The Charitable Irish Society
The Oldest Irish Society in the Americas

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."


2016

  • Gerard and Marilyn Doherty
  • Billy Higgins
  • Sister Maryadele Robinson
2015
  • Margaret Stapleton
  • Vincent Crotty
  • Kieran Jordan

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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

2010

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

2009

  • John Curran
  • Larry Reynolds
  • Christopher J. Lavery

2008

  • John & Maureen Connolly
  • Neil Hurley
  • Thomas P. O'Neill

2007

  • Gobnait Conneely
  • Carol A. D'Arcy
  • Brian O'Donvan

2005

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

2003

  • Neil F. Finnegan
  • Richard B. Finnegan

2002

  • Paul D. Harold
  • Cornelia Cassidy Koutoujian

2001

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

  • Elaine P. Flynn
  • Philip C. Haughey


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