Fergal spent more years than he cares to admit on nights as a sub-editor and chief sub at The Irish News before washing up in his current post, blinking and rubbing his eyes.
A Wicklow man, he made a break for the border after journalism school with a view to getting a few riots on his CV and getting his teeth done on the NHS. He met a Belfast woman, however, and the rest, as they say, has largely consisted of explaining to northerners that Wicklow is not Wexford.
He lives in Down because it’s hilly – unlike Wexford – with his wife, their daughter and a crazy cat
BOOK REVIEW Before Lycra: Memories of St Gabriel’s / Phoenix Cycling Clubs 1951-2015 by Billy Smyth AN ARDOYNE man “born, bred and buttered”, Billy Smith was a teenager when St Gabriel’s Cycling Club, since renamed Phoenix CC, was established in 1951.
MANY among those in attendance at last night’s production of Oliver! at Belfast's Grand Opera House had a vested interest in being there as family and friends of the 235 children and teenagers – yes, 235 – on stage.