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The Irish Star recently featured a profile of Joseph Hassett ’64, with a special focus on his friendship with the late poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.  Click here to read the story.

Hassett, who holds a law degree from Harvard and a PhD from University College Dublin, was the recipient in 2022 of Ireland’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad. He is a former Canisius trustee and founder of the Hassett Reading, which brings prominent Irish literary figures to campus to read from their works.  Past Hassett readers readers include Heaney, Marina Carr, Alice McDermott, Eamon Grennan, and Paul Muldoon.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, professor, English