Gangnam Style, hoop-offs and the Irish Web Awards

2 Nov 2012

Last night was not just the battle of the Irish web mavens but also the battle of the awards shows as the Irish Web Awards and the Eircom Spiders went head to head – but only one ceremony had an award winner dressed as PSY, a purpose-built money grabber and hoop-offs.

‘What’s a hoop-off?’ you might ask. To settle bitter rivalries, hula hoops were introduced and the real winners decided by whose snake hips did the best work. It started when took on Back Page Football, from which walked away victorious, dignity relatively intact.

When was announced as joint winner of Best Technology Site alongside The Sociable, yours truly suggested a hoop-off to settle things.

Unfortunately, we lost.


Our own Adam Renardson was just no match for Piers Dillon-Scott’s hula prowess, and he rightfully declared himself to be Hula Hoop King.

With cupcakes, cake pops, false tattoos and a bevy of old school sweets for everyone in the audience, you could say everyone was a winner on the night – but the actual award winners are listed below.

Best Online Publication: Totally Dublin

Best Web-Only Publication:

Best Radio Website:

Best Independent Podcaster: Arseblog

Best Sports Site: The Score

Best Music Site: GoldenPlec

Best Entertainment Website:

Best Arts Website:

Best Technology Site: and The Sociable

Best New Web Application/Service: FixMyStreet

Best Discussion Forum:

Best Government and Council Website:

Best Education and Third Level Website:

Best Student Web Project:

An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr: Futa Fata

Best Microsite:

Best Financial Services Website:

Best e-Commerce/Services Website: Volta

Best SME/Small Business Website

Best Mobile Site:

Best Responsive Design: Kooba

Best Practice: UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science

Most Beautiful Website in Ireland: Sam’s Potatoes

Most Useful Website in Ireland:

Most Innovative Website:

Agency of the Year: Kooba

Best Website in Ireland (Grand Prix Award):

Adding to the entertainment on the night was the award-winning team at GoldenPlec’s Gangnam Style dance routine, with Aidan Cuffe leading the pack in full-on PSY get-up.


A lucky few were selected to live out their childhood Crystal Maze fantasies in a money-grabber machine built especially for the event (and now looking for a new home), while a very lucky woman went home with a basket full of sex toys from

Until next year!

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.