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The Irish American Partnership Hosted a reception on Thursday, November 7 in the Irish Room of John J Burns Library at Boston College. The event honored Philip Haughey president of the Haughey Company, and welcomed Rev. Gregory Dunstan, the dean of the... Read more
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Viewed as Boston’s Welcome Center for immigrants and refugees, the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) celebrated 30 years of supporting families from around the world at its annual Solas Awards last month. The event honored Massachusetts Attorney... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Understand, it’s not as if Bob Childs wants Childsplay to end. For more than three decades, the Boston-based all-star fiddle ensemble for which Childs serves as artistic director as well as namesake has gathered almost... Read more
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Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, has announced that its CEO, Patrick Stapleton, has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s recently established Nursing Facility Task Force.  ... Read more
Arts and entertainment
In addition to the Childsplay farewell tour (see separate story in this edition), here are some other Irish/Celtic music happenings in greater Boston this month: •The annual Massachusetts Fiddle Hell, which takes place Nov. 7-10, at the Westford Regency... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR For Boston musician, singer, dancer, and composer Christine Delphine Hedden, memories don’t always reside solely in the mind. The red bow adorning her fiddle’s pegbox, for example, is a remembrance of her second visit to... Read more
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The Irish Cultural Centre (ICCNE) will host three lectures during the month of November: Friday, Nov 8, 8 pm- Lecture and presentation by Dr. Frank Costello “The United Irishmen & the French Invasion of 1798”. Featuring special guest: Gregory Dunstan... Read more
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By Jack Thomas   Jim Carmody is manager of the elegant Seaport Hotel overlooking Boston Harbor, and from the Irish enclave in Dorchester, where he grew up in a lower middle-class two-decker as one of eight children in a family living paycheck to paycheck... Read more
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The adage “geography is destiny” holds true for John and Kathy Drew. From South Boston and Dorchester to today’s local waterfront, geography has very much helped to shape the couple’s lives. Take a look at the soaring Boston Seaport district, and you’ll... Read more
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For some, the notice released by the Jesuit order on Aug. 24, 2017, came out of the blue; for others, it seemed appropriate by a certain measure: “Today, the board of trustees of Boston College High School announced the election of Grace Cotter Regan as... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry Ten years ago, when we first gathered with some friends and advisors to discuss how to sponsor an annual luncheon featuring stories drawn from Boston’s large Irish community, we had a central idea in mind: We hoped to honor the remarkable... Read more
Traveling People
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland is notable for many things, but high on that list is the dedication of its residents and organizations to preserving and sharing treasured antiquities. In cities, towns and across the countryside, there are... Read more
Arts and entertainment
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, on an otherwise beautiful fall day, terrorists hijacked four planes in the skies over America. All of them were intentionally crashed; two into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By definition, a corner house sits at the edge of a crossroads, in close proximity to all manner of passersby happening through the intersection. In the same vein, Boston quartet Corner House lies at a musical crossroads, its doors and windows open to the... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff To say that Brian Kennedy has defied the odds is an understatement. The acclaimed Northern Irish singer and songwriter came of age in Belfast’s war-torn cityscape during The Troubles, and his gifted voice proved to be his... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
As the calendar turns toward Thanksgiving, several prominent Irish Americans are doing their level best to turn the conversation away from platters of holiday “gobbler” to the spewing of lies, and, in one case, an ill-advised confession to several of... Read more
From the Bench
By James Dolan Here I am three years into a new relationship following the death in 2015 of my wife of 53 years. I thought it appropriate to bring you up to date on a phase of life I neither expected nor prepared for. After recovering from the shock of... Read more
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On Oct. 18, our news organization celebrated the 29th year of publishing the Boston Irish Reporter with our tenth annual luncheon at the Seaport Boston Hotel. The Boston Irish Honors luncheon is a celebration of people who we think exemplify the Boston... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Kevin Crawford, Colin Farrell and Patrick Doocey, “Music and Mischief” • One of the many reasons to appreciate Lúnasa is that even when they’re not performing or recording as a full band, they cultivate opportunities to play together in... Read more
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The Irish American Partnership (IAP) hosted the 2019 Irish Invitational Golf Tournament in Co. Kerry in late September with the competition spread three championship courses: Waterville Golf Links, Ballybunion Golf Club, and Tralee Golf Club. The play on... Read more
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Steven M. Rothstein will step down from his position as executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation at the end of the year and will be succeeded by Deputy Director Rachel Flor, who will begin transitioning into the role next month and... Read more
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By Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britons will be heading out to vote in the dark days of December – on the 12th, as it turns out – after the House of Commons on Oct. 29 backed an early national vote that could break the... Read more
Traveling People
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR October is a wicked and wonderful month of ghoulies and ghosties, black cats, jack-o-lanterns, witches, haunted houses, and so much fun as the world celebrates Halloween. Don’t think for a minute that Ireland doesn’t... Read more
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BY JACK GOLDMAN REPORTER CORRESPONDENT The Curley Community Center in South Boston – known to many as the L Street Bathhouse – will likely close for up to 18 months beginning as soon as next fall as the 80-year-old beachfront property undergoes a $15... Read more
Breaking News
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
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by Ed Forry BIR Publisher Anyone involved in Boston Irish events over the last three decades knew Bill O’Connell. The Dorchester-born podiatrist, one of five children of Irish parents, and his wife Rita (Layden) were beloved volunteers in all things Irish... Read more