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Oh, those happy days: Red Sox vs. the Braves

By Ed Forry
The Old Town Teams were at it again in late May in Atlanta and in Boston, renewing a baseball matchup with historic roots that were planted in our city early in the last century.
It was the National league versus the American, the Braves versus the Red Sox, two squads that for decades beginning at the turn of the 19th century had been the source of strong feelings and great rivalries among passionate followers throughout New England. That’s right: Before there was the storied Red Sox/Yankee rivalry, there was intense competition for Boston baseball fans between our city’s two major league squads, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Braves. Read more

Enter Mayor Walsh, son of Ireland, BC, and Dorchester

BY ED FORRY,
BIR Publisher
This January marks the end of an era in our city. On the first Monday of the New Year, Jan. 6, Hyde Park’s Tom Menino will step down as Boston’s Mayor, and Dorchester’s Marty Walsh will be sworn in as the new chief executive. Read more

Recalling a boy named Damien

BY ED FORRY, BIR Publisher
The new year brought sad news for local Hibernians: The death of Damien Brennan, a 24-year-old youth worker who lived and worked in Belfast, N.I. Damien was five years old in 1992 when he became the victim of a vicious crime: he was attacked at a Portadown playground by three older boys. Read more

Social Club closing not yet a done deed

By Ed Forry

The story of the closing of the Irish Social Club (ISC) in West Roxbury apparently has several chapters still to be written.
The facility, located in a converted bowling alley on Park Street, just off busy Centre Street, had for years been a wildly successful venue for Irish social events, in particular the Sunday evening dances that at their peak attracted hundreds to the site. Read more

A Leader Presides in the White House

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. Read more

‘Irish Hearts for Haiti’ – Round Two

By Ed Forry
A group of local Irish Americans are gathering up again this year to host an afternoon of Irish music, dance, and merriment in April to raise funds to help victims of last years earthquake in Haiti.
“Irish Hearts for Haiti” is chaired by Winnie Henry of Milton and Pat “Doc” Walsh of Dorchester, and they have gathered a committee to plan the day-long event, now set for the Quincy Marriott on Sun., April 3, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more

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