Claregalway woman, Móna Wise swept the boards at the first ever Blog Awards Ireland event held in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare on Saturday night, October 13.
In addition to winning ‘Best Blog Award’ for ‘wisewords.ie’ a blog on food, family and lifestyle, Ms Wise also won awards for the best blog by a journalist, best photography blog and best food and drink blog.
Designed to recognise the passion and enthusiasm that blogging brings to the Irish media landscape, the inaugural Blog Awards Ireland received over 1,400 nominations for blogs in 30 categories including lifestyle, food/drink, personal, photography and health/wellbeing. More than 250 blogger and blog owners from all over Ireland attended Saturday’s awards ceremony with many more people attending ‘virtually’ on twitter.
Speaking after the awards ceremony, a delighted Móna said: “I’m absolutely speechless and humbled to have been awarded the top prize, especially against the so many wonderful blogs which had been shortlisted. It’s a fantastic recognition of my efforts as a blogger and I’d like to thank the many people who read and interact with my blog for their support and inspiration.”
Ms Wise, who is completing her final year of a creative writing BA Connect Degree in NUI Galway, began writing her blog just over 18 months ago. It has attracted a growing following and brought her to the notice of the Sunday Times who offered her a weekly column in May 2012. Together with her husband Ron, she has recently published her first book, ‘The Chef and I - A nourishing narrative’. Part memoir, part cookbook, it depicts their life together and the many wonderful meals they have shared as a family.
After spending 15 years in the United States, where she met her chef husband, they returned to Galway. Ms Wise then enrolled in NUI Galway’s Creative Writing classes before enrolling in 2009 in the four year (BA - Connect Degree ) course studying German, English literature, and specialising in creative writing. Ms Wise now lives less than a half a mile from where she grew up in Claregalway along with her husband of 16 years, their four children, as well as Pearl the dog, 14 hens, ducks, turkeys, and guinea fowl. The couple share the same ethos in providing the children with the healthiest and happiest upbringing possible and strive to provide the most wholesome, local, fresh, and organic food.