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Female stars shine at Stellar awards

DJ Louise McSharry has been recognised as a role model at the Stellar magazine Shine Awards last night.

The 2fm presenter was diagnosed with cancer and bravely opened up about her battle. She was presented with the gong at the ceremony in the Spencer Hotel where Dublin's glitterati turned out in style.

"I'm delighted," she said. "It's a strange thing because I've never had as much attention as I've had since I got sick, but the idea of being a role model is pretty incredible so I'll take that title and do my best with it."

The awards at The Spencer Hotel honoured young Irish women aged between 18 and 35 in various categories.

The event was hosted by Maia Dunphy, who said she loved that Stellar were championing young, talented women.

"We need to encourage young women, we need to keep telling young women that they are brilliant just as they are," she told the Herald.

Fair City's Aoibheann McCaul took home the award for Best Actress at the awards.

"The Stellar readership is young Irish women and it's great for them to see all these brilliant, talented women to aspire to and I'm honoured to be among them," she said.

RTE presenter Jennifer Maguire (34) won Best TV Presenter.

"It's just an amazing category to be in and it's voted for by the public so it's really special," she said.


Voice of Ireland coach Una Foden could not attend but won the accolade of Best Singer, Katie Taylor was honoured for Best Sports Star, and Cecelia Ahern won Best Author. Best Designer went to Chupi Sweetman-Pell, Nikki Hayes was named best Radio Personality and Hilary Rose took home the gong for Best Comedian.