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The return of all-star fiddle ensemble Childsplay – which plays at the Somerville Theater on Nov. 20 – highlights Boston-area Irish/Celtic music events these next several weeks. Childsplay comprises some two dozen musicians – many from Boston or elsewhere... Read more
Publisher's Notes
BY ED FORRY A couple who have spent decades helping Boston kids stay safe and achieve their dreams; a Catholic priest who ministers to the city’s most vulnerable; and a pioneering ENT physician with roots in Dublin. These were the very worthy honorees at... Read more
Traveling People
If you have ever visited the magical, mystical Burren in Co. Clare, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there’s nearly as much going on in places beneath the karst landscape as there is above ground. DOOLIN CAVE One such place is just north of... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Washington, DC, has been called a swamp by many people, but it has now descended into sewer status and its smell is spreading throughout the world. Take for examples the horrendous personal conduct of the president, the Republican hypocrisy on the making... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Altan, “The Gap of Dreams” • One of Donegal’s greatest natural resources returns to the firmament with this, its 13th studio album. Where Altan’s previous release, “The Widening Gyre” (2015), was Irish-Americana fusion (with guest stars like Alison Brown... Read more
Around Town
On Sun., Nov.18, Fenway Park will once again feature the Irish sport of hurling when four top teams from the Emerald Isle will engage in a day-long tournament featuring Clare, the reigning champion and current holder of the Players Champions Cup; Limerick... Read more
Around Town
A letter to my grandchildren Dear “Magnificent Eleven,” Having lived now almost 80 years, I thought it would be a good time to impart what wisdom I have accumulated in a long, happy, and productive life, the happiness being in no small part attributable... Read more
Arts and entertainment
by R. J. DonovanSpecial to the BIR From the time he was a small boy growing up in Marblehead, Lucas McMahon set his sights on becoming a commercial theatrical producer. Even when he was performing in a show, he was focused on what was going on backstage... Read more
BIR History
Seasonal images of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians gathered at long wooden tables piled with platters of food abound. You might think that Thanksgiving traditions do not reflect anything Irish, but you would be wrong in that assumption. In fact,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
It’s not just the regular influx of high-profile, established acts – Lúnasa, Dervish, The Chieftains, Altan – that make Greater Boston such an Irish/Celtic music fan’s dream. Area venues also frequently host performers who have attained a solid following... Read more
Around Town
BCMFest (Boston Celtic Music Fest) will feature renowned fiddlers Liz Carroll from Chicago and Scotland’s Kevin Henderson when it takes place for the 16th year from Jan. 17 to Jan.20. The two will perform at the BCMFest Nightcap concert on Jan. 19, and... Read more
BIR History
“Trust” them. If you have a preexisting condition, your fate may literally rest in the hands of an Irish American judge whom an Irish-American senator sent to the US Supreme Court with her pivotal confirmation vote. That senator, Susan Collins, of... Read more
Around Town
The Charitable Irish Society presented Silver Key awards to Paul Doyle, an Irish community activist and a volunteer champion of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and other nonprofit organizations, and to Linda Dorcena Forry, a former state senator who is now... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The Boston-area Irish harpist and singer Áine Minogue has a certain philosophy about brainstorms: If you have one, don’t get in the way – just let it happen and then figure it all out afterwards. So, a few years ago, Minogue found herself in what she... Read more
Around Town
How can Irish diaspora organizations from across New England find some common ground on how they tell the stories that matter to those who cherish their heritage? That was the overriding topic last month (Oct. 13) at a conference sponsored by the... Read more
Around Town
The Irish Consulate will host a “fireside chat” at 5:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov 14, with Dr. William H. Smith, founding executive director of the National Center for Race Amity, and the Irish author Don Mullan, of Hope Initiatives International. The two men... Read more