'Feisty' all-rounder wins Veronica Guerin Bursary
Published 29/08/2010 | 05:00
"Veronica Guerin was unique, she loved the chase. She loved life with an intensity that is unusual and most of us only talk about," said Sunday Independent Editor Aengus Fanning at the presentation of the Veronica Guerin Bursary last week.
"She was one of the most driven journalists that I have ever worked with. She paid a terrible price and as the years go by her memory does not fade away, we think of her every day," he said.
The Veronica Guerin Bursary for investigative reporting at Dublin City University (DCU), which is sponsored by Independent News and Media (INM), was presented to Niamh Griffin, who comes originally from Glanmire, Co Cork.
Congratulating her on the award, Mr Fanning said she had already lived a "feisty and lively" life and that she would bring those qualities to her new career in journalism.
Ms Griffin completed her BA in English and history in University College, Cork, in 1994.
She lived for nine years in Thailand where she was a champion Thai boxer and was presented with an award by the Royal Family for the promotion of women's boxing.
Also at the presentation were Bernie Guerin, mother of Veronica, Declan Carlyle, deputy managing director of Independent Newspapers (Ireland), Aengus Fanning, Anne Harris and Willie Kealy of the Sunday Independent, Frank Coughlan, deputy managing editor, and Professor Colum Kenny and Brian Trench, head of the school of communications, DCU.