Celebrating Father's Day
IN! caught up with a few local dads and their offspring in some familiar places.
Sailor James Espey (28) & his father, Alan Espey (60)
James: Congratulations, how does it feel to have all your hard work pay off and to be representing your country at the 2012 Olympics?
It feel’s amazing, not many people can say that they were at the 2012 Olympics in London, dream come true.
Alan: How does it feel to have your son going to the Olympics?
I’m absolutely delighted. It is good to see the hard work that James has put in and all the people that supported him on his Olympic campaign has been successful.
James: What are you hoping to achieve at the Olympics and once the event is over what’s next for you?
I hope to achieve the best results possible for my country. I haven’t really thought too much about when it’s all over, but a holiday would be good!
Both: Do the two of you ever go sailing together?
Yes, we have sailed on many occasions together. We sailed together on a Cork 1720 some years ago and won the Bangor town cup and the 1720 Irish Nationals in Howth.
Both: Will you be together on Father’s Day and how will you celebrate?
No, we will both be sailing. I’ll be in Weymouth training and my father will be taking part in 50th year anniversary of the Ailsa Craig yacht race.
UTV News Presenter Paul Clark (58) & his son, David (21)
Paul what has life been like juggling your TV career with fatherhood?
I’m a bad juggler! Thankfully, I have a very understanding family. My wife, Carol and the boys are fully supportive of the demands of my job.
How would you describe your relationship with your boys and how do you all like spending time together?
I’m so proud of Peter and David. Peter, who’s now 24, is making his way in the world. He’s in England at the moment. David, who has Down’s Syndrome will always be with us. Carol and I are very happy at the prospect of there being three of us in this marriage, but we do encourage David to be as independent as possible.
How have your sons inspired you over the years and what do you admire most in each?
I love them both to bits. Currently, Peter is helping people who have real issues with drink and drugs. David gets on with his life in his own amusing way. It doesn’t concern him what people may think. He is just himself. Watching him interact with the world has taught me a great deal.
How will you be spending Father’s Day this year?
We will go to church and maybe afterwards Carol and David will take me out to lunch. Peter will be in England, but I hope he will ring (hint, hint!)
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