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by Ed Forry Roughly 200 people gathered in chilly weather late Sunday afternoon (Jan. 16) at a candle-lit prayer vigil for a young teacher who was murdered last week near her hometown in Ireland.  Ashling Murphy, 23, was assaulted and killed while out for... Read more
Today's News
An update from the island of Ireland New York, January 6, 2022 -  Tourism Ireland welcomes news about the lifting of additional pre-testing requirements for travel to the island of Ireland, introduced in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant.  For... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The 19th annual BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) will take place in virtual format from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, with some of Greater Boston’s favorite Celtic acts, including Matt & Shannon Heaton, Hanneke Cassel & Mike Block, Copley Street, Rakish,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
A look at some upcoming Irish/Celtic events in the Boston/Eastern Massachusetts area, all subject to change pending Covid-related developments: •There’s the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), of course, which you can read about elsewhere on the Boston... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Dominique Dodge, “Cànan nan Teud (The Language of the Strings)” • If you’ve come to regard Celtic harp music as ethereal, reposeful, dainty, and wrapped in layers of mist and reverb – or even if you haven’t – this album is a very pleasant revelation.... Read more
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Aer Lingus Boston flights to Shannon to ResumeBy Ed Forry,  Boston Irish Publisher The Boston to Ireland’s Shannon Airport flights, popular with New Englanders with family ties in the west of Ireland, will resume in the spring, Aer Lingus has announced.... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
Notice from Boston's Irish Pastoral Center Wed., 12/22/21 Dear Friends, We have just received news that Sr Veronica Dobson passed away peacefully this morning. The IPC will host a live stream mass on December 29th. More details to follow. Sr Veronica led... Read more
Around Town
The U.S. Senate on Saturday, Dec 18  confirmed Rep. Claire Cronin of Easton as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.  The voice vote approval clears the way for Cronin to leave the House, where she serves as majority leader in Speaker Ron Mariano's leadership team... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The Murphy Beds, “Easy Way Down” •  It has been almost 10 years since Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary made their debut recording as The Murphy Beds, but the hiatus is understandable, given how busy the New York City-based pair have been elsewhere –... Read more
Arts and entertainment
What if there were a way that allowed everyone to connect on the internet with Irish culture?  To learn some songs, the steps of a few dances, or even a few tunes from wherever they were in the world? That’s what Siamsa Tíre, (pronounced “Shee-am-sa”,) ... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
WICKLOW, Ireland – Like many others, I naively believed that, with statistics revealing that 90 percent of the Irish people over age 12 have received their second jab and are, hence, “fully vaccinated” against coronavirus, we could at last put it behind... Read more
Arts and entertainment
  Growing up in rural Ireland, storytelling was part of our family culture. My father would sit at the top of the dinner table and recount stories that would amaze us, stun us and keep us in line with his values. Using storytelling, he communicated so... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
God does not take sides in baseball; nor does He or She pick favorites in football, basketball, hockey, tennis, or tiddlywinks. The good Lord, in fact, remains carefully neutral in all competitive games. That does not stop us from praying for His or Her... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Letter from Dublin/ Timothy Kirk COP26 in Glasgow was a disappointment to environmental activists but history will record it as a key step in combating climate collapse. Joe Biden, Micheal Martin, and Boris Johnson were among hundreds of world leaders,... Read more
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The Learning Exchange Department is excited to announce that the program has begun processing applications for the J-1 Irish Work & Travel visa! The program was paused due to Covid travel restrictions.  The US Travel ban has now been lifted and the... Read more
Publisher's Notes
by Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher Daniel Mulhall became Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the US in August 2017. A native of Co. Waterford, he holds degrees in modern Irish history from University College Cork. He is a 43-year veteran of Ireland’s Dept of... Read more
Publisher's Notes
After 20 months of severe restrictions due to Covid-19, the island of Ireland is getting ready to welcome tourists and other visitors back, Ireland’s top diplomat to America said this week. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with the Reporter on Monday... Read more
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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
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  
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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
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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