The Edinburgh born, Belfast bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
He passed several exams along the way and now holds a 2:1 degree in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
His interests include (but are not limited to) crime fiction, classic cars and loud rock music.
He is a supporter of Aston Villa Football Club. He likes cats, but prefers dogs
IRISH fans of Tay-Tay, Tay-Sway, T-Swizzle or whatever your preferred nickname for the vaguely terrifying all-conquering popbot that is Taylor Swift had better be ready to snap up the last remaining tickets for her upcoming Dublin gig this morning.
DESPITE a distinct lack of Irish touring around the release of last year's hit album Foreverland, Divine Comedy man Neil Hannon made a point of promising fans here that they'd be "sick of him" by the end of 2017.
Today The Undertones – The Limelight, Belfast Lankum, Lisa O’Neill – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Mary Coughlan – The Black Box, Belfast RíRá, Same D4ence, Jonen Dekay etc – Elixir Live Hip-Hop Showcase, Voodoo, Belfast Reevah, Rebecca Mulhern, Naoise Christine – Nerve Centre, Derry Saturday December 2 Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Peter Hook & The Light – The Limelight, Belfast Rocket From The Crypt – The Black Box, Belfast Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Grainne Duffy –The Atlantic, Portrush Hannah Peel, Penny Police – Voodoo, Belfast The Barbiturates, Susie Blue, Gorilla Warfare – Nerve Centre, Derry Sunday December 3 Blue Americans – Bar Sub, Belfast Fabio Lepore Italian Jazz Quintet – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Declan O’Rourke – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Marty Coyle – Nerve Centre, Derry Tuesday December 5 Mark Lanegan, Tenebrous Liar, Joe Cardamone – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Wednesday December 6 Tom Robinson – The Empire, Belfast Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Anais Mitchell – Mandela Hall, Belfast The Divine Comedy – Millennium Forum, Derry Thursday December 7 The Divine Comedy – The Ulster Hall, Belfast Chris Rea – The Waterfront Hall, Belfast Ricky Ross –The Empire, Belfast Jesca Hoop – Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Wookalily – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Friday December 8 Andy White – American Bar, Belfast The Cabeytu Brothers – The Empire, Belfast Declan McKenna – The Limelight 2, Belfast Eilidh Patterson – Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady Saturday December 9 Bay City Rollers – The Limelight, Belfast Alan Doherty, Pauline Scanlon, Tola Custy etc – Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast Grainne Duffy – Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Wookalily – Bennigans, Derry Sunday December 10 Bay City Rollers – The Limelight, Belfast James Kirby – Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Monday December 11 The Charlatans, Documenta – The Limelight, Belfast Wednesday December 13 Sikth, 7.