The Rooney Prize for Irish Literature is awarded every year for a body of work that the selection committee feels, shows exceptional promise. In certain years a single outstanding work may warrant an award being presented to its author, especially where there is evidence of further writings in progress.
Colin Barrett, has been awarded the Rooney Prize for his first book of short stories, Young Skins, which comprises six stories and a novella. First published in Ireland by The Stinging Fly Press and subsequently published in Britain about six months ago by Jonathan Cape. In Young Skins, Colin Barrett has created a world in a fictional town in county Mayo full of people that we can all identify with. definitely worth a read.