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National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies Fall Conference


The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) was established in 1995.  The Emerald Society of the Boston Police Department, Inc. was a founding member.  With the support of our Brothers and Sisters, it is our Distinct Honor to welcome you all back to Boston as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary! 


The objectives of the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies are:·

  • To Unite all public safety Emerald Societies in order to develop fraternalism amongst its members.

  • To preserve the Irish culture and to promote the contributions of our ancestors.

  • To recognize the accomplishments of Irish-Americans in Law Enforcement and other public safety professions

  • To exchange information and enhance communications among member organizations and to start new public safety Emerald Societies.

  • To provide a unified and effective voice for it's member organizations to the Congress of the United States and other government institutions.

  • To work with civic and public safety associations on areas of mutual concerns.

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Thursday November 2, 2023

2:00PM - 5:00PM: Check in at Hilton Hotel 89 Broad Street

5:30PM - 8:30PM: Meet and Greet Lily's Bar 33 Batterymarch St

  • Appetizers will be served

Friday November 3, 2023


"From the Bogs of Ireland" Barney McGinniskin remembrance! 


10:00AM to Finish (approx 3:00PM): Boston Site Seeing Tour

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  • Faneuil Hall

  • U.S.S. Constitution

  • Lunch at Warren Tavern

7:00 to Finish: Pub Night at the Dubliner 2 Center Plaza

  • Live IRISH Music

Saturday November 4, 2023

10:00AM - 2:00PM: NCLEES Meeting

10:00AM - 2:00PM: Girls Morning hosted by Donnalyn Sullivan

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  • Travel to local outlet stores / lunch


4:00PM: Piper Led Pub Crawl around Faneuil Hall​

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$50.00 Conference fee per person: Cash / check / Venmo

Venmo: @irishamericanpolice

Please register for the conference via email

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Getting to Boston


Logan Airport is located in East Boston, it has 4 terminals--A, B, C, and E-- each with ATMs, internet kiosks, pay phones, and information booths. If you have a lot of luggage, you may want to catch a cab into town, which usually costs anywhere from $20 to $35, possibly more if tunnel traffic is bad. The travel time in a cab also depends on traffic, ranging from 15 minutes (no traffic) to 45 minutes (very heavy traffic) to the Hotel. It is also relatively easy to use public transportation (MBTA) to get into town. First, you'll take a free shuttle bus from any terminal to Airport Station on the Blue Line. From Airport Station, you can take the Blue Line downtown to the State Street stop and either exit to the street. Hilton Hotel is a short walk (7 Minutes) down State St to Broad St.


Boston has 3 rail centers, South Station (700 Atlantic Ave), Back Bay Station (145 Dartmouth Street), and North Station (On Causeway Street, under the TD Bank North Garden). Amtrak serves all 3 stations and, conveniently, all 3 stations are also stops on the MBTA. To get to the Hotel from South Station, the easiest/fastest way is to take a cab, Lyft or Uber due to train connections. From Back Bay Station, take the Orange Line to State St station. From North Station, take the Orange Line to State St station. Hilton Hotel is a short walk (7 Minutes) down State St to Broad St.


The bus is typically used by travelers coming out of small New England towns. The bus terminal is located on Atlantic Ave, next to South Station. To get to the Hotel from South Station, the easiest/fastest way is to take a cab, Lyft or Uber due to train connections.

Transportation: Boston has a comprehensive public transportation system (the MBTA), referred to as the "T." The T is probably the best way to get around Greater Boston if you're not going too far outside the city. It consists of 4 main subway lines, Green, Red, Blue and Orange, which will get you most places you'll want to go around the city. The T also includes a system of buses, boats, and commuter rails. To use the T, you'll need to purchase a CharlieTicket or CharlieCard (both are reusable), which you can do at any subway station. You can pay as you go, store money on the card, or purchase a daily LinkPass to load on the ticket/card. There are 2 things to remember about the T: (1) It stops running at 12:30 A.M. at most stations and shortly after at all other stations, and (2) the ticket vending machines only give change back in the form of one-dollar coins. So, if you put $2 on your card and pay with a $20 bill, prepare to carry around $18 in coins. For more information, go to the MBTA website

Cabs and Ride Shares

Travel Cabs and ride share transportation (Lyft/Uber) are also plentiful in Boston, and it's easy to hail one in most areas. It's rare that you'll need to call a cab company ahead of time if you're in the popular parts of the city. Taxis are a quicker form of transit than the T, but remember that cab fares add up fast.

