Irish Book Awards

The Irish Book Awards (officially: Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards) are Irish literary awards given annually to books and authors in various categories.
It is the only literary award supported by all-Irish bookstores.
First awarded in 2006, they grew out of the Hughes & Hughes bookstore’s Irish Novel of the Year Prize which was inaugurated in 2000.
Since 2007 the Awards have been an independent not-for-profit company funded by sponsorship.
The primary sponsor is Bord Gáis, an energy supplier in Ireland.
There are currently nine categories, seven of which are judged by the Irish Literary Academy, two by a public vote. There is also a lifetime achievement award.

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are a set of industry-recognition awards set up by a coalition of Irish booksellers in 2007. The awards are owned by Irish Book Awards Ltd, a not-for-profit company presided over by a board comprising representatives from founding members Eason & Son Ltd, Argosy Wholesale Ltd, International Education Services Ltd, Hughes & Hughes and the Booksellers Association of Ireland. The over-riding motivation behind the awards is to celebrate the extraordinary quality of Irish writing, to help bring the best books to a wider readership annually, and to promote an industry under severe competitive pressures.

From a small base of three initial categories, the awards now include fifteen categories spanning the literary genres. Thousands of ordinary readers vote to select the winners every year. Libraries and bookshops showcase the best books of the year in the critical sales period of the fourth quarter. The Awards Dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar with Taoisigh and Presidents as guests of honour. Since 2011, highlights of the awards have been shown on RTE television.

Exclusively Irish, inclusive in every other sense, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – like no other awards. These are your awards – join us in celebrating Irish  writing.

Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year
The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year
The Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year – junior and senior categories
Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year
The International Education Services Best Irish-Published Book of the Year
The Irish Sports Book of the Year
The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award (voted for by the public)
The Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year (voted for by the public)
Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year
Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature aka Lifetime Achievement in Literary Ireland Award
Bord Gáis Energy Irish Bookshop of the Year Award (introduced 2011)
Avonmore Cookbook of the Year (introduced 2012)

2000–2005 (Hughes & Hughes Award / Irish Novel)

Inaugurated in 2000 by Hughes & Hughes, the Hughes & Hughes Award ran until 2005 when it merged with the Irish Book Awards and became the Irish Novel category.

2003:   That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern
2004:   Dancer by Colum McCann
2005:   Havoc in its Third Year by Ronan Bennett
               Irish Novel: The Sea by John Banville
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: In the Dark Room by Brian Dillon
               Irish Children’s Book: The New Policeman by Kate Thompson


               Irish Novel: Winterwood by Patrick McCabe
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: Connemara: Listening to the Wind by Tim Robinson
               Irish Children’s Book – junior: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
               Irish Children’s Book – senior: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
               Best Irish Newcomer: The Goddess Guide by Gisele Scanlon
               Irish-Published Book: Lifelines: New and Collected ed. by Niall McMonagle
               Irish Sports Book: Back from the Brink by Paul McGrath
               Listener’s Choice: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: Should Have Got Off at Sydney Parade by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
               Irish Novel: The Gathering by Anne Enright
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter
               Irish Children’s Book – junior: The Story of Ireland by Brendan O’Brien
               Irish Children’s Book – senior: Wilderness by Roddy Doyle
               Best Irish Newcomer: With My Lazy Eye by Julia Kelly
               Irish-Published Book: Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter
               Irish Sports Book: Trevor Brennan: Heart and Soul by Trevor Brennan with Gerry Thornley Listener’s Choice: Judging Dev by Diarmaid Ferriter
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: Take A Look at Me Now by Anita Notaro
               Lifetime Achievement: William Trevor


