A Kerry poet been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious international literary prizes.
Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill has been named laureate of the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award for 2018, a distinction primarily in the field of poetry.
Nuala is the niece of late academic scholar Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta and spent much of her childhood in Ceann Trá in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht.
Leading poets have translated her work to English – including Seamus Heaney – and her work has also been translated into Japanese, Turkish and Italian.
Edward Hirsch, chair of this year’s Herbert jury, said Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill was a ground-breaking and courageous poet who is both local and international, a poet who has helped to sustain and remake her language.