Awards ceremony took place Friday 20th May, 2016
The MAC, St Anne's Square, Belfast

Celebrating the achievements and spirit of young people
in Northern Ireland.

About Us

The second annual Daily Mirror Heroes of Youth Awards, in association with Lidl, celebrated the achievements and spirit of young people across Northern Ireland.

Nominated by you, the awards celebrate young people under the age of 18 from across Northern Ireland, recognising and rewarding them for their talent, courage and achievements that set them apart and make them the inspirational teens in our society.

Hosted once again by Colin Murray, the awards took place at The MAC, Belfast on Friday 20th May, 2016.

Winners of 2016 Heroes of Youth Awards

Our Heroes of Youth 2016

  • VenueThe MAC
  • Tenawards
  • Threeacts
  • Onehost

Our Host

When the Mirror asked me to get involved with the HYAs, there was no question about it. I got a lucky break when I was 16 and it was amazing to meet these young people and celebrate their own personal stories.

Colin Murray, Radio & TV Presenter


Weight Watchers sporting champ

A young person or team that has improved and enriched their lives through sport and demonstrated great strength, ability and passion.

Lidl's local hero/heroes

Celebrating a young person or group of young people that have improved the lives of others around them in their community.

Q Radio award for Outstanding Bravery

Rewarding a young person who selflessly put themselves in danger to help or save the life of another.

Young carer of the year

A young person who has devoted their time to caring for another or others.

Fundraiser of the Year

This young person has gone beyond all expectations to raise money for a good cause however small or large the amount.

Green Award

To recognise a young person who has made a positive impact on the environmental landscape of Northern Ireland.

Noel Grimley Electrics Child of Courage

To recognise a young person who has survived danger, or has battled against the odds through ill health or personal trauma.

Agnew Seat NI Role Model of the Year

This accolade goes to the Northern Irish personality who you, the youth of NI, feel has been most inspirational over the past year.



Northern Irish personality, who you, the youth of NI, feel has been most inspirational over the past year.


Your vote for NI Role Model of the Year has been submitted.


Sponsored By

Lidl Northern Ireland Lidl Northern Ireland

38 Lidl stores across Northern Ireland

Brendan Proctor

At Lidl Northern Ireland, we are committed to supporting all things local - local suppliers, local charities and local jobs and have spent over 16 years building relationships in communities all over Northern Ireland. We are honoured to be sponsoring the Heroes of Youth Awards again for the second year. Last year we were hugely inspired by so many fantastic young people from all walks of life across Northern Ireland and are really looking forward to meeting and honouring even more this year.



Prince's Trust Northern Ireland
Q Radio
Belfast Live
Weight Watchers

Nominations Closed

Nominations are now closed for this year’s awards.

Be There

Do you want to spend an evening watching the most inspiring young people in NI gain recognition for their incredible achievements?

Or do you fancy a fun filled night of entertainment with our presenter Colin Murray and featuring the best up and coming acts in town?

Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Contact Us

Feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have.


Heroes of Youth Awards
Mirror Media
415 Holywood Road


Victoria McManhon
02890 568100


Sophie Seaton
0289056 8104


Heroes of Youth Awards