The Site

Michael Joyce Memorial Plyground

We encourage you to visit the site at Marine Park at the corner of Farragut Street and Wm J. Day Blvd. in South Boston.

The Joyce Memorial Playground


Help Us Remember Mike

Contribute today and help us build a fitting memorial for Mike: a man who continues to teach us the true meaning of life—people helping people.

Donate to The Friends of Michael Joyce, Inc.


“His family, the many immigrants he helped, and now this playground, are all part of Mike Joyce’s legacy. Children and families for generations will come and enjoy this beautiful park.”

State Senator Jack Hart

Michael Joyce –
A Life-Long Commitment to Helping Others

His roots were in Connemara, Country Galway, Ireland.  His heart was in the City of Boston and his life was at the State House.

As a young man, Michael Joyce (Mike) enlisted in the Irish Army where he found himself drawn to the boxing ring. A gifted fighter, Mike won such titles as the Battalion Championship, the All- Army Lightweight Championship, and the coveted Lightweight Boxing Championship of Connaught.

In 1949, Mike immigrated to Boston and secured a job at Purcell’s Restaurant on School Street in Boston. Mike’s easy-going nature and friendly disposition soon earned him a following among his patrons. It was during this time that Mike began to master the many details of the naturalization process.

In the 1960s, Mike took a job with the Massachusetts Speaker’s Office as an administrative assistant. During his tenure at the State House, Mike earned a reputation as an immigration expert, selflessly providing free counsel to countless immigrants throughout the city. A public employee for more than 20 years, Mike served under four Massachusetts House Speakers including Robert Quinn, David Bartley, Thomas McGee, and George Keverian.

Mike and his wife Theresa had six children: Mary, Christina, Eileen, Thomas, Theresa and Michael Jr.

Michael Joyce died from cancer in 1989 at the age of 66, but his legacy lives on in his family and the thousands of individuals he helped from across the globe.