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BY DAN SHEEHAN REPORTER STAFF Michael Patrick Murphy knows that history is cyclical. The South Shore native spent the formative part of his adolescence in South Boston and Dorchester, attending Boston College High School and UMass Boston. At that time,... Read more
Hurling will return to Fenway Park this fall and the triumphant Limerick team— fresh off its All-Ireland senior championship in August — will lead the pack. The Limerick Leader reported on Aug. 23 that the third Fenway Hurling Classic in four years will... Read more
BY BILL FORRY REPORTER EDITOR A couple who have spent decades helping Boston kids stay safe and achieve their dreams; a Catholic priest who ministers to the city’s most vulnerable; and a pioneering physician with roots in Dublin will be the honorees at... Read more
Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme Expression of Interest If you worked in the laundry of a ‘Magdalen’ institution while a resident in one of the adjoining institutions and would like to know if you might be entitled to benefits under the... Read more
The dance artist Kieran Jordan returned recently from a week at the Willie Clancy summer school, a legendary Irish music and dance festival in Milltown Malaby in Co. Clare. It was a trip for herself, her husband Vincent Crotty, and 25 of her dance... 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
Funeral services were held on July 20 at St. Theresa church in West Roxbury for Gobnait Conneely, who died on July 11 after a long illness. A native of Mervue in Galway, where as a young woman she was crowned “Miss Galway,” Ms. Conneely emigrated to... Read more
The Catholic parishes of South Boston will join together in celebrating the rich history of St. Augustine Chapel & Cemetery beginning on Sept. 15, with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The chapel, now in the care of the Gate of... Read more
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

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