November 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on November 1st, 2016 at The Adams Corner Café and Butcher Shop at 782 Adams St., Dorchester.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Kevin & Ita McGrath, Mary McDermott, Mark  & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Bridie McDermott, Charlie Mawn, Jim Keaney, Noel Murphy, Peggy & Phil Bohan and Cathy Mawn

The Christmas Party is booked for December 11, 2016 from 4 PM to 8 PM. Keep the date in your calendar!  The Party will be held in the room on the first floor of the ICC.  Tickets will be $25 per person and children are free.  Kathy Mawn and her group will provide the entertainment. Donations for the raffle are greatly appreciated.  Tickets must be ordered in advance.  Please order tickets through Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230.

There will be a Membership table at the Christmas Party to renew for 2017. Dues remain $10 pp.  or $ 20 per family.

The Spring Dance is booked for April 8th, 2017 from 7PM to 11PM.  Please put the date in your calendar!

The IPC had a very successful evening on October 29th.

Phil Bohan will look into the possibility of obtaining Leitrim Guardians for the Christmas Party.

Mary McDermott is looking into setting up a new volunteering appt. for the Society.

Tickets for the Christmas Party must be ordered by December 4th as we have to give a  final number to the caterer. Call Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230.

Wishing all our members and their families a Happy, Healthy  and safe Thanksgiving!

LSB Christmas Party 2016

It's Christmas time!

Sunday December 11th, 2016 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 4th *

There will be NO tickets sold at the door!

For tickets call Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230

View Event Listing on Facebook Soon!

It's Christmas time!

October 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on October 4th, 2016 at The Adams Corner Café and Butcher Shop at 782 Adams St., Dorchester.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Mark Fitzpatrick, Bridie McDermott and Cathy Mawn.

The Christmas Party is booked for December 11, 2016. Keep the date in your calendar!  The Party will be held in the room on the first floor of the ICC.  Tickets will be $25 per person and children are free.  Tickets must be ordered in advance.  Please order tickets from Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230.

We are still working on determining a date for the Spring Dance.  More information will be provided when the date is finalized.

Longtime Leitrim member, Joe Gaffney, was honored with the “Fr. Dan Finn Award” for his contributions to the Irish community for over 50 years at the Cork Banquet on Saturday October 8th.   Joe’s son, Joseph, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.  Leitrim was well represented at the dance!  Congratulations to Joe and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

The Irish Pastoral Centre Dance will take place on Saturday October 28th at Florian Hall.  Limited tickets are still available.  Please reach out to the Irish Pastoral Centre directly for any ticket information.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday November 1st at Adams Corner Café and Butcher Shop, 782 Adams St., Dorchester.  You must walk through the shop to reach the room at the back.  They serve food and Irish breakfast is served all day!!  We would be delighted to have you come!

September 2016 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on September 13th, 2016 at The Adams Corner Café and Butcher Shop at 782 Adams St., Dorchester.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Bridie McDermott, Ita McGrath, Cathy Mawn

The Christmas Party is booked for December 11, 2016 at the ICC. Details will follow. Keep the date in your calendar!

Longtime Leitrim member Joe Gaffney is being honored with the “Fr. Dan Finn Award” for his contribution to the Irish community for over 50 years at the Cork Banquet! The Cork Banquet is being held on October 8th at the American Legion Nonantum Post #440, 295 California Street, Newton. The music will be provided by Erin’s Melody. Tickets are $50 per person and $500 per table. There will be a cash bar/cocktail reception from 6 to 6:30. A Family-style Dinner of Roast Beef and Turkey, provided by Hart Caterers, follows at 7 PM.  Dancing will be from 8-12. Come see Joe being honored! Please call Richard Archer at 781-326-0388 if you are interested in getting tickets.  Tickets must be ordered/purchased by September 30th.  There will be no tickets sold the night of the Banquet.

The Irish Pastoral Centre will be hosting their Annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, October 29th at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester. Details to follow.

