Benevolent Irish Society

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Benevolent Irish Society


         The Benevolent Irish Society (BIS) was one of Newfoundland’s first charitable organizations. The association was non-sectarian and the only qualifications for membership involved having close family ties to Ireland. The building is located on Queen’s Road on the side of a hill overlooking St. John’s. The society became a powerful force for positive change by establishing among other things, an orphan asylum sponsoring the establishment in St. John’s of the Irish Christian Brothers and housing one of the first North American theatres to show the “new”silent films.

With the arrival of the Knights of Columbus however the influence of the BIS began to wane and in 1998 the building was sold to private developers and the society itself moved into smaller premises.


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