Irish Book Awards

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Bord Gáis Energy
  • Eason Book Club
  • Listowel Writers’ Week
  • Onside
  • Books Are My Bag
  • thejournal.ie
  • Irish Independent
  • Ireland AM
  • Specsavers
  • RTE One
  • Dept 51 @ Eason
  • writing.ie
  • RTE Radio
  • National Book Awards
  • Sunday Independent
  • RTE Arts
  • Eurospar

The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award

Inaugurated in 2008, The Lifetime Achievement Award bears the name of one of Ireland’s great booksellers, Bob Hughes, in recognition of the Hughes family’s massive contribution to the success of The Irish Book Awards.

Previous winners:

  • 2016 John Montague
  • 2015 J.P. Donleavy
  • 2014 Paul Durcan
  • 2013 John Banville
  • 2012 Jennifer Johnston 
  • 2011 Seamus Heaney
  • 2010 Maeve Binchy
  • 2009 Edna O’Brien
  • 2008 William Trevor 
  • 2007 John McGahern