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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 with the amazing things happening in Belfast. Previous guests include NASA Scientists, Billion-Dollar CEOs, 91-year-old park-runners, Oscar-winning directors, Olympic Gold medalists, Bitcoin Auctio ...
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Marty Neill is the founder of AirPOS. He’s also an ex-music journalist and avid retro gamer. In this episode, we talk about: Leaving school illegally at 15-years-old Building and selling video games as a kid on his Spectrum + 2 How all the best things in his life have come from “tiny rooms” Why you should never fall in love with your business Ideas…
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Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is the publisher of the Andersonstown News in Belfast and the Irish Echo in New York. In this episode, we talk about: Why he has a blackbird on his business card How he was able to buy a business with no money The future of the newspaper industry Growing up in Andytown during the sixties Challenges facing the media sector The sy…
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Patrick Treacy is a pioneer in Aesthetic Medicine. Throughout his incredible career, he’s won countless awards, trained thousands of doctors and trail-blazed new protocols used around the world today. In this episode, we talk about: Smuggling cars across the German border to pay for med school Being arrested in Iraq under suspected espionage How be…
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Peter Hannan is a Meat Merchant who supplies 400+ restaurants throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, including some of the biggest names in the industry. In this episode, we talk about: How he started out in the meat business (Aka, butchering lambs for his mum's mate's freezer as a boy) Moving to America at 19-years-old to learn from the masters of…
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Iain Percy is the founder of Artemis Technologies and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. In this episode, we talk about: How he fell in love with the water His work with professional sailing teams around the world Building the world's first electric workboat and electric passenger ferry The pros/cons of bringing an Olympic mindset to business Limiti…
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Alan Weir is a top leader at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK. In today's episode, we talk about: His first job in Belfast Zoo Amusement park as a kid Working in a seatbelt factory Leaving home Managing a team of 40 English men in his early-twenties (And the leadership lessons he learned as a result) The powerful culture Toyota have created Experienci…
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Ross Lazaroo-Hood is the CEO of Clearer Water: “a social-impact company” based in Larne. He's also the founder of Landmark Insurance Group and cofounder of the RUSA Foundation Charity. In today's episode, we talk about: Where his name comes from Growing up in an estate in Larne Getting the freedom of the city award in London How his start-up didn't…
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Jonny Hanson is a conservationist, agriculturalist, and entrepreneur. In this episode, we discuss: Spending his summer holidays working with wild animals. Pursuing a PhD in Snow Leopard Conservation. The shift in the conservation industry from a "Western" to a "local" approach. Living in both Malawi and Monaghan during his childhood. The impact thi…
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Lisa McFarland is Northern Ireland’s leading relationship coach. In today’s episode, we talk about: Why there’s a taboo about getting help with your relationship (Versus hiring a PT, mechanic etc) The importance of talking to your male partner shoulder-to-shoulder Why 96% of her followers on Instagram are women A simple framework for checking in wi…
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Peter Chambers is the Headteacher at Holywood Steiner School, an alternative to mainstream education that’s making a powerful impact on the lives of pupils and teachers alike. In today's episode, we talk about: How the school has doubled in budget, size and staff since 2020 Why most people aren't aware of alternative education in Northern Ireland T…
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Seth Godin is the author of 21 best-selling books, including: The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, This Is Marketing and most recently, Song of Significance. In this episode, we talk about: How to shift from a consumer to a creator One decision you can make to free up 100+ hours each month Two magical questions that will unlock your business Why …
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Adam Chambers is the founder and president of Nurse Recruitment Experts, an online business that has sourced and hired 10,000s of Nurses for health systems across the United States and Canada. In today’s episode, we talk about: Learning to salsa dance How playing Fifa led to his first entrepreneurial venture Starting a business from scratch with no…
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Andrea Haughian is Executive Vice President and Head of Americas at Invest NI, Northern Ireland’s Economic Development Agency. In today’s episode, we talk about: Why she’s proud of Lurgan Showing up to the “wrong interview” (and how it changed her life) The opportunities “being keen” opened up for her Aching for distant places How she ended up movi…
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Aaron Dugan is the Bar Manager of The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel. In today’s episode, we talk about: His time working as a sake sommelier in Dubai Why our tastebuds have become more refined after COVID The world’s most expensive cocktail Stories behind The Merchant’s 17-drink cocktail menu The difference between a five-star bar experience a…
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Andrew Irvine in a former life led the redevelopment of Belfast St. George's Market, then spent 9 years as the Belfast City Centre Manager. In 2015 Andrew's career took change of direction when he was accepted for training as a Methodist Minister. Now ordained for 3 years, Andrew leads Belfast City Centre Chaplaincy, In this episode we talk about: …
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[Rebroadcast: this episode first aired October 16th 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 essential to overcoming the pain of our past. // To see a 'treasure trove' o…
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[Rebroadcast: this episode first aired on 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 why he creates the films he does, what genocide has taught him about forgive…
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Ryan Donnelly is the co-founder of Enzai, a start-up who’s mission is to enable a future where AI is harnessed to address humanity's most significant challenges In today’s episode, we talk about: An incredible four-year journey from being in a career he hated to running a start-up he loves The small, seemingly insignificant steps that have led to w…
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Kingsley Aikins is one of the world’s leading experts on networking, relationship-building and diaspora engagement. In this episode, we caught up with Kingsley in his home for a rare conversation about: How the old way of networking is dead (And why it probably never worked in the first place) A surprising hack to turn cold calls into hot coffees I…
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Kyle McCallan is the Headmaster of Lurgan College. He’s also a former Irish International Cricketer with 2 World Cups and 226 caps. In today’s episode, we talk about: The difference between a manager and a leader “The 3B’s” that make up the ethos of his school What held him back as a professional athlete The role school plays in society “Following …
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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 today's episode we talk about: How “losing everything” set her on the path to success Battling anxiety and depression The ONE conversation that led to her becoming a chef Creating a value-based business tha…
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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 house are so special Growing up as one of fourteen siblings How a farming background prepared her for entrepreneurship Becoming an Occupational Therapist Why regular 9-5 hours didn’t suit her The courag…
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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 found it. They're all directors at Seating Matters, a family business started by their mum that employs 60+ people and manufactures life-changing medical chairs for patients around the world. In this …
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Colin Gibson is an ex-soldier, military contractor, scuba-diver, and owner of Talon: a security training company based in Northern Ireland. He’s served in Iraq and Afghanistan, lived in Belize for 6+ years and has been on a rollercoaster journey of dealing with combat-induced PTSD and childhood trauma. In part one of this epic four-part special we …
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(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 Service of the U.S. State Department, serving in front-line diplomatic roles in Northern Ireland (from 2009-2012), as well as Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Jordan, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affai…
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