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BERLIN (AP) Dec 12, 2017 — A union called Tuesday on German-based pilots at budget airline Ryanair to strike in a dispute over pay and conditions, while the carrier’s Irish staff voted for industrial action on Dec. 20. The Cockpit union said that walkouts... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” stands as a “must see” family-friendly holiday tradition. And in the midst of glistening snowflakes, dancing mice, and battling tin soldiers stands principal dancer Kathleen Breen Combes. In artistic director Mikko... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Naturally enough, holiday-themed events – like “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” (see story elsewhere in this issue) – are plentiful in this month’s Irish/Celtic calendar. • At Club Passim in Harvard Square, festivities include “A Fine Winter’s Night” on Dec.... Read more
Arts and entertainment
It’ll be 15 years – and the start of a new era – for “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” when the curtain for the annual holiday show goes up on Dec. 12 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. “Sojourn” makes its customary stop at the Cutler Majestic... Read more
Around Town
The Charitable Irish Society, the oldest Irish society in the Americas, hosted its 19th Silver Key Awards Reception on Dec. 6, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston’s Copley Square. Irish Hearts organizer Winnie Henry, Irish International... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR It’s hard to say if Boston-area native Jeremy Carter-Gordon chose folk music, or if it chose him. But, ultimately, that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that Carter-Gordon has made folk music an integral part of... Read more
Story
Ireland’s deputy prime minister— or Tánaiste— Frances Fitzgerald resigned her position on Nov. 28 rather than risk a vote of no confidence and the potential of new elections in the wake of a brewing controversy. Fitzgerald, who represents Dublin Mid-West... Read more
Around Town
For nearly a decade, Saint Brendan’s Gaelic Athletics Club in Dorchester has brought the fast-paced fun of Irish sports to the youth of Boston’s neighborhoods. With more than 100 members, the organization keeps busy teaching players the skills and... Read more
Arts and entertainment
John and Maggie Carty, “Settle Out of Court” • There’s no guarantee, you know, that traditional music gets passed down to the next generation, no matter how strong the legacy in a family. Maybe the younger ones just don’t take to it – or even if they do,... Read more
Story
Settlement in balcony collapse case BERKELEY, Calif. – Relatives of six college students who died when a balcony collapsed in Berkeley have reached a settlement with the owners of the apartment building and the company that managed it. Attorney Joseph... Read more
Around Town
More than 1,000 guests gathered on Thursday, November 16 for The Ireland Fund’s 36th annual Boston Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront. A record-breaking $2.6 million, the largest amount ever achieved at the Boston Gala, was raised to support non-profit... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Good Tidings from a president who wrestles badly with morality As the Donald Trump era bumps and grinds toward its first Christmas and New Year’s, the season of giving has degenerated into the season of groping. For all intents and purposes, Trump – an... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
It’s all about winning. President Trump sees the world divided between winners and losers. He’s the winner-in-chief and opponents are losers incapable of recognizing his unique skills or displaying the deference to which he is entitled. He views himself... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
It’s hard to tell exactly why my memory drifts into overdrive at Christmastime, but I suspect that it’s due to a yearning for the emotional warmth that enveloped me and my family and all its extensions at the year-end holidays during World War II and the... Read more
Publisher's Notes
The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) is a philanthropic organization on Merrion Road, located just a few blocks from the American Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Established in 1731 as “the Dublin Society” with a mission to support cultural and economic... Read more
Arts and entertainment
If you foresee disaster looming in a friend’s romantic relationship, is it fair game to speak up?  And if you do speak up, will your criticism ruin your own relationship with that friend? Those are the challenges faced in “Robyn is Happy,” kicking off the... Read more
Traveling People
Nothing says success like the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, Ireland’s top tourist attraction. Ten years ago, a new visitor and interpretive center opened there, and from then on the Cliffs have enjoyed ever increasing attendance, a fact highlighted by the... Read more
Story
A man with dual Irish and US citizenship was arraigned in Boston last week on federal fraud and identity-theft charges that could put him in prison for four decades after he spent six years trying and failing to convince Irish courts to let him stay in... Read more
Around Town
The Boston Irish Reporter hosted its eighth annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon on Oct. 26 at the Seaport Hotel. The event drew some 400 guests who helped to honor Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, former state highway commissioner and Boston mayoral... Read more
Story
ACROSS THE GENERATIONS Bill, Annmarie, and Nora Kennedy open their hearts and their philanthropic spirit to help ‘the least among us’ For Bill, Annmarie, and Nora Kennedy, it’s all about community, about giving back and treating everyone – no matter an... Read more
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A proud son of Southie, Tom Tinlin personifies the virtue of public service There was a time — before his life was nearly cut short by an undiagnosed brain aneurysm — when Tom Tinlin was best known in government circles as the consummate Mr. Fix-It. First... Read more
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Editor’s note: When Boston Irish Reporter publisher Ed Forry approached Kevin Cullen about accepting a Boston Irish Honors award for his exemplary career in journalism, Kevin told Ed that he would “jot down a few words” of background information on his... Read more