Burke, David (1937-2009)

There is one photograph measuring 35 x 28 cm.  The picture has David Burke on the left and Jack Lynch, Prime Minister of Ireland, on the right.  It takes place in Dublin, Ireland at an International Ancient Order of Hibernians meeting in 1972.

David Burke

David R. Burke was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1937.  He attended the Lawrence Public Schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959. David R. Burke married the former Patricia Jurewicz and they are the parents of a son, Kevin Patrick, who is a Middle School Teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools. Mr. Burke was employed with the Lawrence Housing Authority for 38 years, retiring in 2000.  He has been affiliated with a variety of organizations including the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Boston Chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoir Eireann, the Men of Saint Patrick, The Holy Family Hospital Men’s Guild, the Irish Foundation, the Irish Cultural Center, and the Boston Chapter of the Eire Society.   But by far the most significant organization Mr. Burke has belonged to is the Rev. James T. O’Reilly OSA Division 8 Ancient Order of Hibernians in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  He has been a member since 1969 and was selected as Division 8 AOH’s Irishman of the Year in 1975, and in 1973 he served as Grand Marshall of Division 8’s Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.  In 1999, Brother Burke received the Irish Cultural Center’s Diplomat Award.  For his work on behalf of the AOH, David R. Burke in the fall of 2003 was awarded National Life Membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians by the National Board of the AOH.

David R. Burke has served on a number of Division 8’s Committees and has served in both elective and appointive offices.  Presently he is Division 8’s Vice President, Chairman of the Freedom for All Ireland Committee, Division Historian, Cultural Committee Chairman and chairs Division 8’s Annual Fundraiser for the National Board’s Christmas Appeal.  In 1972, David R. Burke chaired Division 8’s Fundraiser for the Political Prisoners Dependents Fund, and as a result of his efforts Brother Burke presented at the 1972 AOH National Convention in Dublin a check from his Division for $2,500.David Burke also chaired Division 8 AOH’s “Au Gorta Mor” Memorial that was dedicated on May 6, 2006.Over $40,000 was raised to help make this Memorial become a reality.

David R. Burke was a Past President of the Essex County Board AOH (1973 – 1975) and Massachusetts State Board AOH (1991 – 1993), and over the last 38 years has served on many County and State Board Committees, including Chairman of the Freedom for All Ireland Committee.  On the National Board of the AOH, besides serving as an Editor of the Hibernian Digest (1970 – 1974), he has been elected to five terms as an AOH National Director. (1978 – 1980; 1980 – 1982; 1998 – 2000; 2000 – 2002 and 2004 – 2006) Mr. Burke has served on the National Board in various other capacities including: National Chairman of Charities and Missions and National Buy Irish Chairman.

In 1991, David Burke suggested to the AOH National Board that the all proceeds from the Annual Christmas Appeal be presented in person in Ireland.  He accompanied then AOH National President George Clough in 1991 & 1992 to Dublin and in 1993 to Belfast to help make these presentations.  From 1994 until 2005, David R. Burke along with other National Board Officers and Hibernians, has continued to bring the National Board’s Christmas Appeal Donation.  He also has taken part in the Annual Bloody Sunday Commemorative.  In 1994, David R. Burke also chaired the National Board’s trip to Ireland marking the 100th Anniversary of the LAOH, and in 1996 he chaired the National Board’s trip to Ireland marking the historical meeting between the AOH in America and the Board of Erin.  Brother Burke has taken great pride in making the arrangements in Ireland annually since 1991 for the Celtic Crosses and Harps that have been awarded at National Conventions and to State and County Boards, and Divisions, who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to the National Board’s Annual Christmas Appeal.  Brother Burke also made arrangements for the visiting Brothers who were in Belfast for these annual presentations to visit the Political Prisoners in Long Kesh.  David R. Burke was also instrumental in establishing the 10 Club for the National Board’s Christmas Appeal as well.  The Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc. awarded David R. Burke of Lawrence, Massachusetts the 2007 Recipient of the Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award.  The Award Presentation took place at the National President’s Dinner at the Martin Center, Stonehill College, on November 10, 2007.

Mr. Burke was a Trustee of the Lawrence Public Library where he was instrumental in establishing the Irish Room, which has the largest collection of Irish Books in New England, if not the on East Coast for a Public Library. The Irish Room specializes in books and materials from Northern Ireland.  He died August 2009.

Jack Lynch

John Mary “Jack” Lynch (15 August 1917 – 20 October 1999) was the fourth Prime Minister of Ireland, serving two terms in office; 1966 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979.

Lynch was first elected to Dial Eireann as a TD for Cork in 1948, and was re-elected at each general election until his retirement in 1981. He previously served as Minister for Finance (1965–1966), Minister for Industry & Commerce (1959–1965), Minister for Education (1957–1959), Minister for Gaeltacht (1957) and as a Parlimentary Secretary. He was the third leader of Fianna Flail from 1966 until 1979, succeeding the hugely influential Sean Lemass. Lynch was the last Fianna Fáil leader to secure (in 1977) an overall majority in the Dail.

Prior to his political career Lynch had a successful sporting career as a dual player of Gaelic games. He played hurling with his local club Glen Rovers and with the Cork senior inter-county team from 1936 until 1950. Lynch also played Gaelic football with his local club St. Nicholas and with the Cork senior inter-county team from 1936 until 1946. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest dual players of all-time.

Lynch’s status as one of the all-time greats is self-evident. In a senior inter-county career that lasted for fourteen years he won five All-Ireland titles, seven Munster titles, three National Hurling League titles and seven Railway Cup titles. In a senior inter-county football career that lasted for ten years Lynch won one All-Ireland title, two Munster titles and one Railway Cup title. Lynch was later named at midfield on the GAA Hurling League of the Century .

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