Mark Tighe named top journalist

News Ireland’s Mark Tighe was voted Ireland’s top journalist at the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards. Tighe was also named top news reporter and saluted for scoop of the year for his Sunday Times reports into the FAI and its former CEO, John Delaney. Staff writers, reporters, columnists and freelancers were honoured in 25 categories.

Reporter, editor and broadcaster Paddy Clancy received a lifetime achievement award.

The full list of winners:

Journalist of the year: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times

Business story: Fearghal O’Connor, Sunday Independent
Business journalist: Michael O’ Farrell, Irish Mail on Sunday
Campaigning journalism: The Sunday Times (FAI)
Broadsheet columnist: Hilary Fannin, The Irish Times
Tabloid columnist: Larissa Nolan, Irish Daily Mirror
Crime journalist: Nicola Tallant, Sunday World
Crime story: Norma Costello, Irish Mail on Sunday
Critic: Liam Fay, The Sunday Times
Features broadsheet writer: Conor Gallagher, The Irish Times
Features tabloid: Catherine Fegan, Irish Daily Mail
Foreign Coverage: Sally Hayden, The Irish Times
Front Page: Irish Examiner: Lyra
Headline: The Irish Sun: Fairy Tale of New Walk
Investigative journalism: Mark Tighe, Colin Coyle and Paul Rowan, The Sunday Times
News Reporter: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times
News website/news app:|
Podcast: The Floating Voter,
Political journalist: Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent
Political story: Peter O’Dwyer, The Times, Ireland Edition
Scoop: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times
Showbiz journalist: Eddie Rowley, Sunday World
Showbiz story: Barry Moran, The Irish Sun
Sports journalist broadsheet: Cathal Dennehy – Irish Examiner/Irish Independent
Sports journalist tabloid: Roy Curtis, Sunday World/The Herald
Best use of video: Simon Carswell and Enda O’Dowd, The Irish Times
Young journalist: Jack Power, The Irish Times 

Lifetime achievement award: Paddy Clancy

The awards are sponsored by the National Lottery.

Mark Tighe is pictured with Andrew Algeo, CEO, Premier Lotteries Ireland


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