Publisher's Notes

The year was 1989. A group of business and community leaders in Boston gathered to search for ways to help heal a racially divided community. Boston’s reputation was still reeling from years of contentious events brought about by the court-ordered busing... Read more
My niece and her family from Atlanta just returned after a whirlwind 12-day visit to Ireland. It was a first-ever visit to their ancestral homeland, and, like most first-time visitors, they spent much of their days traveling in a rented motorcar, East to... Read more
The Eire Society scored a coup when it presented the 2017 Gold Medal Award, an honor for individuals who “exemplify the best of Irish culture and ideals,” to Colm Tóibín. The awards ceremony took place on April 29 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Boston... Read more
Tourism Ireland It’s time to Jump into Ireland! That’s the catch line this year in the marketing strategy of Tourism Ireland, the agency that promotes travel and tours to the Emerald Isle, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The flight... Read more
The long-awaited memorial to the Irish who died before they could reach Boston during the great Irish famine and were buried at Deer Island may soon become a reality. The late podiatrist Dr. Bill O’Connell and his wife Rita O’Connell, longtime stalwarts... Read more
The competition for flights to Ireland this summer is really heating up. The US government, under the “Open Skies” agreement with the EU, has given the go-ahead to Norwegian Air to launch new transatlantic flights from Ireland to the states. The low-cost... Read more
Is this the year to take that first trip to Ireland? For many, the allure of a visit to the ancestral homeland remains strong, and the efforts of the Irish government to promote tourism to the Emerald Isle are showing promising results. Statistics for... Read more
The Obamas will soon move out of the White House, and I am saddened by that reality. It’s not just that the president will leave the post with much unfinished business, including an array of policy decisions that are likely to be changed or reversed when... Read more
Dr. Tom Durant, the man the late Boston Globe columnist Dave Nyhan once called the “bantamweight archangel,” has been gone now for 15 years, but his legacy is very much alive. The Dorchester physician found his medical anchor at Massachusetts General... Read more
In 2008, the Boston Irish Reporter chose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton as our preferred nominee for president. We wrote: “In a contest that increasingly seems likely to feature proven cross-over candidate John McCain on the Republican ticket, team... Read more
Like many pre-baby-boomers, when I reached my 60s I first began to notice that my walking gait was not what it once was. My daily excursions took longer to complete, a hike around Castle Island’s sugar bowl became more of a stroll, and walking alone at my... Read more
Robert J. (Bob) Dunfey, Sr.’s pride and joy was the house he had built in Ballyferriter, Ireland, with the most amazing view of ocean and cliffs. His purpose was to have new generations of family reconnect with Irish relatives. His school master and... Read more
By Ed Forry, Publisher As the 2016 election season heats, the new media global village has captured the imagination of our ethnic cousins throughout the island of Ireland, and TV news is the messenger. Recent Boston tourists in Ireland were surprised to... Read more
"in all of their dreams, could they ever have dreamt that 160 years later, two great-great-grandsons of shoemakers from Ireland would be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America?" BY ED FORRY You’ve got to admire Joe Biden... Read more
by Ed Forry, BIR Publisher May 31, 2016- Bostonians looking for a new way to fly from Logan to Ireland might soon be able to book a non-stop flight to County Cork on a low-cost economy airline operated by an Ireland-based subsidiary of a Norwegian air... Read more
Tourism Ireland’s manager of group tourism Jean McCluskey hosted a Boston event last month for local travel agents and tour leaders to learn what’s new and different on the island. “Tourism Ireland is delighted to invite you to ‘Meet The Irish,’ she said... Read more
The stunning success of the Galway/Dublin Irish Hurling match at Fenway Park has left its imprint on the old ballyard at the Fens. There was a definite tint of Irish green there last November as almost 30,000 spectators watched the hurlers on a rainy... Read more
Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop Sean O’Malley will lead an archdiocesan pilgrimage to Ireland in July for the rededication of the shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo, according to a report in the Irish Independent newspaper on Jan. 26. The cardinal will celebrate mass... Read more
The 100th commemoration of the Easter Rising in April 1916 will dominate the domestic calendar in Ireland this year, and attract visitors aplenty to the island. As always, though, the Irish have sparkling events on tap throughout the year for tourists to... Read more
By Ed Forry When the American Ireland Fund hosted its annual November Boston Dinner last month, the AIF’s Steve Greeley arranged to present a performance by a young uilleann piper they brought in as a featured guest. It was a champion piper from Co... Read more

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