Publisher's Notes

As I write these words, the marvelous run of this year’s Boston Red Sox is just a few hours shy of its conclusion. Tonight, our Olde Town Team will take to the field at Fenway for a World Series Game 6, leading three games to two, and Boston awaits in... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher Irish government tourism officials are exuberant over the success of the Clan Gatherings promotion developed by the Tourism Ireland agency for the current year. According to a Sept. 26 Associated Press report, “ “Ireland’s... Read more
By Ed Forry BIR Publisher The news last month that the principal owner of Boston’s major league baseball team (the one and only) has agreed to a deal to become the principal owner of Boston’s largest (and best) daily newspaper was met with only mild... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher Last Labor Day weekend, we were passing through Dublin Airport for a connecting flight to Paris. It was early on that Sunday morning, yet the concourse was crowded with travelers. It was the kick-off weekend of the Irish... Read more
by Ed Forry I was in the room on election night on June 25, and I cheered along with hundreds of others as Ed Markey took the stage for the first time as our state’s new US Senator. Born and raised in working-class Malden and a graduate of Malden Catholic... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher At the turn of the 19th century, a British steamship company, White Star Line, operated passenger service between Liverpool and Canada. In 1908 the company launched the two largest ships built at that time for the service – the... Read more
By Ed Forry BIR Publisher President Obama welcomed government officials from Ireland and Northern Ireland to the White House last month for the traditional presentation of a bowl of shamrocks. Participating in the East Room ceremonies for the third... Read more
The awful years of An Gorta Mor, the great hunger that ravaged Ireland in the middle of the 19th century, saw thousands of Irish board ships that took them across to America. Between 1847 and 1849 some 25,000 souls arrived in Boston Harbor on the “coffin... Read more
The awful years of An Gorta Mor, the great hunger that ravaged Ireland in the middle of the 19th century, saw thousands of Irish board ships that took them across to America. Between 1847 and 1849 some 25,000 souls arrived in Boston Harbor on the “coffin... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher “We need Congress to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in this country right now. “The good news is that – for the first time in many years – Republicans and... Read more
The region’s thriving Irish dance community has had four years to prepare, and now the clock is ticking toward a huge event being hosted by Boston in March – the annual World Championship of Irish Dance, an eight-day event that will run from March 24 to... Read more
When Martin Ferris was a young man in Tralee, Co. Kerry, he was a member of the Kerry GAA Under 21 football team that won the 1973 All Ireland championship for his age group. He had joined the provisional IRA in 1970, and in 1975, he was arrested and... Read more
If only every decision in life were this easy. President Barack Obama has earned re-election with an impressive first term that will come to be viewed as one of the most productive, progressive, and — ultimately— successful periods in the history of the... Read more
By Ed Forry A September trip to Ireland brought with it good weather, some surprising motoring, and some great new memories from my ancestral homeland. The good news for this visitor is how the exchange rate is advantageous against the dollar; in late... Read more
Coming soon: ‘McBlackpac’ BY ED FORRY Even as the Republican party met in Tampa in late August to nominate Bain Capital’s Willard “Mitt” Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, a group of Irish Americans were getting ready to troop... Read more
By Ed Forry A Boston businessman who is one of our city’s leading philanthropists has announced his plans to retire this fall. Bob Sheridan, for the past 20 years president and CEO of Savings Bank Life Insurance (SBLI), said he will step down in November... Read more
By Ed Forry Trina Vargo, president and founder of the US-Ireland Alliance, is on a mission in her role as founder and chief advocate for the Mitchell Scholars program, named for the US Senate leader who was instrumental in forging the Good Friday... Read more
By Ed Forry “How far we all come. How far we all come away from ourselves,” James Agee wrote in “A Death in the Family.” “You can never go home again.” Well home again I did go last month, to a special gathering to observe the 50th anniversary of my... Read more
Boston’s St. Patrick’s events were the occasion of the visit to Boston of Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., the Ireland government minister who is designing new initiatives to protect the country’s children. Fitzgerald, T.D., who serves in the Dail representing... Read more
By Ed Forry An Academy Award-winning short film made in Northern Ireland, a new feature film made in County Tip starring American favorite Martin Sheen and supporting actor Stephen Rea, and a documentary about Barack Obama’s Irish cousins and his mother’s... Read more

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