Ireland’s technology news service siliconrepublic.com was recognised on Saturday night as ‘Best Technology Website’ at the inaugural Moviestar Irish Web Awards.
At a fun-packed ceremony at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Dublin’s city centre, 2FM DJ Rick O’Shea did his best to manage an excited crowd of over 300 people – including a red bewigged, head-banging team from Spunout.ie – as the strictly non-blacktie event unfolded.
As one of only two people in a penguin outfit, Damien Mulley’s organisational abilities were evident at what can only be described as the fastest-paced awards ceremony Ireland has to offer, even if you include speeches.
But every rose has its thorn; the event was running ahead of schedule until the laptop powering the slides went kaput. Mulley yesterday assured the blogosphere that it was not caused a Windows error but he himself knocking out the power.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Grand Prix Award – Boards.ie
Best Online Publication – The Irish Times
Best Radio Website – Phantom FM
Best Podcaster – Playlist Mix
Best Videocaster – RTÉ
Best Sports Website – Munsterfans.com
Best Music Website – State Magazine
Best Entertainment Website – Entertainment.ie
Best Technology Website – siliconrepublic.com
Best New Web Application/Service – Poll Daddy
Most Innovative Website – Pixenate
Best Discussion Forum – Boards.ie
Best Government Website – Aras Kids
Best Council Website – Dublin.ie
Best Third-Level Website – Access NUI Maynooth
Best Education Website – FIS Book Club
Best eCommerce/Services Website – Spicendipity
An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fear – Focal.ie
Best Practice – Pix.ie
Most Beautiful Website in Ireland – Twitterfone
Most Useful Website in Ireland – The Irish Times
Most Accessible Website – Kanchi
By John Kennedy
Pictured: Ireland’s technology news service, siliconrepublic.com