Irish Web Awards 2008 – Initial Category list

The first thing to note when it comes to deciding categories and judging criteria for an Awards show is that there will never be a full consensus on them, even if you had eternal life. So we’ll try and get as close to “almost happy” as possible.

The Web Awards are designed to be as fair as possible and to allow the 15 year old website builder to be able to compete as well as the design agency. It’s her talent we want to reward, not her ability to pay to enter and attend. The Web Awards are also designed to highlight online areas that other awards shows have not catered for.

With these things in mind, here is draft version 0.4 of the Irish Web Awards categories. Feedback appreciated but they become the “official” ones very soon. [for sponsorship information, email contact (at) ]

News and Media
Best Online Publication
Best Podcast (Professional)
Best Podcast
Best Video (Professional)
Best Video

Best Sports Site
Best Music Site
Best Entertainment Website

Best Technology Site
Best New Web Application/Service
Most Innovative Website

Community and Government
Best Discussion Site/Online Community
Best Government Website
Best Council Website

Education and Science
Best School Website
Best Third Level Website
Best Youth Created Site

Best eCommerce website
Best Financial Services Website

Best As Gaeilge
Best Foreign Language

Technical Awards
Best Practice
Most Beautiful Website in Ireland
Most Useful Website in Ireland
Most Accessible Website in Ireland

Grand Prix
Best Website in Ireland


  1. Great stuff. What makes something the “Best”?

    Youth one is the most interesting to me on that list.

  2. Sinéad says:

    Most Accessible should be interesting.

  3. Conor Byrne says:

    No NGO category?

  4. The list is very comprehensive, but I one major omission – for forums. Accordingly I would suggest an award for the best on-line community forum.

  5. Damien says:

    @Frank Best Discussion site covers that

  6. NiallOK says:

    Surprised you don’t have a category for Best Personal Website – or is it all about business?

  7. Damien
    The entertainment heading threw me off, and I suspect that others may have a similar problem. Many forums take the form of mutual support groups on health, social, environmental and business related topics that could never be considered as entertainment.

  8. Paul Clerkin says:

    What about an Arts and Culture award?

  9. Jennifer says:

    I better get my guna deas out in anticipation of the best website in Ireland then. (aiming high!)

  10. Damien says:

    @Frank You’re right. I’ll need to clarify that.

    @Paul Fair point. I might need to kill one category to fit it in though. Which don’t you like? 🙂

  11. Steve says:

    Hey. For the education ones, maybe break best school into Primary and Secondary? I cant see many Primary schools rivalling secondary and might help highlight the broadband plight of many a school with the amount of entries…

    I like the rest..

  12. iblogfashion says:

    what about style or fashion?

  13. Fearghal says:

    Any room in there for Adventure?

    Where would an expedition site with educational, media, technology, elements fit in?


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