Publisher's Notes

Former UMass President Bill Bulger was guest speaker last month at a community breakfast hosted by Mt. Washington Bank. Speaking to a gathering of some 300 local business and civic leaders, Bulger used the occasion to voice a lament for the current tone... Read more
A large group of Bostonians of Irish heritage, chaired by Winnie Henry of Milton and Pat "Doc" Walsh of Dorchester, gathered with friends on Sun., May 2, to raise funds to support relief efforts for Haitian children orphaned by the January 12 earthquake... Read more
By Ed Forry A growing committee of Boston Irish chaired by Winnie Henry of Milton and Pat “Doc” Walsh of Dorchester have gathered to raise funds to support relief efforts for orphaned children who are victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.... Read more
Ireland's great Famine, also known as the Great Hunger (An Gorta Mór) took place in the middle of the 19th century, caused by a blight on the potato crop in the Emerald Isle. Beginning with the harvest of 1846, and lasting fully for five years, the fungus... Read more
The story of how one Boston Irish business leader stepped up to help in the wake of the terrible earthquake in Haiti typifies the great sense of empathy, compassion and benevolence that is part of the culture of Irish Americans and the Irish around the... Read more
Old friend Marty Kane is back home in Boston after some wayward years of working “outta town,” or as we locals say, somewhere west of Jamaica Pond. A long-ago hockey player for BC High and Boston College, Marty sends word of a nifty annual event that... Read more
Is this the year to make that long-delayed trip to Ireland? I asked myself that question at the beginning of 2009, and as in previous years, the answer was a resounding "maybe." Somehow, a trip back "home" to the land of the grandparents has always been... Read more
When Jack Driscoll died suddenly last month, the Boston Irish community lost a wonderful friend and a compassionate leader. More precisely, with the death of 77-year-old John Patrick Driscoll Jr. on Nov. 15, the loss was felt throughout the Greater... Read more
The first-ever Adams Corner Irish Heritage Festival, staged on the Sunday of the Columbus Day weekend, was a triumph on every count - as a community-building neighborhood event, and as evidence of a strong and vibrant community of residents who are proud... Read more
As this prolonged summer comes near its end, there remain several events to attract folks outdoors before the snows of winter arrive. With Labor Day late this year, the traditional Waterfront Irish Festival in Newport will take place on the holiday... Read more
A new St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church has risen from the ashes on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, reader Frank Foley writes. "It was dedicated on June 18 after years of planning and hard work," he reported in an e-mail. "The church received its... Read more
As the Tall Ships sail into Boston Harbor this month, the Irish have an extra reason to smile: among the visiting ships will be the Ireland Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne, the flagship of Ireland's navy. It will be the third visit to our town for the... Read more
Ireland President Marty McAleese was in Boston in May, visiting the city for three days after a trip to western Massachusetts where she was commencement speaker and an honorary degree recipient at Mt. Holyoke College. In the state capital, McAleese and... Read more
"IT WAS A SATURDAY MORNING in September 1944. The whole family was home except for my older brothers Jack and Leo. Jack was in the Army; Leo was in the Navy. I was an eight-year-old bouncing a pimpleball off Mr. Bradford's stone steps at 12 Jerome Street... Read more

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