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Irish American literary icons to spell out hopes for future at Buffalo arts gala

Five of Irish America's most-revered writers will will turn the page on a new chapter for Irish artists in the U.S. when they take part in a panel at the Irish Arts Awards in Buffalo, NY on 28 April. 

Moderated by Buffalo-based comms company founder and musician Leah Rankin, the panel will give the audience of Irish artists and promoters from across America an opportunity to hear more about the renaissance of Irish culture post-pandemic.

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Joining the chat themed 'Promoting Irish Arts to the Next Generation' will be:

Black 47 co-founder Larry Kirwan who saw his work with Paradise Square recently rewarded with a Tony. 

Joanna Molloy who wrote up Chuck Donohoe's inspiring if slightly crazy Vietnam odyssey as The Greatest Beer Run Ever — which is now a major Hollywood movie.

S. Kirk Walsh, the author of The Elephant of Belfast, which became a national bestseller and has been translated into several foreign language editions. 

Jim Maynard of the James Joyce Collection at the University at Buffalo - the most important collection of Joyce's work in the world. 

Eileen Mize of the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco whose pioneering work to char the history of Irish dance in the Golden City has provided a template for all of Irish America. 

"It's a great line-up which will enhance what is shaping up to be an exceptional event in the Irish American calendar," said event creator State Senator Tim Kennedy. "I knew that Irish American artists would rally to the flag when we said we were bringing the first national Irish arts celebration since 2018 to the capital of Irish America but to be honest we've been truly overwhelmed by the scale of the support - especially from the Irish community of Buffalo and Western New York."

There are still tickets on sale for the 28 April Gala at The Statler. To purchase and for full details on our honorees and honorary chairs, visit the website page.