …

#66 Jack & Sean From The Dead Rabbit: The Best Bar In The World

August 12th, 2019


Jack McGarry is the youngest-ever International Bartender of the Year. Sean Muldoon is admired/feared throughout the bar world for his vision, drive …

#65 Geraldine Hughes: West Belfast To The West End, To Broadway & Beyond

August 5th, 2019


Geraldine Hughes is an actor from West Belfast, Northern Ireland known for her performances in Rocky Balboa, Gran Torino, Harry Potter & The Cursed Child and much, much more.


In this very raw and honest …

#64 Slay The Dragon: Share The Treasure

August 2nd, 2019


‘The Heroes Journey’ is an age-old step by step model used to describe the process a person has to go through to experience success.


In this …

#63 Slay The Dragon: Enter The Cave

August 1st, 2019


‘The Heroes Journey’ is an age-old step by step model used to describe the process a person has to go through to experience success.


In this …

#62 Slay The Dragon: Meet The Mentor

July 31st, 2019


Woops... Sorry about that. I scheduled the wrong one this morning. Here's the correct episode!


The Heroes Journey’ is an age-old step by step model …

#61 Slay The Dragon: The Call To Adventure

July 30th, 2019


‘The Heroes Journey’ is an age-old step by step model used to describe the process a person has to go through to experience success.


In this …

#60 Slay The Dragon: The Heroes Journey

July 29th, 2019


‘The Heroes Journey’ is an age-old step by step model used to describe the process a person has to go through to experience success.


In this …

#59 The Making Of A Chief Executive: Suzanne Wylie, Belfast City Council

July 22nd, 2019


Suzanne Wylie has been Chief Executive of Belfast City Council for 5 years.  


Having worked for the council for over 30 years, Suzanne progressed from working as an Environmental Health Officer to the top leadership …

#58 Meet Grace Chambers: The 91-Year-Old Parkrunner

July 15th, 2019



To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Grace (including a photo) please visit


Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. …

#57 Virtual Reality & Decision-Making with Cathy Craig from Incisiv

July 8th, 2019


Cathy Craig is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at Ulster University, but she’s also the CEO of INCISIV: a sports technology company that helps …

#56 A Once In A Lifetime Conversation With Foy Vance

July 1st, 2019


Foy Vance is a legendary singer-songwriter from Bangor, Northern Ireland. 


In this very raw conversation we talk about what it means to wake-up, the importance of play when it comes to making music and why it is …

#55 Shane Todd — Comedian

June 24th, 2019


Shane Todd is a comedian from Holywood, Northern Ireland.


In this week’s show, we had the chance to find out more about the man behind the sold-out …

#54 Northern Ireland’s 2019 Young Enterprise Champions: RagDogs From Bloomfield Collegiate

June 17th, 2019


RagDogs is a new start-up founded by 6 young women from Bloomfield Collegiate School that sell eco-friendly dog toys made from recycled materials.


#53 Jenna Stevenson: Made In Mourne.

June 10th, 2019


In 2017, Kilkeel born and bred Jenna Stevenson set up Made In Mourne, a non-profit organisation whose goal is to connect and support over 500 entrepreneurs in the region.


I was really impressed with just how much grit …

#52 Ryan Crown: Creative Director Of Crown Creative NYC.

June 3rd, 2019


In 2018, Ryan set up his own full-service agency in Brooklyn which specializes in branding, web design, content creation & digital marketing.


#51 Norman Houston: Northern Ireland’s Man In Washington D.C

May 27th, 2019


Norman Houston is the longest serving British Diplomat in Washington D.C. and is our Northern Irish representative for all of America.


We had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Norman in the Fitzpatrick Hotel …

#50 From Newry To New York With Pauline Turley From the Irish Arts Center

May 20th, 2019


After winning the green card lottery in 1997, Pauline Turley left friends and family in Newry behind to move to NYC.

Since then she’s has been on a …

#49 Nostalgia, Entrepreneurship and Art with Aaron Flanagan from Comic Book Guys

May 13th, 2019


In 2014, Aaron Flanagan and his brother quit their ‘proper jobs’ to open Comic Book Guys, Northern Ireland's largest independent comic book store.


