By Eimear Rabbitt, intern

The tenth anniversary of the National Student Media Awards (Smedia's) took place at the Mansion House on Wednesday 21st April andthe event, attended by over 600 guests and national media celebrities, proving to be a rip roaring success.

The awards were hosted by Irish TV personalities, Daithi Ó Sé and Katryn Thomas, with other well known Irish celebrities such as broadcaster George Hook, Paul Williams of the news of the world, RTE's Samantah Libreri and 2fm DJ Ruth Scott also in attendance.

It was as promised a glitzy affair with the glad rags in full flow - dashing suits and tuxedos for the boys and cocktail dresses for the girls- as the future of the Irish National Media certainly dressed to impress.

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The Mansion House proved to be a suitable venue for the fancy affair and the atmosphere was tense with nerves as the cream of the crop of Irelands student media were awarded for their various Journalistic exploits.

DCU were by far the biggest winners of the night with the North side Dublin University claiming a staggering ten awards from the 33 varying categories on offer.

The tally for the North side University included two double winners - Samuel Hamilton was crowned Journalist of the Year and also won the Best Magazine entry with Flux, while Stephen Mangan was named Sports Writer of the Year and Features Writer of the year for his writing in the College View.

One of the most sought after awards of the night went to Trinity College, with the Trinity Times scooping Newspaper of the Year, while Caitriona Laverty of the University Observer (UCD) was named Editor of the year.

Event organiser and MD Colman Byrne said: "We are delighted that the Smedias continue to go from strength to strength. I can honestly say that this year was our biggest and best yet, with a record number of entries received".

"It's heartening to see such support for students from industry professionals, and after a decade of rewarding talent The National Student Media Awards are now firmly established as part of the syllabus for aspiring media stars."

Once the official side had been dealt with and all of the awards delivered, many of the guests crossed the road to the after-party in Ron Black's bar, where they soaked up the atmosphere and let their hair down following the excitement of the night.


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