Irish Blog Awards logo Shortlists have been determined for the 2008 Irish Blog Awards. Announcements are at a function at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on March 1st.


Illustrating something of the diversity of the blogosphere, in terms of categories of blogs, from photo blogs to news blogs, and types of blog posts, there are twenty one categories in all – the same number as in 2007 but with some variation in the categories:

Best Blog
Best Blog Post
Best Photo Blog
Best Arts and Culture Blog
Best Political Blog
Best Group Blog
Best Personal Blog
Best Use of Irish Language in a Blog
Best Technology Blog
Best Designed Blog
Best Sports and Recreation Blog
Best News/Current Affairs Blog
Best Specialist Blog
Best Newcomer
Best Business Blog
Best Music Blog
Best Food and Drink Blog
Best Crafts Blog
Best Popculture Blog
Best Blog from a Journalist
Most Humorous Post

When I posted about these awards in 2006, I mentioned that there was no category then for Best Business Blog. There was a Best Business Blog category in 2007 and again this year, with fourteen blogs shortlisted for the category this year:

International nominations

Befitting the size and geographical spread of the Irish diaspora, nominations for the Awards came from, as well as Ireland, the following twenty three countries:

Hong Kong
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States

How Irish do you – or your blog – have to be to qualify?

In an exchange of comments last year with leading Irish blogger Krishna De, I asked, tongue-in-cheek, what chance there would be for a category for blogs from the Irish diaspora. Krishna encouraged me to nominate for the Awards this year, if I had Irish heritage. I’d thought that, although I had four Irish great-grandparents and hold my Irish heritage in high esteem, I would perhaps be hard put to qualify for the awards because I don’t qualify for Irish citizenship (there is a third-generation cutoff).

Then today, courtesy of Google and the Wikipedia article linked in the previous paragraph, I discovered that there is apparently a clause in the Irish Constitution that, although it would not get me a passport, might, depending on the rules/rulemakers, give me a chance of qualifying for something like the Irish Blog Awards.

According to the Wikipedia article,

Article 2 of Bunreacht na hÉireann (Constitution of Ireland) was amended in 1998 to read “urthermore, the Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage.” The Irish government recognizes all people with a heritage on the island of Ireland.

I tried to google the rules for the Awards, but to no avail.


In the meantime, congratulations to all the bloggers nominated for the Awards, especially the ones that made the shortlist.

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