55% of Irish people don’t stick to their budget when buying presents according to Christmas FM survey

16% of us start our Christmas shopping by late August

 48% say that Christmas FM coming on air marks the beginning of their holiday season

 Saoirse Ronan, Bressie, Panti Bliss and Daithí Ó Sé have been voted as the celebrities we’d most like to invite to a Christmas celebration

 

A new survey conducted by Christmas FM, the hugely popular radio station which raises hundreds of thousands of euro for charity each year, has revealed that we are a generous nation, with 55% of us not sticking to our original budget when buying Christmas gifts! A further 20% of us say they don’t have a budget at all as Christmas is a time to give – only 18% say that it is important to stick to a budget.

When it comes to buying Christmas presents, 23% of us look out for Christmas presents all year round. While the vast majority start shopping at the beginning of December (54%), 16% of us starting our shopping at the end of August while 7% of Irish shoppers leave their Christmas shopping until Christmas Eve.

Almost half of us (48.3%) believe Christmas begins when Christmas FM comes back on air, while 28% say RTÉ’s The Late Late Toy Show signifies the beginning of Christmas for them. Astonishingly nearly 12% of us admit to putting our Christmas decorations up the minute Halloween is over. The exact same number (12%) do the opposite by decorating as close to Christmas as possible.

We are also a nation that loves our food! 77% say that Christmas dinner is the best meal on Christmas Day. 11% said the famous leftover turkey and ham sandwiches are the way to go, with 8% saying their festive fry-up is their favourite Christmas meal.

Further interesting insights from the Christmas FM survey include:

 

  • Saoirse Ronan (23%) and Panti Bliss (17%) are the two famous faces we would most like to attend their Christmas parties. Bressie (13%) and Daithí Ó Sé (11%) follow up as a close third and fourth place
  • Almost half of us (48%) believe Christmas begins when Christmas FM comes back on air! A further 28% say RTÉ’s The Late Late Toy Show signifies the beginning of Christmas for them
  • The most exercise done on Christmas Day is the walk after Christmas dinner to help us feel less full (17%). However, there are some very active people as 3% of us admit to a full workout on Christmas Day!
  • 20% of us admit that if our employers were stuck for staff on Christmas Day – we would go into work!

 

Christmas FM, which is in its 11th year, has raised almost €1.5million for a range of charities since it began broadcasting. This year, Christmas FM is raising awareness and funds for Temple Street Childrens Hospital, where nearly 150,000 sick children come through the door every year in need of urgent care.

The radio station aims to raise over €200,000 which will purchase new state-of-the-art incubators and ventilators, helping to ensure that sick children have access to the very best paediatric equipment when they need it most.

The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Temple Street. This year, Cadbury, Coca Cola and Dunnes Stores are the Christmas FM sponsors. The station broadcasts from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who have kindly given the studio space for free.

The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.

 

Christmas FM broadcasts on Virgin Media Channel 900.

 

Christmas FM is also available online at www.christmasfm.com and you can follow the station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christmasfm.

 

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Christmas FM – Bringing You The Magic Of Christmas

Irish Infrastructure Fund completes acquisition of enet

enet, Ireland’s largest open-access network operator, has announced the completion of its acquisition by the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF), a fund managed by AMP Capital and Irish Life Investment Managers.

The IIF acquired a majority stake in enet in August 2017, and purchase of the remaining 22% has now reached financial close following confirmation of regulatory approvals. The IIF manages capital for 30 institutional investors, 29 of which are Irish pension funds, trusts, and investment managers. To date, the IIF controls over €500m of investments across energy, telecoms, tourism and healthcare in Ireland.

enet operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which is facilitating the delivery of affordable, world-class broadband and wireless services to homes and businesses across the country. With over 100 employees based in Limerick and Dublin, enet currently works with 70 different retail service providers to bring high-quality broadband and wireless to more than one million end users throughout Ireland.

enet’s wholesale networks incorporates 94 Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), operated on behalf of the Irish Government, and it has a strong track record in delivering defined policy objectives for the State. In addition, enet operates a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure transiting the rail and gas network, as well as proprietary metro networks in Dublin and regional Ireland.

