People in Cookstown are being asked to nominate who they think best captures the Spirit of Northern Ireland 2019, with the rollout of the Specsavers backed Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

Organised by Sunday Life, the awards programme seeks nominations for local people who deserve a Spirit of Northern Ireland Award, by selflessly serving others and who are an inspiration to everyone. Nominees will be ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things and whose uplifting stories of generous acts will touch the hearts of all who read about them.

Nominations close 25 April

The closing date for nominations is Thursday, 25th April 2019 with the grand final taking place on Wednesday, June 5th at Titanic Centre, Belfast. To make a nomination, visit and explain in 50 – 100 words why you think your nominee is worthy of a Spirit of Northern Ireland Award.

Specsavers are huge supporters of the awards

Cookstown optometry director Natalie Bradley said, ‘We’re thrilled to once again be part of the fantastic Spirit of Northern Ireland awards programme which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. Year on year the awards throw a spotlight on so many brilliant people and how they individually have made such a huge difference to their local community, town or village and the people who live there.’

Ten award winners

Judges will honour winners across ten categories in total: Unsung Hero, Overcoming Adversity, Spirit of Youth, 999 Hero, Charity Champion, Spirit of Health, Spirit of Education, Caring Spirit Award, Spirit of Sport and a Special Recognition Award.

UTV will broadcast the awards

Televised by UTV the gala awards evening will be hosted by Marc Mallett and Pamela Ballantine, and similar to previous years, the audience will be filled with many local celebrities supporting the event and eager to hear the finalists’ incredible stories.

Prize draw for VIP winner

Everyone who submits a nomination is automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £129 eyecare voucher and a VIP experience at the awards, including an overnight stay at the event Hotel, courtesy of Specsavers.

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