The 2002 Hennessy New Irish Writer Award has been won by Dubliner Alan Monaghan for his short story ‘The Soldier's Song’.

He was also the winner in the Emerging Fiction Category.

At the award ceremony this evening (in the Four Seasons Hotel), the judges described the winning story as a 'moving, harrowing and emotional account of the execution of Erskine Childers'.

Tánaiste Mary Harney presented the writer with a cheque for €4,000 as well a silver salver.

Alan Monaghan served an apprenticeship as a boilermaker in Guinness's brewery and subsequently became an engineer.

Author Dermot Bolger won the inaugural Hall of Fame award for work in encouraging new Irish writing.