BIR History

By Matthew DeLuca Special to the BIR A former agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Paul Doyle knows that people are fascinated by undercover police work. But it wasn’t the dark allure of the criminal element that drove him to pen a memoir... Read more
By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff (Third in a Series about the Catholic Church and Boston politics.) In many ways, no one could replace Cardinal Richard J. Cushing of Boston. His death in November 1970 marked the end of an era in more ways than one for the... Read more
Cardinal Richard Cushing Left a Stamp on the Political Landscape By Peter F. Stevens BIR Staff Second of three articles. “I’m no theologian,” Cardinal Richard Cushing liked to say.  His self-deprecating humor notwithstanding, Cushing had no trouble wading... Read more
"When Congressman Curley is in Boston," one of the papers wrote in 1913, "though his political influence is now supposed to be with the federal department heads, he is just as busy pulling favors at City Hall as when he was an alderman and councilor.... Read more
Irish-Born Colonel Thomas Cass Proved That He and His Fellow Irish Would Fight, Die To Protect the Union In American military annals, "the Fighting Sixty-Ninth" Regiment is steeped in legend. The New York unit, comprised largely of Irish Americans,... Read more