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Oct. 20, 2014

The creators of last month's inaugural iFest, staged over the weekend of Sept. 26-28 at the Seaport-World Trade Center in Boston, have re-capped the event in this new released video.

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.

Story
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.

Story
Oct. 8, 2014

The Kennedys on their wedding day, Oct. 7, 1914The Kennedys on their wedding day, Oct. 7, 1914A century ago this week, most Boston newspapers of the day reported on page one of the wedding of Rose F. Fitzgerald, daughter of ex-Mayor John F. Fitzgerald to Joseph P. Kennedy. The ceremony took place on Wednesday morning, October 7, 1914 with Cardinal O’Connell officiating in the chapel of his residence at 25 Granby Street in the Kenmore Square section of Boston.

Both parents of the couple witnessed the ceremony. Ms. Agnes Fitzgerald served as maid of honor for the bride, 24 at the time and another sister, Eunice looked on. Serving as best man for the groom was Joseph Donovan, a close friend and Harvard classmate. Following the ceremony, the couple posed for photos for newsmen who gathered outside the Cardinal’s residence. The couple smiled heartily for the occasion and then returned to the Fitzgerald family home at Welles Avenue in Dorchester for a reception.

The story of the romance of the couple was well told in the bride’s autobiography ‘Times To Remember’, published in 1974. The two first met at Old Orchard Beach in Maine, vacationing as children. They met again as teenagers and romance quickly blossomed into dating and getting engaged a year before the wedding. Upon getting engaged, the couple prepared for their new life. The groom purchased the wood frame home at 83 Beales Street in Brookline a month before the wedding. Here they returned to from a honeymoon of two weeks at White Sulfphur Springs in Virginia.

Publisher's Notes
Oct. 3, 2014

Eire Milestone: It was come one, come all as the Eire Pub celebrated 50 years as a mainstay of the Adams Village neighborhood with a birthday party on Sept. 16. The local landmark, named for the Irish word for Ireland, was founded by Irish-born Tom Stenson, a native of Co. Sligo.</p />
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Story
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.

Breaking News
Oct. 3, 2014

In remarks to a Boston audience on Sept. 26, Ireland’s chief tourism minister 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.

Arts and entertainment
Aug. 29, 2014

Sue McLaughlin, with three of the many puppets and masks she tends to backstage at Disney’s “The Lion King,” playing the Boston Opera House September 9 - October 12. 	Photo by Selena MoshellSue McLaughlin, with three of the many puppets and masks she tends to backstage at Disney’s “The Lion King,” playing the Boston Opera House September 9 - October 12. Photo by Selena Moshell

Somewhere in the depths beneath Boston’s Opera House lies a home and hospital for the extraordinary puppets that come to life nightly in Disney’s “The Lion King.”  One of the guardians of this theatrical ménage of giraffes, hyenas, and gazelles is the company’s Puppet Assistant, Sue McLaughlin. 

A native of Milford, NH, Sue has been working her magic with “The Lion King” for 16 years.  She was initially hired as a dresser with the original Broadway company, working closely with the Scar and Zazu puppets.  More recently, she has been applying her professional touch with the national touring company, which plays the Opera House from Sept. 9 to Oct. 12.

McLaughlin studied theater at Hofstra University and has a master of professional studies in art therapy from Pratt Institute.  Originally pursuing an acting career, she eventually found her calling backstage, building an impressive list of credits at Lincoln Center where she was part of the wardrobe department for prestigious productions of “Carousel,” “The Heiress,” and “A Delicate Balance.”  

We spoke by phone about her work with “The Lion King” during the show’s Washington, DC, run.  Here’s an edited look at our conversation.

Around Town
Aug. 29, 2014

For Nathaniel Anglin, a teacher at The Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, baseball has always been more than just a sport. “I’ve been playing baseball my whole life, basically from the time I was able to swing a bat,” said Anglin, who plays first base or pitcher. “I played college ball, but after my sophomore or junior year I kind of knew at that point that major league ball wasn’t going to happen.”

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.”