Star sports editor's debut on Sports Book of Year shortlist

November 2nd, 2019 10:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

REPRO FREE NO REPRO FEE 24/10/2019 EMBARGOES UNTIL 8PM ON THE 24/10/2019 The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language. Pictured at the shortlist announcement is Kieran McCarthy ©Patrick Bolger The shortlist includes Kevin Barry, Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Emma Dabiri, Niall Breslin, Fintan O’Toole, Samantha Power, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, Jamie Heaslip, Donal Skehan, Andrea Corr, Vicky Phelan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Sinéad Gleeson, Gordon D’Arcy and Paul Howard, Niall Williams, Mary Costello, Joe Duffy and Freya McClements and many more To tie in with the announcement of the An Post Irish Book Awards shortlist, the public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the An Post Irish Book Awards website Votes may be cast until 13th November and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, on Wednesday 20th November. © Patrick Bolger

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A NEW book that champions the incredible success of Skibbereen Rowing Club has been shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

Southern Star sports editor Kieran McCarthy is the author of Something in the Water, the story of how Skibbereen Rowing Club conquered the world.

The Killarney journalist goes behind the scenes to tell the story of Ireland’s most successful rowing club for the first time.

The club that brought the world Gary and Paul O’Donovan, and Ireland’s first-ever Olympic rowing medal, is full of local characters and stories, and they are all captured in this new book that’s already causing waves nationally.

The winner of the Irish Sports Book of the Year will be announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards’ gala ceremony in the Convention Centre in Dublin on Wednesday, November 20th. 

Readers can help by voting online for Something in the Water on the Irish Book Awards website,

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