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WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn kicks off this week with two sold out shows in Rockport! Show producer Brian O'Donovan said, "Our first performance in Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre is on Friday, Dec 14 - tickets are going fast. I cannot believe... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Former All-Ireland champion Brenda Castles, outstanding on both concertina and tin whistle, and The Fretless, a Canadian quartet that has championed the “chambergrass” folk-string ensemble sound, will make their debuts at this year’s “A Christmas Celtic... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" From “The New Colossus,” by Emma... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Steph Geremia, “Up She Flew” • New York City’s Geremia, now living in Galway, is familiar to many for her fine flute and whistle-playing and vocals with the Alan Kelly Gang. But her musical development may not be, and is quite fascinating: In college,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Not surprisingly, holiday-themed performances – such as “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” and the Robbie O’Connell-Rose Clancy “Celtic Christmas” benefit [see stories elsewhere in this issue] – are plentiful amidst this month’s offerings of Irish/Celtic music... Read more
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Casey McElmeel at Boston's Irish Consulate has shared information about an expansion of the online passport renewal service. In addition to online passport renewals, the expanded online service will now permit: 1) Online renewal of a child’s... Read more
Traveling People
Shannon Airport was already in holiday mode when I traveled through in mid-November - proof positive that the Irish take Christmas very seriously and love to celebrate the season. Two enormous, sparkling Christmas trees were erected at the end of the Aer... Read more
Arts and entertainment
“A Christmas Carol” celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.  First published as a novella in 1843, Charles Dickens’s classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption has been adapted again and again for film and stage audiences around the world. From Dec... Read more
From the Bench
By James W. Dolan Special to the Reporter I’m tired of “breaking news.” In an effort to gin up interest, the networks exaggerate the importance of almost every news broadcast, no matter how routine. What used to be “news bulletins” or just “reports,” are... Read more
Arts and entertainment
A local holiday-themed event coming up in early December offers a very desirable combination: great entertainment to help support a worthy cause that is inspired by one person’s good works. Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Robbie O’Connell and Cape Cod... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). Those oft-quoted words from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through... Read more
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There are many fine Irish organizations in our local area, and the Irish American Partnership (IAP) is one of the finest. Now in its 31st year of being headquartered in Boston, the Partnership has been applauded by authorities in both the North and South... Read more
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On Sunday, November 18, West Roxbury’s “Lord Mayor” Richard Gormley was sworn in as the new president of the Irish Social Club. The owner of the Gormley Funeral Home, he has an ancestral home in Ballybrogan, Co. Roscommon. The event began with a Mass of... Read more
Traveling People
If you have ever visited the magical, mystical Burren in Co. Clare, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there’s nearly as much going on in places beneath the karst landscape as there is above ground. DOOLIN CAVE One such place is just north of... Read more
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The Irish Consulate will host a “fireside chat” at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov 14, with Dr. William H. Smith, founding executive director of the National Center for Race Amity, and the Irish author Don Mullan, of Hope Initiatives International. The two men... Read more
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BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) will feature renowned fiddlers Liz Carroll from Chicago and Scotland’s Kevin Henderson when it takes place for the 16th year from Jan. 17 to Jan.20. The two will perform at the BCMFest Nightcap concert on Jan. 19, and... Read more
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Limerick won the 2018 Super 11’s Fenway Hurling Classic on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Fenway Park in front of an enthusiastic crowd of some 12,000 fans. Goalkeepers Nickie Quaid and Anthony Nash making some outstanding saves for the all-Ireland champs throughout... Read more
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Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Christmas, is held each year in January throughout Ireland to celebrate women’s leadership within the family and community. The Irish American Partnership will commemorate this tradition with a breakfast highlighting Irish-... Read more