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BY BILL BRETT AND CAROL BEGGY BOSTON HARBOR — Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of the 2019 Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker on Deer Island to those Irish emigrants who some 170 years ago left their island during the... Read more
BIR History
Presented at the Deer Island Great Hunger Memorial dedication May 25, 2019 Copyright, John McColgan An Gorta Mor, Ireland’s “Great Hunger”, saw an estimated 1.5 million people die of starvation and disease. Another two million emigrated. Many of these... Read more
BIR History
In giving his blessing at the inaugural ceremonies for the Great Hunger Memorial, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley compared the 19th-century Irish children who arrived on “orphan ships” to “those children at the borders of our country who are fleeing... Read more
BIR History
Following are excerpts from the prepared text for Mayor Martin Walsh’s remarks at the dedication of the Deer Island Great Hunger Memorial: Thank you, Gene O’Flaherty; Cardinal O’Malley and clergy; Consul General Quinlan, as well as your predecessors,... Read more
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Last First Age COD DOD Ahearn Mary 16 Typhus Fever 01/07/48 Ahearn Margaret 28 Typhus Fever 02/23/48 Ahearn Daniel 30 Typhus Fever 06/14/48 Aigin Mary 60 Exhaustion 04/21/1851 Aldrich Mary 0 Intususception 05/21/50 Allen Charles 26 Dysentery 10/07/49... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR April was a cruel month indeed for Boston’s Irish music community, as word circulated that three area Irish sessions were coming to an end, including, arguably, the most iconic of them all, the Monday gathering at the... Read more
Around Town
The Irish Network Boston will partner with the Consulate General of Ireland on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 5- 7 pm, for a special evening celebrating Bloomsday. Scenes from Ulysses will be brought to life by David Gullette, showcasing the wit and frivolity... Read more
Around Town
A look at some of this month’s Irish/Celtic music-related doings in the area: • The first week of June offers an opportunity to see a dynamic new Celtic band with ties to the Boston area – and to support a good cause – when Fàrsan comes to the Parish... Read more
Around Town
HAPPENINGS JUNE 2019 Listings provided to BIR, courtesy Richard Archer. Sat., June 1 – The Irish Music Club, 410 Quincy Ave., Braintree will conduct its monthly dance. Music by the Andy Healy band from 7-11 pm. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries.... Read more
Publisher's Notes
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher It was a grand night on April 27 at Boston’s Seaport Hotel as several hundred guests applauded Kathy O’Toole, the recipient of the Eire Society of Boston’s 2019 Gold Medal Award. A native of Pittsfield, she was born Kathleen... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR From a purely transportational standpoint, the Friel Sisters’ recent stay in the Boston area had its difficulties: They arrived late for their sound check at one gig, and a few days before going back home to the UK, they... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Gweedore, in northern Co. Donegal, is probably not a location too many of us American travelers have discovered. Sadly, most visitors stop their northern trek in Donegal Town and that’s a real pity because Gweedore is in... Read more
From the Bench
BY JAMES W. DOLAN Special to the BIR Reconciliation. What a marvelous healing word. It implies humility, understanding, forgiveness, and renewal. It affirms the repairing of a breach in a relationship. Most meaningful relationships will fray from time to... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham is kicking off its summer season with the musical “Mame,” playing June 13 – June 23. Mame Dennis, aka Auntie Mame, is an effervescent, uninhibited, single New Yorker who lives life to the... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Or will they self-cannibalize and cede field to imperial outrage? BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF A Hobson’s choice is loosely defined as take it or leave it. What are President Trump and his simpering Senate sycophants, the Banana Republicans offering us... Read more
Around Town
The Irish community is welcoming a new Consul General, Laoise Moore, who arrived in late May to the Consulate offices in Copley Square, “I’m delighted to be taking up my new post,” Moore told the BIR in an email. “I’ll be accompanied by my husband Michael... Read more
Around Town
Steve Burke was recently named executive director of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England (ICCNE). He will direct the ICC’s fundraising and membership campaigns, as well as oversee the utilization of the 46-acre campus’s four athletic fields, artistic... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR “Shucks,” David Keane might have said to his wife and family back in 2014. “Maybe we should buy an oyster farm.” Five years later, he’s happily shucking oysters for visitors touring DK Connemara Oysters Ltd. in... Read more