Around the Town

There’s progress to report on efforts to establish a memorial to the Irish who fled on “famine ships” in the mid-19th century only to lose their lives in quarantine in Boston Harbor. More than 800 Irish men, women and children died and were buried in... Read more
BY TYLER MCMANUS SPECIAL TO THE BIR Aidan Browne, a partner at the Sullivan & Worcester law firm, is a “go-to” person with vast experience representing US and Irish companies. So when he received a call in 2015 from Fionnuala Quinlan, the Consul... Read more
Boston is often called “the most Irish city in America,” and there’s always plenty to do all across the city to celebrate Irish American culture. The BIR invited the major Irish groups to give us an advance on their events planned for the new year, and... Read more
For nearly a decade, Saint Brendan’s Gaelic Athletics Club in Dorchester has brought the fast-paced fun of Irish sports to the youth of Boston’s neighborhoods. With more than 100 members, the organization keeps busy teaching players the skills and... Read more
The Charitable Irish Society, the oldest Irish society in the Americas, hosted its 19th Silver Key Awards Reception on Dec. 6, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston’s Copley Square. Irish Hearts organizer Winnie Henry, Irish International... Read more
More than 1,000 guests gathered on Thursday, November 16 for The Ireland Fund’s 36th annual Boston Gala at the Westin Boston Waterfront. A record-breaking $2.6 million, the largest amount ever achieved at the Boston Gala, was raised to support non-profit... Read more
The Irish International Immigrant Center held its 28th annual Solas Awards Gala on Oct. 12 at the InterContinental Boston. As the IIIC’s signature annual fundraising event, the gala honors the many ways immigrants contribute to our society and supports... Read more
About a minute had passed since Gerard Doherty welcomed me into his office on Franklin Street in Boston, and he had already launched into one of his favorite stories about the Kennedy brothers, one involving Ted Kennedy and a bathtub in central... Read more
The Boston Irish Reporter hosted its eighth annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon on Oct. 26 at the Seaport Hotel. The event drew some 400 guests who helped to honor Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, former state highway commissioner and Boston mayoral... Read more
The AIG Hurling Classic is coming back to Fenway Park, this time in the form of a three-match tournament on Sun., Nov. 19. The event will feature four of Ireland’s top teams, with Galway taking on Dublin in a rematch of the 2015 contest, and Tipperary... Read more
I’m new to Boston. I moved here at the beginning of September from a small town in western Connecticut. I’ve always had familial roots in the area, so I’m somewhat familiar with the city. But I feel a new level of appreciation for the spirit of the town... Read more
Racing toward history’s cliff With all credit to the late, great Yogi Berra, “it’s like Déjà vu all over again.” As of this moment, the GOP has pulled back from the brink of unleashing a medical catastrophe for anywhere between 20 and 32 million... Read more
Students at Dorchester’s Boston College High School are taught early on that they should strive to “be an upstander, not a bystander.” Ryan McWade, a senior at the Jesuit school, took that core tenet to heart last month when, acting quickly and boldly, he... Read more
Last month, the Maine Irish Gaeltacht DNA project joined up with the Irish Cultural Center of New England (ICCNE) for a workshop focusing on DNA testing and the ways in which it can connect us all with our past and our future. The information they shared... Read more
The filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick’s new documentary, “In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America,” will be screened at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Dorchester at a free forum on Tues., Oct. 10. The showing will be followed by a discussion... Read more
Join Séamus Connolly, a 10-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and former Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College, as he returns to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the acclaimed Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music Read more
The Irish government has commissioned a report on the various obstacles facing Irish people living in the U.S. who wish to return to live in Ireland. Those attempting a return to the motherland have reported regulation-based difficulties in regards to... Read more
The IIIC is excited to announce the details of our 2017 Solas Awards Gala. As the IIIC's signature annual fundraising event, the Gala honors the many ways immigrants contribute to our society, while supporting the immediate needs of those coming to our... Read more
Highlighting this month’s slate of Irish/Celtic events in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts is the annual South Shore Irish Festival, which takes place at the Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield on Sept. 9 and 10. Headliners for this year include... Read more