Irish Blog Awards, six years later.

IBA

The 2011 Irish Blog Awards group. In the back holding glassware, the winners that were present on the night. After six years, the Irish Blog Awards are no more. At least not in their current guise. What’s currently unknown is how or if they will continue. I’m not going to speculate on that.

Instead of idle oohing and aahing, here’s some linkage to previous IBA’s.
2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011

It’s said so often and by such a large number of people that it’s almost losing meaning now, but I will repeat that Damien Mulley has done more for Irish blogging and general Irish internet jiggery pokery than anyone else I know. After six years of putting up with all the associated bullshit that comes with a task such as organising the blog awards, I’m amazed there isn’t a series of shallow graves out in the Wicklow hills. If you’ll forgive the melodrama, losing the blog awards after six years of taking part in them is a bit like losing a family member. Or at least a family pet. Like that kind of pet that occasionally shits on the carpet but you love anyway. Or, like that family member that occasionally shits on the carpet but you love anyway. Depends what kind of dysfunctional family you’ve got.

I’ve been delighted to work with Damien and all the blog awards regulars over the years, including Rick, Fran and Brian. I’m immensely thankful that he looked to me to be the photographer for the awards and I hope I can continue working with him and all the other guys well into the future. Couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people to work with.

So that’s it then.

2 Comments

  1. Hey Ryan, I can totally understand what you mean about the loss of a family member, not so much the shitting on the floor but the rest!

    I too am seriously upset at this loss, but over the last 3 years, as I said in a post I wrote, the people blogging have changed as to be expected. I remember in year one all of us meeting in the alexander and not one person had an ego. Nowadays egos fill the internet streams, be it on facebook, twitter or blogs. It is one of my main reason for taking a back seat in all of these things in 2010.

    I too hope that I can work with Damien again in what ever he decides to do, Yes one year he told me to fuck off on messenger when I needed some information but generally he has been a delight to work with, he trusts what you do and leaves you at it and never complains. But this new age of blogger have ruined what I have loved about this community and to be honest I hope they dont get their awards next year the fuckers dont deserve it!

  2. Ok, it’s the end of an era but it was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The accompanying photowalk, the craic and the crowd are what made it for myself and Lorraine. Hopefully we’ll have another version next year.

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