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Poet Michael Longley's lifetime achievement gong at Ulster Tatler Awards

By Staff Reporter

Michael Longley, one of Northern Ireland's best loved poets, has been honoured with a lifetime achievement gong at Ulster Tatler Awards.

Since the 1960s the Belfast man (76) has published 10 collections of poetry, all of which won many accolades.

Ulster Tater editor Chris Sherry said: "I have followed Michael Longley's work for years and not only admire his poems but believe he is a marvellous representative for Northern Ireland."

Other big winners included IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton, who was named sportsperson of the year, and broadcaster Christine Bleakley, who won celebrity of the year.

Frampton was there to pick up his award and was delighted to be honoured by the magazine, and to fight off stiff competition.

The boxer's gong was hotly contested, with nominees including jockey Tony McCoy, Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, rugby star Rory Best and golfer Rory McIlroy.

There was no shortage of celebrities at the evening hosted by Pamela Ballantine, with Charlie Lawson, Barra Best, Tim McGarry, Alison Clarke, Stephen Ferris, Lady Bloomfield, Denise Watson and Conrad Cummings all at the ceremony in City Hall.

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