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Charitable Irish SocietyThe Oldest Irish Society in the Americas
"With Good Will Doing Service"

             Founded 1737      


Charitable Irish Society
Is Celebrating Its 283rd Anniversary


On March 17, 2020 the President and Board of Directors, members of the Charitable Irish Society, along with family members and friends will be gathering at the Seaport Boston Hotel for its annual St. Patrick's Day Anniversary Dinner.  It is with great honor that we welcome Ambassador Nicholas Burns as our Keynote speaker who will also be presented with a Life Achievement Award. We look forward to hearing his thoughts on contemporary Ireland's role in the world community, especially in relation to Brexit.  

R. Nicholas Burns is currently Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and
International Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Burns is a columnist, lecturer, and former United States Ambassador to NATO.

Our Mission

Since its founding in 1737, the mission of the Charitable Irish Society has been to provide aid and assistance to newly arrived Irish immigrants in the Boston area as they face the multiple challenges of adjusting to and assimilating into a new city and country – an issue as important today as it ever was!  Many individuals seeking assistance are referred to us by other organizations serving immigrants, including the Consulate General of Ireland, the Irish International Immigrant Center, and the Irish Pastoral Centre.

Among other purposes, specific grants have been to provide support in the areas of employment, housing, education, health care, emergency food aid, and to enable individuals return “home” for family emergencies and to assist in paying the fees for immigration and citizenship applications. Consistent with the Irish traditions of hospitality and charity, the Society has expanded its focus to include immigrants from other countries in addition to those from Ireland as grant recipients. Recently, we have assisted individuals from Honduras, Nigeria, Egypt, and Iran.

You are cordially invited to attend the Society’s 283rd Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, March 17, the feast of Saint Patrick, along with your family and friends.  We also ask that you consider making a donation as a Dinner Sponsor. It is only with the generous help of individuals, from both the past and the present, which has allowed the Society to continue its work for almost three centuries and fulfill its motto "with good will doing service!So it is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank each and every one of you for your past and future financial support.  

A donation of any amount will be greatly appreciated.  Some levels of sponsorship include complimentary tickets to the dinner, a $195 value.  Sponsors will also be acknowledged in the March 17th Dinner Program.  To contribute, please click on the Dinner Sponsorship Levels link below or mail your check payable to:

Charitable Irish Society

c/o Ms. Hilda Landry

Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP

55 Old Bedford Road | Suite 300

Lincoln, MA 01773

Dinner Sponsorship Levels

Platinum - $2,000 (4 tickets)

Gold - $1,500 (3 tickets)

Silver - $1,000 (2 tickets)

Bronze - $500 (1 ticket)

For dinner reservations, and additional information about sponsorship donations, please contact Ms. Hilda Landry at 617-228-4445 or hilda.landry@smithduggan.com.


Your generous gifts strengthen our ability to provide financial                support where it is most needed.


The Charitable Irish Society relies on the generosity of individuals like you as it continues to carry out its motto since its inception "with good will doing service."  In the beginning, the Society provided financial assistance to pay for the high cost of applications for naturalization and U.S. citizenship. Today, the Silver Key, the "outreach arm" of the Society, in conjunction with the Irish International Immigration Center and the Irish Pastoral Center, identifies individuals in our communities who have a dire financial need and need our support. The grants provided by the Silver Key gives recipients much needed hope for their future.

In order to make a difference in the lives of those in need, we rely on your support.  If you have already made a donation, we thank you.

Please click HERE to make your tax deductible donation now.   

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