Around the Town

Joe Derrane relaxing at his home in Randolph in 2010. Sean Smith photo By Sean Smith, Special to BIR Accordionist Joe Derrane, a beloved figure from the golden age of Boston’s Irish dance halls whose musical career experienced a revival during the 1990s... Read more
By GRIFFIN CONNOLLY Special to the BIR The National Parks of Boston unveiled and dedicated a replica cannon brought to Dorchester Heights from Fort Ticonderoga during the 1776 Siege of Boston in a ceremony last month. The cannon, resting atop a six-and-a-... Read more
By PETER F. STEVENS BIR Staff Early on the steamy afternoon of July 14, 1863, the worst riot in Boston’s annals erupted, a melee was sparked by Irish immigrants’ fury at the class and ethnic unfairness of the nation’s first Conscription Act, which allowed... Read more
“The ICC in Canton will host a number of concerts this summer and fall,” says Maudy Dooher, director of Programming & Membership. “Following on the heels of a fantastic Irish festival we will have Emish appear on July 15 for a great night of Irish... Read more
The Friends of Irish Research will present The School of Irish Genealogy at the Irish Cultural Centre on June 25 at 1 p.m. Richard Reid will discuss advanced methods on the genealogy search tool FamilySearch, and Robert Murphy will talk about dual... Read more
Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican, was honored at the harbor’s Black Falcon facility last month with the unveiling of a life-sized mural depicting him overlooking Boston’s waterfront. The artwork was created by children... Read more
Dorchester’s newest restaurant, the Lower Mills Tavern, will officially open its doors next week, just in time for Dorchester Day. It’s worth the wait. The Reporter was given a chance to peek inside and sample a beer or two during a private, pre-opening... Read more
The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England will hold its fifteenth Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) on Sat., May 7, at Elms College, Chicopee, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in the Irish language... Read more
The Irish Cultural Centre will announce this month that it has entered into a licensing contract with a private company to build a “Ropes Course” with ten “tree trails” on a portion of the centre’s 46-acre campus in Canton. The outdoor activities course... Read more
Jim Judge, a native of Dorchester and the son of a Boston Police officer and a school librarian, has been named the new president and CEO of Eversource Energy, the utility company that serves 3.6 million customers throughout New England. He will succeed... Read more
Joseph CorcoranJoseph E. Corcoran, the founder and chairman of the Corcoran Jennison Companies and a national pioneer in transforming failed public housing projects into successful mixed-income neighborhoods that offer community services to low-income... Read more
The Feeney brothers, Greg and Brendan, who operate a private utility contractor company in Dorchester, have been investing in their work force through a training program conducted at Bunker Hill Community College. The two-year course, which trains... Read more
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the convention center last Sunday delivered laughs, groans, and an enduring image of Mayor Martin Walsh wearing a dense, pseudo-fur coat that seems destined to grace screensavers across the city. State Sen. Linda... Read more
The Rev. Bartley MacPháidín, C.S.C., Stonehill College’s eighth and longest serving president, passed away on March 17 at age 79. In recent years, he had been living at Holy Cross House on the grounds of the University of Notre Dame.  His funeral Mass... Read more
Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher --: at the Canadian American Club of Massachusetts in Watertown on March 12. Distinguished visiting Irish/Celtic musicians such as Aoife Clancy, Michael Tubridy, James Keane, Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney will be at Eastern... Read more
Boston College will host two major events this month to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising: an international conference, “Easter 1916: A Terrible Beauty Is Born,” during March 18-20; and an Easter Rising Commemorative Concert on March 28... Read more
The Eagles of Boston College will kick off their 2016 football season in Dublin on Sept. 3 against the formidable Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech. The game in Aviva Stadium will mark the BC team’s second visit to Ireland; in 1988 the Eagles defeated , 38-... Read more
Members of the Youth Board of Directors of the Martin Richard Foundation gratefully acknowledge a $1,000 check donated to the foundation by Dermot and Cindy Quinn of Greenhills Irish Bakery. The Youth Board’s next project will be producing Easter baskets... Read more
Scene from the parade 2014. Chris Lovett photo The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sun., March 20, will be shortened for the second consecutive year, according to Mayor Martin Walsh’s office. It will keep to the abbreviated trek – about half the... Read more
Christmas Celtic Sojourn is a family party; new faces, old faces revel in music-makingBy Sean Smith Special to the BIR “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” which opens for its 13th year on Dec. 11 at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater, has become as much a family-... Read more

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