After 24 years as executive director of the organization she founded, Boston’s Irish International Immigrant Center, Sister Lena Deevy has stepped down. Her energetic and committed stewardship of the IIIC has been recognized by Ireland and America with national honors from both countries, and now it is time to honor the immigrants’ friend here at home.
Sister Lena will be feted at the Eire Society’s annual Gold Medal dinner on Thurs., April 25, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Previous honorees have included President Kennedy, George Mitchell, Cardinal Cushing, Siobhan McKenna, Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, The Chieftains, John Hume, and Seamus Heaney. Reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7. For information or ticket reservations, contact Mary Ellen Mulligan at 781-963-3660.
In other Eire Society news, The Aisling Gallery, 229 Lincoln Street (Rte 3A), in Hingham will host a presentation by Professor Elizabeth FitzPatrick entitled “Learned Families of Brehon Lawyers in Ireland c.1200-1600 AD” on Sat., April 13, at 2 p.m.
During her illustrated talk, Professor FitzPatrick explores some of the families who were practitioners of Brehon law and ran schools in the Classical Gaelic tradition in the lordships of Ireland.
All are very welcome, but seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to Margaret Flagg at 617-327-4876 and let her know you are coming!