Celt shortlisted for three Local Ireland media awards


The Anglo-Celt has been shortlisted in three categories for this year's Local Ireland Media Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in regional news publishers.

Sports Editor Paul Fitzpatrick has been nominated in the category for Sports Journalist of the Year; while photographer Lorraine Teevan got a nod on the shortlist for Best Photograph. An advert titled 'Imagine' taken jointly by six local credit unions, which also ran in the Celt, has also been nominated for Best Local Advert.

Paul Fitzpatrick's coverage of Cavan's successful run in Ulster to reclaim The Anglo-Celt Cup impressed the judges; while Lorraine Teevan's photograph of President Michael D. Higgins' visit to Gaelscoil Bhreifne in Cavan Town on a blustery day - the day before all schools were closed amid the COVID-19 crisis - caught the attention of the judging panel.

In all more than 500 entries were received in 14 editorial and commercial categories across print and digital publications.

To read some of Paul's articles that helped him make the shortlist. See the links below.

'To experience this just once' - Cavan's long road to vindication

'Hands quivering, teeth rattling - and that's just in the press box'

A unique species: The Cavan football supporter

The successful advert is pictured below:

A number of the Celt's sister titles including The Meath Chronicle, The Westmeath Independent and the Connacht Telegraph have also been shortlisted across a variety of categories.

Editor of The Anglo-Celt, Linda O'Reilly, congratulated all the nominees, highlighting how both Paul and Lorraine were among the winners and nominees in previous years.

"The quality of Lorraine's photographs are second to none. She has a great eye for a photo and an incredible knack of capturing a special moment in time. As everyone already knows Paul is a terrific sports writer but it was his opinion and colour pieces throughout Cavan's Ulster campaign in 2020 - even analysing the Cavan supporters themselves - that captured the imagination and admiration of both our readers and the judging panel," she said.

Chair of the judging panel Áine Kerr said: “Over the last two years when the world felt chaotic and unpredictable, what was consistent and stable in people’s everyday lives was their local newspaper.

“This year’s nominees demonstrate the capacity of local Irish newspapers to rise to meet unprecedented challenges and provide public service-driven and quality journalism. The nominees represent the very best of local Irish journalism today.”

The awards, which are sponsored by the National Lottery, will be held on Thursday November 11 at Bloomfield House Hotel, near Mullingar.

National Lottery Chief Executive Officer Andrew Algeo said: “At the National Lottery, we are incredibly proud of our association with the Local Ireland Media Awards which continue to recognise the important role of local journalism in our society.

“Local media in Ireland has a long and proud tradition of producing trusted and outstanding journalists and these awards rightly recognise these journalists and their colleagues who perform a vital public service through ground-breaking reporting at a time when we need it most.

“This is our fourth year of sponsorship for the Local Ireland Awards and we are particularly honoured to be judging our own special award for the Best Community Story.”

The awards will be presented on the night by the President of Local Ireland, Declan McGuire of the Connacht Tribune.

Mr McGuire said: “Every nomination is an achievement in itself and those named should be rightly proud of reaching the shortlist.

“As the judges have said, the standard of entries has been extremely high. I want to thank and congratulate all those who entered the awards for their contribution to the high standards of professional journalism that we see in all our member titles.

“It is thanks to everyone’s efforts that we continue to play such a valued part in our communities across the country.”

Local Ireland is the representative organisation for 42 paid-for news publishers in print and online across the country.


Best Photograph:

John Kelly, Clare Champion - The Village Blacksmith

Joe O’Shaughnessy, Connacht Tribune - Off Target

John Kelly, Clare Champion - Pyrite Home

Lorraine Teevan, Anglo-Celt - The Wind that Shakes the Brolly

Best Use of Photography:

Southern Star - Holy Smoke;

Connacht Tribune - Back In Our Bubble

Sligo Champion – Public to the Rescue

Connacht Tribune – Hen-Pecked

Best News Series:

Mayo News - What’s Best for the West

Galway City Tribune – The Miracle of Galway Bay

Wexford People - Home in Our Hearts

The Kerryman - Help Ronan Get Surgery

Best Local Advertisment:

Connacht Tribune - Athenry Credit Union

Connacht Tribune - Craughwell Furniture

Anglo-Celt – Credit Union

Connacht Tribune - Connacht Hospitality

Best Advertising Campaign:

Meath Chronicle - High Street Ashbourne

Connacht Tribune - Connacht Hospitality

Mediahuis Ireland Regionals - E-Paper

Best Use of Digital:

Waterford News and Star - The Family Who Beat the Virus

Meath Chronicle – Navan’s Rough Sleepers

The Limerick Leader - Coaching Insights

Meath Chronicle - Local Hero Awards

Best Use of Social Media:

Drogheda Independent – Promo Videos

Western People – The Night U2 Rocked Ballina

Connacht Tribune – We’re All In This Together

Westmeath Independent – Midlands TV News

Best Innovation:

Wexford People - We Miss You

Connaught Telegraph - Mayo Day

Meath Chronicle - Local Heroes

Mediahuis Ireland Regionals - E-Papers

Sports Journalist of the Year:

Paul Fitzpatrick, Anglo-Celt

Jessica Farry, Sligo Champion

Colin Sheridan, Mayo News

Ian Cooney, Roscommon Herald

Best Feature Story:

Sally Harding, Meath Chronicle – Rachel’s Transformation

Claire Quinn, Waterford News and Star – COVID-19 and the Déise

James Fogarty, Roscommon Herald - Fr Molloy

Maria Pepper, Wexford People - Parental Alienation

National Lottery Community Story of the Year:

Eamon Lacey, The Nationalist/Tipperary Live - Hugs, Kisses and Tears for Eve as she moves into her New Home

Darragh Kelly and Ellen O’Riordan, Roscommon Herald - Fire Ignites Community Response for Tom

Alison Comyn, Drogheda Independent - Drogheda Doll Plays Her Part

Dan Danaher, Clare Champion - Residents Battle to Protect Homes in Springfield

Best News Story:

Stephen Corrigan, Galway City Tribune - Home are the Heroes

Anthony Hennigan, Western People – Foxford Home Raffled for COVID Heroes

Liam Cosgrave, Longford Leader - CAB, Revenue and the Illegal Wedding

Sinead Kelleher - The Kerryman - Skellig Star Direct Provision Controversy

Best Supplement:

Westmeath Independent - War on the Press

Waterford News and Star - Days Gone By

Western People – Through the Ages

Mayo News – All Ireland

Best Front Page:

Galway City Tribune, Home are the Heroes

Mayo News - Pull Together Stay Apart

The Kerryman – Unprecedented

Connacht Tribune – Bringing Out Our Very Best