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All are cordially invited to join with members of the Boston Irish Community For the blessing & dedication of The Great Hunger Memorial (An Gorta Mór) on Deer Island, Boston Harbor Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 am on Deer Island In memory of the... Read more
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A benefit for Irish Children with Disabilities will take place on May 11 from 7-11 p.m. at the Irish Social Club at 119 Park St. in West Roxbury. All proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr (Cork Club),... Read more
Breaking News
BY FRANCIS COSTELLO Special to the BIR Belfast – The arrival of a high-powered US congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Ireland North and South last month marked the most significant American official visit here in years. That the... Read more
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An iconic Irish venue in Brighton Center that has been the longtime scene of traditional Irish music for four decades will close its doors this month. The Green Briar, located on Washington Street in Brighton Center, will draw its last pint on Monday, May... Read more
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Getting to the Point with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Join the Kennedy Institute for breakfast and conversation with Ambassador Mulhall. Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:15 AM Join the Kennedy Institute for breakfast and a... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Karola Ruth Siegel was born in Wiesenfeld, Germany in 1928. Not too many years later, she watched as her father was dragged off by the Nazis. With hundreds of other children, she was shipped off, alone, to an orphanage... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR “Shucks,” David Keane might have said to his wife and family back in 2014. “Maybe we should buy an oyster farm.” Five years later, he’s happily shucking oysters for visitors touring DK Connemara Oysters Ltd. in... Read more
Arts and entertainment
CD REVIEWS BY SEAN SMITH Flook, “Ancora” • One of the truly inimitable Irish music acts to come out of the 1990s, Flook released three marvelous albums between 1995 and 2005, then broke the hearts of their multitude of fans by disbanding three years later... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The Burren Backroom series has another full calendar of Irish/Celtic music, starting on May 5 with a 4 p.m. matinee performance featuring a pair of spousal duos. West Coast-based Noctambule is Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor, a quiet but steady presence in... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR There are, of course, many reasons why Celtic musicians decide to team up. What brought the Boston-based duo Rakish – fiddler Maura Shawn Scanlin and guitarist Conor Hearn – together was less an affinity for hot fiddle... Read more
Here and There
William T. “Bill” O’Donnell, whose words of wit and wisdom and praise and admonishment were featured monthly in the Boston Irish Reporter for 20 years, died in hospice care in Woonsocket, RI, on April 18. The loving husband for 50 years of the former Jean... Read more
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BY FRANCIS COSTELLO SPECIAL TO THE BIR To describe Bill O'Donnell as one of a kind is to short-change this estimable man’s life and times. Honorable and decent to the end, he was deeply proud of the America he loved - and whose uniform he wore - and of... Read more
Here and There
Bill O’Donnell, the longtime columnist for the Boston Irish Reporter whose bona fides as a chronicler of all things Irish in the greater Boston area brook few comparisons, has put down his Reporter’s Notebook and called it a day, citing a need to take it... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR When it comes to World War I, Martin Butler will give you fair warning. “I can talk about it for hours,” says the Tipperary-born musician and singer who has been active in the Boston-area Irish music scene for years. There... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
A warning: It’s not the ‘I’ word BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF This writer is not in the business of predictions. In November 2020, however, President Donald J. Trump can be defeated. He can be trounced, actually, on one, and perhaps only one issue: It... Read more
From the Bench
BY JAMES W. DOLAN SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER What has happened to our once glorious republic? After surviving a civil war, we managed to heal the wounds and move on to what would become the American century. It now seems to be eroding under the leadership of... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY JOE LEARY SPECIAL TO THE BIR Britain’s long, boring, argumentative journey toward separation from Europe will be remembered for centuries. It will not be a proud moment in its history. So far the process has been a mess. Massive egos, with their own... Read more
Publisher's Notes
BY ED FORRY The Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987 to help the transition to American life for a then-burgeoning wave of young Irish immigrants. A 501(C)(3) non-profit funded in part by grants from the Irish government, the IPC is housed in part of... Read more
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After 170 years, a memorial on Deer Island to the ‘An Gorta Mor’ refugees who perished in quarantine at the edge of Boston to be dedicated on Memorial Day weekend BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF This month will offer a fitting commemoration of a tragic... Read more