Updated: Gabriel Byrne Presents At IAW&A Annual Event

Updated October 19

The Midtown Gazette reports:

The informal cocktail reception featured speeches by IAWA president Peter A Quinn, McCourt and Byrne, who appeared in Eugene O’Neill’s “A Touch of the Poet” with O’Reilly in 2005. Byrne called the theater “an incredible achievement – bringing the work of so many Irish playwrights to New York, and creating a window into who we are as a people.” The speeches drew many laughs, especially when Quinn remarked that Lindsay Lohan had been a close second choice to receive the award. All referenced the outstanding contribution of the Irish experience both to literature and the stage — as McCourt put it: “The Irish are storytellers that conquered the language the conquerers required of us.”

“IAWA members are Irish nationals, second, and third generation Irish, and lots of others, for example Irish-Cubans, “ said John Lee, an IAWA volunteer who helped coordinate the event. “There is a strong writing element but we also have singers, artists, videographers and people involved in the theatre.”

The gathered crowd was diverse in age, appearance and profession; their common thread is their connection to Ireland or the Irish experience…

Byrne stayed on to chat to well-wishers and pose for endless photographs. “As Ireland’s cultural ambassador, he is involved in all sorts of Irish culture, everywhere and all the time,” said McCourt.

Ah, to have been there!

Here are selected photos from the IAW&A Facebook page. All event photos, from WireImage and from the IAW&A, are in the Gallery now.

Irish Rep founders and honorees Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore
with Gabriel Byrne

Making a speech AND having a good time. Priceless.

Sometimes it is good to be in the audience…

…or hanging out with friends like Colum McCann

Checking out the award…

Congratulations to Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly on
being honored with the IAW&A Eugene O’Neill Award for 2011!


From the press release:

Gabriel Byrne will present the Irish American Writer’s & Artists annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to Irish Rep founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, in an evening of “literary libation,” Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 at the Manhattan Club, upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue and 52nd St., NYC starting at 6 p.m.

Gabriel Byrne has a long association with Eugene O’Neill having won a Tony nomination for best actor in Moon For the Misbegotten and an Outer Circle Critics Award for his acclaimed performance in A Touch of the Poet.

Best selling author, actor, singer, raconteur and IAW&A Board member, Malachy McCourt will host a brief program that will include a short video send-up of the Irish Rep and its founders, narrated by Fritz Weaver.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will open the proceedings with the presentation of an official proclamation in honor of the Irish Repertory, its founders, and the Eugene O’Neill Award.

The celebration surrounding the O’Neill Award has a convivial, casual cocktail party atmosphere, with much conversation and mingling with guests both famous and infamous, live traditional Irish music, an extensive array of appetizers and desserts, and an open bar. The evening begins at 6 p.m and continues until 10 p.m.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended by ordering online at the Irish American Writers and Artists website!

Thanks to John Lee Media for the press release. Be sure to read more about the event at link above. And Playbill reported on it, too, as did Broadway World.

This sounds like an amazing evening. Go now and see if there are any tickets remaining!

L-R: Founders Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly, a recent production by the Irish Rep,
and award presenter Gabriel Byrne

Official Poster


The Award

The poster and the award images are from the IAW&A Facebook Page and we thank them!


The Byrne-ing News Summer 2010 Edition – Updated

UPDATED August 3 with more news about the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award. See below!

UPDATED with additional info and pictures from last year’s Irish American Writers and Artists event. Thanks to Lara for the pics and to Kris (USA) for the reminder!

It’s Byrne-ing hot this summer!

In Treatment Season 3

Costumes: it appears that Dr. Paul Weston may be cutting a somewhat more dashing figure than usual in the new season of In Treatment. Famed designer Domenico Vacca is the new fashion expert on the set and we can expect the good doctor to benefit from Mr. Vacca’s great sense of style. You can see examples of his work here and, as soon as anything becomes available picture-wise from the new season, you will see that here ASAP!

Bravo, Domenico! Remember: we love the white shirt

Awards: an episode from Season 2 of In Treatment is a finalist for The Humanitas Prize.

The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to celebrate television programs which affirm the dignity of the human person, explore the meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom and reveal to each person our common humanity.

In the “60 Minute Category,” In Treatment is a finalist for “Walter-Week Six,” written by Warren Leight. The awards luncheon is scheduled for September 16 in Beverly Hills.

Thank you! No, thank YOU!

A Touch of O’Neill–More News August 3!

UPDATE: A new press release at, August 3, 2010:

The two preeminent modern-day interpreters of the work of Eugene O’Neill – actors Brian Dennehy and Gabriel Byrne – will make an unprecedented appearance together to honor the memory of the only American playwright to ever win the Nobel Prize. The occasion is the presenting of the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award to Dennehy by the non-profit group Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A).

