eir Sport today 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, is made up of sports editors and producers from the national media.
The judging panel includes 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
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.
The full longlist is:
Win or Learn - John Kavanagh by Paul Dollery (Penguin Ireland)
The Battle - Paul O'Connell by Paul O'Connell (Penguin Ireland)
Blood, Sweat & McAteer by Jason McAteer (Hachette Ireland)
The Best is Yet to Come by Alan O’Mara (Hachette Ireland)
Spirit of '58 by Evan Marshall (Blackstaff Press)
Full Throttle by Liam Beckett (Blackstaff Press)
Coolmore Stud by Alan Conway (Mercier Press)
Jack Charlton: The Authorised Biography by Colin Young (Hero Books)
My Life In Rugby by Donal Lenihan (Penguin Random House)
Front Up, Rise Up by Gerry Thornley (Penguin Random House)
The Heart and Soul of Kerry Football by Weeshie Fogarty (The Collins Press)
Rob Heffernan's autobiography, Walking Tall by Rob Heffernan (The Collins Press)
Everything to Play For: 99 Poems about Sport by John McAuliffe (Poetry Ireland)
Out Of Control by Cathal McCarron with Christy O’Connor (Simon & Schuster)
What do you think of that? by Kieran Donaghy (Trinity Mirror)
Retired: What happens to footballers when the game's up? by
Alan Gernon (Pitch Publishing)
Blood, sweat, triumph and tears by John Scally (Gill Hess Ltd)
Hand on Heart by Ken McGrath & Michael Moynihan (Gill Hess Ltd)
Second City by Neal Horgan (Sportsproview)
Man tests - The misadventures of an endurance fanatic by Graham Little (Penguin Random House UK)