A quick thank you to everyone who supported or voted for An Sionnach Fionn in the Blog Awards Ireland competition for 2015. I was nominated in the category for Best Blog Post with my examination of the now largely forgotten Battle of Pettigo and Belleek in the summer of 1922 but was unaware that the results of the contest had been announced last Thursday (I really should pay more attention to these things!). The winner in the best post category turned out to be a short yes-supporting opinion piece on the marriage equality referendum by Anne Marie O’Connor, veteran journalist and daughter of the late Labour Party politician, Eddie O’Connor. Given the subject matter and the year that’s in it I think it was a fair choice. The runner-up was a feel-good Buzzfeed-style listicle on the joys of solo travelling by the journalist Janet Newenham, which was interesting too.
Hopefully next year the Blog Awards will restore their politics and current affairs sections, dropped by the new organisers of the competition in favour of less controversial or more saccharine subjects. In previous years a number of genuine bloggers working outside the media fraternity were nominated to the Awards and it would be good to see them back in the running. As for myself, three years of nominations for my anti-establishment gadflying with nary an award in sight. So I must be doing something right 😉