Image Publications was named publishing company of the year at the Irish magazine awards presented by Magazines Ireland at a gala dinner in the Marker Hotel. The company, run by brothers Robert and Richard Power, launched a new website, ImageDaily.ie and a new wedding quarterly, Bash. Their custom publishing division increased ad revenues for Cara magazine and they developed reader events and awards.
Irish Country Magazine, a spin-off from the Irish Farmers Journal, won consumer magazine for titles with over 5,000 circulation. Irish Food & Wine was named the top consumer magazine for publications with under 5,000 circulation. Harmonia, now run by Ciaran Casey, since his sister Norah Casey stood down, scored a double by taking the consumer magazines editor of the year category with Alexander Fitzgerald of Irish Tatler Man.
Hot Press won the consumer magazines cover of the year for its Arctic Monkeys lead, digital product of the year and Olaf Tyaransen was journalist of the year. The Law Society Gazette won two awards – the business to business (B2B) title for magazines with less than 5,000 circulation and the cover of the year with its cyberman framed by an iPad-border. Business Ireland was the top B2B title with less than 5,000 circulation.
Danielle Barron of the Irish Medical News was voted business magazines editor. The annual of the year award went to Zahra Publishing for its Easy Food Christmas Annual. Irish Wildlife was named top customer magazine. Tomai O Conghaile and Ryan O’Reilly from Irish language magazine Nós picked up the design team award. Cliona O’Flaherty of Bash was named photographer of the year.
The Confetti Creative Awards was the innovation of the year. The awards were presented by Magazines Ireland chairman John Whelan and the event was organised by chief executive Grace Aungier. This year’s judges included Tania Banotti, IAPI; Eoin Doyle, AAI; Naoise Keohane, Tesco; Niall Quinn, PRII; Paul McDonnell, Newspread and Sinéad Mac Aodha, Irish Literature Exchange.
Guest speaker was Sally Cartwright, former director at large of Hello! magazine.
Mairéad Farrell (pictured), co-producer and co-presenter on the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM, was MC.