eir sport has announced the shortlist for the eir Sport Sports Book of The Year with a shortlist of three selected.
The final shortlist for the eir Sport Sports Book of the Year has been announced.
The three shortlisted for the prestigious award are ‘The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish cycling’s golden generation’ with Barry Ryan; ‘The Choice’ by Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly and ‘The Warriors Code’ by Jackie Tyrell with Christy O’Connor.
The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 12th and will win a €1,500 cash prize as well as a specially commissioned trophy and €10,000 worth of advertising on eir Sport.
“It was a difficult task for the judging panel to narrow it down to three contenders this year,” said Glen Killane, MD of eir Sport.
“This shortlist reflects a diversity of writing styles and subject matters.”
“eir sport wishes to commend each author and publisher who submitted books for the award with special congratulations to the three authors and publishers on the final shortlist.”
This is the third year of the eir sport Sports Book of The Year. Last year, the accolade went to Kieran Donaghy’s ‘What Do You Think of That’ as the winner. In the first year, it was won by Dub Sub Confidential by John Leonard.
Philly McMahon’s Biography the Choice would be the favourite if there was not a split vote among the judges between the two GAA titles. He won the Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year Awards presented last night where judging was based on a mix of a public online vote and the votes of an Irish Book Club Awards Academy drawn from booksellers, librarians and authors.
The award is designed to recognise the very best in Irish sports writing by seeking the best sports book published by an Irish author, or sports book with an Irish subject matter. It is run in conjunction with Publishing Ireland and judged by a panel of media chaired by Mark Duncan and including Evanne Ní Chuillin, Malachy Clerkin, Sinead Kissane, Adrian Barry and John Greene.
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