KERRYMAN journalist Marisa Reidy has been honoured by the Law Society of Ireland for a colourful court report that involved a famous whistling donkey.
The story was chosen from scores of court reports from national and regional print media to win a Justice Media Merit Award in the Court Reporting category of this year's awards.
The 'whistling donkey' case made national and international headlines following Marisa's coverage of Dingle District Court last November. The case concerned a well-known Dingle busker who was stopped by gardaí for driving with bald tyres on his Hiace van. In the back of the van was the talented donkey.
Dingle District Court broke down in laughter when a garda told Judge James O'Connor that the donkey played the tin whistle as part of the defendant's busking act on the streets of Dingle.
Marisa was praised by the Law Society judges for her ' humorous eye and her ability to spot a great story and tell it so wonderfully,' with the report being described as one of the most talked about submissions in the category.
"It was just one of those funny court cases that comes along once in a blue moon and I knew straight away it would get a lot of attention," she said. "Saying that, I'm honoured that the Law Society of Ireland deemed it worthy of an award, given the high calibre of entries in that category from both national and regional journalists."
Meanwhile, Tralee native David Looby, of the Wexford Echo, won the overall award in the regional newspapers category.