'Irish' writer Majella wins newcomer award
Majella Ní Dhomhnaill from Killarney Road in Bray won an award last week in the Best New Writer category at the annual Oireachtas na Gaeilge Literary Competitions.
The awards were held in Croke Park last Tuesday night and recognised Irish language writers in fiction, short stories, song writing and journalism.
Majella won this prize for her piece 'Cuimhní Poircealláin', a collection of 16 short stories which cover themes such as cyber-bullying, exam pressure, and the recession.
A former pupil of Loreto Dalkey, 26-year-old Majella now lives in Sandyford with her partner Ciarán.
She credits her secondary-school Irish teacher Elizabeth Murdoch as well as her mentor and fellow-writer Micheál O'Rourke with instilling in her a passion for the Irish language.
She wrote the collection of stories over the course of a year. 'I love writing in Irish,' said Majella, who is an actuary at Allianz insurance.
It was always her ambition to write a collection of stories, so when she completed them she felt it would be worth entering the competition.
She still comes back to Bray regularly to visit the family home as well as to play keyboard for the St. Fergal's Gospel Choir.
'It's brilliant to get the recognition from a body as respected as Oireachtas na Gaeilge,' said Majella.