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Clare will defend its title against three counties, including 2018 All-Ireland Champs Limerick. Cork and Wexford will round out the group competing in the world's "fastest field sport" when it returns to iconic Fenway Park for a third time in four years.... Read more
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BY BILL FORRY REPORTER EDITOR A couple who have spent decades helping Boston kids stay safe and achieve their dreams; a Catholic priest who ministers to the city’s most vulnerable; and a pioneering physician with roots in Dublin will be the honorees at... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY JOE LEARY SPECIAL TO THE BIR The intransigence, bullheadedness, and pigheadedness of politicians throughout the world have frequently brought suffering, pain, and poor government to the people they are supposed to serve. Whether this occurs because the... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Is there anyone on earth who hasn’t heard about the Titanic hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912 with the resulting loss of more than 1,500 lives? If so, the uninformed must be living in the back of beyond! It... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Following is the sermon delivered by the pastor of St. Gregory’s Parish, Rev. Jack Ahern, to his congregation at Masses last Saturday and Sunday: “Seamus Heaney was one of the great Irish poets of our time. The Nobel laureate’s work reflected the profound... Read more
Publisher's Notes
Bill Delahunt’s career in public office spanned four decades, from a term representing his hometown Quincy as a state representative and 14 years as a member of Congress. The largest part of his public service career were the 22 years he spent as district... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Shakespeare stands as one the world’s most famous writers, yet much of his personal life lies blurred in mystery. The Bard had only one son, Hamnet, born in 1585 and named for a local friend. The playwright reportedly... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Flashing red lights abound as an autumn reckoning looms BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF Like “the flashing red light” metaphor that National Security Advisor Dan Coates employed to warn of ongoing Russian disruption of our elections, the immortal words of... Read more
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BY DAN SHEEHAN REPORTER STAFF Michael Patrick Murphy knows that history is cyclical. The South Shore native spent the formative part of his adolescence in South Boston and Dorchester, attending Boston College High School and UMass Boston. At that time,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH BIR CORRESPONDENT It’s been a heady last five years or so for Scottish Fish, a fiddles-and-cello quintet of five young Boston-area women who play traditional and original music in the Scottish and Cape Breton style. During that period, the... Read more
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Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme Expression of Interest If you worked in the laundry of a ‘Magdalen’ institution while a resident in one of the adjoining institutions and would like to know if you might be entitled to benefits under the... Read more
Publisher's Notes
At first, I thought, it was just a bad reaction to something I ate. It was Thursday night and I felt a little discomfort rattling around my stomach, then a bit higher near the left shoulder. It must have been that cheeseburger, I told myself, or maybe... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
The United States of America is the most powerful country on earth. Our economy is doing very well, there are plenty of jobs for all who want to work, and our military is by far the strongest of all nations. We are the most desirable country in the world... Read more