Ion Solutions collaborates with International Golf Federation for the World Amateur Team Championships

Global event takes place at Carton House this week  

Ion Solutions, the Irish-owned specialist provider of audio-visual solutions to companies nationwide and across the world, are working with the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union to provide services and technology to the World Amateur Team Championships, which takes place at Carton House, Maynooth, from Wednesday August 29 to Saturday September 8 2018.

Conducted by the International Golf Federation, which comprises the national governing bodies of golf in more than 125 countries, the World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, American and European-African.

This is the first time that the World Amateur Team Championships has been held in Ireland and the first in six years that the event takes place in Europe. The 2018 event is being held in Carton House, with competitors staying in the Athlete’s Village in the grounds of Maynooth University.

Ion Solutions has been tasked with ensuring that every part of the Championships enjoys state of the art technology and connectivity. Four 5mm Absen X5 outdoor LED screens will be dotted at key vantage points throughout the golf course, with a five-metre-wide Absen X5 mobile LED trailer screen displaying the leaderboard at the 18th hole. Weather and event updates will be sent to all screens.

Additionally, Ion Solutions are providing the stage lighting and audio-visual equipment for the opening and closing ceremonies which will take place in the beautiful grounds of historic Carton House and a Gala Awards dinner which will be held in Maynooth University on Saturday, September 1.

Graham Lowen, Director of Ion Solutions, says: “At Ion Solutions, we work with a range of pioneering global brands, which means we are in a position to deliver top class, reliable technology to our clients. We’re delighted to work with the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union to provide a customised solution for the World Amateur Team Championships at the Carton House. The team have put a lot of hard work and dedication into this project and we are thrilled to be involved. We are very much looking forward to working with the Golfing Union in Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golfing Union on this project.” 

Alan Kelly, Communications Manager at the Golfing Union of Ireland, says: “Ion Solutions have demonstrated to us in the past their technical capabilities in delivering smart solutions both on and off the golf course. It made absolute sense to us to involve them in this project given the scale of the event. From concept to design and implementation, the team at Ion Solutions leave nothing to chance and it’s their commitment to achieving the best possible results for everyone involved that makes them the standout choice as our technical partner.”

Ion Solutions is the market leader in the design, supply, installation and integration of audio visual display systems, broadcast television systems, digital video production systems and computer graphics systems, as well as digital signage and wayfinding solutions.

The company was formed in early 2018 when sister companies Eurotek Ireland and Avtek Solutions, market leaders in the visual communications sector, amalgamated to operate under a single name. The operation, which is already setting new standards in the global visual communications industry, is 100% Irish owned, headquartered in Sandyford, Dublin and has grown to employ over 70 people.

The company has worked on contracts for a range of clients across a variety of sectors including, broadcast, retail, healthcare, hospitality and educational facilities as well as corporate venues. Clients include the likes of RTÉ, Ireland West Airport, Aviva Stadium, Convention Centre Dublin, Kerry Group, Croke Park Dublin, the SSE Arena Belfast and the Virgin Media Group.

The Ion Solutions team includes specialists in IT networking, video engineering, design, integration and sales. The company has invested significantly in developing and updating its technological capacity to ensure it can provide excellent products and high-end customer service and technical advice.

Ion Solutions is a member of the International Communications Industry Association and complies with its rules and standards.


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The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland to participate in EASA Accountability Mechanism to monitor voluntary initiative to change how food and beverage companies advertise to children

Leading companies sign up the EU Pledge and commit to changing the way they advertise to children

ASAI will take on the role as part of their contribution to the European Advertising Standards Alliance


The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has announced they have joined forces with the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), in providing a complaints mechanism for the EU Pledge, a voluntary initiative by leading food and beverage companies to change the way they advertise to children.

Endorsed and supported by the World Federation of Advertisers, the EU Pledge is a response from industry leaders to calls made by the EU institutions for the food industry to use commercial communications to support parents in making the right diet and lifestyle choices for their children, particularly those under the age of 12.

The initiative consists of two main commitments:

  • No advertising for food and beverage products to children under the age of 12 on TV, print and internet, except for certain nutritional products. 
  • No communication related to products in primary schools, except where specifically requested by, or agreed with, the school administration for educational purposes.

