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The 28-year-old brand am­bas­sador for MacIvor’s Cider, who is in­volved with the Ar­ti­san Food Vil­lage at Rush­mere Shop­ping Cen­tre this month, di­vides her time between Co Ty­rone and Dublin where she pro­motes the brand and de­vel­ops the com­pany’s sales and mar

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - UPDATE - Sarah McNally

What’s your ear­li­est mem­ory

My ear­li­est mem­ory was at my aunt’s wed­ding over in New­cas­tle-Upon-Tyne. My lit­tle brother was only a tod­dler and, on the boat over to Eng­land, my mum let me play in the kids’ sec­tion. The ex­cite­ment got to me, I fell off the slide, sprained my wrist and my brother started wail­ing as he was get­ting no at­ten­tion. Mean­while my dad was out on the deck get­ting sea sick. Luck­ily a very help­ful lady saw my mum was hav­ing a tough time and came to the res­cue, I think she gave me sweet­ies and it turned out to be a great trip.

Who are the most im­por­tant peo­ple in your life?

My fam­ily who are al­ways there no mat­ter what. Luck­ily with my job, I get to travel all over Ire­land. When I’m work­ing here I can stay with them at home in Co Ty­rone. There is al­ways a bed and a good din­ner for me when I need it.

Shock us! Tell us some­thing very sur­pris­ing about your­self…

I can name the 50 states of Amer­ica in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der in un­der a minute. Im­pres­sive I know, or in­cred­i­bly nerdy. My friends are sick of hear­ing me do it at this stage but af­ter a few ciders, I don’t see any­one else be­ing able to do it.

What’s your great­est fear?

I am ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied of spi­ders. Only re­cently have I been able to re­strain my squeal­ing when I see one.

What makes you most happy?

Hav­ing a bit of craic. There is noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting to­gether with my mates, chill­ing out, be­ing silly and wind­ing each other up. I love wak­ing up sore from laugh­ing too much the night be­fore.

And your big­gest re­gret?

Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and you have to deal with any­thing as it comes along. Ten years ago I was go­ing to do an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree so I’m quite sur­prised to be do­ing what I am now. At this time I started work­ing in a wine shop and de­vel­oped a love for sell­ing and learn­ing about it which is not too far from what I am do­ing now. The en­gi­neer­ing got put to one side and I did what I en­joyed.

How do you chill out?

Spend­ing time with my friends, kick­ing back and watch­ing some trash TV. I also love swim­ming and try to get to the pool a few times a week to get the head cleared.

What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learned in life?

Al­ways try your best be­cause it’s all you can do and don’t get caught up too much if it doesn’t seem good enough. Peo­ple will al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate it if you try the best you can, and if they don’t, then they have the prob­lem, not you.

The book and film that means the most to you — and why?

Fear and Loathing in Las Ve­gas by Hunter S Thomp­son is a great read — it’s a bit out there but it’s a fam­ily favourite of ours, or the Harry Pot­ter books which are ab­so­lute clas­sics. The film would be The Blues Broth­ers. I think we watched it ev­ery week grow­ing up and the mu­sic was fan­tas­tic. I quote it all the time.

If you could change one thing .... what would it be?

Bad driv­ers. In my job, I spend a lot of time driv­ing, es­pe­cially in cities, and it drives me up the walls when peo­ple have lit­er­ally zero aware­ness of what’s go­ing on around them. I can get pretty riled up, but it’s only be­cause I see how dan­ger­ous some peo­ple are on the road and they can do so much dam­age.

Rush­mere’s first Mu­sic & Food Fes­ti­val takes place on Fri­day, Septem­ber 8 and Satur­day, Septem­ber 9, 2017. A coun­try mu­sic con­cert on the Fri­day evening will be com­ple­mented by a Food Vil­lage of lo­cal pro­duc­ers, BBQ and a beer tent while the Satur­day will have the full Food Vil­lage, loads of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily to en­joy and a Down­town Coun­try road­show. Tick­ets for Fri­day’s con­cert cost £10 each or £25 for a fam­ily of four from the cus­tomer ser­vice desk. For de­tails, visit rush­mereshop­ping.com.

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