It is with deep regret that I inform you that longtime member Ann McKiernan, wife of John, died on May 17.  Our prayers and condolences go out to John and his family.  Philip Doherty, brother of Philomena Keaney, died on September 2nd.  Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. May their souls rest in peace.

The next meeting is October 4th at 8PM. It will be held at the Adams Corner Café and Butcher Shop at 782 Adams St., Dorchester.  You must walk through the shop to reach the room at the back. They serve food. We would be delighted to have you come!

Monthly Meetings Resume

Greetings Members,

Hope everyone has enjoyed a lovely summer.

We will be having the first meeting of the season on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 8pm. The meeting will be held at the Adams Corner Cafe and Butcher Shop, in the back room.

The cafe is located at 782 Adams St., Dorchester. It is on the opposite side of the street to the Eire Pub near the Greenhills Bakery.

The cafe does serve food for those interested.

Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday!

Ann McKiernan RIP

We are very sorry to have to report that Ann McKiernan, wife of John, passed away yesterday afternoon. Ann is being waked at the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home at 5 Canton Ave., Milton, on Sunday afternoon (May 22nd) from 3-6 PM.

The Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 10 AM in St. Mary of the Hills Church, 29 St. Mary’s Road, Milton, MA.

A complete notice will be in the Boston Globe on Friday & Saturday.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could pass this information along to any of our fellow members.

Our condolences go out to the McKiernan Family at this difficult time. May Ann rest in peace.

Sincerely,
The Leitrim Society of Boston

May 2016 Meeting Minutes

May 2, 2016

Present– Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Noel Murphy, Charlie Mawn, Mark Fitzpatrick, Ita McGrath, Cathy Mawn, and Jim Keaney.

Derek Mawn and Jim Gallagher represented the Society at the Mass of Commemoration for the Easter Uprising at the ICC on April 24th. There was also a very stirring reading of the Proclamation.

The IPC is sponsoring a Golf Tournament and dinner as a Fundraiser on June 13th. The Leitrim Society is donating $250 towards all their good work.

The Christmas Party is booked for December 11, 2016. Keep the date in your calendar!

There will be no June meeting. The next meeting will be held September 13, 2016. You will be notified of the venue prior to the meeting.

Membership forms for 2016: If you have not paid please update the form (click here to download) and mail back to the society with a check for the dues. We are a small club who depends on our dues paying members for survival. Thank you in advance.

The ICC is having The Irish Fest of Boston on June 4th and 5th, 2016. Details can be found on the ICC website http://www.irishculture.org/.

Tom Concannon from Concannon’s Village of Norwood, a longtime friend of the Society, has kindly donated his wooden barrel for raffles to us. We are very grateful.

As you may know, they are renaming Lower Main St., Manorhamilton in memory of Sean MacDiarmada. The town, as a fundraiser, is offering commemorative certificates if you symbolically purchase 1 square meter of the road. Details may be found here. The LSB has purchased one square.

There is a small house just outside Mohill that is available for rental this summer. Please contact Cathy Mawn if interested at 617-549-3230.

 HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE SUMMER!!

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.

*** UPDATE FROM THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY (5/5/2016): We received an email from a Manorhamilton Native in America letting us know that PayPal would not allow her to pay for her square meter using her American Bank Card.  I called PayPal, and they said that if you have a PayPal account, the payment will go through no problem. If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can only use bank cards issued in European countries. It’s a security layer that they put on to protect against fraud. If you live outside of Europe and you’d like to purchase a 1sq meter piece of pavement, and are having problems using PayPal, you can send a check as our bank takes foreign checks. Please message us to see how much €50 is in your currency and make checks payable to “Manorhamilton and District Historical Society” and address would be: Manorhamilton and District Historical Society, c/o Gerry Creamer, Bee Park Resource Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim.  I hope that this helps and we apologise for the inconvenience.

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Photos – 2016 Spring Dance

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