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The 49-year-old is chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Belfast En­ter­prise. He lives in East Belfast with wife Mags and their two chil­dren Amelia (4) and Harry (7)

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW - Jonathan McAlpin

WHAT IS YOUR EAR­LI­EST MEM­ORY?

I re­mem­ber de­bat­ing with my best friend if it was okay to sup­port Liver­pool Foot­ball Club or would we get into trou­ble for not sup­port­ing Queen’s Park Rangers, given that they must be the Queen’s team…

WHO IS THE MOST IM­POR­TANT PER­SON IN YOUR LIFE?

This is far too dif­fi­cult to an­swer! My wife Mags is of course the most im­por­tant. She’s a cre­ative en­tre­pre­neur and the glue that holds our fam­ily to­gether. Oth­ers that have most im­por­tance in my life are my chil­dren, my par­ents, my brother and sis­ter — those who are my big­gest sup­ports and who I am most proud of.

SHOCK US – TELL US SOME­THING SUR­PRIS­ING ABOUT YOUR­SELF

I sky-dived and bungee jumped dressed in my full North­ern Ire­land foot­ball kit in New Zealand while trav­el­ling the world on a year out!

WHAT IS YOUR GREAT­EST FEAR?

I guess the fear all par­ents have, that my chil­dren won’t be ful­filled and happy with their life choices.

WHAT MAKES YOU MOST HAPPY?

I’m for­tu­nate enough to just want sim­ple stuff from life — peace and quiet make me most happy! And fam­ily hol­i­days, North­ern Ire­land foot­ball vic­to­ries (left) and Cru­saders win­ning the league…

AND YOUR BIG­GEST RE­GRET?

Thank­fully I haven’t too many of those. Per­haps not spend­ing more time liv­ing in Glas­gow af­ter I fin­ished my post-grad­u­ate. I love that city.

HOW DO YOU CHILL OUT?

If I had the time it would be a round of golf, but these days it’s more likely to be a glass of wine with my wife in front of the telly on a Satur­day night.

WHAT’S THE MOST IM­POR­TANT LES­SON YOU HAVE LEARNED IN YOUR LIFE?

To be con­sid­er­ate of other peo­ple and that re­la­tion­ships mean more than pos­ses­sions.

THE BOOK, THE SONG AND THE FILM THAT MEAN THE MOST TO YOU AND WHY?

The book has to be The Bible, be­cause it has had the most in­flu­ence on the world we live in what­ever your view of re­li­gion — it in­flu­ences our laws, our cul­ture, our pol­i­tics, our world views.

My film choice would have to be the clas­sic It’s A Won­der­ful Life star­ring James Ste­wart (above). Cliched as it is, I love watch­ing that film at Christ­mas and love the un­der­ly­ing “so­cial en­ter­prise” ethos of the Bai­ley Broth­ers’ Build­ing and Loan “bank”. A great film with a strong so­cial mes­sage.

Al­ter­na­tive Ul­ster by Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers would def­i­nitely be my song choice. It’s a clas­sic and ex­pressed what my gen­er­a­tion felt dur­ing the dark days of the Trou­bles.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR­SELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I would like to be more pa­tient, now, hurry up, what’s the next ques­tion……?? East­side Awards cel­e­brate the best of east Belfast and are open for en­try un­til Oc­to­ber 19

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