– Ireland’s Got Talent breakout star receives first Domino’s All Star Award –


Domino’s, the nation’s best-loved pizza, has today announced Paul Ryder as the first recipient of the Domino’s All Star Award.  The cheeky twist on the famed Gaelic Athletic Association - GAA - gong, launched by the pizza-maker last year, rewards people for extraordinary services to sport, entertainment and humankind with free pizza for a year.  


The big cheeses at Domino’s have awarded the TV star for his outstanding services to entertainment in Ireland.  The 30 year old drag performer, choreographer and dance teacher has been treading the boards for over a decade before conquering the Ireland’s Got Talent stage and capturing the hearts of the nation.  Described by Louis Walsh as an ‘inspiration to so many people’, Paul was eliminated from the competition in the final stages, much to the shock of US judge, Michelle Visage and to viewers at home.


Domino’s surprised Paul with the award, created by the official GAA All Stars medal-maker, Jarlath Daly, when they went behind the scenes at an exclusive photo shoot with Evan Doherty for Stellar Magazine.  TV3 Presenter, Alan Hughes and Writer/Producer, Karl Broderick, who have worked with Paul since he was 16, teamed up with Domino’s to deliver the award and surprise Paul with an emotional reveal.  The especially designed medal entitles Paul to a year’s supply of freshly handmade Domino’s pizza to share with his entourage, friends and family.


It’s been a busy start to the year for Paul. Following his success on Ireland’s Got Talent, he has been in demand to perform regularly, currently preparing to choreograph Grease in The Helix and will be Creative Director and Choreographer of Snow White this Christmas at The Tivoli Theatre.


Commenting upon receiving his Domino’s All Star Award, Paul Ryder said: 

“I’m so completely overwhelmed to receive this All Star award and to be recognised by Domino’s like this.  It’s always been my dream to entertain the nation and I’m so grateful for the opportunities Ireland’s Got Talent has created for me.  I love my work, I work so hard every day and to be recognised for my contribution to entertainment in Ireland is just the best feeling.  Needless to say, I’m going to celebrate with a great big pizza party!”


Paul Dupuy, a spokesperson for Domino’s Ireland commented: 

“Our cheeky twist on the GAA awards aims to reward the extraordinary with everyone’s favourite pizza.  As Domino’s is The Official Food of Everything, Ireland’s Got Talent was a great partnership for us as you just can’t beat a night in with friends and family enjoying great TV shows, like this one. Paul won over the nations hearts, with his talent, style and charisma, so we’re delighted to award him with an All Star Award today.”


Members of the public can still nominate anyone who they believe deserves to be recognised for extraordinary services to sport, entertainment or humankind. People simply need to tell Domino’s why their nominated recipient is deserving of the All Star by emailing


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Notes to editor:

About the Domino’s All Star Award

Domino’s strives to deliver the power of the possible every day through extraordinary services to pizza lovers around the country - and when people exhibit extraordinary services we like to reward it. This is why we have introduced the Domino’s All Star Award and will be awarding people for their extraordinary services across various fields entitling the recipient to free pizza for a whole year. You can nominate anyone you think deserves to recognised for extraordinary services to sport, entertainment or humankind. Just tell us why they are deserving of the All Star Award by emailing us at


About Domino’s Pizza Group

Domino's Pizza Group plc is the UK’s leading pizza brand and a major player in the Irish market. We hold the master franchise agreement to own, operate and franchise Domino’s stores in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. In addition, we have a controlling stake in the holders of the Domino’s master franchise agreements in Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as well as an associate investment in Germany. As at 1 July 2018, we had 1,213 stores across six markets, including 1,067 stores in the UK.


About Ireland’s Got Talent

Ireland’s Got Talent, brought to you by Domino’s, the official food of incredible talents aired every Saturday night on TV3 in February and March, was presented by Lucy Kennedy and included a superstar judging panel consisting of Louis Walsh, Denise Van Outen, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage as they embarked on a journey to uncover Ireland’s most talented acts.