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Matt and Shannon Heaton, Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, and Katie McNally, long-time performers in the Boston-area Irish/Celtic music scene, will be among the artists at the inaugural Wintery Weekend Festival, which will be held in virtual format Dec. 4-6... Read more
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A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Returns! While we can’t join you in person this year, we are putting together a very special event to help bring some light to your home this December. December 15-20, 2020 Virtual Event For 17 years, our presentation of A... Read more
Arts and entertainment
Right from the beginning, the idea behind Christmas Celtic Sojourn was to make audiences feel as if they were enjoying the Celtic-flavored celebration of the holiday season in the comfort of their own home - even if they were sitting inside a theater,... Read more
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Aer Lingus says it welcomes changes on entry to Ireland from US and CanadaAer Lingus welcomes the revisions by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the testing regime which will reduce restrictions for passengers travelling from North... Read more
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Boston, Mass. (November 17, 2020) — For the first time, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry will offer two full-tuition scholarships for religious educators or pastoral ministers from Ireland who are accepted to and enroll in its hybrid... Read more
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Traveling People
To paraphrase a well-known saying, we say “Go North, young man, go North.” Beautiful Northern Ireland tends to be overlooked by too many travelers and more’s the pity because there’s so much to see and do there. THE NORTH If you head north out of Dublin,... Read more
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Michael Maloney likes to describe his Irish/Celtic band the Boston Harbor Bhoys as “a Venn diagram.” As Maloney explains, he and his band mates – Eddie Biggins and son Ryan – each tend to favor a specific subset of Irish music: For Maloney, it’s the brand... Read more
BIR History
Arriving in Cork, 175 years ago, Frederick Douglass was greeted with a song, whose refrain rang 'Céad Míle Fáilte to the Stranger, Free from Bondage, Chains & Danger'. Today we reaffirm that welcome with 'Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!' an@aaidnetwork... Read more
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The New England traditional folk music duo Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy managed a nice bit of symmetry earlier this year: They released their new album, “Golden,” right around their silver wedding anniversary. Of course, Tracy acknowledges, that’s not how... Read more
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Pat Broaders, “Pat Broaders” • Until this year, Broaders would surely have been at or near the top of any “It’s Really Time He/She Made a Solo Album” list. The Dublin native and now ensconced Chicagoan has long been acclaimed as a first-rate singer of... Read more
BIR History
 The brief meeting was one of titans. One was a Black abolitionist and escaped slave on the rise, the other an aging, legendary statesman dubbed Ireland’s “Liberator.” A mythic description of the moment that Frederick Douglass and Daniel O’Connell crossed... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
Sedition. That is the legal word for the crime against democracy that Donald Trump and his knock-kneed co-conspirators in Congress appear to be staging in a desperate grasp at control of the White House. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were duly elected last... Read more
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The bronze statue of President John Kennedy on a little-used corner of the State House lawn will soon take a stroll back into the limelight. Portrayed in mid-stride with one hand at his jacket pocket, Kennedy has stood since 1990 on the plaza in front of... Read more
BostonIrish feature story
The dolphin, who is believed to have turned up in Dingle’s harbor 37 years ago and became a global tourist attraction, hasn’t been seen for two weeks. Locals are coming to terms with the fact that Fungie may never return. Read the story from the NY Times... Read more
Traveling People
If you have traveled through Ireland but haven’t been to Northern Ireland, you are missing a lot. Your next trip should definitely include a tour up to the North, which is absolutely beautiful, with rugged mountains, picturesque harbors, fascinating... Read more
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Q.  I recently filed an application to adjust my immigration status to legal permanent residence, based on my marriage to a US citizen.  We have not yet heard from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about an interview with them to decide my... Read more
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At Rian Immigrant Center we have always been very proud of our Learning Exchange Programs. These have created so many life changing opportunities for thousands of young Irish students and graduates. Our programs have confronted and overcome many... Read more
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The Coronas, “True Love Waits” • Sure, go ahead and crack jokes about The Most Dubious Band Name of 2020 – no doubt The Coronas have heard them all. In fact, one of its members, guitarist Danny O’Reilly, was quoted as saying, “I’d swap ‘The Coronas’ with... Read more
Boston Irish Commentary
My father was a carpenter and my mother a secretary. Neither had any experience of university other than they believed in higher education and encouraged me to grab the opportunity. And so, I did, starting in 1974 upon entering University College Dublin... Read more
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Curtin Home Care, Inc. (CHC) is Boston, Massachusetts' premiere private Home Care Agency. Our professional services are highly personalized and staffed by carefully selected and screened personnel. We employ a wide range of medical staff including RN's,... Read more
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Mike Sheehan found himself in a quandary a few years back. As he approached his 60th year, still able-bodied and holding a resume packed with major-league accomplishments, he was unemployed and at sixes and sevens as to what to do next. Not used to that... Read more
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Stephen Puleo Voyage of Mercy St. Martin’s Press 303 pages    By John Duff A disease appears and quickly wreaks havoc on all it reaches.  Governments situated to respond to the plight of their citizens do so slowly and ineffectively. News of the plight... Read more
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Q.  I have just been granted permanent resident status in the US. Can you give a summary of my rights and responsibilities regarding such issues as travel abroad, reentering the US, losing my green card, and registering for service in the armed forces... Read more
Publisher's Notes
By Ed Forry This terrible pandemic has caused havoc in everyone’s lives. People don’t go to the office anymore. Children don’t go to school. Six months in, many small businesses remain closed, too many have closed down, many gone forever.  Sunday Masses... Read more
From the Bench
by James W . DolanBoston Irish columnist Once upon a time there was a far distant land where people enjoyed periods of relative strife and harmony. For the most part, the citizens were able to adapt to the variables so much a part of a diverse country.... Read more
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Dublin - O'Connell Street live camDublin, view of O'Connell Street and the Spire from Flanagans Restaurant- Check out the Activity and the Weather It's Live Right Now from Ireland's Capital City Link: https://www.skylinewebcams.com/en/webcam/ireland/... Read more
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Q. I’m a US citizen who is engaged to be married to a man from Ireland.  He is there now and we want to live in the US after we’re married.  Can he just come here as a visitor on the 90-day visa waiver, get married, and apply for a green card?  Or can we... Read more
Traveling People
      At the moment, we are in isolation because of COVID-19, but this virus can’t stop us from dreaming. In fact, this is a perfect time to sit down and dream up your next adventure in Ireland.       CASTLE HOTELS Some say a hotel is just a place to... 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
Publisher's Notes
I sat spellbound in my home this week, watching and listening to this extraordinary documentary about  Liam O'Flynn, the magnificent Irish Uilleann piper and Irish traditional musician. A founding member of the Irish trad group Planxty, O'Flynn recorded... Read more
Arts and entertainment
The organizers reached out in an email on Sunday, March 22: On what would have been the closing day of this year's festival, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all of the kind messages we have received since we announced the postponement... Read more
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Tourism Ireland has created a new online film showcasing the charming towns and villages to be found right around the island of Ireland – which make the perfect base for our overseas visitors.Titled "The island of Ireland’s towns and villages", Tourism... Read more