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It is especially difficult to pinpoint a favorite place in Ireland because there are so many wonderful spots everywhere. But, after 20-plus years of traveling to and renting a house in the West, I have to say that Achill Island in Co. Mayo is my favorite... Read more
Around Town
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
Around Town
The Boston Friends of the Gaelic Players Association will host their second annual dinner event on Fri., April 6, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. The event seeks to build on the incredibly successful inaugural event last spring that drew a packed... Read more
Around Town
Ireland's Consul General to Boston Fionnuala Quinlan has given birth to her first child, a son born here in Boston on March 29, just two weeks after she began on maternity leave just before St Patrick's Day. "Caelan Séamus Síva Ganti has arrived!,"... Read more
Around Town
The first full month of spring brings a characteristically bountiful offering of Irish/Celtic music to the Boston area and vicinity: • Making its debut at the Burren Backroom series on April 4 will be the New York City-based fiddle-guitar duo of Dana Lyn... Read more
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Boston's and New England's own hometown Irish American journal of news and informed opinion is available each month at news stands and Irish establishments throughout the region. Full copies of each edition are available for download at no cost- see the... Read more
Around Town
Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reassured Ireland that it can rely on Germany in Brexit talks as the European Union and Britain struggle to find a way to maintain an open Irish border after the UK leaves the continental organization.... Read more
Publisher's Notes
The Boston Red Sox, who have initiated a public process to change the name of Yawkey Way, are getting plenty of pushback from prominent apologists for the late Red Sox owner who claim that he has been unfairly portrayed as a racist. His defenders note... Read more
Around Town
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement and the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College will host a day-long symposium on April 28. For more than three... Read more
Arts and entertainment
When she first came to the Boston area 16 years ago, Michigan native Rachel Reeds probably couldn’t have found Cape Breton Island on a map, and she certainly didn’t know anything about its distinctive Celtic music tradition. But that was then. Nowadays,... Read more
Arts and entertainment
 Spring is in the air and that means The Big Apple Circus is coming back to Boston.  After a brief hiatus last season, the world renowned, one-ring wonder returns for its 40th Anniversary Tour, playing under the Big Top at Assembly Row in Somerville. ... Read more
BIR History
For the Boston Pilot, April resonates with history. For the Boston Marathon, held each Patriots Day, this April brings a mystery that remains unresolved. Irish Americans loom at the center of both milestones. Rescuing the Pilot from Ruin In 1876, John... Read more
Around Town
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston, a chance for Massachusetts public officials to try their hand at stand-up comedy and to get a few jabs in against others, was in a new location... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The New England folk trio Low Lily takes its name from a flower commonly found in the region, but its musical vision evokes the arboreal: roots and branches. Flynn Cohen (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Liz Simmons (guitar, piano, vocals), and Lissa... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Among the thousands of Irish organizations in the United States, the Irish American Partnership continues to distinguish itself as a unique organization by dedicating its resources toward education in Ireland and the long-term health of the Irish nation.... Read more
From the Bench
By James W. Dolan Special to the BIR In rare moments of reflection he hears footsteps; they are steady, measured, and unrelenting, and they send a chill through his body because he knows that the many business deals he has made are unlikely to withstand... Read more
Story
When it comes to the immigrants of yesteryear – especially Irish immigrants to America’s shores – historical distortions and outright lies abound. A huge number of Irish Americans refuse to accept any comparisons between their sacred ancestors from the... Read more