Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

OTR wins award, turns three and takes the week off

Gong! This blog can now be called “the award-winning OTR” after last Saturday night’s Irish Blog Awards in Galway when OTR won the award for Best Blog from a Journalist. Big congrats to all the other winners, thanks to the …

Sun, Mar 28, 2010, 20:23

   

Gong! This blog can now be called “the award-winning OTR” after last Saturday night’s Irish Blog Awards in Galway when OTR won the award for Best Blog from a Journalist.

Big congrats to all the other winners, thanks to the gong sponsors (Bvisible sponsored the Best Blog from a Journalist category) and huge “well done chaps” to the crew of people behind the awards, especially chief bottle-washer Damien Mulley. He put the Irish Blog Awards show on the road in the first place and has persevered with the task, despite the predictable volley of begrudgery from the numpties in the gallery who never actually do stuff themselves. He may be from Cork, but he’s alright.

Due to my ongoing adventures elsewhere, I wasn’t in Galway to pick up the gong so thanks to irishtimes.com editor Hugh Linehan for picking up the award on my behalf. It was hugely appropriate because Hugh is the person who persuaded me to start blogging for the paper in the first place. I hope he enjoyed being (in his own words) “Sacheen Littlefeather to your Marlon Brando”.

Birthday! OTR is three years today (or some day this week). Wow, three freaking years of blogging! Who knew we’d still be at it? Massive thanks to all of you, the OTR readership, for making the experience such a hoot. I really could not have done this without your opinions, tips, analysis, insider knowledge and (occasional) witty asides. Thanks to you, I get to mouth off every day about music and other stuff and watch as OTR becomes a really smashing community of folks who come by, pull up a pew, passionately argue the toss about the issues of the day and go home happy.

Holiday! In view of all of the above, OTR is taking the week off. See you next Tuesday (April 6) unless something bizarre happens between now and then. If anyone is looking for us, you’ll find us at the blackjack tables until the 10k runs out. Mulley did say that there was a cheque for €10,000 to go with the gong, didn’t he?

I’ll leave you with this. The brand new album from The Redneck Manifesto is called “Friendship” and you can hear it exclusively in full here. Pass it on….

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