Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts goes to Ireland

Enda Walsh, Sir Van Morrison,Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jim Sheridan, James Galway, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. (Photo: Yassine El Mansouri)
Enda Walsh, Sir Van Morrison,Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jim Sheridan, James Galway, Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. (Photo: Yassine El Mansouri)

By Olivia O’Mahony, Editorial Assistant
August / September 2016

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its annual Gold Medal in the Arts to five formidable names linked with the Irish arts community in June. In a gala ceremony held at Farmleigh in Dublin, the awards were presented to classical flutist Sir James Galway (who appeared on The Lord of the Rings soundtrack); musician Van Morrison; actor and director Fiona Shaw; director, screenwriter, and producer Jim Sheridan; and playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh.

The award is issued by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, a board established in 2001 in order to facilitate increased levels of international arts exchange. ♦

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