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Thursday 19 September 2019

Game of Thrones author George RR Martin thanks people of Ireland for An Post International Recognition Award 2019

George RR Martin
George RR Martin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

George RR Martin has thanked the people of Ireland for the An Post International Recognition Award for 2019.

The world-renowned author and creator of Game of Thrones, will receive the award as part of this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards.

“I am honoured to be receiving this award and thankful to the people of Ireland for bestowing it upon me,” he said.

The author joins an impressive roll call of previous recipients of the award including David Walliams, Jilly Cooper, Jeffrey Archer and Bill Bryson.

The award recognises his contribution to fantasy and science fiction over the past four decades.

His first fantasy novel in the A Song of Fire and Ice series, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996 and the series has since earned worldwide sales of more than 90 million copies.

While the Emmy award-winning HBO TV series based on the series wrapped earlier this year, fans are eagerly awaiting the sixth and seventh instalments in the book series.

Maria Dickenson, Chair of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said that recipients of the award are authors who have “contributed substantially” to the Irish book trade and who have a “large corpus of popular work behind them”.

“A Song of Ice and Fire has become much more than a landmark series of books. The series has been elevated to the ultimate pantheon of J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis,” she said.

“A Game of Thrones is now an iconic artefact of popular culture, a cottage industry, a primer for the conduct of foreign policy among nations, the locus for impassioned debates about the very nature of power and the interplay of good and evil. 

“It looms large in the collective imagination of millions of fans, not least in Ireland, and in particular in Northern Ireland, now known as The Home of Thrones.”

Martin will receive the award at a special event in the GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin on 20th August, ahead of the 2019 awards event on 20th November in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

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