Best Of Belfast: Stories of local legends from Northern Ireland

Best Of Belfast: Stories of local legends from Northern Ireland
Telling the story of Belfast, Northern Ireland one episode at a time.
Brains & Beauty With Miss Northern Ireland Katharine Walker (#45)
Apr 15 • 67 min
“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 pageants. Now with only a few weeks…
The Hero’s Journey With Mark Dowds (#44)
Apr 8 • 58 min
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 Northern Ireland,” a dedicated husband,…
Talking Craft With Musicians Johnny James & Rebekah Fitch (#43)
Apr 1 • 56 min
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 week. In this unfiltered conversation,…
Three Men In A Tub: A Conversation With Brendan And Shane From Successful Belfast (#42)
Mar 25 • 86 min
Brendan is a photographer, Shane works for Belfast Buildings Trust - both are passionate about people, history and telling stories that matter. Successful Belfast is their challenge to our city to encourage us to think about it in a different way and…
Storytime With Willie Jack - The King Of The Cathedral Quarter (#41)
Mar 18 • 57 min
Willie Jack describes himself as a barman and a street cleaner - but he’s also the owner of The Harp Bar, The Dark Horse, The Duke Of York, The New Orpheus and The Friend At Hand. His passion for artwork and live music has transformed his slice of the…
Designing Your World With Karishma Kusurkar From Karishma’s World (#40))
Mar 11 • 60 min
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 windy day… The rest is her story to tell. In today’s episode, we chat about what it looks like for a…
The Power Of Genuine Relationships With Gareth Quinn From Kairos + Digital DNA (#39)
Mar 4 • 64 min
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 success was unplanned and somewhat unexpected. In this episode, we track his incredible story from…
Creating Spaces That Matter With Barbara & JP Whearty From Cafe Cuan (#38)
Feb 25 • 65 min
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The answer is Barbara and JP Whearty, the couple behind Cafe Cuan, a new experimental space on Cromac street that’s redefining local cafe culture. In this episode, we chat about their…
‘Being Yourself’ With Andrew McCracken And Jason Harvey From GoFyt (#37)
Feb 18 • 73 min
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 business can actually be a secret weapon.…
The Art Of ‘Diving In’ With Street Artist Danni Simpson (#36)
Feb 11 • 58 min
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 move to Northern Ireland full-time. In…
A Conversation With Belfast Polymath + Storyteller John McGregor (#35)
Feb 4 • 87 min
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 event led John to a widely successful career in almost every industry imaginable. In this episode, we…
Talking Potatoes With Jack Hamilton From Mash Direct (#34)
Jan 28 • 54 min
Jack Hamilton is a 6th generational farmer with a twist. After the family farm faced financial difficulties, the Hamilton Family took the potato industry by surprise and founded Mash Direct. What started as a mash-potato delivery service via van has grown…
Chatting Cafe Culture With Specialty Coffee Pro Rachel Snowden (#33)
Jan 21 • 48 min
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 psychology and working in the corporate world, Rachel decided to return to her roots and her passion: making…
How To Get A ‘Six-Pack Mind’ - Australian Endurance Athlete Tofe Evans (#32)
Jan 14 • 52 min
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, public speaker and author from Australia. My friend (and accountant) Martin Gilchrist got in…
Become The Best Version Of Yourself With Results Coach Kevin Young (#31)
Jan 7 • 75 min
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, Kevin is extremely interested - and…
What Do You Want For Christmas?
Dec 17, 2018 • 15 min
We asked the people of Belfast.
