Tom Galvin To Be Honored As ‘Irishman Of The Year’

Long-time community leader and historian Tom Galvin will be honored as “Irishman of the Year” at City’s 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Lunch set for noon on Friday, March 17, at the Tirrell Room, Quincy Lodge of Elks, Quarry Street, West Quincy.

Tom Galvin

Tom Galvin

Mayor Thomas Koch and Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti, who will once again host the event at the Quincy Elks, announced this year’s honoree on Tuesday.  Galvin, a life-long Quincy resident a retired at executive at Boston Gear Works, has been active in the City for decades. He’s a past President of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce; a Quincy Rotarian for nearly 40 years and a past Chairman of the Quincy 2000 economic development group among many organizations.

He’s also the volunteer chairman of the City’s Cemetery Board of Managers and the official City Historian, and he’s especially well known for his walking tours of Mount Wollaston Cemetery and weekly historic postcard submissions to The Quincy Sun.

“Tom is truly the personification of community,” Bellotti and Koch said in a joint statement. “He’s given his time and talent in so many ways for decades – all because he cares deeply about our City and its people. He’s an institution, and we’re thrilled to be honoring him at this year’s Lunch.”

The annual corned-beef and blarney event will, as always, include traditional Irish music and performances as well jokes at the expense of the local elected officials.

Proceeds will benefit the Quincy Parks Conservancy, and tickets are $50. Table sponsorships are available, but space is limited. Visit or email for tickets and information.

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