Inaugural ‘Investec 20x20 Media Awards’ Winner announced


Eoin O’Callaghan wins first Investec 20x20 Media Award with feature on Anne O’Brien - Ireland’s first ever female professional footballer

Eoin O’Callaghan is the inaugural Investec 20x20 Media Award winner. Eoin’s winning online article published on on January 27th, 2019, entitled: “Football was her life – it was all she ever wanted to do;’: The revolutionary and unheralded Irish icon” is an in-depth feature on the life and career of Anne O’Brien, the Dublin woman who became Ireland’s first ever professional footballer when she moved to France in the 1970s.

Anna Kessel, Investec 20x20 Awards judging panel Chair, said: “Anne O'Brien was dubbed 'the greatest footballer you've never heard of'. Eoin's retelling of her story for 21st century readers seeks to redress that injustice, at the same time beautifully encapsulating why this women's sports media prize is so vital - providing a platform to women's sport stories that would otherwise be missed."

Michael Cullen, CEO, Investec said: “The Investec 20x20 Media Awards is all about championing women in sport and calling on all media to use their skills, bravery and diligence to support women in sport. Eoin O’Callaghan’s article on Anne O’Brien is representative of what the Investec 20x20 Media Awards are all about – changing perceptions of women in sport by celebrating and recognising outstanding contributions to journalism in Ireland, and celebrating the contribution of journalists from across the media spectrum.”

Mary O Connor, CEO, Federation of Irish Sport added: “The first Investec 20x20 Media Award is a fantastic female success story and very thought provoking – celebrating a female sports star that was recognised internationally but not nationally. We look forward to more.”

The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognise and reward excellence in Irish journalism focused on Women in Sport. Investec is a proud sponsor of 20x20, an initiative presented by The Federation of Irish Sport which calls on the people of Ireland to provide more support for women in sport. In demonstrating its commitment to the initiative, Investec has created this new awards scheme to help change the perceptions of women’s sport. The Investec 20x20 Media Awards recognises that increased visibility will lead to greater cultural recognition of girls and women in sport.


Pictured is Niall Kelly, Deputy Editor of, accepting the inaugural Investec 20x20 Media Award, on behalf of Eoin O’Callaghan - Investec 20x20 Media Award February winner, with Anna Kessel, Investec 20x20 Media Awards Chair (left), and Michael Cullen, Investec CEO and Investec 20x20 Media Awards judge (right)

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