Two of Northern Ireland’s sporting heroes have made the New Year Honours list, with retired jockey Tony McCoy being awarded a knighthood and world champion boxer Carl Frampton getting an MBE.
UTV reported the news as Moneyglass man McCoy bowed out of horseracing earlier this year after an impressive career spanning more than 20 years.
He racked up a total of 4,358 wins over the years and set countless records.
McCoy was previously rewarded with an MBE in 2003 and an OBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours list for his services to racing.
He is only the second jockey to be awarded a knighthood, after Sir Gordon Richards in 1953.
It comes after McCoy picked up the Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast.
“I was very humbled when I heard the news,” McCoy said.
“I never thought it was something that would ever happen to me.”
Meanwhile, reigning IBF super-bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton gets the nod for an MBE ahead of his next big title defence early next year.
Unbeaten in his 21 fights as a professional since his debut in 2009, the Jackal will take on WBA champ Scott Quigg in a unification bout in Manchester on 27 February.
Frampton, from Tiger’s Bay, first won his belt with victory over Kiko Martínez in front of a huge home crowd at Titanic Belfast.
He has long been tipped for stardom by his manager and boxing legend Barry McGuigan.
“It’s a big deal to me, I’m very proud of it,” Frampton said.
“A lot of boxers sometimes get honours when their career is over so for people to recognise my achievements while I’m still boxing is a great honour.”