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'I took a chance to do this job, but it paid off'

Aodhan (right) in Little Shop Of Horrors. It also featured Aaron McCusker (second right), who went on to star in Shameless and Bohemian Rhapsody
Aodhan (right) in Little Shop Of Horrors. It also featured Aaron McCusker (second right), who went on to star in Shameless and Bohemian Rhapsody

Q & A: Aodhan Connolly

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: In business: "Relationships are the only thing that matters." In life: "Put that phone down and be here now", which is my partner's favourite saying to me.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A: It is nice to be nice. Remember to thank every PA that organised a meeting or brought in a coffee and every journalist and cameraman who do interviews with you.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Taking the chance to do this job, something untried and untested which ended up hugely rewarding.

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Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A:I am a political nerd so something in politics... maybe front line.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: My last big holiday was a city break to Berlin with my son, who is 13 and amazing fun. The next break will probably be a weekend away in Ireland to relax.

Q: What are your hobbies/interest?

A: I read constantly, play music, love languages, cook and love history and quizzes.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I am a huge Ulster Rugby fan and support Armagh in Gaelic football and Antrim in hurling.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: Many years ago I played Gaelic, did a bit of kickboxing, and only hung up my rugby boots a few years back.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch about how it is a human trait to want to believe conspiracy theories and how some of the greatest have been debunked.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Strict but a lot of fun. My parents gave me language, culture, drama, music, a sense of fun, a strong sense of self and my work ethic.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: I think no matter what type of Brexit we have, things will get tighter here in Northern Ireland, but no deal would be a disaster.

Q: How would you assess your time with the NIRC?

A: Very hard work but extremely rewarding.

Q: How do you sum up working in the retail sector?

A: No two days are ever the same. "Every day is a school day."

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