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All the best: Eleanor O'Neill on her favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 33-year-old is Nomadic project manager for Titanic Belfast and lives in Belfast.

My best moment

I remember holding my nephew for the first time when he was just 45 minutes old in 2002. His name is Conor and he was the first of all my nieces and nephews. He’s now 12 and is a true gent.

My best song

It’s a difficult decision — I suppose I should say Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, but I’m going to go for a song called Gravity by Sarah Bareilles. It’s a delicate, beautiful little song that is at the same time very powerful, and it’s a great one to sing along to.

My best way to relax

There are three things that help me recharge my batteries; movies, music and doodles. I love watching films or getting out the guitar and having a play. I also like to sit down and just draw. That’s when I’m not going out to dinner with my  friends.

My best job

It’s sounds like a cliche, but managing the SS Nomadic is the best one I’ve had so far. We’re working with Titanic Belfast, so this is giving me the opportunity to be part of putting Belfast and Northern Ireland on the global map. My job is to make the Nomadic more accessible for visitors and to create the bridge between the Nomadic and Titanic Belfast.

My best bit of advice

This one came from my mother. She always says, “Event plus response equals outcome”, like it’s a formula. It means no matter what happens to you, we each control the outcome by how we react to it. It’s about having a sense of control over any situation presented to us.

My best buy

A one way ticket to Spain in 2009. A friend of mine went out there to live and within the space oftwo months, I had handed in my job, and booked my flight. I had studied languages at university and wanted to improve my Spanish. I stayed for nearly three years.

My best achievement

Performing with the Omagh Community Youth Choir. I was in it for four to five years and we travelled throughout the UK, Ireland and America. It was made up of young people from every kind of background after the Omagh bomb. It taught us all about respect, tolerance and diversity, which are things that I’m still really passionate about.

My best gift

When I was 16, my dad gave me a little nylon-stringed Spanish guitar. I’d never played before, so I went on to teach myself and I’m still learning. Conor now has that guitar and he’s started teaching himself, too.

My best film

I’m an absolute movie buff and again, although I should go for Titanic, I prefer world cinema. There’s an Italian film called La Vita Bella or Life Is Beautiful. It’s the story of a man and his son in a Second World War concentration camp — it could be described as a tragic comedy and it’s just wonderful.

My best book

Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I found it in the old Queen’s Bookshop for a pound one day. It’s one of the most thrilling and mysterious books I’ve ever read — I stayed up all night to read it when I should have been revising and it’s remained my favourite book.

  • On June 21, the Titanic Slipways will be hosting the Gran Fornondo. For information and tickets to Titanic Belfast and the SS Nomadic, go to

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