Archive for September, 2008

For the 300 people coming along to the Web Awards

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

In case you missed the email, here’s the lowdown on the evening:

Thank you for registering for the Irish Web Awards which takes place on October 11th in the Radisson SAS Hotel on Golden Lane (the one behind Dublin Castle). You can keep up to date with the Awards via our blog: Yes, this is a mass email, apologies for the lack of personalisation.

This is the first year of the Web Awards and we’re delighted with the feedback from people so far. It already looks like we have a sold-out show. Doors open at 7pm and you can pay at the door and we’ll check your name against the list of those that signed up. There’s a drinks reception for everyone until 8pm and the bar is open until the Awards presentation starts.

Rick O’Shea will take to the stage at 8pm sharp and will go on until perhaps 10pm depending on how long the speeches are. Yes! There are speeches. We like speeches whether prepared or bumbled through and those that are getting a piece of glass for their hard work should be given the opportunity to say thank you to everyone too. You can read a poem or sing a song too, once it’s two verses at most.

After the Awards presentations we’ll have some food outside for everyone and we have a DJ and bar extension until 2am. For those that think they’re talented at designing sites and look good on the dance floor then you’ll be able to prove it on the night. And relive it forever when your friends upload the pics to Facebook.

The event is theatre style, meaning no tables, just seats and it is informal too so come along in a tux if you like but you’ll be one of very few. The aim of the evening is to celebrate the whole of the Irish Web Community and clap that bit extra for the winners. We encourage everyone to meet as many new faces as they can and network until your head explodes with all the names you’ll never remember. Yes, you can bring banners and pretend you’re on Winning Streak. No, Rick is not at all like Derek Mooney.

We’ve done our best to make the judging of the Awards fair and transparent after getting as much feedback as we can from the Web Community and this event is for you, not to boost the coffers of an organisation or a business. If it works out on the night we hope to make this an annual event. Best of luck to all those shortlisted.

See you on the night!

Damien on behalf of all those working hard behind the scenes.

Further Sponsorship Opportunities for the 08 Web Awards

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Irish Web Awards

There’s one category sponsorship slot left for the Web Awards now and that’s Best Council Website. Many people and companies have been offering to sponsor and as we’ve said before, if you want to support the Web Awards, come along on the night and meet everyone and have fun and spread the word about the Awards. Adding a logo to your website would be great too.

There are a few additional slots now open though for the Awards:

  • There are two sponsorship slots for the drinks reception
  • There is sponsorship of the DJ
  • There are two other slots

This is what sponsors get. If you are interested in being a sponsor then email contact < at >

Tickets are going really fast

Monday, September 29th, 2008

If we’re to have 300 people at the Web Awards then you have about 3 days left to book tickets before we sell out. Tickets are going really fast. There are about 50 tickets left now for the event. Tickets are 30 euros. You do not get a dinner with that. You do not have to wear a tux. You will have lots of fun in a non-stuffy environment for that.

Thanks to Ken for this.

Moviestar Irish Web Awards

Shortlist for Best New Web Application/Service

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

The shortlistees for Best New Web Application/Service Sponsored by InterTradeIreland’s SeedCorn Competition are:


The judges for this category were: Marie Boran and John kennedy from Silicon Republic, Niall Kitson from PC Live, Alexia Golez, John Collison and the nominees themselves.

200 already registered for the Awards

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Irish Web Awards

With registration only open a few short days we’re blown away with the numbers that have already signed up to go to the Irish Web Awards. 200 people signed up so far. We estimated the event for 300* people so get registering quickly if you want a place!

Thanks to Alexia (again) for another logo.

*Someone needs to create a photoshop of movie 300 and the Web Awards logo please. G’wan!

Get Shorty – Web Awards Shortlists

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Congratulations to everyone that reached the shortlist. Thank you to all the judges for their amazing work. Apart from a few exceptions, the shortlists are groups of 5.

Register to attend the Awards. Avail of the hotel deals.

The categories An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr sponsored by Edgecast Media, Most Accessible Website sponsored by iQContent and Best New Web Application/Service Sponsored by InterTradeIreland’s SeedCorn Competition will be announced later in the week.

Best Online Publication – Sponsored by Red Cardinal

Best Radio Website – Sponsored by IGOPeople

Best Podcaster – Sponsored by Irish Mortgage Brokers

Best Videocaster – Sponsored by eType Ireland

Best Sports Site – Sponsored by

Best Music Site – Sponsored by

Best Entertainment Website – Sponsored by

Best Technology Site – Sponsored by BH Consulting

Most Innovative Website – Sponsored by iQ content

Best Discussion forum – Sponsored by Brand Ignite

Best Government Website – Sponsored by Interactive Return

Best Council Website- awaiting a sponsor

Best Third Level Website – sponsored by the Irish Computer Society

Best Education Website – awaiting a sponsor

Best eCommerce / Services Website – Sponsored by Cybercom

Best Practice – Sponsored by Lightbox Multimedia

Most Useful Website in Ireland – Sponsored by

Most Beautiful Website in Ireland – Sponsored by

Register to attend the Awards. Avail of the hotel deals.

Hotel rates for the 2008 Moviestar Web Awards

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

We’ve negotiated the below rates for the Web Awards:

Quote this when calling/emailing:

I would like to book a room under the negotiated rate for “The Irish Web Awards”. Date Oct 11th – 12th.

Radisson Royal Hotel
– The Venue – Location – Golden Lane (back of Dublin Castle) – Email reservations to – Or phone: 01 8982900.
Rates – €195 – double room with breakfast, €180 without breakfast. Breakfast will cost €22.

Mercer Hotel
– Location – Mercer St, just off St Stephens Green. (5 mins from Radisson Royal)
Email reservations to –, 01 4744120, 1 for reservations.
Rate – Single Room @ €110 per room per night including continental breakfast
Double/Twin Room @ €130 per room per night including continental breakfast

Camden Court
– Location – just off Lower Camden Street. (5-10 mins from Radisson Royal) Email reservations to – - – 01 4759666
Rate – €145.00 bed and breakfast per room per night for a single occupancy room and €155.00 bed and breakfast per room per night for a double room.

Best Western Academy Plaza Hotel
– Location – off O Connell St – behind the Gresham Hotel. (15-20 mins from Radisson Royal) Email reservations to, 01 878 4141
Rate – €149 – room only. Single or Double.

Register to attend the Moviestar Web Awards on October 11th

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Registration is now open for the Moviestar Web Awards. 30 euros in. Again, we stress, no tux. Well, you can but we may stand you on the stage and have people point. Novelty tuxes, they’re allowed.

Moviestar Web Awards

If you’re nominated or not, do come along. It should be a great night of mixing and having fun with some of the most creative people in the Irish Web and Tech scene.

Update: 100 people have registered in the first 24 hours.

Doing things a little differently – Judging the Web Application Category

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

The New Application/Service Category for the Web Awards contains some amazing homegrown talent and who better to judge this category than the people nominated in this category?

All the companies will be emailed and asked to rate their competitors and send them on to the Web Awards organisers. These ratings will be added to the scores given by the judges and the shortlistees will then be calculated from these scores.


Long List – We forgot some!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The last three categories. Congrats to everyone longlisted.

An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr sponsored by Edgecast Media

Best Practice sponsored by Lightbox Multimedia

Most Accessible Website sponsored by iQContent