Champion's Michael is the cream of the crop

Published 13/11/2012 | 12:21

Damien O'Reilly, Chairman, Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland, (left) presenting the award for Print Local to Michael Moran of the Sligo Champion at the Agricultural Journalism Awards at AIB Headquarters.

SLIGO CHAMPION journalist Michael Moran has won a prestigious award at the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland awards.

He scooped the 'Print-Local' prize at the bi-annual agri-journalism awards for his feature 'Beyond The Sea'-the story behind one of Sligo's most unlikely business successesVoya Seaweed Baths and Voya Products.

It documented how local man Neil Walton and the Walton family used the natural resource of Sligo bay seaweed to help build two companies which have earned worldwide plaudits and also reflected on Neil's career as a top class triathlete.

The chairman of the adjudication panel, Conor Brady, former Editor of The Irish Times, said the award was presented for work of "outstanding merit."

The other nominees were Chris McCullough, Farm Week, and Damien McCarney, The Anglo Celtic. The award was presented at a reception and dinner hosted by sponsors, AIB, at the AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, on Friday night last.

Sligo Champion photographer Carl Brennan was also shortlisted for a photography award.

His picture 'Eddie Davitt' was one of three final nominees.

This year's awards received record entries across print, radio, TV, photography, and online.

The entries were whittled down in a pre-selection process.

Those remaining were then judged by a distinguished panel, chaired by Conor Brady, and including Frank Crosby, Professor Emeritus, UCD; Michael Fisher, former RTE correspondent, Belfast; Ray Ryan, former Agricultural Correspondent, Irish Examiner and Maol Muire Tynan, Head of Public Affairs, AIB.

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