Irish Book Awards

Supported by

  • Sunday Independent
  • Ireland AM
  • Avoca
  • Specsavers
  • RTÉ Offical Media Partner
  • Listowel Writers’ Week
  • Dept 51 @ Eason
  • Irish Independent
  • Bookselling Ireland
  • National Book Awards
  • Eason



An Post is a major commercial organization providing a wide range of services which encompass postal, communication, retail and financial services. Since being founded in 1984, An Post has become one of Ireland’s largest companies, directly employing over 10,000 people through its national network of retail, processing and delivery points. Each day, An Post staff collect, process and deliver 2.5 million items of mail. We are proud and delighted to have An Post as the headline sponsor of the Irish Book Awards.


The Sunday Independent is the biggest selling Irish Sunday newspaper by a large margin.  It is  published by Independent News & Media plc, under the control of Denis O’Brien. Successive Sunday Independent editors, including literary editor, Madeleine Keane, have been among the strongest supporter of these awards since their inception. Since 2011, the Sunday Independent has sponsored the Newcomer of the Year Award.

Love Leabhar Gaeilge

Love Leabhar Gaeilge was set up in 2014 with the dual aims of encouraging the joy of reading through Irish and encouraging shops and libraries to stock more contemporary Irish books. The scheme represents all the major Irish publishers and is funded by Foras na Gaeilge. Each season they promote a new collection of children and adult Irish books through scheduled marketing campaigns.  We are delighted to see this important Irish Language category fully supported in the awards.

Bord Gáis Energy is a gas, electricity and energy services supplier in the Republic of Ireland. The company has been in operation since 1976 and currently supplies energy and services to over 680,000 business and residential customers. In 2014, Bord Gáis Energy became part of the global Centrica plc Group. Bord Gáis Energy is a long term supporter of the arts and was the headline sponsor of the Irish Book Awards from 2010-17. Bord Gáis Energy remains the category sponsor for the Sports Book of the Year.


The Irish Independent

The Irish Independent is Ireland’s largest-selling daily newspaper. Published by Independent News & Media, the Irish Independent has been controlled by Denis O’Brien since 2012  The Irish Independent is a sister publication to another of our sponsors, the Sunday Independent.

RTÉ Radio 1 is a constant champion of books and reading, regularly featuring author interviews and critical discussions of new books across a range of regular programming. The RTÉ Radio 1, Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award recognises exceptional books of any genre over the course of the year. The shortlist is selected from books that Ryan has heartily recommended to listeners.

Eason has been one of the most successful and popular Irish business ever since Charles Eason acquired the business from W.H. Smith in 1886. Today, Eason and Son have outlets in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the flagship being the O’Connell Street store in Dublin.  Early supporters, of the awards, Easons have sponsored several award categories over the years and currently sponsor the Novel of the Year and the Teen & Young adult category under the brand name of Department 51.

Ireland AM is Ireland’s only live breakfast TV show broadcasting on a daily basis from 7 to 10am. Since its launch in Sept 1999, Ireland AM has quickly risen to become the most watched breakfast show in Ireland. Ireland AM keeps viewers updated throughout the morning with news, weather and a winning combination of light, heartwarming, informative and often hard-hitting interviews along with plenty of fun features.


Specsavers has been Ireland’s family optician for over two decades and is passionate about providing affordable eyecare for everyone. Specsavers was founded by Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and continues to grow in Ireland.  In 2019 Specsavers will revert to their long-term sponsorship of the childrens’ categories.

National Book Tokens began in 1932 when Harold Raymond, a publisher, noted that the chief difficulty people found when giving a book was the fear of getting the wrong book. His response was the brilliantly simple notion of the book token. Over 75 years later his invention is still going strong. National Book Tokens are sold and exchanged in more outlets than any other book voucher in Ireland. In 2019 NBT will assume sponsorship of the Popular Fiction’ category.


THE was launched in 2010 as Ireland’s first digital-native news outlet. It has grown to become one of the country’s leading online news providers, having cultivated a highly engaged and interactive audience, is delighted to support the Best Irish-Published Book of the Year which showcases the very best writing around the topics of greatest interest to the Irish public.

Founded by Vanessa O’Loughlin, is the national Irish writing resources website, designed to provide information and resources for writers everywhere. The Short Story of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2013 and has produced a steady stream of fine winners in a category dear to the heart of Irish readers.


Listowel Writers’ Week is an internationally acclaimed literary festival devoted to bringing together writers and audiences at unique and innovative events in the historic and intimate surroundings of Listowel County Kerry.  The festival was founded in 1970 and is recognised as one of the primary event in Ireland’s literary calendar. The event takes place over 5 days leading up to and including the June bank holiday weekend. Listowel took up the sponsorship of the poetry category in 2016.

ONSIDE is a pioneering management consultancy specialising in research, advisory, and strategic sponsorship management services across Europe. Headquartered in Dublin, ONSIDE builds and supports award-winning sponsorship programmes for national and international brands including sports, non-sports and cause properties. ONSIDE has steered over €500m of sponsorship investment through strategy definition and delivery – all built on world class analytics solutions.  ONSIDE is the current sponsor of the Nonfiction category.