Some weeks ago I got an email from a gentleman on behalf of the Pride of Ireland awards panel. Committed to promoting the best of the best in Ireland, these awards acknowledge and reward those whom they (a secret panel of judges) think represent the Best of Ireland – and to the best of my knowledge, recipients are usually artisan producers or eateries that perform to an exceptionally high standard. His announcement that I had been nominated for an award was met with a “but I’m not an artisan producer” from me. He assured me that the nomination had come from a very reputable source (I now know it was an artisan producer that I have met once and admired from afar). I was then advised that there were six judges (not a clue who they are!) who made the final decision on who would receive an award. I thanked him and promptly told myself that was the end of that. After all, judges couldn’t come visit me at a market or in a shop. The award had never been given to a writer, blogger or broadcaster and, honestly, I was content with my nomination.
I forgot about the awards and went about my business – blogging about growing and cooking food, writing for Irish Country, recording interviews for my radio show, not to mention writing my next book and taking bookings for talks during the forthcoming year. Busy, busy.
I was oblivious to the fact that the judges were reading my book. That is until I got a call yesterday to tell me..
I HAD WON!
Yours truly is the first writer/blogger/broadcaster to win a Pride of Ireland award.
All the money in the world can’t buy a nomination for these awards, never mind an actual award – I am fortunate, grateful and deeply honoured to be the latest recipient of a Pride Of Ireland award.
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