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EUR27K PRIZE FOR IRISH NOVELIST.

Byline: By MIRROR REPORTER

AUTHOR Sebastian Barry Sebastian Barry (b. 5 July 1955, Dublin) is an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet. He is the son of the late Irish actress Joan O'Hara.

Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, his academic posts have included Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1984) and
 was congratulated yesterday after winning the Costa Book Of The Year award.

The 53-year-old Dubliner scooped the EUR EUR

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27,000 prize for his novel The Secret Scripture despite judges being unhappy with the ending.

Arts Minister Martin Cullen Martin Cullen (Irish: Máirtín Ó Cuilinn; born 2 November, 1954) is a senior Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for Waterford since 1987 and is the current Minister for Social & Family Affairs.  said the award was a wonderful personal accomplishment for Barry.

He added: "I extend my congratulations to Sebastian Barry for his outstanding achievement in winning the Costa Award.

"It is due recognition for the incredible talent and creativity that has been fostered by the Irish literary community.

"And it is a wonderful personal accomplishment for Sebastian."

The novel focuses on an elderly woman who, on nearing her 100th birthday, struggles to cope when the nursing home where she has spent the final years of her life closes.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2009
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