Award-winning author Joseph O'Connor has been announced as the inaugural Frank McCourt Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick (UL).

In a statement announcing his appointment, the University said: "Professor O'Connor will officially join the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences this Summer and will teach students of the new UL Masters in Creative Writing programme set to commence in September 2014."

Commenting on his new position, named in honour of the late Limerick-born author Frank McCourt, O'Connor said: "I am thrilled, grateful and deeply honoured to be entrusted with this new position at the University of Limerick. 

"Frank McCourt was a writer of immense gifts and extraordinary achievements. But he was a teacher first and last. He knew teaching can change lives."

O'Connor added: "With my colleagues I look forward to building a first-rate Creative Writing department at UL, a programme that is fit for 21st century purpose, and working hard for all lovers of literature and storytelling in Limerick."

As part of O'Connor's new role, he will also present public literary events in the Limerick area.