Around the Town

BY SEAN SMITH After a one-year hiatus, the Irish Heritage Festival is set to return on Columbus Day weekend to Dorchester – in a new, albeit temporary, location. The free festival will take place on Sunday, October 13, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., with music and... Read more
Current and past All-Ireland senior champion and prize-winning musicians will perform at Waltham High School when the annual Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann “Echoes of Erin” North America tour makes its stop in the Boston area on Oct. 12. Throughout its more... Read more
Jane Richard: The Richard family— whose eight-year-old son Martin was killed in the Patriot’s Day bombing at the Boston Marathon— last month released this photo of seven-year-old Jane Richard, who is now using a prosthesis to replace part of her left leg... Read more
Aer Lingus has announced plans to expand round trip transatlantic service from Ireland to the US next year, including the addition of daily Boston flights to Shannon beginning on March 9, 2014. The airline announced the 2014 commencement of direct service... Read more
BY TOM MULVOY MANAGING EDITOR WATERVILLE, Ireland – “The wind is coming from the north and east, and that’s pretty unusual for us at this time of year,” said the fellow next to me on the putting green at the Waterville Golf Links at the southwest edge of... Read more
July marks a key moment for a man who had a huge impact on Boston and beyond BY PETER F. STEVENS BIR STAFF The date July 9, 2013, marks the 147th anniversary of an event that eventually pushed a remarkable Irishman to Boston. On that summer day in 1866,... Read more
Following are excerpts taken from the commencement address given by Mr. Enda Kenny TD, Prime Minister of Ireland, at Boston College on May 20: As leader of the people of Ireland, Munitir na hEireann, I’m honored to speak here today and be admitted to the... Read more
After 24 years as executive director of the organization she founded, Boston’s Irish International Immigrant Center, Sister Lena Deevy has stepped down. Her energetic and committed stewardship of the IIIC has been recognized by Ireland and America with... Read more
US, Canada help boost Irish tourism to healthy numbers More gains seen for 2013 as ‘Gathering’ takes hold BIR Staff More than one million people from the US and Canada – a 3 percent increase on the previous year – visited the island of Ireland in 2012... Read more
Charitable Irish to honor AFL-CIO’s John J. Sweeney at 276th anniversary dinner The Charitable Irish Society of Boston will welcome John J. Sweeney, president emeritus of the AFL-CIO, as its honored guest and keynote speaker at the society’s 276th... Read more
By Jackie Gentile Special to the BIR It can be difficult for those recovering from alcohol or drug abuse to find a place that not only welcomes them, but also helps them navigate their return to their community and their families. The Gavin Foundation in... Read more
The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) announced last month that after 24 years as executive director of the center, Sister Lena Deevy LSA has decided to step down from her day-to-day responsibilities, and to take up the role of executive... Read more
By Patrick E. O’Connor St. Stephen Church, circa 1960 The 150th anniversary of the establishment of St. Stephen Church on Hanover Street in the North End was remembered with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 23 with Auxiliary Bishop Robert F.... Read more
By Liam Ferrie Special to the BIR The O’Neill clan gathers with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin on September 6. Pictured, l-r: Michael O’Neill, Jr., grandson of Speaker O’Neill Thomas P. O’Neill III, son of Speaker O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Thomas P. O’... Read more
Announcing a very special event- Boston Irish Honors 2012 The Boston Irish Reporter, the region's leading chronicler of all things Irish-American, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary with a Celebratory Luncheon on Friday, October 19, 2012 in the main... Read more
Harrington’s Food and Spirits Where: 17 Water St., Wakefield When: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Began: 2005 Location isn’t necessarily a big consideration for session-goers – compared to concerns like “How many people will fit into the place?” or “Can you... Read more
From the Irish International Immigrant Center Q. I plan to make a couple of short business trips from Ireland to the US in the near future, to meet with contacts, attend an industry convention, and probably do some contract negotiation. Can I do this... Read more
John E. “Jack” Conway of Scituate, a noted realtor with a long history in eastern Massachusetts, died on July 23 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was 88. The loving husband of Patricia (Carroll) Conway, Mr. Conway was the founder and chairman of... Read more
Thomas Carty, Ireland’s reigning Junior Heavyweight boxing champion, visited relatives in Boston this summer and had a chance to train with some of our region’s finest during his visit. Carty, 16, is a member of the Dublin’s famed Corinthians Boxing Club... Read more
A column of news and updates of the Boston Celtic Music Fest (BCMFest), which celebrates the Boston area’s rich heritage of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton music and dance with a grassroots, musician-run winter music festival and other events during the year... Read more