Congratulations to P.G. O’Connor, winner of the 2011 Sean O’Faolain Award for his story The Haggard. Sean O’Faolain Award judge, Ian Wild, said that he chose The Haggard as the winning story because of it’s distinctive voice, original prose, earthy characterisation, compelling storytelling, clever use of recurring motifs and narrative drive.
And further congratulations go to Eileen Casey, winner of the 2011 Hennessy Emerging Fiction Award for her story “Macaw”. Eileen Casey’s fiction has also received The Maria Edgeworth Award, Listowel Writers’ Week Short Fiction Prize and The Cecil Day Lewis Award. To date, her stories have been published in the Moth, Verbal Arts Magazine and the Sunday Tribune, among others.