Businesses and organizations in Greater Boston and beyond can participate in the Gold Medal Dinner and Award Ceremony through the Eire Society of Boston Sponsorship program. Join the effort today!

Your sponsorship at the Gold, White or Green level directly supports the Eire Society’s signature fundraising event, which annually honors a person or persons who exemplify the best of Irish culture and ideals.

The Eire Society of Boston is pleased to announce the Gold Medal award recipient for 2017, novelist, short story writer, playwright, journalist and literary critic, Colm Tòibìn.

In 2015, Tòibìn’s work gained popular, world-wide recognition when his 2009 novel, Brooklyn was made into an Academy Award winning feature film, portraying the fortunes of a young Irish woman who leaves her home in rural Ireland for a new life in 1950’s New York. The novel, a haunting tale of love, loss and familial duty, won the 2009 United Kingdom Costa Award and was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

For more information on the 2017 Gold Medal Dinner and Award Ceremony, click here.

Sponsor businesses and organizations receive full recognition in printed materials associated with the Gold Medal Dinner and on the ESB website (a sponsor can also remain anonymous if they wish).

For more information on the Gold Medal Dinner sponsorship program, contact Cate McGrail, Event Chair, at events@eiresociety.org.


Sponsor the 2017 Gold Medal Dinner honoring novelist, Colm Tòibìn, at one of the following levels:

Gold Sponsor - $2500 (includes 5 dinner tickets)
White Sponsor - $1000 (includes 2 dinner tickets)
Green Sponsor - $500 (includes 1 dinner ticket)

To download a 2017 Eire Society of Boston Gold Medal Dinner Sponsorship Agreement, click here!

The Eire Society of Boston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsorships are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law (the cost of complimentary dinners are not tax deductible). Your consideration and support is greatly appreciated.

Gold Sponsors


Office of the Executive Vice President, Michael J. Lochhead
Boston College

Education with a heart and soul—and the power to transform
Boston College, the first institution of higher education to operate in the city of Boston, is today among the nation’s foremost universities, a leader in the liberal arts, scientific inquiry, and student formation.

Grounded in the ideals that inspired our Jesuit founders, Boston College urges students to look inward but always to reach out—to develop their minds and talents to the fullest and use them in service to others.



The Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Ireland

The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to serve the Irish people, promote their values and advance their prosperity abroad, and to provide the Government with the capabilities, analysis and influence to ensure that Ireland derives the maximum benefit from all areas of its external engagement.


White Sponsors


Bank of Canton

The more you trust your bank, the less you have to worry about. That’s why Bank of Canton has been taking care of people’s finances and creating lifelong relationships for over 175 years.

We treat our customers like they are members of our family. Our dedicated staff members take the time to listen to your concerns and find the solution that’s right for you. That’s just the way we’ve always done it.  What else would you expect from family?



Dedham Institution for Savings

Founded in 1831, Dedham Institution for Savings has served the Norfolk County market for over 180 years. We have grown to over a billion dollars in assets, and are effectively positioned for the future. Further, as a well-capitalized, mutually owned institution, all of our financial and strategic decisions can be made without the pressures provided by shareholders. All of these decisions can be made with the best interests of our customers, staff and communities.



The Briar Group

Since 1989, The Briar Group has been bringing innovative, quality dining experiences to Boston. When you step into one of our establishments, you can expect to be greeted by a friendly, professional wait staff that believes your satisfaction is their vocation.

We’re committed to using the highest quality ingredients and providing comfortable, accessible dinning and event experiences that exceed our customer’s expectations. Dine with us and see what the gold standard in customer service looks like.



Insight Realty Group

If you are a Buyer or Seller looking for the area’s top real estate team, we would like to be your choice for your next real estate transaction. With over 50 years of combined experience in the Greater Boston real estate market, we know some of our innovative approaches and proprietary strategies can help you either sell your home faster and for more money, or find you the right home at the best possible price.

If you are okay with the traditional, the ordinary, what 99% of the agents do, i.e. stick a sign in your front yard, put it in MLS, and pray someone else sells your home for them, then don’t consider our team. We provide proven marketing plans to maximize all channels of marketing to leverage the tools of the top real estate companies in the world to get you results and get you sold. Our team can put that same strength and market knowledge to work when you are looking for that perfect new home.


Green Sponsors


Cornell & Gollub

Our Firm concentrates in the area of civil trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts, focusing in the defense of cases involving Commercial Disputes, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, Legal Malpractice, Consumer Protection, Insurance, General Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions.




Griffin-Carty Communications

Stories have always played an important role in Trisha’s life and career. One of her earliest memories is being reprimanded for talking too much and “telling stories out of school” about her family to neighbors, teachers and pretty much anyone else who would listen.

Once she completed a B. A. from Suffolk University and an M.A. in English from Northeastern University, she found a legitimate outlet for her curiosity about what makes people think, feel, and act. In her first career as an educator in a public school system, she worked with students on analyzing literature (other people’s stories) and writing their own.

Today, as a speaker, communications coach and facilitator, Trisha works with clients from financial services, technology, manufacturing and higher education. In these environments, she focuses on every aspect of the presentation process: from selecting the “right” topic, analyzing each audience, creating a clear, easy-to-follow structure, to honing delivery skills through detail, inflection, and nuance.

Her signature work, Unleash Your Inner Storyteller, uses storytelling techniques to develop and deliver powerful narratives that get business results.



Gerry Kenny, General Contractor

SafeHome Custom Construction Company, established in 1982 by Gerry Kenny, is a high quality specialty construction company. We provide superior workmanship in all we do for residential, commercial, and industrial projects of all sizes.

We specialize in historic restoration and renovation, including 15 homes in the Dedham/Natick area, and custom designed kitchens and bathrooms.

Fully licensed. Full liability and workman’s comp insurance.




Luhrs is an independent, highly creative, full-service advertising agency made up of some of the most talented experts in the industry. Their client-focused, super-efficient business model sets them apart from other agencies by allowing them to turn projects around faster and to always be available for their clients. They combine world-class creative with data-influenced strategy to design effective, measurable campaigns that achieve their clients' business goals.

Luhrs partners with progressive brands that understand the importance of creating emotional connections and memorable experiences with their customers. Luhrs’s seamlessly integrated campaigns cultivate those connections and experiences, producing more sales and new customers for their clients.

Creative // Brand Development // Strategy // Digital Marketing
Website Design & Development // E-Commerce // Retargeting // Content Creation



Catherine B. Shannon Ph.D.

For four decades, Catherine B. Shannon Ph.D. taught courses in Irish, British and European History. She is the author of /Arthur J. Balfour and Ireland, 1874 -1922 /(1988), and /The Churchills in Ireland: Connections and Controversies/ (2012 Irish Academic Press), where she explored the role of Lord Randolph Churchill in Irish affairs from 1877- 1893.

She has published book chapters and articles on the role of women in the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, and was actively involved in the 1980’s-1990’s in the search for a peaceful solution to the conflict.
Dr. Shannon was the first woman president of the 278 year old Charitable Irish Society of Boston, served as president of the Eire Society of Boston and was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Conference of Irish Studies for over a decade.In 1999 she was among 15 Irish-Americans from Massachusetts to receive a “Dreamer of Dreams” award from the New York based Irish Voice newspaper. Dr. Shannon was the recipient of the Solas Award from the Irish International Immigration Center and the Irish Heritage Award from the Irish American Partnership, both based in Boston.She is currently researching the role of Boston and New England in providing food aid to Ireland in 1847 at the height of the Great Famine.

Source: www.bostonirish.com 4/1/2015

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