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The Eire Society recently hosted 150 guests during its gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. Founded in 1937, the society is dedicated to Irish history and to supporting Ireland’s cultural growth.

Gold medal recipient Catherine Shannon of Scituate and brother David Shannon of Granby, Conn.
Gold medal recipient Catherine Shannon of Scituate and brother David Shannon of Granby, Conn.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

From left: Dick and Peggy Dray of Milton and Dick Flavin of Quincy.
From left: Dick and Peggy Dray of Milton and Dick Flavin of Quincy.Bill Bretty for The Boston Globe

From left: Karen Thornton of Norwood, Ann Mulligan of Brighton, and Ellie Armour of Norwood.
From left: Karen Thornton of Norwood, Ann Mulligan of Brighton, and Ellie Armour of Norwood.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

David Shannon and his wife, Natalie Borden, of Georgetown.
David Shannon and his wife, Natalie Borden, of Georgetown.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

Mary Louise Burke (left) of Boston and Margaret Flagg of West Roxbury.
Mary Louise Burke (left) of Boston and Margaret Flagg of West Roxbury.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe

Cornelia Koutoujian (left) of Waltham, and Carleton LaPorte and wife Maryellen Lyons of Boston.
Cornelia Koutoujian (left) of Waltham, and Carleton LaPorte and wife Maryellen Lyons of Boston.Bill Brett for The Boston Globe