Join us as we honor virtuoso flautist Sir James Galway and journalist Niall O'Dowd while supporting the full array of Glucksman Ireland House NYU programs.
Toast the honorees at a cocktail reception followed by seated dinner with presentations of the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts and Letters and Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership.
2017 Gala Co-Chairs:
Maura Anand, John Cooney, and Ellen O’Brien Kelly
Master of Ceremonies:
Vice President of Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
Former Irish Diplomat
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Tickets start at $1,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Miriam Nyhan at 212-998-3953 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Honorees
Born in Belfast, Sir James Galway is widely regarded as the supreme interpreter of classical flute repertoire. A consummate entertainer, whose appeal has crossed all musical boundaries, he is one of the most recorded classical artists performing today. Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James has been the recipient of many honors and awards for his musical accomplishments – as well as numerous gold and platinum recordings. As an instructor and humanitarian, he has been a tireless promoter of the arts. Most recently, Sir James has been a supporter of the Music Generation project – a national music education program in Ireland to give young people access to music tuition.
Niall O’Dowd is the founder of the global Irish internet website IrishCentral, having burst onto the New York scene exactly three decades ago by founding Irish America Magazine in 1985. In 1987, he founded the Irish Voice newspaper. He has created numerous successful business networks through his publications. A regular contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times and many other leading publications, Niall’s 2002 book Fire in the Morning was a bestseller. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by University College Dublin for his work on the Irish peace process and has received a Presidential Distinguished Services Award from the Irish government for his work on Irish issues. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has stated publicly that it was O'Dowd who first got him involved in the Northern Ireland issue. He also founded the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform to address the issue of undocumented Irish immigration.
The Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters is awarded in memory of the late Nobel Laureate who was the honored guest at Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Gala in 2013 and a great champion of its dynamic programs.
The Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership is awarded in memory of the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House NYU, whose legacy lives on through the teaching, learning, and research at Glucksman Ireland House NYU.