24 April 2016
 A Tribute to
Edna O’Brien
Gaiety Theatre,
Sunday 24 April 2016
Tickets on sale now
Details were announced today of a very special event taking place on Sunday 24 April in the Gaiety Theatre – a tribute to acclaimed writer Edna O’Brien. The evening, produced by  John McColgan,  Pat Moylan and Moya Doherty will gather together musicians, singers, writers and actors all paying tribute to a truly remarkable woman.  
HOST for the evening will be Joseph O’Connor  WITH contributions from guests including Paddy Moloney, John Sheahan, Eleanor McEvoy, The Keynotes, Virginia Kerr, Alyth McCormack, Mary Black,  Lottie Cullen, Michael Harding , Niall Buggy, Marty Rea, Brenda Blethyn, Michael Longley, Olivia O’Leary, Aoibhin Garrihy and Stephen Brennan. Guests will perform some items specially written for the event as well as pieces from Edna’s work and songs of the times and the Ireland she writes about.  
"I am delighted and incredulous to be given this great honour, which is all the sweeter for being on home-ground and with so many gifted people giving their time and their talents to it." Edna O’Brien said today.
John McColgan said, It is Important we recognise great women writers and to pay tribute to Edna O’Brien is a special honour. We are joined by a remarkable cast of writers, poets and performers a fitting celebration to a prodigious talent, honouring both the woman and the work.”
Edna O'Brien  is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. She is considered the "doyenne" of Irish literature.  Philip Roth considers her "the most gifted woman now writing in English", while former President of Ireland Mary Robinson regards her as "one of the great creative writers of her generation.” She has written 17 novels, 5 plays, 4 collections of short stories and 4 works of non-fiction. Edna has won many awards and accolades throughout her long career and last year she was bestowed the highest honour by Aosdána when she was  awarded the title of Saoi, which is bestowed for singular and sustained distinction in the creative arts.
Tickets priced from €20 - €100 go on sale on Friday 11 March from Ticketmaster and the Gaiety Theatre.