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BY SEAN SMITH This month’s offerings of Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts Irish and Celtic-related events will include a busy weekend at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England and, up on the North Shore, the inaugural Rockport Celtic Festival. •The... Read more
Publisher's Notes
I watched a wonderful video on Facebook that showed our friend Kieran Jordan dancing in full form at last month’s 25th annual Catskills Irish Festival. I was really pleased to see it and felt very encouraged to see how she had responded to her illness.... Read more
Around Town
Recognition of exemplary Boston Irish people & families Marking a special anniversary of this celebratory luncheon, Boston Irish Honors is a recognition of exemplary individuals and their families who share our heritage in Boston and Ireland. Our... Read more
Breaking News
A Stoughton woman will represent Boston and New England this month at the international Rose of Tralee Festival in Co Kerry, Ireland. Tanya Stanley was named to represent the six-state New England region at a May 27 competition at the Irish Cultural... Read more
Story
Happenings August 2019 Saturday, Aug. 3 • The Irish Music Club of Greater Boston will hold its monthly dance at the Viking Club, 410 Quincy Avenue, in Braintree. Music by the Silver Spears. For additional information call Anna McAuliffe at 617-696-6007... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR I recently had the unique opportunity to attend the Riverdance Academy Summer School Program on the campus of Boston University. Rest assured I was not there as a dancer, but as an observer. It proved to be an... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Four Greater Boston teen musicians – and 8,000 other competitors – are heading to Drogheda for Fleadh 2019 BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR The four of them have each been to the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil at least once, and they’re all set to go again.... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY FRANCIS COSTELLO SPECIAL TO THE BIR “Don’t even think about it” is the message US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered with special emphasis during her recent visits to London and Dublin. The words were a strong caution to any UK government seeking a... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
As 'Moscow Mitch', Kellyanne Conway, others tout the part y line, the question is: WHOSE PARTY? by PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF America’s chaotic political state of affairs no longer stands as a battle between “Red” and “Blue.” While the Democrats remain a... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH Liz Carroll and Jake Charron, “Half Day Road” • Yeah, I thought there’d been something missing these last several years: Last time Liz Carroll released a new album was 2013, back when the Patriots still only had three Super Bowl titles. That... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer; if one of those bottles should happen to fall, 98 bottles of beer on the wall. We are probably all too familiar with that old song. How many of us gritted our... Read more
BIR History
For Boston-Irish titan John Boyle O’Reilly, August served up both triumph and tragedy BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF At least twice in the life of John Boyle O’Reilly, August had proven to be a time of triumph. August 1876 had brought the news that one of... Read more
Around Town
The Irish Pastoral Centre, based for many years in a building at St. Brendan church, will relocate to new rented space in Adams Village, IPC executive director Peggy Davis Mullen said this week. The move is expected to be completed by August 1. The new... Read more
Around Town
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins will visit Ireland in September to join a panel at a three-day program in Co Wexford, the BIR has been told. Boston-born Larry Donnelly, a law lecturer at UC Galway, and Dr. Robert M. Mauro of Boston... Read more
Around Town
The Charitable Irish Society - the oldest Irish society in the Americas - will hold its twenty-first Silver Key Awards Reception on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity to... Read more
Around Town
In partnership with Rockport Music and working in close collaboration with fellow Artistic Director, Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, we're proud to present the first annual Rockport Celtic Festival - Exploring Celtic Roots and Branches.... Read more
Breaking News
“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. So remarked the most famous of Ireland’s emigrant sons on his inauguration as US President in 1961. Today, as Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora, I want to... Read more
From the Bench
BY JAMES W. DOLAN SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER After Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Joseph Stalin immediately began pleading with Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to invade France, which, he said, he needed to reduce the pressure... Read more
Traveling People
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Ireland and its many visitors are blessed with an extensive and varied choice of accommodation across the country. Today’s traveler can choose any type of overnight experience from castles and manor houses to B&Bs... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry Over the years, dear reader, I have used this space to ask you the question, “Is this the year to take a trip to Ireland, the home of your ancestors, to discover what you can of your Irish roots?” The upcoming year will mark the 30th... Read more
Around Town
In a ceremony in late June, the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2019, which includes two-time NL MVP Dale Murphy, Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, former Boston Red Sox CEO John Harrington... 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
Around Town
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