Around the Town

In partnership with Rockport Music and working in close collaboration with fellow Artistic Director, Edinburgh-born harpist/composer Maeve Gilchrist, we're proud to present the first annual Rockport Celtic Festival - Exploring Celtic Roots and Branches.... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher Anyone involved in Boston Irish events over the last three decades knew Bill O’Connell. The Dorchester-born podiatrist, one of five children of Irish parents, and his wife Rita (Layden) were beloved volunteers in all things Irish... Read more
The Charitable Irish Society - the oldest Irish society in the Americas - will hold its twenty-first Silver Key Awards Reception on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. This event is an opportunity to... Read more
The Irish Pastoral Centre, based for many years in a building at St. Brendan church, will relocate to new rented space in Adams Village, IPC executive director Peggy Davis Mullen said this week. The move is expected to be completed by August 1. The new... Read more
In addition to Summer BCMFest on July 7 this month will see events in the Greater Boston area featuring some prominent Irish/Celtic performers. • One of the co-founders of famed Irish-American band Solas comes to town with his new collaboration, as the... Read more
One of Ireland’s premier choral groups, the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin (pictured above), will be in Boston a concert hosted by Encore Tours on Wed., July 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old South Church at 645 Boylston Street. The Christ Church... Read more
Steve Burke was recently named executive director of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England (ICCNE). He will direct the ICC’s fundraising and membership campaigns, as well as oversee the utilization of the 46-acre campus’s four athletic fields, artistic... Read more
The Irish community is welcoming a new Consul General, Laoise Moore, who arrived in late May to the Consulate offices in Copley Square, “I’m delighted to be taking up my new post,” Moore told the BIR in an email. “I’ll be accompanied by my husband Michael... Read more
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and President Kennedy’s vision that launched the effort, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will host Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module pilot Michael Collins and Blue Origin Founder... Read more
HAPPENINGS JUNE 2019 Listings provided to BIR, courtesy Richard Archer. Sat., June 1 – The Irish Music Club, 410 Quincy Ave., Braintree will conduct its monthly dance. Music by the Andy Healy band from 7-11 pm. Complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries.... Read more
A look at some of this month’s Irish/Celtic music-related doings in the area: • The first week of June offers an opportunity to see a dynamic new Celtic band with ties to the Boston area – and to support a good cause – when Fàrsan comes to the Parish... Read more
The Irish Network Boston will partner with the Consulate General of Ireland on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 5- 7 pm, for a special evening celebrating Bloomsday. Scenes from Ulysses will be brought to life by David Gullette, showcasing the wit and frivolity... Read more
The Irish Memorial on Deer Island is ready for this Saturday’s dedication ceremony. The event starts at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 25, 2019 and it is free and open to the public. There will be plenty of free parking and refreshments will be served after... Read more
All are cordially invited to join with members of the Boston Irish Community For the blessing & dedication of The Great Hunger Memorial (An Gorta Mór) on Deer Island, Boston Harbor Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 am on Deer Island In memory of the... Read more
BY FRANCIS COSTELLO SPECIAL TO THE BIR To describe Bill O'Donnell as one of a kind is to short-change this estimable man’s life and times. Honorable and decent to the end, he was deeply proud of the America he loved - and whose uniform he wore - and of... Read more