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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebration of Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston Taking Place on November 21

State and city officials, community leaders and Boston residents are coming together to celebrate the renovation of Michael Joyce Memorial Playground in South Boston on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

The park commemorates the life of Galway native Michael Joyce, who emigrated to Boston in 1949 and played an influential role in Massachusetts politics, immigration reform and in the Irish-American community. He died of cancer in 1989 at age 66.

The park officially opened on October 14, 2010, and since then the Friends of Michael Joyce has worked closely with the  Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation to renovate the facility.

US Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn, when he was Mayor of the City of Boston, had this to say about Michael Joyce back in 1987, "It is impossible to measure the countless hours which this decent man has devoted to helping his fellow Irishmen and other immigrants unable to afford legal council."  Flynn called Joyce "an example of decency and compassion," adding, "You have never forgotten your people, and we will never forget you."

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