THE inaugural Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism will be presented later this month.
The award will be made to a graduating student from the University of Limerick (UL) on April 25.
The BA course in Journalism and New Media was launched in 2008 at UL and this year the first students are set to graduate from the course.
The award is being introduced by UL to honour the memory of the late Irish Independent editor Vinnie Doyle. Mr Doyle, who died in 2010, served as editor from 1981 to 2005.
Mr Doyle began his newspaper career in 1958 when he joined 'The Irish Press', before moving to 'The Sunday Press'.
He joined Independent Newspapers in the 1960s and became editor of the 'Evening Herald' in 1977 before becoming the seventh Irish Independent editor in 1981.
Mr Doyle's 24-year tenure at the helm made him one of the longest serving editors in the Irish newspaper industry.
Head of Journalism in UL, and former Midlands correspondent with Independent Newspapers, Tom Felle explained how the award originated.
"Vinnie Doyle was an inspiration to me as a journalist when I worked for the Irish Independent," he said.
"We wrote to his wife Gertie and told her how we would like to honour and remember her husband. She was delighted," Mr Felle said.
"It made sense that the man who inspired me most should be honoured in this way and that a student will be rewarded for the type of scoop that Vinnie Doyle would have been proud to have in his newspaper," he added.
Members of the Doyle family and senior management from Independent News and Media are expected at the UL award in a fortnight. The shortlist for the awards will be announced in the coming days.
Later this year, 22 students are expected to become the first journalism graduates from UL.