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The 2018 Boston Irish Festival takes place on the first weekend of June.The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton folks have offered this brief summary of the weekend events: Saturday June 2 Pre-festival concert from 3pm to 11pm We will kick off our festival on... Read more
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A look at Irish/Celtic music-related events in Greater Boston for May: • Winifred Horan, best known for her dynamic fiddling with the currently-on-hiatus Irish American band Solas, brings her newest collaboration to the Burren Backroom series on May 6 for... Read more
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Bostonians seeking to fly non-stop next winter from Logan Airport to Shannon in Co. Clare will be out of luck beginning next January, as Aer Lingus has announced it will suspend the direct service over the winter season in 2019. The airline instead will... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Lydia Barnett-Mulligan has been studying and performing Shakespeare since she was 15 years old. The actor, director, and education artist got her start via the educational program at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. She’s now a member of the... Read more
Traveling People
Ireland, some say, is like a doughnut – only the outside matters and there’s nothing much to bother with in the middle. Tourism groups and many others take issue with that comment and say there is much more to Ireland than just the seacoast, as beautiful... Read more
Publisher's Notes
Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States, Daniel Mulhall, visited Boston last month for an evening function at the Boston College Club and a noon time class with students at Tufts University. During his brief overnight visit, Mulhall was a guest... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The fiddler and pianist Charlie Lennon, a celebrated musician and innovator in the Irish tradition, is known for composing numerous tunes that have become part of Irish music repertoires everywhere. He has also integrated the Irish traditional form into... Read more
Breaking News
By JILL LAWLESS The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government faced pressure over Brexit at home and abroad Monday, including a defeat in Parliament over who gets the final say on an exit deal with the European Union. By 335 votes to 244, the... Read more
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A chapel on the grounds of Cedar Grove Cemetery will be the focus this month of a significant restoration project meant to bring the impressive stone edifice back to its former glory. The Gilman chapel— named for the husband-and-wife benefactors who... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The Gloaming, “Live at the NCH” • This occasional band is the union of five intriguing personalities and talents, all steeped in traditional music while very open to influences from contemporary sources: Martin Hayes, a master of the lyrical East Clare... Read more
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Having marked its 25th anniversary year in the fall of 2016, the Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies program is in the midst of another landmark semester: The spring 2018 Burns Scholar, Jason Knirck, is the first American to hold the professorship. As... Read more
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Brexit and Irish-American co-dependence were among the main talking points at a Global Leadership Symposium hosted by the Boston College Ireland Business Council at the BC Club in downtown Boston last month. Irish Ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall spoke at... Read more
From the Bench
BY JAMES W. DOLAN SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER Let’s make a deal with Quincy: To resolve the dispute with Mayor Koch over construction of a new Long Island Bridge, consideration should be given to providing island access to Quincy residents for both drug/... Read more
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A dozen Irish hospitality officials and leaders of Tourism Ireland’s American bureau kicked-off a three American city roadshow in Boston on April 24 with a presentation to local travel trade and media members at the Four Seasons Hotel. Some 150 invited... Read more
Arts and entertainment
May 13 is Mother’s Day this year, but it’ll be a “Fathers and Sons Afternoon” on the Burren Backroom stage. That’s because the Backroom series will feature a concert at 4 p.m. with Boston-area bouzouki player and singer John Coyne and Seattle-based... Read more
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Ireland’s current Consul General, Fionnuala Quinlan, gave birth to her first child, a son born here in Boston on March 29, two weeks after she began her maternity leave. Said Acting Vice Consul Susan Geraghty Krusell in announcing the news: “Caelan Séamus... Read more
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by Daniel Sheehan The Irish Pastoral Centre has a new director in William M. Bulger Jr., who last week joined the Dorchester-based organization that focuses on helping immigrants make their way in their new settings. A South Boston native, Bulger is the... Read more