OLYMPIC hero Paddy Barnes was announced yesterday as one of the nominees in this yearâ€™s Big Buzz easyJet Irish Entertainment Awards. Paddy, who won a bronze medal in the recent Olympics, is up against sporting greats including David Healy and Darren Clarke.
He said: â€œI canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m nominated against people like David and Darren, thatâ€™s amazing.Â It still hasnâ€™t really sunk in about the Olympics yet and now to be nominated for an award is brilliantâ€.
The 9th Annual Big Buzz easyJet Irish Entertainment Awards take place at the Park Plaza Hotel on September 19, 2008 and will be hosted by Miss UK Gemma Garrett and Citybeat presenter Robin Elliott.
The Big Buzz easyJet Awards are unique because they are the only awards that are voted for entirely by the general public and last year received over 200,000 votes.
Paddy added: â€œIâ€™m really looking forward to relaxing at the party. Iâ€™ve been working hard recently and Iâ€™ll be able to celebrate going back to college on Monday.
â€œIâ€™m under no illusion about my career, boxing canâ€™t last forever which is why Iâ€™m going back to study.
â€œEven if I donâ€™t win itâ€™s still great to be nominatedâ€.
Vote online at bigbuzzawards.com
Tesco Award for the Favourite Fine Dining RestaurantÂ Â Â Â Â Â
Park Plaza Hotel
James St. South
Tesco Award for the Favourite Casual EateryÂ Â Â Â
Bacardi Breezer Award for the Favourite BarÂ
Duke of York
Crown Liquor Saloon
Crumlin News Award for the Favourite Gay ThemeÂ
Titti Von Tramp @ Mynt
Glitzy @ Pepes
Fresh Fruit @ The Potthouse
Revolution @ Kemlin
Lipstick @ The Kremlin
Bacardi Breezer Award for the Favourite Nightclub/Lounge
The Beach Club
Coca-Cola Award for the Favourite Festival / Event of the YearÂ Â Â
Open House Festival
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival
Coca-Cola Award for the Favourite Club DJ
easyJet Award for Favourite Television Personality
The Spice Award for the Favourite Male Performer / PresenterÂ Â Â Â
The easyJet Award for the Favourite Female Performer / Presenter
The easyJet Award for the Favourite Radio Personality
Work Experience boy at Citybeat
Michael Flanigan Solicitors Award for the Favourite Sports PersonalityÂ Â
The Crumlin News Award for the Favourite Live Performance
Every year Big Buzz give special awards to those who deserve credit for their input and dedication to the Irish Entertainment scene, and this year is no different.
The Special Award categories are listed below:
The Big Buzz / easyJet Award for the Favourite Entertainment Journalist
The Big Buzz Friendship Award for the Favourite Celebrity Guest
The Big Buzz Award for Lifetime Achievement