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It’s opening night for Disney’s “Aladdin” at The Boston Opera House. A distinguished looking gentleman with silver hair stands in the lobby with friends. Several thousand ticket holders pass by him, never realizing the subtle impact he’ll have on their... Read more
Around Town
The Catholic parishes of South Boston will join together in celebrating the rich history of St. Augustine Chapel & Cemetery beginning on Sept. 15, with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The chapel, now in the care of the Gate of... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Make no mistake: Christine Hatch, Aisling Keating, Melinda Kerwin, and Nancy Beaudette are grown-up women, with families and jobs and other adult stuff like that. But every so often, the four are happy just to be girls. Kelly Girls, that is. Based west of... Read more
BIR History
On Aug. 10, 1890, stunning news spread through Boston and across the nation: John Boyle O’Reilly was dead at the age of 46. During that summer, exhaustion had plagued this seemingly indefatigable man. While serving as a judge at the National Irish... Read more
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Superstar Irish accordionist and visionary Sharon Shannon’s return to The Burren Backroom series highlights this month’s offerings of Irish/Celtic music in the Greater Boston area (and vicinity). Shannon, who will play shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 7... Read more
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The dance artist Kieran Jordan returned recently from a week at the Willie Clancy summer school, a legendary Irish music and dance festival in Milltown Malaby in Co. Clare. It was a trip for herself, her husband Vincent Crotty, and 25 of her dance... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Medford native Eric McDonald, 31, has become one of the more prolific performers in the Boston and New England folk/traditional music scene. Now based in Portland, Me., McDonald – an accomplished guitarist, mandolinist and vocalist – has played in a duo... Read more
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Boston’s Irish Consulate has announced its next ‘First Friday’ Networking Breakfast on Friday 3rd August from 8am to 9am at the Consulate General of Ireland, Boston. Call in for coffee and connect with the Irish & Irish-American community. Stop by for... Read more
Publisher's Notes
At first, I thought, it was just a bad reaction to something I ate. It was Thursday night and I felt a little discomfort rattling around my stomach, then a bit higher near the left shoulder. It must have been that cheeseburger, I told myself, or maybe... Read more
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Marking the end of an era in local law enforcement, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans retired from the Boston force on July 30 to begin a new position as executive director of public safety at Boston College. Mayor Martin Walsh named a black... Read more
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Funeral services were held on July 20 at St. Theresa church in West Roxbury for Gobnait Conneely, who died on July 11 after a long illness. A native of Mervue in Galway, where as a young woman she was crowned “Miss Galway,” Ms. Conneely emigrated to... Read more
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As it tries to steady its ship amid myriad controversies, the Massachusetts State Police announced late last month that it is bringing former secretary of public safety and Boston Police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole on board as a management consultant. O... Read more
Around Town
Superstar Irish accordionist and visionary Sharon Shannon’s return to The Burren Backroom series highlights this month’s offerings of Irish/Celtic music in the Greater Boston area (and vicinity). Shannon, who will play shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. on Aug. 7... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY PETER F. STEVENS REPORTER STAFF For once, President Donald Trump has told the truth. He professes that nothing is more important to him than the proverbial “red, white, and blue.” That truth materialized as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin in... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Connla, “The Next Chapter” • The second full-length album from this young Northern Ireland quintet shows a band that has distilled numerous traits of the Irish folk revival: a bit of Flook here, some Moving Hearts there, traces of Solas, Lúnasa, perhaps... Read more
Traveling People
BY JUDY ENRIGHT SPECIAL TO THE BIR Summertime is fun time, especially in Ireland. Every visitor can find something fun and something of interest when the weather is fine and the cities and towns are bustling and bursting with activities, events, and... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
BY JOE LEARY SPECIAL TO THE BIR For several years now most Americans have been disappointed by a federal government in Washington that features constant bickering, outlandish statements from all sides, little being done to correct such problems as a... 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
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
Traveling People
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
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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