These are minimum common standards that enable joint monitoring and accountability. Individual companies can apply corporate standards that go above and beyond these common rules.

The EU Pledge is a commitment to the EU Platform EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health , which is of the main tools of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues.

Platform members commit to concrete actions to fight against obesity and overweight related problems. This has resulted in over 300 commitments by industry and civil society on food reformulation, advertising and marketing, labelling, nutritional education and the promotion of physical activity in the EU.

To facilitate the EU Pledge initiative, EASA has recently established an EU Pledge Accountability Mechanism. Nine experts, drawn from EASA member organisations, will form a wider panel from which an adjudicating panel will be drawn. A representative from the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland will sit on the wider panel and contribute, if selected, to the adjudicating panel.

Orla Twomey, CEO of the ASAI, says:

“As members of the European Advertising Standards Alliance, the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland are committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications. The EU Pledge requires an accountability mechanism and the ASAI look forward to taking part in this process.” 

Mr. Lucas Boudet, Director General of EASA, says:  

“The European Advertising Standards Alliance provides the EU Pledge with the expertise of its advertising self-regulatory network in handling consumer complaints. It thus builds on its long-standing collaboration with the EU Pledge and helps to bring it one step further. The independent monitoring of the EU Pledge Commitment by EASA is now completed with a full-fledged accountability mechanism.” 

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland is financed by the advertising industry and committed, in the public interest, to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications that is advertising, promotional marketing and direct marketing. The objective is to ensure that all commercial marketing communications are ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’.

The ASAI accepts complaints from any person or body who considers that a marketing communication may be in breach of the Code. To view the full ASAI Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing Communications in Ireland (7th edition), go to


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Get snap happy and enter your creative, nostalgic and evocative summer images in the FBD ‘Irish Summer’ photography competition

20 finalists will see their winning image proudly displayed

in the FBD tent at the National Ploughing Championships

Thanks to our fantastic weather, cameras have been clicking all over the country capturing wonderful images of Summer 2018 and FBD want to see your summer snaps!

The FBD ‘Irish Summer’ photography competition is seeking images that perfectly capture what Summer 2018 means to you. Whether it’s a photo of a donkey enjoying a 99 cone, your kids jumping into the sea, your nana and grandad visiting the Cliffs of Moher or simply enjoying lunch outdoors in the Kerry or Wicklow sun, FBD would love to see how you and your family have been enjoying these blissful summer months.

20 entries will be shortlisted and these pictures will be exhibited in the FBD tent at the National Ploughing Championships, taking place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from 18th to 20th of September. All 20 finalists will receive tickets to attend the National Ploughing Championships to view their image on display.

The overall winner of the FBD ‘Irish Summer’ photography competition will be announced at the National Ploughing Championships and will receive a fantastic hotel voucher worth €450. Great runner up prizes will also be on offer.

To enter, just log on to the FBD Insurance Facebook Page, fill out a short application form, upload your chosen photograph(s) and add a brief description as to why you think your image deserves to win. T&C’s apply. Best of luck!

If you are attending the National Ploughing Championships in September, please visit our stand to view the 20 finalist photographs which will be on display. You will also meet a range of well-known faces along with a host of kiddie friendly events taking place each day. Please call by and say hello – we look forward to seeing you there! 


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Thai Cave Rescue was the most important news story of June and July according to Core’s Cultural Index

Ireland’s on-going heatwave ranked in second place followed by Ryanair pilot strikes

Warning from Children’s Ombudsman about ‘invisible’ homeless children had lowest level of awareness

The Thai Cave Rescue was the most important news story in Ireland in June and July 2018 according to the monthly Cultural Index from Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company.

The Cultural Index, generated by the research practice of Core, examines awareness amongst the general public of the top news stories making headlines, and the importance of such stories in the context of Irish society and culture. Surveying 1,000 people, two scores – awareness and importance – are combined to give a 100 point Cultural Index scale which shows how engaged people are with various news stories.

