Around the Town

The Boston Irish community is mourning the death of John Joe Somers, the “dean of Irish Pubs” who passed away March 24 after a long illness. He was 63. Mr. Somers was the founder and owner of the Somers Pubs, a popular group of Irish locals that included... Read more
Last month’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in South Boston unveiled a new deal along the parade route while tradition kept pace at the Convention Center where state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, in her second year as host, presided over the annual holiday... Read more
President Obama spoke feelingly about the late Sen. Ted Kennedy at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate on Columbia Point, Dorchester, on Mon., March 30. Seated at left, Edward M. Kennedy Jr., First Lady Michelle... Read more
Catherine O’Neill will stage her second play in Boston next month. Beginning on March 6, Dorchester playwright Catherine O’Neill will invite audiences to the Boston Center for the Arts see her most personal work yet. In “The Fence,” O’Neill recounts how... Read more
Students from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in “A Little Bit Of Ireland” at Reagle Music Theatre, March 14 and 15. Photo courtesy of Reagle Music Theatre / Herb Philpott Photo. It all began with a backstage “hello”... Read more
The best museums give their visitors a take-away message, something that can stick with them long after they leave the building. At the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – slated to open on the 31st of this month on Columbia Point... Read more
Above, a painting by South Boston’s own Dan McCole captured the colors of an earlier Southie parade. In a sure sign of spring despite this winter’s whallop of snow, the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day/Evacuation Day festivities will be a jam-packed Sunday... Read more
After reading software entrepreneur John Cullinane’s fascinating book – “Smarter Than Their Machines: Oral Histories of Pioneers in Interactive Computing” – I did some research into John’s career and his passion for jobs, peace, and prosperity in Ireland... Read more
Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, spoke during a luncheon at Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse in the Back Bay last month. Photo by Ed Forry Where’s the beef? That’s... Read more
Ireland's Minister of State for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan T.D., pictured with members of the Irish Cultural Center. Irish Fine Gael politician James “Jimmy” Deenihan T.D., the Minister of State for the Diaspora, visited Boston last month during a four-... Read more
Thurs., Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. – Annual Irish Network Boston Chrstmas Party, Faneuil Hall, Complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres, free for members who have paid $50 annual dues. Fri., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. – Pauline Wells, “Home for Christmas” lineup of talented... Read more
Ireland is ever changing. If you doubt that statement, just have a meal almost anywhere in the Emerald Isle and you will be more than pleasantly surprised by the excellence of the food, service, wine list, and cocktail offerings. Anyone who tells you the... Read more
Dorchester’s Irish Heritage Festival is back for its fourth year, with a full slate of Irish music and dance performances, family entertainment, and cultural activities, as well as food and vendor booths. The festival will take place on Oct. 12 from 11 a.... Read more
For Nathaniel Anglin, a teacher at The Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, baseball has always been more than just a sport. “I’ve been playing baseball my whole life, basically from the time I was able to swing a bat,” said Anglin, who plays... Read more
The young guys were finished with their warm-ups on the basketball court at Ronan Park in Dorchester and getting ready to choose sides for a game. Small problem: They only had nine players on hand. “Hey, Pops, how about making it ten?” one of the players... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh, IFest Boston founder Rachel Kelly and chef Barabara Lynch are key players in bringing September’s three-day festival to the Seaport/World Trade Center on Boston’s waterfront. Photo by Dan Watkins IFest Boston — a three-day festival... Read more
Last July the hottest ticket at the Galway Film Fleadh was the one that would gain you entry to a screening of the documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”. This wasn’t surprising as just about everyone in Ireland knows someone who has... Read more
Irish musicians from Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts made an impressive showing at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil held in Parsippany, NJ, April 25-27. Winners included: Rory Coyne (melodeon, Under-12); Seamus Noon (solo flute, Under-12); Armand... Read more
Dublin-based clothing retailer Primark will open a new United States flagship store in downtown Boston next year at the corner of Washington and Summer streets in the building made famous over the last century as headquarters of legendary Filene’s... Read more
Therese Murray, the president of the Massachusetts State Senate, has been named the recipient of the third annual Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award, which was established to recognize the achievements of members of the Diaspora in other countries and to... Read more