NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House Annual Gala

Author Peter Quinn, Commonwealmagazine.org

By Irish America Staff
February / March 2015

Award-winning writer Peter Quinn and McGraw Hill financial executive Ted Smyth will receive the Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters and the Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership, respectively, at Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s annual gala dinner on February 24th.

Gala co-chairs Loretta Brennan Glucksman and Mary Shanahan will present the awards at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life. Renowned historian and journalist Terry Golway will act as Master of Ceremonies at the Gala, which promises to welcome many highly celebrated New Yorkers.

Peter Quinn is an acclaimed New York journalist, novelist, essayist, editor, and script writer. His novel Banished Children of Eve won a 1995 American Book Award. He co-wrote the script for the documentary “McSorley’s New York,” which earned an Emmy. Colum McCann has called his trilogy of historical detective novels Hour of the Cat, The Man Who Never Returned, and Dry Bones  “generous and agile and profound.”

Ted Smyth is global head of Marketing, Communications, and Government Affairs at McGraw Hill Financial, whose brands include Standard & Poor’s. He was Chief Administrative Officer of H.J. Heinz and previously an Irish diplomat, serving in the United States, Britain, Geneva, and Portugal. He served on the New Ireland Forum, which established nationalist consensus for the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The Seamus Heaney Award for Arts & Letters is awarded in memory of the late Nobel Laureate who was the honored guest at Glucksman Ireland House NYU’s Gala in 2013 and a great champion of its dynamic programs. The Lewis L. Glucksman Award for Leadership is awarded in memory of the co-founder of Glucksman Ireland House NYU, whose legacy lives on through the teaching, learning, and research at Glucksman Ireland House NYU.


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 


or contact Miriam Nyhan, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, (212) 998-3953 and miriam.nyhan@nyu.edu.

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