eir sport has launched the 2018 eir Sport Sports Book of the Year. This is the fourth year of the award designed to recognise and reward the very best in Irish sports writing, and is supported by Publishing Ireland.
The eir sport Book of the Year will seek to find the best sports book published by an Irish author in 2018, or sports book with an Irish subject matter.
The winning author will receive a €1,500 cash prize and a specially commissioned trophy while €10,000 worth of TV advertising on eir sport is also on offer for the winning entry.
Last year’s award was claimed by Dublin footballer and six-time All-Ireland winner, Philly McMahon for his profound and inspirational memoir ‘The Choice’.
In 2016, recently retired Kerry footballer, Kieran Donaghy claimed the eir sport book of the year award and in 2015, former Dublin football keeper John Leonard was awarded for ‘Dub Sub Confidential’.
“eir sport is delighted to announce the fourth year of the eir sport Book of the Year Award,” said Susan McCarthy, Managing Director of Consumer and Small Business at eir.
“We’re looking forward to recognising Irish sports writing and excited to see all the entries. Huge thanks once again, must go to Publishing Ireland for their continued support of the award and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
“Irish sports writing is booming, as our national passions for sport and reading combine,” added Ivan O’Brien, President of Publishing Ireland.
“The eir sport Book of the Year award always yields a strong shortlist and rewards the carefully chosen winner with fantastic exposure. Publishing Ireland is delighted to partner with eir on the award again in 2018, and we encourage all publishers to submit their titles.”
The judging panel will be made up of Paul Kimmage, Malachy Clerkin, Adrian Barry, Adrian Russell, Cliona Foley, Clare McNamara, Colm O’Connor and Mike Scully.