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Sep. 29, 2014

Mayor Marty Walsh departed from Shannon Airport this morning following a 10 day visit. Speaking ahead of his flight out of Shannon to Logan Airport, Boston, Mayor Walsh said that the schedule was dominated by business meetings, including in Shannon, Galway, Donegal, Derry, Belfast and Dublin.

"As Mayor of Boston my job is to go out there and market the city as best as we can. When I was here on this trip I tried to talk about tourism and inviting people to Boston and also around business development and making sure they know Boston is open (for business).

"That's an important piece here, part of me as Mayor of Boston, I am also an ambassador of the City."

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Sep. 26, 2014

Minister Paschal Donohoe, TD: Hailed latest US-Ireland tourism stats in remarks to a luncheon sponsored by the Irish American Partnership on Fri., Sept. 26 in Boston.Minister Paschal Donohoe, TD: Hailed latest US-Ireland tourism stats in remarks to a luncheon sponsored by the Irish American Partnership on Fri., Sept. 26 in Boston. Photo by Harry Brett

Ireland's chief tourism minister today hailed newly released figures showing a big jump in summer tourists from the United States as the latest indicator of a recovering economic situation in the country. Paschal Donohoe, TD, who serves as the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport told a Boston lunch gathering of the Irish American Partnership that he had just been given figures this morning that show that US tourist visits between June and August 2014 was up roughly 18 percent over the previous year— a figure that is approximate to about 450,000 new tourists.

"We've had about one-fifth more American tourists this summer," said Donohoe, who told the luncheon audience at the Boston Harbor Hotel that he had been awakened to the good news in a text message. Donohoe is visiting the US this week as part of a Tourism Ireland tour to key American cities.

"The reason why it's all happening is that we have a private sector who have responded to the challenge of putting together a touring offering that is second to none," said Minister Donohoe, who pointed to the statistical leap as the latest in a string of indicators of a resurgent Irish economy. Ireland has added 70,000 jobs over the last year at a pace of about 1,000 per week, Donohoe noted.
Latest projections show the Irish economy growing at a rate of about 4.5 percent, he said.

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Sep. 26, 2014

The mayor in Clifden: Marty Walsh made a new friend in Henry Kenneally, 75, in Lowry's Pub on Saturday, Sept. 21. Photo by Bill ForryThe mayor in Clifden: Marty Walsh made a new friend in Henry Kenneally, 75, in Lowry's Pub on Saturday, Sept. 21. Photo by Bill ForryGALWAY, Ireland – For a few hours last Saturday, Marty Walsh was just another Yank on holiday, enjoying the sights and sounds of Clifden, one of Co. Galway’s loveliest and liveliest towns.  Your mayor had just enjoyed a sailboat ride and a quiet lunch with his partner Lorrie Higgins and two other traveling companions.

Now, as he strolled through the scenic village with other tourists, he was incognito in blue jeans, sneakers, and an old-school Red Sox ball cap; mercifully, he was off the grid, stopping to buy scones and desserts for his mother at a local bakery called Walsh’s.

The respite would not last long.

Later that evening, he began a series of public events with a Mass celebrated in his mother’s home village of Rosmuc, followed by a reception that went late into the night.

The first five days of Walsh’s first trip abroad as mayor were a blur of bonfires, parties, church services, and endless photo opportunities— with the mayor getting rock star treatment at every stop. In a few places, the frenzy to get photos with him was such that he had to be hustled into a waiting car, often by his cousin, Winnie Curran, a Boston Police sergeant who is accompanying the mayor on the trip.

View a gallery of images from the Mayor's visit to the West of Ireland.

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Sep. 26, 2014

Emigrants Commemorative Centre: Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled a stone marker at the site of a planned Emigrant Commemorative Centre in Carna, Co. Galway. Máirtín Ó Catháin, the chairperson of the committee planning the centre, is shown at left. Photo by Bill ForryEmigrants Commemorative Centre: Mayor Martin Walsh unveiled a stone marker at the site of a planned Emigrant Commemorative Centre in Carna, Co. Galway. Máirtín Ó Catháin, the chairperson of the committee planning the centre, is shown at left. Photo by Bill Forry

Mayor Martin Walsh returned to Carna, Co. Galway on Tuesday at a ceremony to launch a planned Emigrants Commemorative Center in the town of his father's birth. The mayor dedicated a foundation stone at the site and pledged to help support the centre by helping to raise funds and awareness in the Boston Irish community.

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Sep. 21, 2014


Fine food, music, arts and more

Taoiseach Enda Kenny gathered  in Dublin with organizers of iFest as plans for this first major Irish Festival were announced this summer. The three-day event boasts that it will present the “Best of Ireland.”  	Photo courtesy iFest BostonTaoiseach Enda Kenny gathered in Dublin with organizers of iFest as plans for this first major Irish Festival were announced this summer. The three-day event boasts that it will present the “Best of Ireland.” Photo courtesy iFest Boston

iFest Boston, a first of its kind original festival of contemporary Ireland, has a jam-packed itinerary for its inaugural event, taking place in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center on September 26-28.

