Sunday, March 04, 2007

Irish Blog Awards 2007

OH what a night. Like last year I have been incapable of doing anything today. And I am delighted and over the moon with my award in the Best Personal Blog category and even more chuffed considering the quality of the other blogs I was up against. Thanks again for the nominations and the votes and now the award, it's made my year :)

Irish Blog Awards 2007

The Young Wan herself was there though as I said in my non-prepared acceptance words she had nipped out for some food and missed it. In addition I think I am the only person not to mention Damien, Jaysus Bernie even gave him an award. But I went blank when Red Mum was called out. So thank you Damien for a wonderful night, it was even bigger, much more so, and better than last year. Well done :) And the heartiest congrats to everyone else who picked up an award. I should also thank That Girl, last year's winner in the Personal Blog category who was the sponsor this year.

I met loads and loads of people and missed meeting loads and loads of people. I did want to say hello to the Swearing Lady (I really thought she'd pick up something but I expect that will rectified next year) and didn't get a chance BUT I did meet Twenty so does that kinda balance things out? Not really but still. Along with Ask Direct and others we were among the last there, till the bitter end thats what I like to see. I met the girls at Beaut who presented me with a goodie bag of lovely things including a beaut mousemat, a lovely and unexpected touch. If Twenty swept the boards last year, it was Beaut's night last night.

It was also good to see Colm, the lads at Slugger and I was delighted for Cian with his Irish Election sweep of the boards. I met Tom Raferty and embarrassingly called him by the wrong name, nerves I guess but it was nice to meet you Tom. By the way there is a pic of you throwing shapes on the dancefloor already on Flickr, courtesy of MacAWilliams, do check out his site for his amazing shot of last night's lunar eclipse. I was also delighted to catch up with Ellie and meeting her mum.

Sinead kindly lent me her copy of Irish women writers following conversations on my Great Irish Women series, so thanks for the research and it will certainly be used in the series and well done on the award. While Caitriona, whom I didn't get to meet last year, lent me in her Holga camera to have a go for a wee while. Though she did threaten me if I didn't get it back to her, don't let that smile fool you, she's a tough nut :) I got a great pic of herself and her hubbie which you can see later in the post. Thanks again for the loan of your camera and I can't to try it out Caitriona.

I can't continue with this post without apologising for my pal who made off with an outrageous amount of goodie bags which were left at the entrance for people at the end of the night. Jeez you can't bring her anywhere. I won't tell you about the sea of white paper bags littering my living room floor at about 3am this morning.

The first pic was when she made poor Decs hold some of the loot, I love the expression on his face and the second speaks for itself.

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I would not be able to list all of who I met or who I wanted to but didn't, I can barely type let alone add links and stuff. We came back to my place and partied till 6am hence the bad typing. The champagne was wonderful and probably should have remained unopened, but while we tore into half in the wee hours, we had the other half with lunch as mimosas.

I brought the camera but fully intended not to take so many pics, but to enjoy the night in full vision, not through a lens, which I did to a degree but I did take some snaps, some where just calling to be taken. You can see them on Flickr, and I also added them to the Irish Blog Awards group which others might want to do too so we have them all in one handy place.

Anyway here's a selection and here's to next year!

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Saying cheese for Rymus

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Snapping the eclipse

Irish Blog Awards 2007

26 comments:

thag said...

Congratulations!! I was thrilled that you got the award - well deserved and it sounds like you had a heck of a night celebrating..

that girl said...

mmm that should of course have read THAT GIRL sheesh!


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McAWilliams said...

Congrats on the award, pleasure meeting you and they are great snaps on Flickr. Roll on next year.

John of Dublin said...

I was delighted to talk to you briefly on the night, your photography and writing are so inspiring. Well done on the award.

laurie said...

congratulations! it sounds like a very fun evening.

Is it just me? said...

Congratulations Red Mum.
I've been reading your blog a lot lately and think its terrific! delighted to hear you've won!

Sinéad said...

Couldn't have been happier for you winning, it's so well deserved. That book is called 'Ten Dublin Women' and is about political women, and all sorts of latter day movers and shakers. You must be psychically referring to the need for a book about Irish women writers after Omani and that whole poster debate. :)

Pity I didn't get to meet the young wan.

JL Pagano said...

I put this comment to the wrong post so I'll copy it here...

"Much congrats Red Mum it was long overdue recognition for your excellent blog :-) I'm really bummed I couldn't make it on the night by all acounts it was a good 'un!"

Flirty Something said...

well done - took the awards for me to discover you but glad I did. Love the way you combine pictures and prose. Look forward to being a regular reader.

Red Mum said...

Thanks everyone for all your kind comments. It was a great night and I am completely over the moon with the award.

Sinead, yes, I haven't even looked at the book yet (caught rightly), so I am mixing it up with the writers post!

And Flirty Something, the awards are great for finding new blogs I found yours via a comment on one of the others!

Ohh and sorry THAT GIRL :)

Sinéad said...

Any chance of the young wan starting her own blog? :)

Kav said...

Congrats again Red Mum. Is that Bock in the 1920's gangster suits? Best dressed males indeed.

Damain said...

Congrats again on the award. And I hope your head wasn't feeling as, ahem, 'delicate' as mine was on Sunday morning!

Red Mum said...

Sinead, she has started one with only one post, where she gives out about me! We'll see how she goes with it, but I do think she would be great!

Kav it is Bock I believe someone was saying Blogorrah representatives but I believe it was Bock. It was a bit of fun when they walked in, circled the hall looking menacingly and then sat down! I was delighted with hte pic I got.

And Damian, yes my head was thumping, getting to bed at 6am didn't help, nor the fact my two pals stole my bed!

It was a good and fun night.

C.K. said...

Congrats! Your blog is fabuuulous!

Boliath said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

Well earned sweetheart well earned!

Katherine said...

Well good on ya, you thoroughly deserved it!

Emma in Canada said...

Congrats red mum! Well deserved.

caitriona said...

hey there! many congrats on the win - i don't recall saying it to you on the night - must've been too busy being threatening ;) (as if!!)

it was really lovely to meet you and i'm looking forward to the holga shots!

Bock the Robber said...

Well done and congratulations. Sorry I didn't get to meet you, but maybe next year if we're all there.

Maman Poulet said...

Joins in campaign for young wan to blog...only if she wants to of course but she'd be brilliant if her repartee during registration was anything to go by!! Thanks for the photos - am finally catching up @ work on all the blogspot blogs as one of the may ntl customers who can't read blogger/blogspot @ home.

aphrodite said...

Congratulations darling, it was so lovely to meet you on the night!

cc said...

Great to hear that you got an award! Justly deserved! Congratulations! :)

Fi said...

I'm thrilled for you RM! Well done!

Lorainne said...

Congratulations!!! We spoke briefly at the awards and now I have actually had a proper look at your excellent blog - I was there with The Dreaming Arm (we never did follow your advice and make it to Odessa for brunch - too much miserable rain the following morning) I also took a lot of goodie bags just to eat the chocolate and ended up upsetting airport staff on the way home with my collection of BT keyrings. Maybe they thought it was some kind of elaborate plane sabotaging operation.

nightspy said...

Congratulations!!! I am fresh to blogging and most often than not I am too busy (two jobs, college) to sit in front of my laptop but I am hoping to catch up this weekend. I happy for everyone who got the award.