In this week’s conversation, we chat all about serving a small market, …

#48 A Conversation With Coworking Space King Steve Pette

May 6th, 2019


After working in hospitality since he was 13 years old, Steve Pette has spent his life creating experiences for people.


In today’s conversation …

#47 “Small Steps To Giant Living” With Scott Riley From Causeway Living

April 29th, 2019


In June 2014, Scott Riley was 100 lb overweight, suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and on a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs.


But not any more.


After some big leaps of faith like being treated by the tribes in the …

#46 Rachael Campbell-Palmer From Black Box: “A Space For Things Don’t Have One”

April 22nd, 2019


With over 600 events every year including live music, discos, art exhibits, comedy sketches, open mic storytelling nights and much much more, The Black Box is without a doubt the creative heartbeat of our city.


We sat …

#45 Brains & Beauty With Miss Northern Ireland Katharine Walker

April 15th, 2019


“So Miss Northern Ireland actually has brains?” That’s the question children’s ICU nurse Katharine Walker has been asked on more than one occasion.


Smashing stereotypes and trying to change the narrative around beauty …

#44 The Hero’s Journey With Mark Dowds

April 8th, 2019


You may know Mark Dowds as an early investor in Uber, the Chief Operating Officer of Trov, and one the of key people behind the Ormeau Baths coworking space in Belfast.


But he describes himself as “just a guy from …

#43 Talking Craft With Musicians Johnny James & Rebekah Fitch

April 1st, 2019


Today we’re joined by two incredibly talented young musicians - Johnny James and Rebekah Fitch.


After meeting on Instagram the two have gone on to perform and record together, with their latest single dropping last …

#42 Three Men In A Tub: A Conversation With Brendan And Shane From Successful Belfast

March 25th, 2019


Brendan is a photographer, Shane works for Belfast Buildings Trust - both are passionate about people, history and telling stories that matter.


#41 Storytime With Willie Jack - The King Of The Cathedral Quarter

March 18th, 2019


Willie Jack describes himself as a barman, street cleaner and bouncer - but he’s also the owner of The Harp Bar, The Dark Horse, The Duke Of York, The New Orpheus and whiskey museum The Friend At Hand.


His passion for …

#40 Designing Your World With Karishma Kusurkar From Karishma’s World

March 11th, 2019


Karishma Kusurkar left India when she was 6 years old to live in Belfast. It was 1996, she had the army as neighbours and the building wobbled on a …

#39 The Power Of Genuine Relationships With Gareth Quinn From Kairos + Digital DNA

March 4th, 2019


Gareth Quinn may be the co-founder of Digital DNA and Kairos - two very successful tech businesses from Northern Ireland - but he claims his road to …

#38 Creating Spaces That Matter With Barbara & JP Whearty From Cafe Cuan

February 25th, 2019


What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?


The answer is Barbara and JP Whearty, the couple behind Cafe Cuan, a new …

#37 ‘Being Yourself’ With Andrew McCracken And Jason Harvey From GoFyt

February 18th, 2019


In the start-up world, there’s a lot of pressure to act like you’ve got it all together, but in today’s episode, Andrew and Jason from GoFyt peel back the layers and reveal how authenticity and being yourself in …

#36 The Art Of ‘Diving In’ With Street Artist Danni Simpson

February 11th, 2019


After quitting her marketing job in Australia, Danni Simpson bought a one-way ticket to Europe to pursue a career as an artist.


Working on a number of murals in the city while living above the Harp Bar led Danni to …

#35 A Conversation With Belfast Polymath + Storyteller John McGregor

February 4th, 2019


John McGregor grew up in Short Strand in Belfast during the 1950s and was kicked out of school at age 14. Through a series of twist and turns, this …

#34 Talking Potatoes With Jack Hamilton From Mash Direct

January 28th, 2019


Jack Hamilton is a 6th generational farmer with a twist. After the family farm faced financial difficulties, the Hamilton Family took the potato …

#33 Chatting Cafe Culture With Specialty Coffee Pro Rachel Snowden

January 21st, 2019


Rachel Snowden is a speciality coffee pro who has been working in Cafes around Northern Ireland since she was 17.


