John Linehan has received the prestigious MBE NI Comedy Award for Best Achievement in Life.

He was awarded the title at the Ulster Tatler Awards alongside Keens Belfast on Thursday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Shaw’s Bridge.

The Famous of the year the award was given to Newtownards-born TV star Christine Lampard, who has been on our screens for nearly 20 years on Dancing on Ice, This Morning and Loose Women.

The North Belfast-born Linehan received her award, and many local legends won, including Dame Mary Peters OBE, Phil Coulter, Gloria Hunniford, Barry McGuigan, Hollywood actress Ciaran Hinds and sports hero Pat Jennings. 2019 event.

John was a self-mechanic before he gained popularity, in the form of May McFettridge as his housewife character.

Eamonn Holmes, his relative, then asked Linehani to call his radio show to live the program. Linehan pretended to be a housewife in Belfast, and the joke between the two attracted an unprecedented number of positive phone calls to the studio, with many asking women to return to the show as usual.

After the show, things really took off and his most beloved character was born.

He invented the name and character through ad-libbing; her first name was that of her mother-in-law and the surname of an Antrim hurler named Olcan McFettridge.

Since then, John has dominated as May McFettridge’s annual Pantomime Christmas record at the Grand Opera House in Belfast for thirty consecutive years.

Throughout his career, John has also been involved in charity work, appearing regularly on Children in Need broadcasts. In 2006, he was awarded an MBE for charitable services in Northern Ireland.

Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry said Linehan was a very decent winner of the evening’s grand prize.

Editor Chris Sherry Ulster Tatler with John Linehan and siblings John & Cathy Smyth of Keens Furniture

“The province has great admiration for Johni’s home success.

“After 30 years of bringing laughter and smiles to homes all over Northern Ireland, he remains one of the most well-known and beloved faces in the country. His success truly reflects an extraordinary career and is an amazing brand that he continues to do in society with his work.

“Most importantly, John is a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland and, in every way, represents the essence of our Life Achievement Award,” he said.

Pamela Ballantine, the host of the awards, mentioned the award to a total of more than 400 guests.

NI Women’s soccer captain Marissa Callaghan with professional biker Jonathan Rea

Including other big winners of the night NI Women’s soccer captain Marissa Callaghan, He was named Athlete of the Year in a category against his team manager Kenny Shielsen, as well as other athletes who have broken the record – Jonathan Rea, Rhys McClenaghan and Leona Maguire.

The Irish champions, Tyrone GAA, presented him with the Insight Out Special Merit Award for his outstanding performance in the final of the All-Ireland Championship tonight as he took home the Sam Maguire Cup for the fourth time in the county’s history.

This award has been given to former Ulster Rugby coach Brian McLaughlin, the Northern Ireland football team and Ulster Rugby legend Ruan Piennaar, Tommy Bowe and Andrew Trimble.

Other celebrities who attended the evening included Olympic gymnast Rhys McClenaghan, world champion Superbike Jonathan Rea and presenter Cate Conway.

Chris Sherry, editor of the Ulster Tatler, added: “I would like to congratulate the winners in each category and all those selected, who should be very proud of what they have achieved in their business over the past year. I would also like to personally thank everyone for their support.

Olympic gymnast Rhys McClenaghan with British Miss Eden McAllister

“We are also very excited to support the Stephen Clements Foundation this afternoon, and we are especially grateful to Stephen’s close friend Cate Conway for joining us tonight. who won a night at the Fitzwilliam Hotel for two. “

Including winners in other categories Dunamoy Spa and Cottages and The White Orchid both of whom raised the Spa of the Year, Serenity Health and Beauty He took home the Beauty Salon of the Year Galgorm Resort & Spa Who received the Hotel of the Year award; The Dresser Boutique Who received the Fashion Boutique of the Year award; Yvonne Perry Interiors Who was named Interior Designer of the Year; Ryan Mallon of Energized Fitness he received the Personal Trainer of the Year award; MACC Ilea Which was named Hair Salon of the Year; Basil Sheils bar and restaurant it was the restaurant of the year; Vera and Ernie Who received the annual Coffee House Award; We are vertigo Gareth Murphy who won himself the Business Man of the Year and Victoria Patterson of The Mayfair Group She was named Business Woman of the Year.

Ulster Tatler Awards 2021 Keens Belfast, Insanity Luxury Tan, Hafele, Linwoods, Wrights Design House, Holley Optometrists, So Good Juice, Sparq, Vermilion Cosmetic Clinic, Duffy Rafferty Communications, Plannd, W&G Baird, Beauty Culture, Yellaman, and The Lobster Pot , Insight Out, Audi, Elite Travel NI, Mark McAllister Carpets, Tipperary Natural Mineral Water.

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