Finding aid for the Sean A. Boland Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Boland, Sean A.
Title: Sean A. Boland Papers
Dates: 1995-2000
Extent: 0.20 linear feet (1 container)
Abstract: Sean A. Boland (1943-2000) was born in Manchester, England. At two years of age, his family moved to Gurteen, County Sligo, Ireland. After his mother Margaret Boland died, he was adopted by his uncle and his wife, James, and Bridie Boland. This family immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, when Sean was twelve years old. Sean graduated from St. Joseph High School and married Bridget Ginty, and together they had three children. Sean joined the Ohio Lottery Commission in 1974, working as an investigator, marketing director, and lastly as a fiscal officer in the purchasing department. Sean was involved in the Irish community during his short life. His uncle, Gus Boland, introduced him to Irish dancing, and together they organized an annual Cleveland Feis. In later years, Sean was president of the Greater Cleveland Feis Society, and he is credited with making it the largest such society in North America. Sean led the Cleveland Feis for seventeen years, and also served on the North American Feis Commission as President and board member. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Irish Music Academy of Cleveland in 1993 and was an avid supporter of the Cleveland Branch of the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Music, Language and Dance of Ireland). Sean was a member of the Irish American Archives Society, the Irish Northern Aid Society, the Irish American East Side, Inc., the West Side Irish American Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Comhaltas Ceoltiori Eireann, Cleveland Branch, and the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival Committee. In 1994, he was named Irish Person of the Year. During the last ten years of his life, he made annual trips to Gurteen and became involved in establishing the Michael Coleman Heritage Center. In Cleveland, Sean was instrumental in planning the Cleveland Memorial in the Flats, in memory of those who died in the Great Famine. The collection consists of correspondence, a biographical sketch, a Liturgy, a memorial, an obituary, a souvenir program and a tribute.
MS Number MS 4880
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English