The winners of the 2008 McNamee Awards have been confirmed by the GAA. These Awards, the GAA National Communication and Media Awards named after the late Pádraig McNamee, former President of the G.A.A., Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of R.T.E. authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals in the area of media and communications. Uachtarán CLG, Criostóir Ó Cuana said “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of this years winners and to thank them sincerely for their immense contribution for their coverage and promotion of Gaelic Games.

The awards will be presented by Uachtarán CLG, Criostóir Ó Cuana, at a function in Croke Park on August 16 and we congratulate our member Oliver McVeigh (Sportsfile) on winning the Best Photograph award.


The picture epitomizes the photographic skill, vision, timing and concentration of the photographer in capturing a millisecond of time showing the sawdust flying and the hurl smashing in what is regarded as one of the fastest ball games in the world. It vividly reflects the courage, commitment and competition of the sport of hurling.

Other winners:

Best GAA History Publication - Loughinisland GAC, Down

Best Website - Belgium GFC, Brussels, www.belgiumgaa.com

Best County Programme - Wexford SHC Final

Best Local Radio Programme WLR FM (Waterford Local Radio), “2008 Hurling in Review”

Provincial Media Award - Western People, feature on All-Ireland MFC Final 2008  

National Media Award - Jackie Cahill

Irish Language Award - Raidió na Gaeltachta Spórt an Domhnaigh

Best Modern Technology Innovation (for use of modern technology in relation to the promotion of GAA activity) - St Peter’s GAA Club, Down

Hall of Fame Award - Ray McManus, Sportsfile

The winning image is of Joe Canning (Galway) in action against Cormac Donnelly (Antrim) in the 2008 Round 1 All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier at Casement Park.

©Oliver McVeigh (Sportsfile)

16 August 2009, Croke Park, Dublin: Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, presents Sportsfile photographer Oliver McVeigh, from Donaghmore, Co. Tyrone, with his 2008 GAA McNamee Award for Best Photograph.

©Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE