Renowned playwright, novelist and documentary filmmaker Cónal Creedon has been awarded this year's Cork Culture Award.
Mr Creedon was proposed by Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor John Sheehan, as the recipient of Cork City Council’s cultural award to mark his outstanding contribution to the artistic and cultural life of the city.
The Lord Mayor received unanimous approval from the members of Cork City Council for his nomination of the well-known writer.
Mr Creedon is being recognised as one of the city’s best known cultural contributors whose documentaries, including The Burning of Cork, have been broadcast on RTÉ and at numerous international screenings including the World Expo in Shanghai and at New York University (NYU).
Mr Creedon was presented with the award by the Lord Mayor during a ceremony filmed in City Hall and other recogniseable locations in the city which was broadcast on Cork City Council’s YouTube channel yesterday.
The Lord Mayor was joined in his Chamber by Cork City Librarian Liam Ronayne who held a fireside chat with Mr Creedon discussing his work to date and his experience living as an artist in the city.
Mr Creedon is known to be very fond of Cork city, having been raised on Devonshire Street in the city, where he opened a laundrette in the 1980s. Growing up, Mr Creedon’s family owned a local shop in the area and many of his family members still reside in Cork.
Mr Creedon has written a number of novel-length works, including Pancho and Lefty Ride Out, Passion Play, The Immortal Deed of Michael O’Leary, and most recently, Begotten Not Made.
His writing has achieved success across a number of prizes, including the Francis MacManus Short Story Award, which he won in 1993.
Begotten Not Made published by Irishtown Press Ltd in 2018 has recently received a number of International Literary Accolades.
The book won the Commercial Literary Fiction category of the Eric Hoffer Award USA 2020. His words won the Bronze Award at the Next Generation Book Awards USA 2019, the book was also one of five finalists at the The Montaigne Award USA for Most Thought Provoking Book and has been nominated for Dublin International Book Award 2020.
Mr Creedon is a regular on the International reading circuit and his work has been translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian and Chinese. In January of this year, he was invited to read and present a lecture at the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich and spoke at NYU New York in November of last year.
As a playwright, his stage plays have toured extensively and achieved high critical acclaim, gaining recognition at various different theatre awards.
The Trial of Jesus (2000) was nominated for The Irish Times Theatre Award, while several of his plays have been nominated and awarded across multiple categories at the New York Theatre Awards, including Best Director in 2009 and Best Actor and Best Playwright in 2013.
In 2005, his Second City Trilogy was commissioned for the Cork European Capital of Culture celebrations.
His work has also been awarded two Business to Arts awards by President Mary McAleese.
A number of his plays have toured to Shanghai as part of the official Irish program at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 and at the Shanghai International Jue Festival.
That’s Shanghai Magazine in China described his short plays as the” highlight” of the awards.
“The highlight of last year’s theatre in Shanghai came all the way from Cork in Irish playwright’s Cónal Creedon’s double-header of short plays — powerful, yet punctuated with humour, lyrical and richly colloquial. They were terrific,” the review read.
Mr Creedon has twice been nominated Cork Person of the Year both in 2001 and 2017.
In 2016, he was honoured by University College Cork (UCC) when he was made adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, having previously served as the university’s Writer in Residence.
He was appointed Cork City Council Heritage Ambassador for the City 2017 and now takes the title of recipient of this year’s Culture Award.
Cork City Council’s Civic Awards will be broadcast on YouTube this evening and the Community Awards will be held on Thursday.