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Larry Kirwan

Author & Musician

Larry Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and lives in New York City.

He was leader of Black 47 for 25 years during which the political rock band played 2500 gigs, released 16 albums and appeared on every major US TV show. He has written 3 novels, Liverpool Fantasy, Rockin’ The Bronx, and Rockaway Blue, a memoir, Green Suede Shoes, and A History of Irish Music.

He has written or collaborated on 20 plays and musicals; and conceived Paradise Square, nominated for 10 Tony Awards on Broadway, including one for Kirwan as co-book writer.

A political activist, he is an Irish Echo columnist and a celebrity host/producer of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He was president of Irish American Writers & Artists for five years and received the 2022 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.


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