IN ONE OF THE news features, Irish Times journalist Shane Hegarty fingers 20 Irish blogs that could claim a place on the shortlist of the 2009 Irish Blog Awards. In fact, most of the 20 are shortlisted for the Irish Blog Awards top honours. "They entertain, educate and often infuriate. They are popular and influential. And now they are an integral part of the Irish landscape. Here are 20 of Ireland's most essential blogs:"
The Anti-Room covers fashion, feminism, pop culture and things in between.
Xbox 4 Nappy Rash is an honest and well-written blog by a man dealing with infetility.
Nialler 9 has indispensable monthly music podcasts.
Irish Election offers eagle-eyed coverage of Irish politics.
Beaut.ie is a beauty site that ranks as one of the top five Irish blogs ever.
Irish Economy should be sourced by the national broadcaster for its insights.
Mulley is the elephant in the room of Irish blogging.
Jim Carroll knows music news.
Ice Cream Ireland tastes great.
Crime Always Pays by Declan Burke is a thriller.
Suzy Byrne offers anger without hysteria.
Redmum has evolved into a channel for effective web campaigning.
Slugger is the granddaddy of Northern Ireland's political blogs.
Twenty Major continues to antagonize and amuze. Plus, you can buy his acerbic books at all fine shops.
Annie rhiannon is a photographer and a writer.
Karlin Lillington does not get the respect from the Irish A-List of bloggers that she deserves.
Rick O'Shea, "2FM's effervescent magpie."
Simon McGarr runs this sharp group blog on media, art, and politics.
Grandad "is engagingly cantankerous."
Cheap Eats: "Tough times, great food."
Check out the Irish Blog Awards shortlist for more quality Irish blogs.
Shane Hegarty -- "Blog: What to read and why" in the Irish Times, 21 Feb 09.
Check out the official 2009 shortlist of best Irish blogs.
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