Irish Book Awards

Sponsors & partners


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. From 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.

Odgers Berndtson Dublin is an executive search firm with a track record of over 30 years operating in the Irish Market.  We deliver executive search, assessment and development to businesses and organisations varying in size, structure and maturity across over 50 sectors, whether commercial, public or not-for-profit and draw on the experience of more than 250 Partners and their teams in 29 countries.  Odgers Berndtson are one of the top global search firms.  We put our candidates, our colleagues and our clients at the heart of what we do and place real emphasis on our candidate care and building deep, long term client relationships.

The Business Post is a trusted and iconic Irish media brand. With a strong print and digital presence, it is the only Irish-owned Sunday newspaper in the market and has a well-established reputation for independent, innovative and quality journalism. The market leader for financial, political and economic news, it continues to be an authoritative and respected voice in national life with an emphasis on straight and unbiased reporting, rigorous analysis and forthright opinions. The Business Post is now the flagship brand in the wider Business Post Media Group, which also includes, Irish Tatler, Food & Wine, conference & exhibition company Business Post Events, TV advertising sales company Post TV, and Digital DNA.


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.

With its rich 175 years heritage, Cross are experts in designing and manufacturing, stylish and innovative pens that make the perfect gift to celebrate all of life’s key milestones. From a birthday, anniversary, graduation or being the winner of a fabulous writing competition there is a perfect pen for everyone. You can even engrave them with a name to make the gift a little more personal.
In today’s world a refillable pen that does not have to be thrown into landfill but which is guaranteed for a lifetime is a worthy gift. Select a pen with a stylus to help you avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces and at all times carry your own pen!


Core Sponsorship is the Sponsorship Practice in Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. Working with some of the largest brands and rightsholders in the market, we understand the value of sponsorship and how to measure it with precision. We magnify the commercial value of sponsorship for sponsors and rights holders and offer a range of solutions which help brands unlock their potential including the National Sponsorship Index, the National Fandom Tracker and our Valuation Model which measures the real and potential value of sponsorship across every channel. Ultimately providing sponsors and rightsholders with the confidence to make smarter sponsorship decisions.

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