Belfast Telegraph

Who will be added to our Hall of Fame at the 2019 Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards?

Snooker legend Dennis Taylor was given the Hall of Fame award in 2016. It was presented by Steve Parr, Managing Director of Parr Group, snooker star Joe Swail and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte.
Snooker legend Dennis Taylor was given the Hall of Fame award in 2016. It was presented by Steve Parr, Managing Director of Parr Group, snooker star Joe Swail and Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte.
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

One of the best moments of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards is the addition of another Northern Ireland sporting legend to our esteemed Hall of Fame, and this year will be no different.

Another giant of the local sporting landscape will be inducted into our Hall of Fame at our awards ceremony at Belfast’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on January 20, with the award kindly sponsored by Down Royal Racecourse.

Reserved for only the greatest in Northern Ireland sport, being added to our Hall of Fame is a prestigious honour — just look at the names of some previous inductees.

The likes of Dame Mary Peters, George Best, Pat Jennings, Willie John McBride, Mickey Harte, Barry McGuigan and AP McCoy are all residents of our Hall of Fame, and the calibre of those names reflects the kind of sportsperson that will join them on the night.

The winner will be someone who has made a considerable impact on the Northern Ireland sporting landscape over many years, both at a local and an international level, and will be considered a legend of sport in our wee country.

It is certain to be another tightly-contested decision, but no doubt whoever enters the Hall of Fame on this occasion will be fully deserving of the accolade.

As one of Northern Ireland’s premier sporting destinations and supporter of those individuals, teams and organisations, both at professional and amateur levels, who make an outstanding contribution to sport here, Down Royal Racecourse is delighted to be continuing its support of the Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards in 2020.

Down Royal Racecourse, one of Ireland’s finest race tracks, has a year-round busy schedule featuring fantastic race fixtures complete with a host of entertainment packages.

Located just a few miles outside of Lisburn, the historic racecourse has long been a popular destination for the Northern Ireland public.

The racecourse is all set to jump into 2020 with the first fixture of the season — the Molson Coors Race Meeting — on Tuesday, January 28.

Emma Meehan, chief executive of Down Royal Racecourse, said: “Down Royal is a racecourse that is steeped in history and we are proud to celebrate racing as the heart of our business.

“We are privileged to be running such a fantastic horse racing venue and to bring this thrilling sport to the masses.”

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