Publisher's Notes

by Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher Daniel Mulhall became Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the US in August 2017. A native of Co. Waterford, he holds degrees in modern Irish history from University College Cork. He is a 43-year veteran of Ireland’s Dept of... Read more
After 20 months of severe restrictions due to Covid-19, the island of Ireland is getting ready to welcome tourists and other visitors back, Ireland’s top diplomat to America said this week. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with the Reporter on Monday... Read more
By Ed Forry,  Boston Irish Publisher   Saturday night, June 12, was a very unusual night for me, an evening of a new-found sense of freedom. It was only a few days after Gov. Charlie Baker had sounded the all-clear signal beginning June 15 for the state... Read more
Boston Irish Honors Luncheon XI –  Save the Date Oct 29, 2021   There may be an in-person Irish celebration this year in our town after all! is now making arrangements to resume hosting our 11th Annual  Boston Irish Honors luncheon at ... Read more
By Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher Officials of Tourism Ireland hosted a wide-ranging online conversation about tourism in Ireland, even as the hard-hit hospitality and travel sector in Ireland continues to hemorrhage after twelve months of a complete... Read more
by Ed Forry Boston Irish Publisher The traditional gatherings for Thanksgiving were only distant memories this year, as the need for enforced isolation was cause for a certain level of melancholy. Although we could not be together on Thanksgiving Day, I... Read more
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
by Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher Last week, when I early voted in the upcoming  Democratic primary election, I cast my vote to re-elect Ed Markey as our United States Senator. Senator Markey has been a shining light on any number of issues during his... Read more
by Ed ForryBoston Irish Publisher One of Greater Boston’s leading philanthropies is reaching out to non-profit within the broader Irish community to apply for grants to support their efforts. The Woburn based Cummings Foundation plans to disburse $25... Read more
Just in- June 4,2020, 1:00 pmJoseph E. Corcoran, a Dorchester native, devoted philantrhopist and developer who transformed the Columbia Point peninsula, has died at age 84. According to his family, Mr. Corcoran died at his home surrounded by children and... Read more
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
You have in your hands (or rather, on your screen) the inaugural edition of a new publication that’s all about the community bearing that name.  I am not sure what term fits best to describe this new venture. It’s designed to be a magazine, but it’s... Read more
BY ED FORRY Congressman Richie Neal, the Democrat who now chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Commit-tee, took up a number of matters when he spoke at a New England Council breakfast at the Seaport Hotel last month. Joking that “there’s not much... Read more
By Ed Forry Ten years ago, when we first gathered with some friends and advisors to discuss how to sponsor an annual luncheon featuring stories drawn from Boston’s large Irish community, we had a central idea in mind: We hoped to honor the remarkable... Read more
By Ed Forry IRELAND – I made that long-awaited trip to Ireland last month, spending 12 days on the Emerald Isle, most of it along the Wild Atlantic Way, all of it in the west. The weather in Ireland held up as expected: some rain, some sun, and lots of... Read more
I watched a wonderful video on Facebook that showed our friend Kieran Jordan dancing in full form at last month’s 25th annual Catskills Irish Festival. I was really pleased to see it and felt very encouraged to see how she had responded to her illness.... Read more
By Ed Forry Over the years, dear reader, I have used this space to ask you the question, “Is this the year to take a trip to Ireland, the home of your ancestors, to discover what you can of your Irish roots?” The upcoming year will mark the 30th... Read more
by Ed Forry BIR Publisher It was a grand night on April 27 at Boston’s Seaport Hotel as several hundred guests applauded Kathy O’Toole, the recipient of the Eire Society of Boston’s 2019 Gold Medal Award. A native of Pittsfield, she was born Kathleen... Read more
BY ED FORRY The Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987 to help the transition to American life for a then-burgeoning wave of young Irish immigrants. A 501(C)(3) non-profit funded in part by grants from the Irish government, the IPC is housed in part of... Read more
By Ed Forry The month of March is always a busy one on the Boston Irish social scene, and the last week of the month featured a showcase of Irish traditional music, song, and dance highlighting the city of Limerick. Our city was visited by representatives... Read more


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