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A Belfast doorman has thanked his place of work for ‘making his family smile again’ after donating money so he could bring water to his home village.

Amadou has become one of the city’s most popular doormen, welcoming revellers heading in for a crisp pint or a boogie to the live music at The Harp Bar in Belfast city centre.

Originally from The Gambia, he has made Northern Ireland his home and has become an important part of “The Harp Bar family”.

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Earlier this month, owners of The Harp Bar and The Duke of York Willie and Joanne Jack, donated £5,000 to Amadou ahead of a trip home to his village Sare Yewtu in order to build a well and bring fresh water to the area.

Amadou and a Harp Bar colleague

After a difficult year for Amadou and his family, dealing with the death of his brother Lamie in 2022, The Harp Bar wanted to do something for Amadou that would leave a lasting legacy for his brother.

Speaking to Belfast Live after the opening ceremony of the well on Sunday, Adamou said he was so thankful to The Harp Bar for their donation and the difference it will make to his village and community.

He said: “I am thankful to Willie, Ronan [Harp Bar manager] and all my Harp Bar family – this is a very proud moment for me and my family.

Adamou with the completed well in his home village

“We can’t thank them all enough for making my family smile again.”

Through the donation, they have also been able to run a pipe from the well through to the next village to use as well.

A spokesperson for The Harp Bar said: “Amadou is loved by everyone here at The Harp, on both sides of the bar. Being able to donate this money so that he can make a lasting difference in his home village is an honour and seeing it up and running is just incredible.

“Having access to running water is something we just take for granted – you turn on the tap and never think how it got here so to see the hard work Adamou and his community have put into building the well is a joy.

The community enjoying the running water

“A part of Sare Yewtu is here in the Harp Bar with us through Amadou and we are delighted that a part of the Harp Bar is now in Sare Yewtu through the well.”

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