Movie Screening at The Burren – December 20th

“The Godfather – Brendan Gleeson Meets Brian Rooney”


The Burren bar in Somerville will be screening the fantastic TG4 documentary on the life of Leitrim fiddle player, Brian Rooney. Brian hails from Derragoon, near Kiltyclogher, North County Letrim.

The documentary takes us on a journey through his life, music and how he has overcome illness. He is accompanied on this journey by the actor and fiddle player Brendan Gleeson, who has starred in such movies as Braveheart, The gangs of New York and Harry Potter.

The screening will happen Sunday Dec 20th at 8pm and admission will be free.

“Brian played the Burren about 12 years ago. We had a great night and a lot of support from the Leitrim Society. Hope we can repeat it. It’s a lovely story about Brian and some lovely clips of his home place.”

If you’re done with your Christmas shopping and need to wind down, please drop into The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville to celebrate this fine Leitrim man!


December 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on December 1st, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Charlie Mawn, Frank Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Connie & Mary McEleney, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Theresa Mawn Wilson, Peggy & Phil Bohan, Maura Weir, Bridie McDermott and Cathy Mawn.


The Christmas Party will be held on Sunday December 13th from 4-8 PM at the Irish Cultural Center (200 New Boston Dr., Canton). Tickets are $25 per person for Adults and children eat for free. Please call for tickets to Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230.


Tickets must be ordered by Sunday December 6th.

There will be Music and a visit from Santa! The ICC has plenty of parking including down around the back of the building. The Function will be held on the Upper floor and there is an elevator on the Ground floor for the convenience of members.


Maura Weir has some Commemorative Centenary Calendars for the Sean Mac Diarmada Committee that will be on sale at the Christmas Party. The calendars are $10 each. They would make a great Christmas gift!


2016 Membership applications are included in the mailing this month. There will also be a Membership Table at the Christmas Party. Renewal remains $10 per person or $20 per family. You can also download your membership form here to fill up and bring to the party with your payment.


Tommy McCarthy at the Burren Pub in Somerville will be holding a free screening of a documentary on Bryan “The Godfather” Rooney, a Leitrim born fiddle player – originally from Derragoon near Kiltyclogher. This free screening will be held on Sunday December 20th at 8PM. It would be great to see a lot of Leitrim support!


Derek Mawn, Theresa Mawn Wilson and Maura Weir are looking into meeting with other clubs in order to plan a Boston Memorial of the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.


The 7th Annual Irish Hearts for Orphans Event will be held next spring on Sunday April 10th, 2016. Mark your Calendars for this worthy cause. More details to follow.


Wishing all members and their families a very Happy and Blessed Christmas. Hope to see many of you at our Christmas Party. There is no meeting for January so the next meeting will be on Tuesday February 2, 2016. Gerard’s, our usual venue for meetings, will be closing, so I will send a notice out when we have secured a new place. Have a Happy and safe New Year and Best Wishes for 2016!

November 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on November 3rd, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Ita McGrath, Connie & Mary McEleney, Jim & Mai Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Bridie McDermott, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Noel Murphy, Theresa Mawn Wilson, Frank & Kathleen Gallagher, Maura Weir, Roseleen Weir, Amanda Mawn, Cathy Mawn.

This year’s Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 13th from 4-8PM at the ICC in Canton. Tickets must be ordered in advance. (Click Here for more information) Donations for the raffle are welcome.

There was a report of the Golden Bridge’s Roundtable given by Derek Mawn. Derek and Amanda Mawn represented the Leitrim Society, with Derek participating on a panel of local Irish charities, clubs, and interest groups.

The Foxwoods Trip has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th 2016. Details will follow. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Christmas Party. Be sure to tell your family and friends!

Jimmy’s Hall, an Irish film that takes place in County Leitrim, has been released on DVD in case you missed its theatrical release.

A Memorial Mass for our past members and loved ones will be held on Sunday, April 3rd 2016 at 11AM. More details to follow.

Connie McEleney suggested the possibility of an Easter Uprising Commemoration here in Boston to honor the Centenerary. Derek will contact other country groups regarding the possibility of organizing something, however if you have any ideas, please feel free to share. Easter this year takes place on March 27th 2016.

The next meeting will be held December 1st at 8PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner, Dorchester. We hope to see you there!


LSB Christmas Party 2015

It's Christmas time!

Sunday December 13th, 2015 4-8pm

The Leitrim Society of Boston invites you to our annual Christmas Party at

Irish Cultural Centre
200 New Boston Drive
Canton, MA

Food, Fun Music and a Visit from Santa!
Come enjoy a great family evening.

Tickets $25 (Children eat free)
* Must be purchased in advance by Dec 6th *

There will be NO tickets sold at the door!

For tickets call Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230

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It's Christmas time!

October 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on October 6th, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Connie & Mary McEleney, Jim Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Bridie McDermott, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Noel Murphy, Phil Bohan, Jack& Marie Maguire, Maura Weir, Amanda Mawn, Mary McNulty, Cathy Mawn.

The Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 13th from 4-8 PM at the ICC in Canton. Music will be provided by Kathy & the Irish Americans.

There will be a Fundraiser held on October 16th for First Descents at the Elks Lodge in Weymouth at 7 PM. Frank Mawn, son of Charlie and Anna Mae, is running this in memory of his wife, Kristen. There will be a Silent Auction, Raffle, Music, Dancing, Drinks and Light Apps. Tickets and Info may be obtained from Theresa Mawn Wilson at 617-302-2799. First Descents is a Charity that raises funds for young adult cancer victims.

A Donation was made to First Descents by the Leitrim Society of Boston.

Phil Bohan is checking into the availability of the Leitrim Guardians for the Christmas Party.

Derek is looking into the Kiltyclogher Centenary Celebration remembering Sean MacDiarmada. Seamus Shanley has reached out to see if there is an interest in the Leitrim Society donating to a Memorial Plaque in Kiltyclogher, which will be unveiled in May 2016.

Don’t forget to e-mail or call Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 with any news you wish to share with your fellow members.

The next meeting will be held November 3rd at 8PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner, Dorchester. We hope to see you there!

September 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

Present – Derek Mawn, Connie & Mary McEleney, Mary McDermott, Mary McNulty, Bridie McDermott, Amanda Mawn, Jim Keaney, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Ita McGrath, Jackie Anglin, and Cathy Mawn

Welcome back to all…hope you had a good summer.

The Christmas Dance is planned for December 13, 2015 from 4-8PM. It will be held at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton.

Mark Fitzpatrick renewed the domain name for the Leitrim Society in order to keep us connected online.

In regards to the proposed trip to Foxwoods, we will be calling our list to check if people would be more interested in going to Plainville for the slots as it is closer than Foxwoods.

Seamus Shanley has contacted the Society regarding the Sean McDiarmada celebration.  We are reaching out to get more information about the event and the fundraising needs.

As a reminder, if anyone has any information that they would like to share with all members, please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 and leave a message.  You can also email the website directly.

Please check out the Leitrim Society Facebook page for photos from our Spring Dance held in April.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday October 6, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adams Village, Dorchester.  All are Welcome!

June 2015 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on June 2nd, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Connie & Mary McEleney, Frank Gallagher, Jack & Marie Maguire, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Phil Bohan, Mary McDermott, Maura Weir, Theresa Mawn Wilson, Noel Murphy, Jim Gallagher, Bridie McDermott, Amanda Mawn, Cathy Mawn.

There was a Moment of Silence in Remembrance of Cathal Mawn. Flowers and a Mass Card were sent to Cathal’s wake.

The May Meeting was cancelled due to Cathal’s passing.

The April Dance was a great success and we had a very lively crowd.

The Christmas Dance has been booked for December 13, 2015 at the Irish Cultural Center, Canton from 4-8PM.

We are hoping to re-schedule the trip to Foxwoods for October. We have the signup list from the Dance. Anyone else interested may call 617-549-3230.

Maura Weir spoke regarding the Pieta House, founded for Suicide prevention, which was first formed in Ireland. They are opening an outpatient facility in NYC.

Jim Gallagher is looking into perhaps having an annual Mass in remembrance of deceased members. It is being done by some of the other clubs at the ICC.

Theresa Mawn Wilson has volunteered into searching out options for a Play Picnic for small children of members as a get-together.

The next Meeting will be held September 8, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adams Corner, Dorchester. Everyone is very welcome to attend.


June Meeting

This is a reminder that the June Meeting is being held tonight at 8 PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Dorchester.

There will be Installation of Officers and the final meeting before the summer break. There will be appetizers/light refreshments for all present.

All are invited and welcome to attend.

Cathal Mawn R.I.P.

It is with a heavy heart that we have to report that Cathal Mawn was found dead unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 26, 2015 at age 70.

Our sincere condolences go out to Cathal’s friends and family.

cathalBorn in Glenfarne, County Leitrim, Ireland, he was raised and educated there and emigrated to Boston in 1966, where he completed his education. A master plumber, he worked for Harvard University for many years until his retirement in 2008. Cathal was a long time board member of the County Leitrim Society of Boston and current trustee.

The son of the late Michael and Lucy (Clancy) Mawn, Cathal was the beloved husband of Annie (Devane) Mawn to whom he was married for 42 years; loving father of Erin M. Sarro and her husband Michael of Burlington, Charles M. Mawn and his wife Erika of Brewster and Eileen A. Falcone and her husband Mark of Holden; dear Grandpa of Kiley, Dylan, Lucy and Claire; beloved brother of Bridget Naughton of Worcester, Boyce Mawn of London, Michael Mawn of Norwood, Patrick Mawn and Rev. Sean Mawn, both of County Leitrim, and the late James Mawn of Milton. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, here and in Ireland and England.

Solas Mhic Dé ar a n-anam.

Funeral Details: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, May 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. Family and friends are respectfully invited. On Saturday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:30 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 115 Crescent St., W. Quincy. Interment is at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NAMI, The Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17 Boston, MA 02129.