Publisher's Notes

by Ed Forry, BIR Publisher May 31, 2016- Bostonians looking for a new way to fly from Logan to Ireland might soon be able to book a non-stop flight to County Cork on a low-cost economy airline operated by an Ireland-based subsidiary of a Norwegian air... Read more
Tourism Ireland’s manager of group tourism Jean McCluskey hosted a Boston event last month for local travel agents and tour leaders to learn what’s new and different on the island. “Tourism Ireland is delighted to invite you to ‘Meet The Irish,’ she said... Read more
The stunning success of the Galway/Dublin Irish Hurling match at Fenway Park has left its imprint on the old ballyard at the Fens. There was a definite tint of Irish green there last November as almost 30,000 spectators watched the hurlers on a rainy... Read more
Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop Sean O’Malley will lead an archdiocesan pilgrimage to Ireland in July for the rededication of the shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo, according to a report in the Irish Independent newspaper on Jan. 26. The cardinal will celebrate mass... Read more
The 100th commemoration of the Easter Rising in April 1916 will dominate the domestic calendar in Ireland this year, and attract visitors aplenty to the island. As always, though, the Irish have sparkling events on tap throughout the year for tourists to... Read more
By Ed Forry When the American Ireland Fund hosted its annual November Boston Dinner last month, the AIF’s Steve Greeley arranged to present a performance by a young uilleann piper they brought in as a featured guest. It was a champion piper from Co... Read more
By Tom Mulvoy. Associate Editor David Ignatius Finnegan, a member of a prominent political family with deep roots in Dorchester, died on Oct. 12 in Bluffton, S.C. at age 74. The cause of death was given as lung cancer. Some 70 years ago, Mr. Finnegan was... Read more
It was a glorious day in Dublin. My visit to Ireland’s capital city came in the midst of a whirlwind eight-day trip across the Emerald Isle that featured a mid-August vacation with close family and friends in the West, some business doings in Ballsbridge... Read more
Quinnipiac University president Dr. John Lahey was educated as a philosopher, and landed in professional academia in the 1970s as a vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with special skills in development and fund raising. In 1987,... Read more
Ireland has launched a program of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. “The Centenary Programme” is described as ”a call to action for the people of Ireland, our Diaspora and friends of Ireland all around the world - to ... Read more
By Ed Forry Ireland has launched a program of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. “The Centenary Programme” is described as ”a call to action for the people of Ireland, our Diaspora and friends of Ireland all around the... Read more
The Irish Navy is playing a major life-saving role in the rescue of thousands of men, women, and children among a wave of refugees seeking asylum in Europe from the chaos in the Middle East. The LÉ Eithne, the flagship of Ireland’s Naval Service, is very... Read more
The old school building on Dorchester Avenue in Lower Mills, once the home of St. Gregory’s Grammar School, is undergoing a complete renovation. When completed in September, old timers (like me, Class of ’58) who spent their primary school years at St.... Read more
Quinnipiac University Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell was in Boston last month seeking to find new audiences for the school’s extensive histories of the Great Hunger. “Quinnipiac hopes to increase awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger... Read more
It was the summer of ’62. I had just finished BC High, and was hoping to hang out for the summer, prior to college. A good friend had keys to his mother’s car, and together we cruised down Route 3 to the Cape, driving along Route 132 into Hyannis, while... Read more
The huge volume of snow that has paralyzed our town over the last five weeks brought back memories for me of long ago winters when I was young, back in those post-war years in the middle of the last century. Somehow in my eyes as a child, these snow... Read more
Last fall, when Rachel Kelly brought the inaugural iFest to Boston, she featured a group of about thirty dancers, and another eight musicians from the Riverdance troupe. That “Riverdance” performance here last September was a huge audience favorite, and a... Read more
The Irish online publication “the” each week posts a selection of “statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.” In late December, it reported what was termed “a bumper selection of figures looking back on... Read more
When you are old and gray and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love... Read more
If you are Irish and Boston-bred, the annual Boston Irish Honors luncheon hosted by the BIR can truly be said to be a “feel-good” event in the annual autumn calendar. The idea we had when the honors was first conceived was to search out and tell the... Read more


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