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With a Hand from Tony-winning actor Brian Dennehy, Glucksman Ireland House NYU's Annual Gala to Honor Pete Hamill, Buzzy O'Keeffe

March 7, 2014

Tony-winning actor Brian Dennehy will present the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters to acclaimed writer Pete Hamill. Hamill is one of two high-profile Irish New Yorkers, along with restaurateur Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe, being honored at Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Annual Gala on Tuesday, February 25, at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life. Renowned writer and essayist Peter Quinn will act as Master of Ceremonies at the Gala, which promises to welcome many highly celebrated New Yorkers, especially from Hamill and O’Keeffe’s respective worlds of journalism and fine dining.

Pete Hamill is an award-winning journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator, a Brooklyn-born son of Belfast immigrants. Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and a longtime member of Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Advisory Board, Hamill has authored over twenty books such as A Drinking Life: A Memoir, Forever and Tabloid City. Hamill is the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters recipient. The gala promises to bring out the best and brightest of New York City newspaper journalists, particularly from the Irish-American community, who will gather to mark the beloved former editor of the Post and the New York Daily News.

Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx to a Wexford father and a Tipperary mother, Buzzy O’Keeffe has been a celebrated restaurateur for more than 45 years. He has overseen establishments that embody the spirit of the city and hosting luminaries from the worlds of sports, politics, entertainment, media, and more. O'Keeffe's River Café and Water Club, both reopened after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, have served as icons for classic American cuisine, and have given rise to a long line of acclaimed chefs. O'Keeffe is the inaugural Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership recipient.

The Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters is awarded in memory of the late Nobel Laureate who was honored guest at last year’s Glucksman Ireland House Gala and who was great champion of its dynamic program of activities. The Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership 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.

For further information on the Gala, contact Miriam Nyhan, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 212.998.3953 and

About Glucksman Ireland House
Glucksman Ireland House is NYU’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. In 2013, the center celebrated its 20th anniversary.

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Hamill, O’Keeffe to be honored at Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Annual Gala

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