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DUBLIN – A waiter at an outdoor coffee place that I frequent in the city asked me a couple of days ago: "Do people freak out when they hear your accent?"  Later that day, we were in line at the General Post Office to send a package to our niece and the... Read more
Around Town
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BostonIrish feature story
John Hume, the visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland, has died at 83, his family said on Monday, Aug. 3. Hume was a leading political figure on the island of... Read more
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
Arts and entertainment
Call it the first few steps on the long road back. On July 10 and 11, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton featured live music in its outdoor dining area, the first time the ICC had had flesh-and-blood musicians – as opposed to those... Read more
Arts and entertainment
  Like any number of Celtic musicians – and practically just about everyone else, for that matter – Boston-area native Katie McNally has had to significantly scale back the plans she made for this year.  For McNally, who grew up in Westford and lived in... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Kern, “The Left and the Leaving” • An inherently strong sense of place, combined with a blended musical purposefulness, helped County Louth trio Kern’s 2016 debut album, “False Deceiver,” garner acclaim. That’s how it is when you have Barry Kieran (fiddle... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
The Rian Immigrant Center partnered with the Boston Irish and Irish Network Boston to virtually host an important community discussion on Black Lives Matter. The June 19, 2020 conversation was a valuable opportunity for the Irish community in Boston and... Read more
Elsewhere
A group of prominent Irish-Americans has called for a boycott of "Irish Lives Matter" t-shirts that are being sold in the US. More than 60 leaders from Irish-America's civil, political and educational community have signed a letter mourning the passing of... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Finding an internship during the coronavirus pandemic is not an easy task. However, Jack Connolly of Dublin did not let this get in his way. Anticipating the challenge, Jack began searching for positions “day and night” before he arrived in the US as “... Read more
Today's News
AN ACCLAIMED poet has penned an eye-opening piece on Ireland's changed attitudes to American tourists. Ireland usually opens its arms to thousands of visitors this time of year, and proudly welcomes back Irish-Americans looking to trace their roots or see... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Working my first black tie dinner as a very junior public relations person, I learned virtually nothing about my chosen profession. The scale, pace, and glitz of the fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City during the early 1980s overwhelmed me... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Tuesday, July 14, ICCNE will present Irish singer Mary Culloty O'Sullivan, live on their Facebook Page. Starting at 7pm EST, go to http://www.irishculture.org/ to enjoy this wonderful performance.
BostonIrish feature story
 It’s official, and unanimous: The Irish Cultural Centre has elected Martina Curtin as its new Board President. For the first time, a woman will lead the ICC. Of her qualifications, leadership skills, and business acumen, there is no doubt. She succeeds... Read more
Around Town
Steve Greeley of Scituate, the Boston-based vice president of the Ireland Funds, stepped down from that post effective June 30. “After nearly twelve wonderful years at The Ireland Funds, and with my 68th birthday approaching, it’s time,” he said. “My... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
  John Philip Dunfey Founder and Chairman, Global Citizens Circle; Founder and CEO, Omni Hotels International; Owned and Renovated Parker House (1968-1988) Hampton, NH John Philip Dunfey, a World War II veteran who dedicated much of his life to fostering... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
Boston Irish Commentary
Statement by UMass President Marty Meehan regarding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance on international students The guidance released Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) creates immense confusion and instability for... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
I guess I should’ve kept my big mouth shut. Back around late February – you know, those halcyon, care-free days of long ago – I wrote a personal-perspective piece for Boston Irish that, among other things, took note of some considerable angst in the local... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
WICKLOW, Ireland  – In many ways, everything has changed utterly since I wrote about February’s general election here in Ireland in the inaugural edition of Boston Irish.  A global pandemic, the likes of which have not been seen in a century, struck – and... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Centrist politician Micheál Martin is Ireland’s new prime minister, a post he gained by fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo. The deal, set on June 27,  will see Martin’s Fianna Fail... Read more
Arts and entertainment
by Sean SmithSpecial to BostonIrish.com It has been a tough spring for many Irish/Celtic musicians, their performance and teaching schedules decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic — and the summer doesn’t look to be much better. But a recently launched online... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Nestled in the northeast corner of Jamaica Plain, right near the Angell Animal Medical Center, the Brendan Behan Pub prides itself as a “cozy gathering place.” Its website prominently displays a quote from the namesake Irish author and legendary raconteur... Read more
Arts and entertainment
In 1938, the year before he died, preeminent Irish poet William Butler Yeats spelled out in his valedictory poem “Under Ben Bulben” explicit instructions for the epitaph he wished to have cut into the slab of local limestone that would mark his grave:  ... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
  The Éire Society of Boston held their Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 27, 2020 via Zoom, led by President Mimi McNealy Langenderfer, PhD, welcoming three new board members: Irish pub musician Patrick Gavin Butler, Brian Frykenberg, PhD, coordinator of... Read more
BIR History
In June and July of 1837, trouble simmered in Boston, and the unrest exploded on the sultry afternoon of June 11 near and along Broad Street downtown. Fire Engine Company 20 had just returned to its station on East Street, having quelled a blaze in... Read more
Elsewhere
Kathleen O'Toole, whose expertise in policing has benefited states like Massachusetts, cities like Boston and Seattle, and countries like Ireland, has, with international policing consultant Robert Peirce, written an opinion article for the Washington... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
