April 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on April 7th, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Frank Gallagher, Jim Gallagher, Cathal Mawn, Charlie Mawn, Phil Bohan, Nelba & Mark Fitzpatrick, Mary McDermott, Cathy Mawn.

The Annual Spring Dance will be held on April 11th, 2015 from 7 to 11 PM. The dance is to be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston St., Canton.  If people need to be dropped off at the door, please use the access road located to the left before the cottage as you enter the main gates.  There will be sign indicating where to turn on the night of the dance.

LSB Trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino – there will be a signup sheet at the dance for anyone interested in a weekday (Wednesday) trip to Foxwoods, or you may submit your interest here.  The trip will be in late May.

2015 membership sign up will also be available at the dance for anyone who has not renewed. You can also fill out the form here and bring to the dance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roseleen Weir, who was in a serious car accident and is recuperating at Golden Living 188 Florence Street, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 if anyone would like to send along kind words of encouragement for a full and speedy recovery.

Elections were held at the meeting and the following people were elected for 4 year terms:

  • President- Derek Mawn
  • Vice-President-Jim Gallagher
  • Treasurer-Noel Murphy
  • Membership Secretary- Mary McDermott
  • Corresponding Secretary- Nelba Fitzpatrick
  • Recording Secretary-Cathy Mawn
  • Sergeant-at-Arms- Charlie Mawn
  • Trustees- Cathal Mawn, Jim Keaney, Phil Bohan
  • Public Relations Officer- Mark Fitzpatrick

The swearing in ceremony will take place at the May meeting on May 5th, 2015 at Gerard’s in Dorchester.  Light appetizers will be provided for all in attendance. All are welcome!

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LSB Trip to Foxwoods Casino

As mentioned in our most recent meeting minutes, we are proposing to run an LSB day out for our members and friends to the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT. To make sure we have enough numbers we are asking that you register your interest.

foxwoodsWe will be choosing a Wednesday over the next few months for the trip, that accommodates most interested parties. If we get enough interest, the bus will cost $25 per person which will also include $25 in vouchers  to be used at the casino ($10 food, $15 bonus slot play) and will depart from Randolph. More details to follow as we get them…

 

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March 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on March 10th, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Jim Keaney, Jim Gallagher, Cathal Mawn, Charlie Mawn, Nelba & Mark Fitzpatrick, Mary McDermott, Bridie McDermott, Cathy Mawn.

The Christmas Dance was a great success. There were may compliments to both the food and venue. Many thanks are extended to our visitors from New York and congratulations again to Frank Brady on being the Leitrim Guardian Man of the Year.

There was no meeting in January per usual.

Hopefully our long and snowy winter is coming to an end soon. There was no meeting in February due to the severe weather. The March meeting was delayed one week also due to weather.

The Annual Spring Dance will be held on April 11, 2015 from 7 to 11 PM. The dance is to be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston St., Canton.  If people need to be dropped off at the door, please use the access road located to the left before the cottage as you enter the main gates.  There will be sign indicating where to turn on the night of the dance.

Nominations were as follows for the next term:
President – Derek Mawn
Vice-President – Jim Gallagher
Treasurer – Noel Murphy
Membership Secretary – Mary McDermott
Corresponding Secretary – Nelba Fitzpatrick
Recording Secretary – Cathy Mawn
Sergeant at Arms – Charlie Mawn
Trustees – Cathal Mawn, Jim Keaney, Phil Bohan
Public Relations Officer – Mark Fitzpatrick

Note that nominations are not closed until the night of the elections so there is still time for people to get involved.

There was a motion made to extend the terms of office to four years instead of two, passed by a show of hands.

Voting for Officers will take place at the April meeting, which will be held on April 7th at Gerard’s in Dorchester.

There have been issues with the Leitrim Society telephone that we hope to resolve in the next week.  In the meantime please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 with any urgent questions or concerns.

We are planning a trip to Foxwoods in May, there will be a sign up sheet at the Spring Dance for those who are interested.

The Society was contacted by Rory Flynn Sr. to inform us that the first Irish Boston Police Officer was from Leitrim.  Barney McGinniskin was in the Boston Police from 1851 to 1854 and was from Sranagross, Glenfarne.  An award is given in his name every year within the Boston Police Department.  He is buried in St. Augustine Cemetery in South Boston.

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LSB Spring Dance 2015

index~~element76Saturday April 11th, 2015 from 7.00 p.m. – 11.00 a.m.

The Leitrim Society of Boston invites you to our annual Spring Dance at

Irish Cultural Center
200 New Boston Drive
Canton, MA 02021

Musical entertainment on the night is provided by the Noel Henry Showband.

http://www.noelhenryband.com/

Come enjoy a great family evening.

Tickets – available at the door, are $10 per person and we hope to see you all there!

For further information please call: 617-549-3230

And don’t forget to LIKE and SHARE this event to help spread the word…

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First Irish Policeman in Boston was from Leitrim

Below is a very interesting story sent to the Leitrim Society of Boston from Manorhamilton native Rory Flynn. He describes his research on Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin, born in Glenfarne in 1808, who went on to become Boston’s first Irish Policeman.bmcgI would like to share some information that I accidentally stumbled upon, It was all new to me and thought I should share it with you, maybe some of your members are already aware to this story.
I was born and reared in Manorhamilton I left home in 1968 and moved to Dublin then in 1970 I moved to Co. Tipperary where I settled down and now reside.

Last year when trying to trace ancestors, with my sister Noreen, we found a man in the Boston Police who we thought might be a relative of ours. As a result I sent an e-mail to the Boston Police looking for details of this individual. I explained that the man in question was born in Manorhamilton. It turned out that we were chasing down the wrong road and that this man was not in fact any relation of ours.

