O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award

O'Brien Bookseller of the Year 2022: Alan Johnston, Bookstation

Brenda Boyne presenting the trophy to the winner of the O'Brien Bookseller of the Year Award 2022, Alan Johnston, Marketing Director, Bookstation. 

The judges in their citation said

With a voracious curiosity, genuine love of books and uncanny eye for a bestseller, he always puts the book at the heart of whatever he is doing.
Constantly driving change, whether on the shop floor or in head office roles, he backs up instinct with huge knowledge and courage.
Alan is both an inspiring and enthusiastic colleague and a genuinely collaborative partner to so many in the book world.

Congratulations Alan!


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)

BooksellerAward - BOTY-award

Judging of 2022 Award

The judges for the 2022 award were

  • Brian Blennerhassett, Butler Sims 
  • Jacq Murphy, Harper Collins Ireland
  • Davy Adamson, Pan Macmillan
  • Ivan O’Brien, The O’Brien Press

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
  • 2021 Louisa Cameron, Raven Books
  • 2022 Alan Johnston, Bookstation