Among his many accomplishments, Dennehy won a Tony Award for his performance in O’Neill’s Long Days Journey into Night.

Byrne, who has starred on Broadway in the O’Neill plays A Moon for the Misbegotten and A Touch of the Poet, will be a featured speaker at the event in honor of Dennehy. He will also pay tribute to the enduring legacy of O’Neill, whose plays are still staged in theaters around the globe and in many languages fifty-seven years after his death…

As noted below, the big night is October 18. For information on tickets for the event visit, the IAW&A website, or call 646-320-5595.

Kudos to both gentlemen!

Where will Gabriel Byrne be in October, while we are all glued to our screens taking in the third season of In Treatment? Well, one place we know he will be is the annual celebration of the Irish American Writers and Artists , which will be gifting Brian Dennehy with its Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award this year. According to their website:

The award will be presented Monday, October 18, 2010 at a reception and ceremony to be held in New York City at Rosie O’Grady’s in Times Square, just two blocks from where Eugene O’Neill was born.

Read more about Brian Dennehy and the award. One of his great films from the past is The Belly of an Architect, directed by Peter Greenaway. His work on stage for the past decade or so has been highly praised and one of his most recent excursions on the boards was in Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett.

An actor in the O’Neill tradition


Honoree William Kennedy and his wife Dana, with Gabriel smiling
over their shoulders, at the 2009 festivities

Gabriel Byrne and author/organization co-director Mary Pat Kelly,
who is smiling for both of them

Visit the IAW&A Facebook page for more information!

The Movies

Reviews are coming in for Gabriel’s latest film, Perrier’s Bounty. Mr. Byrne provides the voice of the Grim Reaper and, by all accounts, he is both grim and funny! The film is making the festival rounds now. The cast includes the usual Irish suspects: Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, and Gabriel, with Jim Broadbent thrown in for good (actually great) measure. Check out the trailer!

“In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in deepest peril!”

Stuff to Read

A PDF transcript of Gabriel Byrne’s speech at the Gateway Ireland event in May is now available. This is an unofficial transcript provided by Stella. And tough work it was, too, having to listen to that great voice for hours and hours, trying to catch every word and nuance of this remarkable speech. Um, not really very tough at all. Enjoy and don’t forget to watch the video as well!


The Byrne-ing News, November 2009 Edition

Here is the latest Byrne-ing news in the very first Byrne-ing News report, where lots of Gabriel Byrne news items will be noted in one place!

 UNICEF Ireland

Let’s get serious for a minute: UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Gabriel Byrne proclaims his belief in “zero”: a day when no children die from preventable causes.

This video of UNICEF Ireland’s “I Believe in Zero” Campaign includes many familiar faces, but one is most familiar to us!

Visit to get involved today.

The first video is the Gabriel Byrne PSA. The second includes the entire ensemble of celebrities who are supporting the campaign.



Inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist Tim O’Brien reports on the Irish American Writers and Artists inaugural Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award at the Supper Club in New York City on October 16.

Standing next to me was Gabriel Byrne.  When it was over Gabriel said hello and we talked for a while.  Also very charming and said that the place where my grandfather was born was the place he used to drive to as a young man in hopes of a little something.  He indicated that he would be back with ‘In Treatment.’  That’s great news.  I love that show.

Read more of his comments on this lovely event, at which writer William Kennedy received the award, and check out the portrait he has done of O’Neill.  Thanks to Riitta for the heads up on this article.


Glamour Magazine reported on a poll run by UK’s Daily Mail which set out to discover just which accent in the world is the sexiest. Hmmm. We could have told them a poll was not necessary. And indeed, the sexiest accent in the world has turned out to be…wait for it…yes, the Irish Brogue! The article includes a lovely picture of Gabriel Byrne from the Emmy Red Carpet event. Nice of them to choose him as the standard bearer for Sexy Irish Accent. Check out the article and thanks to Kris for this lead!

Emmy Nominations Actor Drama

Cholesterol Check

You may think you know who Gabriel Byrne is, but in Las Vegas  “Gabriel Byrne” is apparently a large tortilla stuffed with sausage, ham, bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese.

Cue Twilight Zone music? Call your cardiologist for a cholesterol check? No, just peruse the breakfast menu at Murphy’s Law Tavern in Las Vegas, Nevada. You will find a bunch of your favorite Irishmen on the menu. I’ve always wanted Gabriel Byrne for breakfast….oh no, I didn’t say that. Yes, I did. Sorry.

Last but not least

Mr. Byrne was spied leaving a local gym in Brooklyn this week. Speculation abounds, but I think he was just there visiting a sick friend… ;-)