Irish Book Awards

Supported by

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


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 became headline sponsor of the Irish Book Awards in 2010. Since then, the company has proven to be a perfect partner, bringing resources, expertise and passion to the cause. Bord Gáis Energy is also category sponsor for the International Recognition Award, the Sports Book of the Year and the overall Book of the Year.

The Sunday Independent is the biggest selling Irish Sunday newspaper by a large margin. It is now owned by businessman Sir Anthony O’Reilly, and is part of a worldwide newspaper group that includes The Independent in the United Kingdom. The newspaper was edited by Aengus Fanning until his death in 2012.  The new editor, Anne Harris, along with literary editor, Madeleine Keane, has been a strong supporter of these awards since their inception. Since 2011 the Sunday Independent has sponsored the Newcomer of the Year Award.

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.

It was in the heady days of Parnell and the Land League that 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 our store in O’Connell Street, Dublin.

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 (beating GMTV, BBC, Channel 4 and Sky). 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 the past twenty years 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.

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.


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.

WRITING.IE is the national Irish writing resources website, designed to provide information and resources for writers everywhere. We are delighted to welcome as sponsor of a form that Irish writers excel at – the Short Story of the Year Award.


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 the primary event in Ireland’s literary calendar. Today, the event takes place over 5 days leading up to and including the June bank holiday weekend in a unique atmosphere of learning.  Listowel runs a number of writing competitions together with a series of literary awards and these have given valuable recognition to new writers over the past number of years. In that time many eminent Irish and International literary figures have gathered in Listowel to celebrate the work of new and established writers.

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.