The Charitable Irish Society
The Oldest Irish Society in the Americas


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    • 13 Sep 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Jamaica Plain (Boston, MA)

    Kilted pub crawl to support the Scots' Charitable Society and the Charitable Irish Society




    This September the Angry Scotsman, a collection of friends who are members of several local Scottish and Celtic charities, along with members of the British Consulate, are looking to have a bit fun while raising awareness and money for the mission of two fine charitable organizations; The Scots Charitable Society and The Charitable Irish Society.

    Participants will crawl along a 1.7 mile route through Jamaica Plain stopping at each of our sponsor's establishments for refreshment, conviviality, and maybe even a brief pipe tune. Upon reaching the last stop and the Scots Charitable Society's friend and patron, The Haven, each entrant who has successfully stopped at every establishment will receive an Angry Scotsman "Bag o' Swag" for their heroic efforts and an opportunity to win the grand prize for most pledges

    In honor of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, on Saturday afternoon, the 13th of September, we hope to have at least two dozen hearty souls exhibit true feats of strength and endurance by engaging in the First Annual Kilt Crawl "J.P. or Bust"
    The kilt crawl is being organized by members of the following charitable and cultural organizations.

    About the Scots Charitable Society

    Founded in 1657, The Scots' Charitable Society is the oldest charitable organization still existing in the Western Hemisphere. The Society awards undergraduate scholarships to the Scottish-American community and provides relief to individuals and Scots' families in need.
    The Society also seeks to promote Scottish and Celtic heritage through education, participation in highland games, parades and other cultural events throughout the Greater Boston area.

    About The Charitable Irish Society

    The Charitable Irish Society, started in 1737 in Boston by Irish immigrants who had successfully made that city their home, was formed to assist other newly arrived Irish immigrants in settling in and assimilating into a new city and new country. It is the oldest Irish society in both Americas and has had a rich history for over two and a half centuries.

    About The Thistle Club

    Open to men and women, young and not-so-young, The Thistle Club is a laid-back social club for Scots and Scottish enthusiasts. Activities have included St. Andrews feasts, scotch tastings, and excursions.

    About The Angry Scotsman

    The Angry Scotsman is a collection of friends, many but not all of Celtic extraction, who gather fairly regularly for entertainment and socializing while appreciating Scottish, Irish, Celtic, and Maritime culture with a contemporary outlook.

    • 15 Oct 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Boston College Club, 100 Federal St, 36th Floor, Boston

    2014 Silver Key Awards Reception

    Featuring special guest and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

    Phil Coulter

    Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Boston College Club, 100 Federal St, 36th Floor, 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.

    2014 Silver Key Honorees

    Richard Campbell is an attorney and founder of Campbell Trial Lawyers. He has been active in many community organizations, including serving as a Trustee of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Catholic Charities, and the University of Massachusetts. As a UMass Trustee, he established a scholarship fund in memory of Krystle Campbell (no relation), one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

    Richard Gormley, along with other family members, owns and operates the Gormley Funeral Home in West Roxbury, but he is also known as “The Lord Mayor of West Roxbury” in recognition of his active presence in that community and his leadership roles in the Irish Social Club and the Roscommon Association, among other organizations. In addition, he has been exceedingly generous with his time and professional services in helping return the bodies of Irish who had been living in the Boston area back “home” for burial.

    Rev. Gerald Osterman, the Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Everett, Massachusetts, has been very active in assisting immigrants to Massachusetts.  He was one of the founders and remains an active member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in Fond-des-Blancs in the mountains of Southern Haiti where there is now a school and hospital serving one of the poorest communities of that country.

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Phil Coulter, a native of Derry, is an internationally renowned musician and composer who has used his musical gifts to help further the peace process in Northern Ireland. Among his well-known compositions is “Ireland’s Call,” which was commissioned by the Irish Rugby Football Union in 1995 and has since been adopted by other Irish sports teams that have members from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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