Irish America Announces Irish Spirit Award

The definitive Eugene O'Neill biography and Maureen Dowd

Irish America magazine is proud to announce the Irish Spirit award recipients Arthur and Barbara Gelb.  The Gelbs will be presented with the award by Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times writer Maureen Dowd at the 2012 Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon on March 14th at the New York Yacht Club.

As a writing team, Arthur and Barbara Gelb are best known for “O’Neill,” their 1962 seminal biography of Eugene O’Neill. Their second O’Neill biography, “Life with Monte Cristo,” was published in 2000 and their final O’Neill work, “By Women Possessed,” will be published at year’s end by Putnam.  Arthur began his newspaper career as a night copy boy at The New York Times and eventually rose to managing editor. Barbara is the author of “My Gene,” a play starring Colleen Dewhurst and based on O’Neill’s widow Carlotta Monterey.  Arthur and Barbara also collaborated with Ric Burns as writers of the PBS documentary, “O’Neill.”

The Gelbs will be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and luncheon where Chairman of the American Ireland Fund, Loretta Brennan Glucksman; New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; President of Quinnipiac University Dr. John L. Lahey; Chairman, President & CEO of Mutual of America and Chairman of Concern Worldwide US, Thomas Moran; and renowned architect Kevin Roche will all be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.

For information on attending the 2012 Hall of Fame luncheon, and placing a corporate ad or congratulatory message in the 2012 Irish America Hall of Fame keepsake edition of the magazine, click here and contact Ms. Kate Overbeck, 212.725.2993 ext. 119 or by email at kate@irishamerica.com.

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