300-year Celebration of Irish contribution to the State of Massachusetts

The idea comes from the arrival of one, John Owen O’Sullivan, of the O’Sullivan Beare Clan, who arrived in Berwick, Maine, in 1723. Four of his sons fought in the Revolutionary War. One, James became Governor of Massachusetts, another, John became Governor of New Hampshire.

Ed Flynn, Chairman of Boston City Council, has officially invited representatives of Cork and Kerry Co. Councils, as well as An Tánaiste, Micheál Martin, to a reception on Wednesday, September 20th. 2023 at Boston City Hall.
Thursday, 21st, the delegation visits the State House where traditional harp music will be played. Our Governor, Maura Healey’s ancestors come from within twenty miles of O’Sullivan’s birthplace.

Friday brings a visit to the Historical Society at Berwick, Maine.

On Saturday, September 23rd, Richard Gormley, President, of the Irish Social Club of West Roxbury will hold a social gathering between 7 PM and 12 midnight. All proceeds will be donated to the West Roxbury Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2902 c/o ISC 119 Park Street.

Sunday Sept 24th. the Irish Pastoral Center is hosting a breakfast at their new facility in Adams Village, Dorchester.

We welcome all participants and ideas for this rare celebration.

Those events are being organized by the Boston Beara Society and by Jim O’Sullivan of the Beara Tourism, Co. Cork. We hope, through Jim’s influence to have the US Navy Ship, USS The Sullivans, and possibly an Irish Navy Ship in Boston Harbor for the occasion.

Please check out this fantastic article about the O’Sullivan Bere clan and the fight for American Independence.

2 thoughts on “300-year Celebration of Irish contribution to the State of Massachusetts”

  1. I enjoyed reading the article about the O’Sullivan beer clan. I spent my summer in Ardea Tuosist and often went down the road to the castle ruins. My mom was a Harrington and grandma was a Sheehan .Grandma s father was a blacksmith and we lived in the Gate house to the mansion next door which at one time was the priest house. There was a poem about how strong the Sheehan blacksmith was he died young and his stone blacksmith building in the shape of a horseshoe still is on the road to the castle . A painter used it for a while. I am from N.Y.C and I am retired in Myrtle Beach. I would love to hear more about the O’Sullivans who lived there and when. Thanks. Pat Quinlan

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