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‘Change’ is another key feature of 21st-Century Ireland

By Judy Enright, Special to the BIR, special to the BIR, November 7, 2014

Ireland is ever changing. If you doubt that statement, just have a meal almost anywhere in the Emerald Isle and you will be more than pleasantly surprised by the excellence of the food, service, wine list, and cocktail offerings. Anyone who tells you the food in Ireland is plain, dull meat, and potatoes, clearly hasn’t been there for many years.

And the same modernization and change hold true for the country itself. Even if you are intimately familiar with a particular area, you often return to find new activities and businesses that have cropped up since your last visit. Read more

Hailing the Eire Pub, and Dot’s Irish roots: Irish Heritage Fest set for Oct. 12: Let the music, fun begin

By Sean Smith, special to the BIR, October 3, 2014

Dorchester’s Irish Heritage Festival is back for its fourth year, with a full slate of Irish music and dance performances, family entertainment, and cultural activities, as well as food and vendor booths. The festival will take place on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Florian Hall (55 Hallet Street) and the John McKeon Post AmVets 146 (4 Hilltop St.); there will be a suggested donation at the entrance of $5 per person, or $20 per family, to support the event. Read more

Dot’s Anglin making mark with Irish baseball team

By Sophie Gayter, special to the BIR, August 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.” Read more

The ‘Collar’ and the ‘Badge’ in Bowdoin/Geneva Rev. (Doc) Conway, BPD Deputy Baston push safety on streets

By Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor, special to the BIR, August 1, 2014

The young guys were finished with their warm-ups on the basketball court at Ronan Park in Dorchester and getting ready to choose sides for a game. Small problem: They only had nine players on hand. “Hey, Pops, how about making it ten?” one of the players said to an older man who was standing nearby looking on. “Not me,’ said the observer, whose thin, lanky frame suggested that he might be able to do a few runs up and down the court. “But thanks; you’re just going to have to make do with what you have.” Read more

IFest Boston will showcase the ‘Best of Ireland’ at Seaport venue Sept. 26-28

By Bill Forry, August 1, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh, IFest Boston founder Rachel Kelly and chef Barabara Lynch are key players in bringing September’s three-day festival to the Seaport/World Trade Center on Boston’s waterfront. Photo by Dan WatkinsMayor Martin Walsh, IFest Boston founder Rachel Kelly and chef Barabara Lynch are key players in bringing September’s three-day festival to the Seaport/World Trade Center on Boston’s waterfront. Photo by Dan Watkins

IFest Boston — a three-day festival that will gather the “Best of Ireland” in the heart of the city’s Seaport district —will take place at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28. The first-of-its-kind event is expected to draw big crowds to the waterfront venue to showcase the best of Irish food and drink, top musicians, and entertainers— all in an effort to draw more tourists back to Ireland and re-energize cultural and business ties between Boston and Ireland. Read more

"Walking the Camino" film set for screenings in Brookline

By Liam Ferrie, special to the BIR, June 3, 2014

Last July the hottest ticket at the Galway Film Fleadh was the one that would gain you entry to a screening of the documentary “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”. This wasn’t surprising as just about everyone in Ireland knows someone who has walked the 500-mile pilgrimage path from the south of France to Santiago de Compostela, in the province of Galicia in north-western Spain. The documentary is now set for a series of Boston screenings at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre late this month and in early July. Read more

Greater Boston does well in Mid-Atlantic Fleadh

By BIR Staff Report, special to the BIR, May 1, 2014

Irish musicians from Greater Boston and Eastern Massachusetts made an impressive showing at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil held in Parsippany, NJ, April 25-27. Winners included: Rory Coyne (melodeon, Under-12); Seamus Noon (solo flute, Under-12); Armand Aromin, Patrick Hutchinson and Benedict Gagliardi (trio, Over-18); Liam Hart (English and Irish men’s singing, Over-18); Patrick Bowling (bodhran, Over-18); Stuart Peak (banjo, accompaniment, Over-18). Read more

