The growing community of Irish bloggers held their annual shindig on Saturday night and for the second year running Twenty Major and his pals Stinky Pete and Dirty Dave picked up the best blog award as well as an award for humour.
The changing texture of the blogging landscape was made markedly clear this year as blogs made a fundamental leap from the posting of an opinionated tech-literate few to a broader range of subjects incorporating culture, music, sports, politics, business, technology and current affairs.
For example, Dingle based businessman whose Ice Cream Ireland picked up two awards for its specialist content and its business content. And in the Best Arts and Culture Blog category the award went to Sinead Gleeson.
This is the second year of the Irish Blog Awards, which were established to recognise the emerging writing and content talent in this field.
It is understood that the number of Irish people blogging on the internet have increased from around 1,000 to between 3,000 and 4,000 people.
The full list of winners are:
Best Videocast – Allyn Quigley, ‘Size Matters’
Best Designed Blog – Beaut.ie
Best Podcaster – EdgeCast (Conn O Muineachain)
Best Podcast – An Lionra
Best Business Blog – Ice Cream Ireland
Best News/Current Affairs Blog – IrishElection.com
Best Sport & Recreation Blog – Tom’s Sporting Almanac
Best Technology Blog/Blogger – Bernie Goldbach
Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog – Hilary NY
Best Newcomer – Beaut.ie
Best Personal Blog – RedMum
Best Group Blog – In Fact Ah
Best Specialist Blog – Ice Cream Ireland
Best Political Blog – IrishElection.com
Best Music Blog – Nialler9
Best Arts and Culture Blog – Sinead Gleeson
Best Photo Blog – Headphoneland
Most Humorous Post – Twenty Major, ‘Countdown to Next Election’
Best Blog Post- Conor’s Bandon Blog, ‘You may feel a small prick’
Best Blog – Twenty Major
By John Kennedy