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The weekend just past brought me so much pleasure.  Liverpool, my team, won their 6thEuropean Cup in Madrid. It wasn’t much of a game to be honest but a 2-0 win over Spurs and history was made once again.  It was 2005 in Istanbul when Liverpool last won the biggest prize in club football.  I really do hope we can repeat this success much sooner than the 14 years that have passed. 

A week previous, the long awaited return of Snow Patrol to Ward Park in Bangor happened. It was simply amazing and lived up to the hype.  Over 35000 people descended on my hometown for the event.  Bono even showed up and performed the U2 classic ‘One’ with the band. I had some friends round to mine for a bbq and a few drinks in the afternoon and then we dandered down to the park.  The set list, the production, the performance was superb and now I just hope we can do it all again at some point in time.  Events like the Snow Patrol show is just what Bangor needs in my opinion.

A couple of interviews these past two weeks have been brilliant and really eye opening. I hosted the launch of the ‘New Era  Global Sports ’ Belfast office.  One of their clients Rio Ferdinand did the honour and I had the pleasure of interviewing him in front of about 150 special guests.  He was a gentleman, honest, open, driven and talked candidly about his career and off pitch business acumen.  He had a plan for life after football but strongly believes he had to get his on pitch performances right first before exploring other opportunities.  He certainly gave me the impression that he is not impressed by some young premier league talent who seem more interested in off field business success rather than concentrating on what they are there to do in the first place and that is play football.  When asked about Sir Alex Ferguson, he said that as a manager he instilled so much desire in his players to succeed and win.  His desire was relentless.  It was a great event and I really enjoyed my chat with him and the owners of New Era.  

This week I also chatted back stage at the Waterfront, Belfast to Anne-Marie. The singer songwriter is without doubt one of the biggest artists in the UK and has worked now with so many global stars including Ed Sheeran and Marshmello.  

You can check out the interview this week on the Cool FM Breakfast show.  She was open, honest and great craic.  What immediately struck me was that she gets very nervous before she goes on stage and has coping mechanisms in order to deal with the situation.  She is incredibly talented, down to earth and easy to talk too.  It was one of my favourite interviews of the year.

Hope your week has got off to a good start.

Thanks for reading,



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