Tipperary woman wins agricultural journalism award

Local woman Caitriona Murphy swept the boards at the recent Agricultural Journalism Awards 2012, winning both the national print category and the overall accolade at a cermony in Dublin.

Local woman Caitriona Murphy swept the boards at the recent Agricultural Journalism Awards 2012, winning both the national print category and the overall accolade at a cermony in Dublin.

Caitriona, from Lisheenanoul, Ardfinnan, was presented with the prestigious bronze trophy ‘The Bull’, sculpted by John Behan, for her win.

Caitriona was adjudged the winner for her series of articles entitled “WITH THIS FARM I THEE WED”, which explored the trend for pre-nuptial agreements when the marriage of a son or daughter could potentially affect ownership of the family farm. The articles were published in the Irish Independent Review and featured a number of in-depth case studies.

“This was a well researched and well written series of special merit that personalised the dilemma facing young farmers and their parents about the ownership of the family farm when a wedding is being planned,” said Conor Brady, former editor of the Irish Times and chairman of the panel of judges. Caitriona was educated at Ardfinnan National School and Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in Cahir, before moving on to University College Dublin where she studied Agricultural Science. She is a reporter with the ‘Farming Independent’ and also covers agricultural and equestrian news and features for the Irish Independent.

In 2009, she received an honourable mention in the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Star Prize for print journalism. Her entry ‘Caring of the softest kind’, published in the ‘Farming Independent’, focused on the story of Galway woman Cathriona Glynn, who took on an abused horse that had been rescued by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.

Organised by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland, in association with AIB, the Agricultural Journalism Awards are presented every two years for work of outstanding merit in eight categories. The overall winner is chosen from the category winners.

This year there were almost 150 entries from all over Ireland covering TV, radio, national print, local print, technical, targeted communciations, online and photography.

The members of the judging panel were Conor Brady, Chairman, former Editor, The Irish Times, Frank Crosby, Prof. Emeritus, UCD, Michael Fisher, former Correspondent, RTE Belfast, Ray Ryan, former Agricultural Correspondent, Irish Examiner, and Maol Muire Tynan, Head of Public Affairs, AIB.