Around the Town

As it tries to steady its ship amid myriad controversies, the Massachusetts State Police announced late last month that it is bringing former secretary of public safety and Boston Police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole on board as a management consultant. O... Read more
Marking the end of an era in local law enforcement, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans retired from the Boston force on July 30 to begin a new position as executive director of public safety at Boston College. Mayor Martin Walsh named a black... Read more
Superstar Irish accordionist and visionary Sharon Shannon’s return to The Burren Backroom series highlights this month’s offerings of Irish/Celtic music in the Greater Boston area (and vicinity). Shannon, who will play shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 7... Read more
Boston’s Irish Consulate has announced its next ‘First Friday’ Networking Breakfast on Friday 3rd August from 8am to 9am at the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston. Call in for coffee and connect with the Irish & Irish-American community. Stop by for... Read more
Inwood Street is a classic Dorchester side street, densely packed with three-deckers, but still somewhat insulated from the bustle and bus traffic of the Bowdoin Street business district a block away. Kevin Chapman no longer lives here, but Inwood is... Read more
The fourth Summer BCMFest will bring Celtic music of many varieties to Club Passim in Harvard Square on July 8, featuring some 12 hours of performances by Boston-area musicians, including a free outdoor concert and a ticketed evening finale. Summer... Read more
In addition to Summer BCMFest [see separate story], this month also will see the annual New Bedford Folk Festival (July 7 and 8), which regularly features Irish/Celtic and related music. Among this year’s performers are Newfoundland guitarist-vocalist... Read more
“Every day it feels like I’ve run three marathons.” That’s how Katie Kelly O’Donnell describes the extreme exhaustion, physical and mental, that she has to cope with every day. “It’s hard to explain,” she says. “I’ve actually run a marathon before, and I’... Read more
The title of the new book – “The Man Who Was Never Knocked Down” – pretty much captures the spirited life of its main character, the Irish American boxer and onetime world championship contender, Sean Mannion. On Sat., June 23, an overflow gathering... Read more
Two youth soccer teams from Dorchester will travel to Northern Ireland next month to compete in an international tournament in Derry where they compete with teams from England, Ireland, Finland, Germany, and Africa, to name a few. In total, 34 youngsters... Read more
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
BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF Courtesy of President Donald Trump and willing and blindly unwitting supporters, the Arsenal of Democracy crumbles daily into the Abyss of Autocracy. Those red-and-white “MAGA” caps stand less for “Make America Great Again”... Read more
The GoFundMe campaign to assist Irish dancer Kieran Joran continues to grow, with 389 donations totaling more than $32,000 in little over five weeks. Donations may be made online at this address: https://www.gofundme.com/kieran-jordan039s-healing-fund In... Read more
The Cambridge Public Library was the location on June 14 for a presentation by William Henry, an author, archaeologist and preeminent historian of Galway Ireland. Henry gave an illustrated lecture consisting of an overview of Galway based on some of his... Read more
Some two dozen members of the Charitable Irish Society gathered for lunch at the Harvard Club of Boston on Mon., June 25, at an appreciation luncheon for outgoing Society president Christopher Duggan and his assistant, Hilda Landry. Incoming society... Read more
Some two dozen members of the Charitable Irish Society gathered for lunch at the Harvard Club of Boston on Mon., June 25, at an appreciation luncheon for outgoing Society president Christopher Duggan and his assistant, Hilda Landry. Incoming society... Read more
On June 16th , bard Sean Tyrrell will be at the ICC for a show in story & song on the life & times of John Boyle O’Reilly. John Boyle O’Reilly has a very strong connection to Boston, once he reached American he settled in Boston and is buried in... Read more
The Consulate General of Ireland in Boston and the Irish International Immigrant Center along with the Irish and Irish-American community of New England, will march behind the banner ‘Irish For Pride’ in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday 9th June 2018.... Read more
The Consulate General of Ireland in Boston and the Irish International Immigrant Center along with the Irish and Irish-American community of New England, will march behind the banner ‘Irish For Pride’ in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday 9th June 2018.... Read more

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