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All the best: Mayor Darryn Causby's favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 29-year-old DUP man is the first Lord Mayor of the new Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 'super council'. He lives near Portadown.

My best moment

It has to be when I was first elected to council in 2011. I polled 237 first preference votes and got in on the last vote with transfers. At one stage there were only 18 votes in it, and I just needed to clinch the seat. To say I was stunned is an understatement as I had only ventured into politics in 2009 when was at university.

My best song

I listen to anything, so this is a hard question. I suppose I like something a bit older so I’m going to choose Aerosmith’s Dude Looks Like A Lady. When I was younger my family went to Florida and there was an Aerosmith attraction at Walt Disney World and that was the theme song. Every time I hear it, it sparks the memory of the roller coaster.

My best way to relax

I don’t relax much, but for me the best place to find peace is at my church, in which I’m very involved. It’s the best place for me to be alone.

My best job

Obviously being mayor is the best job I’ve had to date. My background is as a youth worker which is very different from my role now. They’re both present very different challenges.

My best advice

Although they could be regarded as cliches, the two best pieces of advice came from my late granny. The first is not to make a judgment on someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Also, you should treat people the way you would like to be treated.

My best gift

It was from my late grandmother. She bought everyone in our family a piece of jewellery when they turned 18. When it was my turn I was still training to be a chef so granny offered to buy me jewellery or a set of new knives. I chose the knives and she had them engraved with my name. I still have them and use them.

My best achievements

It’s probably going to university and getting my degree. I’m dyslexic, so I left school with no qualifications. I trained as a chef but I always wanted to be a youth worker so I studied for qualifications for that which led to my degree at the Ulster University. I don’t look at being the Lord Mayor as an achievement for me as it was other people who put me in this position.

My best buy

My first flight to Vancouver on my own in 2009. It was a three-week visit to see family in Canada, and it was the  first time I’d travelled so far on my own. It was something I had saved for and worked towards myself and I went there independently.

My best film

Sister Act - I think it’s hilarious. My sister lives in England and stayed with me for a while in my house. We would put it on late at night with a cup of tea and just have a laugh. I know nearly every line in the film. I’m not particularly a movie buff, but I like Whoopi Goldberg’s movies

My best book

The Intolerance of Tolerance by DA Carson. He’s a Christian author and he explores the bizarre idea of how tolerance can become intolerance. It’s a fascinating read and I enjoy this type of sociological book

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