               Irish Novel: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: Stepping Stones by Seamus Heaney and Dennis O’Driscoll
               Irish Children’s Book – junior: Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett
               Irish Children’s Book – senior: Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire by Derek Landy
               Best Irish Newcomer: Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O’Brien
               Irish-Published Book: The Parish by Alice Taylor
               Irish Sports Book: Ronan O’Gara, My Autobiography by Ronan O’Gara
               Listener’s Choice: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
               Irish Crime Fiction Award: Blood Runs Cold by Alex Barclay
               Lifetime Achievement: Edna O’Brien
2010 [1]
               Irish Novel: Room by Emma Donoghue
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: A Coward If I Return, a Hero If I Fall by Neil Richardson
               Irish Children’s Book – junior: On the Road with Mavis and Marge by Niamh Sharkey
               Irish Children’s Book – senior: Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil by Derek Landy
               Best Irish Newcomer: JFK in Ireland: Four Days That Changed a President by Ryan Tubridy
               Irish-Published Book: Good Mood Food by Donal Skehan
               Irish Sports Book: A Football Man: My Autobiography by John Giles
               Listener’s Choice: Come What May: The Autobiography by Donal Óg Cusack
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: The Oh My God Delusion by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
               Irish Crime Fiction Award: Dark Times in the City by Gene Kerrigan
               Lifetime Achievement: Maeve Binchy
2011 [2]
               Irish Novel: Mistaken by Neil Jordan
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: Easy Meals by Rachel Allen
               Irish Children’s Book – junior: The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge
               Irish Children’s Book – senior: The Real Rebecca by Anna Carey
               Best Irish Newcomer: Solace by Belinda McKeon
               Irish-Published Book: Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom by Tim Robinson
               Irish Sports Book: Inside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche
               Listeners’ Choice: How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: All For You by Sheila O’Flanagan
               Irish Crime Fiction Award: Bloodland by Alan Glynn
               Irish Bookshop of the Year: Crannóg Bookshop, Cavan Town
               Lifetime Achievement: Seamus Heaney
2012 [3]
               Irish Novel: Ancient Light, by John Banville
               Irish Non-Fiction Book: Country Girl by Edna O’Brien
               Irish Children’s Book – Junior: This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
               Irish Children’s Book – Senior: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer
               Best Irish Newcomer: The Spinning Heart, by Donal Ryan
               Irish-Published Book: Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy
               Irish Sports Book: My Olympic Dream, by Katie Taylor
               Listeners’ Choice: Just Mary: My Memoir, by Mary O’Rourke
               Irish Popular Fiction Book: A Week in Winter, by Maeve Binchy
               Irish Crime Fiction Award: Broken Harbour, by Tana French
               Cookbook Award: Eat Like an Italian, by Catherine Fulvio
               Irish Bookshop: Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town
               Lifetime Achievement: Jennifer Johnston
2013 [4]
               Non-Fiction Book of the Year award: Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding
               Novel of the Year: The Guts by Roddy Doyle and Bob Hughes
               Lifetime Achievement Award: John Banville and John Murray
               Show Listeners’ Choice award: Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding
               Popular Fiction Book of the Year: Downturn Abbey by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly
               Newcomer of the Year: Niamh Boyce for The Herbalist
               Crime Fiction Book of the Year: The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips
               Best Irish Published Book of the Year: A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O’Toole
               Senior Children’s Book of the Year: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy
               Junior Children’s Book of the Year: When You Were Born by Benji Bennett
               Sports Book of the Year: Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh
               Short Story of the Year: The Things We Lose The Things We Leave Behind by Billy O’Callaghan
               Cookbook of the Year: 30 Years of Ballymaloe by Darina Allen
               Bookshop of the Year: The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, County Galway
2014 – The 2014 awards were presented on 26 November at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin.[5]
               Non-Fiction Book of the Year award: The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton
               Novel of the Year: Academy St by Mary Costello and Bob Hughes
               Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Durcan and John Murray
               Show Listeners’ Choice award: It’s All in the Head by Majella O’Donnell
               Popular Fiction Book of the Year: The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
               Newcomer of the Year:Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
               Crime Fiction Book of the Year: Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent
               Best Irish Published Book of the Year: Dubliners 100 by Thomas Morris
               Senior Children’s Book of the Year: Moone Boy by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy
               Junior Children’s Book of the Year: Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
               Sports Book of the Year:The Test by Brian O’Driscoll
               Short Story of the Year:Rest Day by John Boyne
               Cookbook of the Year: The Nation’s Favourite Food Fast by Neven Maguire
External link’s…
.        Irish Book Awards ( website with links to nominations ( and previous winners (
1. ^ “2010 Award Ceremony” ( The Irish Times. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
2. ^ Ronan McGreevy (18 November 2011). “Heaney honoured at book awards” ( The Irish Times. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
3. ^ Rosita Boland (23 November 2012). “Banville wins novel of year at awards” ( The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
4. ^ Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Guts’ named novel of the year ( guts-named-novel-of-the-year-1.1608597) Irish Times, 2013-11-27.
5. ^ “Book Awards: BOD sees off the challenge of Roy Keane in blockbuster duel” ( 30777481.html). Irish Independent. 26 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.

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