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.