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Wexford writer and musician Larry Kirwan to receive the Eugene O’ Neill Lifetime Achievement Award in New York

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Larry Kirwan who is to receive the Eugene O' Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers & Authors association at a reception in New York.

Larry Kirwan who is to receive the Eugene O' Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers & Authors association at a reception in New York.

Larry Kirwan who is to receive the Eugene O' Neill Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish American Writers & Authors association at a reception in New York.

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The Wexford-born musician and author Larry Kirwan is to be presented with the Eugene O’ Neill Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish American Writers and Artists association at a reception in New York on October 24.

The award is named in honour of the acclaimed American playwright whose father James left New Ross on an emigrant ship in 1851, at the age of five, and became a Shakespearean actor in New York.

It is being bestowed on Kirwan in recognition of his exemplary contribution to the arts over many decades. He left his home town of Wexford for New York in the early 1980s and has lived there ever since.

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He was a founder and lead singer of the rock band Black 47 for 25 years, playing thousands of gigs and releasing 16 albums. He has published three novels and a memoir titled Green Suede Shoes. He has also collaborated on 19 plays and musicals including the  recent Tony Award-winning Broadway show Paradise Square years  which he originally conceived as “Hard Times” and for which he received a Tony nomination for Best Book.

He writes a column for the Irish Echo and hosts the music programme Celtic Crush on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He was president of Irish American Writers & Artists for five years

One of IAW&A’s founding members Malachy McCourt remarked: “From the Bells of Hell bar to Broadway is no easy jump but Larry landed”.

The O’Neill Award ceremony at Rosie O’Grady’s Skylight Room in the heart of Manhattan is a popular event in New York’s Irish American carts and creative communities.


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