Michael Joyce, who emigrated from Connemara to Boston in 1949 and became an influential advocate of immigration reform at the Massachusetts State House, died in 1989, but he is still remembered fondly by his family and friends.
They have come together to create the Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in Marine Park in South Boston, a beautiful tribute to Joyce's life.
At the official opening of the park on October 14, 2010, State Senator Jack Hart of South Boston said, “His family, the many immigrants he helped, and now this playground, are all part of Mike Joyce’s legacy. Children and families for generations will come and enjoy this beautiful park.”
On Saturday, November 3, 2012, the Friends of Michael Joyce group is holding a 5K race in South Boston to raise funds for maintenance and improvements to the park. The race begins and ends at Mother's Rest at Carson Beach. Here's how to register, and you can follow it on Facebook.
Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins is attending the race and registrants can have their picture taken with him.
The Friends of Michael Joyce, Inc. is a registered 501 (c) (3) non profit organization.