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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
The bagpipes are getting closer, along with the dulcet tones of the Massachusetts political class, because the St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast is just a few weeks off. Set for the Flynn Cruiseport in the Seaport District on March 17, State Sen. Nick Collins... Read more
It’s that time of year again when St. Patrick’s Day—or month—rules the Boston calendar. Too often lost in the shuffle of local revelry are two milestones testifying that the Saint’s day is far more than an opportunity to let the Guinness and song reign.... Read more
Arguably the high-tide month for Celtic/Irish events in Greater Boston is here, with “A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn,” the Lúnasa-Natalie Merchant collaboration at The Wilbur, and Celtic Thunder member Colm Keegan’s appearance at the Irish Cultural... Read more
Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., was in Boston last month for a two-day program of consultations with the Irish diaspora in which he met with representatives of more than 20 Irish-American... Read more
Ireland’s Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., was in Boston last month for a two-day program of consultations with the Irish diaspora in which he met with representatives of more than 20 Irish-American... Read more
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
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
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
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
An ad hoc Irish Great Hunger Deer Island Memorial committee last month continued to plan for the installation of a Celtic Cross to memorialize the Famine-era Irish buried in unmarked graves on the island. The memorial stone, currently being cut in a... Read more
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum reopened Tuesday after being closed since December 22 due to the government shutdown. With federal funding cut off, the the Columbia Point facility saw its programming and activities suspended for over a... Read more
Steven Tolman, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, was presented with the World Peace Prize as a “Roving Ambassador for Peace” at a ceremony on Jan. 15 at Dorchester’s Florian Hall. Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, who founded the World Peace Prize in Seoul,... Read more
Family members and friends gathered on Dec. 2 in St. Brendan’s Church in Dorchester for a funeral Mass for Patrick “Patsy” Whelan, a popular figure in the Greater Boston Irish music scene for many years who died on Oct. 7. Mr. Whelan had been in ill... Read more

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