The winners of the 2013 McNamee Awards have been confirmed by the GAA. The awards were be presented GAA President, Liam Ó Néill, at a function in Croke Park on Saturday.
These Awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards, are named after the late Pádraig McNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications.
So let us take a look at the 2013 McNamee Awards winners in a year that will long be remembered in the annals of the GAA:
2013 Hall of Fame Award – Brian Carthy
Brian Carthy has been synonymous with the coverage of Gaelic Games for more than a quarter of a century and has covered our games in the role of RTÉ Radio GAA Correspondent since the mid-90s. A proud Sliabh Bán, Roscommon native, he is known across the island and indeed further afield for his intuitive observations on our games through his commentary and for his reporting and story breaking between games.
Possessing an encyclopaedic knowledge of football and hurling – exemplified by his annual GAA records publication, ‘The Championship’- his attention to detail and grasp of all things GAA is second to none. Brian has carried on a strong tradition and will leave behind him – not for many more years to come we hope – a lasting legacy and a proud extension of the national broadcaster’s rich heritage and tradition which stretches back to the first ever live sports broadcast in 1926.
2013 Provincial Media Award – Clare People – All Ireland Supplement
The 80 page full-colour production is a worthy winner as it gives people a souvenir of what was arguably the greatest year in the county’s history. It captures the colour, excitement, and sense of euphoria that the 2013 hurling year generated in Clare. It combines interviews with key players, informed commentary from former greats, and a statistics section on the campaign.
2013 Best Website – Cork GAA
The winner of the Best Website for 2013 is Cork (http://www.cork.gaa.ie)
The website is known for its clean and clear content and the site’s layout means that all information is easy to find and access. It gives a vast amount of resources and content available for supporters. The site has a contemporary look and is very streamlined despite the amount of information available on the site. They have utilised social media to their advantage and offer supporters a mobile app to access the website at all times.
2013 Club Project Award – Omagh St. Enda’s GAA
The strength of the GAA is the community ethos that’s central to the Associations way of thinking in addition to the high value placed on history and
Folklore of our games. These qualities shone through in the best club project award winner – the St Enda’s club in Omagh, County Tyrone. With forensic research back boning a high quality DVD called The St. Enda’s story, over 20 people were interviewed as part of the documentary tracing the history of the club back to its foundation.
The outcome is not only a production which captures the personality of the club and its key successes but also a valuable social history of Ireland making this a most worthy winner.
2013 Best Programme – Meath GAA Senior Football Final
This programme is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate. The attention to detail at the planning stage and also the visual content is magnificently produced throughout. The programme is A3 size and has an easy layout inside and offers excellent value for money adding further to the overall match day experience.
2013 Best GAA Publication – The Claret & Gold, a history of Tulla
The book, which is split into two volumes, is a compelling read; it gives readers a fascinating and detailed look into the 125 year history of the Clare hurling club. It includes a short history of Tulla itself and gives an in depth looks into how the club took root in the community itself over the years. It finishes off by detailing how the various Tulla teams fared out in their respective championships in 2012.
2013 Best Photograph – Lorraine O’ Sullivan
This brilliant photo of a Limerick hurler and his faithful following captures the moment when a player is joined in celebration by adoring fans. It shows the satisfaction both players and fans receive from playing and attending GAA matches.
2013 Best Amateur Photograph
This is the first year for a new category for Best Amateur Photograph and the award goes to Brendan Hayes for his picture of a Roscommon club game involving St. Brigids. The photo captures a mix of emotions and it shows the true grit and level of determination players will go to please their devoted following.
2013 National Media Award – Michael Foley, Sunday Times (article on Proinsias Redican in London “The Perfect Fit”)
This entry is an informative piece in which anyone who has been involved with a GAA team can relate too. It captures the very essence of the volunteer ethic and shows it is all done for the true love of the game. The piece shows how a man left his home county for London, but kept the GAA flag flying high in his 57 years as a London native. Michael paints a heart-warming, vibrant behind the scenes picture of what is entailed in sustaining a GAA team at grassroots level.
2013 Best GAA Related Radio Programme
This year’s winner of best Radio Programme is Shannonside’s ‘Come on the Rossies’, the radio broadcast presented by John Scally gives the listeners a vivid memory of the great years when Roscommon brought the Sam to the west. Players from the two winning All Ireland teams joined John to re-visit the heroic days in Croke Park, they talk about a the triumphant occasions that happened over 70 long years ago. They passionately recollect their memory of the day and match itself and how they masterminded two All Ireland wins.
2013 Irish Language Award
Tá moladh tuillte ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as freastal a dhéanamh ar lucht éisteachta na Gaeilge agus na gCluichí Gaelacha, i bhfad is i gcéin, le blianta fada. Tá Grádam Mhic Con Mídhe tuillte ag an gclár ‘ Spórt An Lae’ ag Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2013, i nGaeltacht na nDéise.
I gcraoladh a mhair sé uaire go leith, tugadh léargas faoi leith ar ócáid thábhachtach i bhféilire Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Ar an gclár úd freisin, coinníodh an lucht éisteachta ar an eolas faoin méid a bhi ag titim amach in áiteacha eile ar fud na tíre sna comortais idir-chontae agus i gcraobhacha na gclubanna.