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All the best: We chat to Citybeat presenter Sara Neill


Music fan: presenter Sara Neill

Music fan: presenter Sara Neill

Music fan: presenter Sara Neill

The 29-year-old presents the breakfast show with Stephen Clements on Citybeat Radio each weekday morning. She lives in Newtownabbey.

My best moment

It was the moment I met my little nephew Joseph. He's two now and he was my first nephew and the first grandchild in the family. Anyone who has come near me in the last two years has been bombarded with photos of him – he's the happiest baby you've ever met. Everyone says their babies are beautiful but he really is.

My best way to relax

A glass of wine with all my friends. I have a really close-knit group of friends that I met at university 10 years ago. We're still really close and love having a catch-up either on the town or just round at someone's house.

My best job

Nothing compares to what I'm doing now. I've had amazing opportunities, things I thought I would never be doing like standing in front of the whole crowd singing on St Patrick's Day in Custom House Square. As well as the breakfast show I also report in the afternoons so I've covered big stories like the Haass talks and the Liam Adams trial. At Citybeat there's also one of the best teams I've ever worked with.

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My best song

Joni Mitchell's Amelia, which is about Amelia Earhart, an amazing, pioneering woman. It's also about what Mitchell (below) was going through in her life, feeling lost and having the need to explore.

My best advice

I have two, one from my driving instructor when I was 17. He said 'Don't compare yourself to others because you'll become vain and bitter'.

The second came from my mum who is a constant source of advice to me and she's always right. She went on holiday one year and brought me back a plaque which says 'If at first you don't succeed, do it the way your mother told you'. All the times I think I'm right, it turns out my mum was right.

My best gift

I'm very close to my family and for my 21st birthday and graduation my parents bought me a white and yellow gold ring with diamonds on it. It's the one thing that's always been on my finger and has never been off. I think it's so pretty every time I look at it and it always reminds me of my family.

My best achievements

In my early 20s I was an au pair in Los Angeles. I worked for a family looking after a little girl called Maddy from the age of three and a half to four and a half. Going to a different country and culture to look after a child you don't know is a difficult thing to do but we really bonded by the time I'd been there for a year. She still sends me little notes with hearts on them and I saw her again a couple of years ago and she just ran up and gave me a big hug. I thought that was my job done.

My best buy

It's my iPod – I love music and I could live without a TV but not without my iPod. I associate music with memories so there are lots of songs I've acquired that remind me of different part of my life.

My best film

Notting Hill, starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. I'm a real sop for it so it gets me every time. So does Hugh Grant.

My best book

She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. It's about a girl who has a very mixed-up life and goes through a lot in it. I first read it when I was 17 and it's so beautifully written and every time I go back to it I get something new out of it.

  • The Breakfast Show is on Citybeat from 6-10am, Monday to Friday. For details, visit www.citybeat.co.uk

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