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On June 16th , bard Sean Tyrrell will be at the ICC for a show in story & song on the life & times of John Boyle O’Reilly. John Boyle O’Reilly has a very strong connection to Boston, once he reached American he settled in Boston and is buried in... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR Lindsay Crouse comes from theatrical royalty. The Oscar-nominated actress and educator is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Russel Crouse. From 1935 to 1962, Mr. Crouse and his writing partner, Howard... 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
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR Boston will be seeing quite a bit of Brattleboro-based traditional singer and musician Keith Murphy this month, and in three different contexts. On June 1, he’ll be accompanying American-Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel and... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The arrival of warm weather is a time for festivals and other outdoor performances – such as the Irish Cultural Centre of New England’s Boston Irish Festival [see separate story] – that feature Irish/Celtic music. Here is a look at some events in greater... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
“You just call on me… when you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on.” – “Lean on Me,” composed by Bill Withers. One of our town’s most treasured artists, the Irish dancer Kieran Jordan, has discovered the meaning of that sentiment from Bill Withers... Read more
Around Town
Oyster Harbors Golf Tournament to benefit MGH’s Durant Fellowship The annual Thomas S. Durant, MD, golf tournament is set for Mon., June 18, at the elegant Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville on the Cape. There’ll be a shotgun start at 1 pm. The tournament... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITHLúnasa, “Cas” • They could have just released seven of the 12 tracks on this album and thoroughly delighted most, if not all, of the Lúnasa fan base. But as befits a band that for more than 20 years has continually moved ahead instead of... Read more
From the Bench
BY JAMES W. DOLAN SPECIAL TO THE REPORTER The controversial firing and rehiring of the US House chaplain Father Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest, has generated much discussion over the last few weeks. Some members and commentators have questioned whether... Read more
Around Town
BY BILL FORRY EDITOR Dorchester native Lawrence O’Donnell’s philanthropic efforts to supply desks and chairs to young students in the African nation of Malawi earned him UNICEF USA’s Children’s Champion Award last month during the organization’s annual... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Irish-American sycophants in step with ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF The stench of corruption has spread across the United States from Washington where The Potomac Swamp has swelled into President Trump’s Lagoon, and as our... Read more
Around Town
Mayor Martin Walsh returned to Ireland last month for a five-day visit, his second international trip as mayor, during which he received several ceremonial awards and participated in the unveiling of Kilkerrin Rock. The son of parents from Connemara,... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY JOE LEARY SPECIAL TO THE BIR For most Americans, the British vote to leave the European Union is not a daily concern. Or even a concern at all. But the vote by British citizens to leave Europe is requiring complex new agreements between the leaders of... Read more
BIR History
Immigrant Col. Thomas Cass and his fellow Boston Irishmen proved they would readily fight and die to protect the union BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF In American military annals, “the Fighting 69th” New York Regiment is steeped in legend. Comprised... Read more