Irish Social Club Receives Permanent Liquor License - Club Back to 'Normal' Now

After nearly closing for good, the Irish Social Club of Boston rose from the ashes, and is now a successful club with a growing membership hosting regular events.


The Irish Social Club of Boston now has a permanent liquor license, essentially restoring the club to its legal capabilites as it was before April 2011's abrupt and brief closing of the club.

"Wanted to let you know that Mary Maloney and Kathie Sullivan just picked up the permanent liquor license for the Irish Social Club a few minutes ago in Boston City Hall," wrote Mary Mulvey Jacobson, the club's corresponding secretary. "It is a 7-day all alcoholic license with a 1 a.m. closing, all out by 1:30 am. This license, coupled with the recently received entertainment license completes our work on restoring the licenses. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this happen. The officers and members of the Irish Social Club extend sincere gratitude for the assistance in reopening the club."  

With the liquor and entertainment licenses intact this closes a chapter in the Irish Social Club's history book that has only made the club stronger and more active. 

Before the April 2011 closing when former club president Andy Sheehan tried to close the club. But members fought Sheehan's attempts, revitalizing the club, holding membership drives, and eventually a huge party to celebrate the rebirth of the club. Now the Irish Social Club of Boston in West Roxbury continually holds events on a weekly basis with live bands, auctions and a lively membership.

mary January 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
how much is membership... how do we join...must we be members to attend functions? What are the clubs hours of operation? Thanks, Mary
Richard Archer January 05, 2013 at 04:24 PM
This is fantastic news that the Irish Social club of Boston now has their permanent, seven day a week license for both liquor and entertainment. Hopefully they will continue to grow and get stronger as an Irish club, catering to all who love Irish music and culture and it will be a place where the Irish clubs in the Boston and Massachusetts area can hold their functions. Hopefully the bylaws and constitution will be updated to guarantee that something like this, the closing of the club, will never happen again and safe guards will be put in place to protect the membership. It's only right to remember the person that initiated the drive to 'Save the Irish Social club' back in 2011. I'm certain everyone is so grateful to Kathleen Adams, Ed Coppinger and especially to Jim Calvey who worked tiredlessly in doing so many repairs and supervising the work on the roof and coordinating with local 103 to guarantee such a beautiful club and the various members of the 'Save the Irish Social club" committee. Thanks to all, the Social club is now up and running.
John Costello January 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Mary, membership is 10. a year. You do not have to be a member to attend our functions. Please come and join us. We are on twitter and Facebook if u need to see upcoming events! We'd love to have you. Mr Archer is right, we have thanked those that saved the ISC time and time again. The ISC is saved and under the direction of Mary Maloney, president, she has worked 7 days a week to right the ship and take it to another level. Memberships are coming in daily, the crowds are starting to come back. She has once again, with the help of many , made the ISC a place where people love!!! The upcoming year had many fundraisers , socials , headline acts, a new " pub- style" evening is being planned as well. Come on down, shake Mary's hand , dance a little and you'll feel welcome from the second you walk in.
IresD January 08, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Hi Mary, thank you so much for asking, this is Irene Daly the current Recording Secretary. John is absolutely right, Membership is $10 a year, but you do not need to be a member to attend the weekly dances which are held nearly every Sunday at 8pm. It is $10 admission for the Sunday dances, and you get a terrific live band, coffee, tea and refreshments. Our website is under construction and we're putting together an email list for members and the general public to send out occasional updates. If you would like to be added, please write ISCB1945@gmail.com or call (617) 327-7306 with any questions. Many thanks to Mr. Archer and John for their comments.


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