City honours writer and fashion guru
NOVELIST Donal Ryan and fashion guru Celia Holman Lee have been honoured at the Limerick People of the Year awards.
The 37-year-old writer achieved worldwide acclaim for his debut novel 'The Spinning Heart' which was longlisted for the Booker Prize last year.
The book also won the Bord Gais Energy Book of the Year 2012 and the 2013 Guardian First Book Award.
He had endured some 47 rejections from publishers before 'The Spinning Heart' was rescued from the slush pile by an intern working at Lilliput Press in Dublin who raved about it to the publisher, Antony Farrell.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in the Clarion Hotel, the public servant, who lives in Castletroy, Limerick, said: "I accept this for and on behalf of the other nominees all of whom are incredible . . . even though I am a Tipperary man I love being able to say that I am from Limerick," he joked.
Ms Holman Lee said she was "delighted and humbled".
The well-known model agent, who started her business 40 years ago, said: "It is particularly pleasing to get an award from your home city the place I love more than anywhere else in the world."