When 12 members of a Thai soccer team and their 25-year-old coach became trapped in a cave north of Chiang Rai, their battle for survival captured the attention of a global audience. Over 4.4 million stories featured online about their rescue and the story rankest highest amongst those surveyed, with an awareness of 92%. When the importance of the story was factored in, this gave a Cultural Index scoring of 74.5, taking the top spot on the leader board.

Ireland’s longest heatwave in over forty years was the second most important story, generating 90% of overall awareness amongst respondents. When the importance of the story was factored in, this gave a Cultural Index scoring of 69.8.

Ryanair was the third story featured on the Cultural Index as the company was forced to cancel and postpone a large number of flights due to industrial action by their pilots. Awareness of this story ranked highly amongst the public, with 91% of the Irish public aware of the strikes. When the importance of the story was factored in, this gave a Cultural Index scoring of 63.4.

As a result of the good weather, some stories, which may have ranked higher at another time, appear to have been overlooked by the public. The story which had the lowest level of awareness – just 31% of all adults – was the Children’s Ombudsman sounding a warning about ‘invisible’ homeless children and family hubs. However, among those who were aware, this story scored the highest level of importance, with 85% claiming it as important or very important.

Other stories overlooked were former Anglo-Irish executive David Drumm’s suspended sentence and that Dublin house prices are now €150,000 higher than in 2013. People were more aware of Love Island, The World Cup and the Pope’s visit.

The full top ten stories to feature on the Core Research Culture Index for June / July 2018 were:

  1. Boys football team rescued from Thai cave                                            74.5
  2. Ireland has the longest heatwave since 1976                                         69.8
  3. Ryanair cancel flights due to strikes                                                        63.4
  4. US policy separates immigrant parents and children                          62.5
  5. US president Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un meet              59.4
  6. Prime Minister Theresa May forces through proposed Brexit plan  55.2
  7. World Cup takes place in Russia                                                              54.9
  8. Three men injured in a shooting in Bray Boxing Club                         52.4
  9. Trump attends NATO and is met by protestors in the U.K.                49.8
  10. Prince Harry and Meghan visit Dublin                                                    42.5



To view the full findings of the Core Research Cultural Index June – July 2018, please click here:

Dance Around Your Handbag Once Again, with music with words for your dancing pleasure –

Strictly Handbag is Back for One Night Only!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 – The Sugar Club, Leeson street, Dublin 2.

Doors: 7:30 to 3am

  • Strictly Handbag takes the spotlight for one night on the 22nd September 2018
  • Originals Handbag DJ’s Mick Heaney, Conor Ferguson, Dave Haslam, Dandelion, Fergus Murphy, Mark Kelly, Aidan Kelly and more will provide music with words for your dancing pleasure.
  • Live Musical acts including The Strictly Handbag Band, Mike Hanrahan, Leslie Dowdall and Paul Harrington
  • All funds will go towards The 3 Amigos & The Martin Thomas Trust in association with Jigsaw, in support of Youth Mental Health

Legendary club night, Strictly Handbag, returns to the Dublin nightlife scene for one night only to take you on a nostalgic trip back to the 80’s & 90’s, to Celebrate 25 years of ‘Music with words for your dancing pleasure’, and the man that made it all happen – Martin Thomas, at The Sugar Club on Saturday the 22nd September 2018 at 7:30pm till bedtime...

Relive your youth, meet old friends and make new memories, to the soundtrack of the 80’s and 90’s with plenty of prizes and surprises throughout the night. Music on the night is brought to you by the original handbags DJ’s including, Mick Heaney, Conor Ferguson, Fergus Murphy, and Dandelion, who will be joined by Dave Haslam [ Yellow Manchester] and John Locke. Set across 3 rooms, the lounge will feature live acts such as Paul Harrington, Mike Hanrahan and Leslie Dowdall.

Under one large glitter ball, join The Strictly Handbag Band, and all the DJs as we dance around our handbags and celebrate Martin Thomas, the ‘Prince of Clubland’ and the man who brought you legendary nights such as the infamous Strictly Fish, Songs of Praise, and Ultra Lounge.

