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Specsavers Writing Competition 2014

October 29, 2014

Specsavers, together with the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014, invites you to write a short story inspired by this picture. You could win all the shortlisted books entered in the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award 2014 and €2,50 …

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Laureate for Irish Fiction

October 29, 2014

The Arts Council has launched a new initiative, the Laureate for Irish Fiction. The role will be awarded to an Irish writer of national and international distinction, and used to promote Irish literature here and abroad while encouraging “the public to …

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Glad They Went to Specsavers!

March 12, 2014

Winners of the Specsavers Children’s Writing Competition in association with Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were presented with their prizes. Pictured is 13 year old Claudia Bang, a pupil at Loreto Beaufort High School in Rathfarnam, who recently w …

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RIP Seamus Heaney

August 31, 2013

Seamus Heaney was not just a great poet, he was a wonderful man and a great friend to everyone involved in the Irish books industry including those of us at the Irish Book Awards.  Seamus received the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Higgins i …

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New Short Story Award Announced

June 27, 2013

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, in association with, has introduced a new category for the 2013 awards, the Short Story of the Year Award.  The aim of the initiative is to discover the best short story published in Ireland …

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Private Ryan wins the day

December 1, 2012

Donal Ryan’s brilliant debut novel The Spinning Heart has been voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year from a shortlist comprising the winners of the individual generic categories announced at the Irish Book Awards gala dinner on November 22nd. Des …

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Winners announced at RDS awards dinner

November 23, 2012

Esteemed novelist and playwright Jennifer Johnston was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award by Joseph O’ Connor for her contribution to Irish literature. Other winners announced in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012 were th …

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Bookshop of the Year

November 23, 2012

  Bridge Street Bookshop in Wicklow town won the award for Bord Gáis Energy Irish Bookshop of the Year.

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Book Awards on YouTube

November 16, 2012

Watch highlights of the Awards show on RTE, and interviews with some of the winning authors: Click here

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New category added to Book Awards

October 27, 2012

This year sees a brand new category added to the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ – the ‘Avonmore Cookbook of the Year’ – which celebrates the wealth of food writing on our island.  Shortlist Press Release

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