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  Join the Eire Society of Boston  on Saturday, October 24, 2020 to honor the 2020 Gold Medal Award Recipient Richard E. Neal, US Representative of the First Congressional District of Massachusetts, and Chairman of the House of Ways and Means Committee... Read more
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The Rian Immigrant Center (formerly the Irish International Immigrant Center) presents the 2020 Global Solas Awards THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 20206:30PM EASTERN TIME REGISTER ONLINE: RIANCENTER.ORG Register for free, donations are appreciate
Today's News
by Ed Forry Tourism Ireland convened an inter continental virtual conference to promote the Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF 2020), which runs from October 12 through November 1. The festival returns for a 58th edition with a programme 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
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Arts and entertainment
Molly Pinto Madigan can’t tell you exactly when or how she first came across the centuries-old Scottish folk ballad “Tam Lin.” All she knows is, it has occupied a pretty large part of her life since then. Madigan, a singer-songwriter from Salem, has... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The Coronas, “True Love Waits” • Sure, go ahead and crack jokes about The Most Dubious Band Name of 2020 – no doubt The Coronas have heard them all. In fact, one of its members, guitarist Danny O’Reilly, was quoted as saying, “I’d swap ‘The Coronas’ with... Read more
Arts and entertainment
It’s a somewhat improbable combination of voices: West Country English, Scottish/Orkney Islands, and west suburban Boston.  But this blend works just fine for the Anglo-Celtic folk trio Bellwether, which formed in Boston last year and has played several... Read more
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Boston, Mass., (September 29, 2020) –  The Irish Film Festival Boston will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with its first ever two-day drive-in event on October 9 – 10, 2020, at the Irish Cultural Center (ICC). Beginning both nights at 7:00... Read more
Elsewhere
The Cabinet is to set to reject the National Public Health Emergency Team's recommendation to place the entire country under Level 5 restrictions. Instead, it is believed every county will be moved to Level 3 Covid-19 restrictions with improved... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Outside of the larger-than-life figure of Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967), Co. Monaghan has produced only a handful of poets whose work is known and read widely. The most notable of these include Mary O’Donnell and Aidan Rooney. Also a prolific writer of... Read more
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Dr. Katie Conboy, late of Milton, has spent the summer settling in at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, where, on June 1, she took office as the institution’s 14th president. In a letter to the college community welcoming her, Gretchen Flicker... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
My father was a carpenter and my mother a secretary. Neither had any experience of university other than they believed in higher education and encouraged me to grab the opportunity. And so, I did, starting in 1974 upon entering University College Dublin... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
Amid reports that Boris Johnson’s government might invalidate last year’s agreement for a “no-border” Brexit deal, US Reps. Richard Neal and William Keating joined two other colleagues in a stern message to Johnson on Sept. 15 that prompted a Tweet from... Read more
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Boston College’s acclaimed Gaelic Roots Series will take on a different format this semester while continuing its mission of presenting accomplished performers and experts in Irish, Scottish, American, and related folk music traditions, according to the... Read more
BIR History
 The brief meeting was one of titans. One was a Black abolitionist and escaped slave on the rise, the other an aging, legendary statesman dubbed Ireland’s “Liberator.” A mythic description of the moment that Frederick Douglass and Daniel O’Connell crossed... Read more
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Mike Sheehan found himself in a quandary a few years back. As he approached his 60th year, still able-bodied and holding a resume packed with major-league accomplishments, he was unemployed and at sixes and sevens as to what to do next. Not used to that... Read more
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On June 19, the Rian Immigrant Center partnered with Boston Irish and Irish Network Boston to virtually host a vital community discussion on Black Lives Matter. The event was an opportunity for the Irish and Irish American community in Boston to engage... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Stephen Puleo Voyage of Mercy St. Martin’s Press 303 pages    By John Duff A disease appears and quickly wreaks havoc on all it reaches.  Governments situated to respond to the plight of their citizens do so slowly and ineffectively. News of the plight... 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... Read more
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My name’s Tim O’Brien. I’m 23 years old and I’m from Dublin. I studied Commerce at University College Dublin, and I graduated in 2019. I had applied for a number of graduate positions based in Dublin during my final year, but I always knew that I wanted... Read more
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Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry This terrible pandemic has caused havoc in everyone’s lives. People don’t go to the office anymore. Children don’t go to school. Six months in, many small businesses remain closed, too many have closed down, many gone forever.  Sunday Masses... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Hannah Harris, “Tea for Tunes” • A native and resident of Michigan who – you may have heard this one before – started out as a classical violinist but became enamored of Irish fiddling enough to make it the focus of her music. She wound up at University... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
We have not wasted much ink in this space detailing the day-to-day outrages, depravities, and lies of the Trump administration over the last 44 months.  Such an exercise would leave precious little room for the steady diet of local coverage to which our... Read more
From the Bench
by James W . DolanBoston Irish columnist Once upon a time there was a far distant land where people enjoyed periods of relative strife and harmony. For the most part, the citizens were able to adapt to the variables so much a part of a diverse country.... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
    Irish Americans: Follow the light of Biden’s lantern out of the darkness   By Tim Kirk Special to Boston Irish   History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave, But then, once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up And hope... Read more
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  By Larry Donnelly Special to Boston Irish WICKLOW, Ireland – There have been a lot of strange sights in Ireland since the outbreak of Covid-19.  In the early days of March, April, and May, perhaps the most outstanding one was school-aged children... Read more
Arts and entertainment
There are bands that can hardly wait to make an album. The ink is barely dry on their business cards, the official website is freshly uploaded, they’ve only just worked out a practice schedule, and they’re already making the rounds of recording studios to... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The concert film that Irish singer Cara Dillon and her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman debuted online on  Aug. 13 represented more than the culmination of a project. It was catharsis. Like many, Dillon and Lakeman have endured frustrations and... Read more
Traveling People
  One more long, hot summer is in the books and now we can enjoy the cooler, shorter days of autumn.   FALL COLORS Even though summer and lush gardens are just a memory, Ireland still boasts brilliant fall colors in bright orange montbretia flowers,... Read more
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Dublin - O'Connell Street live camDublin, view of O'Connell Street and the Spire from Flanagans Restaurant- Check out the Activity and the Weather It's Live Right Now from Ireland's Capital City Link: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/ireland/... Read more
Around Town
  Upon his arrival in the US, Eric Murray sourced a placement almost immediately. With his attractive resume and the assistance of Rian Immigrant Center (formerly the Irish International Immigrant Center) staff, Eric commenced his internship at Arbella... Read more
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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 apply for a green card?  Or can we... 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
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
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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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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
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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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