Sally Rooney

  • Normal People is among the programmes nominated for the 2021 Broadcasting Press Guild TV and Streaming Awards.

    The TV show set in Sligo and Dublin, based on the novel by Castlebar author Sally Rooney, is up for best drama series.

    Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal are nominated for best actress and actor respectively.


    Meanwhile, the cast has been announced for the upcoming TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's first novel - Conversations with Friends.

    Element Pictures will film the series  in co-operation with the BBC and streaming service Hulu, with Lenny Abrahamson directing.

    Coming after the phenomenal success of Normal People which made stars of Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones, expectations are high.

    Filming will take place this year in Dublin, Belfast and overseas, and the series is scheduled for broadcast in 2022.



  • "Normal People" - the TV adaptation of Castlebar author Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel - has received 7 nominations at this year's BAFTA TV awards, including best mini-series.

    Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal have both been recognised in the leading actor categories.

    The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony takes place on 6th June on BBC One.

  • "Normal People" - based on the novel by Castlebar author Sally Rooney - was the big winners at last night's virtual Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, winning 9 awards in total.

     The awards included the Best Script Award for Sally Rooney, Best Drama, Best Lead Actor award for Paul Mescal, Best Director Award for Lenny Abrahamson, as well as awards for Cinematography, Sound Design, Production Design and the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Fionn O'Shea and Sarah Greene respectively.


  • Castlebar Author Sally Rooney and Normal People has been nominated for four Emmy Awards.

    Paul Mescal has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, Lenny Abrahamson for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series and Louise Kiely for Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series.

  • Castlebar author Sally Rooney has been shortlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award.

    Her debut novel "Conversations with Friends" has made the 10-strong shortlist for the €100,000 prize - which is the world's most lucrative literary prize for a single novel published in English.

    Bernard MacLaverty is the only other Irish author nominated for the award.

    The shortlist, which was nominated by libraries around the world, also includes novels from France, the UK, the US and Pakistan.

    "Conversations with Friends" was Sally Rooney's debut novel in 2017.

    She followed it up last year the "Normal People" which won a number of awards and was longlisted for the Man Booker prize.

    Last year's International Dublin Literary Award was won by another Mayo author - Louisburg native Mike McCormack for his novel "Solar Bones".

    The winner of the 2019 award will be announced on 12th June.



  • Castlebar native Sally Rooney was among the winning authors last night at the An Post Irish Book Awards in Dublin.

    Sally won the Novel of the Year award for her second book "Normal People" .

    It came out on top of a shortlist that included Man Booker Prize winner "Milkman" by Anna Burns.

    Her novel is to be adapted for BBC television by Lenny Abrahamson.

    Female writers dominated at last night's awards.


  • Castlebar-born novelist Sally Rooney has not been successful in making it onto the shortlist for the Man Booker prize.

    Her novel "Normal People" had been on the long-list for the prestigious award, but did not make it through to the shortlist award.

    Belfast-born author Anna Burns has been shortlisted for her novel Milkman.

    The winner of the prize, which is worth £50 thousand pounds sterling, will be announced in London on October 16th.


  • Mayo author Sally Rooney has won the Costa Novel Award for her book 'Normal People'.

    The 27-year-old becomes the youngest recipient of the coveted prize.

    This is Sally’s second book and is described as a coming-of-age love story which the judges said "would electrify any reader".

    It is the story of an on-off romance between teenagers , who grow up in the same small rural Irish town and begin a tentative relationship that continues through the years.

    The awards are given out across five categories - novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book.

    The winning authors - who will each receive €5,500 - were selected from 641 entries and their books are now eligible for the top prize, the 2018 Costa Book of the Year.

    The winner will be selected by a panel of judges chaired by BBC presenter and journalist Sophie Raworth.

    The winner of the Book of the Year award will be announced on January 29.

  • A Mayo author has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker prize.

    27-year old Sally Rooney, a native of Castlebar, is one of 13 writers whose books have been included in the longlist for the prestigious literary award.

    Her debut novel "Conversations with Friends" was published last year to critical acclaim, while her second novel is due to be published shortly.

    The longlist for the Man Booker prize includes 13 books - from 2 Irish writers, 6 UK writers, 3 from the US and two from Canada

    The shortlist will be announced in September and the winner will be announced in October.

    The winning author receives £50,000 and can also expect a boost in sales.



  • Mayo native, author Sally Rooney’s acclaimed second novel Normal People has made former US President Barack Obama's list of favourite books of the year.

    In a post on Instagram, the former US President shared his selection, which he admits has become "a fun little tradition" and described the list of books as something that "made the last year a little brighter for me".

    The list includes 38 titles, two of which are 'For the Sports Fans' and 19 books he recommended earlier this year.

  • The Wild Atlantic Words literary festival has this evening announced that Sally Rooney will be taking part in this year’s festival in her home town of Castlebar. The critically acclaimed author of Conversations With Friends and Normal People is the first high profile guest to be revealed on this autumn’s line-up.

    ‘Conversations with Sally Rooney’ will take place on Friday, October 9th, and full details will be announced in due course. Previous guests at the Mayo literary festival have included former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, plus a host of national and international authors, including Mike McCormack, Donal Ryan, Billy Keane, Diarmaid Ferriter, Dominic Price and many more. Sally previously took part in the festival in 2017.

    Founded in 2016, the Wild Atlantic Words literary festival takes place every October in Castlebar. This year’s festival runs from October 6th – 11th. It aims to celebrate the literary heritage of our rugged coastline over several days of readings, recitals, debates and reflection, while also acknowledging our new and emerging writers. 

    The festival also features a short story competition, judged this year by Lisa McInerney. The competition is sponsored by Bridge Street bar, with a first prize of €500, and second prize, €250. A reading and prize-giving ceremony will take place on October 10th in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. The closing date for entries is Friday, July 31st at 5pm. Entry forms, along with a full list of competition rules and regulations, are available on the festival’s website,

  • The third novel from bestselling Castlebar author Sally Rooney will be published later this year.

    Publishing company Faber has confirmed that Sally's new novel "Beautiful World, Where Are You", will be available from the 7th September next.

    The Castlebar native has won a number of Irish and international awards for her first two novels "Conversations with Friends" and "Normal People".

    She was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on the television adaption of Normal People, which was broadcast last year.