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

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. ***