An Enemy of the People wins award

Martin Lynch awarded by the Irish Playwright & Screenwriters Guild

Playwright Martin Lynch has been awarded by the Irish Playwright & Screenwriters Guild for his modern adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People.

Lynch, writer of The History of the Troubles (Accordin' to my Da), was awarded Best Radio Script at the Guild's annual Zebbie Awards.

An Enemy of the People, an adaptation of a 100-year-old Scandinavian script, incorporates the story of NI's McCartney sisters and their quest to bring their brother's killer to justice.

'I am delighted to receive the award,' said Lynch, upon hearing the news. 'It is a tribute to Roland Jaquarello [Director] for all his hard work, as well as BBC Radio Northern Ireland for commissioning the play.

'It is also remarkable how a story written 100 years ago in small town in Norway can be so appropriate today.'

The Zebbies, named in honour of OZ Whitehead, award the best scripts written by Irish playwrights and screenwriters during the previous year.

Selected from over 60 entries from RTE and BBC, Lynch received the award at a Presentation ceremony in Dublin hosted by Senator David Norris.

Also awarded was John Carney, winning Best Film Script for Once, starring The Frames' Glen Hansard. Martin Lynch is currently working on a new stage play about Long Kesh/The Maze.