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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Comhaltas Boston Chapter Celebrates 40 Years of Music at Irish Cultural Centre on Sunday, October 23

The Boston chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CEE Boston) is celebrating its 40th anniversary from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2016 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door. The festivities included continuous music by the CCE Boston Ceili Band and other special guests, along with set dancing and step dancing.

The Boston chapter was launched in 1975 by Irish fiddler Larry Reynolds, accordionist Billy Caples, radio host John Curran and Pat and Mary Barry, as a way of preserving Irish traditional music, dance and culture in the New England region.

At first the branch activities were held at the VFW Hall in Allston, before moving to the Canadian American Club in Watertown, where activities continue today.

Today the Boston chapter is called the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch, in honor of three of Boston’s most important traditional musicians.  Find out more about CCE Boston here

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Derry Native Richard Moore, Founder of Children in Crossfire, Speaks at the Irish Cultural Centre on Friday, October 21

On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England is welcoming Richard Moore, a native of Derry and founder of Children in Crossfire, an international agency that helps children around the world caught in conflict and war.

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

When Moore was 10 years old, a British soldier fired a rubber bullet from ten feet away, blinding Moore for life.  Rather than harbor bitterness, Moore became a lifelong advocate for compassion and forgiveness.

The Dali Lama called Moore, "an indomitable spirit, a real practitioner of compassion, and a living example of peace.  He is my hero." 

Children in Crossfire works in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ireland and the UK, supporting early childhood development, education and children's rights.

For year round Irish events in greater Boston, visit

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Irish Pastoral Centre's Annual Banquet on October 29 Honors Mary (O'Malley) Walsh of Galway and Dorchester

The Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston is honoring Mary Walsh at its annual fundraising banquet, taking place at 6:30 p.m.  on Saturday., October . 29 at Florian Hall in Dorchester. 
Mrs. Walsh is the mother of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Born in the small Gaelic speaking village of Rosmuc, County Galway, Mary emigrated to the United States in the 1950s, settling in Norwood with relatives.  She met her husband-to-be, John Walsh, at the Intercolonial Dance Hall on Dudley Street in Roxbury.  They married in 1965 and made their home in Dorchester, where they raised their two sons, Martin and John. 
Tickets to the annual fundraiser are $100, and can be purchased online.  Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.  

Popular Irish traditional band Devri is performing. 
Since 1987, the Irish Pastoral Centre has been a beacon for generations of Irish immigrants settled in the Boston area.  It provides a variety of spiritual, cultural and social guidance for the community, with an emphasis on family and senior support.  Find out more about the Irish Pastoral Centre
Read this story on the Irish Pastoral Centre's 25th anniversary
For more on Boston's Irish community, visit

Saturday, October 1, 2016

JFK Library Presents Author Larry Tye to Discuss his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, on October 5

On Wednesday, October 6, 2016, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is presenting award-winning journalist and author Larry Tye to discuss his new book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.  

Former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara moderates.

The conversation takes place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library, and is free to the public.  Registration is suggested.

A former Boston Globe reporter, Larry Tye has written several books, including a biography on baseball great Satchel Paige.

The event is part of the Kennedy Library Forum, a series of public affairs programs throughout the year that foster public discussion topics of historical, political and cultural relevance to the JFK Library.

Find profiles of other Kennedy family members and associations from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

For information about Boston's Irish community, visit

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Presents "100 Years of Freedom: Ireland Then and Now" on September 27

EMK Institute at Columbia Point 

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, in collaboration with the Irish Consulate in Boston and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at Maynooth University in Ireland, presents a program titled '100 Years of Freedom: Ireland Then and Now.'

It takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27 at the EMK Institute at Columbia Point in Dorchester.  Admission is free but registration is required.   Here are directions and parking instructions

Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern is delivering the keynote address. Other participants include Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Director of “Rethinking Conflict,” former Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, and Professor Robert Savage of Boston College.  Kevin Cullen of The Boston Globe is moderator.

The conversation will focus on Irish cultural identity after the 1916 rebellion as well as the current state of the Ireland-US relationship, particularly in Boston.  

For a local perspective of the 1916 rebellion, read Boston and the Irish Rising, published in Irish America Magazine in March 2016. 

For year round information on the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit

Sunday, September 18, 2016

South Boston Vietnam Memorial Re-Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, September 18

Twenty-five South Boston military soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation during the Vietnam War are being honored today at a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the South Boston Vietnamese Memorial.

Activities include a 10:30 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. Brigid’s Church, located at 845 East Broadway, followed by a re-dedication ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor Park, which is located at M Street Park in South Boston

Special guests include Medal of Honor recipients Tom Kelley, Barney Barnum and Ryan Pitts.

Former US Senator James H. Webb, Jr., a decorated Vietnam Veteran, is the guest speaker.  Webb has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy-award winning journalist and a filmmaker, and is the author of 10 books.

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, former US Ambassador and Mayor Ray Flynn and other local officials are also attending, including US Congressman Steven Lynch, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty.

Here is a statement from the memorial committee Facebook page:

“Thirty-Fifth years ago, the promise we made to the Twenty-Five of our fallen friends and to the community as a whole, were realized. The people of South Boston were among the very first to recognize the sacrifice the Vietnam Veterans made in the name of freedom. We will forever be proud of this.

“The people of South Boston built that monument. Building it, however, was only half of the pledge we made to ourselves. The other half is inscribed across the face of the memorial: If you forget my death, then I died in vain.”

Read more about the South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including a list of the 25 South Boston soldiers who lost their lives.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Irish balladeer Andy Irvine at the Burren Pub on September 21

Singer Andy Irvine, an iconic figure in Irish traditional music, is performing in concert at the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.  Ticket information here.

A founding member of Sweeney's Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, Irvine is a gifted ensemble player, but is best known or his exquisite vocal interpretations of folk songs that resonate as both traditional and contemporary expressions.

Here is a full schedule of upcoming concerts at the Burren Pub.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities, visit