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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
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
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
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
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
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
Traveling People
Ireland, like the rest of the world, has struggled with the far-reaching impact of the Covid-19 virus. But the availability of vaccines has stemmed the tide and travel, tourism, and optimism are returning to the Emerald Isle and other vacation... Read more
Around Town
DUBLIN – On Friday, as the European Union was recommending lifting its ban on nonessential travel for visitors from the United States, Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin confirmed that foreign travel is "on target" to return on July 19, noting in a news... 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  
Arts and entertainment
For years, Boston-area musician Julian Loida tried to find a way to properly commemorate the life of his beloved Irish grandmother Bridget Patricia Albright (neé Foody), who died in 2016, and what she meant to him. It wasn’t just the fact of her passing... Read more
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Galway and Dublin top the list of the ‘top ten friendliest cities in Europe’ in the annual reader survey of Condé Nast Traveller, a major travel magazine. Galway is in first position, Dublin in second. Every year, the magazine asks its readers to decide... Read more
Traveling People
Magical, mystical Ireland.   Aren’t castles just a perfect embellishment to the misty, emerald green landscape that was once the playground of kings, queens, knights, lords, and ladies? Throughout the country there are assorted castles, one more... Read more
Arts and entertainment
‘A clatter more’ from Andy Irvine Andy Irvine, “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 2” • When Irvine released “Old Dog, Long Road, Vol. 1” two years ago, he suggested the possibility of a follow-up: “If this album is well received,” he wrote in the liner notes, “... Read more
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
Today's News
A historical map that traces Frederick Douglass’s walking route through Dublin, Ireland will have a be launched on Friday, May 14. The project, “Frederick Douglass Way, Ireland,” was funded by an Irish government grant. The Consulate General of Ireland in... 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
Publisher's Notes
Boston Irish Honors Luncheon XI –  Save the Date Oct 29, 2021   There may be an in-person Irish celebration this year in our town after all! BostonIrish.com is now making arrangements to resume hosting our 11th Annual  Boston Irish Honors luncheon at ... Read more
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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