Belfast Telegraph

Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards winners announced during gala ceremony

Northern Ireland's unsung heroes were celebrated during gala ceremony in Belfast

The Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards 2018 in association with Specsavers have taken place at Belfast's Crowne Plaza hotel.

Hosted by UTV's Marc Mallett and Pamela Ballantine the awards honour Northern Ireland's unsung heroes, whether they have overcome adversity or gone beyond the call of duty in education or sport.

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

This year's guest judges are Game of Thrones and Derry Girls actor Ian McElhinney and golfer Darren Clarke.

Among the famous faces celebrating the best of NI were Louis Walsh, actress Bronagh Waugh and Niamh McGrady, actor Charlie Lawson, as well as a host of local stars from television and radio.