Boston Irish Honors to hail seven who salute their heritage

The city’s top policeman, a leading media executive, and a pioneering philanthropist will be the honorees at this month’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon, the season’s premier celebration of Irish-American achievement in Massachusetts.
Commissioner William EvansCommissioner William Evans
The luncheon, which serves as the silver anniversary celebration for the Boston Irish Reporter, will be held at the Seaport Boston Hotel on Oct. 23.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and his brothers Paul, John, Thomas, and James will be recognized as an exemplary Boston Irish family. The Evans clan of South Boston has excelled in law enforcement, the fire service, and business while inspiring new generations of Bostonians to be engaged citizens.

Michael Sheehan, the chief executive officer of the Boston Globe, plays a key role in the continuing journalistic excellence of the region’s most important media enterprise. A veteran of advertising and enterprise across the state, Sheehan is helping to make possible a new model of newspaper journalism within the city.
Michael SheehanMichael Sheehan
Margaret Stapleton, who rose through the ranks of John Hancock Insurance and Financial Services to become a vice-president before her retirement, will be honored for her remarkable career in business and her generosity as a philanthropist, particularly with respect to the Pine Street Inn.

The 35-member luncheon committee is chaired by Jim Brett, president of the New England Council. Serving as honorary chairs are US Sen. Edward Markey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The program moderator will be Boston Red Sox “poet laureate” Dick Flavin.
Margaret StapletonMargaret Stapleton
“This inspiring luncheon allows us to recognize and celebrate exemplary Irish individuals and their families who share our heritage in Boston and Ireland,” explained Ed Forry, the founder and publisher of the Boston Irish Reporter.

The 6th annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon will take place on Fri., Oct. 23, at 11:45 a.m. at the Seaport Hotel/Boston World Trade Center. For tickets, call 617-436-1222 or email