Car/personal vehicle: The Host Hotel is located at 89 Broad St, Boston MA 02110 Parking lot apps can direct you to nearby parking, there are discounted coupons available and will be listed as we get closer to the event. We will try to accommodate parking for some motor vehicles close by, we will need to know if you will be looking for this option.  Email us at

Quick Boston Facts

Boston, founded in 1630, is the capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, having a population of 675,647 covering over 89 square miles.

Her motto is Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis = “As God was with our Fathers, so may he be with us”

St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Boston!


Wanna learn how to speak Boston? Click here for  Language Lessons

Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in America, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution and the nation's founding, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Boston's many firsts include the United States' first: public park (Boston Common, 1634), public school (Boston Latin School, 1635), subway system (1897), lighthouse (1716), Fire Department (1678), and first large public library (Boston Public Library, 1848). The Boston Bruins were the first American team in the NHL (1924). The Charitable Irish Society of Boston organized the first observance of Saint Patrick's Day in the Thirteen Colonies in 1737.

Massachusetts was a site of early English colonization: the Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, and in 1630 the Massachusetts Bay Colony, taking its name from the indigenous Massachusetts people, established settlements in Boston and Salem. In 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of America's most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials. In 1777, General Henry Knox founded the Springfield Armory, which, during the Industrial Revolution, catalyzed numerous important technological advances, including interchangeable parts. In 1786, Shays' Rebellion, a populist revolt led by disaffected American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the United States Constitutional Convention. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that later led to the American Revolution. Drafted by John Adams, the Massachusetts Constitution is the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world.

Massachusetts has played a powerful scientific, commercial, and cultural role in the history of the United States. Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, and transcendentalist movements. In the late 19th century, the sports of basketball and volleyball were invented in the western Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke, respectively. Prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families.

Before the existence of a formal police department, the first night watch was established in Boston in 1635. On November 3, 1851, the first Irish-born Boston Police officer, Bernard "Barney" McGinniskin, was appointed. In 1854, the City replaced the Watch organizations with the Boston Police Department, which consisted of 250 officers. The Massachusetts State Police is the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the country and has remained active since its inception in 1865.

The Boston Police Emerald Society was established in 1973, having grown out of numerous Irish social clubs throughout the city. The IAPOA was established in 1999 to recognize the efforts of Irish American in law enforcement in Massachusetts.

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Pubs Within Walking Distance

  • The Dubliner 2 Center Plaza – excellent new pub, spacious, good food and drinks, music

  • The Black Rose 160 State St. – Stone’s throw from hotel, live music every night, food

  • Mr. Dooley’s 77 Broad St. – Right next to hotel, live music, food and great craic

  • Durty Nelly’s 108 Blackstone St. – Off the beaten path gem, no food

  • The Green Dragon 11 Marshall St. – Historic Revolutionary tavern, food, music

  • The Bell and Hand 45 Union St. – Oldest tavern in America still operating (1795), food, music, 2 floors

  • Hennessey’s Bar 25 Union St. – Large pub, many tvs, younger crowd

  • Emmitt’s 6 Beacon St. – Cozy pub with exceptional food, on Beacon Hill

  • Biddy Early’s 141 Pearl St. – One of the last dives downtown, no food

  • Sullivan’s Tap 168 Canal St. – longest bar in Boston, big pregame for sporting events at the Garden nearby

  • 21st Amendment 150 Bowdoin St. – quaint, dim-lit haunt next to State House known for famous politician sightings, food

  • Broadside Tavern 99 Broad St. – Literally next to the hotel, great food, locally owned

  • Teddy’s 9 Bowdoin St. – The old Red Hat, two floors, food

  • Hub Pub 18 Province St. – Classic old Boston bar, no frills food, after shift hangout for many cops

  • Beantown Pub 100 Tremont St. – Pool tables, food, across from Granary Cemetery – Have a cold Sam Adams while looking at a cold Sam Adams!

  • The Last Hurrah 60 School St. – Inside Parker Hotel, classy lobby bar, seen in the tv show “City on a Hill” with Kevin Bacon

  • J.J. Foley’s 21 Kingston St. – downtown location of the legendary bar, not as good as the original


Pubs by Cab / Uber

  • Warren Tavern 2 Pleasant St. Charlestown – Revolutionary War tavern, visited by Washington, Revere, Adams, great food and atmosphere, near Bunker Hill

  • Solas 710 Boylston St. – in the Lennox Hotel, food, right at the Boston Marathon finish line (near Marathon Bombing Memorial)

  • Cask N’ Flagon 62 Brookline Ave. – Voted best sports bar in America by ESPN, directly next to Fenway Park

  • L. Street Tavern 658 E. 8th St. – Legendary Southie hangout, Good Will Hunting was filmed here, no food

