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THE BIR’S ARTS CALENDAR OF IRISH/CELTIC EVENTS January 2018 The BCMFest Nightcap concert, “From Spark to Flame,” will be devoted to the stories that define the lives of musicians and singers, according to festival organizers. The concert, which takes... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Destination: Southeast Ireland Featuring two nights at Dunbrody House, Wexford, and a chat with its master chef Kevin Dundon BY ED FORRY BIR PUBLISHER I visited Ireland’s southeast coast late last summer, a trip that, for me, was truly an eye-opener.... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Most of us visit the Emerald Isle when fields and hillsides are sparkling with brilliant shades of green. So a snowy mantle across the land may seem a bit out of place. But, this is winter and, yes, it does snow in... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY BILL FORRY EDITOR Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston who left our city in disgrace amid the clergy child abuse scandal that was exposed by brave victims, attorneys, and reporters at the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe, died in... Read more
BIR History
BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF At the moment that Martin J. Walsh took his second oath of office as Boston’s mayor on New Year's Day, he further entrenches his status in the long line of Boston Irishman to hold the office. It was 115 years ago, Jan. 4,... Read more
Around Town
Boston is often called “the most Irish city in America,” and there’s always plenty to do all across the city to celebrate Irish American culture. The BIR invited the major Irish groups to give us an advance on their events planned for the new year, and... Read more
Breaking News
Feds are grabbing immigrants, then deporting them speedily BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF President Donald Trump is keeping his pledge to unleash US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ferret out illegal immigrants, and the impact of the... Read more
Around Town
BY TYLER MCMANUS SPECIAL TO THE BIR Aidan Browne, a partner at the Sullivan & Worcester law firm, is a “go-to” person with vast experience representing US and Irish companies. So when he received a call in 2015 from Fionnuala Quinlan, the Consul... Read more
BIR History
On Jan. 16, 1908, BPD officer Lynch made the ultimate sacrifice BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF First of two-parts “For God’s sake, keep him away and don’t let him shoot me again!” shouted Patrolman John T. Lynch at Officer John P. Doyle, who had rushed... Read more
Around Town
There’s progress to report on efforts to establish a memorial to the Irish who fled on “famine ships” in the mid-19th century only to lose their lives in quarantine in Boston Harbor. More than 800 Irish men, women and children died and were buried in... Read more
Publisher's Notes
BY ED FORRY The New Year will bring some exciting new developments at Boston’s Irish Consulate. In an end-of-year interview just before Christmas, third year Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan said she plans a March program on Ireland’s literary legacy, and... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR For this month’s column, we’re going to take a look at some recent recordings by Celtic artists with Massachusetts and New England ties. The Press Gang, “Fortune It May Smile” • Formed in 2009 amidst the proliferating... Read more