Joe Schmidt and Stephen Ferris present Ballynahinch ace Aaron Cairns with top Ulster award
Ballynahinch RFC player Aaron Cairns' remarkable season was recognised last night as he was presented with the Ulster Player of the Year award at the fourth annual Ulster Bank League awards at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt was on hand to give out the awards across all divisions of the Ulster Bank League and was joined by former Ireland, British and Irish Lions and Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris.
And Cairns wasn't the only person from Ulster toasting success last night as Banbridge PRO duo Marc Eadie and Robin McGloughlin walked off with the Ulster Bank Club PRO of the Year prize.
Other local names who featured on shortlists for awards were Ballymena's Rodger McBurney and David Whann, Callum Lecky from Belfast Harlequins and City of Derry players David Houston and Andrew Semple.
Award winners - Ulster Bank Player of the Year - Division 1A: Conor Kindregan, Cork Con RFC, Cork
Ulster Bank Top Try Scorer - Division 1A: Mick McGrath, Clontarf RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Top Points Scorer - Division 1A: Scott Deasy, Lansdowne RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Young player of the Year Award - Division 1A: Joey Carbery, Clontarf RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Coach of the Year - Division 1A: Andy Woods, Clontarf RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Player of the Year - Division 1B: Angus Lloyd, Trinity RFC, Dublin
Ulster Bank Player of the Year - Division 2A: Charlie O'Regan, UCC RFC, Cork
Ulster Player of the Year - Division 2B: Paddy O'Toole, Highfield RFC, Cork
Ulster Player of the Year - Division 2C: Brendan Guilfoyle, Old Cresent RFC, Limerick
Ulster Bank Club PRO (Public Relations Officer) of the Year: Robin McGloughlin & Marc Eadie, Banbridge RFC, Down
Ulster Bank Provincial Player of the Year in Ulster: Aaron Cairns, Ballynahinch RFC