Presenting the best of Irish culture through the interactive iFest pillars of food & drink, live entertainment, culture and creativity, Irish roots, sporting heritage, and tourism and hospitality, the festival invites attendees to immerse themselves in all things Irish during three weekend sessions. Each five-hour session will feature the following events, designed to balance the Irish spirit of fun with rich cultural experiences.

Breaking News
Aug. 29, 2014

The Boston Irish Reporter, the region’s leading chronicler of all things Irish-American, will host “Boston Irish Honors 2014,” its annual an­niversary luncheon, on Fri., Oct. 24, at 11:45 a.m. in the main ballroom of Boston’s Seaport Hotel. The 35-member luncheon committee is chaired by Peter Meade, former director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The 2014 honorees are: The Burke Family – Jacquelyn, John, Paul, Dennis and Michael; Katherine Craven; and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Traveling People
Aug. 29, 2014

By Judy Enright

There was a very large billboard in Carna, Co. Galway, this spring celebrating Boston’s Irish Mayor Marty Walsh. The Connemara area will be thrilled to have him visit this autumn.There was a very large billboard in Carna, Co. Galway, this spring celebrating Boston’s Irish Mayor Marty Walsh. The Connemara area will be thrilled to have him visit this autumn.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has already taken Connemara by storm and he hasn’t even touched down on Irish soil for his first “official” visit. This spring, we came across a huge billboard applauding Walsh’s mayoral run at an intersection in Carna (Connemara, Co. Galway) where his father, John, was born.

Connemara is just one of many areas Walsh plans to visit when he lands in Ireland later this month and it’s an area he knows well from childhood visits to his grandparents’ home in Rosmuc.

Isn’t Walsh a lucky man? You could scarcely find a more varied or picturesque area of this stunning country to visit than Connemara – and he has familial roots there to boot.

Connemara really has it all – bogs, mountains, seashore, a fjord, wonderful hotels, lodges and B&Bs, great fishing, golf and many other sports, delicious food, friendly people, so-called green gold (Connemara marble), colorful towns, tourist attractions, including the first transatlantic radio station, and Connemara ponies – what more could anyone want?

Publisher's Notes
Aug. 29, 2014

It is a short ride up the highway from Boston to Portland – two hours, maybe a little more – and it was to that fine destination that I found myself joining a couple of friends one weekday August morning for a quick excursion to his wonderful waterfront city along the Maine coast.

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Sep. 12, 2014

Letterkenny-UMass partnership announced: Senate President Murray,right, with Senator Stanley Rosenberg, center, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology President Paul Hannigan.Letterkenny-UMass partnership announced: Senate President Murray,right, with Senator Stanley Rosenberg, center, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology President Paul Hannigan.Senate President Therese Murray, who is in Ireland for a trade mission with Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, visited County Donegal today to announced the expansion of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) to Letterkenny Institute of Technology. The UMass incubator initiative will also partner with the Derry-based Clinical Transitional Research and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) in a partnership that will be announced formally on Monday in Northern Ireland.

Founded in 2008, M2D2 is a joint UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester initiative designed to accelerate the development and launch of new medical device companies. The opening of incubator space in Ireland and the North is the direct result of previous trade missions led by Murray.

“Massachusetts holds international recognition as a premiere research and development center for life sciences, biotechnology and medical devices,” President Murray said in a statement. “This exciting collaboration will offer assistance to Massachusetts-based companies looking to break into the European market while also attracting European companies that want to launch clinical trials in Massachusetts. Our shared goal is to create an environment where research, innovation and commercialization can all take place and this is a big step forward for innovators and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and beyond.”

Breaking News
Aug. 29, 2014

Boston’s own Barbara Lynch is a major iFest booster.Boston’s own Barbara Lynch is a major iFest booster.
South Boston native Barbara Lynch just returned from a trip to Tokyo to cook for US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in an attempt to create a more robust interest in American cuisine in Japan. But it’s Ireland, and the opportunity presented by IFest, that has captured her imagination lately.

Lynch, a James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, has been a major booster of the inaugural IFest. Last year, she took a brief, but enlightening tour of Ireland’s culinary scene. It was her first-ever trip to her ancestral homeland and she says it has inspired her to take a keen interest in developing stronger ties to Irish vendors.

“They really blew me away,” Lynch said of her visit to Cork and Killarney. “There was a Michelin star chef at the hotel in Ballymaloe and the food was beautiful. It’s funny because I always feel like Ireland has this reputation of older people and simple food. But I spent some time with Darina Allen at Ballymaloe and they are all real artisans and they use quality products.”

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