Barry joins North American trio for honorary degree
TOP Irish author Sebastian Barry was honoured for his outstanding contribution to literature last night.
The Dublin-born author, who was twice shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize, was one of four people who received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
'New York Times' columnist Maureen Dowd, Coca-Cola executive vice-president Irial Finan and Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty were also honoured.
NUI Galway president Dr Jim Browne said: "NUI Galway is fortunate to be associated with many outstanding honorary graduates throughout its history and those being honoured this year form a particularly distinguished group.
"Each one has made an outstanding and distinctive contribution to the diverse fields of literature, journalism, business, public administration and government."
Mr Barry was conferred with a degree of doctor of literature.
The graduates join the ranks of honorary alumni which include Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Enya and actress Anjelica Huston.