University Janitor Wins a Prestigious Writing Award


Trinity College recently awarded its Rooney Prize for Irish Literature to its very own janitor, Caitriona Lally. Her novel, Eggshells, has quickly gained popularity around the world and is rising through the Amazon charts. It joins together the worlds of an urban environment and Irish mythology through its protagonist, a socially awkward girl named Vivian. The Rooney Prize honors Irish writers under the age of 40 and includes an $11,300 award, which Lally says gave her a large confidence boost and inspired her to start writing her second novel. As a woman with an occupation that society would often look down upon, Lally proves that true literary talent stems from an individual’s intellect, not her day job.

For Further Reading:

Check out Caitriona Lally’s book, Eggshells, on Amazon.


Discussion Question:

Do you have a favorite book or author that many people might not know about?


Action Item:

Take a look at some of the past winners of the Rooney Prize and explore their work.


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