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In this new series journalist Seán Mac an tSíthigh travels to the most Irish of cities in America- Boston at a time when the Irish communities’ position as the most powerful immigrant community in Boston is in doubt. #GaeilBhoston For over 150 years... Read more
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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
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The Irish Consulate Boston is urging Irish citizens on US visas to return home. In a tweet today, the office said: "Do you know any Irish citizens in the US on a short-term visa? If so, you should tell them to return home now while flights are still... Read more
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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
Boston Irish Commentary
This is a newsletter featuring whatever thoughts I might have at any particular time about any particular subject. Some entries, but not all, might be on the Red Sox and baseball, and some, but not all, might contain verse. As I sit in semi-splendid... Read more
Traveling People
It was no surprise really to read recent comments by Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, about the group’s focus on 2020, especially in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and the Irish government’s move to completely shut down the country to save lives. ... Read more
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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
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Not surprisingly, what would normally have been a robust calendar of Irish/Celtic/traditional music-related events in Greater Boston last month was decimated by the coronavirus crisis. Here’s what is scheduled for April, with the obligatory “check the... 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
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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
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My husband and I recently moved our children to a new home after living for ten years in our home in Dorchester. Newton may only be 11 miles away, but in these days of COVID-19 and quarantine, at times it feels more like a cross-country move.  My mother,... Read more
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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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Dorchester Utility Service Company Feeney Brothers has donated N95 masks and protective supplies to various medical facilities around the city of Boston, as word comes that hospitals, nursing homes and care facilities are desperately in need of these... Read more
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It is now clear that we are at war with the coronavirus. While the people of our state need a range of help and assistance, one action we need to take is clear to me: we need a massive wartime manufacturing mobilization for coronavirus testing kits and... Read more
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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.  
Elsewhere
IBFUD- Ireland before you die! For many people, Kerry is the best county in Ireland due to the wide variety of experiences and activities that it offers. Every year, Kerry attracts tourists from all over the world to experience the county.  
Arts and entertainment
Yesterday, I broadcast A Celtic Sojourn Live from our studios in Brighton as I intend to continue doing every Saturday. Under normal circumstances, we would have been performing at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge at the same time, but alas, that was not to... Read more
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A day after lawmakers and organizers made the decision to cancel Sunday’s South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade ­– and the annual breakfast that precedes it – for the first time in 26 years due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, residents and... Read more
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    For 15 years Celtic Woman has been celebrating Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage while continuing its remarkable legacy of introducing some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians onto the world stage.   To commemorate this... Read more
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"The Irish Cultural Centre was thrilled to be able to 'take the ICC out of Canton and into Boston,' and host our first-ever St. Patrick’s celebration in the city Tuesday night, March 10 at the Boston College Club’” said Maudy Dooher, Director of... Read more
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Several hudred guests celebrated Irish Heritage by observing an early St. Patrick’s Day with friends and family to benefit Alpha-1 research and programs on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Boston Marriott Newton The evenng featured a traditional corn beef... Read more
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A funeral Mass was held Wednesday, March 4 at St. Brendan’s church for Derek Scott, 54, a native of Turner’s Cross,  Co. Cork. Scott died February 27 in a tragic fire in Oxford, Mass.The State Fire Marshal's office said firefighters had recovered him from... Read more
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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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RIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19March 13, 2020 In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Rian Immigrant Center is announcing remote work plans, and is suspending most of its in-person operations (clinics, classes, &... Read more
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6:30 pm on Friday, March 13St Patrick's Cancellations confirmed by the BostonIrish newsoom  Portland, Maine Saint Patrick's Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 15 cancelled Irish Social Club, West Roxbury- St Patrick's Day events March 17 ALL EVENTS ... Read more
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The Rev. James T. O’Reilly OSA Division 8 Ancient Order of Hibernians has announced the recipients of their 2020 Awards.  The Rev. Christopher J. Casey has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Richard Cardinal Cushing Award and Mark J. Alaimo has... Read more
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Traveling People
By Judy Enright   Strike up the band and let the celebration begin! It’s March, that most welcome precursor of spring which, as they say, breaks winter’s back. And along with bidding snow, ice, and cold farewell for another year, comes the pleasure of... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Gatehouse, “Heather Down the Moor” • This quartet’s second album carries the same appeal as its first: masterful technical proficiency among the musicians, but also those indefinable yet invaluable qualities – spirit and temperament – with which they... Read more
BIR History
When St. Patrick set foot in Ireland in the 5th century AD, he faced an uncertain future in a little-known country. Warring Celts were scattered in tribal groups across the island, ruled with iron might by five provincial kings. Eerie dolmen monuments and... Read more
News from Boston's Irish Communities
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Publisher's Notes
You have in your hands (or rather, on your screen) the inaugural edition of a new publication that’s all about the community bearing that name.  I am not sure what term fits best to describe this new venture. It’s designed to be a magazine, but it’s... Read more
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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
Boston Irish Commentary
As Ireland entered Europe in 1973 and the “troubles” raged in the North, I was lost in teenage heartache. So much so that I took refuge in my grandparents’ house one night to watch a BBC2 documentary about Joseph Stalin. Distracted by the footage of... 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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“A whirlwind of emotion.” That is how Jennifer Ryder describes her experience in the US. Originally from Dublin, Jennifer has spent most of a year in New York City where she has learned a lot more about American culture, American politics, and herself. As... Read more
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  Well friends, today is one of those New England winter days that chills me to the bone and gets me thinking about a nice cup of Barry’s with a few thick slices of brown bread to go alongside. The thing is, I’ve recently moved away from my beloved... Read more
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Q.  I recently filed an application to adjust my immigration status to legal permanent residence, based on my marriage to a US citizen.  We have not yet heard from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about an interview with them to decide my... 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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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