After getting a degree in …

#32 How To Get A ‘Six-Pack Mind’ - Australian Endurance Athlete Tofe Evans

January 14th, 2019


Absolute wildcard episode for you all today. In a bizarre twist of events we had the chance to sit down with Tofe Evans, an endurance athlete, …

#31 Become The Best Version Of Yourself With Results Coach Kevin Young

January 7th, 2019


Kevin Young spends his days peeling back the false beliefs and limiting mindsets each of us have.

Whether it’s something from our past, pain we experience in the present or a national negativity etched into our psyche, …

#29 Turn The Volume Up With Ross Moffett From Pop Up Original

December 11th, 2018

Not all superheroes wear capes, in fact, some wear a suit and tie… Ross Moffett may sell cars by day, but at night he’s busy promoting and managing local bands to drive the local Northern Irish music scene through his …

#28 The Wonderful World Of Scent With Michael Morris From The Bearded Candle Makers

December 3rd, 2018

Fuelled by a passion for the outdoors and a genuine fascination with scent, Michael Morris went on to start The Bearded Candle Makers, a business that sells hand-crafted candles with exceptional scents.   In this …

#27 Derry Fashionista Aoife Doherty From Sass & Halo

November 27th, 2018

A few years ago Aoife Doherty ditched a career in law to pursue her dream of working in fashion. After studying and working abroad for a few years she came home to Derry and founded her own company Sass & Halo.   …

#26 Talking Balance With Rebekah + Jon Johanson From Lines And Current Jewelry

November 19th, 2018



To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Rebekah and Jon (including a photo) please visit


Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 …

#25 Tea Master Oscar Woolley From Suki Tea

November 12th, 2018


What began as a St. Georges Market Start-Up has brewed into a global brand that serves award-winning tea in over 12 different countries.


Discover the history of tea in Belfast, what Suki means in ancient Japanese and …

#24 Pursuing Your Dream with Jude Henderson from OutsideIn

November 5th, 2018


Meet Jude Henderson…The woman from Comber who packed in her Corporate job to pursue her dream and passion.


Jude now works for OutsideIn, a street-wear brand that bridges the gap between society and homelessness …

#23 Creative Entrepreneur Linzi Rooney - Born And Bred + Studio Souk

October 29th, 2018


…The photographer who became a silversmith before founding a creative charity and opening a shop in George Best City Airport.


Our interview with Linzi Rooney was as diverse as her experience and passions.


Tune in …

#22 Bill Wolsey - Owner of The Merchant Hotel, Bullitt, Little Wings, Dirty Onion and Much More

October 22nd, 2018

Meet Bill Wolsey, the Belfast-born man who has built a hospitality empire with some of the most noteworthy and memorable establishments in the UK.  …

#21 Nancy Brown - Business Coach

October 15th, 2018


Q: What do you get when you cross a New Yorker, creativity, entrepreneurship and resilience?

A: Nancy Brown. 


Really enjoyed this chat with a personal mentor and friend of mine. We dive deep into the importance of …

#20 Simon Worthington, Editor Of Turf & Grain Magazine

October 1st, 2018


Meet the EY accountant with the coolest hobby ever: founding, running and editing the beautiful Turf & Grain magazine.


Turf & Grain is a …

#19 Aly Harte - Artist, Painter, Podcaster + Educator

September 1st, 2018


Aly Harte is a local artist most well-known for her bright, colourful oil-based paintings.

But Aly also dedicates her time writing about …

It's Time For Change

August 28th, 2018


B.O.B is one year old. We've had a great year, but it's time to switch things up. 

#18 David Kenny - Soarscape (Drones Drones Drones)

August 14th, 2018


We hike up Cave Hill with former EY Accountant turned self-employed Drone Operator David Kenny.


Hear what it's like to quit the day job and follow …

#17 Colin Geddis - Comedian + Podcaster

August 1st, 2018




To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Colin (including a photo) please visit

#16 Naomh McElhatton - Queen of Digital at Smart Global

July 1st, 2018




To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Lyn (including a photo) please visit


Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. …

#15 Gavan Wall: King Of LinkedIn + Founder Of The Wall Group

June 11th, 2018


Gavan Wall is the founder of The Wall Group, a company that owns a series of Spars, Subways and a YoggieBerrie in North Belfast.

