The results of the Ghradam Reics Carlo Young person book award were announced Tuesday night in the National Library, Dublin.
The winner was “Mac Ri Eireann” written by Catriona Hastings, illustrated by Andrew Whitson, published by their publishing company An tSnáthaid Mhór.
Ghradam Uí Shúilleabháin 2011, the award for the book of the year went to Máire Mhac an tSaoi, with her book ‘Scéal Ghearóid Iarla’, published by Leabhar Breac.

Unfortunately Hiudai Beag didn’t come away with the prize but I am so happy to have the honour of being amongst the first illustrators to be recognised for this award.
It was the perfect venue in which to celebrate the quality and variety of Irish language book publishing in Ireland today.
With the mature and very young in attendance it really showed how the language is being passed on through the generations.
I meet a great bunch of people in Tadgh, Breda, Ailbhe and illustrator Brian Fitzgerald representing Fata Futa. Like myself coming from Cork, they travelled quite a distance from Clifden to attend.
A few encouraging words from Ferdia Mac an Fhailigh of Foras na Gailge has prompted me to get out there and use and improve my level of irish. Thanks Ferdia.

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