Galwayman Wins Major Oireachtas Literary Prize Again
Galwayman Brian Ó Broin has been awarded first prize in the national literary competition An t-Oireachtas for his novel An Eachtra sa Chaisleán agus an Triuf ("The Incident in the Castle and the Trump Card").
Dr. Ó Broin, who lives in New Jersey with his wife Jo Schuster and daughters Ána and Fiona, is Professor of Linguistics and Medieval Literature at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. The prize was awarded in Killarney on the 1st of November, the first day of the Oireachtas's performance festival.
Dr. Ó Broin's novel is directed at teenage readers, and is set in the historic and picturesque "Tír idir Dhá Loch" between An Spidéal and Loch Corrib, where the obnoxious American Developer Dónall Triuf is trying to illegally buy up land for his luxury resort and golf course. The protagonists are New York-based teenagers on holiday in Ireland who uncover the plot.
An t-Oireachtas has been held annually since 1897. Dr. Ó Broin previously won Oireachtas prizes in 2001 for his full-length play Na hEorpaigh ("The Europeans") and in 2015 for his novel An Eachtra ar Oilean na Rún ("The Island of Secrets").
Dr. Ó Broin was educated in Galway (Scoil Fhursa, Coláiste Iognáid, and NUIG) and Dublin (Blackrock College) before going on to graduate studies in Cork, Germany, and the United States.
More about the novel here: https://sites.google.com/view/caisleantriuf/home
More about the Oireachtas here: www.antoireachtas.ie
More about Dr. Ó Broin here: https://sites.google.com/site/professorbrianobroin/