The company also operates one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country. Taken together, enet’s fibre and wireless infrastructure creates a fully integrated, nationwide network that is truly open access in nature, and enables its carrier customers to deliver world class bandwidth services to their customers throughout Ireland.

 

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Guaranteed Irish members call for Ireland to be in top quartile for speed of access to new medicines

Leading business membership organisation aims to future-proof Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry

 

Members of Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing 500+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, have called on the Government to set a target for Ireland to be in the top quartile of European countries for speed of access to the latest medicines.

The last decade has seen significant capital investment at pharmaceutical facilities across the country. However, industry leaders and representative bodies present at a recent Guaranteed Irish roundtable discussion – including IDA Ireland, the Irish Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association, MSD Ireland and BioPharmaChem Ireland – raised a number of challenges facing the industry, including the slow access to new medicines, a lack of highly skilled graduates and fierce international competition for foreign direct investment.

In particular, discussion focused on the need to future-proof Ireland’s pharmaceutical industry, which directly employs over 30,000 people and accounts for 50% of all Irish exports.

To do so, Guaranteed Irish’s members made a series of recommendations, including:

  • Appointing a Chief Innovation Officer to identify suitable new treatments and make them available
  • Funding models that enable pharmaceutical companies to deliver new medicines to Irish patients at the same pace as other European countries
  • Increasing the number of clinical trials to attract greater research and development
  • Introduce more manufacturing apprenticeships, similar to those in Germany and Switzerland, as many roles do not require third-level qualifications

Guaranteed Irish has developed the outcomes of the roundtable event into a submission paper for Government, outlining the support required to ensure the pharmaceutical sector remains in robust health in Ireland. 

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, said: “Ireland remains among the slowest countries in western Europe to deliver the latest innovative medicines, with the result that Irish patients often don’t have access to treatments available to their European counterparts – some of which are being produced at sites in Ireland.  

“We are the 7th largest exporter of medicinal and pharmaceutical products in the world, and the range of actions outlined by our members – all industry leaders – will ensure this key sector continues to provide high-tech, exciting career opportunities and contribute to local communities across the country.”

Members of Guaranteed Irish in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors include MSD Ireland, AbbVie, Hollister, Ipsen, Tosara Pharma Ltd, PPL Biomechanics, KCI Medical Ireland and Nutricia Ireland. 

Membership of the Guaranteed Irish organisation spans all sectors including pharmaceutical; healthcare; technology; construction; energy; professional services; manufacturing; tourism; food and drink; craft and design; retail; and lifestyle. The organisation considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – jobs, community and provenance.

In order to meet these criteria, applicants must comply with all labour legislation, and provide fair working conditions to support and care for all of their employees. They must also demonstrate constructive and ongoing engagement with the communities in which the business is based. Lastly, applicants must have their origins in Ireland or be an international business that has embedded itself in Ireland. They must also have a substantial on-the-ground presence in Ireland, with many supporting indigenous spin-off companies.

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Core Learning partners with European Sponsorship Association to offer ‘Diploma in Sponsorship’ in Ireland

Course to be launched in Ireland in 2019, having run in the UK since 2012

Core Learning, the learning practice of Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, has been announced as the official course partner of the European Sponsorship Association’s (ESA) Diploma in Sponsorship course in Ireland, ahead of its launch in 2019.

The ESA’s Diploma in Sponsorship is the only formal qualification in sponsorship and sports marketing, and is designed for those wishing to build their knowledge and learn more about the commercial world of sponsorship. As a flexible, distance-learning course it allows those working full-time to study when convenient and develop a successful career in sponsorship and marketing.

The Irish course will feature a series of seminars in Dublin, and participants will also have full access to all UK-based seminars via the course website. This will be supplemented by monthly tutorials and a number of face-to-face meetings with Course Director Peter Raymond.

To date, over 350 practitioners have achieved the qualification, which has been run successfully in the UK since 2012, including 41 from Ireland.

The course will run from February to September 2019. For more information and to enrol for the ESA Diploma Ireland course, please see: https://sponsorship.org/diploma/ireland-course/.

Core Learning also offers short dynamic marketing courses aimed at professionals and delivered by senior marketing practitioners, full details here www.corelearning.ie

Earlier this year, the sponsorship practice of Core launched Ireland’s first ever National Sponsorship Index, which ranked the Top 50 sponsorships in Ireland.

