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Taking care of Patrick

By Ed Forry, August 1, 2014

An Irish bicyclist who suffered severed head injuries in a collision with a van on Cape Cod last summer has entered a second year of therapy, and his family is hopeful that he will one day resume a measure of independent life. Read more

‘Lucky to be alive’ not always a cliche

By Ed Forry, July 2, 2014

This past April, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was on vacation with his brother Michael in the British Virgin Islands when his taxi van was hit in a head-on crash. Both sustained serious injuries.

In his first telecast since the accident, he gave a poignant telling of his story since that day, saying he felt “lucky to be alive.” His words articulate his profound sense of gratitude to all who helped. Here are some of those words: Read more

‘Lucky to be alive’ not always a cliche

By Ed Forry, July 2, 2014

By Ed Forry
This past April, MSNBC’s Lawrence O'Donnell was on vacation with his brother Michael in the British Virgin Islands when his taxi van was hit in a head-on crash. Both sustained serious injuries.
In his first telecast since the accident, he gave a poignant telling of his story since that day, saying he felt “lucky to be alive.” His words articulate his profound sense of gratitude to all who helped. Here are some of those words:
“I want to talk about crying, because I’m also going to talk about some things that have made me cry. And I might have to pause once or twice when I do that. So, I just want you to be forewarned, because what could be more shocking than an anchorman crying? The first commandment of television is, anchormen don’t cry, which is why I will never be and will never feel like a real anchorman. Read more

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

Checking in on Father Jim Martin, SJ

By Ed Forry, May 1, 2014

By Ed Forry
When CBS announced last month that its longtime late night comedian David Letterman would soon retire, it didn’t take long before the network named his successor: Stephen Tyrone Colbert, the quick-witted host of the satirical program “The Colbert Report” that appears four nights a week on Comedy Central, was quickly named to the role.
Colbert, the South Carolinian comedian whose ancestors emigrated from Ireland before and during the Great Famine, is also a Sunday school teacher at his hometown Catholic parish in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and three children.
A Jesuit priest, Father Jim Martin, often joins Colbert on his program, and has developed a unique role as a sort of “chaplain” to the Comedy Central audience. Thanks in large part to Colbert’s support, Father Martin has seen his ministry grow across television and the burgeoning “social media” platforms of Twitter and Facebook. Read more

Irish universities head to Boston to tout opportunities

By Ed Forry, April 1, 2014

At BC High on Sunday, April 6
By Ed Forry
Admissions officials from five Irish universities will be in Boston early this month to hold an open house to market the opportunities the schools offer to American students.
Education in Ireland will host a free admissions information event for students, parents, and high school college counselors from the greater Boston area, according to Kevin O’Brien of Enterprise Ireland, who said the event will provide “all you need to know” about studying at an Irish university.”
The session is set for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, April 6, at BC High on Morrissey Blvd. The admissions representatives will hail from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin City University, and University College Cork. Read more

For Boston and Ireland’s West, a better connection

By Ed Forry, February 27, 2014

By Ed Forry
Even as officials of Tourism Ireland count up the successes of last year’s promotion for “The Gathering Ireland/2013,” the island of Ireland government is gearing up for a new way to encourage North American visitors to put the Emerald Isle into their travel plans. The big tourism push this year centers around the designation of Limerick as Ireland’s “City of Culture Year.” This year alone, the city expects to be the venue for some 200 performances and exhibitions. Read more

Let’s make their dream for a Deer Island Irish Memorial come true

By Ed Forry, January 31, 2014

By Ed Forry
Dr. Bill and Rita O’Connell, longtime stalwarts of Boston’s Irish community, spent much of their life learning about “The Great Hunger,” the famine that ravaged Ireland in the middle of the 19th century. Many died from starvation, and many others sought to extend their lives by cramming into sailing ships to escape to America.
In Boston, some 25,000 Irish souls arrived in our harbor on the “coffin ships” between 1847 and 1849, and the city’s health officials steered the vessels to Deer Island, where the passengers were quarantined to prevent any communicable diseases from coming ashore. 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

JFK, Marty Walsh- strong, deep Irish ties with Boston

By Ed Forry, December 2, 2013

The ancestral bonds that will forever link the town of Boston with the Emerald Isle were in great evidence last month as Ireland’s citizenry and its media were riveted with two huge stories from our city’s Democratic politics.

The first, of course, was the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, an event that even today occasions spasms of tears from the Irish. In New Ross, where JFK had greeted his cousins just months before his death, a special commemoration was held on Nov. 22. Read more

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