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Eire Society of Boston to Present 2017 Gold Medal to “Brooklyn” Novelist, Colm Tòibìn

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David White/NZ Listener/REX (1794740r) Colm Toibin in Auckland, New Zealand VariousThe Eire Society of Boston is pleased to announce the Gold Medal award recipient for 2017, novelist, short story writer, playwright, journalist and literary critic, Colm Tòibìn.

The Gold Medal is given to a person or persons who exemplify the best of Irish culture and ideals. The award is presented at the annual Gold Medal Dinner, which takes place in spring in Boston.

The Gold Medal Dinner and Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Boston, Avenue de Lafayette, and will feature a presentation by Tòibìn.

“We are particularly pleased to present the 2017 Gold Medal to Professor Tòibìn,” says Thomas W. Carty, President of the Eire Society of Boston. “His accomplishments have vaulted him to the forefront of the Irish literary scene. His direct and thoughtful positions on matters of social importance make him a visionary spokesperson for the citizenry of Ireland and its world-wide diaspora. We look forward to the Gold Medal gala celebration this spring in his honor.”

Tóibín’s work explores several main themes: the depiction of Irish society, living abroad, the process of creativity, and the preservation of a personal identity, focusing especially on identity when confronted with loss.

In 2015, Tòibìn’s work gained popular, world-wide recognition when his 2009 novel, Brooklyn was made into an Academy Award winning feature film, portraying the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves her home in rural Ireland for a new life in 1950’s New York. The novel, a haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, won the 2009 United Kingdom Costa Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

For more information on the special event, or to be placed on the mailing list to receive an invitation, contact Cathleen McGrail, Gold Medal Dinner Event Chair, at or call 617.739.6484.

Visit the Gold Medal page of our website for a comprehensive biography of Colm Tòibìn:

Photos taken from The Independent UK and Granta.


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