Charleville playwright wins acclaim at New York Awards

Charleville based playwright, Katie Holly’s star has been rising steadily in recent years, garnering her acclaim and accolades in the world of theatre and the Arts.

Now her radio play ‘Sharon’ has won Silver for RTÉ Radio Drama in the New York Radio Awards for Best Digital Drama. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan congratulating the North Cork author who has many family connections in the Fermoy area.

International recognition

“It’s great to see this young North Cork playwright receive international recognition of her talent at the New York Radio Awards. It is well deserved and I can say, on behalf of the Council, that we are very proud to be associated with Katie Holly, and her award-winning work – supporting her in the early stages of her career with the various Art funding schemes available from Cork County Council,” Mayor O’Sullivan said.

Katie acknowledged the value of the Council’s on-going support, saying the win was as much Cork County Council’s as it was hers. “The Council played a large part in the original production, which then led to the Radio recording,” she said.

RTÉ Radio wins Broadcaster of the Year 2019 at New York Festivals for the third consecutive year. (Picture: Kinlan Photography)

A UCC graduate of Drama, Theatre Studies and Music, Katie began establishing in earnest, her reputation as one of Ireland’s most interesting new playwrights with her first play ‘Marion’ premiering at Cork Midsummer Festival 2016.

Hugely popular

Katie received a Cork County Council Artist’s bursary to support the writing and stage production of her second theatre piece ‘Sharon’ which premiered at Cork Midsummer festival in 2017 and proved hugely popular with audiences in West and North Cork during the Fit-up Theatre Festivals the following year.

This year Cork County Council through its Library & Arts Service, commissioned a new play from Katie titled ‘Crossword’, which toured library branches across County Cork during May for the Bealtaine Festival.

Katie is currently working on a sequel to her production ‘The Flowing Tide’ entitled ‘The Rising Tide’ which is funded by the Council’s Creative Communities Scheme and is expected to be in production in December of this year.