Monday 23 September 2019

Brian O'Driscoll beats Roy Keane in battle of the biographies at book awards

Brian O'Driscoll with his Bord Gais Energy Sports Book Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Brian O'Driscoll with his Bord Gais Energy Sports Book Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
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Brian O'Driscoll trounced Roy Keane in the battle of the biographies at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards last night.

Both sports stars released their memoirs earlier this year and while Keane may have shifted more copies in Irish book stores, O'Driscoll scooped the Sports Book of the Year Award.

Having welcomed his new son Billy into the world last weekend, O'Driscoll was one of the last guests to arrive at the ceremony. "I am delighted to have won," he said. "I never thought I would win - especially given the company."

Majella O'Donnell, Jeffrey Archer, Cecelia Ahern and Graham Norton also picked up awards at the event, which was held in Dublin's Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.

Poet Paul Durcan was presented with the prestigious Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award by playwright Paula Meehan.

And George Hook presented novelist and former MP Jeffrey Archer with the International Recognition Award.

First-time novelist Mary Costello picked up the Eason Novel of the Year award for 'Academy Street'.

Costello's win was quite the coup, given she was up against literary heavyweights John Boyne, David Mitchell, Colm Toibin, Joseph O'Connor and 'The Works' presenter John Kelly.

RTE broadcaster Keelin Shanley hosted the evening, with radio host John Murray, TV3's Sinead Desmond, Brendan O'Connor and children's writer Eoin Colfer handing out awards.

All the winning titles will now be considered for the 'Bord Gais Energy Book of the Year'. Voting is open until midnight on Thursday, December 4.

Chris O'Dowd's book 'Moone Boy' trumped Roddy Doyle's 'Brilliant' in the Specsavers Children's Book of the Year.

Graham Norton's 'The Life and Loves of a He-Devil' scooped the National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year. Louise O'Neill took home the Sunday Independent's Newcomer of the Year Award with 'Only Ever Yours'.

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