Brendan McKenna
Memorial Award

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2013 Brendan McKenna Memorial Award

Three major personalities in Irish football helped the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland (SWAI) to promote the Brendan McKenna Memorial Award ahead of its February 21 deadline.

Former Hibernian, Bohemians and Shelbourne manager Pat Fenlon was joined at a media event by RTE pundit and ex-Republic of Ireland international Richie Sadlier to give their approval to the writing competition for third-level students.

Also in attendance was Raheny United captain Rebecca Creagh, who has lifted both the Bus Eireann Women’s National League and FAI Umbro Cup within the last 12 months.

Now in its fifth year, the competition was created in memory of former Evening Press journalist, FAI media officer and SWAI President Brendan McKenna, and is open to third level students looking to break into sports journalism.

The winner will receive a cash prize and the chance to shadow one of the country’s top football journalists on an international match-day for the Republic of Ireland, while gaining invaluable experience.

SWAI President Paul Buttner encouraged any students interested in becoming a football journalist to get their entries in before the February 21 deadline because it can be hugely beneficial to their career plans.

‘We’re delighted to launch the fifth instalment of the Brendan McKenna Memorial Award, a fantastic competition for third level students which can act as a pathway into Irish football journalism,’ said Buttner.

‘In existence since 1961, the SWAI is a proud organisation which caters for journalists across all media platforms. We hope the competition will again prove popular as we look forward to a record year for entries.’

If interested in applying, simply send an article on any football-related topic (1,000 words max) and email it to by February 21, 2014.


*Image courtesy of Sportsfile

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