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Darach Ó Scolaí is a novelist, playwright, publisher, and artist living in the County Galway Gaeltacht of Connemara. He was awarded the Oireachtas Prize for Literature in 2007 for his novel, An Cléireach.



His recent novel An Cléireach (The Clerk), won the 2007 Oireachtas Prize for Literature, and was published by Leabhar Breac. As well as a number of modern retellings of old Irish tales, he has written and illustrated a number of children's books.

Stage and Screen Plays

Two of the author's plays have been produced for the stage, Coinneáil Orainn and An Braon Aníos, and two short screenplays have been filmed, Cosa Nite and An Leabhar. Coinneáil Orainn won the Walter Macken Prize in 2005 and a BBC Stewart Parker Award in 2006. Both Coinneáil Orainn and An Braon Aníos have been published, as well as a prose edition of Cosa Nite. Along with Ciarán Ó Cofaigh he founded the film and television production company Rosg, and was co-director of the company until 2005. In 2006 he founded the stage production company Salamandar, and directed his own play An Braon Aníos.


In 1995 he co-founded the publishing house Leabhar Breac with his brother, the typographist and designer Caomhán Ó Scolaí. Amongst other titles Leabhar Breac published the 2006 Gradam Uí Shúilleabháin award-winning novel Fontenoy by Liam Mac Cóil, and Seán Mac Mathúna's 2007 novel, Hula Hul.

Art Symposium

In Inis Oirr, along with Val Ballance he co-founded the annual artists' symposium Ealaín ar Oileán, which he now directs. The symposium has been held annually in Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, since 2004.

Published Work

An Cléireach, (a novel) Leabhar Breac 2007
An Braon Aníos, (a play) Leabhar Breac 2007
Coinneáil Orainn, (a play) Leabhar Breac 2005
An Ceithearnach Caolriabhach (an illustrated retelling of a 15th century tale), Leabhar Breac 2000
Feis Tigh Chonáin (a retelling of a 16th century tale), Leabhar Breac 1998

Staged Work

An Braon Aníos, Salamandar 2006, 2007
Labhraí Loingseach, Fíbín 2005
Coinneáil Orainn, An Taibhdhearc 2005

Filmed Work

An Leabhar, dir. Robert Quinn, prod. Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, Rosg 1999
Cosa Nite, dir. Dearbhla Walsh, prod. Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, Rosg 2001

Documentary Work for Television

Na Glúnta, co-directors Ciarán Ó Cofaigh & Darach Ó Scolaí, prod. Ciarán Ó Cofaigh, Rosg 1999

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