Boston Irish Honors three families for service to the community

SEAPORT DISTRICT — It was a packed house on October 28 at the Seaport Boston Hotel in South Boston’s Seaport District for the 2022 annual Boston Irish Magazine’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon. This year’s honorees were: Jon Cronin, president & CEO, Cronin Development, Mary Swanton, executive director, Irish Pastoral Centre, and Jerry York, the retired longtime head coach of Boston College’s hockey program.

This unique event, celebrating the heritage of Boston’s Irish people and their families, has become a popular annual tradition on the Autumn calendar of Boston’s Irish community since its inception in 2010. By recognizing and telling the stories of remarkable families and persons who share our Boston Irish heritage, we honor their admirable endeavors in public service, business and community leadership.

The 2022 honorees join a storied list of individuals and families who have been honored each year since 2010, among them: US Labor Secretary Martin J. Walsh, Senator Ed Markey, Senator Paul Kirk, former Boston Globe publisher Mike Sheehan, Irish American Partnership’s Mary Sugrue, Jim and Mary Judge, Jim Brett and the Brett family, the Joe Corcoran family among many more. The 2022 committee was chaired by 2021 honoree Joseph R. Nolan Jr., president and CEO of Eversource.

“Our honorees represent the best qualities of the Irish – devotion to families and friends, a sense of compassion for all people no matter their place of birth or station in life, and a deep connection to our common ancestral homeland in Ireland,” said Ed Forry, Boston Irish publisher. “In their personal and professional lives, Boston Irish Honorees inspire us with their dedication to our community and our country.”

All photo by Bill Brett

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