Opinion Editorial

Saturday 20 January 2018

Prize-winning author Kevin adds to our great literary tradition

ONE of the things that Ireland can be justifiably proud of is its literary tradition. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett re-wrote the rules in the 20th Century, and Shaw, Wilde, O'Casey and Yeats are all towering names in the world of letters.

But the reputation isn't simply historic. Names like Seamus Heaney, Colm Toibin, Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Roddy Doyle are all heavyweights in contemporary fiction. And that's a very selective shortlist. We could go on and on.

Today, we can add another name to that prestigious roll call, following the announcement that Limerick man Kevin Barry has won this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his debut novel 'City of Bohane'.

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