Acclaimed Belfast poet Michael Longley lauded at this year’s Ulster Tatler Awards
One of Northern Ireland’s best loved poets Michael Longley was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement at the Ulster Tatler Awards 2015.
Since the 1960s Belfast man Michael Longley has published ten collections of poetry which received remarkable accolade. His poetry is admired and cherished by many and his work has received international acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic with The T.S.Eliot Prize, The Queen’s Medal for Poetry and the coveted Griffin Prize to name but a few.
This year, 76 year-old, Michael Longley was granted with Freedom of the City of Belfast in recognition of the contribution he has made to the city’s cultural and artistic life through his writing over the past 50 years.
Other big winners on the night included current IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton who was named Sportsperson of the Year and popular television broadcaster Christine Bleakley who won the Celebrity of the Year award.
Carl Frampton was there to pick up his award and was delighted to be honoured by the magazine and to fight off the competition. The boxer’s award was hotly-contested and included champion jockey Tony McCoy, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, professional Rugby Player Rory Best and local legend golfer Rory McIlroy.
Winners in other various categories included The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust who won the Charity of the Year; The Spa at Galgorm who lifted Beauty Salon / Spa of the Year; Sarah Jane Boutique who were presented with Fashion Boutique of the Year; Roycroft Interiors who was named Interiors Store of the Year; Oasis Travel who was awarded with – Independent Travel Agent of the Year; Therapie who received Cosmetic Practice / Clinic of the Year; Petra’s House of Colour who achieved Hairdressing Salon of the Year; Spoon Street who collected New Business Start up of the Year, Glen Wright of Wrights Design House earned himself Business Man of the Year; Avril Robson ofCorick House Hotel and Spa who was named Business Woman of the Year; The Manor House Hotel who achieved Hotel of the Year; Ox Belfast won Restaurant of the Year and Carl Frampton who achieved Sportsperson of the Year.
Charity of the Year
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust
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Beauty Salon/Spa of the Year
The Spa at Galgorm
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Fashion Boutique of the Year
Sarah Jane Boutique
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Interiors Store of the Year
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Independent Travel Agent of the Year
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Cosmetic Practice/Clinic of the Year
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Hairdressing Salon of the Year
Petra’s House of Colour
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New Business Start Up of the Year
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Business Man of the Year
Glen Wright – Wrights Design House
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Business Woman of the Year
Avril Robson – Corick House Hotel and Spa
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Hotel of the Year
The Manor House Hotel
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Restaurant of the Year
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Sportsperson of the Year
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Celebrity of the Year
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Lifetime Achievement Award
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