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Sunday 11 December 2016

Big win for Farming Independent at Agri Journalism awards

Farming Independent team

Published 07/11/2016 | 09:07

Alan Dukes, Public Affairs Consultant and former Government Minister who Chaired the judging panel is pictured with Oonagh O’Mahony (IFP Media), Chair, Guild of Agricultural Journalists, presenting the Category Award for Best Print Feature Article for ‘Cowtown Revisited’, to Declan O’Brien, Farming Independent. Photo; Johnny Bambury
Alan Dukes, Public Affairs Consultant and former Government Minister who Chaired the judging panel is pictured with Oonagh O’Mahony (IFP Media), Chair, Guild of Agricultural Journalists, presenting the Category Award for Best Print Feature Article for ‘Cowtown Revisited’, to Declan O’Brien, Farming Independent. Photo; Johnny Bambury

Former Farming Independent editor Declan O'Brien won best print feature article at the Guild of Agricultural Journalists biennial awards and black tie dinner in Dublin’s Castleknock Hotel and Country Club recently.

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The judges commended the category O'Brien's article, Cowtown revisited, as a well researched and well written account of a landmark institution, the Dublin cattle market, which reminded people of its importance not only to the beef trade but also to the life and economy of the city centre.

Supported by FBD Insurance, the awards aim to encourage excellence in the coverage by media of farming, food and rural life on the island of Ireland.

'Big Week on the Farm’, an Independent Pictures production, broadcast live over five nights by RTÉ television during April 2016, was the overall winner of the Agricultural Journalism Awards for 2016.

John Cummins, Independent Pictures, collected the coveted ‘Bull’ prize, a once-off John Behan sculpture commissioned in the 1960s by the Irish Dairy Board (now Ornua), which was donated to the Guild of Agricultural Journalism for the awards.

The judging panel, Chaired by Alan Dukes, commended Big Week on the Farm, as a top-class portrayal of farming life, “throbbing with the energy of live television, interspersed with colourful scenes and high levels of practical involvement that made educational and entertaining viewing. And all of this was exemplified by the enthusiasm and personality of the host farmer, John Fagan.” 

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony Oonagh O’Mahony, Chair of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists (IFP Media) said that the biennial Agricultural Journalism Awards are a special occasion for the agri-media.    

“The agri-food industry has an important place in the country's economic and social fabric, which we, as an industry are committed to covering,” said Ms. O’Mahony.  “These awards honour the hard work and dedication of our peers to delivering quality reporting; and are an opportunity for us to celebrate excellence in a specialist market.”

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She congratulated all those who made the shortlist for the Agricultural Journalism Awards.

“In particular I wish to congratulate the winners of The Bull. Big Week on the Farm took the nation by storm this year. It was a tremendous endeavour and is a very deserving recipient.”

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