The Donegal Democrat has been recognised for their coverage of Gaelic Games having been awarded the MacNamee award by the GAA.
The sports team were rewarded with the Provincial Media Award for their preview supplement for last year’s All-Ireland senior and minor finals between Donegal and Kerry.
“The award acknowledges the terrific ‘Donegal on the Double’ 64-page supplement that embraced all local and cultural interests ahead of last year’s senior and minor football finals,” read the GAA statement.
“Exemplifying all that is positive about local journalism it was bright, insightful, informative, varied, historical and exceptionally reader-friendly.”
In April 2013, The Donegal Democrat also won the Provincial Award for 2011 for their Ulster Final Supplement - a game which saw Donegal win their first Ulster title in 19 years.
“My thanks to all who contributed,” said sports editor Peter Campbell.
“Our staff members - Tom Comack, Alan Foley, Thomas Gallagher and Gerry McLaughlin, who was a great help.
“A special thanks to Paul Brennan of The Kerryman, who was a great help in providing Kerry contributions; to former Democrat reporter Keith Duggan; GAA head of games administration and player welfare, Feargal McGill, who recounts some of his special memories, and John Campbell from The Belfast Telegraph.
“Thanks also to our columnists Manus Boyle, Donal Reid and Frank Gallian the historian of Donegal GAA, Fr Sean Ó Gallchoir, former Democrat man Paddy Walsh and Oisin O’Boyle form St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny for their contributions.”
Donegal won the Ulster minor and senior championships for the first time in the same year in 2014 and although they ended up losing both All-Ireland finals to Kerry in September, it was still a year to remember.
“It was a year that will live long in the memory,” Peter Campbell added. “We we delighted to be part of the journey that our team managers, Jim McGuinness with the seniors and Declan Bonner with the minors, took us on.”
The McNamee awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards, are named after the late Pádraig MacNamee, 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. The awards will be presented by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Liam Ó Néill, at a function in Croke Park on Saturday, January 17th.
The other award winners were: Best Website – Dublin GAA; 2014 Club Project Award – Austin Stacks GAA; 2014 Best Programme – Galway GAA Hurling Final; 2014 Best GAA Publication – The Bloodied Field by Michael Foley; 2014 National Media Award – Declan Bogue, The Belfast Telegraph (article on Anto Finnegan, Antrim Footballer); 2014 Best Photograph – Donal Farmer, Inpho; 2014 Best Amateur Photograph - Maurice Walsh (Kilkenny); 2014 Best GAA Related Radio Programme - Radio Kerry; 2014 Irish Language Award - Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh; 2014 Hall of Fame Award – Micheál Mac Donnchadha, Raidio na Gaeltachta.