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Joseph P Kennedy and Dr John Lahey among honorees at the inaugural Irish Leaders of New England Awards in Boston Photo by: Irish Emigrant

Joseph P Kennedy III and Dr John Lahey recognized among top New England Irish honorees

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Joseph P Kennedy and Dr John Lahey among honorees at the inaugural Irish Leaders of New England Awards in Boston Photo by: Irish Emigrant

Aidan F. Browne, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Aidan Browne is a partner in the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP. He has been a consultant to Ireland’s largest law firm, A&L Goodbody for over 20 years. Mr. Browne has been involved in U.S. Foreign Direct Investment work with U.S. corporations as those companies enter the global markets through Ireland. He has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate and commercial real estate attorney and consultant in both Europe and the U.S.

Mr. Browne has assisted hundreds of Irish and foreign companies, including banks, investors, venture capital, service and technology companies, now located in the United States, with raising capital, business development, market development, and assistance with corporate partnerships or joint venture opportunities.

A native of Dublin and now resident in Greater Boston, Mr. Browne maintains close ties with Ireland. He is a Board Member and Executive Leadership Institute Participant for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and he is on the Board of Advisors for the Boston Irish Business Association. He is a Board Member of the Boston Irish Wolfhounds, Chairman of the Sugan and Tir Na Theatre, former Chairman of GOAL (a world humanitarian organization), Board Member of Self Help Africa, and currently serves on the Board of Haven for Haiti. He is also a member of the Gasson Society and the Parents’ Council for Boston College and is a founding member of the North American Advisory Board of The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business at University College Dublin.

Mr. Browne received his undergraduate degree in Business from University College Dublin. He has two law degrees, having graduated from the Law School of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and Suffolk University Law School Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, International Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Bars of England and Ireland.

Leader in Irish Hospitality

John J.Somers - Somers Pubs

John J. Somers, C.E.O. Somers Companies of Boston grew up on a farm in Finuge, County Kerry. He held a passion for Gaelic Football and played with some of the great Kerry stars such as his long time friend Jimmy Deenihan.

John Joe emigrated to America at the age of 20 with dreams of success. He started his work life in America as a laborer, while perfecting his musical talents. He formed the Irish Band Mason’s Apron. While traveling the country with his band playing in pubs and clubs, he started to think about settling down and even owning his own Irish pub one day.

Along the way he met and married his wife Ann and they have four children; Noelle, Sean, Kristine, and Jillian. With his growing family the pressure was on to fulfill his dream of owning his own pub. “I was blessed for being in the right place at the right time,” and Mr. Dooley’s Boston Irish Tavern was established in 1990.

Mr. Dooley’s, Boston made a name for its authenticity and hospitality to all. Stemming from this, John Joe eventually established The Green Dragon Tavern, Hennessy’s of Boston, Paddy O’s, Mr. Dooley’s in Wrentham and Mr. Dooley’s in Cohasset. This fine Irish gentleman is quick to thank all who have helped him along the way - the Irish and Irish American community, his staff, family and friends.

Mr. Somers is involved in supporting many charities in Ireland including the Cultural Weekend in Finuge; the Literacy Center in Listowel; the historical Lartigue Railroad. The closest to John Joe’s heart is his sponsorship of the Fingue Football Club and the state-of-the-art score board which bears his name.

Mayor Menino has recognized John Joe for his hospitality towards senior citizens. He is a loyal supporter of the Irish Pastoral Center, the Irish International Immigrant Center, The Irish Cultural Center and the Irish Social Club. He is active in community organizations such as Toys for Tots, running golf tournaments for various reasons. He often shares his considerable musical talents with organizations that he supports.

Leader in Bridging Communities

Sr. Lena Deevy, LSA - Irish International Immigrant Center

A native of Crettyard, County Laois, Sr. Lena Deevy, LSA, is the Executive Director of Boston’s Irish International Immigrant Center. Throughout her more than forty-year career in health and human services, Sr. Lena has shown herself to be a passionate advocate on behalf of those on the margins of society.

Before immigrating to Boston in 1989 she worked for two decades as a community organizer in some of the most impoverished areas of Dublin.

In 1990 she became Director of the Irish Immigration Center as it was then known and under her leadership the organization has developed into a nationally and internationally recognized model of multi-service provision. In that time Sr. Lena has earned a reputation as a builder of bridges whether among the many organizations serving the Irish community, among Catholics and Protestants, Irish-born and Irish-American, or among immigrants from diverse backgrounds. Throughout her career she has worked to strengthen the Irish community’s confidence in its own identity believing this to be a necessary prerequisite for true social harmony and cross community cooperation.

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