Limerick celebrates two Pulitzer Prize winners

Pulitzer prize winning journalist Malachy Browne

A LIMERICK man has been named among a New York Times (NYT) team who have won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

Malachy Browne was a member of the NYT team who won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for their “unflinching coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”.

A native of Broadford, Mr Browne is a nephew of well-known broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne. He studied engineering in UCD and international relations at the University of Limerick before entering journalism.

This is the second time he has been awarded one of the highest accolades that can be presented to a journalist, having previously received the prize in 2020 under the same category.

He joined the New York Times in 2016 having previously worked with Dublin-based social media service Storyful.  He now lives in New Jersey with his wife Siobhan, who is a native of Rathkeale, and their three children.

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Limerick-based musician Rhiannon Giddens was awarded with the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her work Omar, with Michael Abels.

The pair won the prize for their opera which is based on the autobiography of an enslaved Muslim man, Omar Ibn Said, who lived in South Carolina in the 19th century.

The vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, who has lived in Limerick for over ten years, was awarded a Grammy for her most recent album, They’re Calling Me Home.

Limerick has a distinguished history of Pulitzer Prize winners, with Frank McCourt receiving the award in 1997 for Angela’s Ashes.

Rhiannon Giddens who has won a Pulitzer Prize for music.