Two on short­list for Lo­cal Ire­land awards

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BRAY Peo­ple/Wick­low Peo­ple jour­nal­ist Mary Fogarty has been short­listed in the News Story of the Year cat­e­gory of the Lo­cal Ire­land me­dia awards.

Photographer Garry O’Neill is also on the short­list for the Pho­to­graph of the Year Award for a pho­to­graph pub­lished in this news­pa­per.

Mary’s work cov­er­ing the Car­rick­mines tragedy and its af­ter­math im­pressed the judges enough to se­cure her a place on the short­list, while Garry’s im­age of Ark­low RFC player Jack Joyce putting his body on the line against Ardee RFC was enough to se­cure him a cov­eted spot.

Lo­cal Ire­land, rep­re­sent­ing 44 lo­cal weekly news­pa­pers in the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land, launched the awards last Jan­uary and in­vited all mem­ber ti­tles to sub­mit en­tries pub­lished dur­ing the pe­riod Jan­uary 2015 to Jan­uary 31, 2016.

The or­gan­is­ers and judges of the Lo­cal Ire­land me­dia awards were over­whelmed by the hun­dreds of en­tries re­ceived in the ten cat­e­gories and also by the qual­ity of the sub­mis­sions, ac­cord­ing to Johnny O’Han­lon, Di­rec­tor of Lo­cal Ire­land.

The cat­e­gories in­cluded: News Story of the Year; Sports Story of the Year; Fea­ture Story of the Year; Pho­to­graph of the Year; Best Use of Pho­tog­ra­phy; Best De­signed News­pa­per; Best Ad­ver­tis­ing Cam­paign; Best Lo­cal Ad­ver­tise­ment; Best Dig­i­tal Con­tent; Hall of Fame Award.

The awards pre­sen­ta­tion will take place in Tul­lam­ore on Thurs­day, May 19, when the win­ners in each cat­e­gory will be an­nounced.

The judg­ing panel con­sisted of Pro­fes­sor John Hor­gan, for­mer Press Om­buds­man (chair); Eu­gene McGee, for­mer Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor Long­ford Leader and GAA colum­nist, Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent; Tom Lawlor, Photographer, for­merly Ir­ish Times; An­drew Sin­clair, Deputy Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, OMD and Maeve Kneaf­sey, CEO, Elu­ci­date.

David Burke, Pres­i­dent of Lo­cal Ire­land and Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor of the Tuam Her­ald said that the awards were: ‘a recog­ni­tion of the many tal­ents that com­bine to pro­duce our ti­tles in both print and dig­i­tal for­mat every week.’

‘We have outstanding jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers, designers and ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tives the length and breadth of the coun­try and it is ap­pro­pri­ate that their con­tri­bu­tions to our in­dus­try are recog­nised,’ he added.

Peo­ple News­pa­pers has also been short­listed in the Best Dig­i­tal Con­tent cat­e­gory for www.wex­ford­peo­

The photo by Garry O’Neill that has been short­listed for Pho­to­graph of the Year in the Lo­cal Ire­land me­dia awards.

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