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Peace-builder: Alan McBride

Alan McBride: 'I was very fortunate to be married to two incredible women. One was cruelly taken from me, the other I threw away' 

The co-ordinator of the Wave Trauma Centre in Belfast has been engaged in peace-building for the past 30 years. Alan was working as a butcher on the Shankill Road when his wife, Sharon, and father-in-law Desmond Frizzell were killed in a bomb attack at the family fish shop in 1993. He lives alone in east Belfast, and has one daughter, Zoe, from his marriage to Sharon. He has a first-class honours degree from Ulster University and an MPhil in reconciliation studies from Trinity College Dublin.

Children’s author Sam McBratney with his new book The Most-Loved Bear

His bestselling book Guess How Much I Love You is only 400 words long but took six months to complete... NI's Sam McBratney on the story behind the enchanting tale that has delighted millions of children and why he'd love to write a western 

There is an inner cowboy trying to get out of Northern Ireland author Sam McBratney. He'd love to write a western which seems a strange departure for the former teacher who created one of the world's best loved and bestselling children's picture books, Guess How Much I Love You.

Steven Jaffe with Isaac Herzog, former leader of the opposition in the Israeli Parliament

‘I’ve undertaken three Jewish heritage walks in Northern Ireland and 200 people from all sections of wider society took part. One of them told me it was a pleasure to do something in Belfast which related to neither Protestant or Catholic history...’ 

Steven Jaffe (54), who was born in Belfast, works with the two main representative bodies of Jewish people in the UK - the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council. In that work he also represents the small Jewish community in Northern Ireland. Recently a proposal that he be allowed to address Derry and Strabane District Council was defeated.

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