Irish News Ulster All-Star Awards announces move to ICC Belfast for 2024 event

Awards honouring province’s top GAA stars have been held in the Ulster Hall for the last two years

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2023 Irish News All-Star winners joined GAA President-elect Jarlath Burns at the ICC Belfast for the announcement that the Irish News Ulster All-Stars is moving to the venue in 2024. Pictured from left are Lara Dahunsi (Antrim LGFA), Gareth McKinless (Derry footballer), Neil McManus (Antrim hurler and Irish News Hurler of the Year) and Jarlath Burns. See P52 Picture: Mal McCann (Mal McCann)

In 2023, Ulster’s GAA stars dug deeper than ever before in the pursuit of glory, challenging for team and individual honours across all four codes.

Championships have got bigger, the stakes have got higher and our athletes rose to the challenge like never before.

Now, it’s the turn of the Irish News to up our game and make our annual Irish News Ulster All-Star Awards night bigger than ever before.

After two years in the iconic Ulster Hall in the heart of Belfast, the 2024 All-Star Awards will take place in the largest purpose built conference centre in Northern Ireland – ICC Belfast

It marks another step in the rapid progress of the awards scheme which honours the best performers across men’s and ladies’ football, hurling and camogie.

In 2020, we established Ireland’s first Gaelic Games awards scheme to name All-Star teams across the four codes, honouring 60 athletes and four Players of the Year.

2022 saw the first in-person all-code All-Stars awards night as we took Ulster GAA to the Ulster Hall.

This year’s move to the ICC Waterfront Hall will mark another landmark step in our commitment to the best coverage of Gaelic Games across Ulster.

As the top selling regional daily newspaper in the UK and Ireland, The Irish News plays a significant role in the coverage and promotion of Gaelic games across the province.

Bringing readers unrivalled coverage of Ulster GAA, with our award-winning team providing in-depth analysis, thought provoking opinion, and the latest news from every county.

Irish News Sports Editor Paul McConville said: “We are delighted to bring our loyal readers every twist and turn of the Championship season in print and online throughout the year and what better way to celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary athletes than with an awards night in Ulster largest venue – a setting befitting of their stature in the game.”

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GAA President-elect Jarlath Burns is pictured at ICC Belfast for the announcement that the Irish News Ulster All-Stars is moving to the venue in 2024 Picture: Mal McCann (Mal McCann)

Irish News Chief Marketing Officer Annette McManus said:

“The Irish News Ulster GAA All-Stars has grown to become one of the biggest dates on the sporting calendar, embracing the achievements of our sportsmen and women.

“The event brings together the province’s premier sporting and corporate community for an incredible evening of player presentations, interviews, music, and entertainment. We are proud to partner with ICC Belfast to bring the awards to an unprecedented scale in one of the largest entertainment venues in the country.”

GAA President-elect Jarlath Burns said: “The Irish News Ulster GAA All-Stars is an excellent event and achieving an Ulster All-Star is one of the highest accolades for a county player to attain.

“It is a measure of the significance of these Awards that they are now moving to one of Ireland’s biggest venues, displaying how much the awards have grown in stature over the years.”

With a vision to create a world-class stage where people make great things happen, ICC Belfast, located in the heart of the city, boasts over two decades of experience in delivering world-class events.

The Irish News Ulster GAA All-Stars 2024 will take on Friday, September 27.