Ancient Order of Hibernians Massachusetts
45 Gates Street
Holyoke, MA 01040-3017
Formed in 1836, the Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest Catholic lay organization in America. Massachusetts has numerous divisions across the state that play an active role in promoting Irish history and current events in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Boston Irish Heritage Trail
This self-guided, three mile walking tour takes you through Boston’s downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. You’ll learn about famous politicians, artists, matriarchs and war heroes, part of a rich tradition of rebellion, leadership and triumph that personifies the Boston Irish. All of the memorials are in public spaces and accessible to visitors. Sites outside of downtown Boston are accessible by vehicle or public transportation .
Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
9 Corey Road, #1, Brookline, MA 02445
617 734-3805 | 617 593-8152 | bostonpolicegaeliccolumn.com
This award-winning 25-member bagpipe and drum band, formed in 1992, is one of Boston’s great Irish organizations. In 2000 the Gaelic Column won the Best International Entry Trophy at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cork City. Locally, it performed at the unveiling of the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, and aboard the USS John F. Kennedy and the Le Eithne Irish naval ship during the Sail 2000 Tall Ships event in Boston Harbor.
Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
PO Box 307
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508 362-PADY | capecodstpatsparade.com
Now in its third year, the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade has developed into a great day out – from kids to seniors alike. The 2008 parade takes place on Saturday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. and Doug Meehan of Fox 25 Morning News will be the Grand Marshal. The two-mile parade starts at the Corner of School St, & Rte. 28 in West Dennis and crosses the Bass River Bridge, ending at the McArthur School on Rt 28 in South Yarmouth. The committee works year round to raise funds for this event, holding concerts and other special events (see our calendar). Click here for application form.
Charitable Irish Society
c/o Christopher A. Duggan,
Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo LLP
55 Old Bedford Road, Suite 300, Lincoln, MA 01773
Formed on March 17, 1737 in Boston by a group of Irish merchants, the Charitable Irish Society is the oldest Irish organization in North America with an illustrious history and membership. As it has since its founding, the Society holds its annual banquet every March 17 and holds other gatherings throughout the year.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann,
P. O. Box 114,
Halifax, MA 02338
For over 50 years Comhaltas has promoted Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The Boston chapter, formed in 1976, is one of the most active chapters, hosting monthly music and dance sessions, concerts, music lessons and special events to promote Irish culture locally.
Eire Society of Boston
Thomas W. Carty, President
19 Coronation Drive, Dedham, MA 02026
781.329.6655 | 866.560.1050 (toll free)
The Eire Society of Boston was established in 1937 to spread awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish. Activities include guest speakers and performers, films, art exhibits and theater. At its annual dinner, the Society presents its coveted Gold Medal award to a deserving recipient.
Gaelic Roots Irish Music
Boston College, Connolly House
300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617 552-0490 | bc.edu/gaelicroots
Boston College’s Irish Music programs offers a year round schedule of classroom instruction, and visiting lectures and concerts featuring Mick Moloney, Danny Doyle, Paddy Keenan and other Irish artists. The program was created by Séamus Connolly, the Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music at Boston College and is now headed up by another fiddle champion, Sheila Falls.
Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston
15 Rita Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
617 265-5300 | ipcboston.org
Formed in 1987, the Irish Pastoral Centre is a ‘parish without boundaries.’ It helps Irish immigrants make their often challenging transition to life in the USA a positive one, by offering citizenship counseling, spiritual and pastoral care, year round activities for mothers and toddlers, families and senior citizens. The Irish Pastoral Centre had a long-time presence in Brighton and Quincy, and in 2011 moved its operation to Dorchester’s St. Brendan’s Parish. The Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.