Clonakilty author named Cork Person of the Month

Clonakilty author named Cork Person of the Month
Pictured at the award presentation l/r were Pat Lemasney, Southern, Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, AM O’Sullivan PR, Louise O’Neill, Cork Person of the Month, Pat Barrett, Lexus Cork, and Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser.

Critically acclaimed writer and columnist Louise O’Neill has been named Cork Person of the Month for August 2018.

The Clonakilty native’s book ‘Asking For It’, which examined rape culture in Ireland, was commissioned for a spin-off play and was the inspiration for an RTÉ documentary.

A movie is also in pre-production and the play will be back on stage this November at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Ms O’Neill also writes a weekly column for the Irish Examiner newspaper, covering topics such as as gender politics, women’s rights, and challenging subjects like anorexia and bulimia.

“Louise is a feminist and very politically engaged,” said awards organiser Manus O’Callaghan.

“She is one of Cork’s bravest and most honest writers as well as being a great writer.

“Her work is important for both young and old alike and for both male and female,” he added.

When she started publishing back in 2014, The Guardian called O’Neill “the best Young Adult fiction writer alive today”.

She now writes for a general audience and her Irish number-one bestseller Asking For It has won numerous awards.

Her work is in constant demand and attracts film and television rights from production companies globally.

Ms O’Neill’s name now goes forward, with the other monthly award winners chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year at a Gala Awards function on January 18, 2019 at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.

Last month saw jockey Davy Russell claim the award.

The Youghal man is the only Cork based Jockey to win a Grand National, which he achieved this year.

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