Publisher's Notes

In 2008, the Boston Irish Reporter chose Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton as our preferred nominee for president. We wrote: “In a contest that increasingly seems likely to feature proven cross-over candidate John McCain on the Republican ticket, team... Read more
Like many pre-baby-boomers, when I reached my 60s I first began to notice that my walking gait was not what it once was. My daily excursions took longer to complete, a hike around Castle Island’s sugar bowl became more of a stroll, and walking alone at my... Read more
Robert J. (Bob) Dunfey, Sr.’s pride and joy was the house he had built in Ballyferriter, Ireland, with the most amazing view of ocean and cliffs. His purpose was to have new generations of family reconnect with Irish relatives. His school master and... Read more
By Ed Forry, Publisher As the 2016 election season heats, the new media global village has captured the imagination of our ethnic cousins throughout the island of Ireland, and TV news is the messenger. Recent Boston tourists in Ireland were surprised to... Read more
"in all of their dreams, could they ever have dreamt that 160 years later, two great-great-grandsons of shoemakers from Ireland would be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States of America?" BY ED FORRY You’ve got to admire Joe Biden... Read more
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

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