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Video: Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards honour the stars who made 2015


Northern Ireland sporting legends rubbed shoulders with some of the province's current and up-and-coming stars of the future at the 21st Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards.

The Ramada Plaza was the venue for the star-studded black-tie extravaganza.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended, saying he was delighted to be present at one of the top events in the province's sporting calendar.

The major accolade - the Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year, went to dynamic boxer Michael Conlan.

"I'm just looking forward to Rio and to bring home a gold medal," he said.

Living soccer legend Martin O'Neill said he was "overwhelmed" to be awarded the Hall of Fame award.

The Kilrea man started his career with Distillery in the Irish League before going on to European glory as a player with Nottingham Forest and as a manager with Celtic.

The current Republic of Ireland manager is looking forward to contesting the Euro finals in France in June - as is Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill who collected the Manager/Coach of the Year Award and saw the NI squad pick up the Team of the Year gong.

"It's so important to have the Belfast Telegraph support sport in this way - not just the bigger names but the young sportsmen and women coming through," he said.

Videography by Martin Nelson, Ben Tucker and Gary Grattan

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