Aine Dilleen, Business Development Manager at Core Learning, says: “Ireland is one of Europe’s most dynamic and fastest-growing sponsorship markets, generating a growing number of career opportunities across the country. The ESA’s Diploma course is widely recognised as an essential qualification for those looking to succeed in the sector, and we’re very excited to come on board as the official course sponsor for Ireland.” 

Peter Raymond, Course Director for the ESA Sponsorship Diploma, says: “We’re delighted to welcome Core Learning as the official course partner of the ESA Diploma in Ireland. Over the last few years Core has been instrumental in helping to establish and promote the Diploma across the country and by kindly hosting our Irish course events. It’s a pleasure for us to upgrade and formalise the nature of our relationship and be able to use Core’s expertise and resources to grow support for the sponsorship industry’s premier qualification throughout the country.”

 

Core is Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. The organisation is a collective of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the ninth year running.

 

Core develops new ‘Lottery Now’ voice command application for the National Lottery

App users can check jackpot figures and winning numbers for Lotto, EuroMillions and Daily Million  

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, has partnered with the National Lottery to develop its new ‘Lottery Now’ voice command application.

Research by Core recently revealed that one in ten Irish households now own audio technologies such as Google Home, Amazon’s Echo, or similar voice devices, with this voice search set to grow in the coming years. Drawing on this insight, the National Lottery partnered with Core to develop an app that responds to the user’s voice commands and provide a wide range of information on the National Lottery.

The Lottery Now app allows users to get information by asking questions relating to the size of the latest jackpot, the winning numbers for any Lotto, EuroMillions or Daily Millions, and retrieving information about ticket prices and where they can be bought. Users will then hear pre-defined responses in answer to their queries. Over time, the app can use artificial intelligence to learn to better answer questions, based on the various ways which people might ask a question. 

Stuart McInnes, Senior Media & Analytics Manager at Core, says: “Hands-free and voice-activated technology is set to become more and more prevalent in the coming years, and the Lottery Now app represents cutting-edge innovation in this area. We worked closely with the National Lottery team to develop an app that makes it easier than ever to find lottery information.”

Speaking on the launch of ‘Lottery Now’, Dermot Griffin, CEO of the National Lottery, said: “At the National Lottery we put our players at the centre of everything we do and in this fast moving tech world it is important we keep up with new innovations and technologies. In developing the ‘Lottery Now’ voice assistant, Core have demonstrated that we can come up with smart customer solutions when technology, user behaviour and creativity are considered together.”

Core is a collective of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the ninth year running.

urbanmedia launches uMax – the urbanmedia audio exchange

urbanmedia launches uMax – the urbanmedia audio exchange

 

urbanmedia, the Dublin based media sales house owned by Wireless has today launched uMax, a digital media audio exchange for the Irish market. uMax will allow advertisers to reach digital audio listeners in a more targeted way by giving advertisers access to pre-roll messages in a first for the Wireless network. 

Wireless’ Irish stations to be included on the new exchange include FM104 and Q102 in Dublin, Cork’s 96FM and C103, Limerick’s Live 95fm, LMFM and represented station Galway Bay FM, with a combined reach of nearly 1 million listeners. 

The exchange will also allow advertisers to target Irish consumers listening to Wireless’ national UK stations– talkSPORT, talkSPORT2, talkRADIO and Virgin Radio with both pre roll and digital ad insertions and provide opportunities for other Wireless owned streams including Total Access and Q102 80’s. 

The package will use AdSwizz technology to deliver campaigns making the offering easily accessible through programmatic buying desks and individual orders and provides strong measurement tools to examine the performance of campaigns. 

As part of its recent digital expansion, Wireless Ireland has also introduced a podcast production unit to create content across areas including entertainment and lifestyle. The new unit gives the business an opportunity to work with clients in creating engaging content in line with their marketing strategies and introduces live read adverts to the market, which is unavailable on FM. 

Brian McCarthy, Sales Director of urbanmedia, said: 

“We’re really excited to launch uMax, a product that we believe will provide a complimentary reach to our FM offering in the same way that VOD has provided complimentary reach to TV. We recognise that our audiences are now tuning in in different ways and uMax will allow us to deliver content in a more targeted and measurable way. 

