IRISH Independent reporter Caitriona Murphy swept the boards at the Agricultural Journalism Awards 2012, taking both the national print category and the overall accolade at a ceremony held at AIB Bankcentre in Dublin.
Caitriona was adjudged the winner for her series of articles entitled 'With This Farm I Thee Wed', which explored the trend for pre-nuptial agreements when the marriage of a son or daughter could affect ownership of the family farm.
The series was commissioned by the Irish Independent 'Weekend Review'.
"This was a well researched and well written series of special merit that personalised the dilemma facing young farmers and their parents about the ownership of the family farm when a wedding is being planned," said Conor Brady, chairman of the panel of judges.
Caitriona is a weekly contributor to the 'Farming Independent' and also covers agricultural news for the Irish Independent.
In 2009, she received an honourable mention in the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Star Prize for print journalism. Her entry 'Caring of the softest kind', published in the 'Farming Independent', focused on the story of Galway woman Cathriona Glynn, who took on an abused horse that had been rescued by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.
The awards are organised by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland, in association with AIB.