2013 may be over, but another All-Ireland hurling final success has come to Clare for the stellar year gone by.
It’s the 2013 McNamee Award for excellence in sports journalism and design as the GAA media ‘Oscars’ have honoured The Clare People newspaper and its ground-breaking sports team.
On the back of the historic All-Ireland success of Davy Fitzgerald’s charges in 2013, The Clare People has now won its own All-Ireland for its coverage of the Liam McCarthy Cup success.
The newspaper, which broke new ground for All-Ireland Championship reportage in the provincial or national press, by producing over a dozen special supplements chronicling Clare’s run to All-Ireland under 21 and senior successes was honoured in the Provincial Media category.
The county’s electric hurling year was then crowned by The Clare People with a special souvenir magazine called ‘Saffron and Blue – How The All-Irelands Were Won’, which has now wowed the McNamee Award adjudicators.
“The 80 page full-colour production is a worthy winner as it gives people a souvenir of what was arguably the greatest year in the county’s history,” said the judges. “It captures the colour, excitement, and sense of euphoria that the 2013 hurling year generated in Clare. It combines interviews with key players, informed commentary from former greats, and a statistics section on the campaign,” it added.
The Awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards, are named after the late Pádraig McNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ 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 Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, at a function in Croke Park this Saturday night.
And it will be a special night for Clare, with Tulla GAA club also among the McNamee winners, scooping the Best Publication Award for ‘The Claret & Gold – history of Tulla Hurling Club.
The Clare People will be represented at the McNamee Awards ceremony by newspaper proprietor Domhnal Slattery, editor Emmet Moloney, sports editor Joe Ó Muircheartaigh, hurling correspondent Eoin Brennan and designers Colin McGann and John O’Rourke.

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Andrew has been working in the media in the West of Ireland for more than a decade. During that time he has been shortlisted for many national journalism awards, served as a judge for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and was part of the nominating panel for the Meteor Ireland Music Awards from 2008 to 2011. He holds an MA in Journalism and Public Relation and a BA in English, Sociology and Politics. He is currently working on his debut novel. A selection of his writings, including a number of new short stories can be viewed on Fighting Talk - http://fightingtalknow.blogspot.ie/ Follow Andrew on twitter: @Andrew_CPeople Contact Andrew on [email protected]

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