In a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House yesterday several journalists - including Sorcha Crowley from The Sligo Champion
- received recognition in the 2017 NewsBrands Ireland Journalism awards.
The overall journalist of the year award was won by Catherine Fegan of the Irish Daily Mail
and the Irish Mail on Sunday,
while the crime correspondent of the Irish Daily Star
, Mick O’Toole, won two awards for his work on the Irish connections of London Bridge attacker Rachid Redouane.
A special award for investigative research was presented to historian Catherine Corless for her work uncovering the existence of hundreds of bodies of infants buried at the old mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway.
The chair of the judging panel for the awards, Matt Dempsey, said the standard of the 1,400 entries received was higher than ever before, and that even to get nominated meant “you must be a very talented journalist”.
This year’s awards were sponsored by the National Lottery, whose chief executive, Dermot Griffin, told the audience that a free media was an essential part of a democratic society.
Sorcha Crowley was awarded Regional Journalist for 2017.The full list of awards;
Business Journalist: Jack Horgan Jones – The Sunday Business Post
Business Story of the Year: John Meagher – Irish Independent
Broadsheet Columnist of the Year: Fintan O’Toole – The Irish Times
Popular Columnist of the Year: Lynda McCarthy – Sunday World
Crime Journalist of the Year: Michael O’Toole – Irish Daily Star
Crime Story of the Year: Michael O’Toole – Irish Daily Star
Critic: Patrick Freyne – The Irish Times
Digital Excellence: The Irish Times Abroad – Ciara Kenny – The Irish Times
Features (Popular): Catherine Fegan – Irish Daily Mail
Regional Journalist: Sorcha Crowley – Sligo Champion
Features (Broadsheet): Conor Lally – The Irish Times
Foreign Journalism: Ruadhán Mac Cormaic – The Irish Times
Front Page: Irish Daily Mirror ‘What Have They Done’
Headline: Irish Daily Star ‘Quarter Pounder with Sleaze’
Investigative Journalism: Michael O’Farrell – Irish Daily Mail
News Analysis: Daniel McConnell & Fiachra O’Cionnaith – Irish Examiner
News Reporter: Conor Feehan – The Herald
Political Journalist: John Lee – The Irish Mail On Sunday
Political Story: Ellen Coyne – Ireland Edition of the Times
Scoop of the Year: David Labanyi – The Irish Times
Sports Writer of the Year: Malachy Clerkin – The Irish Times
Sport Story of the Year: Martin Breheny – Irish Independent
Showbiz Journalist: Ken Sweeney
Showbiz Story: Nadine O’ Regan – The Sunday Business Post
Young Journalist: Niall O’Connor – Irish Independent
Journalist of the Year: Catherine Fegan – Irish Daily Mail
Special Award for Investigative research: Catherine Corless