“With growing numbers of listeners to our talkSPORT channels across Ireland and Chris Evans joining the Virgin Radio team in January we expect the opportunities for advertisers to grow in 2019.”

Mark Leen wins the 2018 Coca Cola Christmas FM Song Contest!

‘Fly home for Christmas’ by Mark Leen voted Best Christmas Song by Christmas FM listeners

 

‘Fly home for Christmas’ by Mark Leen has been announced as the winner of the Coca Cola Christmas FM Song Contest 2018. Now in its eleventh year, the song contest on Ireland’s favourite Christmas radio station attracts hundreds of entries each year – all vying be to be crowned ‘Song Contest winner of 2018’ by Christmas FM’s extensive national and international audience.

Mark Leen is a singer/songwriter from Tralee, Co. Kerry. The inspiration for this song came while he was sick in bed one Christmas day. As he was dozing off watching ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, he began thinking of the perfect Christmas song which would include a romantic city such as New York, accompanied by a big band sound. When Christmas comes around, this brassy song can be heard on the streets of Tralee town.

Speaking about the song “Fly home for Christmas” winner Mark Leen says: “I’m humble, grateful and thankful to the people who voted for my song and all those involved in it.  Hearing it being called out on Christmas FM this morning as being the winner of this year’s song contest was better than winning the lotto – my wife and I were dancing around the kitchen!”

You can listen to ‘Fly home for Christmas’ and all the runners up in this year’s Coca Cola Christmas FM Song Contest at https://christmasfm.com/songcontest/.

Garvan Rigby, Co-founder of Christmas FM says: ‘We were delighted to receive a flood of entries this year. The standards seem to be rising every year we hold the contest, and this year was no exception. We’re thrilled to add ‘Fly home for Christmas’ by Mark Leen onto our station this year.’

Christmas FM will be celebrating its 11th year on air this year and, since it began broadcasting, has raised almost €1.5million for a range of charities. The costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring that all on-air fundraising and donations will go directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

This year, Christmas FM is once again generously sponsored by the premier FM sponsors Cadbury, Coca Cola and Dunnes Stores. For the sixth year, Christmas FM is broadcasting from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin who has kindly given the studio space for free.

The main radio frequencies for Christmas FM are Dublin City and County 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM, Galway 87.7FM, Kildare 88.1FM, Sligo 95FM, Naas 88.1FM, Kilkenny 104.3, Letterkenny 105.7, Limerick 105.5FM, Midlands North 101.6FM, North East 99.4FM, South East 103.8FM, Tralee / Killarney 105FM, Wicklow North 99.5FM, Wicklow South 106.6FM, North Central 101.6FM and Ennis/Clare 105.2FM.

Christmas FM is also broadcasting on Virgin Media Channel 900 

Christmas FM is available online at www.christmasfm.com and you can follow the station on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christmasfm.

 

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Christmas FM – Bringing You The Magic Of Christmas

4site appointed a member of the ‘Fibre To The Home Council of Europe’

With offices in Limerick, Dublin and the UK and 80+ employees, 4site is only the second Irish company to be accepted into European organisation

4site, the providers of innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, has been appointed as a member of the ‘Fibre To The Home Council of Europe’, making them only the second Irish company to be accepted into the organisation.

The mission of the FTTH Council of Europe is, to accelerate ubiquitous fibre-based connectivity empowering a leading Digital Society throughout Europe. Created in 2004, the FTTH Council Europe now has over 150 members and a team working to promote the benefits of fibre access across the continent. Members are organisations deploying FTTH, manufacturers of FTTH solutions and a number of academic institutions.

4site is headquartered in Limerick, with offices in Dublin and the UK, and employs over 80 highly skilled professionals, the majority of which are qualified engineers and technicians. Their clients include Vodafone, SIRO, Cignal, CityFibre Huawei, 2RN (RTE), Three, Nokia, CommScope and enet.

The company recently invested €250,000 in developing a ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ in Limerick, which brings together the expertise of fibre design, survey and planning engineers who will continually innovate how fibre networks are designed and delivered, while also focusing on specialised training for graduate engineers to meet not just the current demands, but future 5G or next generation network developments. As well as a wealth of expertise in fibre technology, 4site also has considerable experience in the planning, design and build of wireless networks.

