Monthly Archives: May 2016

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.

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

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.


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

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.

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.