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An archival photo of of a Magdalene Laundries setting. The Irish Pastoral Centre, located at St. Brendan Parish in Dorchester, is offering its services in connection with the Irish government’s reconciliation process in the matter of the Magdalene... Read more
The Irish Pastoral Centre, located at St. Brendan Parish in Dorchester, is offering its services in connection with the Irish government’s reconciliation process in the matter of the Magdalene Laundries scandal. The laundries - often described as “prisons... Read more
HONORING THEIR SGT. DETECTIVE The extended family of the late Sgt. Det. Richard Clancy gathered in front of a new memorial wall inside the Boston Police Department’s Area C-11 stationhouse on Gibson Street at a ceremony on Sept. 17 where the police held a... Read more
October will be busy for The Burren Backroom series, with six events scheduled, including performances by John Doyle, Celtic Fiddle Festival and Boston-area native Katie McNally. Other Irish/Celtic happenings this month include appearances by former... Read more
A new student placement initiative, providing J-1 work visas and support for 40 third-year students seeking quality, relevant, one-year paid internships in the United States was launched last month at Belfast City Hall. ' The program is the result of a... Read more
Mary WalshThe Irish Pastoral Centre will honor Mary Walsh at its annual fundraising banquet on Sat., Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Florian Hall in Dorchester. The event will include live music and dancing with a performance by the group Devri. Tickets and... Read more
The sixth Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival, a Columbus Day Weekend fixture and the very model of a neighborhood event, will take place on Sun., Oct. 9, at the crossroads of Florian Hall (55 Hallet Street) and the John McKeon Post AmVets 146 (4 Hilltop... Read more
A panel moderated by Kevin Cullen (left) of the Boston Globe discussed Irish identity 100 years after the Easter Rising on Tuesday at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Dorchester. A discussion about the cultural identity of the Irish... Read more
A former United States senator, the region’s newest Irish American CEO and his wife, and a pioneering Boston Irish family will be the honorees at this month’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon, the season’s premier celebration of Irish-American achievement in... Read more
The Dropkick Murphys will host an Irish Festival at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Guilford, NH, on Sat., Sept. 17. The event will feature two stages of music with James Fearnley of The Pogues, Blood or Whiskey from Dublin, Old Brigade and more.... Read more
A former United States Senator, the region’s newest Irish American CEO, and a pioneering Boston Irish family will be the honorees at next month’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon, the season’s premier celebration of Irish-American achievement in Massachusetts... Read more
September is the month for Irish Festivals in the Greater Boston area. In addition to the Dropkick Murphys festival in New Hampshire, the BIR is looking forward to raising a pint at the South Shore Irish Festival on Sept 10 and 11 at the Marshield... Read more
Hy-Brasil: Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) America (detail) Amsterdam, [between 1609 to 1633] Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library Beginning in the 14th Century, a curious island located off the coast of Ireland was recorded on official... Read more
Brookline, MA - John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service on Thursday, August 25, 2016 with special programming and events. President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the National Park System... Read more
A Gathering in Donegal: Kerryman Mark Lyons, the bus driver assigned to Cardinal O’Malley’s pilgrimage tour to Knock last month, made this photo in Donegal at Grainan of Aileach ring fort overlooking Lough Swilly. Waving hello are pilgrims from New... Read more
Michael Geraghty, who hails from the small village of Kilsheelan, on the Tipperary/Waterford border, obtained his bachelor degree in structural engineering at Cork Institute of Technology. He first learned about the J-1 Intern Work & Travel (J-1 IWT... Read more
LONDON – Britain wants to find a “practical solution’’ to ensure there will be no new border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on July 25 in Belfast.... Read more
Joe Derrane relaxing at his home in Randolph in 2010. Sean Smith photo By Sean Smith, Special to BIR Accordionist Joe Derrane, a beloved figure from the golden age of Boston’s Irish dance halls whose musical career experienced a revival during the 1990s... Read more
By GRIFFIN CONNOLLY Special to the BIR The National Parks of Boston unveiled and dedicated a replica cannon brought to Dorchester Heights from Fort Ticonderoga during the 1776 Siege of Boston in a ceremony last month. The cannon, resting atop a six-and-a-... Read more
By PETER F. STEVENS BIR Staff Early on the steamy afternoon of July 14, 1863, the worst riot in Boston’s annals erupted, a melee was sparked by Irish immigrants’ fury at the class and ethnic unfairness of the nation’s first Conscription Act, which allowed... Read more

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