Hogan earns top award for Canning interview
There was another award for the Irish Independent Chief Sports Feature Writer last night as Vincent Hogan was honoured in Croke Park with the 2017 McNamee Media award for the best article in a national newspaper
Hogan's interview with Galway hurling star Joe Canning - published in this newspaper on August 5 last - was everything a great interview should be.
Canning was disarmingly honest and open, which the judges described as "a credit to the author who must have successfully built up an early rapport with his subject and then asked the right questions at the right time".
Canning has been in the public eye for a long time and has spoken to the media on countless occasions, but this time readers learned more from what was a superbly written piece about the nuances of his personality and what really makes him tick.
"His revelation that his main motivation for playing hurling is to make his parents feel proud and see a smile on their faces after a game surely struck a chord with every reader," noted the judges.
This follows another notable accolade last month when Hogan was named Sports Journalist of the Year at the Federation of Irish Sport's Industry Awards.
It is the third award in recent months for Irish Independent writers with GAA Editor Martin Breheny winning the NewsBrands Ireland 2017 Sports Story of the Year for 2017 last December for his interview with former Mayo GAA managers, Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly, about a player revolt that led to their departure.
Other recipients of McNamee Awards included: Tommy Callaghan of the 'Leinster Leader'; the 'Donegal Democrat'; local radio station LMFM; St Peter's GAA Club, Warrenpoint; Louth GAA; Fócas Films; Austin Stacks, Tralee; Piarsás Ó Mídheach, Sportsfile; and Thurles Sarsfields.