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Stars of sport and screen honoured Ulster rugby star Paddy Wallace at his glittering charity testimonial in Titanic Belfast

By Gary Grattan

The biggest names in sport and showbusiness in Northern Ireland came out to honour Ulster and Ireland rugby star Paddy Wallace for his testimonial at Titanic Belfast last night.

World No 1 golfer Rory McIlroy and IBF World Bantam-Weight champion Carl Frampton were joined by a host of current Ulster and Ireland rugby stars.

Showbusiness was represented by actors James Nesbitt (who was compere for the night) and Jamie Dornan -along with singer Brian Kennedy who performed for the 550 guests at the black tie extravaganza.

The proceeds were in aid of Autism Ireland, a charity close to the hearts of Paddy Wallace and his wife Tina.

Tina explained: "We chose the charity because our son Paddy Jack has been diagnosed with ADHT and has traces of autism. We are currently waiting his autism diagnosis so we thought we could use tonight to support Autism Ireland and raise awareness."

Rory McIlroy said: "It is great to be here for Paddy tonight - not only to celebrate a great career but also to support a great cause as well. As soon as he mentioned this to me, I wanted to support him in any way I could."

Actor Jamie Dornan said: "I have known Paddy all my life and I know this is a cause which obviously means a lot to him, so I'm very happy to be here to support it in whatever way I can."

For more information, go to www.autismireland.ie

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