Tickets are €20 and available on the Sugar club website—celebrating-25-years or at All proceeds are in aid of The 3 Amigos & The Martin Thomas Trust in association with Jigsaw, in support of Youth Mental Health.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it, you can simply donate HERE . A little help goes a long way.  

Jigsaw Chief Executive Officer Joseph Duffy commented;

 “Without the commitment of our supporters in the community, we simply cannot support all our young people that deserve our help. In order to drive the change we see as essential in youth mental health, we see this innovative schools programme as one that can inform, support, educate and empower a wide section of our educators, enabling a better understanding of our collective responsibility in supporting young people’s mental health. Fundraising events like these enable us to put these plans into action.”

Revive those memories that have lasted you a quarter of a life time. Whether you are reliving the good old days or scouting out what you missed, Strictly Handbag can’t wait to dance until dawn to celebrate the best of Dublin and the people who made it happen.

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Smurfit Kappa Ireland joins Guaranteed Irish

Guaranteed Irish is the not-for-profit organisation championing homegrown and international businesses operating in Ireland

Irish websites take average of 10.25 seconds to fully load on mobile devices, well in excess of ‘three second rule’, according to new research from Core

Grocery retailers have best performing websites, with average load time of 7.4 seconds, while media industry was slowest at 24.4 seconds

Websites lose 50% of visitors if they’re left waiting more than three seconds – resulting in unsatisfactory customer experience and loss of revenue

Most Irish websites take an average of 10.25 seconds to load fully on a mobile device, well in excess of the magic ‘three second rule’, according to new research from Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. The industry standard ‘three second rule’ says that websites accessed on mobile devices lose half their visitors if they are left waiting for more than three seconds. 

Core monitored 100 Irish websites across a variety of sectors including automotive, banking, insurance, media, grocery retail and telecoms to see how long it took for the home page of each website to fully load on a mobile device.

The average was 10.25 seconds, three and a half times longer than the suggested three second mark. The best performing category were grocery retailers, with an average page load time of 7.4 seconds, while the slowest category was the media industry at 24.4 seconds.

With searches performed on mobile devices increasing significantly year-on-year, a slow loading mobile website can seriously weaken potential for return on investment, while also resulting in an unsatisfactory customer experience.

Searching on a mobile device is the new normal, substantiated by the fact that Google’s revenue for the second quarter of 2018 is up 26% on the previous year, with mobile search fuelling this growth. Despite not everyone having access to high speed broadband across the country, Irish mobile users have high expectations when they are online.  If loading speed is slow, they will simply move to another website that doesn’t make them wait. 

Aisling Blake, Chief Digital Officer of Core, says: “With 64% of Irish people accessing search engines via a mobile device at least weekly and 16% purchasing products or services at least weekly on their smartphone (Source: Statista, July 2017), one could rightly assume most Irish brands and companies have their website speed sorted. This is simply not the case.” 

“Based on the ‘three second rule’, even the best performing group are typically losing over half their mobile site visitors. With over half of the visitors to the websites we examined coming through mobile devices, this puts even more context on the size of the problem.” 

“Recent changes by Google is set to put even more pressure on brand owners to get their mobile experience right. In the past, the search engine used the desktop version of a website in its results pages. From March of this year, however, they started using the mobile version of a website instead. This means that if your mobile website experience is poor, smartphone owners who use Google to find your website will not see the best of your brand.” 

“Furthermore, from now on, if your webpages are slow to load on mobile, they will be ranked much lower in Google’s results, potentially giving priority to your competitors. It’s, therefore, essential for Irish brands to understand this problem and take the necessary steps to avoid this issue in the future.”

Once a brand is aware that their website speed is not up to par, there are several ways to improve it quickly.

