Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year Awards Announced

Pól Ó Conghaile was presented with the Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year Award at a ceremony held to coincide with the annual Holiday World Show, which took place at the RDS Simmonscourt last weekend.

Pól Ó Conghaile, Travel Extra Travel Writer of the Year (overall)

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 Costa Daurada.  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 Home market (Ireland) story – sponsored by Fáilte Ireland:

Pól Ó Conghaile, Blaskets, Irish Independent


Best Northern Ireland – sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland:

David Gordon , Navigating the North


Best Long Haul – sponsored by Cassidy Travel:

David Burke, Japan, Tuam Herald


Gemma Fullam, winner of Best Short Haul and Madelaine Keane, winner of Best Adventure

Best Short Haul – sponsored by Sunway:

Gemma Fullam, Dervishes of Vienna


Best Adventure – sponsored by

Madeleine Keane, Botswana, Sunday Independent


Best Skiing – sponsored by Topflight Gastein Tourist Board Austria:

Isabel Conway, Pamporovo, Sunday World


Best Digital Media – sponsored by ClickandGo:

Tom Sweeney, Transylvania


Best Broadcast – sponsored by TUI:

Manchan Magan, TG4


Best Newcomer Journalist – sponsored by U by Uniworld:

Melanie May, Tokyo, The Sunday Times


Travel Writer of the Year (overall) – sponsored by the Spanish Tourism Office (Ireland) & Costa Daurada:

Pól Ó Conghaile


The Holiday World Show at the RDS is an annual event running until Sunday 27th January, which attracts 40,000 visitors. Members of the public can avail of expert advice from over 1,000 travel professionals to find a holiday to suit any budget.