The Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the United States, goes to writer Frank McCourt for the book 'Angela's Ashes' and a depiction of "the stink of poverty" in Limerick.

Angela's Ashes is a chronicle of a life of deprivation and poverty in Limerick during the 1930s and 1940s.

For a book from a first-time author to become an instant best-seller and remain on the New York Times best-seller list for thirty weeks is a rare enough achievement. Even rarer still is for the author to go on  to win the Pulitzer Prize, America's most prestigious literary award.

A shocked and surprised Frank McCourt speaks to Clodagh Walsh by telephone from New York after the announcement was made that he had won the prize. He explains his reasons for writing the book.

To lay down a part of history, to write a testament to my mother and to give a depiction of poverty which you rarely come across in any kind of writing.

Born in Limerick, Frank McCourt emigrated to America and claims that he carried a chip on his shoulder about Limerick.

I'm haunted by Limerick all the time and Ireland itself.

A 'Morning Ireland' report broadcast on 9 April 1997. The presenter is Aine Lawlor. The reporter is Clodagh Walsh.