COUNTY WEXFORD STUDENT Cormac O'Brien claimed a prestigious award at the Oxygen.ie National Student Media Awards at The Mansion House in Dublin last Wednesday night.
This event, which was attended this year by over 600 students and national media personalities, and hosted by TV personalities Kathryn Thomas and Dáithí O Sé.
Carl O'Brien (Chief reporter of The Irish Times), Ian Mallon (Deputy Editor of the Evening Herald), Michael Creagh (Oscar nominated filmmaker) and Mary Wilson (Drivetime, RTE Radio 1) were among the highly respected judges for the 32 categories rewarding excellence in student media.
A past pupil of Good Counsel College, New Ross, Cormac did his undergraduate at Trinity College Dublin in Film Studies and English Literature. He scooped the award for Journalist of the Year (National Press) at this year's awards for his writing for Gay Community News (GCN).
'Under the guidance of the team at GCN, I undertook to write a very challenging and often personal article about a segment of society that is largely overlooked, a segment whose existence beforehand I found slightly bizarre, outmoded and of an Ireland long forgotten but, as I found out are still very much present in society - those that believe their sexuality is in complete contradiction to the dictates of their faith,' explained Cormac.