Fermanagh actor and author, Ciaran McMenamin’s debut novel has been shortlisted for a book award.
Dubbed as the Irish version of ‘Trainspotting’, McMenamin’s ‘Skintown’ has been nominated for the Annie McHale Debut Novel of the Year Award.
The award was set up in memory of radio presenter, Jacinta Matthews’ mother.
Describing her mother, Annie as “a wonderful, warm, inspiring and creative lady who entered the hearts of everyone she met”, Jacinta says: “She always admired anyone who took a chance on their beliefs and kept going towards their goal”. 
“It is extremely hard to get a first book published, to find that one person who sees your dream and runs with it,” says Jacinta, “So this award is to spur you on in your challenge and your goals.”
Retweeting a fellow nominee after hearing news of his own nomination, Ciaran said: “Well thrilled to be shortlisted for the Annie McHale debut Novel award with these fantastic authors. Thank you @MatthewsJacinta.”
The winner will be announced in February.