  • Roza Lyons 709 E. Broadway – New addition to Southie, very pro-police, pro-fun, food

  • Eire Pub 795 Adams St. – Bit of a hike, but biasedly the best Irish Pub in the City, visited by Presidents Reagan and Clinton, food

  • Garda Pub 10 Birch St. – located inside the hall of the Boston Police Emerald Society

  • J.J. Foley’s 117 E. Berkeley St. – The GOAT of Irish Pubs in Boston, food, jukebox, site of the historic 1919 Boston Police Strike


There are hundreds of places to eat in Boston, from quick service burger joints to fine French dining. These are a few suggestions that are located pretty close to the hotel, but there are too many places to mention. Boston and the surrounding area have become a sort of food mecca so don’t be afraid to venture out. Good idea to make reservations

  • Bencotto 361 Hanover St. – Classic Italian eatery in the heart of the North End, owned by BPD officer’s family

  • La Summa 30 Fleet St. – Another BPD owned establishment, cozy digs and great fare

  • Union Oyster House 41 Union St. – Oldest operating restaurant in America (1826), many famous customers, historic building, right on Freedom Trail

  • James Hook & Co. 440 Atlantic Ave. – Historic spot on the water for everything lobster (cold lobster roll is the only way to go btw, hot is for Connecticut weirdos)

  • Legal Seafood’s 255 State St. – Long standing seafood restaurant with multiple locations, good for big groups, great clam chowder

  • Abe & Louie’s 793 Boylston St. – High end steakhouse, near Boston Marathon finish line

  • Cheers 84 Beacon St. – Where everybody knows your name! Very small, crowded, food is terrible. Go for the picture and move on!

  • Nautilus Pier 4 300 Pier 4 Seaport – Boston location of classic Nantucket eatery, in the new Seaport, very chic

  • Row 34 383 Congress St. – New take on traditional New England seafood in an old warehouse located in bustling Seaport neighborhood


Breweries & Distilleries

  • Sam Adams 30 Germania St. – Do not go to the Faneuil Hall location! They are not very police friendly, go to the original brewery in Jamaica Plain

  • Harpoon 306 Northern Ave. – Huge taproom with communal tables, light fare available

  • Trillium 50 Thomson Pl. – Trendy spot in an old warehouse, many IPA’s and hoppy beers

  • Lord Hobo 2 Drydock Ave. – Local brewery in a glitzy new hotel, makers of BoomSauce

  • Castle Island Brewery 10 Old Colony Ave. – Cool local brewery with outstanding bar pizza, ask a local!

  • Grand Ten Distilling 383 Dorchester Ave. – Makers of South Boston Irish Whiskey, small tasting room

  • Nightshift Brewery 1 Lovejoy Wharf – Located next to the TD Garden and Converse world headquarters, good food


Things to Do

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The Freedom Trail – a literal red line on the ground that is easy to follow, this walking tour is approximately 2 miles long and links numerous spots key to Boston’s Revolutionary and Colonial history. Can take a guided tour with a costumed guide or can just walk it yourself. Start at the visitor’s center in the Common which will provide you with maps, brochures and answer any questions you have. This is an abridged guide from an officer who works the area.


Start in the the first Public Park in America. Home to numerous monuments, memorials and sites. See the , and the . If you want, walk over to the Public Gardens, very nice formal gardens with a statue of Washington on horseback. Might not be as pretty in November and the Swan Boats will be closed.


Next follow the trail to the (new, 1798) , full of history and open for free self-guided tours. You will follow the trail to the free (skip Park Street Church, it’s usually not open anyway), the final resting place of Boston’s Patriot leaders. Sam Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, James Otis, and the victims of the Massacre are all here. If you have time, (1754) and burial ground is a good example of an Anglican colonial church and there are some unique headstones in the cemetery. Continue on the trail and past the site of the first school in America on, you guessed it, School Street! You will then come upon the and across the street is the (1729, additional cost). This was site of many colonial protest and where the Tea Party was planned and carried out, worth a visit. Next is the (1713, most important building in colonial Massachusetts) and the Continue on the trail to (1742), the “Cradle of liberty”, which is run by the National Park Service and free. Don’t miss the museum upstairs of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Society of MA. Across from Faneuil Hall is (1824), a huge food hall.

Continue on your way to the North End, Boston’s Little Italy. Before crossing the Greenway, see if you can spot the , where every mile was measured from in the colonial days. It is located outside of the , itself a historic watering hole. Also, here is the and the . The North End is full of restaurants, markets and shops but you will be seeing Paul Revere’s House (additional cost) and the (1723, additional cost). This is the spot where on April 17th 1775, two lanterns were hung to signify the British embarkation for Lexington and Concord. The steeple and crypt are open as well and they are celebrating their 300th anniversary this year!


