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Charitable Irish SocietyThe Oldest Irish Society in the Americas

              Founded 1737                            With Good Will Doing Service

  • The Silver Key Award

     Since its founding in 1737, the purpose 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.  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 to pay the fees for immigration and citizenship documents.  Consistent with the Irish traditions of hospitality and charity, the Society has expanded our focus to include immigrants from other countries  in addition to those from Ireland. 

     In recognition of the Society’s mission, the Silver Key Award is conferred annually upon individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication in helping new immigrants and the proceeds from the annual Silver Key Award Reception are used to underwrite the work of the Charitable Irish Society in helping individual immigrants on an "as-needed basis."

  • Winnie Henry
  • Ronnie Millar
  • The Honorable Martin J. Walsh
  • Gerard and Marilyn Doherty
  • Billy Higgins
  • Sister Maryadele Robinson
  • Margaret Stapleton
  • Vincent Crotty
  • Kieran Jordan


  • Richard Campbell
  • Richard Gormley
  • Rev. Gerald Osterman
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Phil Coulter


  • Sister Margurite Kelly
  • Seamus Mulligan
  • Arden O'Connor


  • Lynn Finn
  • Connell & Siobhan Gallagher
  • Mary Kelleher
  • Kevin Leary


  • Sheila Gleeson
  • David Greaney
  • John E. & Nancy Joyce
  • Michael Sheehan


  • Cora Flood
  • Nicole Hynes
  • Thomas J. Hynes, Jr.
  • Larry O'Toole


  • John Curran
  • Larry Reynolds
  • Christopher J. Lavery

  • John & Maureen Connolly
  • Neil Hurley
  • Thomas P. O'Neill
  • Gobnait Conneely
  • Carol A. D'Arcy
  • Brian O'Donvan


  • Michael Cummings
  • James S. O'Brien
  • Olga Reisman


  • Neil F. Finnegan
  • Richard B. Finnegan


  • Paul D. Harold
  • Cornelia Cassidy Koutoujian


  • Ed Forrey
  • Kieran C. O'Sullivan
  • Claudina C. Quinn
  • Robert H. Quinn


  • John J. McClure
  • Jerry Quinn
  • J. Kevin Nugent, Ph.D.
  • Una McGeogh-Nugent M.A.


  • Sr. Lena Deevy, L.AS.A.
  • Fr. Daniel J. Finn
  • Anne M. & William J. McNally


  • Fr. Bartley MacPhadin, C.S.C
  • Emily Winterson


  • Elaine P. Flynn
  • Philip C. Haughey

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