The Irish Social Club of Boston dates back to June 27, 1945, when it was first incorporated as a non-profit group by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It operated out of Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, Roxbury, where the Club held Sunday afternoon ceili dances each week, created step dancing feisanna for children, and beginning in 1962, organized charter flights from Boston to Ireland for its members.
Founding members included Nora (O’Brien) Hart, the first president of the Irish Social Club, who died in 1946, and Mary Concannon, who was described as the ‘heart and soul of the organization’ until her death in 1975.
The early days of the Irish Social Club were vibrant, as returning GIs from World War II and a new generation of Irish immigrants vitalized the Boston Irish community. This was particularly true about Dudley Street in Roxbury where the Irish congregated.
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