Friday, November 23, 2012

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012

Olympic boxing gold medallist Katie Taylor, John Banville, Eoin Colfer, Catherine Fulvio, Jennifer Johnston, Edna O'Brien, Mary O'Rourke and the late Maeve Binchy were among those honoured at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday night.

Taylor won Sports Book of the Year for My Olympic Dream, Binchy was posthumously honoured with the Eason Popular Fiction Book of the Year for A Week in Winter, while Banville won the Eason Novel of the Year award for Ancient Light. Johnston was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Irish literature.

RTÉ Radio 1's John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award went to Mary O'Rourke for her memoir Just Mary. RTÉ Television will broadcast highlights of the Claire Byrne-hosted awards on RTÉ One on Saturday, November 24 at 11:05pm. Further category winners were;

Edna O'Brien won the Argosy Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Country Girl.
Tana French won the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year for Broken Harbour.
The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year went to Donal Ryan for The Spinning Heart.
The Specsavers Children's Book of the Year Junior category was won by Oliver Jeffers for This Moose Belongs to Me, while Eoin Colfer won the Senior category for Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian.
The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year award went to Catherine Fulvio for Eat Like an Italian.
The International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year was John Crowley, William J Smyth and Mike Murphy's Atlas of the Great Irish Famine.
Bridge Street Books in Wicklow Town was named Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year.

Over 42,000 votes were cast by members of the public, and voting is now open for the overall Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year at, with the winner announced on Monday December 17.  (RTE website 23/11/12)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Library Ireland Week 2012

Library Ireland Week 2012, the 7th year of Library Ireland Week, celebrates and highlights the role of libraries in the community.

Sligo Libraries are pleased to announce the following events which are scheduled to take place in various library branches over the week 12th to 18th November 2012.

Declan Burke Sligo Central Library. Tuesday 13th November 6-7pm.

Eoin McNamee Tubbercurry Library. Thursday 15th November 1-2pm.

Brian Leyden & Gerry Harrington (Author & Musician) Ballymote Library, Thursday 15th November 6-7pm.

Rena Gallogly “The Shadow of the Mountain” Book launch. Sligo Central Library, Friday 16th November 6.30pm.

Pauline McLynn Tubbercurry Community Library: 10.45am. to 11.45am. Friday 16th November for students attending St. Attracta's Community School, Tubbercurry.
Ballymote Community Library: 1.45pm. to 2.45pm. Friday 16th November for students attending Corran College and Coláiste Mhuire