The Charitable Irish Society
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    • 02/10/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Paramount Theatre, Reception at Randall Lobby of the Paramount Theatre

    We are delighted that one of Ireland's foremost theatre companies, Druid Theatre, is bringing Martin McDonagh's Tony Award-winning play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, to Boston next month. The play will be performed at the Paramount Theatre from February 8 to 26.

    To mark the occasion, the Irish Consulate is partnering with Irish Network Boston to host an evening of Irish culture on Friday February 10.

    The evening will begin with a 30-minute lecture by the National Library of Ireland entitled: "From Yeats to Heaney: Discovering 140 years of literature at the National Library of Ireland".

    The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Randall Lobby of the Paramount Theatre, at which Druid Theatre Director, Garry Hynes, will speak. The performance begins at 8pm. ArtsEmerson is offering friends of the Consulate and Irish Network members a 20% reduction in tickets for the Beauty Queen of Leenane by using the promotion code Ireland20 when booking at A limited number of tickets priced as low as $16 are available.

    Please see the above invitation with further details and we request that you RSVP for the lecture and reception by January 27.

    We hope to see you there,
    Best wishes, Fionnuala Quinlan
    Consul General, Consulate General of Ireland


    Please find links to some reviews below.

    • 03/17/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA

    With Good Will Doing Service


    Founded in 1737


    The President and Board of Directors of

     The Charitable Irish Society

     Cordially invite you to attend its

     280th St. Patrick's Day

     Anniversary Dinner

     March 17, 2017

              Mark your calendars now for the Charitable Irish Society’s 280th Annual St. Patrick Day Dinner on March 17, 2017 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.  Many of the Charitable Irish Society's events have been held at this venue, and we look forward to returning there again this year.

              Our featured speaker, Christine Kinealy is an English born historian, author, activist and founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She has written extensively about the Great Irish Famine, An Gorta Mor, over her career and has received numerous awards for her scholarly writing. Her early works include This Great Calamity: The Irish Famine1845-52 (1994) and A Death Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland(1997).  Her more recent work includes Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers (2013). She also co-authored, The Bad Times: An Drochshaol (2016), a graphic novel on the tale of the Great Hunger written from the viewpoint of three teenagers and their dog, Cú.


              The President and Board of Directors of the Charitable Irish Society cordially invite you to attend the 280th St. Patrick's Day Anniversary Dinner at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Street, Boston, MA on March 17, 2017.  The evening will begin with a cocktail reception in the Venetian Room at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner in the Oval Room at 7:00 p.m.  Attire is black tie optional. Valet parking for the event is $32.

              A block of ten (10) rooms has been reserved at discounted rates ($239 and $279) at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for guests who wish to stay the night. Reservations must be made by February 17, 2017 by phone at (617) 267-5300, ext. 1630 and mention CIS, or online by clicking here.  Overnight Parking at the Copley is $51.  You will be responsible for all charges.

              We hope you will plan to join us this year by registering early. RSVP's are due by Monday, March 13, 2017

              If you have any questions, or need assistance with registration, please contact Hilda Landry at 617-228-4445 or

Past events

11/18/2016 A Celebration of Irish Revolutionary Women and the Irish Language
11/09/2016 Fall 2016 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies lecture, presented by literary critic and poet Louis de Paor
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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