Around the Town

The sixth Dorchester Irish Heritage Festival, a Columbus Day Weekend fixture and the very model of a neighborhood event, will take place on Sun., Oct. 9, at the crossroads of Florian Hall (55 Hallet Street) and the John McKeon Post AmVets 146 (4 Hilltop... Read more
A panel moderated by Kevin Cullen (left) of the Boston Globe discussed Irish identity 100 years after the Easter Rising on Tuesday at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate in Dorchester. A discussion about the cultural identity of the Irish... Read more
A former United States senator, the region’s newest Irish American CEO and his wife, and a pioneering Boston Irish family will be the honorees at this month’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon, the season’s premier celebration of Irish-American achievement in... Read more
The Dropkick Murphys will host an Irish Festival at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Guilford, NH, on Sat., Sept. 17. The event will feature two stages of music with James Fearnley of The Pogues, Blood or Whiskey from Dublin, Old Brigade and more.... Read more
A former United States Senator, the region’s newest Irish American CEO, and a pioneering Boston Irish family will be the honorees at next month’s Boston Irish Honors luncheon, the season’s premier celebration of Irish-American achievement in Massachusetts... Read more
September is the month for Irish Festivals in the Greater Boston area. In addition to the Dropkick Murphys festival in New Hampshire, the BIR is looking forward to raising a pint at the South Shore Irish Festival on Sept 10 and 11 at the Marshield... Read more
Hy-Brasil: Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) America (detail) Amsterdam, [between 1609 to 1633] Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library Beginning in the 14th Century, a curious island located off the coast of Ireland was recorded on official... Read more
Brookline, MA - John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service on Thursday, August 25, 2016 with special programming and events. President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the National Park System... Read more
A Gathering in Donegal: Kerryman Mark Lyons, the bus driver assigned to Cardinal O’Malley’s pilgrimage tour to Knock last month, made this photo in Donegal at Grainan of Aileach ring fort overlooking Lough Swilly. Waving hello are pilgrims from New... Read more
Michael Geraghty, who hails from the small village of Kilsheelan, on the Tipperary/Waterford border, obtained his bachelor degree in structural engineering at Cork Institute of Technology. He first learned about the J-1 Intern Work & Travel (J-1 IWT... Read more
LONDON – Britain wants to find a “practical solution’’ to ensure there will be no new border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland when the UK leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on July 25 in Belfast.... Read more
Joe Derrane relaxing at his home in Randolph in 2010. Sean Smith photo By Sean Smith, Special to BIR Accordionist Joe Derrane, a beloved figure from the golden age of Boston’s Irish dance halls whose musical career experienced a revival during the 1990s... Read more
By GRIFFIN CONNOLLY Special to the BIR The National Parks of Boston unveiled and dedicated a replica cannon brought to Dorchester Heights from Fort Ticonderoga during the 1776 Siege of Boston in a ceremony last month. The cannon, resting atop a six-and-a-... Read more
By PETER F. STEVENS BIR Staff Early on the steamy afternoon of July 14, 1863, the worst riot in Boston’s annals erupted, a melee was sparked by Irish immigrants’ fury at the class and ethnic unfairness of the nation’s first Conscription Act, which allowed... Read more
“The ICC in Canton will host a number of concerts this summer and fall,” says Maudy Dooher, director of Programming & Membership. “Following on the heels of a fantastic Irish festival we will have Emish appear on July 15 for a great night of Irish... Read more
The Friends of Irish Research will present The School of Irish Genealogy at the Irish Cultural Centre on June 25 at 1 p.m. Richard Reid will discuss advanced methods on the genealogy search tool FamilySearch, and Robert Murphy will talk about dual... Read more
Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican, was honored at the harbor’s Black Falcon facility last month with the unveiling of a life-sized mural depicting him overlooking Boston’s waterfront. The artwork was created by children... Read more
Dorchester’s newest restaurant, the Lower Mills Tavern, will officially open its doors next week, just in time for Dorchester Day. It’s worth the wait. The Reporter was given a chance to peek inside and sample a beer or two during a private, pre-opening... Read more
The Irish Cultural Center of Western New England will hold its fifteenth Lá na Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) on Sat., May 7, at Elms College, Chicopee, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be an opportunity for those with an interest in the Irish language... Read more
The Irish Cultural Centre will announce this month that it has entered into a licensing contract with a private company to build a “Ropes Course” with ten “tree trails” on a portion of the centre’s 46-acre campus in Canton. The outdoor activities course... Read more