Last Saturday morning, March 2nd was the Annual St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day Jimmy Flaherty Kick Off Breakfast held at the Seapoint Restaurant in South Boston. It began at 10am and not only did it provide great food for the attendees, but also featured some excellent live music by the very talented Bob Fowkes and Curragh’s Fancy.
This year’s Chief Marshal for the parade, Lt. Colonel US Army (Ret.) John Beatty led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The event chairman was Suffolk County Clerk of Court Michael Donovan. The event, named in honor of and in memory of the late Jimmy Flaherty is always a good time and when the day arrives for this breakfast, you just know that the St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day season is in full swing.
The Jimmy Flaherty Breakfast, sponsored by the South Boston Citizen’s Association, President Tom McGrath, is also the time when the Henry Knox Award presentation takes place. The Henry Knox Award is presented to outstanding citizens, who devote so much of their time and effort to helping others and making the community a great place to live. As is always the case, this year, the Henry Knox Awards were given to three well-known, liked and dedicated citizens, who continually go over and above the norm on behalf of their neighbors and the neighborhood in general.
The awards recipients were Allison Baker, presented by City Councilor Ed Flynn, Fran Dempsey, presented by State Representative David Biele and Michael Dowling, presented by Congressman Stephen Lynch. These three outstanding citizens have won the praise of the South Boston Community for the good work they do and continue to do on behalf of others.
Congratulations to all three, to those who turned out in support of them and to the South Boston Citizens Association for hosting this much anticipated gathering each year.