Dublin-based clothier Primark to set up shop at Filene’s site

By Ed Forry, May 1, 2014

Dublin-based clothing retailer Primark will open a new United States flagship store in downtown Boston next year at the corner of Washington and Summer streets in the building made famous over the last century as headquarters of legendary Filene’s department store company. Read more

O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award to Senate President Murray

By Ed Forry, May 1, 2014

Therese Murray, the president of the Massachusetts State Senate, has been named the recipient of the third annual Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award, which was established to recognize the achievements of members of the Diaspora in other countries and to celebrate the global impact of Irish people everywhere. Read more

Eire Society cites O’Donovan for its 2014 Gold Medal honor

By BIR Staff Report, special to the BIR, May 1, 2014

Brian O’Donovan, the host of WGBH Radio’s weekly program Celtic Sojourn, will receive Boston’s Eire Society 2014 Gold Medal honor at its annual dinner next month in Quincy. News of the honor was announced as the Irish group makes plans for its 77th annual awards banquet on Thurs., June 12, at the Neighborhood Club, with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Read more

‘Overwhelming support’ gives lift to inaugural Team MR8 in Marathon

By Bill Forry, Editor, special to the BIR, May 1, 2014

Channeling Martin's spirit, they ran, and ran, and ran...
For some — like Harry Benzan— the final stretch of the marathon on Boylston Street on April 21 remains a blur. Literally. He couldn’t see because of the tears streaming from both eyes as he neared the spot where his friends and neighbors were so callously and publicly attacked last year.
Benzan, one of the 100-plus runners on Team MR8— the marathon team assembled in memory of eight-year-old Martin Richard—coached young Martin on the soccer fields of Pope John Paul II Park. He endured despite a grueling morning: He had been hurting since Mile 4 and was a half-hour off his planned time. He was pretty sure he would finish, but he’d long-ago abandoned his original plan to hit the deck on Boylston Street and do 27 push-ups at the finish line. Read more

Cultural Center sets up new deal for Irish Festival

By By BIR Staff, special to the BIR, May 1, 2014

Music, dance, and fun on tap over 3 weekends
The Irish Cultural Centre of New England (ICCNE) in Canton is making a big change in the presentation of its annual Irish Festival this year.
Since 1990, the non-profit organization has staged a three-day festival of Irish music, dance, and merriment over one weekend, usually early in the month of June. The event, once billed as the largest Irish outdoor celebration in the Northeast, was held in its early years on the campus of Stonehill College off Route 138 in North Easton, and later was moved to the ICCNE’s Canton campus where it has taken place for the last decade. Read more

Sister city pact for Boston, Belfast

By Ed Forry, May 1, 2014

The growing ties between the cities of Boston and Belfast in Northern Ireland will be affirmed later this month when the mayors of the two municipalities are expected to sign a “Sister City” agreement.
Belfast’s  Sinn Fein mayor, Mairtin O Muilleoir, reached an agreement with Mayor Martin Walsh during a visit to Boston in March, according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph. Read more

Employment Opportunity- Consulate-General of Ireland

By Ed Forry, May 1, 2014

Position of Administrative Assistant
The Consulate-General of Ireland, Boston, would like to invite interested candidates to apply for the position of Administrative Assistant. The full-time position will become available in May 2014.
Candidates should possess excellent administrative skills and experience, a sense of initiative and the ability to work well under pressure, both alone and as part of a team. Knowledge of Ireland, its culture and languages desirable but not essential. Other terms and conditions apply. Read more

Irish American Art and Music Foundation launches tour to the sounds of Uncle Bing

By Ed Forry, special to the BIR, February 27, 2014

The historic M. Steinert & Sons piano retail showroom at 162 Boylston Street across from Boston Common was the setting of a private musical concert last month to mark the Boston launch of the Irish American Art and Music Foundation.
The foundation was established in 2011 by Howard Crosby, a nephew of the late Irish American crooner Bing Crosby, and Ireland’s Terence Browne, the brother of Boston attorney Aidan Browne. The two men sang and played in the first half of a 75-minute concert, with Crosby singing some Irish American treasures from his Uncle Bing’s songbook, accompanied by Browne on piano. Read more