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BY R. J. DONOVAN SPECIAL TO THE BIR The philosopher George Santayana warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Hub Theatre Company of Boston is launching its seventh season this month with Helen Edmundson’s “The Clearing,” a... Read more
Arts and entertainment
BY SEAN SMITH Tommy Fitzharris and Dónal McCague, “The Bank of Turf” – Fitzharris is an All-Ireland flute (and concertina) champion from Co. Laois; McCague is a fiddler from Co. Monaghan whose credits include appearances on the album “Our Dear Dark... Read more
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Marcia Palmater is dead at 80 BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR Boston lost one of its foremost Celtic music connoisseurs recently, with the passing of longtime radio broadcaster Marcia Young Palmater on February 9. She was 80. Ms. Palmater shared her love... Read more
Traveling People
By Judy Enright Special to the BIR Is there a truer (or cuter) sign of spring in Ireland than the fluffy young lambs that run, jump, and frolic in the emerald green fields? It’s a sure sign of the new year and rebirth of the world after an often long,... Read more
Breaking News
BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF Orders for sackcloth and ashes must be going through the proverbial roof. Democrats’ D-Day, Deliverance Day, based on the premise that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would raze the House of Trump with undeniable proof that... Read more
Around Town
BY SEAN SMITH SPECIAL TO THE BIR Appearances by distinguished performers with lengthy and accomplished careers are a staple of Irish/Celtic events in Greater Boston/Eastern Massachusetts, and these next several weeks are no exception. •Kevin Burke, one of... Read more
Around Town
Patrick Radden Keefe grew up in the heart of Boston’s Irish community— the Adams Corner section of Dorchester. His dad Frank— whose great-grandparents were immigrants from Donegal—was a regular at the Eire Pub. But despite the name and pedigree, Keefe... Read more
Around Town
Michael Shea, 55, at right, was raised in the small Western Massachusetts town of Blandford before graduating from Stonehill College in 1985.  After obtaining a law degree, he practiced in Boston until moving to Ireland with his wife Margaret (a native of... Read more
Arts and entertainment
‘The Infinite Dark’ on tap at Boston College April 4 )A fascinating union of song, music, poetry, and story-telling – with influences from Irish, Scots, and European folklore and tradition – is to be found in “The Infinite Dark,” a project centered on... Read more