Editor's Viewpoint: Degree of success
It probably doesn't get any better than the past couple of days Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody has just had.
On Sunday night 45,000 fans sang along to the band's hits at a hugely successful concert in Phoenix Park in Dublin and yesterday he was given an honourary doctorate from the University of Ulster for services to music.
But success could not go to a nicer person. The self-effacing and immensely talented musician has helped to underscore Northern Ireland's creative status to a global audience, while remaining loyal to his fan base here and helping Londonderry secure its UK City of Culture title. He is a class act.