The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards ceremony took place during the week (16th of Nov) at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel to celebrate and acknowledge Ireland’s literary talent. would like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and nominees.  The 14 winners from each category are now in the running for the ‘Overall Book of the Year 2016’.  

The Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2016:

solar-bonesSolar Bones by Mike Mc Cormack (Tramp Press) Best Irish-Published Book of the Year 2016

the-glass-shoreThe Glass Shore by Sinead Gleeson (ed) (New Island)

 The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior) 2016

pigin-of-howthPigín of Howth by Kathleen Watkins and illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs (Gill Books)

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior) 2016

knights-of-the-borrowed-darkKnights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (Puffin)

The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year 2016:

happy-pearThe World of the Happy Pear by Stephen and David Flynn (Penguin Ireland)

 The Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016:

marian-keyes-making-it-up-as-i-go-alongMaking It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

The Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2016:

holding-by-graham-nortonHolding by Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the year 2016:

red-dirt-e-m-reapyRed Dirt by E.M. Reapy (Head of Zeus)

The National Book Tokens Non-Fiction book of the year 2016:

i-read-the-news-today-oh-boyI Read the News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard (Picador)

The Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year 2016:

my-battle-paul-oconnellThe Battle by Paul O’ Connell (Penguin Ireland)

The Books are my Bag Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2016:

the-trespasser-tana-frenchThe Trespasser by Tana French (Hachette Book Ireland)

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award:

lying-in-wait-liz-nugentLying in Wait by Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland) Short Story of the Year:

orla-mc-allindenThe Visit by Orla Mc Alinden (Sowilo Press)

The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year 2016:

in-glasnevin-picIn Glasnevin by Jane Clarke (From: The Irish Times)

For Elizabeth O’Farrell and Julia Grenan

Finding the words carved
on their plain, granite headstone,

faithful comrade, lifelong friend,
reminds me of my grandmother

who used to say, there was none of that
in my day. I wish I could ask
the faithful Julia and Elizabeth
were they grateful for the mercy

of sharing a grave, did they choose
those words to save them from shame,

did they have someone to tell
that though the words said so much,

they didn’t say enough, and when
they nursed the rebellion’s wounded,

did they question the cost
of a new (free) state.

 Voting for the Overall Book of the Year 2016 is open until December 9th