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BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham is celebrating the holiday season with “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the classic 1947 film of the same name, starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood. Directed by Ilyse... Read more
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This is the final edition of the Boston Irish Reporter as a monthly publication. Beginning in January, 2020, the newspaper will transition to new, seasonal schedule. We will publish our first 2020 edition in the beginning of March as our Spring/St.... Read more
BIR History
BIR History From 1800 to 1850, Irish immigrants could scarcely have picked a worse place than Boston to celebrate Christmas. The Puritans loathed “Popish” Yuletide rituals so much that, in 1659, the Massachusetts General Court had enacted laws against... Read more
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Mansion is located at Eircode V93 X2N7, 200 feet above sea level , on an 11 acres plot that gently descends to a small river with a waterfall. Plot dimensions are approx. 110 yards wide and 500 yards downhill. It has a view on the Kenmare River and the... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Liz Carroll and Haley Richardson, outstanding Irish fiddlers from different generations, and Newfoundland folk/traditional singer Matthew Byrne are featured in this year’s “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn,” the holiday show... Read more
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A luncheon in support of the Boston Friends of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) drew a large gathering to Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion on Fri., Nov. 8. Sam Kennedy, president & CEO of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management, offered... Read more
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Sun., Dec. 1 – The Donegal Association postponed due to weatherits Christmas party at Florian Hall in Dorchester • The Irish Social club will have John Connors and the Irish Express for its Sunday evening dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. • The Irish Cultural... Read more
Traveling People
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR It sure seems as though this mad world needs the peace, quiet, and holiness of the Christmas season this year to offset the turmoil and turbulence that’s raging everywhere. Has there ever been a time in recent memory... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith In addition to “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” (see separate story ), there are – unsurprisingly – plenty of other Irish/Celtic-related holiday music events in Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts over the next few weeks. •The Irish... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY JOE LEARY There is no doubt that the Boston Irish Reporter has been a most important force in strengthening and build-ing the Irish American community here in the Boston area. Since Ed and Mary Forry began publishing this extraordinary newspaper 30... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider, “The Butterfly” Hayes is a paragon of East Clare fiddle, with its somewhat slower, relaxed feel compared to other traditions, marked by long, fluid bowing. He’s also shown himself adept at bringing East... Read more
Publisher's Notes
BY ED FORRY Congressman Richie Neal, the Democrat who now chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Commit-tee, took up a number of matters when he spoke at a New England Council breakfast at the Seaport Hotel last month. Joking that “there’s not much... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Irish music singer and scholar, Dan Milner plumbs integration of New York’s ‘Unstoppable Irish’ Time frame: 1783-1883 By Sean Smith Special to the BIR Dan Milner has an enviable triple-threat musical quality: He’s equally good at writing and talking... Read more
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The Irish American Partnership Hosted a reception on Thursday, November 7 in the Irish Room of John J Burns Library at Boston College. The event honored Philip Haughey president of the Haughey Company, and welcomed Rev. Gregory Dunstan, the dean of the... Read more
Arts and entertainment
By Sean Smith Special to the BIR For Boston musician, singer, dancer, and composer Christine Delphine Hedden, memories don’t always reside solely in the mind. The red bow adorning her fiddle’s pegbox, for example, is a remembrance of her second visit to... Read more
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By Jack Thomas   Jim Carmody is manager of the elegant Seaport Hotel overlooking Boston Harbor, and from the Irish enclave in Dorchester, where he grew up in a lower middle-class two-decker as one of eight children in a family living paycheck to paycheck... Read more
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The adage “geography is destiny” holds true for John and Kathy Drew. From South Boston and Dorchester to today’s local waterfront, geography has very much helped to shape the couple’s lives. Take a look at the soaring Boston Seaport district, and you’ll... Read more
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For some, the notice released by the Jesuit order on Aug. 24, 2017, came out of the blue; for others, it seemed appropriate by a certain measure: “Today, the board of trustees of Boston College High School announced the election of Grace Cotter Regan as... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry Ten years ago, when we first gathered with some friends and advisors to discuss how to sponsor an annual luncheon featuring stories drawn from Boston’s large Irish community, we had a central idea in mind: We hoped to honor the remarkable... Read more
Breaking News
BY BILL BRETT AND CAROL BEGGY BOSTON HARBOR — Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of the 2019 Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker on Deer Island to those Irish emigrants who some 170 years ago left their island during the... Read more
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by Ed Forry BIR Publisher Anyone involved in Boston Irish events over the last three decades knew Bill O’Connell. The Dorchester-born podiatrist, one of five children of Irish parents, and his wife Rita (Layden) were beloved volunteers in all things Irish... Read more