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Open thread: What is your favourite Irish sports book?

Setanta Sports today unveiled a new award which will recognise the best sports writing in this country.

Former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville and Setanta Sports’ Marketing Operations Director Brian Quinn at today's launch.
Former Armagh footballer Oisín McConville and Setanta Sports’ Marketing Operations Director Brian Quinn at today's launch.

SETANTA SPORTS IS launching a new Irish Sports Book of the Year award.

With the support for Publishing Ireland, the subscription channel today announced an initial four-year commitment to the prize, which aims to recognise excellence in Irish sports writing.

William Hill sponsored a similar award up until 2011, while the Board Gais Energy Sports Books of the Year awards also features a sports category.

Our very own Adrian Russell (editor of The42) will be on the judging panel for the inaugural year along with Adrian Barry (Newstalk), Dave Courtney (Independent Group), Neil Fullerton (Irish Daily Mirror), Robbie Irwin (RTÉ), Tony Leen (Irish Examiner), Malachy Logan (Irish Times),  and Jack White (Irish Daily Mail).

To be eligible, the sports book must be written by an Irish author or on an Irish subject matter and it has to have been published since January of this year. There will be a long list announced in October before it is whittled down to a short list and the winner will be named in December.

In light of the news, we want to know what your favourite Irish sports book is. Let us know in the comments section below…

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