We would like to remind you that we are still accepting membership dues for 2014. Membership costs $10 a year per person (free under 21) or $20 per household. You can download the membership form, fill it out and mail it along with your check to The Leitrim Society of Boston, P. O. Box 204, Milton, MA 02186
The meeting was held on February 4th, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Connie & Mary McEleney, Frank & Kathleen Gallagher, Charlie Mawn, Jim Keaney, Mary & Bridie McDermott, Amanda & Cathy Mawn, Maura Weir, Tom & Lauren Boyle.
Many Thanks To Captain Parker’s Restaurant of West Yarmouth for the generous donations of Gift Certificates used in the raffle at the Christmas Party.
The Spring Dance will be held April 12th from 7:30 to 12 AM at Concannon’s Village. Music will be provided by the Noel Henry’s Irish Showband and tickets are $10 per person.
Please do not forget to send in the Membership Renewal forms for 2014 – download your form here!
Be sure to “Like” the Leitrim Society of Boston on Facebook.
The 2014 Leitrim Guardian Magazines will be delivered in the next few weeks. Our apologies for the delay.
A few Leitrim Society Shirts are still available for purchase. You may leave a message at the website or call Maura Weir at 617-543-6634
We have been contacted by Andy McGovern of Sunnamore, Cloone. He has published a book called “Against the Odds” dealing with his life in Leitrim starting in 1936. Mr. McGovern was diagnosed with MND (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1976. He wrote his book with voice recognition as he has lost the use of both his arms and legs. His book is available for purchase on Amazon.com and all proceeds go to fund research for a cure.
The next meeting will be held on March 4th, 2014 at 8PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner. All Are Welcome!
Living with Motor Neuron Disease
By Andy McGovern
Andy McGovern was born on a small farm near Aughavas in County Leitrim in 1933 and, like other rural children of the time, shared in his families’ seasonal work of sewing crops, saving hay and turf and harvesting potatoes and oats. From his parents’ generation, which worked so hard to survive in the poor decades of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, he believes he inherited his strength of will and ability to call on the inner hero to deal with adversity. In the 1950s, like so many of his peers, he immigrated to London, where he was involved in construction and bar work. He married a local girl and they return to live in Leitrim in 1964. Andy had established a successful machinery contracting business and had six young children when, at the age of forty-three, in 1976, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and told he had two to five years to live. Thirty-eight years later he is still walking, talking, having fun and drinking Guinness through a straw in McCaffery’s pub in Aughavas, although he has completely lost the use of his arms and hands. His story of how he dealt with the shocking diagnosis and the equally shocking prognosis and rediscovered his will to live and enjoy nature, his surroundings, his children, grandchildren and friends is an inspiration one. Andy is the longest surviving person in Ireland with motor neuron disease and his hip replacement was a medical first in 2011.
Inspirational story of survival against the odds with a terminal disease.
All proceeds go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
A Tuesday with Morrie for Ireland, where there are more than three hundred people with MND.
About the Author.
Andy McGovern, the author and hero of Against the Odds, lives in Sunnamore, Cloone, in County Leitrim. He has two sons and four daughters and is active In the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Casa, (Caring and Sharing Association) and the Irish Leitrim Wheelchair Association as well as Honorary President of the Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities.
ISBN:—978-1-907535-29-1. Price: – €14 99 / £12 19. Format: Paperback 216 X 135.
Extent: 240 pages. Publication: February 2013. Category: Memoir.
The meeting was held on December 4th at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
Present - Derek Mawn, Jim Keaney, Mary McDermott, Noel Murphy, Jim Gallagher, Denis McGloin, Charlie Mawn, Frank & Kathleen Gallagher, Jack Maguire, Maura Weir, Cathy Mawn, Roseleen Weir & Bridie McDermott
There is no meeting held during the month of January.
The Christmas Dance was held at Concannon’s on Sunday December 9th from 4 to 9 PM.
We had a lively crowd and great craic was had by all…Santa even paid a visit! Kathy and the Irish Americans did a wonderful job!
Thanks to Mary Vinceguerra for her contribution to the can drive.
New membership cards have been ordered.
A membership form has been emailed to all on the list. If you did not get to renew at the
Christmas Party now is the time to do it! Dues remain $10 per person or $20 per household.
The Spring Dance will be held at Concannon’s Village on Saturday night, April 12th, 2014
The next meeting will be held on February 4th, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner. ALL ARE WELCOME!
The meeting was held on November 5th at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
Present – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Frank & Kathleen Gallagher, Connie & Mary McEleney, Charlie Mawn, Jim Keaney, Mary McDermott, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Maura Weir, Theresa Mawn Wilson, Bridie McDermott, Amanda Mawn and Cathy Mawn.
The Leitrim Society Christmas Party will take place on Sunday December 8th from 4 to 8 PM. Due to the catering cost increase, we have had to raise the price of tickets to $25 pp. Children eat free. Please call Cathy Mawn at 617-696-1583 and leave a message regarding tickets. See full details here.
Any donations for the in-house raffle would be gratefully appreciated.
There is also a voluntary donation toward a can drive to be collected on the day of the Christmas Party.
Don’t forget to check out and “like” the Leitrim Society Facebook Page and share, tweet or pin our articles to help spread the updates to your friends!
A Calendar of Dances/Benefits has been added to the website and will be maintained by Mary McDermott and Mark Fitzpatrick.
Financial Report was offered by Noel Murphy.
The next meeting will be held on December 3, 2013 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Dorchester. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Sunday December 8th, 2013 4-8pm
The Leitrim Society of Boston invites you to our annual Christmas Party at
Concannon’s Irish Village
60 Lenox St, Norwood , MA 02062
Music by Kathy and the Irish Americans.
Food, Fun Music and a Visit from Santa!
Come enjoy a great family afternoon.
Tickets $25 (Children eat free)
* Must be purchased in advance by Nov. 30th *
For tickets call Cathy Mawn at 617-696-1583
The meeting was held on October 13th at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
Present – Derek Mawn, Connie & Mary McEleney, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Bridie McDermott, Maura Weir and Cathy Mawn
The Annual Cape Cod Weekend will take place November 1st through the 3rd. Alfie O’Shea will be performing. To book, call the Cape Cod Irish village at 508-771-0100. Price is $129 per person with double occupancy and includes 2 full breakfast and one dinner.
Our website is up and running thanks to Mark Fitzpatrick and Derek Mawn. Information/pictures and news will be posted at leitrimsocietyofboston.com. From now on, the monthly minutes will be sent by e-mail from the email@example.com
Please call 617-696-1583 and leave a message with any news regarding a member you wish to share.
Our Christmas Party will be held Sunday, December 8th from 4-8 p.m. At Concannon’s Irish village. Music will be by Kathy and the Irish Americans.
2014 dues will remain the same as before, $20 per household and $10 per individual
The Irish Pastoral Center Dance is November 16th at Florian hall, tickets are $100 pp. The Leitrim society has sponsored an ad in their program book.
A half page ad was placed in the program for the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann event of October 12th.
The next meeting will be held November 5th at Gerard’s restaurant in Dorchester. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Friday November 1st thru Sunday 3rd, 2013
The Annual Cape Cod LSB weekend will take place at the Cape Cod Irish Village. Alfie O’Shea will be performing that weekend. Please make booking arrangements directly with the Cape Cod Irish Village, Tel: 1-508-771-0100.