Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year Awards Announced

Mal Rogers was presented with the Travel Extra Journalist of the Year Award at a ceremony held to coincide with the annual Holiday World Show, which took place at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin this weekend.

Nine other winners, each for different holidaying categories, were announced on Friday night at a dinner in Thomas Prior House, Ballsbridge which was attended by the cream of Irish travel and tourism writers and broadcasters.  The event was sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office and Ibiza Tourist Board.  The award winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of senior Irish journalists. This year saw a huge increase in the number of submissions from previous years, displaying the creativity and continuing innovation of travel and tourism journalism in Ireland.


The category winners were:


Best Newcomer Journalist – sponsored by TUI:

Angela Mullin:  ‘Whiskey yourself away for a weekend in Aberdeen’ in the Irish Sun


Best Digital Media – sponsored by ClickandGo:

Mal Rogers: ‘Burgundy wine trail’ in the Irish Post


Best Broadcasting – sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office:

Creedon’s Shannon on RTE1 TV


Best Northern Ireland – sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland:

Yvonne Gordon: ‘Heaney homeland: Something to write about’ in the Sunday Times


Home market (Ireland) story – sponsored by Fáilte Ireland:

Moira Hannon: ‘A League of their Own’ about Donegal in the Irish Daily Star:


Best Adventure – sponsored by

Isabel Conway: ‘Lots of ado about Mushing’ in the Sunday Times.


Best Skiing – sponsored by Topflight:

Catherine Murphy: ‘it’s all uphill from here’ in the Irish Mail on Sunday


Best Short Haul – sponsored by Sunway:

Pol O Conghaile: Morocco in National Geographic Traveller


Best Long Haul – sponsored by Cassidy Travel:

Aoife Finneran: ‘Miami So Ice’ in the Irish Sun


Travel Writer of the Year (overall) – sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office (Ireland) & Ibiza Tourist Board:

Mal Rogers


The Holiday World Show at the RDS is an annual event running until Sunday 28th January, which will attract over 40,000 visitors, who can avail of expert advice from over 1,000 travel professionals to find a holiday to suit any budget.


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