Spider Awards

Finalists announced for Spider Awards 2023

By Business & Finance
31 January 2023

The Spider Awards 2023 is set to take place on March 3rd at the Round Room in the Mansion House, Dublin. The event will honour Irish companies and individuals driving digital excellence in all aspects of their work.

Judges and partners

Finalists for the 2023 Spider Awards were decided after a rigorous judging process by a panel of industry experts. There are 124 finalists across 20 categoreis for the Spider Awards 2023.

The judging panel includes Robert Farrell, Maryrose Lyons, Alan Hennessy, Miriam Simon, Alan Devlin, James McCann, Jermain Williams, Naoise Ó Conchubar, Dusty Rhodes, Linda Simon, Alan Mulrooney, Mark Jordan, Dr Yuhui Gao, Paul Walsh and David Monaghan. More information on the judges is available on the Spiders’ Website.

The partners include DMG Media, The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Storyblok, Skillnet Ireland, Onclusive and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

History of the Spiders

The Spider Awards — dubbed “The Oscars of Ireland’s digital industry” — is the longest running digital awards programme in Ireland. 2022 marked the 25th iteration of the annual awards ceremony with a return to its first in-person event since 2019.

A number of digital luminaries were recognised at last year’s awards including Tribe Digital who won the Large Agency of the Year Award.

Pictured (L–R): João Rosa; Maria Cunningham and Eoin McKenna, Tribe Digital

Belfast-based Part Three Ltd. were named Small Agency of The Year. Hannah Nelson and Hannor Orr Downey picked up the award on behlaf of the company.

Pictured (L–R): Hannah Bryans and Jess Orr Downey, Part Three Digital

The prestigious Digital Hero Award went to Cork husband and wife duo, Dan and Linda Kiely.

Pictured (L–R): Linda and Dan Kiely

Dan Kiely said, “We are absolutely thrilled to receive the Digital Hero award – it’s an incredible honour for Linda and I to get the recognition for outstanding contribution.”
Linda Kiely added, “We hope that our story inspires others and is proof that Irish companies truly can have global ambitions and impact – and determination in the midst of economic challenges to emerge stronger.”

The event sets out to recognise and encourage digital creativity as the awards continue to adapt to a changing society. You can now book your table for the Spider Awards 2023.

Categories and finalists 

Best website

An Grianan Theatre: Manna
Aryzta: Tribe Digital
Folláin: Friday Agency
Glantus: Together Digital
Innovate Health Tallaght University Hospital: WONDR
National Talent Academies: Kooba

Best in E-commerce

An Post
Burren Smokehouse: Granite
Des Kelly Interiors: CDG Brand
Folláin: Friday Agency
Kingspan: Tribe Digital
Virgin Media
Whelehans Wines

Digital for Good

Conradh na Gaeilge: Modus IT Ltd.
GCD & Cash For Kids
Irish Heart Foundation and Pluto: Pluto
NEIC: Together Digital
Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland: Ebow — The Digital Agency
Vodafone Ireland

Large Agency of the Year

Together Digital
Tribe Digital

Best App

An Post
Angling Direct: Sugar Rush
Merck: EviView
NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss
WrkWrk: FRS Business Services

Best use of Disruptive Technology in partnership with Skillnet Ireland

AIG: Future Proof Media
DMG Media (Ireland)
Merck: EviView
NCBI — Working for People with Sight Loss
Ray Cooke Property Portal: CDG Brand

Best in Social Media

Action24: Granite
Construction Industry Federation
Moody Activewear: Part Three Digital
spunout: Pluto
Tayto Snacks: Verve|Showrunner
Zurich Ireland: Wolfgang Digital

Best Customer Experience

3Arena: Kooba
Ocuco Continuum: Granite
Tayto Snacks: Yellow Brick Road Studios
Member First Credit Union: Total Digital
Whelehans Wines

Best Integrated Media Campaign/Strategy

Foras na Gaeilge: Lorg Media
Irish Life
Lidl: Folk Wunderman Thompson
SPAR Ireland: BWG Foods
Tayto Snacks: Verve|Showrunner
University of Limerick
Vodafone Ireland

Best Podcast

Guaranteed Irish Business Podcast
Redacted Lives: The Journal
Talking Technology with NCBI Labs: NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss
The Digg Podcast: Digg For Success

Best in Storytelling in partnership with Storyblok

Crawford Art Gallery
Energia Group
Tayto Snacks: Verve|Showrunner
University of Limerick
Youth Work Ireland: Piquant Media

Small Agency of the Year

Friday Agency
Future Proof Media
Hidden Depth
Inclusion & Accessibility Labs
Let’s Sing Limited
Part Three Digital

Best in Universal Design in partnership with The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

ASL Aviation Group: CDG Brand
Dublin Coach: Tribe Digital
Fáilte Ireland: All human
IDA Ireland Continuum: Granite
Vision Sports Ireland: NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss

Best Consumer Campaign

Action24: Granite
Sing! Digital Marketing
Tayto Snacks: Verve|Showrunner
The HSE – Health Services Executive: Ebow — The Digital Agency
University of Limerick
Vodafone Ireland

Best Influencer Led Campaign

AIG: Future Proof Media
DFI Beds: RNN Communications
Foras na Gaeilge: Lorg Media
Foróige: Jailbird
Insomnia: Jailbird
OPPO: Granite

Digital Team of the Year

All human
Lorg Media
NCBI – Working for People with Sight Loss
Sugar Rush
VM Digital

Design & UX Team

An Post
Cook Medical
Together Digital
Total Digital

Best Digital Brand

Blanchardstown Centre: CDG Brand
Bushmills: Dynamo
Farmers Journal: Granite
Screen Ireland Project Suite: Kooba
WIRED 99.9FM: Piquant Media

Best Collaboration

An Post: All human
Bushmills: Dynamo
Department of Health: Pluto
Foras na Gaeilge: Lorg Media
Sky: DMG Media
Vodafone Ireland
Webdoctor.ie: Kooba

Best Event Campaign

IADT: Piquant Media
Inclusion & Accessibility Labs
Irish Life
Sing! Digital Marketing


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