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Kevin Barry is 2013 IMPAC winner

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Barry - "The fact that this award originates with the libraries is what makes it very special for me"

Irish writer Kevin Barry has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel, City of Bohane.

It is the third time that an Irish author has won the €100,000 prize.

The Award is organised by Dublin City Libraries, on behalf of Dublin City Council and sponsored by IMPAC, an international management productivity company.

Kevin Barry, who hails from Limerick and lives in Sligo, received the trophy and cheque at the presentation dinner following the announcement on Thursday night.

Commenting on his win, the author said: "The fact that this award originates with the libraries is what makes it very special for me - libraries are where we learn that we can live our lives through books."

City of Bohane beat off competition from 153 other titles, nominated by 160 libraries from 44 countries.

"I'm thrilled to see an Irish author of such immense talent take home this year's award," said the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Patron of the Award, Naoise Ó Muirí.

The shortlist of 10 novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges included titles from France, Iceland, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the US.

The prize was previously awarded to Colm Tóibín in 2006 for The Master and to Colum McCann in 2011 for Let the Great World Spin.

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