A benefit for Irish Children with Disabilities will take place on May 11 from 7-11 p.m. at the Irish Social Club at 119 Park St. in West Roxbury. All proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr (Cork Club), will go towards funding a new 26,000 square foot Children’s Center currently being built outside Cork City. The 7.5 million euro center is being built by Enable Ireland, a non-profit organization that provides free vital therapy and rehabilitation services to children with physical disabilities and their families.
The Cork club will also honor mayor of West Roxbury Mr. Richard Gormley with the Fr. Dan Finn Award for his contributions to the Boston-Irish community. Gormley was awarded the Cross of Gallantry for combat action with the 1st Marine Division in Da Nang, Vietnam. He has served as the Commander of the V.F.W. Post 2902 and is currently president of the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury. Over the years, he has helped to make arrangements for a number of Irish who had died and wished to be buried in Ireland.
The May 11 benefit will feature several prize raffles and music from the Noel Henry Irish Show Band. $15 tickets can be purchased by mail from The Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr, Post Office Box 4132, Dedham, MA 02027 or at the door. Donations can be made directly to Enable Ireland online at www.enableireland.ie/donate.