Around the Town

A block of stores along Adams Street, shown to the right of the flags, have recently been acquired by new owners— John and Peter Lydon, who plan to make improvements to the storefronts. Bill Forry photoAdams Village, a key gateway to Dorchester and a... Read more
Stonehill College has instituted the Distinguished Richard B. Finnegan Professorship in Political Science and International Relations in honor of the Dorchester native who earned his BA from Stonehill in 1964 and returned to the campus in Easton in 1968... Read more
The Marriott Port-au-Prince, which officially opened its doors last week after a “soft” opening period of three months, is far more than just a symbol of Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery. It’s a living, breathing, job-creating economic engine in a... Read more
Fundraiser July 25 at Melrose K of C Hall By Sean Smith A group of young local musicians hoping to play at Ireland’s biggest traditional music event is getting a helping hand from one of the Boston area’s most famous Irish pubs – and one of its most... Read more
The John F. Kennedy statue overlooking the State House lawn and Boston Common is againavailable for close-up viewing to the wider public. The public will be able to view the statue of the former US president seasonally, through October, starting at 9:30... Read more
A team of buyers that includes Dropkick Murphy’s front-man Ken Casey plans to buy the Lower Mills Pub this month in a long-rumored deal that would bring new ownership— and likely, a kitchen and new look— to one of Dorchester Avenue’s last remaining old-... Read more
Members of Irish organizations across New England at the Consulate in Boston. Photo courtesy Connell Gallagher Boston’s Irish Consulate hosted a meeting last month in its offices at 535 Boylston Street with an agenda to establish new and deeper links... Read more
College Hockey Tourney modeled on Boston's Beanpot On Thanksgiving weekend 2015, hockey teams from Brown, Colgate, Northeastern and UMass-Lowell will travel to Belfast for a major international hockey exchange that will include several educational and... Read more
As the centenary year of the 1916 Easter Rising marches ever closer, the producer of a full-length feature film on the subject is still raising funds and awareness to complete the project. Kevin McCann, the producer of “The Rising,” intends to make... Read more
The Eire Society of Boston will hold award its Gold Medal to Dr. Catherine B. Shannon, Professor Emerita of History at Westfield State University, at its 78th Gold Medal Dinner on Saturday evening, April 25, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston. For... Read more
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