O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award

Bookseller of the Year 2020: Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookshop

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The winner of the O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award 2020 is Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookshop, Trim, Co Meath. Congratulations Antonia!

The judges in their citation said

Committed to sharing her love of books with all readers, young and old, she is hugely supportive of Irish publishing and authors.
Firmly embedded in the community she reaches beyond the shop’s confines to run events and book clubs, and to support festivals.
In a book world that has seen many changes in the last fifteen years, she regularly reinvents what it means to be a successful local bookseller.

Antonia is a worthy winner! To see her reaction to the win, and to hear with her colleagues, local authors, fellow booksellers and others say about her, we have prepared a video which you can see here or watch below.



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 winner's name is added to The Elements, a bronze perpetual trophy sculpted by Rowan Gillespie, one of Ireland's leading sculptors. The winner keeps the award for the year, and 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)


The judges for the 2020 award were:

  • Louise Dobbin, Repforce Ireland
  • Paul Neilan, Gill Books
  • Siobhán Tierney, Hachette Ireland
  • Ivan O’Brien, The O’Brien Press

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Judging of 2021 Award

The judges for the 2021 award are

  • Lorraine Levis, Penguin Random House
  • Leslie Syms, Argosy Books
  • Elena Browne, The O'Brien Press
  • Ivan O'Brien, The O'Brien Press

The winner will be announced soon ...

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
  • 2019 Caitríona Bennett, Argosy Books
  • 2020 Antonia Daly, Antonia's Bookstore, Trim