Turn The Volume Up With Ross Moffett From Pop Up Original
Dec 10, 2018 • 45 min
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 venture Pop Up Original. In this…
The Wonderful World Of Scent With Michael Morris From The Bearded Candle Makers (#28)
Dec 3, 2018 • 52 min
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. This interview has been a real highlight of the year…
Derry Fashionista Aoife Doherty From Sass & Halo (#27)
Nov 27, 2018 • 34 min
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. From their workshop in Derry Craft Village,…
Talking Balance With Rebekah + Jon Johanson From Lines And Current Jewelry (#26)
Nov 19, 2018 • 42 min
Had the absolute pleasure of chatting to the power couple behind Lines And Current a minimal jewellery brand making waves in Northern Ireland and beyond. Rebekah and Jon run their own online gig - on their own terms - while juggling life with 4 kids. In…
Tea Master Oscar Woolley From Suki Tea ( #25)
Nov 12, 2018 • 46 min
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 the final decision on whether you put…
Pursuing Your Dream with Jude Henderson from OutsideIn (#24)
Nov 5, 2018 • 52 min
Meet Jude Henderson…The Comber woman 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 through their unique wear on share one model. In…
Creative Entrepreneur Linzi Rooney - Born And Bred + Studio Souk (#23)
Oct 29, 2018 • 53 min
…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 for a fun, energetic conversation about…
Bill Wolsey - Owner of The Merchant Hotel, Bullitt, Little Wings, Dirty Onion and Much More (#22)
Oct 22, 2018 • 53 min
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. In this honest, casual conversation, Bill shares the lessons he’s learnt along the way, how Beannchor…
Nancy Brown - Business Coach (#21)
Oct 15, 2018 • 53 min
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 work-life balance, how to bounce back…
Simon Worthington, Editor Of Turf & Grain Magazine (#20)
Oct 1, 2018 • 58 min
Meet the EY accountant with the coolest hobby ever: founding, running and editing the beautiful Turf & Grain magazine. Turf & Grain is a super-high-quality, slow-cooked magazine that features in-depth interviews with noteworthy individuals across the…
Aly Harte - Artist, Painter, Podcaster + Educator (#19)
Sep 1, 2018 • 58 min
Aly Harte is a local artist most well-known for her bright, colourful oil-based paintings. In this episode, we slow things down a bit and get chatting about how to manage the busyness of life, how career changes can happen to anyone and how to balance…
It’s Time For Change
Aug 28, 2018 • 16 min
B.O.B is one year old. We’ve had a great year, but it’s time to switch things up.
David Kenny - Soarscape (Drones Drones Drones #18)
Aug 14, 2018 • 51 min
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 your passion, how Drones can be used for good and whether or not they will ever replace your post-man. See…
Colin Geddis - Comedian + Podcaster (#17)
Aug 1, 2018 • 65 min
Colin Geddis is the comedian behind online characters like Barry The Blender Henderson, The General Banter Podcast (which is pushing 1 million downloads) and stand-up gigs across Northern Ireland and beyond. After exploding into local viral fame with his…
Naomh McElhatton - Queen of Digital at Smart Global (#16)
Jul 1, 2018 • 58 min
//Video Podcast// Naomh McElhatton is the founder of Smart Global, host of the DANI Awards, curator of the She Said Club Podcast, a TEDx Speaker and the Northern Irish Queen of all things Digital. In her role as a digital educator, Naomh coaches…
Gavan Wall: King Of LinkedIn + Founder Of The Wall Group (#15)
Jun 11, 2018 • 54 min
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 Northern Irish King of LinkedIn. In this…
Dillon Osborne - King Of Instagram Stories @diltakesphotos + Freelance Creative Jack Of All Trades #14
Jun 1, 2018 • 66 min
Check out the full VIDEO PODCAST on We sat with Dillon Osborne in front of a live audience at the Bullitt Hotel. Dillon is most well-known for his daily vlog on Instagram stories @diltakesphotos and…
Invite to our 1st LIVE podcast in the Bullitt Hotel
May 10, 2018 • 0 min
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 freelance to create incredible digital storytelling…
Headshot Photographer - Jess Lowe - Why your website is the new ‘shop-window’
May 1, 2018 • 29 min
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. We’ve been so blown away by her work over the past few months and the process…
Micheal Deane, Chef + Restaurateur of Deanes Belfast, Northern Ireland (#12)
Apr 1, 2018 • 43 min
Michael Deane is the godfather of fine dining in Northern Ireland and the chef/restaurateur behind the ‘Deanes Belfast Empire.’ But we caught up Michael to hear about some of the challenges he faced along the way in this incredible journey, how he’s seen…
Young Enterprise Northern Ireland CEO, Carol Fitzsimons MBE (#11)
Mar 1, 2018 • 48 min
We caught up with Carol Fitzsimons, CEO of Young Enterprise Northern Ireland to chat about this amazing, empowering entrepreneurial charity for young folk in Belfast/our wee country, what a CEO actually does and what it takes to get an MBE.
