Glucksman Ireland House NYU to honor Paul Muldoon and Carl Shanahan with presentations from Marie Heaney and Loretta Brennan Glucksman at 6th annual gala.

On Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 Glucksman Ireland House at New York University will host its 6th Annual Gala, celebrating the House’s 25-year anniversary at the Kimmel Center for University Life. This year’s honorees include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Paul Muldoon and entrepreneur, Carl Shanahan. Marie Heaney, writer and wife of the late Seamus Heaney will present Muldoon with the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters, awarded in memory of the late Nobel Laureate who was an honored guest at the 2013 Glucksman Ireland House Gala and a great champion of its dynamic program of activities. Loretta Brennan Glucksman will present Shanahan with the Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership, which is awarded in memory of the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House NYU, whose career in finance, philanthropy, and vision is relived constantly through the teaching, learning and research fostered at Glucksman Ireland House NYU.

Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951 and 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."

Born in Bruff, County Limerick, Carl Shanahan immigrated to the United States in 1958. Among his many business awards include the prestigious, SACIA Businessmen of the Year, Irish America's Top 100 Irish in America, and Top 100 Irish Americans in Business.  Shanahan is not only recognized for his business accomplishments, but also for his longstanding and steadfast commitment to the Irish Diaspora. In 1980, he co-founded the Wild Geese, a Connecticut-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the richness of the Irish experience. Shanahan is an active board member at New York University's Glucksman Ireland House and the Irish U.S. Council and served on the board of the Irish American Cultural Institute. 

To mark the 25th anniversary of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, the programming for 2018 focuses on Irish-Jewish themes. This theme pays tribute to Loretta Brennan Glucksman and the late Lewis L. Glucksman, who believed in the universality of the ethnic and immigrant experience and creating dialogues between immigrants of different backgrounds. For more information on Spring 2018 events, please visit their website, here.

Gala tickets begin at $1000.00 per person. For more information and to purchase a seat please email

About Glucksman Ireland House NYU Glucksman Ireland House is New York University’s Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies and one of the top-ranked academic Irish Studies programs in the United States. Through innovative undergraduate and graduate academic curricula and extensive public programming, it provides access to the best in Irish and Irish-American culture.

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