Limerick students have the write stuff at Smedias

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

LIMERICKMAN Killian McCarthy scooped a prestigious national media award last week, winning sports writer of the year.

LIMERICKMAN Killian McCarthy scooped a prestigious national media award last week, winning sports writer of the year.

The student at Trinity College Dublin, who is from Carey’s Road in Limerick, won the hotly contested award at the National Student Media Awards at a ceremony at the Mansion House.

An overjoyed Mr McCarthy celebrated on the night with his brother Eoin, who is co-ordinator of the photography department in Limerick College of Further Education.

A former pupil of Ard Scoil Ris in Limerick, the pledging sports writer is currently studying psychology and economics at TCD, where he writes for the Trinity News.

Four students at LCFE were also nominated in the news and sport photography categories.

There was also success on the night for a recent graduate of the University of Limerick.

Cavanman Finn McDuffie has ended his year as editor of the UL student newspaper on a high, after its student publication, An Focal, picked up its second national award during his tenure.

Mr McDuffie is the editor of An Focal, UL’s student newspaper.

Following a massive revamp this year, it won the People’s Choice Award.

Some 117 nominees were up for 32 media awards, and 700 guests attended the event hosted by RTE presenters Kathryn Thomas and Dathí O’Sé.

 An Focal has now won this award three times, picking it up in 2005/06 and last year.

The votes for this particular award are cast by student voters online in each of the third-level institutions.

UL students were nominated in a range of categories including sports writer of the year, film script of the year, website of the year, small college publication, and blogger of the year.

Other nominees for the award included The College Tribune (University College Dublin) and The Trinity Miscellany (Trinity College Dublin) and Icarus (TCD).

During Mr McDuffie’s time at the helm, the paper was printed in full colour for the first time in its history.

The newspaper is produced fortnightly by the UL students’ union by a team of students.

It also won the TV3 Student Newspaper of the Year Award in December last.