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With January marking the dawn of another year, this seems a great time to share some of Ireland’s many special attributes and attractions. That’s easy enough to say, but it’s very difficult to compress all that Ireland offers into one column. Instead we’... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Highlighting January’s area Irish/Celtic events is the 16th annual Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which takes place Jan. 17-20 in Harvard Square. In addition to spotlighting many performers with ties to Greater Boston, the festival will welcome... Read more
Around Town
A view from the site on Der Island, where a Celtic Cross will soon be installed (photo courtesy Mike Carneyy
BY ED FORRY BIR PUBLISHER Plans to establish a monument in Boston Harbor to memorialize some 850 Irish who sought refuge in the mid-19th century only to die in quarantine on Deer Island within sight of the city are nearing completion with a formal... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Karan Casey has long been a heart-on-her-sleeve type of person, whether she’s singing or speaking, and this past year has seen her do plenty of both. One of Ireland’s most high-profile female singers of the past two decades, a co-founder of groundbreaking... Read more
BIR History
As we bid adieu to 2018, a pair of Irish-Americans were saying their goodbyes to the denizens of the political fever swamp that is Washington D.C. Soon to be a former speaker of the House, Paul Ryan chose to slink out of town with his reputation in... Read more
BIR History
As a teenager interested in history overall, and Irish history in particular, I used to pester my father, born a subject of an English king on the island of Ireland in the first decade of the 20th century, about what life was like for him in Oughterard, a... Read more
Publisher's Notes
by ED FORRY Old friend Bill O’Donnell checked in by phone from his home in Rhode Island just before Christmas. For more than two decades, Bill was a stalwart in these pages, and his monthly column, erudite and informed, was always a joy. His insightful... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Kevin Burke, “An Evening with Kevin Burke” • Burke surely needs no introduction, but his introductions might. Fortunately, for those who have never experienced him in a live setting, this album spotlights both his musical and public speaking talents. Of... Read more
Arts and entertainment
There’s something about the phrase “between the earth and sky” that really works for the Dublin quartet Lankum – which will make its Boston-area debut Jan. 11 at Club Passim in Harvard Square – and not just because that’s the name of their most recent... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Most artists spend a lifetime perfecting their craft. But whether someone is an actor, singer, dancer, writer, designer, or painter, he or she may not be completely comfortable in maneuvering the business side of the arts. Longtime arts administrator... Read more
Around Town
Family members and friends gathered on Dec. 2 in St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester for a funeral Mass for Patrick “Patsy” Whelan, a popular figure in the Greater Boston Irish music scene for many years who died on Oct. 7. Mr. Whelan had been in ill... Read more
Around Town
One of Dorchester’s throwback barrooms— the Dot Tavern— suddenly went dark at the beginning of November. But fans of the vintage watering hole should not hit the panic button. At least, not just yet. Doug George, the Dorchester resident and real estate... Read more
From the Bench
By James W. Dolan We need to be tethered to something larger than ourselves. Without connections to people, places, principles, and purpose, things, and ideas lofty and compelling, we are left adrift in a tumultuous sea struggling just to stay afloat. As... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" From “The New Colossus,” by Emma... Read more
Around Town
Casey McElmeel at Boston's Irish Consulate has shared information about an expansion of the online passport renewal service. In addition to online passport renewals, the expanded online service will now permit: 1) Online renewal of a child’s... Read more
Traveling People
If you have ever visited the magical, mystical Burren in Co. Clare, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there’s nearly as much going on in places beneath the karst landscape as there is above ground. DOOLIN CAVE One such place is just north of... Read more