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Weekend to remember for Tip O’Neill’s clan

By Ed Forry, October 3, 2012

By Liam Ferrie
Special to the BIR

The O’Neill clan gathers with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin on September 6. Pictured, l-r: Michael O’Neill, Jr., grandson of Speaker O’Neill Thomas P. O’Neill III, son of Speaker O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Thomas P. O’Neill III’s wife, Taoiseach, Rosemary The O’Neill clan gathers with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin on September 6. Pictured, l-r: Michael O’Neill, Jr., grandson of Speaker O’Neill Thomas P. O’Neill III, son of Speaker O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Thomas P. O’Neill III’s wife, Taoiseach, Rosemary

BUNCRANA, Co. Donegal –The late Tip O’Neill was no doubt looking down with a huge smile on his face on events in Buncrana on the first weekend of September. His lifetime achievements were being acknowledged by the people of the County Donegal town near which his grandmother was born and it was all taking place in the presence of his many descendants, including his sons Tom and Christopher and daughters Susan and Rosemary. Read more

3rd Annual Boston Irish Honors 2012 Luncheon Oct.19; Congressman Neal, Muse Family, Feeney Brothers named Honorees

By Ed Forry, August 16, 2012

Announcing a very special event- Boston Irish Honors 2012
The Boston Irish Reporter, the region's leading chronicler of all things Irish-American, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a Celebratory Luncheon on Friday, October 19, 2012 in the main ballroom of Boston's Seaport Hotel. Read more

Harrington’s in Wakefield offers spirit aplenty on Wednesday nights

By Ed Forry, August 3, 2012


Harrington’s Food and Spirits
Where: 17 Water St., Wakefield
When: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Began: 2005

Location isn’t necessarily a big consideration for session-goers – compared to concerns like “How many people will fit into the place?” or “Can you hear yourself at all?” – but Terry Weir feels it’s definitely a virtue of the session he organizes and co-leads at Harrington’s. Read more

Planning a business trip to the US? Read this first

By Anonymous, August 3, 2012

From the Irish International Immigrant Center

Q. I plan to make a couple of short business trips from Ireland to the US in the near future, to meet with contacts, attend an industry convention, and probably do some contract negotiation. Can I do this without applying for a visa beforehand? Read more

Jack Conway, noted realtor, passes at 88

By Ed Forry, August 3, 2012

John E. “Jack” Conway of Scituate, a noted realtor with a long history in eastern Massachusetts, died on July 23 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was 88.
The loving husband of Patricia (Carroll) Conway, Mr. Conway was the founder and chairman of Jack Conway & Company. Read more

Young champ stayed fit during his Boston visit

By Ed Forry, August 2, 2012

Thomas Carty, Ireland’s reigning Junior Heavyweight boxing champion, visited relatives in Boston this summer and had a chance to train with some of our region’s finest during his visit. Carty, 16, is a member of the Dublin’s famed Corinthians Boxing Club and, thus far, has chalked up an impressive 17-2 record. Read more

BCM Fest for August

By Ed Forry, August 2, 2012

A column of news and updates of the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which celebrates the Boston area’s rich heritage of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton music and dance with a grassroots, musician-run winter music festival and other events during the year. – SEAN SMITH
Going for a song: The BCMFest series at Club Passim in Harvard Square features a Celtic Music Monday concert event this month, “Songs for a Summer Evening,” on August 13 with Kate Minogue, James Hamilton, Lisa Coyne, and their special guest Jim Prendergast, plus host Sean Smith. Read more

The Boston Irish Festival Schedule

By Ed Forry, June 6, 2012

Here's the line-up of performances and other vevents for this weekend's big three day Irish Festival in Canton: Read more

An Appreciation: ONE OF A KIND

By Ed Forry, June 4, 2012

Thomas O’Connor wrote the book(s) on Boston’s Irish, the city’s history

By Peter F. Stevens
BIR Staff
The passing of Professor Thomas H. O’Connor last month marked the passing of a man and historian who was truly one of a kind. O’Connor’s work stood – and stands – as the bar for anyone who writes about history. He was that good. He also was generous with his time, his experience, and sage insights to this writer, and I’ve rarely enjoyed interviewing and simply conversing with someone more than with Professor O’Connor. Read more

Chieftains hail 50th with Symphony Hall concert

By Staff, March 6, 2012

The remarkable Chieftains, now marking their 50th year of bringing traditional Irish music to venues around the world with an extensive tour of Europe and North America, will be performing for the 24th time in Boston when they gather at Symphony Hall on Wed., March 14, for an 8 p.m. show entitled, “Voice of Ages” with Paddy Moloney & The Chieftains and Special Guests [one of whom is former member Seán Keane]. Read more

Sean-nós Irish dance workshop set for Sunday, Dec.11

By Ed Forry, December 6, 2011

by Kieran Jordan
Special to BIR
Sunday, Dec. 11 is the next Sean-nós Irish Dance Workshop at Boston Percussive Dance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This time, everyone is welcome to bring a guest for free! Sean-nós dance is a spontaneous expression. It's social, playful and very interactive. As one musician said recently, "It's great when you can hear the feet talking back to you!" Read more

BCM Fest- Boston Celtic Music Fest

By Ed Forry, December 5, 2011

A column of news and updates of the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which celebrates the Boston area’s rich heritage of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton music and dance with a grassroots, musician-run winter music festival and other events during the year.
Sean Smith

Teachable moments—As a fiddle student, Laurel Martin learned from one of the best teachers around – 10-time All-Ireland champion Seamus Connolly. Now, as a fiddle teacher herself, Martin seeks to give her students the same kind of guidance from which she benefited: mentoring that not only helps one learn to play the instrument, but also to develop an appreciation for the Irish music tradition. Read more

ICCNE names interim head

By Ed Forry, November 8, 2011

Eamonn McGrath has been named interim Executive
Director of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England,
replacing Vanessa Leite, who resigned her post in
October. “We thank Vanessa for her dedicated hard
work and wish her well in her future career,” ICC
president Tom Gallagher said in a letter announcing
the changes. “A search process is underway for a
permanent replacement.”
Gallagher said McGrath will serve until a permanent
replacement is found. “Eamonn is a long serving
active board member who has held leadership positions
in high technology companies both here and in Read more

Plans underway for Adams Corner, Dorchester Irish Festival October 9

By Ed Forry, July 18, 2011

Planning has begun for the third annual Irish Heritage Festival in Adams Corner, set for the Columbus Day weekend. The street festival was first organized in 2009 by a volunteer group of neighborhood residents and local businesses. Events that year and again in 2010 attracted thousands of people from the nearby neighborhoods and beyond, with daylong festivities including Irish bands, step dancers, and food vendors.
This year’s event will be held on Sun., Oct. 9, from noon to 8 p.m., according to Victoria Foley, one of the organizers. Read more

A Leader Presides in the White House

By Ed Forry, May 12, 2011

By Ed Forry
May 12, 2011
When first we heard the word that some brave American military personnel, Navy Seals all, had risked their lives to take out Osama bin Laden, there was a feeling of exhilaration. Here, in early May 2011, almost ten full years since OBL engineered the mass murder of so many innocent people, justice had finally been done.

It was with an air of great anticipation that we learned President Obama would be speaking to us in an extraordinary late Sunday night setting at the White House. When he spoke shortly before midnight, he exhibited a proper amount of pride in the accomplishment of the Seals team while maintaining a certain solemn decorum. Read more