Stephen Colbert.

IAC to Honor Colbert, Lynch

The Irish Arts Center will honor Late Show host Stephen Colbert at its Spirit of Ireland Gala set for Friday evening, November 17.

The gala, which will be held at Pier 60 in Manhattan, will also recognize Kathleen B. Lynch of UBS Americas and Eastman Kodak, this as, according to a release, IAC celebrates two years in its new flagship 11th Avenue home.

Special guests will include IAC Honorary Chairs Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson and Irish Afro-Soul Singer/Songwriter Loah.

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Added the release: "The Center proudly recognizes the enduring quality and influence of Colbert’s insightful social commentary and humor, and the honesty and warmth with which he has convened his nightly national conversation, especially during difficult times.

"An American of Irish ancestry who has shown a keen interest in his heritage and in the arts, his towering career has seen him speak with levity and compassion to the American public for nearly two decades, first durationally in character via the beloved Colbert Report, and in recent years as himself, with The Late Show. 

"Kathleen B. Lynch has had a distinguished three-decade career in the financial services industry, including leadership positions UBS and Merrill Lynch. Born and raised in the United States, her mother’s roots are in Burtonport, County Donegal, and have given her a deep interest in and appreciation of Irish culture. Lynch dedicates her time to philanthropic efforts on both sides of the Atlantic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of UBS Americas Holding LLC and Eastman Kodak.

"The gala is chaired by IAC board member Robert J. McCann, a veteran Wall Street executive, Co-Chair of New Edge Capital Group, former President of UBS Americas, and a previous Spirit of Ireland Gala honoree."