Join us as we honor Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and entrepreneur Carl Shanahan at the 6th annual Glucksman Ireland House NYU Gala. 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.
Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He now lives in New York. A former radio and television producer for the BBC in Belfast, he has taught at Princeton University for thirty years. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry including Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, as well as Selected Poems 1968-2014 (2016). Roger Rosenblatt, writing recently in The New York Times Book Review, described Paul Muldoon as "one of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems - word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury." Seamus Heaney described him as "one of the era's true originals."
Carl Shanahan was born in Bruff, County Limerick and immigrated to the United States in 1958. He settled in Stamford, Connecticut and began supporting himself stocking shelves and cleaning office buildings while attending college at night. Although he came to this country without any financial resources, he believed opportunity was everywhere. in the next few decades, Carl Shanahan became one of the most prominent Irish businessmen and patrons of Irish culture in Connecticut. Shanahan's business interests include: Shamrock, a building maintenance company, Specialty Wire and Cable, a high technology cable and wire business, and TPR, a manufacturer of flame-retardant coatings and the Dunraven Arms Hotel in Adare, Ireland.
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