Friday’s Child - Connor Smyth

Connor Smyth, pictured after passing his driving test. DER0114SL320.Photo: Stephen Latimer
Connor Smyth, pictured after passing his driving test. DER0114SL320.Photo: Stephen Latimer

This week’s Friday’s Child is local man Connor Smyth. A former pupil of St Columb’s College in Derry Connor works with the Cedar Foundation as a Bank Support worker.

How would you describe yourself?

Happy, enthusiastic and pretty spontaneous. If I like the look of something or feel like going somewhere I just tend to go for it. Life is too short.

Happiest childhood memory?

Going to my granny’s after school having whatever she made that day and watching cartoons and old westerns. My granny would fall asleep during the films and then relied on me to fill her in!

What was your first job?

My first job was with the Cedar Foundation as a facilitator of Disability Awareness. Myself and Phil the Youth Worker went around schools teaching children about the different forms of disabilities, how to treat someone with a disability, what specific terms surrounding disabilities mean, trying to create awareness at a early age.

Favourite book?

Books I tend to read are usually sports related - my favourite was probably an autobiography about Jose Mourinho.

Favourite film?

‘Pulp Fiction’.

Favourite television programme?

I have a few favourites, ‘Dexter’, ‘House’, ‘Breaking Bad’,’How I Met Your Mother. I love a show that you can binge watch. No surprise a lot of these are on Netflix!

Favourite expression?

‘If it is for you, it will not pass you’ - My granny always said this before she passed away and I have it tattooed on my arm.

Favourite holiday destination?

I love travelling so I always enjoy seeing new places. My favourite is probably Las Vegas. I went there with a group of friends and it was unreal.

Who would you most like to meet?

I would love to meet Will Smith or Jose Mourinho.

What makes you angry?

I hate when people are negative no matter what the situation or if people are late but don’t let you know.

What makes you happy?

I love spending time with my Godson Eben, his sister Ayda and their cousin Christian. I’m really close to them as I grew up with their parents and love seeing them. I also love spending time with friends and working with people with disabilities.

What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?

When I was in Liverpool I decided to visit The Beatles’ museum. I asked where the lift was for my wheelchair to get down. It was around the back so I went through the streets of Liverpool with a man dressed as a Beatle only to get into the glass elevator and have it break down with me and a Beatle impersonator trapped for everyone in the museum to see.

What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?

I would say my granny dying. Although she was in her late 80’s it was very sudden and she was healthy, so it was a shock to us all.

What is your greatest fear?

I try not to worry too much or be afraid of anything as worrying doesn’t do any good. If I do have fears I tend to take them head on. I’m not keen on heights but I want to skydive, I’m a bit weird.

What has been the high point of your life to date?

I travelled around America with my friend Kevin for a while and when we were there we went to the James Corden Show and met him. We also went to an LA Galaxy game, had a box suite for free froma guy we met on our flight to London and got to meet David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay, it was unreal!

How would you like to be remembered?

If not as the man who won the Euro Millions then I guess as someone who is caring, hard working, enthusiastic and always tries to be positive.

What is your most treasured possession?

Either a little Lourdes statue of Mary I got when my granny passed away or my car - it is ugly, constantly breaks down and has a max speed of like 70 mph (not that I have ever gone above 20, if my family see this) but it means I can see my friends, work and gives me independence I have never had, as it can be hard to go out as a wheelchair user if you don’t drive.