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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: Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast Matthew Thompson: storyteller from Belfast, Northern Ireland

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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/

    #168 Leonard Nugent: Construction Worker, Adventurer, Author

    #168 Leonard Nugent: Construction Worker, Adventurer, Author

     
    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 people just starting out in the world and to raise money for the Open House Homeless Charity.
     
     
    In today’s story we talk about:
    What it was like growing up in Belfast 60 years ago How he grew his business from himself and a wheelbarrow to a major success The process of writing his memoir And the greatest challenges/successes he’s faced along the way.  
    Enjoy!
     
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Lyn (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/leonard-nugent-keep-er-lit
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

     

    • 58 Min.
    #167 Rita Harkin & The Red Bricks Of Belfast

    #167 Rita Harkin & The Red Bricks Of Belfast

    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:
    The history of red bricks in Belfast How Rita 'got into' Heritage And why it's important we protect old buildings  
    Enjoy!
     
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    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 Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 
     

    • 23 Min.
    [Documentary] Danny Blanchflower: "The Greatest Footballer Who Ever Lived"

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

    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 intellect.
     
    But to many people’s surprise, I had never heard of Danny Blanchflower, despite growing up in Northern Ireland and even visiting Blanchflower Park as a teen.
     
    When I discovered more about his story and the incredible legacy he left behind, I decided to set out on a journey to find out more about the man, the myth and the legend — but more importantly, to uncover why Northern Ireland is running the risk of forgetting about one of our greatest players.
     
    Today’s episode documents that journey and features interviews with former team-mates like legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings, representatives from Tottenham Hotspurs like Club Historian John Fennelly and Danny’s only son Richard Blanchflower.
     
    We also do a deep-dive into Danny’s childhood neighbourhood on Grace Avenue in East Belfast to find out more about why red bricks and old buildings have such an important role to play for the people of Belfast today.
     
    Check it out.
     
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    To see photos of all the voices featured in this episode please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/danny-blanchflower-footballer
     
    This episode is part of The Streets Where They Lived: a new documentary collaboration between Successful Belfast, Belfast Buildings Trust, and Best of Belfast. The Streets Where They Lived will feature the stories of six incredible but sometimes overlooked men and women from Belfast and some of the buildings and places in the City with which they’re connected.
     
    The project is a collaboration with Successful Belfast, a project of Belfast Buildings Trust. It is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Belfast Buildings Trust is a charity founded in 1996 to regenerate Belfast’s landmark buildings. The Trust works to ensure that the City’s authentic heritage is made relevant for people today. One of its projects is Successful Belfast, which champions new and creative ways of involving people in Belfast’s future development.  
     




     

    • 46 Min.
    #165 Maud Hamill: Blue Plaques & Ulster History Circle

    #165 Maud Hamill: Blue Plaques & Ulster History Circle

    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 Heritage Lottery and BBC Producer Owen McFadden who very kindly has come on board to produce and edit the series!
     
     
    Our first episode rolls out next Monday and is all about legendary footballer Danny Blanchflower and the story of the red bricks of Belfast.
     
     
    BUT, before that, we’ve got a very special bonus interview to wet your appetite for all things history with the wonderful Maud Hamil from The Ulster History Circle.
     
     
    Now the Ulster History Circle is a non-profit organisation that places blue commemorative plaques on buildings all over the country to celebrate men and women who’ve contributed to our history. 
     
     
    You’ve probably seen them all over the place, they’re really really cool and are a great way to learn about interesting people who lived in the same place we do, but perhaps have been forgotten.
     
     
    The conversation you’re about to hear took place in Abbeydene House where we were hosted by the wonderful Tim Cliford as we talk about all things blue plaques, history and Belfast.
     
     
    Enjoy!
     
     
     
     
     

    • 24 Min.
    #164 Joshua Burnside: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller

    #164 Joshua Burnside: Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller

    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:
    His first memories Sources of inspiration for his music The importance of authenticity in songwriting And the greatest challenges/successes he's experienced along the way  
    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!
     
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    Webpage for this episode: https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/joshua-burnside-singer-songerwriter
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 150+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 
     
     

    • 45 Min.
    #163 Alice Wilkinson & Susan Rollins-McEwen: Yoga Quarter & Refill Quarter

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

    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 on the Belmont Road.
     
     
    Both the shop and the studio have been positively embraced by the people of East Belfast and have become an integral part of the community.
     
     
    In today’s episode we talk all about:
    Copying with style Driving motorbikes and training to becoming a lay-preacher The importance of community How yoga changed their life And the greatest challenges/successes they’ve experienced along the way  
    Enjoy!
     
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    To see a 'treasure trove' of all things related to Alice & Susan (including a photo) please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/stories/alice-susan-yoga-quarter-refill-quarter
     
    Best Of Belfast is Northern Ireland's #1 Interview Podcast. We've shared 100+ hour-long conversations with incredible people from Northern Ireland.
     
    To find out more, or join 'The Producers Club' please visit https://bestofbelfast.org/
     
    Cheers!
     
    — Matt 

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sandrastern1 ,

Insight into Belfast and Northern Ireland

Listening to this Podcast made me take my Family to ireland. Note we keep listening to remind us of beautiful Belfast.

SunnySonrisa ,

The best

This podcast is really class. Every single episode is so inspiring. The stories people share are unique, interesting, funny, charming, ..... the list could go on and on. While the show is entertaining it is never superficial.
Let yourself drift off into other people’s journeys and their unique experiences and get a break from all the other hollow and superficial ways of entertainment.
The people from Belfast and Northern Ireland have so much to show and be proud of. Matthew gives them room to tell their stories.
I just love it.

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