On May 24, 2002, Boston City Paper published on in-depth feature story about the Southill Children's Fund founded in 1985 by Billy Higgins of South Boston. Southill is a neighborhood in Limerick, Ireland with a long history of poverty. Continue reading
Southie's Billy Higgins Has Built a Charitable Bridge Between the Communities
Retired South Boston businessman Billy Higgins says "I've been blessed in life. That's why it's so important for me to give back to others."
In Higgin's case, a great many of the "others" who have benefited - and continue to benefit - since 1985 from his commitment live in Southill housing project, just outside Limerick. Higgins, who has traveled numerous times to the neighborhood, is the founder of the Southill Children's Fund, which through a variety of educational and sports programs, has made an immense difference in the lives of the neighborhood's young. Continue reading
As over one hundred Southill children settle back into life in Limerick again after a unique three weeks spent in Boston, Liz Ryan reviews their American tour and takes an affectionate look at the man who made it all possible. Continue reading