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Philanthropist, business executive, and former Boston College Trustee Brian P. Burns, the founder and principal benefactor of the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College, passed away on August 12. He was 85. The... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Guy Beiner, whose academic and research experiences in Ireland have helped shape his career as an award-winning historian with a unique expertise in memory studies, has been appointed as the Craig and Maureen Sullivan Millennium Professor in Irish Studies... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Boston Irish contributor Larry Donnelly’s new book, The Bostonian: Life in an Irish American Political Family, will be released on Oct. 15 by one of Ireland’s leading publishers, Gill Books.  Speaking to Boston Irish, Donnelly said that “writing a book... Read more
Arts and entertainment
A look at live, in-person Irish/Celtic events in Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts for September. Please note that details may have changed, or the events may have been postponed or cancelled, since press time.       •The Lowell Irish Festival got off... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Niamh Ní Charra, “Donnelly’s Arm” • When she’s not playing fiddle or concertina, or singing in Gaelic or English, Killarney native (and one-time “Riverdance” musician) Ní Charra toils as a professional archivist. If that summons up images of somebody... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Vincent Crotty will be returning to the New Art Center in Newton, MA this fall. The class, called "Painting Believable Light" will meet on Tuesday afternoons, in person. Details here.   Crotty's home studio is open by appointment for private viewings and... Read more
Traveling People
Change is inevitable but there are few places where change is more obvious to the frequent visitor than Ireland. Attractions, hotels, and restaurants you visit and enjoy this year, could very well have changed hands or be gone by the next time you visit.... Read more
Elsewhere
Government is aiming to end almost all Covid-19 restrictions by 22 October under plans going to Cabinet tomorrow. The requirement for mask wearing in certain settings will remain, however. The Cabinet Covid Committee will also recommend that the phased... Read more
Arts and entertainment
A look at live, in-person Irish/Celtic events in Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts for September. Please note that details may have changed, or the events may have been postponed or cancelled, since press time.   •The Lowell Irish Festival got off to a... Read more
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Éire Society 2021 Gold Medal Dinner Honorees Brief Biographies Maureen MurphyMaureen Murphy is Professor Emerita from Hofstra University.  Retiring after forty-seven years, Murphy held the Joseph L. Dionne Chair. While a member of the Hofstra community,... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
The 2021 Solas Awards Celebration will be a virtual event you truly don't want to miss! On November 9, 2021 gather with friends or family to virtually celebrate the immigrant & refugee community in Boston with special host from GBH Boston, Jim Braude... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
BostonIrish.com and Boston Neighborhood News, Inc., the region’s leading chronicler of all things Irish American, has announced the return of the 11th annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon on Friday, October 29, 2021 at the Boston Seaport Hotel. The popular... Read more
Arts and entertainment
“Rockaway Blue is a big, fiery, Irish-American masterpiece – a spellbinding story with characters that come to life with every turn of the page.”— Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl Written by author, playwright, and musician Larry Kirwan, 'Rockaway Blue... Read more
Traveling People
Someone asked me recently if there is anything to do in Ireland other than visit museums. Are you kidding? There is so much to do on the island that you couldn’t possibly do it all in one short visit. Of course, there are centuries of history to be told... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The girl’s auburn tresses, roseate wind-kissed complexion, and startlingly blue eyes remain frozen in time. From the moment over a century ago that the famed American artist Robert Henri (1865-1929) immortalized her on canvas on Achill Island, Mary O’... Read more
Today's News
By Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher   The city of Boston historically has been a “Gateway City” to Ireland, one of only three American cities with that distinction.  Over six decades, Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, has delivered maybe a million or... Read more
Arts and entertainment
There was a time when Boston-area musician Hanneke Cassel – one of the premier Scottish and Cape Breton-style fiddlers in the US – didn’t think much of Celtic music. As a kid, the Oregon native played, and competed in, Texas-style fiddle. But her teacher... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Q.  I recently filed an application to adjust my immigration status to legal permanent residence, based on my marriage to a US citizen.  We have not yet heard from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about an interview with them to decide my... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
Dining Hours at the ICC  Friday, June 25th ICC Pub open at 5pm Limited Menu available Friday night session at 7pm on the front patio ICC Tent closed for outdoor dining Saturday, June 26th ICC Pub & Tent closed (private event) Sunday, June 27th Pub... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
The Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987 in response to a large increase in the number of Irish immigrants to the Greater Boston area. The IPC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is funded in part by the Irish government in addition to... Read more
