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This Enniskillen hotel is definitely not just another run-of-the-mill accommodation. A magnificent and imposing structure, Manor House Country Hotel sits atop a rise and greets you at the end of a sweeping drive. The friendly front desk staff welcomes you... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
The United States of America is the most powerful country on earth. Our economy is doing very well, there are plenty of jobs for all who want to work, and our military is by far the strongest of all nations. We are the most desirable country in the world... Read more
BIR History
This month marks the 155th anniversary of a controversial and violent chapter in Boston’s annals. In July 1863, in the middle of the Civil War, the city’s Irish ignited draft riots when they rose up in rage against the class and ethnic unfairness of the... Read more
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The GoFundMe campaign to assist Irish dancer Kieran Joran continues to grow, with 389 donations totaling more than $32,000 in little over five weeks. Donations may be made online at this address: https://www.gofundme.com/kieran-jordan039s-healing-fund In... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry The Boston business leader John Cullinane has long been a force in Democratic politics hereabouts. A longtime ally of Sen. Ted Kennedy, John and his wife Diddy hosted a reception here for the senator and Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams. And in 2008,... Read more
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“Every day it feels like I’ve run three marathons.” That’s how Katie Kelly O’Donnell describes the extreme exhaustion, physical and mental, that she has to cope with every day. “It’s hard to explain,” she says. “I’ve actually run a marathon before, and I’... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Reagle Music Theater in Waltham continues its 50th anniversary season with the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes,” which will be playing from July 5 to July 15. Set on a luxury liner sailing from New York to London, the breezy, tap-dancing spectacular... Read more
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Inwood Street is a classic Dorchester side street, densely packed with three-deckers, but still somewhat insulated from the bustle and bus traffic of the Bowdoin Street business district a block away. Kevin Chapman no longer lives here, but Inwood is... Read more
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In addition to Summer BCMFest [see separate story], this month also will see the annual New Bedford Folk Festival (July 7 and 8), which regularly features Irish/Celtic and related music. Among this year’s performers are Newfoundland guitarist-vocalist... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Where music is concerned, the Irish music trio Open the Door for Three – Maine-based spouses Liz Knowles (fiddle) and Kieran O’Hare (uilleann pipes, flute, whistle) and their friend, Irish-born Chicagoan Pat Broaders (bouzouki, vocals) – takes it... Read more
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The title of the new book – “The Man Who Was Never Knocked Down” – pretty much captures the spirited life of its main character, the Irish American boxer and onetime world championship contender, Sean Mannion. On Sat., June 23, an overflow gathering... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
When is a cake not a cake? When it becomes a matter of conscience or freedom of religion. The refusal of a Colorado baker to make (or create) a cake for a same sex marriage does not rise to that level. But even if it did, that does not outweigh the... Read more
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Some two dozen members of the Charitable Irish Society gathered for lunch at the Harvard Club of Boston on Mon., June 25, at an appreciation luncheon for outgoing Society president Christopher Duggan and his assistant, Hilda Landry. Incoming society... Read more
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Two youth soccer teams from Dorchester will travel to Northern Ireland next month to compete in an international tournament in Derry where they compete with teams from England, Ireland, Finland, Germany, and Africa, to name a few. In total, 34 youngsters... Read more
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Q. I received a green card valid for two years, based on my marriage to a US citizen. I see that the card is due to expire in a few months. What do I do now? A. Your two-year permanent residence (as opposed to green cards good for ten years in other... Read more
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BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF Courtesy of President Donald Trump and willing and blindly unwitting supporters, the Arsenal of Democracy crumbles daily into the Abyss of Autocracy. Those red-and-white “MAGA” caps stand less for “Make America Great Again”... Read more
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The Cambridge Public Library was the location on June 14 for a presentation by William Henry, an author, archaeologist and preeminent historian of Galway Ireland. Henry gave an illustrated lecture consisting of an overview of Galway based on some of his... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Have you ever had itchy feet? Nearly 30 years ago, James Kearney, an accountant, did and the result is a boon to those who visit Viewmount House in Co. Longford. In 1989, Kearney, who was tired of working with numbers... Read more