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Petula Martyn, RTE, Celia Holman Lee and Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader..
Multi award winning novelist Donal Ryan and Proud Limerick woman, fashion stylist and TV presenter Celia Holman Lee was also honoured at the ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Multi award winning novelist Donal Ryan has been announced as the 2013 Limerick Person of the Year.
The announcement was made today, Tuesday, April 1st, at a gala awards lunch in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick where Fashion Queen, Celia Holman Lee, was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr Ryan, (37) Castletroy, Limerick achieved worldwide acclaim for his debut novel 'The Spinning Heart' which was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2013. The publication also won the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2012 and the 2013 Guardian First Book Award.
The Spinning Heart, written in 2010, has been described as an original, poignant and timely debut and one of the first literary novels to deal with the catastrophic social and human effects of Ireland’s financial collapse.
Proud Limerick woman, fashion stylist and TV presenter Celia Holman Lee was also honoured at the ceremony with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Limerick Leader editor Alan English said Ms Holman Lee's pride in her city and determination to fly the flag for Limerick at every opportunity was the ultimate reason she was selected for an award.
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