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President Biden has nominated State Rep. Claire Cronin to be the US Ambassador to Ireland, ending months of speculation that centered around the Easton Democrat, who presently sees as the majority leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In a... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Due to the ongoing issues with the pandemic, the continued closure of the US  border to Europe and the lengthy delays in processing the visas needed to tour and perform in the US, Irish  Supergroup Celtic Thunder has taken a decision to move its US and... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry,  Boston Irish Publisher   Saturday night, June 12, was a very unusual night for me, an evening of a new-found sense of freedom. It was only a few days after Gov. Charlie Baker had sounded the all-clear signal beginning June 15 for the state... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Boston Irish Essay/Timothy Kirk Ireland and Boston: Fairness vs. Excellence “In fairness”… “In all fairness” … “To be fair” … “Let’s be fair” … “Be fair now, lads!” … “Fair play” … “Fair play to you” (or to her, to him, to them et al). All are common... Read more
Elsewhere
Fáilte Ireland launches Limerick Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City Strategy 21 JUNE 2021 Fáilte Ireland has today (Monday, 21st June 2021) launched a new strategy to develop Limerick as a compelling visitor destination and base for exploring the Wild... Read more
Around Town
On Saturday, July 31st, the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton will be hosting its first Galway Races Gala! The gala, hosted by the Young Professionals of the ICC, will feature a tasting of Kerrygold cheeses, horse racing, raffles, and more. Guests will... Read more
Today's News
By Larry Donnelly WICKLOW, Ireland  – During recent weeks, a sense of relief and – dare I say it – joy has been palpable in this country as the tight restrictions imposed by the government after Christmas celebrations led to a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases... Read more
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Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defense Simon Coveney TD recently announced that Irish citizens in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States of America can now apply for their first Irish passport using Passport Online... Read more
BIR History
The following is taken from the recently published “Untold Tales of the Boston Irish,” by Peter F. Stevens, a longtime contributor to Boston Irish. At 5:45 p.m. on September 9, 1919, as the Tuesday evening shift of the Boston Police began, 1,117 of the... Read more
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The goal: Applications in August; starts in ‘22  Many organizations look to Rian's year-long J-1 Irish Work and Travel (Graduate) visa program to help support their businesses, and as we move into the summer months, many US businesses have reported... Read more
Around Town
Q. I have just been granted permanent resident status in the US. Can you give a summary of my rights and responsibilities regarding such issues as travel abroad, reentering the US, losing my green card, and registering for service in the armed forces?  A... Read more
Around Town
  After a year of virtual events and Zoom conferences, the Irish American Partnership is ready to return to in-person events.   It’s been over a year since we’ve had the experience of a live event. The Partnership’s pivot to digital experiences in front... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The band’s name comes from the title of a fiddle tune found in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and all but one of its members are natives of the American Midwest. Still, the musical pedigree of the Boston-based quartet Ship in the Clouds is unmistakably Irish.... Read more
Arts and entertainment
•Brian Finnegan, “Hunger of the Skin” • Look, it’s pretty clear that many, if not most, music recordings dating from roughly late 2019 to now, and probably into next year, are going to have at least some pandemic-related association, explicit, overt, or... Read more
Today's News
The Irish Passport Service has rolled out an online passport application system for all applicants - including children and 1st time applicants - applying from the United States.   This service is now live and is available at dfa.ie/passports  
Today's News
Aer Lingus regional flights operated by Stobart Air have been impacted after Stobart Air announced it has ceased operations. Aer Lingus said the airline informed them last night it was terminating its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and was in the... Read more
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Q.  I’m a US citizen who is engaged to be married to a man from Ireland.  He is there now and we want to live in the US after we’re married.  Can he just come here as a visitor on the 90-day visa waiver, get married, and then apply for a green card?  Or... Read more
Today's News
28 of the Best Irish Movies to Watch for an Escape Come for the scenery, stay for the stories. By Elena Nicolaou Jan 11, 2021 SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES Ireland is a country known for its rich oral tradition. For 2,000 years, Celtic myths were kept alive... Read more
Around Town
Q.  I’m a US permanent resident, but I’ve been in Ireland for the past nine months and I’m concerned that I may have a problem getting back into the US.  I didn’t intend to stay here so long, but after I arrived home my mother was diagnosed with cancer... Read more
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Traveling People
To paraphrase a well-known saying, we say “Go North, young man, go North.” Beautiful Northern Ireland tends to be overlooked by too many travelers and more’s the pity because there’s so much to see and do there. THE NORTH If you head north out of Dublin,... Read more