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The Claddagh Fund

About the Claddagh Fund

The Claddagh Fund is the charitable foundation of the Dropkick Murphys, founded by Ken Casey in 2009. Honoring the three attributes of the Claddagh Ring, Friendship, Love and Loyalty, the mission of the Claddagh Fund is to raise money for the most underfunded non-profit organizations that support vulnerable populations in our communities.


The Claddagh Fund was founded in 2009 by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys.  Ken, his bandmates and their families have supported charities throughout the history of the band.  Understanding the power of their position to harness the passion and generosity of their fans, the Claddagh Fund was created to raise funds for and broaden our impact on worthy, underfunded non-profits that support the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.

Benefiting Charities

Utilizing a grassroots approach to fundraising, The Claddagh Fund supports community-based non-profits, with a focus on children and veterans organizations and programs that support alcohol and drug rehabilitation in cities across the country and around the world.  

Children's Charities

The Claddagh Fund will focus on supporting child and youth-based non-profits, targeting organizations that support cancer research, support and recovery, youth sports, clubs and camps.  Organizations which provide opportunity to vulnerable and disenfranchised youth populations, providing the background, education and outlets necessary for children to develop into successful, considerate adults, will be strongly considered.

•    My Brothers Keeper, Easton, MA
•    The Dorchester Boys & Girls Club, Dorchester, MA
•    The Fransiscan Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
•    Boston Center for Youth & Families, Boston, MA
•    Greater Lynn YMCA, Lowell, MA

Veterans Charities

The commitment and sacrifice of soldiers and their families to our country is embodied in the values of friendship, love and loyalty—the core of the Claddagh Fund.  Without their unbelievable sacrifice and loyalty, our country would be a very different place.  It is an honor to, even in a minor way, pay tribute to these men and women and their families who humbly commit their lives to protect and serve others.

•    The Fisher House, Boston, MA

Alcohol and Drug Recovery Charities

As an important and personal issue to the Founder and members of the Board of Directors for the Claddagh Fund, financial support will be offered to aid successful programs in Boston, in Massachusetts and throughout the country which provide resources, care and instruction to those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.  The Claddagh Fund will support programs that offer a comprehensive approach to alcohol and drug addiction, including education, training, housing and consistent social services and support beyond traditional short-term recovery methods.

•    The Gavin House, Boston, MA
•    The Cushing House, Boston, MA

Corporate Sponsor

The Claddagh Fund is proud of and very thankful for their support.

Lee Kennedy Co.

Friends of the Claddagh Fund



Board of Directors

Jamie Bissonnette
Chef/Owner, Toro and Copa

Ken Casey, President & Founder
Dropkick Murphys

Gerry Curtin
Managing Partner, CrossHarbor Capital

Shannon Emerson Finks
Director of Business Development & Marketing, McGreevy's, Petit Robert, Whiskey Republic

David Hughes, Secretary
Partner, Stone Securities, Inc.

Dave Greaney
President, Synergy

Lee Kennedy, Sr.
Chairman, Lee Kennedy Co.

Lee Michael Kennedy
President & CEO, Lee Kennedy Co.

Matthew M. McKenzie
President, Thomas Brady & Associates

Declan Mehigan
Co-Owner, Crossroads Presents

Gary Murad
Senior Vice President, O'Neill & Associates

Packy Norton
Owner, The Vault and The Chickenbox

Brian O'Donnell, Treasurer
Managing Partner, Int'll Boston Mgmnt Group

Shawn Thornton
Boston Bruins

Elizabeth Weir

Christine McMahon, Executive Director

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