Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture won both the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Award and The Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award at the "glittering Irish Book Awards 2009 ceremony in the Mansion House in Dublin," the Irish Independent reported.
Marian Keyes won the Easons Popular Fiction Award for her novel, This Charming Man. Seamus Heaney took the Argosy Non-Fiction Award for Stepping Stones: Interviews with Seamus Heaney. Dennis O'Driscoll and Edna O'Brien was honored with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other winners included Ronan O'Gara's autobiography (Energise Sports Book of the Year), Alice Taylor's The Parish (Best Irish Published Book of the Year), Alex Barclay's Blood Runs Cold (Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award), Ronan O'Brien's Confessions of a Fallen Angel (Newcomer of the Year), Derek Landy's Playing with Fire (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 2) (Children's Award, senior section) and Benji Bennett's Before You Sleep [picture book] (Children's Award, junior section).