Madlug: Make A Difference Luggage Social Enterprise founder David Linton, Belfast, Northern Ireland (#10)
Feb 1, 2018 • 56 min
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 Richard Branson and why you should find…
Jawbox Gin Founder + Ex-Bar Man: Gerry White, Belfast, Northern Ireland (#009)
Jan 1, 2018 • 28 min
Ex-bar man, gin-founder, lover of Belfast. Hear: how Gerry White founded Jawbox Gin, where the name comes from, why ‘gin is in,’ his favourite street in Belfast and much much more. Gerry is incredibly passionate about our city and his story will get your…
Kurrito: Pakistani Burrito Shop founder, Samina Kauser, Belfast, Northern Ireland (#008)
Dec 1, 2017 • 39 min
Belfast has gone absolute burrito-crazy over the last few years… We sat down with Samina Kauser to hear how Kurrito – a Mexican Pakistani restaurant on Botanic Avenue - is spicing up the local Burrito industry. Samina is a highly passionate, driven and…
OutsideIn: Street Wear Social Enterprise founder David Johnston, Belfast, Northern Ireland (#007)
Nov 1, 2017 • 42 min
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. Written version, photos and links over at:…
Bia Rebel Ramen Food Truck, Northern Ireland. Brian Donnelly + Jenny Holland (#006)
Oct 1, 2017 • 42 min
Meet Brian Donnelly and Jenny Holland - the dynamic duo behind Bia Rebel - a food truck located outside The Big Fish that dishes out the best Ramen food in Belfast. After meeting in the Crown Bar here in Belfast, they have joined forces to take Belfast’s…
International House Belfast, Paul McMullan, TEFL/CELTA Expert (#005)
Sep 1, 2017 • 81 min
We sat down with language teaching legend Paul McMullan who traveled the world before opening a language school in the ‘Holylands’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In this episode we chat about leaving home/coming back, why Belfast is the perfect place to…
Visual Waste - Street/Graffiti artist Dean Kane, Northern Ireland (#004)
Aug 1, 2017 • 53 min
In recent years street art in Belfast has moved away from political murals it is known for to a new wave of urban art. We caught up with Northern Ireland’s own street artist Dean Kane aka Visual Waste to hear his story and talk about everything from…
Flax Fox/Danielle Morgan - Northern Irish Artist - #003
Aug 1, 2017 • 39 min
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 most iconic in Northern Ireland and so is her story. Danielle has also kindly offered 10% her online store…
Belfast Coffee Map, Gareth Patterson, Northern Ireland (#002)
Aug 1, 2017 • 36 min
We caught up with Gareth Patterson, founder of the Belfast Coffee Map, a paper publication that features the best cafes and coffee shops. This this episode of Best Of Belfast we discuss the coffee culture/scene in Belfast, what it’s like to run a small…
Lyn Magill - Picking Up The Pieces - #001
Aug 1, 2017 • 32 min
We catch up with Lyn Magill to hear her incredible story and what it means to be a ‘lover of life.’ To see a written version of this article as well as some photos check out
Our Story - #000
Aug 1, 2017 • 5 min
A quick intro to the podcast. Hear from Matthew about the story behind the Best Of Belfast, what you can expect and how you can get involved. For written stories, links, photos, social media info and upcoming events check out