  1. Invest in a mobile optimised website
  2. Consider implementing Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), an open source initiative aimed at creating faster and better-performing websites across all devices
  3. Reduce the size of images on the site – this can help to improve mobile site speed dramatically
  4. Eliminate unnecessary code on the site
  5. Engage with a recognised search engine optimisation specialist


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Affidea continues its ambitious expansion plan and opens new ExpressCare ‘walk-in’ clinic in Ireland to treat a range of minor injuries and illnesses without an appointment

  • €2 million invested in new Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght which has a consultant led medical team and is designed to significantly relieve the burden on busy Dublin hospital A&E departments
  • It is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open this year – the other clinic is in Cork – and is part of a more than €20 million investment by Affidea in the Irish healthcare sector over past three years
  • Investment is part of Affidea’s wider European and global expansion plans in the outpatient sector, adding nearly 80 new centres to its network in the last 12 months

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care services, has invested €2million in the opening of a new ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght in Dublin for minor injuries and minor illnesses.

This investment into the new outpatient clinic for minor injuries and minor illnesses is part of an overall €20 million investment by the company in the Irish healthcare sector over the last three years. Affidea Ireland has created over 130 new jobs on the Irish healthcare market in the last 3 years and the opening of the new Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght will involve the creation of 10 new positions, with more to come as the activity at the facility increases. As the new ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght sits alongside Affidea’s existing state-of-the-art diagnostic centre in the same location, this now brings to 30 the number of highly skilled employees located there.

This is the second Affidea ExpressCare Clinic to open in Ireland this year, with the other clinic operating in Cork.

Welcoming the unveiling of the new Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, Barry Downes, Country Manager of Affidea Ireland, says: “Instead of attending a busy and stressful A&E environment in a hospital, people can now attend the Affidea ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght to have their minor injury or illness treated, quickly, professionally and to the highest of standards in an outpatient comfortable environment. This clinic will significantly benefit the Irish healthcare sector by relieving the burden placed on Irish hospitals by large numbers presenting unnecessarily in A&E departments across the country.”

“Our initial ExpressCare Clinic in Cork has been a huge success, and we’re delighted to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to anyone living in Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow and Louth. As we also offer a full suite of Affidea diagnostic medical imaging in our ExpressCare Clinics, this will also free up capacity for those in need of care in our hospitals.”

Promising fast turnaround times, Affidea ExpressCare in Tallaght is open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year. The consultant led medical team will care for minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one can also attend the facility, so that parents don’t have to attend a busy hospital emergency department with an injured child.

Affidea ExpressCare in Tallaght provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’s a covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health. 

About Affidea in Ireland:

Affidea Ireland is part of the pan-European group, Affidea, that has 246 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres in 16 countries. Treating over 6.5 million patients per year and employing over 7,600 people, of which 2,500 are medical doctors, the company has operated in Ireland since 2007 and employs 311 employees here.

In addition to the two Affidea ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin and Cork, the company also operates ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities across a national footprint*. This gives patients unrivalled access to diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

The 10 Affidea diagnostic centres are located in Dublin – Dundrum, Northwood, Meath Primary Care and a new flagship clinic in Tallaght – Waterford, Kilkenny, Naas, Letterkenny, Northern MRI in Belfast and Cork city, with ultrasound services in Mallow Primary Care Centre. The company also works in partnership with hospitals to provide MRI services in Sligo General Hospital and the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast.

Affidea invests heavily in its medical capabilities and now operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region, with an average age of less than two years enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings. Affidea treated 170,000 patients at its centres across Ireland in 2017 and expects to exceed this figure in 2018.


Two thirds of World Cup followers say the tournament is just not the same without Ireland playing

  • One in four Irish World Cup followers want England to win the tournament


  • A third of us will place a bet at some stage during the tournament


  • In the Messi V Ronaldo battle, Ireland is a nation of Messi supporters!


A quarter of Irish World Cup followers say they would like to see England win the tournament, according to a new survey conducted by Core Research and Core Sponsorship to find out who the nation is supporting given the absence of the Irish team playing.

Nearly two thirds (63%) say the tournament is not the same without Ireland playing, but this doesn’t stop them supporting other teams. 17% say they are supporting England, with 16% opting for Brazil. One in three Irish people say they will support teams with Premier League players in their team. 50% of Irish adults say they will watch the World Cup, while 26% say they will try to watch all the matches, no matter who is playing!

In the battle of Messi V Ronaldo, we’re a nation of Messi supporters with 38% of Irish people saying that they would prefer to see Messi lift the trophy. 24% would like to see Ronaldo win, while 16% said both and 22% neither.