But he's probably most well known for his charisma, speed-mentoring and being the …

#14 Dillon Osborne - King Of Instagram Stories @diltakesphotos + Freelance Creative Jack Of All Trades

June 1st, 2018


In this month's show, we sat with Dillon Osborne in front of a live audience at the Bullitt Hotel. 


Dillon Osborne is most well-known for his daily …

Invite to our 1st LIVE podcast in the Bullitt Hotel

May 10th, 2018


Alright guys?!

Very excited to announce that our next meetup is going to be a LIVE podcast interview with the digital 'jack of all trades' Dillon Osborne.

Dillon is the mastermind behind @diltakesphotos and works …

#13 Headshot Photographer - Jess Lowe - Why your website is the new 'shop-window'

May 1st, 2018


In this month's show, we sat down with Jess Lowe, a local headshot photographer with a passion for capturing the portraits of local entrepreneurs, creatives and business owners.


Jess is one of our city's best headshot …

#12 Micheal Deane, Chef + Restaurateur of Deanes Belfast, Northern Ireland

April 1st, 2018


Michael Deane is the godfather of fine dining in Northern Ireland and the chef/restaurateur behind the 'Deanes Belfast Empire.'


With 7 establishments in the city and a Michelin star, Michael Deane's career as a chef …

#11 Young Enterprise Northern Ireland CEO, Carol Fitzsimons MBE

March 1st, 2018


We caught up with Carol Fitzsimons, CEO of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland to chat about this amazing, empowering entrepreneurial charity for young …

#10 Madlug: Make A Difference Luggage Social Enterprise founder David Linton, Belfast, Northern Ireland

February 1st, 2018


Hear how a one-for-one luggage company is making a difference to the lives of kids in care.


In this episode, we chat with founder David Linton about what it was like to set up a social enterprise, have brunch with …

#9 Jawbox Gin Founder + Ex-Bar Man: Gerry White, Belfast, Northern Ireland (#009)

January 1st, 2018


Last year Belfast went absolutely gin-sane for the old drink that has undoubtedly made a modern comeback.


Hear: how he founded Jawbox Gin, where …

#8 Kurrito: Pakistani Burrito Shop founder, Samina Kauser, Belfast, Northern Ireland

December 1st, 2017


Belfast has gone absolute burrito-crazy over the last few years... On this week's show, we sat down with Samina Kauser to hear how Kurrito – a …

#7 OutsideIn: Street Wear Social Enterprise founder David Johnston, Belfast, Northern Ireland

November 1st, 2017


Hear the founder's story of OutsideIn, a street wear brand that wants to rewrite the story of homelessness here in Belfast and around the world through their unique 'wear on share one' model.


After co-running …

#6 Bia Rebel Ramen Food Truck, Northern Ireland. Brian Donnelly + Jenny Holland

October 1st, 2017


On this week's show, we caught up with Brian Donnelly and Jenny Holland - the dynamic duo behind Bia Rebel - a food truck located outside The Big …

#5 International House Belfast, Paul McMullan, TEFL/CELTA Expert

September 1st, 2017


We sat down with language teaching legend Paul McMullan who traveled the world before opening a language school in the 'Holylands' in Belfast, …

#4 Visual Waste - Street/Graffiti artist Dean Kane, Northern Ireland

August 1st, 2017


Thousands of tourists come to Belfast each year to see and learn the history behind the various political murals scattered throughout the city.

But …

#3 Flax Fox/Danielle Morgan - Northern Irish Artist

August 1st, 2017


Meet Danielle Morgan aka Flax Fox.

Danielle is an artist, entrepreneur, mother of '2.5' and a regular at St Georges Market. Her work is some of the …

#2 Gareth Patterson: Belfast Coffee Map

August 1st, 2017


We caught up with Gareth Patterson, founder of the Belfast Coffee Map, a paper publication that features the best cafes and coffee shops.


This …

#1 Lyn Magill: Cancer Survivor

August 1st, 2017


For our first story on the Best Of Belfast podcast we caught up with Lyn Magill to hear her incredible story and what it means to be a 'lover of life.'

We first met Lyn after seeing a photo on Instagram of her climbing …

Episode Zero

August 1st, 2017


A quick intro to the podcast.

Hear from Matthew about the story behind the Best Of Belfast Podcast, what you can expect and how you can get involved. 

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