Bryn Cunningham was named as Ulster Player of the Year at the annual Guinness awards in Belfast on Thursday night.
Bryn Cunningham recevies his award from Colm McKenna
Cunningham, who played for Ireland 'A' this season, pipped scrum-half Neil Doak, flanker Neil McMillan and prop Robbie Kempson for the big prize.
However, there was compensation for Kempson with the South African landing the Club Ulster Supporters award.
Allen Clarke, the former international hooker won the Guinness Personality of the Year, while Ballymena took the club prize following their All-Ireland title last weekend.
Cunningham, however, was a worthy recipient of the major prize following a consistent season with the Ulster side.
Drafted in at full-back following the serious injury to Paddy Wallace, the 25-year-old Dungannon player was a rejuvenated player with a number five-star performances.
His play this season was rewarded with an Irish Trial recently.
''There were a lot of other worthy recepients for this award, and am delighted to have won it this season,'' said Cunningham.
''I got my chance when Paddy Wallace was injured, and I just played one match at a time, and everything turned out well.''
Kempson was a popular choice as the fans choice.
Back in Cape Town where he is playing for the Stormers Super 12 side while on loan to the South African Rugby Union, Kempson spoke to the large audience via telephone link.
''It's a great honour for me to be given this award,'' he said.
Allen Clarke (left) and Guinness representative Terry Laughlins
''I've had a wonderful time in Ulster, and after the World Cup, I will be back playing for Ulster and hopefully help them to success in the Heineken Cup.''
Clarke's prize was awarded for the work that the former international hooker has done in handling the best up-and-coming talent in the province.
As Director of Elite Player Development, Clarke is responsible for not only the rugby lives of the young players, but also their academic career.
Other winners included Andrew Trimble, the Coleraine AI centre who picked up the Renault Schools' Player of the Year.
Trimble played for Ulster and was a member of the successful Ireland Schools' side.
Long-serving Ards member Ivan Coffey won the Dorrington B Faulkner Award and Portadown's Tom McGaw lifted the Northern Bank Coach of the Year.
Guinness Rugby Award Winners
Ulster Player of the Year:
Personality of the Year:
Club Ulster Supporters Player of the Year:
Schools' Player of the Year:
Club Team of the Year:
Dorrington Faulkner Award:
Youth Player of the Year.
Coach of the Year.
Club of the Year
Scott Gardiner, Monaghan Rugby Club.