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Best Of Belfast: Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast

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Best Of Belfast is a podcast that celebrates Northern Ireland and the incredible people in it. We publish unfiltered, hour-long conversations every Monday morning with someone interesting from this part of the world. With 80+ episodes featuring: Oscar-winning directors, 91-year-old park-runners, Silicon Valley CEOs, Michelin Star Chefs and bearded candle makers there’s plenty of episodes to listen and learn from. Find photos of guests, sign up to our newsletter and support the show: https://bestofbelfast.org/

Best Of Belfast is a podcast that celebrates Northern Ireland and the incredible people in it. We publish unfiltered, hour-long conversations every Monday morning with someone interesting from this part of the world. With 80+ episodes featuring: Oscar-winning directors, 91-year-old park-runners, Silicon Valley CEOs, Michelin Star Chefs and bearded candle makers there’s plenty of episodes to listen and learn from. Find photos of guests, sign up to our newsletter and support the show: https://bestofbelfast.org/

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Best Of Belfast is a podcast that celebrates Northern Ireland and the incredible people in it. We publish unfiltered, hour-long conversations every Monday morning with someone interesting from this part of the world. With 80+ episodes featuring: Oscar-winning directors, 91-year-old park-runners, Silicon Valley CEOs, Michelin Star Chefs and bearded candle makers there’s plenty of episodes to listen and learn from. Find photos of guests, sign up to our newsletter and support the show: https://bestofbelfast.org/

Twitter:

@bestbelfast

Language:

English

Contact:

07873636003


Episodes

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

11/30/2020
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 Belfast’s first Ford Dealership and the first woman in Northern Ireland to apply for a jockey’s license. Living at Tobercorran House in Carnmoney near Glengormley, her curious, defiant free-spirit shattered the societal norms of women living in Presbyterian Ulster during the...

Duration:00:44:35

#173 Julie Andrews: Linenhall Library

11/23/2020
Julie Andrews is the current Director of the Linen Hall Library: Belfast's oldest and last-standing private Libary. Located just opposite City Hall, the old Linen Warehouse has some of the most interesting and important historic collections in Northern Ireland. In today's episode we chat with Julie to discover: Check it out.

Duration:00:41:50

#172 Dennis Coppel: Medic, Father, President

11/16/2020
Dennis Coppel is an 85-year-old former Anesthetist and the current President of the Belfast Jewish Community. Some of his early memories include growing up in North Belfast, exploring Cave Hill and seeing the Antrim Road on fire after the WW2 bombings. After juggling Hebrew School in the evenings with his ‘full-time’ education as a boy, Dennis later went on to become a medic. This career led him all around the world, including a stint in Israel and later Texas where he was...

Duration:00:54:45

#171 Virtual Tour Of The Belfast Jewish Synagogue

11/9/2020
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 synagogue built in Belfast, the first one being built by Daniel Jaffe on Great Victoria Street and the second by his son Otto Jaffe on Annesley Street near Carlisle Circus. While there, we were given a tour by Michael Black: the current chairman of the Northern Irish Jewish...

Duration:00:41:01

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

11/2/2020
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 rose through the ranks of the family business and went on to become the Lord Mayor of Belfast. Twice. Yet by the end of his life, Sir Otto was forced out of Northern Ireland. Forever. But that’s not all. In the 100 years after Otto left Belfast, the Jewish...

Duration:00:55:13

#169 Mark Goldstone: Pharmacist, Copywriter, Investor

10/26/2020
Mark Goldstone has worked for more than 25 years in the healthcare/life sciences industry. He has a passion for technology, new “stuff” and all things creative. Currently based in New York City, Mark spends his days working as the General Partner of Forepont Capital: a performance-focused venture capital firm that invests in early-stage life science companies. Mark began his career as a pharmacist with the UK retail giant Boots before his love for writing led him to a new...

Duration:00:58:01

#168 Leonard Nugent: Construction Worker, Adventurer, Author

10/19/2020
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 construction business that has now become a multi-million-pound company. He’s also walked the Camino and is in the middle of a 2500km walk from Malin Head to Cork. Both his adventures and latest memoir Keep Er Lit have been driven by the desire to inspire young...

Duration:00:58:43

#167 Rita Harkin & The Red Bricks Of Belfast

10/12/2020
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 we decided to share the full unedited version with you! In today's episode we cover: Enjoy! // To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Rita (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/rita-harkin-red-brick-belfast Best Of...

