Saturday 10 December 2016

Poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa scoops €10,000 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature

Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30

Doireann Ní Ghríofa at Trinity College for the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2016 award. Photo: Arthur Carron
Doireann Ní Ghríofa at Trinity College for the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature 2016 award. Photo: Arthur Carron

Poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa has been named the 2016 winner of Ireland's oldest literary award - the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

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Ní Ghríofa will receive €10,000 as part of her prize.

Now in its 40th year, the Rooney Prize is awarded for a body of work by a young Irish writer that shows exceptional promise.

The event was attended by previous winners and literary heavyweights including Frank McGuinness, Fiction Laureate Anne Enright, Kevin Barry and Sara Baume.

Ireland Chair of Poetry Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin described Ní Ghríofa as "a poet to watch, with a fresh view of the world".

"The sureness of her touch and the skill with which she handles language and shapes her poems are almost invisible," Ní Chuilleanáin added.

Born in Galway, Ní Ghríofa began writing poetry in 2009.

Significant

Her recent collection of poetry, 'Clasp', was a significant factor in being awarded the prize.

The bilingual writer was previously awarded the Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry in translation.

Last night's celebrations also paid tribute to former US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney and his wife, Patricia, who have supported the award.

The prize ceremony took place in Trinity College's Dining Hall and was hosted by Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast. Several of the writers gave readings during the evening.

Irish Independent

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