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ⓘ Dervla McTiernan




                                     

ⓘ Dervla McTiernan

Dervla McTiernan was born c.1977 in County Cork, growing up initially in Carrigaline and Douglas before her fathers work in the bank took her to Dublin, aged six, and then Limerick. She came from a family of seven. McTiernan studied corporate law in University College Galway and went on to become a solicitor, training in Dublin. She returned to Galway, to Oranmore to build her own practice, working in it for about twelve years. By then she was married to engineer Kenny and they had a daughter with a son on the way. Ireland hit a recession and the couple moved to Australia. They settled in Perth, Western Australia where McTiernan got a job working with the Mental Health Commission.

In 2014 she decided to give writing a serious try. Her first novel was published in 2018. It won the 2019 Davitt Award best novel, the Barry Award for the best paperback book and the 2019 Ned Kelly Award for the best first novel. The book was also short listed for The Guardians Not the Booker prize.

Her first novel is being adapted for film by Irish actor Colin Farrell and his production company.

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