The Charitable Irish Society
The Oldest Irish Society in the Americas

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    • 11/09/2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Thompson Room, John J. Burns Library, Boston College

    Lethal in Two Languages: Flann O'Brien and Máirtín Ó Cadhain

    Fall 2016 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Lecture

    Presented by literary critic and poet Louis de Paor

    Wednesday, November 9
    4:30 p.m.
    Thompson Room, John J. Burns Library
    Boston College

    A passing reference to Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman in the television series Lost, and new translations of Ó Cadhain’s Cré na Cille (The Dirty Dust) have generated new interest in the lives and works of two of Ireland’s most accomplished yet neglected writers. Ó Cadhain once boasted that he was lethal in the two official languages of the Irish State, while Flann O’Brien, one of the great comic writers of the 20th century, insisted that many of those he pilloried found him “far from funny.” This talk will focus on some of the parallels and differences between two of Ireland’s most brilliant writers and contrarians, on the historical context in which they emerged, and their contributions to world literature.

    The Boston College Libraries and the Center for Irish Programs cordially invite you to attend a reception honoring Louis de Paor in the Burns Library Irish Room immediately following his lecture.

    This event is free and open to the public, but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering here.

    For more information about de Paor and his work, please visit the Burns Library website

    For further information about the lecture, including directions and parking, please call 617-552-3282.

    Photo: Realia from the Flann O'Brien Papers, John J. Burns Library, Boston College. Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert, 2009. 

    • 11/10/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
    The Charitable Irish Society will hold its 18th Annual Silver Key Reception on November 10, 2016 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston.  This year we will be honoring Gerard and Marilyn Doherty, Billy Higgins and Sister Maryadele Robinson for their significant contribution. 

    2016 Silver Key Awards Reception

    Thursday, November 10th, 2016 • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel,
    138 St James Ave, Boston

    Tickets are $125 each
    with sponsorship levels starting at $500

    To purchase tickets or sign up as a sponsor of this event:

    Register & pay online at:


    Mail: The Charitable Irish Society
    c/o Sandra Moody, 56
    Thomas Park #3, South Boston, MA 02127

    Phone: 617-315-7883

    About The Charitable Irish Society

    Founded in 1737 by merchants and traders with Belfast backgrounds, The Charitable Irish Society is the oldest Irish Society in North America and has been unique in its inclusive membership of both Catholics and Protestants.   Since its founding, the purpose of the 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.

    The Charitable Irish Society's Silver Key Awards Reception is our primary annual fundraising event.  Funds raised are distributed to or on behalf of individual immigrants and to institutions that provide services to immigrants.

    2016 Silver Key Honorees

    Gerard and Marilyn Doherty

    Billy Higgins i


    Sister Maryadele Robinson


Past events

10/18/2016 Burns Library Event Announcement - Poems of Repossession, October 18, 2016
09/30/2016 Plough and the Stars
09/26/2016 Boston College Irish Studies film screening, Sept. 26 - 1916: The Irish Rebellion
09/09/2016 Exhibition - "The Forgotten Heroines of the Easter Rising"
05/27/2016 Memorial Day Rememberance
04/06/2016 British Society - Tartan Day Celebration
03/17/2016 St. Patrick`s Day 279th Anniversary Dinner
03/02/2016 Spring 2016 Burns Scholar Lecture at Burns Library, Boston College
02/02/2016 Tuesday, Feb. 2: Dr. Raghnall O'Floinn on the National Museum of Ireland
12/13/2015 Celtic Sojourn After Party
12/13/2015 Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan
11/24/2015 Welcome Reception for the Irish Consul General, Fionnuala Quinlan and Vice Consul Meg Laffan
10/30/2015 Lecture on the Irish National Famine Museum by Caroilin Callery
10/24/2015 Celebrating W.B. Yeats at Boston College
10/14/2015 2015 Silver Key Awards Reception
08/18/2015 Charles River Sunset Cruise - farewell to Consul General of Ireland Breandán Ó Caollaí
06/27/2015 Martha's Vineyard - cocktails with the Consul General of Ireland Breandán Ó Caollaí
06/02/2015 An evening with the Consuls General
05/28/2015 Irish Night at Pops
05/22/2015 Memorial Day Remembrance
04/23/2015 "Journey Toward Hope" - A Night of Appreciation
03/21/2015 The Arts and Crafts Movement - Making it Irish
03/17/2015 St. Patrick`s Day Anniversary Dinner
03/17/2015 The Charitable Irish Society 278th Annual Meeting
01/26/2015 One Story Draws Another: Staff selections from the Irish collections at the Burns Library
12/09/2014 Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert Presented by Boston College
11/19/2014 Academy Award Nominee Documentary, Which Way Home
10/15/2014 2014 Silver Key Awards Reception
09/13/2014 Kilted pub crawl to support the Scots' Charitable Society and the Charitable Irish Society
05/23/2014 Annual Memorial Day Remembrance
03/17/2014 St. Patrick's Day Anniversary Dinner
05/24/2013 2013 Memorial Day Observance
05/24/2013 Memorial Lunch - Union Club
05/08/2013 Board of Directors Meeting
05/05/2013 "The Irish Servant Girl"
04/10/2013 Board of Directors Meeting
03/17/2013 St. Patrick's Day Anniversary Dinner
03/16/2013 Annual Meeting of the Society - Boston
01/23/2013 President's Reception
11/29/2012 2012 Silver Key Awards Reception

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