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And the winners of the Irish Book Awards haul are...

Well done you two…

WE KNEW YOU lot liked books, but we didn’t know just HOW much.

Almost 1,500 of you entered our competition over the past 24 hours to win six of the best books shortlisted for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (with almost everyone getting the answer right – the awards will be held on 26 November).

The competition closed at 6pm tonight, and we picked two names out of the hat (well, out of the email inbox) at random.

Each winner will receive all of the books shortlisted for the Best Irish Published Book of the Year, which you can see below.

But that’s enough preamble. The winners are…

  • Leona Hudson from Dublin 15
  • KarolAnne Fitzpatrick from Cavan


Congratulations you two. The books will be posted out to you this week. Happy reading!

The books are: 


  • Judging WT Cosgrave by Michael Laffan
  • Dancehall Days by Michael O’Reilly
  • TK Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot by Anne Chambers
  • Dubliners 100 by Thomas Morris
  • The Glorious Madness by Turtle Bunbury
  • The Long Acre by PJ Cunningham

Previously: Win a big haul of books from this year’s Irish Book Awards > 

Read: What’s been your favourite Irish book this year? > 

Read: Ireland’s ‘poet of the people’ honoured for a lifetime’s great work > 

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