On Saturday night the Irish Blog Awards travelled north to Belfast and the Europa Hotel. Rick O’Shea steered the crowd gathered in the ground floor conference hall through the umpteen categories while Rev Jesse Jackson addressed victims and survivors of the troubles up in the twelfth floor suite.
Glass trophies were handed out; but unfortunately, many of the category winners weren’t in the room to receive their awards. And everyone got to take home polystyrene mementos of the evening, as well as the spare sugary treats from Curious Cupcakes. Arsenal-focussed sporting blog arseblog.com won the overall 2011 Best Blog prize.
Of local interest, Manuel the Waiter got huge cheers as he picked up the Best Humour Blog award for Well Done Fillet.
June Caldwell picked up a very well deserved Best Blog Post award for her piece on depression – Being depressed just means you’re not a moron – dedicating the win to the other writers at the excellent group blog The Anti-Room.