Irish Book Awards

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Passing of a Poetry Legend

April 28, 2020

Irish literary community laments the death of the poet Eavan Boland Described by President Higgins as “one of the pre-eminent voices in Irish literature”  Eavan Boland has died from a stroke, aged 75.  Tributes have been pouring in for a woman who was …

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An Post Irish Book Awards wins triple at the European Sponsorship Association Awards ceremony

February 27, 2020

The An Post Irish Book Awards has scooped three awards including the Grand Prix at the 2020 European Sponsorship Association Awards (ESA). Demonstrating the diversity of the ESA Awards, the Grand Prix winner was a cultural sponsorship, with the An Post …

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Death of a Dear Friend – Keelin Shanley

February 10, 2020

It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Keelin Shanley. Keelin was an award-winning journalist, a widely-respected RTÉ broadcaster and a true friend of the An Post Irish Book Awards. Along with RTÉ colleague, Evelyn O’Rourke, …

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‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019

January 30, 2020

‘Overcoming’ by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan, a book written about truth and bravery through Vicky’s remarkable personal story, has been voted the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019’. The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019’ was chosen by a public …

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An Post has supported the National Adult Literacy Agency in providing literacy, numeracy and digital tuition to adults and families for more than a decade

November 26, 2019

This short documentary, below,  filmed by noted documentarian Ken Wardrop follows Veronica Poole – a determined woman who has taken the brave step to return to education after many years. Even though Veronica is only at the start of her journey back in …

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Winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 announced

November 20, 2019

Joseph O’Connor, Vicky Phelan, Sinéad Gleeson, Joe Duffy and Freya McClements, Andrea Corr, Richie Sadlier, Anne Griffin and Jane Casey among the winners  Colm Tóibín honoured with Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award Voting now open for the ‘An Post …

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Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019

October 24, 2019

Shortlist includes Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Emma Dabiri, Niall Breslin, Fintan O’Toole, Samantha Power, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, Jamie Heaslip, Donal Skehan, Andrea Corr, Vicky Phelan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sinéad …

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin announced as recipient of The An Post International Recognition Award for 2019

August 21, 2019

George R.R. Martin, the world-renowned author and creative force behind Game of Thrones, is to receive The An Post International Recognition Award as part of this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. The celebrated fantasy writer will receive the accolade …

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All crime writers are asking is for a little respect

July 27, 2019

Some years ago, a friend of mine secured a writer-in-residence gig which entailed living in the Borders cottage of the great Scottish poet, Hugh MacDiarmid. As a major fan, I blagged an invitation and was soon en route to Biggar to see how the great ma …

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An Post, in association with the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO), presented national awards for creative writing to winners of the 2019 Scéal Eile competition

May 20, 2019

The competition is rooted in primary and secondary children’s love of books and is part of the An Post Education Awards, in its 35th year promoting literacy and learning for generations of Irish students. Scéal Eile saw students from all levels revisit …

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