Success for Sally Rooney, Séamus O’Reilly and Maureen Gaffney at Irish Book Awards

Sally Rooney, Seamus O’Reilly, and Maureen Gaffney are among the winning authors at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards, which took place nearly this evening.

First awarded in 2006, the An Post Irish Book Awards are Ireland’s largest literary celebration, showcasing a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across 20 categories, championing everything from novels and non-fiction to poetry, short stories and the Irish language .

Irish writer Sebastian Barry has been announced as the recipient of the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, joining a host of other notable winners including Colm Tóibín, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Heaney.

Commenting on this year’s winners, John Tracy, President of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said: “We are very fortunate to have such wonderful writers in this country. We have so many promising young writers, more than ever women writers, and writers who represent minorities and communities. The Irish are marginalized, and this will only grow in the coming years.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners as well as the nominees in each category. It has been another great year for Irish literature. See you in 2022.”

Here is the full list of An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 winners:

  • the magazine Best Irish Book Published This Year

The Coastal Atlas of Ireland – Val Cummins, Robert Defoe, Barry Brent, Darius Bartlett, Sarah Kanderut

  • Eason’s novel of the year

Beautiful world, where are you – Sally Rooney

  • Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

56 Days – Katherine Ryan Howard

  • Eason Sport Book of the Year Award in association with Ireland AM

Fight or Escape: My Life, My Choices – Keith Earls, with Tommy Conlon

  • Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

Snowflake – Louise Neylon

  • Odgers Berndson Non-Fiction Book of the Year

We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958 – Vintan O’Toole

  • Dobray biography of the year

Did you hear that Mami died? – Siamas O’Reilly

  • Ireland cookbook bookstore of the year

Everyday Chef – Donal Skehan

  • The popular fantasy book for the national book symbols of the year

Isling and the City – Emyr McClesgate and Sarah Breen

  • Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year

Décor galore – Laura de Barra

  • Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

A Hug for You – David King, Photographed by Rhiannon Archard

  • Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Large)

The Summer I Robbed a Bank – David O’Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge

  • Teens and Youth Book of the Year

The New Girl – Sinead Moriarty

  • RTÉ . People’s Choice Award

Your Wild and Precious Life – Maureen Gaffney

  • Irish Library Association Author of the Year
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  • Writing a short story for the year

Little Leafs – Deirdre Sullivan

  • Listowel Writers Week, Irish Poem of the Year

Longboat in Portaferry – Siobhan Campbell

  • Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year

Madame Lazar – Tudge McDonaghin

  • Post office for this year

Keynes Library and Art Gallery, Galway

David MacRedmond, CEO of Post, said: “As we continue to face the greatest global challenge of our lives, the power of books and reading is even more evident, bringing escape, solace and contentment.

“Trusted and appreciated local libraries provide the essential human connection between author, publisher and reader. We are thrilled to support the new category of Library of the Year in 2021 and we congratulate the entire Kenny family on their success this year.”

Readers are now invited to vote for their Irish Book of the Year in the Post Irish Book of the Year on the official website. Voting starts tomorrow.

The winner will be announced as part of a one-hour special on RTÉ One on Wednesday, December 8th.

All voters also have the chance to win €100 worth of National Book Tokens.


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