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Inaugural DIT Brendan Behan Award goes to?..

Posted: 2 November, 2016

The inaugural DIT Brendan Behan Award will be presented on Tuesday 08 November in the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street to internationally acclaimed song-writer, musician and actor Glen Hansard for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

The DIT Brendan Behan Award has been established by the students of DIT Societies in memory of the author to acknowledge those who have demonstrated excellence in the area of the arts, culture and the media.  Behan himself attended DIT in the 1930’s before he developed as an author and playwright.

In establishing the Award, students in DIT Societies aim to ‘inspire and empower students to develop themselves through the Societies’ activities and events, including the arts, culture, media and volunteering.’  The Award has the support of the Behan family.  At the launch earlier this year, Behan’s daughter Blainaid Walker said she believed that the Award is the first in her father’s name and the family is delighted for him to be remembered in this context.

Chairperson of DIT Societies, Ms Tara Kelleher said “The success of an Irishman is a success of the nation. Brendan Behan, coming from inner city Dublin sculpted new ground in the world of literature. He paved the way for Irish talent abroad. We cannot think of a better Irishman to be the first recipient of The Brendan Behan Award - Glen Hansard, a true Irish treasure, started busking on Grafton Street and climbed all the way to the top, both nationally and internationally. Be it in the studio, on stage or on film, Glen’s contribution to the arts is an inspiration and on the 8th of November the students of DIT are recognising that in awarding him the very first Brendan Behan Award.”

The event on Tuesday 08 November begins at 6pm.  Following the presentation, Glen Hansard will answer questions from the audience, and there will also be performances from sean-nós singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide and a number of other DIT student performers.