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2010 McNamee Awards
The winners of the 2010 McNamee Awards have been confirmed by the GAA. These Awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards, are named after the late Pßdraig McNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RT+ authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications.
The awards will be presented by Uachtarßn Cumann L·thchleas Gael, Criost¾ir Ë Cuana, at a function in Croke Park this Friday, July 8.
Best GAA Publication
FROM CLONARD TO CROKE: A History of St Galls GAC, 1910 – 2010.
This publication charts the remarkable progress of a club from its humble beginnings in the city streets of Belfast in 1910 through to the steps of the Hogan Stand where, a century later, it would win recognition as the pre-eminent Gaelic football club in the country. The journey that had taken them there was often difficult and occasionally dangerous, especially when the outbreak of æThe Troubles’ threatened more than sporting fortunes. And yet, the story of St. Gall’s is not one of mere survival; it is one of triumph. This book demonstrates the extent to which far-sightedness, unity of purpose and a passionate membership can shape the trajectory of a club. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, it is a publication for members to treasure and others to admire.
Best GAA Website
Clan na Gael GAA Club, Co. Armagh
This site was chosen for its user friendliness, clear and concise design, use of good email newsletter option while also utilising current web standards. It boasts a nice focus on social media (Facebook and Twitter) and club events were also welcome integrations.
Caroline Quinn, Caroline Quinn Photography
A great photograph showing the passion of the supporters at this match. If the photographer had fired on this a fraction of a second earlier or later the whole impact would have been lost once more proving the necessity of perfect timing.
Best GAA Programme
Tipperary SHC Final Programme
This programme was chosen as the winning entry as it showed effective planning, design and layout on top of its excellent content which would have been of great interest to GAA patrons at the game.
Best GAA related Radio Programme
South East Radio – “”Fitzy’s farewell””
A once off programme paying tribute to the service Damien Fitzhenry gave to Wexford Hurling. A fresh, emotional, insightful and intriguing reflection on the illustrious career of long-serving goalkeeper Fitzhenry who retired in 2010 after almost two decades of unrivalled service in the Wexford goal. We get a great sense of what drove him from day one as his family reveal little gems about him as the show unfolds.
Provincial Media Award
Roscommon Herald – Dermot Earley tribute supplement
The poignancy of the subject matter was a strong starting-point, but the quality of composition and excellent layout gave this supplement a degree of originality which outshone all other entries.
National Media Award
Enda McEvoy, Sunday Tribune – æFrom there to here’
Thankfully, while the Sunday Tribune has closed its doors, Enda McEvoy continues to have an outlet to write about hurling with authority and passion. He is the consummate story-teller, a gifted writer with an easy command of language and it shines through in this tale of how Kilkenny’s recent dominance of the championship owes much to the solid foundations laid down in the past by people like Paddy Grace and Fr. Tommy Maher.
Gradam na Gaeilge / Irish Language Award
TG4; Darragh Ë SÚ – RÝ na RÝochta
Tugann an clßr seo lÚargas iontach d·inn ar shaol Darragh UÝ ShÚ. Tß sÚ curtha le chÚile go healaÝonta agus tugtar lÚargas d·inn ar ghaiscÝocht an imreora agus ar a shaol phearsanta chomh maith. Tß Gradam McNamee tuillte go maith ag lucht TG4 agus Nemeton.
Hall of Fame Award – in recognition of outstanding service and long standing contribution to GAA media coverage
Micheßl McGeary GAA journalist (Print – now retired)
Irish News, Sunday Life, Belfast Telegraph
Armagh native Micheßl covered Gaelic Games for more than 37 years before his recent retirement from print journalism. He worked both on the daily and Sunday scenes covering all aspects of the GAA’s activities with particular passion and interest for the scene in his native Ulster. His attention to detail and outstanding network of contacts saw him produce features and news stories of the highest standard and he had a bird’s eye view of the two recent halcyon eras for the GAA in Ulster – from the early to mid-nineties before the emergence of Tyrone and Armagh in the last decade.
GAA Director of Communications