Cork writer Cónal Creedon due to be honoured in his home city
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Cork writer Cónal Creedon due to be honoured in his home city

WRITER Cónal Creedon is set to be honoured in his home city for his work as a playwright, author and documentary filmmaker.

Creedon will receive The Cork City Cultural Award from Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor John Sheehan.

“It is my honour to give it to Conal Creedon,” Cllr Sheehan said.

“He has done a huge amount of work both representing Cork and the ordinary lives of people, and drama, literature and many other things.

“It’s an honour to have a chance to recognise him, particularly in his home city for the work that he has done,” he added.

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Regarding the award, Creedon said: “What a lovely surprise to get the call from City Hall.

"Good news and good will are two great things. I’m feeling very privileged to have so much good will towards me and my work”

Cork-born Creedon has made numerous documentaries throughout his career, which have been broadcast on RTE, with some receiving international screenings at the likes of the World Expo Shanghai in China and at NYU in New York.

Creedon’s stage plays have toured extensively, receiving critical acclaim across the globe and gaining recognition in the New York Theatre Awards and nominations for the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

His latest novel, Begotten not Made, picked up the Bronze Award at the Next Generation Book Awards USA.

It is currently nominated for the soon to be announced Dublin International Book Award, The Montaigne Award USA [Most Thought Provoking Book] and The Eric Hoffer Awards USA.

With his work translated into German, Bulgarian, Italian and Chinese - Mr Creedon is a regular on the International reading circuit.

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In January he was invited to read and present a lecture at the James Joyce Foundation in Zurich.

The Lord Mayor of Cork Culture Award 2020 is the most recent honour conferred on Creedon, who has twice been nominated Cork Person of the Year – in 2001 and 2017.

In 2016 he was made adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at UCC and the following year, in 2017, he was appointed Cork City Council’s Heritage Ambassador for the City.