THE University of Limerick is to honour the memory of the late Kerry’s Eye founder and renowned photographer and journalist Padraig Kennelly with the inauguration of a journalism award in his name.
The ‘Padraig Kennelly Cup’ will be presented annually to the top graduating student from the BA journalism and new media programme, for an investigative series of articles focusing on regional journalism. It will be presented for the first time this April.
Director of the course Tom Felle said: “Padraig Kennelly’s contribution to recording the first rough draft of Ireland’s, and Kerry’s, history through his own lens, and through the pages of his newspaper, is unrivalled.”
“I can think of no greater honour for any young journalist than to be the recipient of such a prestigious prize,” he said.
Padraig’s son Jerry Kennelly, founder and CEO of tweak.com, said throughout his long career his father recognised the importance of regional journalism.
“As someone whose motto was ‘People Power’, he would have been delighted that the Padraig Kennelly Cup, which highlights the value of investigative reporting, will help continue that legacy into the future,” he said.
Padraig Kennelly and his wife Joan were photojournalists for print and TV from 1953 to the 1970s. A collection of 160,000 of their images and background stories is available online at The Kennelly Archive.