Children's authors dominated the "most-borrowed-from-the-library" lists in Ireland's 350 public libraries in 2011.
Eight children's authors made it into the top list for last year.
Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, was the most popular author for the third successive year with over 125,000 library loans.
Classic stories continue to delight today's children with stars such
as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl in the top ten,
alongside Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon, and Jacqueline Wilson.
While Adam Blade, author of 60 books in the Beast Quest fantasy
series, entered the top 10 for the first time.
Irish writers and illustrators, both children's and adult, are
attracting lots of Irish readers, with 15 featuring in the top 100.
Darren Shan, author of horror and fantasy books which have sold close to 15 million copies worldwide, is the most popular Irish author for the third year running.
Joseph O'Connor's Ghost Light, Dublin City's 'One City One Book' for 2011, was the nation's most borrowed book last year.
Reacting to the news, Mr O'Connor said: 'I'm deeply honoured that Ghost Light is the most borrowed book of 2011. All my life since childhood I have been a lover of our libraries.”
Fiction continues to dominate and works by Irish authors are very
popular, with 34 making it into the top 100.
Room, the international bestseller and award-winning novel by Emma Donoghue is the second most borrowed fiction book by an Irish author.
€179,047.46 was paid out to 4,047 authors in respect of their total library loans.
12 authors received the maximum payment of €1,000, and the
rate-per-loan was €0.05.