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The annual NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards took place recently and with a total of 26 category awards covering all areas of journalism including, print, website, mobile, audio, online, and video. The Irish Times and The Sunday Times were the two big winners of the evening, while Paddy Clancy took home the lifetime achievement award. Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Independent, Fearghal O’Connor won the Business Story of the Year award and Group Political Editor Kevin Doyle won Political Journalist of the Year.

Nicola Tallant of the Sunday World won the Crime Journalist of the Year award and Eddie Rowley won the Showbiz Journalist of the Year award again from the Sunday World. It was a great night for The Sunday Times and indeed, Mark Tighe who was named the overall Journalist of the Year award and ‘scooped’ the Scoop of the Year award and News Reporter of the Year too. Mark was also part of the team who won the Investigative Journalism and Campaigning Journalism awards with Colin Coyle and Paul Rowan. Critic of the Year went to Liam Fay of The Sunday Times.

The Irish Times saw Hilary Fannin win the Columnist Broadsheet award, the Features Broadsheet Writer of the Year award went to Conor Gallagher and the Foreign Coverage award was won by Sally Hayden. Jack Power won the Young Journalist of the Year award and Best Use of Video went to Simon Carswell and Enda O’ Dowd. The News website and News App of the Year went to the Irish Times

The Crime Story of the Year award went to Norma Costello from The Irish Mail on Sunday and the Features Popular award went to Catherine Fegan from the Irish Daily Mail. Front Page of the Year was awarded to the Irish Examiner for their coverage of Lyra. Headline of the Year went to the Irish Sun and the Irish Sun saw Barry Moran win Showbiz Story of the Year. Political Story of the Year was awarded to Peter O’Dwyer of The Times, Ireland Edition. Podcast of the Year went to The Floating Voter, Independent.ie. The Popular Columnist award was given to Larissa Nolan of the Irish Daily Mirror. Business Journalist of the Year was awarded to Michael O’Farrell of The Irish Mail on Sunday.

Well done to all the winners!

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