If you want to continue walking to Charlestown, it is approximately 20 minutes to get to the USS Constitution,  Commissioned in 1797, it is the oldest warship afloat in the world and Bunker Hill. A cab or Uber can get you there quickly and these two sites are not to be missed. The (1800) houses the Constitution (free), (additional cost) and the , a WW2 destroyer (free). A shorty walk gets you to Charlestown Training field, the and its museum (free). Also, of note, John Boyle O’Reilly, the famous Irish Fenian, poet and journalist lived at (next to fire house).

Other Things To Do Close By

  • New England Aquarium 1 Central Wharf – world class spot, possibly still offering whale watches and harbor cruises in November

  • Custom House 3 McKinley Sq. – observation deck, great views of the harbor

  • Boston Tea Party Ships 306 Congress St. – outstanding museum and two replica tea ships, well worth a visit. Celebrating the 250th anniversary in December 2023.

  • Esplanade – on the banks of the Charles River (I love that Dirty water!), location of Boston’s 4th of July celebration and miles of walking paths, statues

  • Harborwalk – walking path along most of the inner harbor, connecting many sites of interest, water shuttles, restaurants

  • Beacon Hill – stroll through this old neighborhood of townhouses, row houses and mansions. Acorn Street is the most photographed street in the nation. African American National Historic site, Nichols House museum and the State House are all located here.


Things To Do (Uber/Cab)


  • Fenway Park – home of the greatest baseball team, the Red Sox; tours available

  • Museum of Fine Arts Fenway – excellent art galleries spanning hundreds of years and continents

  • Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum Fenway – art museum housed in an old mansion, famous for a 1991 art heist, still unsolved!

  • Mary Baker Eddy Museum Back Bay/South End– located in a huge church, home to the Mapparium (google it)

  • Arnold Arboretum Jamaica Plain – miles of paths to walk, numerous flowers, trees, gardens; Oldest public arboretum in the U.S.

  • Franklin Park Zoo Roxbury – gorillas, lions, giraffes, kangaroos

  • Harvard University Cambridge, MA – Oldest college in America, historic buildings and museums; Cambridge Common is the official birthplace of the United States Army.

  • M.I.T. Cambridge, MA – Beautiful campus with tons of public art. Site of Officer Sean Collier memorial, murdered by Boston Marathon bombers in 2013.

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Columbia Point – Excellent museum and archives

  • Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum Columbia Point – Next to the JFK library, holds original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, MA Charter and other historic documents (free)

  • Dorchester Heights National Historic Site South Boston – Site of the siege of Boston in 1776 by Washington and home town hero Henry Knox, great views of the city

  • St. Augustine’s Cemetery South Boston– Burial place of Officer Barney McGinniskin (1810-1868), first Irish police officer in Boston

  • Castle Island South Boston – Seaside park and fort from the nineteenth century, excellent views of the harbor and Logan Airport and Sullivan’s snack bar (hot dogs)


Things To Do (Far Away)


  • Adams National Historic Park Quincy, MA – birthplace, mansions and final resting place of both Adams’, museum at visitor center

  • Minuteman National Historic Park – Lexington and Concord, MA – Sites of the first battles of the American Revolution; museums, historic sites, plaques, trails +

  • Salem –Site of the infamous 1693 Witch Trials, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, numerous museums, historic buildings, bars

  • Plymouth - America’s hometown! Site of the First Thanksgiving (1620), Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, Plimouth Plantation and numerous museums, restaurants and bars

  • Quincy – City of Presidents; home to the U.S.S. Salem, world’s only heavy cruiser museum ship; Quincy Granite quarries; multiple bars, pubs, restaurants

  • Blue Hills Quincy and Milton, MA– hiking just south of Boston, beautiful skyline views of the city, outdoor zoo

  • Gillette Stadium Foxborough, MA –Home of the 6x Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and their Hall of Fame; Bass Pro Shops. Maybe a football game that weekend

  • Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA – school originally established for poor Irish Catholics; beautiful campus with art museum. Maybe a football game that weekend

  • Deer Island Winthrop, MA – site of an Irish Famine memorial Celtic cross, walking paths with great harbor views

  • South Shore Irish Heritage Trail South Shore, - a journey into the past through nine scenic towns on the South Shore, nicknamed “the Irish Riviera”.

  • Cape Cod – Beautiful scenery and great restaurants, even in November. Cape Cod Irish Village is a home away from home for many police officers on their vacations

Cape Cod – Beautiful scenery and great restaurants, even in November. Cape Cod Irish Village is a home away from home for many police officers on their vacations

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