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Carleton H. LaPorte, President of CIS and Hon. Anne Anderson


Charitable Irish Society
Celebrated its 282nd Anniversary at the
Fairmont Copley Plaza


The Charitable Irish Society celebrated its 282ndAnniversary with an elegant dinner at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel with our President Carleton H. Laporte, Jr. as Toastmaster.  The festivities began with a reception during which our members and guests were able to meet Honorable Anne Anderson and Sean Kyne, T. D. Minister of Gaeilge, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, and Representative John J. Mahoney, Thirteenth District, Worcester.  Ms. Anderson, who was Ireland’s first woman Ambassador to the United States, delivered an informative keynote address relating Ireland’s diplomatic efforts to secure comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill.  President Laporte presented Ms. Anderson, our 2019 Life Achievement Award Honoree, with a hand-blown glass bowl featuring an etching of Boston Public Garden.

The evening also featured the Boston College Heightmen with a program of popular Broadway show tunes as well as Irish classics, the Parting Glass and Danny Boy. The trio of Kathleen Guilday, Mark Roberts and Laurel K. Martin also played a number of Irish tunes during the dinner. Mary Conroy Henderson led the assembled guests in the Irish and American national anthems.

The centenary of Ireland’s Declaration of Independence of January 2019 and President Eamon de Valera’s visit to Boston the following June was marked by a new addition to our collection of historical posters (see below) with one showing the Irish President addressing 50,000 Irish American supporters at Fenway Park as well as a photo of President de Valera welcoming to Aras an Uachtarain in 1964 two future Charitable Irish Society Presidents, Dr. John P. Rattigan (1974) and John P. Rattigan, Jr. (1983).  Catherine Shannon gave a short account of de Valera’s Boston visit and the involvement of society members in its organization.


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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."  Since our beginning the Society has provided financial assistance to Irish immigrants in need.  In the late 20th century we helped many immigrants pay for the high cost of applications for naturalization and U.S. citizenship in addition to continuing our grants to help in other emergencies. Today, the Silver Keythe "outreach arm" of the Society, in conjunction with the Irish International Immigration Center, the Irish Pastoral Center, and other individuals and organizations working with immigrants from all countries, 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.

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