Winners of Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 revealed

Winners include Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes, Ruth Fitzmaurice, Fergal Keane, John Connolly, Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly, Sarah Webb with illustrator Steve Mc Carthy, Julie Parsons and Darach Ó Séaghdha


Bernard MacLaverty, Marian Keyes, Judi Curtin, Rory O’ Connell and Ruth Fitzmaurice were some of the winning authors named at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards held in Dublin this evening. 

Renowned poet Eavan Boland was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award and bestselling children’s author David Walliams was the recipient of the Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award – a special award made to international authors who have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade. 

Now in its 12th 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 including writers Sinéad Moriarty, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Eoin Colfer, Paul Howard, media personalities Roz Purcell, Ryan Tubridy, Vogue Williams and Caitríona Perry, food writers Rory O’ Connell, Rachel Allen and Neven Maguire and sports stars Shay Given, Philly Mc Mahon, and Colm Cooper.  

Below is the full list of winners for the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017’: Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • Atlas of the Revolution – John Crowley, Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (Cork University Press)

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

  • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea – Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood – Sarah Webb illustrated by Steve Mc Carthy (The O’ Brien Press)

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

  • Stand by Me – Judi Curtin (The O’ Brien Press)

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

  • Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan illustrated by Karen Vaughan (Little Island)

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year

  • Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Break – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Therapy House – Julie Parsons (New Island Books)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • I Found my Tribe – Ruth Fitzmaurice (Chatto & Windus)

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Wounds: A Memoir of War & Love – Fergal Keane (Williams Collins)

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Motherfoclóir – Darach Ó Séaghdha (Head of Zeus)

EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year

  • Cook Well, Eat Well – Rory O’ Connell (Gill Books)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • The Choice – Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly (Gill Books)

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

  • he: A novel – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

Listowel Writer’s Week Irish Poem of the Year

  • Seven Sugar Cubes – Clodagh Beresford Dunne (From the Irish Times)

Writing,ie Short Story of the Year

  • Back to Bones – Christine Dwyer Hickey (Longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award)


Commenting on this year’s winners, Larry Mac Hale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Chairperson, said:

“When you scan the list of award winners, it makes you feel proud to be part of an industry that produces so many great Irish writers. Across all genres, every kind of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, we’re seeing brand names at the very top of their game. What’s even more encouraging is the number of young writers who are breaking through every year. Irish writing is in good hands and I really hope that more and more people will support them by giving books for Christmas this year.”

Dave Kirwan, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy, added,On behalf of Bord Gáis Energy, I’d like to offer my sincerest congratulations to each of the award-winners. Across all categories, we have seen just why Irish literature is held in such high regard around the world. The 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards have shown, yet again, that we in Ireland are blessed with a huge amount of literary talent, so to receive one of these awards is a significant achievement indeed. The quality of the shortlisted entries across each of the categories was incredibly high, and I hope that this year’s event will inspire those who perhaps didn’t win an award this year to enter again in the coming years.  Finally, I’d like to sincerely thank Alastair Giles and the organising committee, and my own team in Bord Gáis Energy, for all of their hard work in bringing this year’s event to such a successful conclusion.”

This year, in excess of 50,000 readers and book lovers made their voices heard and voted to select the winners in each category. From tomorrow (29th November 2017), the public can vote for their overall ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ by going to Voting is open until midday on 15th December and anyone who votes is in with the chance of winning €100 in National Book Tokens. Previous winners of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ include Mike Mc Cormack for Solar Bones, Louise O’ Neil 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.

This year’s awards ceremony was presented by Keelin Shanley and Evelyn O’ Rourke, with each winning author interviewed by RTÉ’s Evelyn O’ Rourke in the Bord Gáis Energy Green Room. These interviews, along with highlights from the awards ceremony, will be broadcast on RTÉ One during the primetime slot of 9:30pm on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.


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The Ireland edition of The Times teams up with Starbucks this Christmas to raise funds for the Irish Youth Foundation

Purchase a coffee in Starbucks, receive a free copy of the Ireland edition of The Times and a donation will be made to the Irish Youth Foundation to help disadvantaged children


The Ireland edition of The Times is teaming up with Starbucks this Christmas to raise funds for the Irish Youth Foundation, the organisation that helps children living in disadvantaged circumstances.

When a customer purchases a coffee in a Starbucks store, a donation will be made to the Irish Youth Foundation and the customer will also receive a complimentary copy of the Ireland edition of The Times. There will be dedicated staff in 73 Starbucks stores across the country to hand out copies of the newspaper. Customers can also text Lapland to 50300 to donate €4 and enter a draw to win a family holiday to Lapland with Sunway Holidays.

