The Irish who have made their mark on the cultural life of Great Britain at the Irish Post award on November 15th.
The awards were presented by Eamonn Holmes and Aoife Ní Thuairisg. First to the stage was Boy George, who received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Next was actress Anna Friel, who was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. She spoke of her family roots in Belfast and Donegal. The Donegal-born businessman Tim Kelly received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Business, while Sister Rita Lee won the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award for her years of charity work in Ireland and the U.K.
Journalist Piers Morgan was honored with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and Journalism. Then Paralympic cyclist Katie Dunlevy was presented with her award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport. Last to the stage was actor Colm Meany, who was given the Lifetime Achievement award for the contribution that he has made to the world of TV and film. The evening also featured performances from the Irish dance troop Fusion Fighters, the rock band Aslan, button accordionist Sharon Shannon, and Úna Healy from the pop group The Saturdays. ♦