Tonight’s monthly meeting of the Leitrim Society is postponed until further notice as a mark of respect to Cathal Mawn, his family and friends.
It is with a heavy heart that we have to report that Cathal Mawn was found dead unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 26, 2015 at age 70.
Our sincere condolences go out to Cathal’s friends and family.
Born in Glenfarne, County Leitrim, Ireland, he was raised and educated there and emigrated to Boston in 1966, where he completed his education. A master plumber, he worked for Harvard University for many years until his retirement in 2008. Cathal was a long time board member of the County Leitrim Society of Boston and current trustee.
The son of the late Michael and Lucy (Clancy) Mawn, Cathal was the beloved husband of Annie (Devane) Mawn to whom he was married for 42 years; loving father of Erin M. Sarro and her husband Michael of Burlington, Charles M. Mawn and his wife Erika of Brewster and Eileen A. Falcone and her husband Mark of Holden; dear Grandpa of Kiley, Dylan, Lucy and Claire; beloved brother of Bridget Naughton of Worcester, Boyce Mawn of London, Michael Mawn of Norwood, Patrick Mawn and Rev. Sean Mawn, both of County Leitrim, and the late James Mawn of Milton. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, here and in Ireland and England.
Solas Mhic Dé ar a n-anam.
Funeral Details: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, May 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy Center. Family and friends are respectfully invited. On Saturday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:30 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 115 Crescent St., W. Quincy. Interment is at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NAMI, The Schrafft Center 529 Main Street, Suite 1M17 Boston, MA 02129.
It was an incredibly exciting time in Carrick on Shannon. It was from one of the very rowing boats in Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club that, an Olympian, Frances Cryan emerged and represented Ireland in the 1980 Moscow Olympics!
This attractive young woman with a head full of long brown wavy hair, a personality that everyone loved and the drive and determination for the sport of rowing, she put the small town of Carrick on Shannon on the map by becoming an eleven year champion for Ireland from 1976 to 1986! Frances Cryan sets the tone for striving to continue to do great things in Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club!
Just imagine IF it was no longer here, and the next great Frances Cryan was waiting in the wings, waiting for their chance to become an Olympian and the opportunity vanished because Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club was not able to fulfill its purpose in training young rowers.
What IF Frances Cryan was not from Carrick on Shannon and was from another town in Ireland, Carrick on Shannon would not be able to boast proudly of her accomplishments with Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club.
It took a lot of people to help get Frances to Moscow; help from her amazing coach, Aidan Nangle, to organisations like the local GAA and BLE personnel who organised church gate collections and other fundraising.
And now this historic club, who got Frances there, still needs your help and with the right combination could possibly produce the next Olympian from Carrick on Shannon! We need you to be a part of the magic; the magic to keep this fundraiser going until the goal of €15,000 is met.
We cannot reach our goal without you. Please continue to spread the word to donate and share with all your family and friends, both near and far, if they’re not on Facebook please send them a text or email. With your continued help, which is greatly appreciated, the Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club will succeed and there will be no need for anymore – What ifs…
Go raibh maith agaibh go léir
Carrick on Shannon Rowing Club
The meeting was held on April 7th, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Frank Gallagher, Jim Gallagher, Cathal Mawn, Charlie Mawn, Phil Bohan, Nelba & Mark Fitzpatrick, Mary McDermott, Cathy Mawn.
The Annual Spring Dance will be held on April 11th, 2015 from 7 to 11 PM. The dance is to be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston St., Canton. If people need to be dropped off at the door, please use the access road located to the left before the cottage as you enter the main gates. There will be sign indicating where to turn on the night of the dance.
LSB Trip to Foxwoods Resort Casino – there will be a signup sheet at the dance for anyone interested in a weekday (Wednesday) trip to Foxwoods, or you may submit your interest here. The trip will be in late May.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Roseleen Weir, who was in a serious car accident and is recuperating at Golden Living 188 Florence Street, Chestnut Hill MA 02467 if anyone would like to send along kind words of encouragement for a full and speedy recovery.
Elections were held at the meeting and the following people were elected for 4 year terms:
- President- Derek Mawn
- Vice-President-Jim Gallagher
- Treasurer-Noel Murphy
- Membership Secretary- Mary McDermott
- Corresponding Secretary- Nelba Fitzpatrick
- Recording Secretary-Cathy Mawn
- Sergeant-at-Arms- Charlie Mawn
- Trustees- Cathal Mawn, Jim Keaney, Phil Bohan
- Public Relations Officer- Mark Fitzpatrick
The swearing in ceremony will take place at the May meeting on May 5th, 2015 at Gerard’s in Dorchester. Light appetizers will be provided for all in attendance. All are welcome!
As mentioned in our most recent meeting minutes, we are proposing to run an LSB day out for our members and friends to the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT. To make sure we have enough numbers we are asking that you register your interest.
We will be choosing a Wednesday over the next few months for the trip, that accommodates most interested parties. If we get enough interest, the bus will cost $25 per person which will also include $25 in vouchers to be used at the casino ($10 food, $15 bonus slot play) and will depart from Randolph. More details to follow as we get them…
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The meeting was held on March 10th, 2015 at Gerard’s Restaurant in Adam’s Village, Dorchester, MA.
PRESENT – Derek Mawn, Noel Murphy, Jim Keaney, Jim Gallagher, Cathal Mawn, Charlie Mawn, Nelba & Mark Fitzpatrick, Mary McDermott, Bridie McDermott, Cathy Mawn.
The Christmas Dance was a great success. There were may compliments to both the food and venue. Many thanks are extended to our visitors from New York and congratulations again to Frank Brady on being the Leitrim Guardian Man of the Year.
There was no meeting in January per usual.
Hopefully our long and snowy winter is coming to an end soon. There was no meeting in February due to the severe weather. The March meeting was delayed one week also due to weather.
The Annual Spring Dance will be held on April 11, 2015 from 7 to 11 PM. The dance is to be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston St., Canton. If people need to be dropped off at the door, please use the access road located to the left before the cottage as you enter the main gates. There will be sign indicating where to turn on the night of the dance.
Nominations were as follows for the next term:
President – Derek Mawn
Vice-President – Jim Gallagher
Treasurer – Noel Murphy
Membership Secretary – Mary McDermott
Corresponding Secretary – Nelba Fitzpatrick
Recording Secretary – Cathy Mawn
Sergeant at Arms – Charlie Mawn
Trustees – Cathal Mawn, Jim Keaney, Phil Bohan
Public Relations Officer – Mark Fitzpatrick
Note that nominations are not closed until the night of the elections so there is still time for people to get involved.
There was a motion made to extend the terms of office to four years instead of two, passed by a show of hands.
Voting for Officers will take place at the April meeting, which will be held on April 7th at Gerard’s in Dorchester.
There have been issues with the Leitrim Society telephone that we hope to resolve in the next week. In the meantime please contact Cathy Mawn at 617-549-3230 with any urgent questions or concerns.
We are planning a trip to Foxwoods in May, there will be a sign up sheet at the Spring Dance for those who are interested.
The Society was contacted by Rory Flynn Sr. to inform us that the first Irish Boston Police Officer was from Leitrim. Barney McGinniskin was in the Boston Police from 1851 to 1854 and was from Sranagross, Glenfarne. An award is given in his name every year within the Boston Police Department. He is buried in St. Augustine Cemetery in South Boston.
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.
Come enjoy a great family evening.
Tickets – available at the door, are $10 per person and we hope to see you all there!
For further information please call: 617-549-3230
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