The Arts Council has extended its congratulations to Irish writer Kevin Barry, upon the news that he has been awarded the 2013 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Remarking on the news, Arts Council Chairman Pat Moylan said: "Barry's win is testament to the enormous talent of Irish writers. The Arts Council is committed to supporting writers at all stages of their careers, and is thrilled to see Kevin Barry acknowledged in this way.
"We are especially proud that the Arts Council spotted Barry's exceptional talent at an early stage, and nurtured it through several bursary awards.
"We know that reading and literature play an incredibly important role in Irish people’s lives and the involvement of Dublin City Council in this prestigious award underlines Dublin’s status as a literary capital."
She continued: "City of Bohane, Barry's first novel, is an ambitious and brave work. The Arts Council is delighted to see a writer of Barry's calibre and commitment recognised and to see his work reach an even wider audience through this honour."