When it comes to getting into the party spirit, 75% of fans say they will buy food and drink during the tournament, while 60% will purchase alcohol. Over a third will place a bet at some stage during the tournament, while one in five supporters say they purchase TV or Audio equipment at some point to enjoy the sporting event.

The host nation – Russia – comes in for some criticism from Irish supporters. 44% say they dislike the fact that the World Cup is being hosted in Russia, while 42% say they won’t be supporting Russia because of the recent negative news stories about the country. A separate study conducted by Core Research – the Core Research Cultural Index – showed that 82% were aware of Russian players allowed to participate in the 2016 Olympics, while 79% were aware that a Russian opposition leader was shot dead in 2015. Irish people also believe it was significant that Russian diplomats were expelled from Ireland following a nerve agent attack in England.

Coca-Cola comes out as the top brand that followers were able to correctly identify as a sponsor of the tournament, with 82% doing so. This was followed by Visa (73%) and Adidas (70%). Three in five falsely identified Mastercard, Nike and Heineken as official world cup sponsors.

To view the full findings of the Core Research World Cup 2018, please click here:


An Post signs headline sponsorship agreement in an exciting new chapter for the Irish Book Awards

Submissions now open for ‘The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018’

New Irish language category added for 2018 event

An Post has signed a three year headline sponsorship agreement with the Irish Book Awards, heralding a new chapter in the history of one of Ireland’s most distinguished and popular literary events.

Now in its 13th year, the Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians. The Awards consist of a range of categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and Teen and Young Adult. This year, a new Irish Language category is being added to the roster of awards. It will be entitled ‘The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year’.

Hundreds of books are submitted for consideration annually and, over the past 13 years, an array of new and established domestic and international authors have graced the Irish Book Awards stage including Anne Enright, Bernard MacLaverty, John Boyne, Marian Keyes, Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Cecelia Ahern, Sinead Moriarty, Belinda McKeon, Graham Norton, Michael Harding, Judi Curtin, Sebastian Barry, Rory O’Connell, Darina Allen and Paul Howard.

With this new partnership, An Post will support authors, publishers, booksellers, local bookshops, authors, postal and post office staff in bringing the gift and joy of reading and sharing books to people of all ages and interests.  

David McRedmond, CEO at An Post, says: “At the heart of An Post is the written word, and we are honoured to be able to sponsor the Irish Book Awards. Books connect people as An Post connects people, and we share is a love for connection and community. ‘Readers Wanted’ is the cry of the Awards this year and we will support this across our business with enthusiasm and creativity.” 

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the Irish Book Awards, says: “This new partnership with An Post is a wonderful fit. We are delighted to team up with a nationally recognised brand that will help us to spread the word about reading and put more books in the hands of readers. It is also a fantastic opportunity to help us highlight even more the wealth of wonderful writing talent in Ireland. The Irish Book Awards have become a landmark event in the Irish bookselling calendar, supported by the entire industry and, with An Post on board as the headline sponsor, we will bring the event to an exciting new level, celebrating the vibrancy of the Irish book business.”

The winners of the Irish Book Awards are announced at an annual awards ceremony in Dublin every November – an event which has become one of the premier events in the Irish literary calendar. Presidents, Taoisigh, Nobel Laureates, and most of the best writers in Ireland have attended this unique celebration of Irish literature. The event is also broadcast to the nation on RTÉ television.

In addition to category winners, two very special awards are also announced at the event. The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award recognises the contribution of distinguished Irish writers and poets, and winners have included Seamus Heaney, Edna O Brien, John Montague, John McGahern, John Banville, Eavan Boland and Maeve Binchy, JP Donleavy, Paul Durcan, Jennifer Johnson and William Trevor.

The International Recognition Award is a special award made to international authors who have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade. Previous winners include David Walliams, Jilly Cooper, Bill Bryson and Jeffrey Archer. 

Submissions for The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018 are now being accepted via and every publisher in Ireland is invited to nominate books for the publicly voted categories. The closing date for applications is Friday, September 7th.