Irish scoop top media prizes

Tributes have been flooding in to congratulate RTÉ radio presenter Damien O’Reilly on his recent Star Prize at the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) awards in Sweden.

The presenter of the Countrywide show on RTÉ Radio One every Saturday morning (among other claims to fame) won the award for his ‘Foot and mouth disease’ radio special.

This story was broadcast on Countrywide on RTE Radio 1. Judges described O’Reilly’s entry thus: “A good piece looking back on an issue that had an incredible impact on the area’s farmers. It was a nice descriptive script, with good use of natural sound and strong interviews from people who remember the outbreak. Overall, it was a well-balanced and touching story.”

Warmest congrats also to Clifford Donaldson, member and past chairman of the NI Guild of Agricultural Journalists. He won the top star photo prize, sponsored by DeLaval, at the IFAJ annual congress in Sweden.

Mr Clifford worked as a staff ag photo journalist for both Farming Life and Farmweek in the 1990s. He won the top award for his photo ‘Spring Lamb’. His other photo ‘Feeding Time’ was highly commended’.

He was competing against photographers from over 30 nations.

This year’s competition drew 81 entries: 29 in the people category, 29 in the production category and 23 in the nature category, from across the IFAJ membership.

Further information about the IFAJ Star Prize for print journalism is available on the IFAJ website at www.ifaj.org

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