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Liam Cunningham to receive DIT Brendan Behan Award

Posted: 9 November, 2018

The 2018 DIT Brendan Behan Award will be presented to internationally acclaimed Irish stage and screen actor Liam Cunningham for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Brendan Behan Award 2018 - Liam Cunningham

The award ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday 20 November in DIT Kevin Street, will include a Q&A with Cunningham, along with performances by DIT students. 

Cunningham is most well-known for his role in the multi-award winning series, Game Of Thrones, playing Davos Seaworth. He has won two Irish Film & Television Awards, and shared a BAFTA with Michael Fassbender for their crime-drama short film Pitch Black Heist. Cunningham attended DIT as an apprentice electrician - working for ESB - before becoming involved in the arts. He has been chosen for this award by the students of DIT not only for his work in film and television but for his humanitarian work, most recently with World Vision Ireland to raise awareness for Ugandan and Syrian refugees. 

The DIT Brendan Behan Award was established in 2017 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 1930s and the development of this prestigious award has been supported by his family. His daughter, Blathnaid Walker said she believed this to be the first Award in her father’s name, and she said the family is delighted for him to be remembered in this way.

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.’ 

Free tickets to the event can be booked here