The offer, which takes place on Wednesday 29 November, Thursday 30 November, Friday 1 December and Saturday 2 December, will ensure Starbucks customers are well informed on the local and international stories that matter – while also contributing to a very worthy cause.

The activity is being supported by an advertising campaign in the Ireland edition of the Times and on the radio station Dublin’s Q012. A co-ordinated social media campaign by all promotion partners is also scheduled.

Kate Gleeson, Marketing and Sales Manager, The Times and The Sunday Times, Ireland says: “Coffee and news are perfect partners. This association offers customers an opportunity to sip a Starbucks and read great journalism in the Ireland edition of The Times, while also contributing to a very worthy cause. The Irish Youth Foundation does fantastic work nationwide and we are delighted to be in a position to support them this Christmas.”

Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes with the Irish Youth Foundation, says: “News Ireland and Starbucks have been long term generous supporters of our cause and we are delighted to partner with Sunway Holidays this year with this seasonal promotion to win a family holiday to Lapland in 2018. Customers can enter the competition in their local Starbucks or by text donation*.” 

The Ireland Edition of The Times offers readers an in-depth and authoritative mix of news, business, politics and sport as well as insightful opinion and analysis. The publication delivers a well-balanced perspective on local and international stories as well as offering a range of diverse and thought provoking views and opinions from top columnists such as Anne Marie Hourihane, Lise Hand, Cormac Lucey, Jason O’Mahony and satirist Colm Tobin.  

The print edition of the Ireland edition of The Times is on shelves from Monday to Saturday, while the digital edition is available via tablet app, smartphone app or on 

The Irish Youth Foundation exists to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. 30% of children live in deprived households in Ireland (Unicef 2016). These are the children the IYF seeks to help and open up opportunities otherwise unavailable. Achievement starts with opportunity for these young people. The organisation funds and develops projects and programmes across the island of Ireland to support children and young people who need help.

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting the highest quality arabica coffee in the world. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup.


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Irish charities rewarded for IMPACT they make in their local communities at GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017

  • Awards programme recognises and rewards Ireland’s “unsung healthcare heroes” who make a real difference to health and wellbeing in their locality
  • Five winners each receive €10,000 while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each


Five Irish charities were named as winners of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017, with each organisation receiving €10,000 in unrestricted funding.

The awards, now in their third year, are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland, as well as acknowledge the positive outcomes these charities have on patients and their local community.

In addition to the €10,000 prize money, each winning charity also receives a video and photography package for their use in promoting their work and services.

The five winning charities named at the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 were:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited – The national Irish charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company – Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Down Syndrome Centre – The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association – The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre – Based in Cork, the Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.


Five runner-up charities will receive €2,000 each as part of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017. They are:

  • Alcohol Forum – The only alcohol charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol.
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland – Provides information and support to people diagnosed with coeliac disease throughout Ireland. They create awareness of coeliac disease, its symptoms and how to live healthy on a gluten-free diet.
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland – Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) is the only support and service agency in Ireland for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families. Providing person centred service to assist people to engage fully in society.
  • Turn2Me – A website that helps people to get help. The site lets people know that they are not alone and facilitates a safe online community space that allows people to open up and reach out for help.
  • Wexford Mental Health Association – Wexford Mental Health Association promotes positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities and supports existing mental health services in County Wexford.


The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards have been running in the UK and USA for nearly 20 years and is in its third year in Ireland. Charities are required to undertake a lengthy and strict entry process for the awards, which includes a review and presentation of their financials, governance, services and membership growth over the previous twelve months, allowing judges to understand the worthy service and care they provide along with their commitment to transparency, patient focus, integrity and respect – all values that mirror GSK’s culture.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards 2017 were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of professionals that included Maurice Pratt, Chair of Barretstown, former Tánaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney, and Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel.

CEO of The Wheel, Deirdre Garvey and judging panel member commented: “Community-based healthcare charities are uniquely positioned to help communities experiencing disadvantage and poor health outcomes identify the issues that influence their well-being and to develop and implement solutions. The GSK IMPACT Awards provide much-needed support and recognition for these organisations”. 

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK said: “Supporting local healthcare charities is a vital part of GSK’s mission to help people do more, feel better and live longer.   All of the charities shortlisted in this year’s GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and wellbeing in their community.  We have been inspired and moved by our winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health.”

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