Nominations open for Irish Blog Awards


Irish Blog Awards

EDIT: For those that are not reading this post and are nominating people in the comments,I shall repeat and put it all in bold text – If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else then you can email irishawards (at) with a link to the blog and/or the post you want to nominate and for which category.


  • Best Blogger
  • Best Blog Post
  • Most Humorous Post
  • Best Photo Blog
  • Best Fictional Piece in a Blog
  • Best Arts and Culture Blog
  • Best Political Blog
  • Best Group Blog
  • Best Comment/Commenter
  • Best Personal Blog
  • Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
  • Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere (Tech wise)

If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else then you can email irishawards (at) with a link to the blog and/or the post you want to nominate and for which category. No, there’s no automated process to do this yet. I’ve asked before and tumbleweed flew past. I need someone to write a few forms for me, which will automate the process. Anyone want to do so?

How this will work is the nomination process will be open for a few weeks. Anyone can nominate anyone, including themselves. We will sift through all the nominations and create a short-list for each category based on number of nominations as well as quality. We will ask people then to vote on their favourites from the short-list and then based on the number of votes and other factors, again such as quality of the blog/posts, the judges will pick a winner.

Here too are some of the things I want to do for the awards:

If someone wants to create a little button with a “Blog Awards Nominee” and some HTML code linking to this site, then work away but it is not mandatory to link back to here.

I would like to create an e-book of all the short-listed posst and host it on the server here. Maybe encourage everyone to host it too. This e-book would in a way be a testimony to non-bloggers. “This is what we do and look at how well we do it”.

No event decided yet. No prizes. No final date. While we don’t necessarily need them, I do want to go drinking with you all and celebrate! I’m around Dublin this weekend so I shall scout a few locations.


  1. Where’s the “Adventure/Resuce/Outdoors/Gear” or “Niche Topic” category?!! How will I ever win now 🙁

  2. Silly question: what makes a Blog Irish? In my own case, I’m Scottish, resident in Dublin, my webserver is in Kentucky, and I rarely (if ever) blog about Ireland. Oh well… 8)

  3. Sharon. says:

    Hi !

    I am going to make a complete show of myself and nominate a blog which I assist in putting together . I do not expect to get anywhere but , then again , ‘our type’ never did have much faith in the voting procedure !


  4. Flarkey says:

    What is a blog?

  5. simon says:

    how about best use of chesse cake in a blog.

  6. JL Pagano says:

    I nominate Simon for “Most Surreal Comment On A Blog Post” category, so long as he buys me a cheesecake.

  7. Ina has the best set of blogs ever. Not bad for a blog trotting blogger

  8. Jett Loe says:

    …yeah and where’s the category for best ‘Podcasting’ blog?? 😉
    and i don’t know if we’re even allowed cause we’re out of NORTHERN IRELAND…but sometimes Dublin/Glasgow/London…

  9. 37 emails so far with nominations. Not bad at all, with even people in China having their say. 🙂

  10. avo says:

    Macdara’s blog from the Leb best commentary blog…..

  11. Mike Keating says:

    I’m with Mark. Ten out of ten for Ina’s blogs. Where do I sign?


  12. EFFERAL says:

    do people really need awards for blogging..all blogs are great as theyt give you an insight into the bloggers mind

  13. Paul Browne says:

    I was going to suggest a ‘best newcomer’ category for 2005, but there again 95% of blogs would be in that category …

  14. Sinéad says:

    Hmmm. Why does Mark McCullagh’s name link to the blog he’s expounding so heartily?

  15. Andrew Lavigne says:

    I nominate Disillusioned Lefty for best political blog.

  16. Tom says:

    An blag is fearr in Éirinn, maith thú a Chonn

  17. Best Irish podcast:

    I’m not Irish, but I blog and podcast in Irish. Do I count?
    Best political blog in Irish:
    Best American podcast in Irish:

    Award name: The Blog Art award (soulds like blagart / black guard / bligeard)

  18. Keira says: is the bestest blog since blogs started,its blog heaven for photos,humourous reading and general storytelling.
    VOTE RYMUS!!!!

  19. I want to nominate VaporiseBarney or the Anti-Barney at his most excellent site: .

    Category: Best Blogger.

    and any others that fit. He won’t win the technical one I don’t think.

  20. El Barbudo says:

    I too would like to nominate for the categories of:

    Best Blogger
    Best Personal Blog

  21. Roseanne says:

    Ainmním An tImeall arís – ag déanamh an-jab gan bheith ró-pushy faoin nGaeilge. An-nadúrtha go deo faoi agus réimse leathan ábhar á phlé aige ar a phodchraoladh.

    I nominate An tImeall again – doing great work without being too pushy about the Irish. Very natural altogether about it and covering a really broad range of subjects on his podcast.

  22. Jess says:

    Hi – I nominate in the Best Arts and Culture Blog.

  23. Gary says:

  24. Soundtracks says:

    My blog is a bit of a holding ground for all sorts of reviews and anecedotes that end up making their way elsewhere so I’ve no idea where it would fit in an awards like this.

  25. Arlene says:

    I want to nominate Twenty Major, for best blog.

  26. Debbie H says:

    Can I vote for as Best Blogger. And as Best Arts and Culture Blog. Thanks.

  27. michael says:

    I agree with Colm who wrote on January 5. He’s a bit long-winded but his point that there is no realistic way of determing best blog is right on. That said, I nominate Monasette, North Atlantic Skyline. You’ve got way too many categories but he would fit in Best Blogger; Best Arts and Culture; Best Commenter; and Best Personal. If you haven’t seen him, take a look! One particular entry might not blow you away, but for sustained quality and interest….he’s amazing! [I say “he” but that “-ette” says I might be wrong. I don’t know: can’t tell.]

  28. satchmo says:

    Isn’t it spelled blogosphere?

  29. Paul Foley says:

    To encourage youngsters etc. there should be some sort of education or students category?

  30. SlapHead says:

    I have to agree, by any standard this is exceptional stuff.

  31. Joe Bloggs says:

    This one is a contender in the personal category and has been running for over 2 years!

  32. Neasa says: an Blag Gaeilge is fearr cinnte. Níl mórán blagadóirí in aon teanga a chuireann podchraoladh le chéile chomh rialta agus dheanan eiseann. Fairplay dhuit Conn.

  33. Gerald says:

    A very refreshing, corrosive and humoristic blog!

  34. John says:

    I nominate Howl At The Moon for best blog.

  35. Parnell says:

    Lets push the boat out for this one. I nominate El Blogador and United Irelander for Best Blog


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