2008 Aisling Awards. Europa Hotel. November 20th.
Aisling recipients honoured at gala evening in Europa
Former North Belfast priest Fr Aidan Troy was presented with the Person of the Year Award at the Belfast Media Group’s Aisling Awards gala in the Europa Hotel on Thursday.
Fr Troy, who came to prominence during the Holy Cross School blockade of 2001, recently left Belfast to take up a new posting in Paris. He was deeply involved in many groundbreaking cross-community and civic initiatives during his time at the Holy Cross Monastery in Ardoyne and has worked closely with vulnerable families and hardpressed communities.
Also honoured was Cllr Ian Adamson, former Lord Mayor of Belfast and Ulster cultural activist. A polyglot who numbers Ulster Irish and Lakota Sioux among the languages he speaks, Cllr Adamson, a member of the Ulster-Scots Agency, has recently forged an alliance with Irish language groups and was joint host of the first-ever Ulster Scots-Irish language cultural evening in West Belfast.
Sponsors of the Aisling Awards were led by Bank of Ireland and included Sainsbury’s, TG4, Curley’s, PwC, Park Centre, InBev and Sean Graham’s.
The event was addressed by Minister Gerry Kelly and, by videolink, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond.
- Aisling All Stars…
Winner… Rossa GAC Camogie Team
- Person of the Year…
Winner… Fr Aiden Troy
- Roll of Honour…
Winner… Cllr Ian Adamson
- Community Endeavour…
Winner… Sandy Row Community Forum
- Irish Language…
- Belfast Brand Award…
Winner… The Meter House
- Culture and Arts…
Winner… St Agnes’ Choral Society
Winner… Linen Hall Library
Winner… Paddy Barnes
Aisling Awards 2008 sponsors:
- Bank of Ireland
- Park Centre
- Sean Graham
- Movie House Cinemas
Aisling Awards 2008 In Magazine: