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Trio of awards for Northern Ireland daily

The Belfast Telegraph scooped a trio of awards at a prestigious awards ceremony recognising journalists from Northern Ireland.

It won the coveted newspaper of the year title, while the Irish News also gained awards at Northern Ireland’s CIPR Press and Broadcast Awards.

Claire McNeilly from the Telegraph was named both newcomer and specialist journalist of the year.

And those who were awarded from the Irish News were Brendan Crossan who won sports journalist of the year, Gary McDonald for business journalist of the year and Jeremy Kirker for the newspaper production journalist award.

The ceremony took place in Belfast on Friday and Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said the newspaper’s ‘outstanding level of journalism’ had been recognised.

He said: “The Belfast Telegraph strives every day to produce stories which make the difference to the lives of people across Northern Ireland and will continue to do so.”

At the ceremony, special awards were also made – with the lifetime achievement award presented to the News Letter’s former deputy editor Billy Kennedy, for 40 years of work at the daily paper.

And Maurice O’Neill, former editor of the Ballymena Guardian, received an award for outstanding contribution to regional newspapers for his work over 50 years.

The Derry News was named weekly newspaper of the year, while Jim Flanagan from the Ballymena Guardian was the weekly journalist of the year.

The winners were:

Newcomer of the year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

Newspaper production journalist of the year

Jeremy Kirker, The Irish News

Specialist journalist of the year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

Feature journalist of the year

Suzanne Breen, Sunday Tribune

Sports journalist of the year

Brendan Crossan, The Irish News

Business journalist of the year

Gary McDonald, The Irish News

Weekly journalist of the year

Jim Flanagan, Ballymena Guardian

Print news journalist of the year

Deric Henderson, Press Association

Weekly newspaper of the year

Derry News

Newspaper of the year

Belfast Telegraph

Journalist of the Year

Deric Henderson, Press Association


Happy Hack (15/06/2010 13:23:17)
Well done to all at the Belfast Telegraph! Keep up the good work