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A couple who have spent decades helping Boston kids stay safe and achieve their dreams; a Catholic priest who ministers to the city’s most vulnerable; and a pioneering physician with roots in Dublin will be the honorees at this month’s Boston Irish Honors... Read more
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The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union will not result in a “hard border” between the Republic and Northern Ireland, either on land or sea. That was a key part of the message from Karen Bradley, the Noran pressure to eliminate any “back... Read more
Arts and entertainment
In today’s world of Facebook, dating apps, and rampant catfishing, it’s hardly a surprise when someone creates a fake profile online. What may be surprising is that the practice isn’t all that new. In Oscar Wilde’s 1895 play “The Importance of Being... Read more
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St. Augustine Chapel and Cemetery in South Boston began a year-long bicentennial celebration with a ceremony and Mass on Sept. 15. The cemetery, dedicated in December 1818, was the first Catholic burial ground in Boston, and the chapel is the oldest... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Gloucester native Emerald Rae has been singing for about as long as she has been fiddling, which is since childhood. But it’s only just now, she feels, that she has found her voice. A mainstay of the Greater Boston area’s Celtic/folk music scene for... Read more
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A sampling of Irish/Celtic and related events in Greater Boston for October: • Another busy month for The Burren Backroom series, beginning on Oct. 3 with a CD release concert by local sextet Night Tree. Its uniquely original material is centered on Irish... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The High Seas, “The High Seas” • One of the more captivating albums of recent years, not just for its content but also its context: Young performers hitting that sweet spot in presenting Irish music with skill, and respect for the tradition, and showing... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
For better or worse, Britain’s divorce from Europe and Ireland seems to be an unstoppable force. It remains to be seen if the separation will be a tragedy or a success. We may not know for many years, or until another European war breaks out. Of course it... Read more
BIR History
The tragic wrecking at sea of the Brig St. John 169 years ago is an event that resonates especially in 2018 with America tearing along its political, racial, ethnic, and religious seams. The catastrophe engulfed desperate Boston-bound immigrants off the... Read more
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So not one of the 11 GOP senators on the Judiciary Committee is “man” enough to question Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has alleged that federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her some 36 years ago. As of this writing, Senators Charles... Read more
From the Bench
By James W. Dolan In the rush to reform the criminal justice system by converting what some might view as petty offenses to civil infractions and dismissing cases to avoid the imposition of a criminal record, one must not overlook the role of a district... Read more
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Amidst a collection of texts and artifacts from past Irish generations, historians and fans of history gathered at Boston College’s Burns Library on September 20 to celebrate the launch of “The Cambridge History of Ireland,” the first volumes on the... Read more
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Some 220 guests attended the gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Sept. 14 in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel to celebrate this year’s recipients: the Boston based Homes of Donegal fundraising committee, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley,... Read more
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On Sun., Nov.18, Fenway Park will once again feature the Irish sport of hurling when four top teams from the Emerald Isle will engage in a day-long tournament featuring Clare, the reigning champion and current holder of the Players Champions Cup; Limerick... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Early on, New York City-based fiddler-composer-arranger Dana Lyn got the message that playing music was about more than, well, just playing music. “My classical violin teacher was all about interpretation and expression,” recalls Lyn, who will appear at... Read more
Traveling People
There is so much to enjoy when visiting Ireland and it’s always nice to remember your trip with a souvenir or two. But as seasoned travelers know, there is limited space and weight allowed in homebound suitcases and that could curb your urge to spend. I’... Read more
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Magdalen Restorative Justice Ex-Gratia Scheme Expression of Interest If you worked in the laundry of a ‘Magdalen’ institution while a resident in one of the adjoining institutions and would like to know if you might be entitled to benefits under the... Read more
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Here's the front page of this month's Boston Irish Reporter. The issue is now at news stands and Irish venues throughout Greater Boston and points north, south and west, and our hundreds of subscribers receive a hard printed copy delivered to their homes... Read more