26 November 2013
Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr yesterday helped to launch the Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland's (SWAI) Brendan McKenna Memorial Award for 2013.
Now in its fifth year, the competition was created in memory of former Evening Press journalist and FAI media officer Brendan McKenna, and is open to third level students looking to break into football journalism.
The winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to shadow one of the country's top football journalists on an international match-day, while gaining invaluable experience.
Kerr, who does a lot of media work following a hugely successful career in management at international and League of Ireland level, highlighted the benefits of entering such a competition.
SWAI President Paul Buttner echoed Kerr's endorsement and encouraged any third level students interested in becoming a football journalist to get their entries in before the February 21 deadline.
"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 organization 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."
For further information on how to apply for the competition, visit www.swai.ie