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The Tipperary-born author was one of 12 winners. ©The European Prize for Literature

Irish author Donal Ryan has won the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature with his debut novel The Spinning Heart.

Story by Anita McSorley @Anita_UTV

The Tipperary-born author was one of 12 winners at the opening ceremony of the London Book Fair on Tuesday.
The award recognises the best new and emerging authors in Ireland.
He was nominated alongside Irish authors Mary Costello and Deirdre Sullivan for the prestigious award, which awards each of the 12 winners €5,000 (£3,667).
He joins winners from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.
The Spinning Heart, which tells the tale of small-town life in Limerick in the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2013 and won the Guardian First Book Award the same year.
Mr Ryan will receive his award during a gala ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels on 23 June.