Upcoming Events

Past Events

Sunday, 22 January, 2pm

Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton

A Journey Home (1934), A Narrative Including Family Letters with Mary Kilroy

The Eire Society of Boston and the Irish Cultural Centre will host a program, A Journey Home (1934), A Narrative Including Family Letters with Mary Kilroy, on Sunday 22 January at 2pm at the ICC, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton. Refreshments will be served.

A series of letters, written by Delia McGuire to her betrothed in Boston, chronicles a summer spent in Gurrane, County Mayo in the summer of 1934. The written words chronicle the sentiments of an ambivalent bride-to-be, who desperately wished to stay with her mother in the old sod, while a patient groom-to-be awaited her return in America.


Friday, 9 December, 7- 9:30pm

Aisling Gallery & Framing, 229 Lincoln Street (Route 3A), Hingham, MA

Opening Reception for Irish Light by Vincent Crotty

An opening reception for the exhibit, Irish Light by Vincent Crotty will take place on Friday evening, 9 December from 7- 9:30pm at Aisling Gallery & Framing, 229 Lincoln Street (Route 3A) in Hingham, MA. John and Maureen Connolly, owners of the Aisling Gallery, invite you to meet the artist, Vincent Crotty and enjoy light refreshments.


Sunday, 4 December, 2:30- 4:30pm

Eat with Jack O’Neill, 1885 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA

Seasonal Celebration of Celtic Christmas Cheer and Chanukah Light

Join the members of the Eire Society of Boston and The Charitable Irish Society of Boston for this special holiday event at Eat with Jack O'Neill. Hors d'oeuvres will be prepared by Chef, Denise O’Neill, who attended Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, Ireland. O’Neill adheres to the Irish tradition of using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Music will be performed by Boston College’s Sean Smith and Colleen White. Refreshments and libations will be available to warm the spirit.


Friday, 18 November, 6:30- 8pm (doors open at 5pm for viewing of the exhibition)

Burns Library, Boston College

Presentation, Discussion, Exhibition & Reception: A Celebration of Irish Revolutionary Women and the Irish Language

View the new exhibition, “Irish Women Rising: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Ireland, 1900-1923,” which features an original 1916 Proclamation and newly acquired material from collector Loretta Clarke Murray. Tour the exhibition with Burns Library Docents and enjoy light refreshments, including hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, coffee, tea and sweets.



Friday, 21 October, 6pm

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Opening Reception: Famine, Friends & Fenians

Exhibition Dates: October 2016 – September 2017



Friday, 21 October, 6pm

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Opening Reception: Early 20th Century Norwegian Whaling in Co. Mayo, Ireland

Exhibition Dates: October 2016 – September 2017



Saturday, 22 October, 9am- 5pm

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Symposium: Famine, Friends & Fenians



Saturday, 22 October, 8pm

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Seán Tyrrell performs “Message of Peace”



Sunday, 16 October, 2pm

Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Concord, MA

Doug Rooks Lecture on Senator George Mitchell

Maine political journalist, Doug Rooks will share his perspective on the public and private life of Senator George Mitchell. He will draw from a long career of interviews with the senator, and delve into Mitchell's role in facilitating the Northern Ireland Peace Accord, which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Rooks will offer keen insight into Mitchell’s background and upbringing, which ultimately helped to achieve the seemingly unattainable peace accord. Copies of Rook’s book, Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible, will be available for sale.


Friday, 30 September, 7:30pm

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars

Olivier Award-winning director, Sean Holmes will bring a new perspective to Sean O’Casey’s absorbing play. Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The audience rioted. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916.


Friday, 30 September, 3:30pm

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

The Plough and the Stars Presentation with Clair Willis

To mark the Abbey Theatre’s American tour of The Plough and the Stars, Clair Willis, the Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters at Princeton University, will give a talk on the impact of the 1916 Easter Rising on ‘the person who is so oppressed by poverty and exploitation that he hasn’t enough sense to loot properly,’ as Owen Sheehey- Skeffington later put it.  Recent books by Professor Willis include That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland During the Second World War and Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO. The talk will be followed by a reception, sponsored by the Consul General of Ireland, Fionnuala Quinlan, for the Irish community in Boston.


Wednesday, 21 September, 6pm

Boston Public Library, Boylston Street, Boston, MA

The Story of the Abbey Theatre

Founded by Nobel Laureate W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory as Ireland’s national theater, the Abbey Theatre has played a vital role in the literary, social, and cultural life of Ireland. From its opening performances in 1904 with a manifesto to “bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland,” it has acted as an ambassador for the country. In advance of the Abbey’s visit to the American Repertory Theater with its acclaimed new production of The Plough and the Stars, Abbey Theatre Archivist, Mairéad Delaney draws on the theater’s unique collection of holdings to illustrate the story of the Abbey Theatre, its role in the 1916 Easter Rising, and its long association with the work of playwright Sean O’Casey.


May, 2016
Boston College (McMullen Museum and Bapst Library)
Private, docent-led tour of the Arts and Crafts Movement exhibition

April 23, 2016 at 6PM
The Irish Cultural Centre, Canton, MA
Dinner & lecture by John P. McGuire on 19th century lithographs and prints of famous Irish people in Irish/American History. "A picture is worth a thousand words."

February 21, 2016
Presentation by local Irish playwright, Ronan Noone, about his personal odyssey from Ireland to the United States and the development of his craft as a successful playwright. Wonderfully humorous and informative. Cohosted by the Irish Social Club of Boston.

January 31, 2016
Presentation by Richard Finnegan, Professor Emeritus and Dean of Irish Studies at Stonehill College, on developments in modern Ireland, including the scandal within the Catholic Church, the fall of the historic Fianna Fáil  political party, and the rise and fall and rise again of the Celtic Tiger. Presented at the Milton public library.

December 13, 2015
Joint attendance with The Charitable Irish Society of Boston at Brian O'Donovan's annual "Celtic Christmas Sojourn", followed by a joint reception at MJ O'Connor's restaurant in Boston, with great food, libation, company, and "Craic".

November 12, 2015
Eire Society-hosted reception at the Greenbrier restaurant in Brighton, Massachusetts,  after enjoyment of an outstanding,virtuoso musical performance under the auspices of the "Gaelic Roots" Program at Boston College.

October 30, 2015
Presentation by the family owners of the Mahon manor home in Strokestown, Roscommon, Ireland, which was rehabilitated as the National Irish Famine Museum. Wonderful stories about the discovery of a treasure trove of original famine-era documents. Cohosted by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College.

October 25, 2015
Presentation by Professor Thomas O'Grady, Director of Irish Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston, on "The things they carried: Irish soldiers in the Great War,"  an illumination of the experiences of Irish infantry soldiers during World War I. Held at the Milton public library.

September 27, 2015
Performance by the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, a 12-harp orchestral group performing haunting tunes, both ancient and modern. Hosted in conjunction with the Irish Cultural Centre of Canton,Massachusetts.

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