The Irish Social Club of Boston does not have its liquor license back, yet. But it is working hard to move the process along a solid pace for the club to get a legislatively granted liquor license through the Home Rule Petition (HRP) process.
Through the leadership of Boston City Council President Steve Murphy and Councilors Matt O'Malley and John Connolly, the Boston City Council suspended the rules and unanimously passed the HRP at their weekly meeting two weeks ago. It then went to the Clerk who sent it along to the Mayor for approval. Last week, the HRP was returned to the Clerk's office from Mayor Menino and Clerk Maureen Feeney attested to it and it then moved along to the State House via Intergovernmental Relations.
Senator Mike Rush and Representative Ed Coppinger will take it through the process there. A hearing has been scheduled for July 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. If all goes well and the House and Senate support the request, and it makes it through the legislative process, the Governor, hopefully, will also support it. He would sign it and it will go to the Licensing Board for the City of Boston with a recommendation that the license be granted. Note that it is a recommendation, and The Licensing Board still goes through its process and ultimately has the final say.
The Irish Social Club is still recovering from their former leadership announcing it would close fourteen months ago due to being financially unstable.
Mary Mulvey Jacobson said “It is wonderful that everyone is helping to correct the mistake of turning in our liquor license” and continues to ask for people’s support. She has asked that people join the Irish Social Club at the State House on July 9th as well as write supportive letters to the Club so that they may be used to help get the alcohol license back. “The Club has been around for 65 years and is reaching out to any family, organization, foundation or person that has benefited from the Club’s generosity over the years to help support them in their time of need” said Mary Mulvey Jacobson.
There will be a fundraiser to support the Irish Social Club on Friday, July 27 at 8pm with performances by Sean Wilson and Tony Mac. Admission is $20 per person. For more information, contact Mary or Tom Maloney at 617 327 7131 or 617 549 9812. As another fun way to support the Club, dances will be taking place on Saturday evenings from 8pm to midnight all throughout the summer.
The Club will also be taking part in a community blood drive along with a slew of other organizations such as Boston Irish Club, Norwood Irish Music Club, Co. Donegal Association of Greater Boston and The Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr on Sunday, July 29 from 9am to 3pm. Come in to donate blood and receive a coupon for a free carton of Friendly's ice cream. For an appointment to donate please call 1 800 733 2767 or visit redcrossblood.org