eir Sport has announced details of the longlist of entries for what is the second year of the eir Sport Sports Book of the year.
Twenty books in total are in the running to follow in the footsteps of last year’s inaugural winner Dub Sub Confidential by former Dublin footballer John Leonard.
The judging panel, which will again be independently chaired by Mark Duncan, was also confirmed today. The panel is made up of sports editors and producers from the national media.
Brian Quinn, Operations Director of eir Sport commented, “When we decided to begin a new award scheme to recognise the best in Irish sports writing in the middle of last year, we could not have foreseen just how successful year one would have been. The standard of entries was remarkably high and in Dub Sub Confidential we had a book that was a compelling read for any sports fan due to its honesty, wit and excellence.
“This year’s longlist is again full of quality writing and I am certain that the judging panel will arrive at a book that will be a worthy winner of the accolade of eir Sport Sports Book of the Year.
“I would like to thank our partners at Publishing Ireland and the publishing houses throughout the country without whom this scheme could not be a success.
“I’d also like to thank Mark and the judging panel. They have a tough task ahead of them this year!”
The winning author of the eir Sport Sports Book of the Year will receive a €1,500 cash prize, a specially commissioned trophy and €10,000 worth of TV advertising on eir Sport.
The final shortlist will be announced on Monday, November 28 with an awards event taking place in Dublin in early December where this year’s winner will be revealed.
Win or Learn - John Kavanagh; Paul Dollery; Penguin Ireland
The Battle - Paul O'Connell; Paul O'Connell; Penguin Ireland
Blood, Sweat & McAteer; Jason McAteer; Hachette Ireland
The Best is Yet to Come; Alan O’Mara; Hachette Ireland
Spirit of '58; Evan Marshall; Blackstaff Press
Full Throttle; Liam Beckett; Blackstaff Press
Coolmore Stud; Alan Conway; Mercier Press
Jack Charlton: The Authorised Biography; Colin Young; Hero Books
My Life In Rugby; Donal Lenihan; Penguin Random House
Front Up, Rise Up; Gerry Thornley; Penguin Random House
The Heart and Soul of Kerry Football; Weeshie Fogarty; The Collins Press
Rob Heffernan's autobiography, Walking Tall; Rob Heffernan; The Collins Press
Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport; John McAuliffe; Poetry Ireland
Out Of Control; Cathal McCarron with Christy O’Connor; Simon & Schuster
What do you think of that?; Kieran Donaghy; Trinity Mirror
Retired: What happens to footballers when the game's up?; Alan Gernon; Pitch Publishing
Blood, sweat, triumph and tears; John Scally; Gill Hess Ltd
Hand on Heart; Ken McGrath & Michael Moynihan; Gill Hess Ltd
Second City; Neal Horgan; Sportsproview
Man tests - The misadventures of an endurance fanatic; Graham Little; Penguin Random House UK
Shane Scanlon - Irish Independent
Brian Flanagan - Irish Daily Star
Jack White - Irish Daily Mail
Malachy Logan - Irish Times
Jacqui Hurley - RTÉ
Adrian Barry - Newstalk 106-108fm
Michael Foley - Sunday Times
Dion Fanning - SportsJoe.ie