HE’S renowned for his happy persona and Pharrell Williams was true to his song lyrics when he met Borris pilot Sean McCarthy recently. The singer, songwriter and producer, who was nominated for an Oscar for his catchy smash hit, proved just as jovial in real life when he bumped into the Carlow native in Birmingham airport .
Captain McCarthy, from Bog Lane, Borris, a member of the Air Corps, had successfully transferred a patient to Birmingham for lifesaving treatment when he bumped into the superstar. In the private wing of the city airport, Captain McCarthy and his crew were waiting for the return journey when in walked the former N.E.R.D. singer.
“We were watching Sky news after doing our pre-flight check and he walked in. He just came up and started chatting and I got a picture with him,” Captain McCarthy told The Nationalist.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” added Sean, who said that the singer was “a really nice guy”.
“Very happy,” he joked.
The solo artist was so impressed with the Air Corps trio, who made the cross-channel journey in a little over an hour, that he praised them for a job well done.
“He was very modest and thanked us for a job well done. He said that he was travelling on to Geneva for the next part of his tour and when he was leaving he said ‘Keep on saving those lives’.”
Captain McCarthy, the son of Sean and Bernie, has been working with the Air Corps since 2002 and loves the variety of work involved. “It’s great. We don’t have a standard day,” added Sean, whose celebrity encounter happened on his first flight back to work after his recent honeymoon with his wife of five weeks, Aisling.