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Inaugural Michel Déon prize awarded to Breandán MacSuibhne

At a ceremony in Iveagh House today, the Royal Irish Academy awarded the inaugural Michel Déon Prize to Breandán MacSuibhne for his book The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland (Cork University Press).

The €10,000 prize is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and open to a non-fiction writer domiciled in Ireland. In selecting the winner, the judging panel looked for: originality; quality of writing and contribution to knowledge and/or public debate. In alternate years the prize will be awarded by the Académie Française to a fiction writer domiciled in France. Michel Déon, who lived in Ireland from the 1970s until his death, is considered to have been one of the most innovative French writers of the twentieth century.

Breandán MacSuibhne is a historian of modern Ireland and a fellow of the Moore Institute for the Humanities in the National University of Ireland, Galway (PhD, Carnegie Mellon). His publications include, with David Dickson, The Outer Edge of Ulster (2000), an annotated edition of the longest lower-class account of Ireland's Great Famine. As well as the prize money, Mr. MacSuibhne will also have the opportunity to give the 'Michel Déon Lecture' in France in 2019.

Speaking after the ceremony, Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, T.D. said:

“I would like to join in congratulating Breandán Mac Suibhne and all of the short-listed authors.  The Michel Déon Prize supports modern writers of non-fiction and new artists who seek to develop and strengthen their cultural work. I am delighted that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has funded this prize, and I look forward to it growing as a key moment in our shared cultural calendar.”

Press Office
03 December 2018

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