South Shore towns from Weymouth to Plymouth hope to get a major tourism boost from a proposed Irish Heritage Trail that will highlight sites of interest to Irish-Americans and visitors from Ireland and around the world.   The best-laid plans of mice and... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
  When it comes to making albums, Boston-area musician Martin Butler half-jokingly sums up his modus operandi this way: “Finish breakfast. Start dinner.” In other words, practically as soon as he’s wrapped up the work on one recording, he’ll get cracking... Read more
Around Town
Jean Kennedy Smith, the second youngest, and the last survivor, of the nine children of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, died on June 18 at her home in Manhattan. She was 92. Ms. Smith, a graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, married a... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Poetry fans in Ireland and the world over continue to mourn the death of Eavan Boland, one of her country’s leading poets and a champion of women in the arts who died in late April at age 76. Ms. Boland first published her poetry when she was a first-year... Read more
Around Town
In the absence of the Pride Parade this year, members of the ‘Irish for Pride’ group still came together on June 13 to celebrate the event virtually as a way to demonstrate their ongoing support and commitment to equality and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+... Read more
Around Town
The Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton opened for outdoor dining last month. “Going forward, the center will be open every weekend for dinner, with plans to add Sunday lunch sometime in the very near future,” said Maudy Dooher, Director of... Read more
Around Town
As a third-year student in Computer Technologies at Ulster University, Rebekah Richmond took full advantage of the opportunities provided to her on her J-1 visa, completing a software engineering internship in Greater Boston. Growing up in a small village... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Summer BCMFest – the warm-weather counterpart to the annual winter BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) – will take place in a virtual format on July 5 beginning at 7 p.m., featuring Cape Breton music by the Leland Martin Trio; Boston-area Irish musicians... Read more
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Around Town
Despite a worldwide disruption in air travel caused by the pandemic, Boston’s Logan Airport has sustained its role as a “Gateway City” for passengers to and from Ireland. Although Aer Lingus canceled its Shannon route, a reduced schedule of flights to... Read more
Around Town
Shane Caffrey, Vice Counsel General of Ireland in Boston
While Boston has long been a place of refuge and sanctuary for Irish emigrants, it is also a place where the Irish have thrived, prospered, and become an integral part of the fabric of this great city. In times gone by, when the going got tough, this... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
DUBLIN – A march in the Irish capital on June 1 in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the oppressed in America included a journey past Dublin monuments and landmarks that evoked history and the connection between Ireland and America.  As I joined the... Read more
Around Town
 Robert Savage, whose research, teaching, and administrative leadership has bolstered Boston College’s renowned Irish Studies Program for more than two decades, has been named interim director of the program, the University announced earlier this month. A... Read more
Publisher's Notes
Just in- June 4,2020, 1:00 pmJoseph E. Corcoran, a Dorchester native, devoted philantrhopist and developer who transformed the Columbia Point peninsula, has died at age 84. According to his family, Mr. Corcoran died at his home surrounded by children and... Read more
Today's News
UPDATE- June 18 Relatives and friends are invited to attend Gerard’s Funeral Mass on Saturday June 20, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Mary’s Church, 55 Warren St. Charlestown.    Word has been received that Gerard Doherty, a former Malden Catholic High School... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
With the easing of some COVID restrictions this week, I'be felt a new sense of freedom and relief. The lockdown here in Ireland started shortly after an unusual St Patrick's Day – no celebrations, churches closed, no sports, and over 70s could not leave... Read more
Traveling People
      At the moment, we are in isolation because of COVID-19, but this virus can’t stop us from dreaming. In fact, this is a perfect time to sit down and dream up your next adventure in Ireland.       CASTLE HOTELS Some say a hotel is just a place to... Read more
Around Town
Q.  I received a green card valid for two years, based on my marriage to a US citizen.  I see that the card is due to expire in a few months.  What do I do now? A.  Your two-year permanent residence (as opposed to green cards good for ten years in other... Read more
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Let's all appreciate this perfect postcard moment captured on a drizzly day in the Wicklow Mountains. While you're cosied up at home, here are some virtual adventures you can take through #IrelandsAncientEast  Ireland’s Ancient East – your own immersive... Read more
Publisher's Notes
I sat spellbound in my home this week, watching and listening to this extraordinary documentary about  Liam O'Flynn, the magnificent Irish Uilleann piper and Irish traditional musician. A founding member of the Irish trad group Planxty, O'Flynn recorded... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Moving as easily between color and black and white as he moved from analog to digital when that technology shift came, Dublin photographer Fionán O’Connell has snapped literally tens of thousands of photos over a career, amateur and professional, now... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The organizers reached out in an email on Sunday, March 22: On what would have been the closing day of this year's festival, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all of the kind messages we have received since we announced the postponement... Read more
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BostonIrish feature story
Ireland’s Blue Book is a joint venture of a collection of descriptive listings of selected Irish country houses, hotels, and restaurants located all across the island. A visit to one of these gracious spots affords a unique experience of living and... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Seamus Egan, who has lived in Mayo as well as metropolitan Philadelphia and its suburbs – is in the midst of his third winter as a resident of Vermont, at the western edge of the Green Mountains, and all things considered, it has been going pretty well. “... Read more
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Tourism Ireland has created a new online film showcasing the charming towns and villages to be found right around the island of Ireland – which make the perfect base for our overseas visitors.Titled "The island of Ireland’s towns and villages", Tourism... Read more