Thank you to all our judges who lent their weighty expertise to judging the Finalists of this year’s Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards!
Eamonn Grant is Head of eCommerce with Musgrave (Supervalu & Centra) where he is responsible for driving sales online at the 140 year old company. Formerly he was Head of Online with The AA, where he was pivotal in bringing about Digital transformation of a 100 year old brand. He also set up the Made Easy Group in 2006, launching several businesses including www.FlowersmadeEasy.ie, www.Wholesaleflowers.ie & he was the founder of www.PhotoBooth.ie which was sold in May 2016.He has won several awards for marketing, web and apps over the years and was an All-Ireland Seedcorn Award winner in 2009. He is chairman of the Irish Internet Association of Ireland and regularly delievers lectures and talks on digital both in Ireland and internationally.
Geraldine Herbert is Motoring Correspondent with the Sunday Independent and Editor and founder of Ireland’s first and only motoring blog for women, www.wheelsforwomen.ie Geraldine’s journalism career started over 15 years and she now writes a regular column for Irish Country Magazine, is the editor of Auto Ireland and writes for a number of online and print publications about motoring and consumer issues. She is also a regular contributor to both TV and radio including RTÉ Radio One, TodayFm, Newstalk, UTV Ireland and TV3.
Jenna is a professional writer, a blogger and a home interiors junkie. By day, Jenna’s crafting the voice of Ireland’s leading brands and government departments via her freelance writing business www.contentwriter.ie. By night, Jenna’s an avid home interiors blogger, obsessed with texture, trends and design www.homewarehuntress.com
Pete The Vet
PETE WEDDERBURN BVM&S CertVR MRCVS qualified as a veterinarian from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985. He has worked in his own 4-veterinarian companion animal practice in County Wicklow www.brayvet.com Ireland, since 1991, and he has his own menagerie of dogs, cats, ducks, hens and others. Pete is well known as a media veterinarian in Ireland and the UK, with a breakfast television slot on TV3 for the past fifteen years as well as weekly newspaper columns and radio broadcasts. Pete is known as Pete the Vet on his busy Facebook and Twitter pages @petethevet, regularly posting information on topical subjects and real-life cases from his clinic. He also writes a regular blog at www.petethevet.com. His mission in life is to communicate high quality information to pet owners, in any way that this can be done.
Sean Markey is an award winning Dublin-based digital marketer who currently works in Wolfgang Digital SEO department. Outside of work, he spends much of his time writing about movies, dinosaurs and transforming robots for GeekIreland.com. In a previous life, he worked as a sound recordist for many Irish movies and TV shows as well as devising online strategies for Ireland’s ill-fated Eurovision campaigns for three years on the trot. When time allows, he also does lectures for kids on his favourite topic; dinosaurs.
Karen has had a lengthy career in the arts and event management, most recently as Head of Events at Real Nation, as General Manager of the Dublin City Council run MusicTown Festival and has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of St. Patrick’s Festival. After more than 16 years working on a majority of the city’s major events, her work within the arts and Festivals arena has seen her roll out a diverse range of exciting roles and events from Production Manager of Dublin International Film Festival, Programme Manager of Dublin Tall Ships Festival with audiences of 1.4 million over 1 weekend, and more recently as General Manager of MusicTown over the past 2 years – there her role ran the gamut of programming, production, administration, marketing strategist and PR.
James O Connor
James O’Connor is Marketing Manager for Kantar Media. He spends most of his day reading and analysing the news stories that are driving press, broadcast, online and social media coverage each day. He can also be found moonlighting as part of the website and marketing team at Clontarf Rugby Club.
He spends much of his spare time reading blogs and watching vlogs but his life is much too boring to ever create one himself.
Rebecca Marie Lawless
Rebecca Marie Lawless is a Make Up artist/beauty blogger who has made a name for herself over the last few years in the beauty industry.
Rebecca holds an ITEC Worldwide Make-Up Diploma and has always been interested in all things beauty from an early age.
She also has a Beauty page where she showcases her work; Becca’s Beauty Bible. This has gained widespread notoriety with a following of 12,000 people.
She also has a popular make up snapchat that demonstrates mini tutorials (Beccalawmua) which also has thousands of followers and an Instagram account with 4,100 followers. (Beccalawlessmua).
Steven Galvin is editor of Film Ireland supporting Irish filmmaking for 30 years.
Karl Hayden is a talent agent and director of The Agency Dublin Ltd. A former actor who starred alongside Jarred Letto in The Last of The High Kings, Martin Sheen in Da, and Harrison Ford in Patriot Games.
Jill Holtz is co-founder of award winning parenting blog www.mykidstime.com as well as new business brand . With a background in data analytics and marketing support, Jill has helped grow Mykidstime from a local Galway listings directory into a globally trusted online brand. In her role at Mykidstime she oversees content and social media marketing for the business, and with the help of her trusty editor and Mykidstime content team, has fine-tuned their content strategy into one that delivers high quality content that parents consistently want to read.
Editor-in-Chief, IMAGE Publications
Melanie has a long career in the fashion and beauty industries, starting back in the 1990s as a PR with the original Ab Fab ‘Edina Monsoon’, who was Lynne Franks in London. In those days her clients were a mix of high street and designer fashion names.
