Fr Anthony Gaughan wins Kerry Association in Dublin arts award

Listowel-born author was presented with the award at the National Library, Dublin

Historian and author Fr Anthony Gaughan who received the Kerry Association in Dublin arts award at the National Library, Dublin with RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan and Keelin Kissane, chairwoman  of the association.

Historian and author Fr Anthony Gaughan who received the Kerry Association in Dublin arts award at the National Library, Dublin with RTÉ presenter Miriam O’Callaghan and Keelin Kissane, chairwoman of the association.

 

Listowel-born historian and author Fr Anthony Gaughan has received this year’s Kerry Association in Dublin arts award.

Association chairwoman Keelin Kissane said the awards’ committee had chosen Fr Gaughan because of his long and distinguished literary career.

“It is no surprise, perhaps, that he comes from a great literary part of Kerry which has produced so many great writers over the decades,’’ she said.

Fr Gaughan, a former parish priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin, has written biographies of Irish historical figures, a history of Listowel, and has contributed more than 95 articles to professional journals.

His books include Austin Stack: Portrait of a Separatist and Alfred O’Rahilly:Controversialist. He has written two memoirs, At the Coalface and Recollections of a Writer by Accident.

Fr Gaughan was presented with his award by RTÉ broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan at a reception in the National Library, Dublin on Wednesday.

Ms O’Callaghan referred to Fr Gaughan’s prolific output in a long literary career, including 25 books and numerous articles.

“He has a great sense of place and pride in the past,’’ she said.

Association chairwoman Keelin Kissane and president Christy McCarthy also paid tribute to Fr Gaughan.

Former minister for the arts Jimmy Deenihan, who is chairman of the awards’ committee, spoke of the major contribution Fr Gaughan has made to Listowel Writers’ Week over the years.