Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration

Irish American Writers & Artists Honor Pulitzer Prize Winner William Kennedy

Speaker Christine Quinn Joins Noted Actors and Writers on O’Neill Day in NYC

On Friday evening, October 16, Eugene O’Neill’s birthday, Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc (IAW&A) will present Pulitzer Prize-wining author William Kennedy with its inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award at a cocktail reception in Manhattan’s Times Square area.

WHO: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will kick-off the proceedings by reading the proclamation establishing this October 16th as Eugene O’Neill Day in New York City. Actors Matt Dillon and Michael O’Keefe, writer/director John Patrick Shanley, writer/actor Malachy McCourt and other special guests will read from the works of O’Neill and Kennedy.  Noted New York Times journalist Dan Barry will present the O’Neill Award to Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize winner best known for his masterful Albany Cycle of novels focused on the Irish-American Phelan family (Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, and Ironweed).

WHAT: The Inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration, presented by Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., honoring Pulitzer Prize winning Irish American author William Kennedy.

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2009, doors open at 6 pm.  Speaker Quinn is scheduled to arrive at approximately 6:30 pm with the presentation of the City Council Proclamation scheduled for between 6:45 and 7 pm, when the program of readings and presentations is set to begin at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: The Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, 201 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, north of Times Square. (Subways: 1 train to 50th St. Station, B,D,E trans to 7th Avenue Station)

WHY: The Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration, is the signature event of Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. a non-profit organization created to celebrate the achievements of Irish American writers and artists, past and present and to highlight, energize and encourage Irish Americans working in the arts. Founding board members include writers Peter Quinn, TJ English, Pete Hamill, Malachy McCourt, Mary Pat Kelly, Michael Patrick MacDonald and Celtic singer/songwriter Ashley Davis.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.oneillaward.org.  For more information about Irish American Writers and Artists, Inc, go to http://www.i-am-wa.org/.

MEDIA interested in covering the event should contact:

John Lee     johnlee@johnleemedia.com

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