Colum McCann Awarded Prize
HSH Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco
to present 'The Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace'to Colum McCann

Prince Albert of Monaco presented 'The Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary Award in Memory of Princess Grace' to Irish author Colum McCann during the Ireland Fund of Monaco gala dinner at the Hôtel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, on Saturday 5th October 2002. The fifteen thousand Euro prize has been created to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the death of Princess Grace (November 1929-September 1982).

Born in Dublin in 1965, Colum McCann was educated at Rathmines College of Commerce. He left Ireland in 1986 and spent two years touring the USA. After having worked as a journalist in the USA and Ireland, and in mental institutions in Great Britain, he settled in New York in 1998 and now divides his time between there and Dublin. He has already won two Hennessy Prizes and a Rooney Prize. His works include the short stories Fishing the Sloe Black River (1994), filmed in 1995; the novels Songsdogs (1995), later adapted to screen; and This Side of Brightness (1998) about the Irish and Afro-American builders of New York's subways, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His collection of one novella and two short stories published in 2000 Everything in This Country Must deals with teenagers caught up in the Northern Irish troubles, and was shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize.

The Ireland Fund of Monaco, under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III, was founded by Mr A W B Vincent in October 1998.

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