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Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards winners 2019

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Helena Phelan pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast.
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Helena Phelan pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Paul Tyrrell at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Conor Bannon (Newry) Sponsored by Harvey Norman Presented by Eamon McFadden, Manager Celebrity presenter Ð Ryan Burnett Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Snow Patrol at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Snow Patrol at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Winners at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Winners at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 10. Special Recognition Paul, Rosemarie and Sarah Jane Mullen (Strabane) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-founder of Specsavers Celebrity presenters Ð Rory Best and Jacob Stockdale Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 9. Unsung Hero Patrick and Diane McCourt (Larne) Sponsored by The Boulevard Presented by Chris Nelmes, Centre Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gaynor Faye and Katherine Dow Blyton Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 9. Unsung Hero Patrick and Diane McCourt (Larne) Sponsored by The Boulevard Presented by Chris Nelmes, Centre Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gaynor Faye and Katherine Dow Blyton Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 9. Unsung Hero Patrick and Diane McCourt (Larne) Sponsored by The Boulevard Presented by Chris Nelmes, Centre Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gaynor Faye and Katherine Dow Blyton Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 9. Unsung Hero Patrick and Diane McCourt (Larne) Sponsored by The Boulevard Presented by Chris Nelmes, Centre Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gaynor Faye and Katherine Dow Blyton Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 8. 999 Hero Foyle Search & Rescue (Derry) Stephen Twells, Carole McAleer and Stephen Tinsley Sponsored by CRASH Services Presented by Jonathan McKeown, CEO Celebrity presenters Ð Tim McGarry and Tommy Cannon Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 7. Charity Champion Donna-Maria Logue (Derry) Sponsored by British Airways Presented by Brenda Morgan MBE, Key Partnership Manager, Northern Ireland and Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Bronagh Waugh and Kathy Kiera Clarke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 7. Charity Champion Donna-Maria Logue (Derry) Sponsored by British Airways Presented by Brenda Morgan MBE, Key Partnership Manager, Northern Ireland and Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Bronagh Waugh and Kathy Kiera Clarke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 7. Charity Champion Donna-Maria Logue (Derry) Sponsored by British Airways Presented by Brenda Morgan MBE, Key Partnership Manager, Northern Ireland and Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Bronagh Waugh and Kathy Kiera Clarke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 7. Charity Champion Donna-Maria Logue (Derry) Sponsored by British Airways Presented by Brenda Morgan MBE, Key Partnership Manager, Northern Ireland and Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Bronagh Waugh and Kathy Kiera Clarke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 7. Charity Champion Donna-Maria Logue (Derry) Sponsored by British Airways Presented by Brenda Morgan MBE, Key Partnership Manager, Northern Ireland and Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Bronagh Waugh and Kathy Kiera Clarke Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 6. Spirit of Youth Conor Bannon (Newry) Sponsored by Harvey Norman Presented by Eamon McFadden, Manager Celebrity presenter Ð Ryan Burnett Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 6. Spirit of Youth Conor Bannon (Newry) Sponsored by Harvey Norman Presented by Eamon McFadden, Manager Celebrity presenter Ð Ryan Burnett Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 5. Caring Spirit Caroline Kelly (Enniskillen) Sponsored by Power NI Presented by Gemma-Louise Bond, Senior Sponsorship and Events Executive Celebrity presenters Ð Samantha Giles and Jonny McPherson Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 5. Caring Spirit Caroline Kelly (Enniskillen) Sponsored by Power NI Presented by Gemma-Louise Bond, Senior Sponsorship and Events Executive Celebrity presenters Ð Samantha Giles and Jonny McPherson Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Caroline Kelly at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 5. Caring Spirit Caroline Kelly (Enniskillen) Sponsored by Power NI Presented by Gemma-Louise Bond, Senior Sponsorship and Events Executive Celebrity presenters Ð Samantha Giles and Jonny McPherson Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 4. Spirit of Sport Paul Tyrrell (Belfast) Sponsored by its4women Presented by Stephen Lamb, Marketing Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gerry Armstrong and Peter Canavan Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Paul Tyrrell at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 4. Spirit of Sport Paul Tyrrell (Belfast) Sponsored by its4women Presented by Stephen Lamb, Marketing Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gerry Armstrong and Peter Canavan Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 4. Spirit of Sport Paul Tyrrell (Belfast) Sponsored by its4women Presented by Stephen Lamb, Marketing Director Celebrity presenters Ð Gerry Armstrong and Peter Canavan Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 3. Overcoming Adversity Keelan Burns (Muckamore) Sponsored by Specsavers Presented by Sean McCauley, Chairman, Specsavers Northern Ireland Celebrity presenters Ð Sir AP McCoy Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Keelan Burns pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - AP McCoy pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 2. Spirit of Education Mary Leonard (Dunmurry) Sponsored by QueenÕs University Belfast Presented by Isabel Jennings. Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students Celebrity presenters Ð Charlie Lawson and Kerri Quinn Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Kerri Quinn pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. 1. Spirit of Health Helena Phelan (Derry) Sponsored by Direct Medics Presented by Paul Mulvenna, Managing Director Celebrity presenters Ð Stephen Nolan Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Helena Phelan pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - Singer Mark McMullan pictured at The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th June 2019 - The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers in Titanic Belfast. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Northern Ireland’s unsung heroes who have worked tirelessly to transform communities or help people have been honoured at the annual Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

Sunday Life again teamed up with Specsavers for the biggest date in the local awards calendar which marks its 10th anniversary.

The awards gala ceremony, which was held in Titanic Belfast on Wednesday and was hosted by TV presenters Pamela Ballantine and Marc Mallett, will be shown on UTV in a one hour special next week.

The unique awards recognise those whose good deeds may have gone unnoticed.

Whether for demonstrating a spirit of compassion, neighbourliness, charity, courage or devotion, or going beyond the call of duty in the fields of education, the emergency services, the caring sector, health or sport.

There were 10 categories, including awards for Unsung Hero, Charity Champion, 999 Hero, Spirit of Health, Spirit of Education, Spirit of Youth and Spirit of Sport.

We were live from the red carpet arrivals to all the award winners.

Awards categories:

Unsung hero

Someone whose great deed or deeds have previously gone unnoticed, but who will have made a major contribution to your life or to your community.

Overcoming adversity

Someone who has overcome huge personal challenges, whether it is dealing with illness or disability or overcoming problems.

Spirit of youth

Someone under the age of 18 who should be recognised for their special achievements.

999 hero

A member of the emergency services who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their job.

Charity champion

Someone who has worked tirelessly for a charity or as a fundraiser for many years.

Spirit of health

A medical professional who has gone the extra mile to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

Spirit of education

This award recognises a truly inspirational teacher who has helped children and young people fulfil their potential.

Caring spirit award

A person, young or old, who has dedicated their time to caring for a friend or family member.

Spirit of sport

Someone who has made an exceptional contribution to local sport over a number of years.

Special recognition award

Someone who the judges feel represents the Spirit of Northern Ireland by selflessly serving others and being an inspiration to us all.

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