Twenty Major blazes a trail at blog awards


13 Mar 2006

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Satirical blogger Twenty Major emerged as the dominant winner at Saturday night’s inaugural Irish Blogging Awards, where he blazed – or smoked – a trail, picking up three awards in the process.

Twenty Major won the Best Blogger Award and the Best Blog Post Award and the Most Humorous Post Award for his New York Diary in which he alleges his winding up of a colleague while living in New York in 1980 led to the assassination of John Lennon.

Commenting on his blog this morning, Twenty Major said: “The Irish blogging scene might be relatively small still but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality so be given the Best Blog is quite something considering the ‘competition’.”

He added: “No doubt the Irish blogging community will grow massively in the next 12 months and it will be interesting to see how things progress between now and the 2007 awards.”

The Irish Blogging Awards were organised by Damien Mulley of Ireland Offline and were established to recognise new talent in this emerging sphere. It is understood that some 1,000 Irish people are now using the medium to share their views and opinions.

Other winners on the night included: Best Photo Blog — In Photos; Best Fictional Piece in a Blog — Thinking Out Loud – 48 hours; Best Arts and Culture Blog — Sinead Gleeson; Best Political Blog — Slugger O’Toole; Best Group Blog — The Community At Large; Best Comment — Kevin Bhreathnach; Best Personal Blog — Thinking Out Loud; Best Use of Irish Language in a Blog — An tImeall; Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere — Roger Galligan, Irish Blogs.ie; and Best Technology Blog — Tom Raftery.

By John Kennedy