Jamie Dornan pays tribute to late father Professor Jim Dornan at service in Belfast

Actor Jamie Dornan attended a service in memory of his late father Professor Jim Dornan at St Anne’s Cathedral on Sunday, days after the former doctor was honored at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

Rofessor Dornan was a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist in Belfast. He died at his home in Dubai in March 2021 after contracting Covid-19.

The service, led by the Archdeacon of Belfast, Reverend Barry Forde, included over 600 guests, colleagues and friends of Professor Dornan in a gathering that served as a service of thanksgiving and reflection.

Jamie joined his sisters Leisa and Jess and his late father’s partner, Dr. Samina Dornan, to pay tribute.

Those in attendance heard Leisa describe her father as a “pillar of strength and guiding hand” and celebrate “his brilliant wit and never-ending energy for life.”

Jessica Dornan Lynas said her father had “impulsiveness coupled with generosity” and said it was “the honor of a lifetime” for her and her two siblings to be his children.

Jamie Dornan praised his late father for being able to “see and bring out the best in people”.

The service included performances by the Belfast Community Gospel Choir, tenor Paul Byrom and fiddler Cormac Duffin.

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Jamie has previously spoken about how 2021 was his “worst and toughest year” after being stuck in hotel quarantine in Australia at the time of his father’s death and being unable to travel to be by his side due to pandemic restrictions.

On Friday, Professor Jim Dornan was celebrated for his career as one of Northern Ireland’s leading specialists in obstetrics and gynecology at the Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

Actor and award presenter James Nesbitt said: “It is a very painful but extraordinary privilege to present this award. Jim Dornan was a very good friend of mine.

“I’m speaking at something tomorrow (yesterday’s Ireland’s Future event) and the only reason I’m speaking in Dublin is because Jim has fueled my imagination and belief in myself and my belief in this place.

“Jim was someone I learned so much from,” said Nesbitt, who also attended the service in Belfast on Sunday.

“He was someone I laughed so much with. And he was someone I certainly didn’t love that much alone.

“He was an extraordinary, unique, brilliant, passionate Irish legend.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony honoring her father, Jessica Dornan Lynas said: “My father was the most amazing man and Jimmy paid him a beautiful tribute tonight and this ceremony paid a beautiful tribute to him.

“We’re really overwhelmed because we feel like we could sing his praises from the rooftops and mountains of Ireland any day and it’s nice to be recognized like that.

“Dad has been honored in various ways throughout his life, but there has really been a dark cloud over us all since his passing, so it is really special to receive this random beautiful message. We are really touched as a family.”

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