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Boston Charitable Irish Society’s Silver Key to be Awarded to Thomas P. O'Neill Iii, Maureen and John Connolly, and Neil Hurley

Annual Awards Reception Thursday, October 30 at Massachusetts Historical Society.

Boston, MA, October 16, 2008 --( What: Charitable Irish Society’s Silver Key Awards and Reception

Who: Honoring Thomas P. O’Neill III, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, CEO of O’Neill and Associates and supporter of the Irish community; Maureen & John Connolly, owners of the Aisling Galleryin Hingham, Mass., and generous patrons of Irish arts Neil Hurley, dedicated volunteer helping Irish and others new to the U.S. through many social and charitable Boston Irish organizations, including the Irish Immigration Center, the Irish Pastoral Center, the Abbott Celtic F.C. and other organizations.

When: Thursday, October 30, 2007, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215

Why: Since its foundation in 1737, the historic mission of the Charitable Irish Society of Boston has been to assist newly arrived Irish immigrants in meeting the multiple challenges of settling and assimilating into American society.

In 1996, the Charitable Irish Society instituted the Silver Key Awards to be conferred upon individuals whose dedication and persistence in helping new immigrants to meet their potential has been outstanding. In recent years, the Silver Key Awards and Reception has enabled the Charitable Irish to distribute approximately $30,000 to needy individual immigrants in New England.

Recent past recipients of the Silver Key Award include:
2007 Brian O’Donovan, Carol D’Arcy, Gobnait Conneely
2005 Michael Cummings, James S.O’Brien, Olga Reisman
2003 Neal F. Finnegan, Richard B. Finnegan
2002 Paul D. Harold (in memoriam), Cornelia C. Koutoujian
2001 Ed Forry, Kieran C. O’Sullvan, Claudina C. Quinn, Robert H. Quinn
2000 John J. McClure, Jerry Quinn, J. Kevin Nugent, Una M. Nugent
1999 Sr. Lena Deevy, L.S.A., Rev. Daniel J. Finn, Anne M. McNally, William F. McNally
1998 Rev. Bartley MacPhaidin, C.S.C., Emily Winterson
1997 Elaine P. Flynn, Philip C. Haughey

For more information or to attend, contact: Kelley Kassa,

Media Contact: Kelley Kassa

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