Duration:00:24:23

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

10/5/2020
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). He also led the Northern Irish team to the World Cup twice as team captain in 1958 and in his role as manager in 1976. Off the pitch, he was highly respected as one of the greatest football writers in the world, a true scholar of the game and someone with incredibly witty...

Duration:00:46:47

#165 Maud Hamill: Blue Plaques & Ulster History Circle

9/28/2020
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 documentary that will share the story of six incredible Belfast men and women from the pages of history — and the buildings they once called home. We’ve been putting a tonne of work into this behind the scenes and have partnered up with some really great people and organisations to make it happen including Belfast Buildings Trust, the National...

Duration:00:22:51

#164 Joshua Burnside: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller

9/21/2020
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. You can listen to his latest album here. In this exclusive interview (hosted by Mark Todd), we talk to Josh about: This is a fascinating insight into one of Northern Ireland's rising stars, and we're so excited to share it with you today. Enjoy! // Webpage...

Duration:00:45:02

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

9/14/2020
Alice Wilkinson and Susan Rollins-McEwen are the dynamic duo behind Yoga Quarter and Refill Quarter in East Belfast. They met while completing their yoga teacher training in 2016. One year later they launched Yoga Quarter in Ballyhackamore. Being both community-driven and environmentally-conscious, the pair were also inspired by the zero-waste shops popping up in towns and cities across Europe. So two years later they created Refill Quarter: Belfast's first zero-waste shop, located...

Duration:01:04:14

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

9/7/2020
David O’Reilly (Rigsy) is is a broadcaster, DJ and author from Belfast, Northern Ireland. As an independent producer, he hosts two radio programmes for the BBC and has made a number of incredibly popular shows for the likes of Gary Lightbody and Hannah Peel. David has also been writing all his adult life and has contributed to everyone from the NME to The Times. His debut novel 'Lottie the Raven' launching in October is inspired by his own incident-packed teenage years...

Duration:01:14:04

#161 Cormac Quinn: The Tech Entrepreneur Behind loyalBe

8/31/2020
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 Baths based tech startup was built from the ground up by Cormac himself. Before loyalBe he was a Software Engineer at Kainos, where he worked as part of a small team to build the UK MOT Reminders website - which is now being used by more than 1m people. Along the way, he’s...

Duration:00:51:16

#160 Andi Jarvis: Marketing & Black Lives Matter

8/24/2020
Andi Jarvis is the Founder and Strategy Director of Eximo Marketing, a marketing strategy consultancy based in Bangor and Liverpool. Originally from Bradford, Andi has worked with local and global brands to take the "guesswork" out of marketing and implement cost-effective campaigns that work. He's also a guest lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and is a regular speaking at conferences on all things marketing. In today's episode we chat about: (shock)(!) I found this...

Duration:01:42:26

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

8/17/2020
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 asteroids. Now a Research Fellow at MIT, Sinead is taking the methodologies she created at NASA and applying them to the social sciences to better understand global challenges, such as the interaction between democracy and technology. In today's episode we talk about: Check it out! // Webpage link:...

Duration:00:52:34

#158 Mike Kerr: beIN Sports

8/10/2020
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 on a 6-month placement, Mike has ended up living and working in Asia for over 26-years. He's also a keen golfer, lover of pastie baps and former professional rugby player for Hong Kong! In today's conversation we talk about: Check it out. // To see a...

Duration:00:45:07

#157 Terry Kane: Facebook

8/3/2020
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 experience in tech wasn't enough, he's also an avid participant of various sports including Gaelic Games, Surfing, Snowboarding and has completed dozens of marathons, ultra-marathons and multi-day ultra-marathons like the Marathon Des Sables, the world’s toughest footrace......

Duration:00:58:56

#156 Bernadette Collins: Formula One

7/27/2020
Bernadette Collins is a senior Formula One strategy engineer from Northern Ireland working with the Racing Point F1 Team. Alongside being responsible for the race strategy for both drivers, she also travels to every event in the championship — often making decisions on a lap by lap basis to win as many points for her team as possible. In today's episode we talk about: This is a great story of Bernie's journey from Fermanagh to Formula One and one with plenty of interesting stops...

Duration:00:43:58

#155 Professor Philip Hamill: Abu Dhabi University

7/20/2020
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 economics. The rest, as they say, is history. One Bachelor's, Masters, PhD and MBA later, Philip is now an accomplished academic with a successful track record of publishing in international peer-reviewed journals, books and professional publications on the topic of...

Duration:00:50:19