The Boston Police Department was the first organized police force in the country (1854) and one of the first departments to form an emerald society within it's ranks.
Spawned in a local Irish tavern in the South End section of Boston, JJ Foley's was the gathering place after the first half to help solve the problems of the world and come down a little from the job before going home for the evening.
The society quickly took off in 1973 and practically over night we had half the force as members. We drew up our by-laws and were chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a non-profit organization. For the first ten years we held our monthly meetings at VFW Post 1018 until we purchased our present building at 10 Birch Street, formerly a bank.
Over the years we have contributed to many worthwhile charities here and abroad. We have found time to make our society known throughout the world and, naturally, Ireland. We have taken part in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in many cities around the country including our own in Boston.
We are now into our 43rd year and our door is always open to all.