O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award

The O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award has been presented annually since 1995 in recognition of outstanding achievement or an invaluable contribution to the book trade by an individual bookseller.


The Elements, a bronze perpetual trophy sculpted by Rowan Gillespie, one of Ireland's leading sculptors. The winner also receives a framed commemorative certificate.


Any Bookseller who:

  • operates on the island of Ireland
  • works in, manages or owns a bookselling business
  • has a minimum of three years' experience as a bookseller in Ireland (not necessarily with the same company)

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The judges for the 2019 award are:

Michael Brennan, MB Book Supplies Ltd
Conor Hackett, HackettFlynn Ltd
Sarah Cassidy, The O'Brien Press
Ivan O’Brien, The O’Brien Press



Nominations are open until Monday 18 February 2019.

Nominations must contain the following:

Nomination details

  • Name of nominated bookseller
  • Bookshop Address
  • Why you think they should win

Nominator details

  • Name
  • Company
  • email address
  • Telephone number 

Please send your nominations by email to bookselleraward@obrien.ie, by fax to 01 4922777 or by hand to any of the judges or an O'Brien Press sales representative. Everyone who nominates will be entered into a draw for a €100 One4All voucher, so get those nominations in!

The 2019 Bookseller of the Year award will be presented at the Booksellers Association annual dinner on Friday 8 March 2019.

The full rollcall of winners is:

  • 1995 Fred Hanna, Fred Hanna Booksellers
  • 1996 Sally Mimnagh, Eason & Son, O'Connell St.
  • 1997 Helen Clear and Gemma Barry, Dubray Books
  • 1998 Frank and David O'Mahony, O'Mahony's Booksellers
  • 1999 Fergal and Irene Stanley, Argosy Libraries
  • 2000 John McNamee, Laois Educational Supplies
  • 2001 Tom Owens, Eason & Son Ltd
  • 2002 Joe Collins, Hodges Figgis
  • 2003 Robert Redmond, The Open Book Company
  • 2004 Dervilla Evans, The Ennis Bookshop
  • 2005 Liz Meldon, Dundrum Books
  • 2006 Siobhán Tierney, Hughes & Hughes Booksellers
  • 2007 Eoin McHugh, Eason Wholesale
  • 2008 Mary Healy, Argosy Books
  • 2009 David O'Callaghan, Eason & Son Ltd
  • 2010 John Cotter, The Book Centre, Waterford
  • 2011 Gina O'Donnell, Hodges Figgis
  • 2012 Lynn Crampton, Dubray Grafton Street
  • 2013 Ronan Richmond, Argosy Books
  • 2014 John Treacy, International Education Services
  • 2015 Susan Walsh, Dubray Books
  • 2016 Bob Johnston, The Gutter Bookshop
  • 2017 Maria Dickenson, Dubray
  • 2018 Liz Walsh, Stone House Books