Charitable Irish Society of Boston
The Society was founded in 1737.
Surprisingly, the celebration was not Catholic in nature, Irish immigration to the colonies having been dominated by Protestants.:8 The society's purpose in gathering was simply to honour its homeland, and although they continued to meet annually to coordinate charitable works for the Irish community in Boston, they did not meet on 17 March again until 1794.:8 During the observance of the day, individuals attended a service of worship and a special dinner.:8
- John Daniel Crimmins (1902). St. Patrick's day: its celebration in New York and other American places, 1737-1845 ; how the anniversary was observed by representative organizations, and the toasts proposed. The author. p. 15. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
- "Emigrant Aid Societies". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
- Mike Cronin; Daryl Adair (14 February 2006). The wearing of the green: a history of St. Patrick's Day. Psychology Press. ISBN 9780415359122. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
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