4site is currently rolling out a number of high-profile fibre projects, including one with CityFibre, the UK’s leading alternative provider of wholesale full fibre infrastructure. 4site is working with CityFibre to help deliver full fibre connectivity to five million homes and businesses in the UK by 2025, making it the country’s most advanced digital infrastructure. 4site’s expertise and best in class tools will ensure the right network architecture blueprint, accurate routing, and risks are designed out. The company will provide high level design, detailed design and an automated design service for rapid design iterations.

4site also worked on the development of a 5G ready network in Aberdeen, which is helping to turn the location into the UK’s first ‘smart city’. Aberdeen City Council had a clear vision to ensure the right kind of wireless infrastructure was in place to enable a smart city to support many aspects of its citizens’ daily lives.

Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site, says: “As only the second Irish company to be a member of the FTTH Council of Europe, we are delighted to be part of the ecosystem delivering Fibre to the Premises (FTTx) across Europe, supporting our key customers and continuing to explore new opportunities. Our experience of delivering fibre the UK and Ireland demonstrates how we can innovate as part of an ecosystem.” 

“We value the opportunity to be part of such a well-established forum to meet with like-minded people, to share ideas and best practice thinking. We want to learn from others, and, as the latest fibre design company in Ireland, we want to share our knowledge and innovations too. We believe that membership of an important independent neutral body will help accelerate shared goals in creating leading edge technologies that will deliver excellence to customers.” 

 

For further details, please check out www.4sitenetworks.com

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Find out more about the FTTH Council of Europe here: www.ftthcouncil.eu

Traditional gifts such as bicycles and Lego are back in fashion this Christmas according to new research from Core

One third of children will ‘constantly’ change their minds when it comes to writing their Santa letter

Unicorns are amongst some of the more unusual requests this Christmas

 

Traditional gifts such as bicycles and Lego will be all the rage this Christmas, according to new research by Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company.

As children across Ireland pen their letters to Santa, and with the The Late Late Toy Show airing this Friday, all of the elves in Core have been working hard to predict the five key trends that will impact Christmas wishlists this festive season.

Using a combination of field research, search trends over the past 12 months and detailed analysis, the team at Core has revealed that:

  1. Traditional gifts are back in fashion

While each Christmas sees newcomers top the list of most-wanted toys, the data shows that some classic staples remain ever-popular with Irish children. Core surveyed Irish parents to ask about their children’s wishlists and bicycles emerged as a firm favourite with Irish children, beating competition from brand new toy types to top the league table.

Following close behind, LEGO remains a favourite brand with children, and this is borne out by search data. While general searches for LEGO are down 25% on last year, search spikes around special LEGO editions themed around Harry Potter are up 1,000%, helping LEGO to remain on track with fans.

  1. Tech remains in vogue

While traditional toys are in demand, tech shows no sign of going out of fashion, with laptops, iPhones and iPads all featuring strongly across wishlists. Gaming is also topping the charts, with Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation among the top ten requests cited by parents surveyed.

Online searches for PlayStation are steady, with a spike around Black Friday, while Nintendo Switch looks set to finish out the year strongly, with searches for the gaming system trending ahead of last year.

  1. L.O.L Surprise Dolls reign

Some gifts never go out of fashion, and this year sees another doll brand emerge as a hit with Irish children. L.O.L Surprise! Dolls feature strongly in the top ten gift options requested by children, coming in at fourth place. The popularity of the dolls should come as no surprise, with searches for the dolls growing steadily since last year.

  1. Re-drafting their Santa letters!

While wishlists may already have been drafted, there’s a strong chance that edits will be made after this Friday’s Late Late Toy Show. The survey of parents revealed that 32% of children “constantly change their mind,” 44% “change it once or twice” with only 25% of children happy with their current draft.

  1. A divided wishlist

While the majority of wishlists throw up the same types of toys, some parents reported diverse requests. Puppies feature on some wishlists, while other children have set their sights on a rarer pet, requesting unicorns this festive season.

More poignantly, some parents surveyed cited more fundamental needs for their family this Christmas, such as a permanent home and budget to cover the festive season.

