Internationally respected, Sam McAughtry is a writer and broadcaster who was born in the Tiger's Bay area of Belfast in 1923.
Throughout his fascinating and varied career, he served in the Royal Air Force, worked as a laborer, then civil servant, before becoming a full-time writer. He was a devoted trade unionist and Northern Ireland Labour Party member, as well as founding chairman of the Peace Train organisation which protested against the bombing of the Dublin-Belfast railway line.
However, it was during a radio broadcast promoting his first book that Sam was recognised for the gifted storyteller that he is. When another writer talking about castles paused, Sam knew exactly what to do.
"There was a silence for eight seconds and I was immediately in... the people in the broadcasting game got to know from me: never leave a gap!"
This led to eight successful years appearing on RTE. "Everywhere I went people knew me. I could've gone down to Cork and people would know me in the street."
McAughtry made many contributions to radio and television programmes over the years, giving his memories of life in Belfast as well as political analysis during the Troubles.