KEN Sweeney scooped his third Showbiz Journalist of The Yr award tonight to finish an unbelievable hat-trick.
The Irish Solar Showbiz Editor backed up wins in 2016 and 2017 with one other triumph to cement his legacy.
Leisure legend Ken’s newest triumph was secured with a robust portfolio of labor over the previous yr.
He scooped a world unique about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first visit to Ireland.
He additionally revealed a unprecedented bust-up between Johnny Logan and Dickie Rock, which inspired a memorable front page.
And Ken delicately revealed how Morah Ryan had found love again.
It was this selection that impressed the judges throughout a two-night awards presentation.
Irish Solar Editor Kieran McDaid mentioned: “Ken’s ardour and enthusiasm are legendary.
“His willpower to get the perfect tales and inform them in a novel and agenda-setting method units him aside.
“His colleagues within the Irish Solar and our readers admire his drive for the perfect and his third win of the perfect Showbiz Journalist in Eire title is so effectively deserved.
“I congratulate Ken and thank him for his efforts and guarantee readers that Ken will proceed to go that further mile for them.”
Sponsored by the Nationwide Lottery, this yr’s occasion passed off nearly for the primary time because of Covid-19 restrictions, with Matt Cooper presiding over proceedings from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.
He was joined by members of the judging panel because the winners of 20 classes have been revealed over two nights.
NewsBrands Eire chairman Vincent Crowley mentioned: “Information publishers, journalists, and the whole editorial and manufacturing groups are to be counseled for persevering with to offer compelling information protection regardless of the difficult working situations created by Covid-19.
“Public urge for food for high quality information is on the rise once more. Newest figures present that over 72 per cent of Irish folks learn a newspaper or considered one of our member information websites each week.
“Our members digital subscriptions are on the rise and information websites are seeing document site visitors. Nonetheless, the enterprise mannequin is dealing with many challenges, together with the outdated libel legal guidelines and the dominance of world tech giants within the monetisation of stories publishers’ content material.”
2 WINS, 13 NODS, ONE SUN
YOUR Irish Solar snagged a complete of 13 nominations in whole at this yr’s NewsBrands Journalism Awards.
NEIL O’RIORDAN, was topped Sports activities Journalist Of The Yr throughout the first night time of the two-day occasion and KEN SWEENEY acquired his Showbiz award final night time. However our work was additionally recognised in a variety of different classes.
JOHN HAND was shortlisted for Crime Journalist Of The Yr and Younger Journalist Of The Yr. And our information re porter GARY MENEELY was nominated for Crime Journalist Of The Yr.
Crime Editor STEPHEN BREEN acquired a nod within the Information Reporter Of The Yr class alongside ALISON O’REILLY a author for us and a broadcaster for Dublin’s Q102.
After which the improbable work by the whole Irish Solar group was recognised with a collection of nominations — two in Headline Of The Yr for ‘Brendan Howlin’ about Storm Brendan and ‘Hash van walloped’ a few van carrying medication in a crash.
And a really memorable entrance web page, beneath left, the place Dickie Rock and Johnny Logan squared off with the headline ‘Dickie: I’ll field Johnny Logan’ was up for Entrance Web page Of The Yr.
Our Options group’s Defend our Forces marketing campaign, beneath proper, was up for Campaigning Journalism and the whole Digital Group ought to really feel so proud as TheSun.ie was shortlisted for Information Web site Of The Yr.
Editor Kieran McDaid mentioned: “That is an unbelievable achievement and the sheer breadth of nominations throughout so many classes is a ringing endorsement of our work.
“To our readers, thanks and we’ll proceed to work onerous to make sure your paper is worthy of awards each day.”
Media Minister Catherine Martin described the awards as “a beautiful alternative to have fun all that we worth in Irish journalism”.
She added: “We’re fortunate on this nation to have a really numerous print sector with the general public effectively served by each nationwide every day and weekly native newspapers.
“As we look around the world, we see how disinformation can poison public opinion, undermining the very core of democracy.”
And National Lottery CEO Andrew Algeo said: “We are lucky here in Ireland that we have journalists of integrity and a media that informs and entertains.”
THE shortlisted and winning work can all be read on Journalismawards.ie.