Blog Awards Final, Gold Envelopes…

And the winners were…Best videocast: Allyn Quigley Size Matters “Thanks to my dad for telling me I was nominated”

Best Designed Blog: “Thanks for the excuse to get the big frocks out”.

Best Podcaster: Edgecast “Go raihh mile maith agaibh”

Best Podcast: An Lionra “I listened to podcasts for about six months before I did one myself”.

Best Business Blog: Ice Cream Ireland “Thanks to the bloggers for the think we all need, links”

Best News and Current Affairs: Thanks to everyone all those who signed up to blog on Irish Election…

Best Sport Blog: Tom’s Sporting Almanac, “Thanks to the Irish Rugby and Football teams for giving me different reasons for writing about sport”

Best Technology Blogger/Blog: Bernie Goldbach, “Thanks for Ruth for getting me my gadgets”

Best Use of the Irish language Blog: Hilary NY “I’m not Hilary, I’m picking it up for Hilary who blogs out of New York City”

Best Newcomer: “We’d like to thank our readers for their brilliant comments”

Best Personal Blog: Red Mum “Wouldn’t you know it. The young one’s just gone out for a bite to eat, and she’s the one who inspired me to write it”.

Best Group Blog: In Fact, ah Group Blog, you have to do lots of editing, you know”.

Best Specialist Blog: Ice Cream Blog, “If anyone hasn’t checked out One Breast Less, do it”

Best Political Blog: “Thanks to all the politicians for giving us something to write about”.

Best Music Blog: Nialler9 “Thanks to everyone who came to the site, listened to the music, it’s what it’s all about man…”

Best Arts and Culture Blog: Sinead Gleeson, “Thanks for the award, I nearly gave it up a few times during the year, but I love blogging”

Best Photo Blog: Headphoneland Gavin say’s (by text) “If I win tell everyone thank you and have a good night”

Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere: Bernie Goldbach “What really upsets me is that it should be Damien’s award, no one has done more than him”. Hands it over to Damien “I just got punked. Cheers Bernie, thanks everyone.”

Most Humourous Post, Twenty Major – Countdown to Next Election. “It’s a real pleasure to meet Simon Young tonight”

Best Blog Post: Conor’s Bandon Blog – You may feel a small prick “Not in my wildest dreams when I put that full page advert in the Examiner, did I think this would happen”

And the Best Irish Blog is: Twenty Major “Really sorry I used up my one joke last time”.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty