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|Born||1988 (age 26–27)
|Occupation||Novelist (also Actress)|
|Period||2006 - present|
|Genre||Romance, sentimental, chick lit|
She studied acting at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School in Dublin from the age of six, and later secured theatre, TV commercial and short film roles.
At second level, Gilligan attended St. Andrew's College, Booterstown, and while there, she played Laura Halpin in the Irish soap opera Fair City, and wrote her first novel, Forget as a Transition Year secondary school project. After reading and editing by successful novelist Patricia Scanlan, and extensive rewriting, the novel was published in 2006 in the UK and Ireland, reaching number 1 on the Irish Bestsellers' List, making her the youngest person in Ireland ever to have done so.
Achieving eight Higher-Level A1 grades in her Leaving Certificate examinations, Gilligan continued her studies at Cambridge University achieving a double First Class Honours degree in English Literature from Gonville and Caius College, and while in second year there published her second novel, Somewhere in Between, which has also recently been translated into German.
Her third book was launched in Blackrock near Dublin in August 2009, following which she discussed her work, scholarship, lifestyle and the English Olympic fencing boyfriend Alex O'Connell to whom the book is dedicated, in a live TV interview.
She is currently working towards her PhD in English at Exeter University for which she is writing her fourth novel, based around the history of Irish Jews.
- Forget (Number 1 bestseller)
- Somewhere in Between
- Can You See Me?
References, notes and sources
- Gilligan, Ruth (2006). Forget. Dublin: Hodder Headline Ireland. pp. 279 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-340-92088-2.
- Heaney, Mick (December 31, 2006). "The leisure principle". Arts & Entertainment (The Sunday Times). Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "The love lives of generation text". Irish Independent. August 7, 2006.
- Heaney, Mick (August 13, 2006). "Ireland: Teenage kickstart". Arts & Entertainment (The Sunday Times). Retrieved 2008-07-23.
- "Ruth Gilligan", RTÉ, http://www.rte.ie/tv/tubridytonight/20060923.html
- "Top of the class: How one student managed to achieve it all". Irish Times. 9 Sep 2006.
- Headline paragraph on official Foundation site, retrieved 6 February 2009
- TV3 interview
- Other sources
- "Tubridy Tonight: Ruth Gilligan (television interview)". RTÉ. 23 September 2006. Retrieved 2008-07-23.