But it is here that I think my story may be of interest to The Boston Leitrim Society.

In replying to my initial query Margaret Sullivan, Records Center and Archives of the Boston Police gave me details that eliminated my man as being my ancestor but in her reply she stated that she had reason to look up Manorhamilton in relation to origin of one Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin. Margaret told me some of the history of Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin.

Barney McGinniskin was in the Boston Police from 1851 until 1854, what is unique about Barney is that he was the first Irish man to be admitted to the Boston Police Force and most likely the first Irish man to join any Police Force in the United States, it is believed that Boston had the very first properly organised Police Force in the United States.

At that time, in Boston, the Irish were deemed “unacceptable” for various posts including the police but Barney McGinniskin succeeded in being admitted into the local police force. According to Margaret Sullivan he left the force in 1854 after 3 years having being dismissed for political/nativist reasons, McGinniskin was highly respected and eventually ended up as a federal employee.

Margaret Sullivan has carried out research of the history of Bernard McGinniskin and found that he was born 28th May 1808 in Sranagross, Glenfarne, County Leitrim and his wife was Sarah McGowan from Manorhamilton.

Unfortunately all census records in Ireland pre 1901 were destroyed in the Four Courts In Dublin when the building was bombarded and demolished. The earliest records before that are Griffith’s Valuation of 1857, it records Charles and Laurence McGinniskin tenants on 25 acres at Sranagross, Glenfarne, their landlord was Anne Tottenham.

The next record for Sranagross, Glenfarne is the National Census of 1901 it lists a Bryan McGriskin, his wife Rose, son Charles and daughter Mary.

It is possible that the name McGinniskin evolved in some way through wrong records, misspelling or some other means into the name McGriskin. I am aware that there are McGriskin families in the Kiltyclogher and Glenfarne areas.

Barney McGinniskin is a celebrated figure in the Boston Police Department, an award in his name is presented each year and his grave is marked highlighting his role in Boston Police.

According to the profile created of him within the Boston Police it has him originating from “Co. Galway”. I feel that this fact should be corrected and on finding the Boston Leitrim Society I felt that maybe some of your members might be interested in taking a look at Bernard McGinninskin’s records and having them amended

His grave is in St. Augustine Cemetery in South Boston.

There is a Facebook page dedicated to Boston’s First Irish Policeman Bernard “Barney” McGinniskin. It is worth looking at just to see how much he is celebrated. It features photographs of his grave and it can be seen that he had erected a headstone for his wife Sarah (who died before him) daughter of William McGowan, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.

As I explained I stumbled across this story thanks to Margaret R. Sullivan Record Manager and Archivist of the Boston Police Dept. Margaret has taken a great interest in Bernard McGinniskin and has much more details about him that she is more than willing to share with anyone interested. She says that there is a great deal of inaccurate stories in relation to him including one that on his first day in the Police he marched into the Boston Police Station and announced “I am Barney McGinniskin from the bogs of Ireland”. In her research she found that he was an able, intelligent and astute man far removed from how some depicted him.

I have further details on Bernard, mostly from Margaret Sullivan, and if anyone in your Society is interested I will gladly pass them on.

I just do hope that Bernard McGinniskin’s Leitrim origins can be highlighted.

Thanking You,
Rory Flynn.

(If anyone would like to get in touch with Rory, let us know and we will set that up.)

It's Christmas time!

December 2014 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on December 2nd, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Mary McDermott, Noel Murphy, Frank Gallagher, Jim Gallagher, Charlie Mawn, Connie & Mary McEleney, Tommy Byrne, Bridie McDermott, Phil Bohan, Maura Weir and Cathy Mawn

It is very sad to have to announce the Death of John “Jack” Lavalle, husband of Maura (McHugh)  Lavalle. The long time member died unexpectedly on November 21st.  Condolences go out to Maura and her family, RIP Jack.

The Christmas Party is December 14th from 4 to 8 PM at Sons of Italy (Upstairs at the Golden Lion Suite) 120 Quarry St., Quincy, MA. Tickets are $25 pp. and children eat free. Tickets must be purchased in advance- There are NO tickets sold at the door! Tickets may be ordered by calling Cathy Mawn at 617-696-1583 or 617-549-3230 and leaving a message. Kathy and the Irish Americans will be providing the entertainment. Please call to order your tickets by December 5th as we have to have a count for the caterer. Any donations for the in-house raffle at the dance would be gratefully appreciated.

Phil Bohan is trying to arrange to have some new Leitrim Guardian Magazines for sale at the dance. Frank Brady of Manorhamilton was the Guardian’s “Man of the Year.”

Membership for 2015 can be renewed at the Dance. Dues remain $10 pp or $20 per household. You can get the current membership form here – fill it out and give to any of the LSB committee members at the dance or mail it in if you prefer.

The New York Leitrim Society is running a weekend to the Catskills in June, 2015. Jim Gallagher will be providing further information if people would be interested in meeting some old neighbors and new friends from home!

Nominations the LSB Board will take place at the March 6, 2015 meeting.  You must attend in person to nominate and be nominated.

Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim won the top prize in the 2014 Pride of Place Award! The judges were especially impressed with the renovation of the Ballroom of Romance. Up Leitrim!

There will be no meeting per usual for January. The next meeting is February 3, 2015 at 8 PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adams Village, Dorchester. ALL ARE WECOME and encouraged to attend.

We are still working out the details of a Trip to Foxwoods in early 2015 and another volunteer opportunity at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

As a reminder, in the event of any news that any member would like to share with all members of the club, please contact 617-696-1583 or 617-549-3230 and leave a message.  You can also email the website directly.

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year!