She returned to Ireland in the mid-nineties and switched to journalism. For a decade, she published and edited dSIDE, a cool style bible for Ireland’s emerging Celtic Cubs. The magazine covered all areas of youth culture; fashion, music, beauty, film, technology, clubbing and those indefinable lifestyle elements that contribute to the zeitgeist. It was from there that she springboarded into mainstream press, working with Ashville Media. In 2003 she started freelancing on beauty and lifestyle features for The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and The Examiner.
She became editor of IMAGE Magazine in 2005 and was promoted to editor-in-chief in 2013, the same year that she instigated the now very successful events division of IMAGE Publications, which she continues to oversee. A keen multi-tasker, Melanie is also beauty director of IMAGE Magazine.
Niamh Ni Chonghaile
Is múinteoir bunscoile mé a tógadh le Gaeilge. Ta cónaí orm i mBaile Átha Cliath ach is as Árainn mo thuismitheoirí. Tá an-chur amach agam ar chúrsai Gaeilge agus ar chuile shórt a bhaineann le Gaeilge. Tá máistreacht agam san Aistriúchán Gaeilge. Tá an-suim agam i mBlaganna Gaeilge agus Béarla agus bím ag breathnú orthu chuile lá ( maraon le gach bean eile sa tír). Táim chomh bródúil go raibh an deis seo agam moltóireacht a dhéanamh ar na Blaganna iontacha seo. Tá an Ghaeilge ag dul ó neart go neart. Coinnigí suas é.
Stella O’Malley is a psychotherapist, writer and public speaker. Much of Stella’s counselling and teaching work is with parents and young people which culminated in the recent publication of her acclaimed bestseller ‘Cotton Wool Kids’. Stella writes regularly for the Irish Independent and works in private practice in Birr, Co. Offaly.
Colette Sexton joined the Sunday Business Post in 2014. As well as being news correspondent, Sexton covers the media and marketing beat for the Sunday Business Post. A native of Co Clare, she holds a first class honours BA in History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies from University of Limerick and a first class honours MA in Journalism from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Anonymous for Arts & Crafts/Interiors & Innovation.
Visual Communications & Graphic Designer, Interior design Post Graduate, freelance designer and product designer with leading Irish companies.
Avril is currently Music Development Manager for Music Generation South Dublin. Prior to this she worked with multiple performing arts organisations including The Gaiety School of Acting as Marketing Manager and International & Outreach Marketing Manager. She currently helps manage numerous social media accounts for people like The Cork Rose of Tralee Centre and has previously been a judge for the Social Media Awards #sockies
Currently doing her Masters in Media and International Conflict at UCD, works as a (Journalist) freelancer which includes writing articles, producing online content for small businesses but also producing and directing image (photography) and video content, occasionally works as a singer and songwriter.
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Anahita Tabarsi is Digital Media Coordinator for Brown Bag Films animation studio, where she looks after the studio’s website, social media channels and branding. Always looking to share the studio’s love of animation with the wider community of animation professionals and enthusiasts alike through online content and engagement, she’s the content creator for www.brownbagfilms.com the studio’s online space for behind-the-scenes fun, tutorials, news and advice from the staff.
Outside of work she spends much of her time taking photographs of her travels and food, contributing occasionally to Grublin.
Clare has been a freelance makeup artist for the past 6 years and is fast becoming one of Ireland’s top bridal makeup artists. Having won best Makeup Artist in the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards in 2014 and a finalist again in 2016, her main clientele are brides-to-be but she has also worked alongside many photographers and stylists on fashion and beauty shoots and caters for all occasion makeup. Clare is also a Graphic Designer with 15 years industry experience so she has a keen eye for detail and flawless perfection which reflects in her work.
Emmet Ryan is technology editor of the Sunday Business Post along with being the paper’s beer and betting columnist. Host of two podcasts, editor of BallinEurope, and a serial YouTuber, Emmet is familiar with the experiences of the Irish blogging community from inside and out. In 2015 Emmet’s interview with Mattress Mick was awarded Business interview of the year.
Krishna De www.Krishna.me is a digital strategy and social media communications speaker, commentator, educator and mentor.
Krishna started blogging in 2005 as a way to build visibility for her own small business, and since then has also ventured into food blogging with a series she wrote with her children.She is particularly interested in how you bring your brand to life through mobile visual communications including live video. Krishna is the host of ‘The Live Stream insiders’, a weekly show on live streaming trends and best practice case studies and the ‘Talking Social Business’ podcast covering the latest social media tools and technologies.
Olivia Willis is the co-founder and editor of www.familyfriendlyhq.ie, an Irish family lifestyle website with information for parents, things to do, daily blogs, reviews and expert family advice.
She’s worked in marketing and PR all her life before co-founding Family Friendly HQ with fellow Irish mum and female entrepreneur Jane Flood.
Family Friendly HQ was founded as a tool to communicate with real Irish parents on a daily basis by way of articles and blogs, recipes, reviews and competitions. It’s a place where parents can stop by and read our cool and highly relevant content, tips and advice and use it as a research tool for their family.
In addition to running Family Friendly HQ, Olivia is a permanent contributor to the Irish Independent’s Mothers & Babies Magazine and gives regular radio interviews on various topics of parenting life in Ireland today.