The Iconic team posing for pictures at the Local Ireland Media Awards
THE Limerick Leader has won three major accolades at the Local Ireland Media Awards.
The awards, which recognised the best local journalism nationwide, were received by the Limerick Leader and its journalists for best news story, best designed newspaper and best digital content, out of a total of 10 categories.
The event, held at the Killeshin hotel in Portlaoise this Thursday night, was the second annual staging of the awards. The Leader took home a number of awards at the inaugural event last year.
It was hosted by RTE sports presenter Michael Lyster.
The Limerick Leader had been nominated for best designed newspaper alongside the Connacht Tribune and the Southern Star, while journalist Fintan Walsh was nominated for - and won - news story of the year, while Anne Sheridan was shortlisted for feature story of the year.
The paper's website was again shortlisted for best digital content, after winning that award last year, and took home the award again this year. The award was presented to Alan Owens, assistant editor of the paper with responsibility for digital.
The award for best designed newspaper was accepted by Alan English, former editor of the Limerick Leader, and editorial director of Iconic Newspapers.
Journalist Anne Sheridan, who won best news story last year, was shortlisted for feature story of the year for her story on the tragic death of Louise Casey on the streets of Limerick last November.
Eugene Phelan, editor of the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle, said the awards are “a great indication of the quality of journalism we produce in the Limerick Leader”.
“Winning three national awards again confirms that the Limerick Leader is the leading provincial paper in the country, with unrivaled news and sport coverage, in print and online.
“Congratulations to Fintan Walsh for his inspiring report on the arrival of Syrian families in Limerick and to Anne Sheridan for once again being recognised after winning an award last year and to the digital online team led by Alan Owens on winning for the second year in a row.
“While not forgetting former editor Alan English for helping win the paper the best design award,” said Mr Phelan.
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