Examiner travel writer nets awards

IRISH Examiner contributor Pól Ó Conghaile has been named Travel Writer of the Year for the second time in a row.

In addition to the overall award, Pól also took the honours in one of the individual categories at yesterday’s ceremony in Dublin, being named “Long Haul Writer of the Year”.

It is the second year in succession that he has dominated the prestigious awards, which are presented by industry newspaper Travel Extra.

Last year, he also took the overall and long-haul laurels, as well as winning the sun holiday category.

At yesterday’s ceremony, which was held in Tante Zoe’s restaurant in Temple Bar, judges praised Pól for a series of wonderful articles published throughout 2004, a body of work which earned him the overall award.

He won the long-haul category for a piece on New Orleans which he wrote for the Irish Examiner.

As such, it represents the fifth national journalism award which the Irish Examiner has won in recent months.

Pól’s award comes hot on the heels of Conor Keane and Michael Brennan being named Business Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year respectively at the ESB National Media Awards; Niamh Nolan winning the Law Society’s Justice Media Award for daily newspapers; and Brian O’Mahony and Ray Ryan taking the Guild of Irish Agricultural Journalists’ overall media award.

Other winners in yesterday’s awards were Katherine Thomas of RTÉ’s No

Frontiers programme

(Radio and TV), Cleo Murphy for an article in the Sunday Business Post (Sun Holiday category), freelance journalist Muriel Bolger (Home Holiday) and Stephen Rea of the Evening Herald (Winter).

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