Glen Hansard to receive first Brendan Behan award
Oscar-winner Glen Hansard will be presented with the inaugural DIT Brendan Behan Award at a ceremony in Dublin tonight.
Frames frontman and Once star Hansard will be honoured for his outstanding contribution to the arts at the event in the Gleeson Theatre, Kevin Street.
The award was established by the students of DIT soci- eties in memory of the author to acknowledge those who have demonstrated excell- ence in the arts, culture and the media. Behan attended DIT in the 1930s before he became an author and playwright.
"Behan paved the way for Irish talent abroad. We can't think of a better Irishman to be the first recipient of the Brendan Behan Award - Glen Hansard, an Irish treasure," said Tara Kelleher, chair of DIT Student Media and Arts Committee.
Hansard paid a special visit to Focus Ireland's coffee shop in Temple Bar yesterday to meet people and hear some of the stories behind the homeless crisis.