Around the Town

An ad hoc Irish Great Hunger Deer Island Memorial committee last month continued to plan for the installation of a Celtic Cross to memorialize the Famine-era Irish buried in unmarked graves on the island. The memorial stone, currently being cut in a... Read more
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reopened Tuesday after being closed since December 22 due to the government shutdown. With federal funding cut off, the the Columbia Point facility saw its programming and activities suspended for over a... Read more
Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, was presented with the World Peace Prize as a “Roving Ambassador for Peace” at a ceremony on Jan. 15 at Dorchester’s Florian Hall. Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, who founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul,... Read more
Family members and friends gathered on Dec. 2 in St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester for a funeral Mass for Patrick “Patsy” Whelan, a popular figure in the Greater Boston Irish music scene for many years who died on Oct. 7. Mr. Whelan had been in ill... Read more
Family members and friends gathered on Dec. 2 in St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester for a funeral Mass for Patrick “Patsy” Whelan, a popular figure in the Greater Boston Irish music scene for many years who died on Oct. 7. Mr. Whelan had been in ill... Read more
One of Dorchester’s throwback barrooms— the Dot Tavern— suddenly went dark at the beginning of November. But fans of the vintage watering hole should not hit the panic button. At least, not just yet. Doug George, the Dorchester resident and real estate... Read more
One of Dorchester’s throwback barrooms— the Dot Tavern— suddenly went dark at the beginning of November. But fans of the vintage watering hole should not hit the panic button. At least, not just yet. Doug George, the Dorchester resident and real estate... Read more
A view from the site on Der Island, where a Celtic Cross will soon be installed (photo courtesy Mike Carneyy
BY ED FORRY BIR PUBLISHER Plans to establish a monument in Boston Harbor to memorialize some 850 Irish who sought refuge in the mid-19th century only to die in quarantine on Deer Island within sight of the city are nearing completion with a formal... Read more
WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn kicks off this week with two sold out shows in Rockport! Show producer Brian O'Donovan said, "Our first performance in Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre is on Friday, Dec 14 - tickets are going fast. I cannot believe... Read more
WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn kicks off this week with two sold out shows in Rockport! Show producer Brian O'Donovan said, "Our first performance in Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre is on Friday, Dec 14 - tickets are going fast. I cannot believe... Read more
Casey McElmeel at Boston's Irish Consulate has shared information about an expansion of the online passport renewal service. In addition to online passport renewals, the expanded online service will now permit: 1) Online renewal of a child’s... Read more
There are many fine Irish organizations in our local area, and the Irish American Partnership (IAP) is one of the finest. Now in its 31st year of being headquartered in Boston, the Partnership has been applauded by authorities in both the North and South... Read more
Limerick won the 2018 Super 11’s Fenway Hurling Classic on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Fenway Park in front of an enthusiastic crowd of some 12,000 fans. Goalkeepers Nickie Quaid and Anthony Nash making some outstanding saves for the all-Ireland champs throughout... Read more
On Sunday, November 18, West Roxbury’s “Lord Mayor” Richard Gormley was sworn in as the new president of the Irish Social Club. The owner of the Gormley Funeral Home, he has an ancestral home in Ballybrogan, Co. Roscommon. The event began with a Mass of... Read more
On Sunday, November 18, West Roxbury’s “Lord Mayor” Richard Gormley was sworn in as the new president of the Irish Social Club. The owner of the Gormley Funeral Home, he has an ancestral home in Ballybrogan, Co. Roscommon. The event began with a Mass of... Read more
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
Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Christmas, is held each year in January throughout Ireland to celebrate women’s leadership within the family and community. The Irish American Partnership will commemorate this tradition with a breakfast highlighting Irish-... Read more

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