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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
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
Elsewhere
RTE Reports: For those over 70 and those who are medically vulnerable and who have been cocooning, a term Mr Varadkar said he knew "that some have found insulting, instead of reassuring", they will be allowed have a small number of visitors to their homes... Read more
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Local Irish/Celtic band Devri has an annual tradition of raising funds to support Lucy’s Love Bus [lucyslovebus.org], an organization that helps children dealing with cancer through alternative therapies including massage, swimming, horseback riding,... Read more
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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, featuring performances by fiddler Katie McNally; fiddle-harp duo Jenna Moynihan and Màiri Chaimbeul; and... 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
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Women in Science: Forging a Path After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from University College Cork, Co. Kerry native Shauna Corcoran was determined to begin her career as a woman in science. Upon graduation, many of Shauna’s friends... 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
BostonIrish feature story
by Michael McGonagleSpecial to BostonIrish.com 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... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Tim Kirk, a software professional, and his wife, Raphaelle, a nurse, left Needham, Massachusetts, last December and settled permanently in Dublin. He has sent along his impressions of his first few months of residence there as the viral pandemic spread... Read more
Traveling People
Is there a single word that describes Ireland at this time of year? If so, that word would have to be “color.”  Everywhere you turn there’s color whether it’s in the green of lush fields, or the brilliant yellow flowers on gorse bushes, or the soft colors... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
In late August 1979, I flew from Dublin to Boston to spend two semesters at Stonehill College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Massachusetts. One academic year as a student has turned into 41 years as a Bay State resident and, today, I am one of the... Read more
Around Town
In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the Rian Immigrant Center (formerly known as the Irish International Immigrant Center) is reinventing its Solas Awards Celebration with the safety and well-being of our community as the top priority. “While... Read more
Today's News
Normal People is the highly-anticipated 12-part adaptation of Sally Rooney's acclaimed novel. The Element Pictures relationship drama started on RTÉ One, on Tuesday 28th April at 10.15pm. Starring Kildare newcomer 24-year-old Paul Mescal in his first... Read more
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RIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER One State Street, 8th Fl, Boston, MA 02109 Tel. (617) 542-7654- Fax (617) 542-7655 Email: immigration@riancenter.org - Website: riancenter.org An organization accredited by the US Department of Justice Q. I mailed my application for... Read more
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The Boston Irish community was featured in a 4 part TV series about Boston's Irish in Ireland - here's the link for online viewing of the 4th episode, aired April 23, 2020: https://www.tg4.ie/en/player/home/?pid=6146250817001&title=An%20Pobal%20Inniu... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
By Larry DonnellySpecial to BostonIrish.com Wicklow, Ireland- These are extremely strange and scary days for everyone.  If any of us had been told at the start of 2020 that we would be socially distancing, cocooning or self-isolating a few months later,... Read more
Elsewhere
From RTE's Late Late Show 4/17/20, A beautiful tribute to a sister and her life well lived- thx to Nuala Kennedy, Co.Wexford for connecting BostonIrish with this moving moment https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3672978122772783
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To the people of Boston, The coronavirus is unlike anything we’ve experienced in living memory, and it’s testing our city in a way that it’s never been tested before. It has required a major, all-hands-on-deck response, and it has affected every aspect of... Read more
Elsewhere
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
BostonIrish feature story
About a year ago, University of Limerick graduate James Frawley was hoping to grow his understanding of architecture by coming to the US. Needless to say, James was excited to see and explore the impressive architecture that New York is famous for,... 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
BostonIrish feature story
Q. I’m an Irish citizen who recently gave birth to a child here in the US. I want to get a US passport for my child before we take a trip to Ireland this summer, if that will be possible by then. Does the child’s father need to come with me or sign... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
While honoring its Irish roots, our new name, Rian (pronounced “REE-ann”), which comes from the Irish word for a pathway through obstacles, a pathway forged when it seems there is no way forward, reflects the nonprofit organization’s mission to serve... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Kevin Burke, “Sligo Made” • The title is a pun – a riff on the reel “Sligo Maid” – but you don’t have to get the joke to appreciate this latest release from Burke, a master of the Sligo fiddle style and, lest we forget, a seminal figure in the Irish folk/... Read more
Arts and entertainment
And you thought an Irish music session was a bunch of people playing tunes in a pub. Well, it is, of course.  But a session also is a veritable wellspring of social mores and interpersonal dynamics that offers insights into how a given community defines,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
March was shaping up as a typically busy month for area musicians like Declan Houton, Kate McDermott, Stuart Peak, and Colm O’Brien, denizens of the Greater Boston Irish/Celtic scene – which, as everyone knows, is at high operating capacity during what is... 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
BostonIrish feature story
To celebrate the annual holiday, NASA's International Space Station twitter account shared this astronaut's-eye view of Ireland as seen from the orbiting lab, which flies at an average altitude of about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth.  "We... Read more
Today's News
For the first time in its history, Blarney Castle and Gardens has postponed the kissing of the Blarney Stone. The decision is the latest in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Irish Times has the full story.  
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One of New England’s most celebrated Irish institutions has a new name and brand that leans heavily on its roots while carving a “pathway” into the future. The Irish International Immigrant Center announced its new name – Rian Immigrant Center – on Feb.... 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
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First cousins, once removed; third cousin, twice removed: This handy chart will help all of us figure out how we're related
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BostonIrish feature story
This video is on YouTube- starts an early morning walk on O'Connell Bridge and along the Liffey to Ha'Penny Bridge, and on up through Temple Bar, Christchurch, Dublin Castle, and on through Trinity (College) University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=... Read more
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An Gorta Mór – Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’ – saw an estimated 1.5 million people die of starvation and disease between 1845 and 1852.  Another 2 million emigrated, and many of them perished from the plagues they fled: thousands during Atlantic crossings, and... Read more
BIR History
                                        Deer Island Great Hunger Memorial An Gorta Mór – Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’ – saw an estimated 1.5 million people die of starvation and disease between 1845 and 1852.  Another 2 million emigrated, and many of them... 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