Belfast boxer Michael Conlan has been named Sports Star of the Year at the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.
The amateur boxer collected the prestigious prize on Monday night at the gala awards ceremony, sponsored by Linwoods, at the Ramada Plaza hotel in front of a star studded audience.
The Northern Ireland football team enjoyed treble glory with the players and manager Michael O'Neill rewarded for their outstanding success.
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The awards, now in their 21st year, honours top sporting achievers both in the amateur and professional ranks and pay tribute to the country's unsung sporting heroes.
Linwoods are the title sponsors of the Awards and the category sponsors are Sport NI, Big Lottery Fund, Ramada Plaza hotel, the Northern Ireland Sports Forum, Volvo, Subway, Belleek Living and The Outlet.
Popular television personalities Jackie Fullerton and Claire McCollum presented the glittering ceremony celebrating sport at elite and grassroots level.
Full coverage of the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards will be in Tuesday's paper. In Wednesday's Tele there will be a 12-page supplement honouring the winners and nominees
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND
Winner : Conor Ferguson
Young Player of the Year Conor Ferguson was presented with his trophy by Dame Mary Peters and Arthur Scott, Sport NI Interim Chief Executive
SPORTSPERSON WITH A DISABILITY SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL
Winner: Michael McKillop
Michael McKillop was presented with his trophy by Paddy Barnes and Joanne McDowell, Director for Northern Ireland of category sponsor, The National Lottery
LOCAL HEROES SPONSORED BY SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND
Winner: Aisling Reilly
Aisling Reilly was presented with her trophy by GAA Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte and Brian Henning, Chair of Sport Northern Ireland
MALCOLM BRODIE PLAYER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY THE RAMADA PLAZA
Winner: Steven Davis (collected by father David)
Rugby Legend Stephen Ferris and Rajesh Rana, Director of category sponsor Ramada Plaza presented David Davis with Stephen’s trophy.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD ONE SPONSORED BY VOLVO
Winner: Paul Hearty
Paul Hearty was presented with his trophy by Belfast Giant’s Matt Nickerson and Robert Cairns, Volvo Parts Manager of category sponsor Volvo
W J ‘PADDY’ PATTERSON SERVICES TO SPORT AWARD
Winner: Danny O’Connor (Collected on his behalf by grand daughter Anya O’Connor)
Danny O’Connor’s granddaughter Anya O’Connor accepted the award on his behalf from Roy Millar, Chair of Northern Ireland Sports Forum
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD TWO SPONSORED BY VOLVO
Winner: Olivia Mehaffey (Olivia’s father Philip to collect)
Philip Mehaffey accepts Olivia’s trophy from Paralympian gold medallist Kelly Gallagher and Stewart Reid, Sales Manager of category sponsor Volvo
YOUNG TEAM OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY SUBWAY
Winner : Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Youth Team
Representatives from the Commonwealth games Youth team, Conor Ferguson, Danielle Hill, Ben Fisher and James McGivern collected their award from rugby legend Tommy Bowe. Category sponsor Subway
TEAM OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY LINWOODS
WINNER : Northern Ireland Football Team
Michael O’Neill, NI Football Manager and assistant coach Jimmy Nicholl collected the trophy on behalf of the Northern Ireland football team from champion cyclist Martyn Irvine and Patrick Woods, Director of Linwoods.
GEORGE BEST BREAKTHROUGH AWARD SPONSORED BY BELLEEK LIVING
Winner: Iain Henderson
Iain Henderson was presented with his trophy from all time rugby great Willie John McBride and Director of Rugby at Ulster Les Kiss
COACH/MANAGER OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH
Winner: Michael O’Neill
Michael O’Neill was presented with his Award from Neil Lennon Manager at Bolton Wanderers and Richard McClean, Managing Director, Belfast Telegraph.
HALL OF FAME SPONSORED BY THE OUTLET BANBRIDGE
Martin O'Neill was inducted into the Hall of Fame and presented with his trophy by football legends Pat Jennings, Gerry Armstrong, Michael O’Neill, Neil Lennon and joined by Chris Nelmes, Centre Manager of category sponsor The OUTLET Banbridge.
BELFAST TELEGRAPH GREATEST SPORTING MOMENT OF ALL TIME
Winning moment - 1982 Northern Ireland V Spain
BELFAST TELEGRAPH SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR SPONSORED BY LINWOODS
Winner: Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan was presented with his ‘Sports Star of the Year’ trophy by Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister, Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph Editor and Sarah Shimmons, Head of Marketing from title sponsors Linwoods.