LSB Volunteer day at the Greater Boston Food Bank

Volunteers play a critical role in ending hunger by giving their time and talent to support The Greater Boston Food Bank. Last year, more than 25,000 volunteers worked a total of 62,000 hours, a contribution worth more than $1,000,000.

The Leitrim Society of Boston have organized a day to help out at the food bank on Saturday April 26th, 2014 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Places are extremely limited so if you are interested in registering your participation please contact Mary McDermott (marypmcdermott@hotmail.com) ASAP.

Volunteers work in our warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and repacking donated food and grocery products.

Upon arrival, the team will orient you to The Greater Boston Food Bank and its services, and then you will be trained for your project. At the end of the shift, we can gather everyone back together to discuss impact, answer questions and take a group photo.

Some volunteers load boxes onto conveyer belts, some inspect or sort products, and others check and label boxes. While a few of these tasks require the ability to lift a 30 pound box, most tasks require only that a volunteer stand and inspect products for a few hours. Please remember to wear closed-toed shoes for your shift (no sandals or flip flops).

Your assistance is a crucial part of helping to End Hunger Here!

April 2014 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on April 1st, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

Present – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Mary McDermott, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Frank Gallagher, Mark Fitzpatrick, Noel Murphy, Connie & Mary McEleney, Jack Maguire, Phillip Bohan, Bridie McDermott & Cathy Mawn

The Leitrim Guardian magazines have arrived. We will distribute them at the Spring Dance.

Our Annual Spring Dance has arrived!  It is on Saturday night, April 12th from 7:30 to 12 at Concannon’s Irish Village. Hoping to see friends and neighbors there!

There will be Membership Applications available for sign-up at the dance or you can download a copy from here and fill it out and bring to the dance!

Any donations for the raffle are gratefully appreciated.

Kevin McCann from Belturbet was in Boston for the Irish Film Festival last month.  A Producer, he had a movie entered called Volkswagen Joe which received “Most Inspiring Best Short Award”. He is raising money for a film about Seán MacDiarmada.  There was a donation of $250 sent from the Leitrim Society of Boston. If anyone has interest in this project or a wish to donate, they may speak to Pres. Derek Mawn (dmawn21@yahoo.com) regarding contact details.

There is a Volunteer Opportunity at the Greater Boston Food Bank for Saturday, April 26th from 1:00 to 3:30 at 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston, MA  02118. There is parking available. There are spots for 10 people, on a first come basis. Mary McDermott is organizing this. Mary may be contacted at marypmcdermott@hotmail.com. There will be fliers on the tables at the dance.

Hoping to see all of you Saturday Evening at the Spring Dance!

The next meeting will be held May 6th, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner. ALL ARE WELCOME

March 2014 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

The meeting was held on March 4th, 2014 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.

PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Jim Gallagher, Jim Keaney, Charlie Mawn, Maura Weir, Mark & Nelba Fitzpatrick, Mary McDermott, Denis McGloin, Amanda Mawn and Cathy Mawn.

The Leitrim Guardian magazines should be arriving any day. Again, our apologies for the delay.

Please do not forget to send in the Membership Renewal Forms for 2014.

Be sure to “Like and Share” the Leitrim Society of Boston on Facebook.

The Spring Dance will be held April 12th from 7:30 to 12 AM at Concannon’s Village. Music will be provided by Noel Henry’s Irish Showband. Tickets are $10 per person.

The next meeting will be held on April 1st, 2014 at 8PM at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Corner.  ALL ARE WELCOME !!

LSB Spring Dance 2014

index~~element76Saturday April 12th, 2014 from 7.30 p.m. – 12.00 a.m.

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

Concannon’s Irish Village
60 Lenox St, Norwood , MA 02062
781-762-2232

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!

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

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February 2014 – Meeting Minutes & Updates

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!

“Against the Odds”

 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.

 

Selling Points.

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.

Book Available post-free: www.imnda.ie    www.londubh.ie.  Eason’s, – Amazon and other book outlets!