The Renaming of Manorhamilton’s Lower Main Street

ManorhamiltonAn innovative event is taking place in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim supported by Leitrim County Council. The local Historical Society in Manorhamilton has received approval from Leitrim County Council to rename a street in the town in honor of North Leitrim’s most famous son and second signatory on the proclamation – Seán MacDiarmada. This is the first time in the history of the county that a street has been renamed in such a fashion.

Seán_Mac_DiarmadaWe are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the sacrifice that Kiltyclogher native, Seán MacDiarmada made to establish a Free Ireland. Seán MacDiarmada (27 January 1883 – 12 May 1916) was an Irish political activist and revolutionary leader. He was one of the seven leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916, which he helped to organize as a member of the Military Committee of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) and was a signatory to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. He was executed for his part in the Rising at the age of thirty-three on 12 May 1916.

The event to rename the street will take place on Sunday 29th May and they are actively engaging the diaspora community to help them connect back to the area of their birth.

There will be a parade, pageantry, an outdoor concert on our historic Castle grounds and an extensive historical exhibition and talks on the day.

Everyone has a chance to be part of this unique and momentous occasion for the town through a unique fundraiser. For a nominal donation (€50/$60), they are assigning 1 sq. m of the street to the donor for the next 100 years. They will receive a certificate declaring their assignment rights which will give them a connection to their hometown for the next 3 generations of their family!

There is a full historical collection being uploaded on the Manorhamilton and District Historical Society Facebook page where you can get full details on the event. To subscribe to get your assignment of the street, the website is www.manorhamilton.ie/donations.

There is an open invite to everyone that would like to attend and we hope you can be part of this special day.

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Photos – 2016 Spring Dance

Our 2016 Spring Dance was held on Saturday April 16th, 2016 at the Irish Cultural Centre with entertainment provided by Noel Henry’s Irish Showband.

April 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on April 12th, 2016 at Blasi’s Café (the Fat Belly Deli) in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Noel Murphy, Charlie Mawn, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Connie & Mary McEleney,  Bridie & Mary McDermott, Cathy Mawn, and Julie Keaney

The Spring Dance will be held Saturday April 16th at the Irish Cultural Centre starting at 7:30pm.  Music provided by Noel Henry’s Irish Showband.  Tickets will be available at the door and are $15.  Coffee and tea will be available.  Donations for the raffle are gratefully appreciated.

There will a membership table at the spring dance for anyone who has not renewed their membership for 2016.

There are 5 copies of the Leitrim Guardian available for sale for $20 and we will have the copies at the dance.

The Irish Cultural Centre is sponsoring weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising of 1916 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on April 23rd-24th beginning with a lecture and dinner detailed on the enclosed filer.  The Leitrim Society will be sponsoring the Mass on Sunday at 11am.  There will be events from 12pm thru the evening on Sunday.

Condolences were sent to the families of long time Leitrim Society members Bill Lincoln and T.C. Cummings.

The One Year Anniversary Mass for Cathal Mawn will be held Saturday, April 30th at 4pm at St. Mary’s Church in West Quincy.

Next month’s meeting will be Tuesday May 3rd at our new home, Blasi’s Café (the Fat Belly Deli) across the street from Gerards in Dorchester, at 8pm.

March 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on March 1st, 2016 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Noel Murphy, Charlie Mawn, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Jim Keaney, Phil & Peggy Bohan, Mary & Bridie McDermott, Cathy Mawn, Maura Weir

The First Annual Mass of Remembrance for deceased members and friends of the Leirtim Socieity on Sunday April 3rd at 11am at the Irish Cultural Centre.  If you are interested in having breakfast with the other members of the Leitrim Society after the mass, please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230.  The full Irish Breakfast is $12.

The Spring Dance will be held Saturday April 16th at the Irish Cultural Centre starting at 7:30pm.  Music provided by Noel Henry’s Irish Showband.  Tickets will be available at the door and are $15.  Coffee and tea will be available.  Donations for the raffle are gratefully appreciated.

We received a thank you note from the family of Sean MacDiarmada and copies will be available at the dance along with photos and local newspaper articles from the unveiling of the plaque.

We are still in contact with several other County Associations in Boston regarding planning a local event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising of 1916.

Dennis Mawn is running for Selectman in Norwood.  Please get out and vote for Dennis!

Maura Weir has a few copies of the Leitrim Guardians available for $20.  Please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 if you are interested in purchasing one.

Next month’s meeting will be Tuesday April 5th at Blasi’s Café (the Fat Belly Deli) across the street from Gerards at 8pm.

LSB Spring Dance 2016

index~~element76Saturday April 16th, 2016 from 7.30 p.m. – 11.30 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 $15 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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February 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on February 2nd, 2016 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Noel Murphy, Charlie Mawn, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Connie & Mary McEleney, Phil & Peggy Bohan, Mary & Bridie McDermott, Ita McGrath, Amanda & Cathy Mawn

The Christmas Dance was a great success this year with many compliments received…and a small profit was made.

There was a Thank you note received from First Descents for our donation made in remembrance of Kristen Mawn.

The Spring Dance will be held Saturday April 16th at the Irish Cultural Centre starting at 7:30pm.  Music provided by Noel Henry’s Irish Showband.

The Irish Hearts Dance for Haiti is Sunday April 10th at the Quincy Marriott.  We have sponsored an Ad similar to previous years.

There will be a Mass of Remembrance for deceased members on Sunday April 3rd at 11am at the Irish Cultural Centre.

The Plaque for Sean MacDiarmada was unveiled on Sunday February 7th in Kiltyclogher.  There is an article in the Leitrim Observer written by Derek Mawn and the link is available on the website and Facebook page.

We are still in contact with several other County Associations in Boston regarding planning a local event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising of 1916.

Dennis Mawn is running for Selectman in Norwood.  Please get out and vote for Dennis!

Maura Weir is currently in Ireland and can bring back additional Leitrim Guardians.  Please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 if you are interested in purchasing one.

*** Next month’s meeting will be Tuesday March 1st at Blasi’s Café (the Fat Belly Deli) across the street from Gerards at 8pm. ***

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Movie Screening at The Burren – December 20th

“The Godfather – Brendan Gleeson Meets Brian Rooney”

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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!

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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.

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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.

*NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.*

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!