A YOUNG Ballyheigue journalist has been recognised by the University of Limerick for a penetrating series of articles on the health service in Kerry.
Aisling Hussey, from Tiduff in Ballyheigue, was runner-up in the inaugural Vincent Doyle Awards for students of journalism for a series of articles she wrote as part of her final-year journalism project in UL.
Aisling (21) cut her journalistic teeth in The Kerryman where she impressed the editorial team from day one with her enthusiasm, ambition and accuracy.
"I'm absolutely delighted with it and am still finding it hard to believe," she said. "I got it for my final-year project in which I looked into a number of departments in the Kerry health service, from maternity to oncology, taxi and ambulance services as well as the lack of a sexual assault treatment unit in Kerry. The issues were covered in a series of articles in the project and I'm just delighted it received such recognition this week."
Aisling was also nominated in the Smedia Awards recently for an article published in The Kerryman in which she revealed that two women a week are leaving the county for abortions in the UK.
Aisling is now facing into a busy summer with a five-month placement lined up in The Farmers' Journal.