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Áine is a children’s writer and poet. She has written twenty-six books for children, including stories and novels for all ages, as well as poetry and drama. Her ambition as Laureate is to lift the cloak of invisibility from Irish language authors and books, and to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure as Gaeilge.


Originally from County Tipperary, Áine worked for a number of years in RTÉ and Raidió na Gaeltachta as a journalist, and now divides her time between writing, delivering creative writing workshops in schools, and part-time lecturing in Dublin City University.
Her books have won the Gradam Reics Carló Book of the Year Award three times, most recently in 2019 for her novel Boscadán.


In 2015, her YA novel Daideo won the Honour Award for Fiction at the Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards, as well as the Literacy Association of Ireland Book of the Year.