The full list of Top 10 Christmas Gifts for children this year is:

  1. Bike
  2. Lego
  3. iPhone/iPad
  4. O.L Dolls
  5. Playstation
  6. Laptop/Tablet
  7. Smartphone
  8. Nintendo Switch/Xbox
  9. Paw Patrol
  10. Books

Core is Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. The organisation is a collective of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the ninth year running. 

Winners of The An Post Irish Book Awards 2018

Sally Rooney, Liz Nugent, James Kavanagh & William Murray, Emilie Pine, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen,

Cora Staunton, Sarah Webb, Lynn Ruane, Roger O’Reilly, Diarmuid Johnson and Peter Donnelly among the winners

 

Exceptionally strong year for female writing with women authors dominating the winners list for first time ever

 

Thomas Kinsella honoured with Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, while family of the late Emma Hannigan accept a special award on her behalf

 

Voting now open for the ‘An Post Book of the Year’

 

Sally Rooney, Emilie Pine, Emer McLysaght &Sarah Breen and Liz Nugent were just some of the winning authors named at the An Post Irish Book Awards held in Dublin.

Now in its 13th year, the star-studded awards ceremony took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road and was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities.

Renowned Irish poet Thomas Kinsella was announced as the recipient of the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, while a special award was presented to the family of author Emma Hannigan, who passed away earlier this year.

This year’s ceremony was presented by Keelin Shanley, while each winning author was interviewed by RTÉ’s Evelyn O’ Rourke after they received their award. Full highlights of the An Post Irish Book Awards will be broadcast on RTÉ One at 10.15pm this Thursday, 29th November.

Below is the full list of winners for the ‘An Post Irish Book Awards 2018’:

 

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year Winner

  • Lighthouses of Ireland by Roger O’Reilly (Collins Press)

 

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • The President’s Cat by Peter Donnelly (Gill Books)

 

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • Blazing a Trail by Sarah Webb and Lauren O’Neill (The O’Brien Press)

 

Dept 51@ Eason Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year

  • The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

 

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year

  • Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)

 

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (Gill Books)

 

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

 

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • Notes to Self by Emilie Pine (Tramp Press)

 

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • People Like Me by Lynn Ruane (Gill Books)

 

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Cow Book by John Connell (Granta Books)

 

EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year

  • Currabinny Cookbook by James Kavanagh and William Murray (Penguin Ireland)

 

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • Game Changer by Cora Staunton with Mary White (PRH Transworld Ireland)

 

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

  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

 

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year

  • “Birthday” by Brian Kirk

 

Writing,ie Short Story of the Year

  • “How to Build a Space Rocket” by Roisin O’Donnell (From The Broken Spiral ed by RM Clarke)

 

The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year

  • Tuatha De Denann by Diarmuid Johnson (Leabhar Breac)

 

Commenting on this year’s winners, Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said: This is a really outstanding line-up of winners. It demonstrates the absolute breadth of quality writing we have in Ireland, right across the genre spectrum. It is also great to see so many female writers winning accolades this year. Many of them, including Emilie Pine, Sarah Webb, Lynne Ruane, Cora Staunton and Sally Rooney, are all writing about what it means to be a modern woman in contemporary Ireland and it is striking that these authors used the art of writing to tell their stories in such a truthful and honest way.”

David McRedmond, CEO at An Post, added: “The An Post Irish Book Awards are all about the quality of life, celebrating great writing and ideas. Congratulations to the fine winners, but the real value is across the whole shortlist. I salute all those who encourage new and established writers to persevere in their craft and creativity, enriching our lives and our understanding of each other.”

This year, over 100,000 votes were cast by book lovers to select the winners in each category, a 96% increase on the number of votes cast last year. From tomorrow (28th November 2018), the public can vote for their overall ‘An Post Book of the Year’ by going to https://www.irishbookawards.irish/vote-for-the-book-of-the-year-win-national-book-tokens/.

The winner will be announced in January and anyone who votes is in with the chance of winning €100 in National Book Tokens. Previous winners include John Crowley, Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo for Atlas of the Irish Revolution, Mike Mc Cormack for Solar Bones, Louise O’ Neill for Asking for It, Mary Costello for Academy St, Donal Ryan for The Spinning Heart, Michael Harding for Staring at Lakes, and Belinda McKeon for Solace.

 

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