The Mayo News making headlines in Europe
AS the county’s original compact newspaper, The Mayo News has won a raft of European Design Awards since 1999, and once again this year it has excelled by being the only local newspaper in the Republic to win at the highly competitive awards. Now in their 15th year, the awards attracted entries from 211 newspapers from 25 countries across the continent.
The Mayo News won in the prestigious Front Page Category for an evocative front page, which included a picture taken at the Connemara Pony Show by photographer Andrew Downes.
The Mayo News also won an award in the Supplements category for ‘The Mayo News 120’, a comprehensive and quirky commemoration of the newspaper since its inception, published last December.
Indeed, The Mayo News was the only local newspaper in the Republic to win in the highly competitive awards with one other local newspaper from northern Ireland, The Strabane Chronicle, featuring in the ‘Photography Atmosphere’ category. Both The Irish Examiner and The Irish Times won awards for supplements also, with the latter winning its accolade for a special supplement on the late writer, Maeve Binchy.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Neill O’Neill, Managing Editor, said: “The Mayo News has been setting the trend in terms of newspaper layout and design for years now and this achievement is yet another endorsement which recognises our hard work and the emphasis we place on being the best designed newspaper, not only in Mayo, but in Ireland.
“It is particularly pleasing coming from an independently-judged international panel of experts on the continent, which I feel sets these accolades and our work apart further, and to be the only local newspaper in the Republic of Ireland to win a major award is particularly pleasing, as it solidifies our position as the local newspaper other publications look to when they redesign or change their format – something we did decades ago.
“We won the overall award in 2007 and have been winners almost every year since. It is unrivaled in this country and for a local and independently-owned newspaper from the west of Ireland to have such an impact in Europe is testament to the work and talent of our production team of Padraig Geraghty, Keith Reilly and Brian McHugh, and of course our lead designer, Kevin Loftus, for whom we must save particular praise.”
This year’s two awards bring the total number of awards won by The Mayo News at the European Newspaper Design Awards to 20, having previously won awards in 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, with the highlight in 2007 when the newspaper picked up the prize for best designed local newspaper in Europe.