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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mayor Walsh Leads a Video Tour of the Mayor's Office at City Hall for Boston Herald

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave a video tour of the Mayor's Office on the 5th floor of City Hall, to Erica Corsano of the Boston Herald.

Among the treasures of his office:

. The desk of James Michael Curley, a handcrafted masterpiece made without nails.  "The woodwork is incredible," Walsh says, adding, "It's all hand-carved."

. The view, overlooking Faneuil Hall and beyond that, Boston Harbor.

. His Expresso coffee machine in the anteroom.

. A digital dashboard, which shows the metrics of the City at any given time, including social media traffic, data about senior services, and the Mayor's Hotline.

Other items spotted in the tour include a license plate with the word Walsh, and an Irish road sign that reads Ros muc, 3 1/2.

The coolest part of the Mayor's job?  "Just being able to help people," Walsh says.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

US State Department Names former Senator Gary Hart as US Envoy to Northern Ireland

US Secretary of State John Kerry named former Colorado Senator Gary Hart as the new representative for Northern Ireland issues.   Kerry said Hart will play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role."

In a statement released on October 21, 2014, Secretary Kerry said, "I've asked Senator Hart to support the parties in Northern Ireland as they enter a new round of talks to achieve a lasting peace. We welcome these new talks, supported by the United Kingdom and Ireland. I am confident Senator Hart will help the parties strengthen the institutions and economy of Northern Ireland, as well as reinvigorate efforts to promote a shared society. Our Consul General in Belfast Greg Burton will serve as Senator Hart’s deputy for his Northern Ireland work. Senator Hart expects to visit Belfast before the end of the month."  

Here is the full statement

Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and long time supporter of peace and justice in a united Ireland, said, "Gary Hart is a long time friend. He is an idealist. When he believes in a cause, he fights to get it done. Great call John." 

Father Sean McManus, founder of the Irish National Caucus and long-time authority on Northern Ireland, applauded the appointment, saying, “I hope he can nudge all the parties in Northern Ireland along a progressive path. Most of all,  I hope  he can convince the two sovereign governments of London and Dublin to do their duty and keep the promises they have signed  in the international treaty of the Good Friday Agreement."

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boston Irish Reporter Honors Mayor Marty Walsh, Burke Family and Katherine Craven on October 24

Mayor Marty Walsh

The Boston Irish Reporter is presenting three special awards that recognize Irish-American achievements in business and public service at its annual luncheon on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

This year's recipients include the Burke Family of South Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Katherine Craven, long-time public official.  Read full details of the awardees here.

“We are especially pleased that this year’s honorees have agreed to share their stories with us,” said BIR publisher Ed Forry.

Tickets to the event are $150, and a table of ten $1,500.  For more information contact or call 617 436-1222.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Irish Cultural Centre Hosts Halloween Family Day in Canton on Sunday,October 19

The Irish Cultural Centre is hosting Halloween Family Day from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at its 46 acre campus in Canton.

Among the activities: storytelling and songs in the Irish Cottage; step dancing displays by the Harney Academy of Irish Dance; face painting and scavenger hunts; and prizes for best costumes.

Formed in 1989, the Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as one of the premier Irish-American venues in the United States.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burren Pub Presents April Verch Band and Ashley Davis & Cormac DeBarra on October 15

The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, is presenting two great acts - the April Verch Band and traditional duo Ashley Davis and Cormac DeBarra, on Wednesday, October 15 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $23 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The show  is part of the Burren Back Room Series hosted by Brian O'Donovan of WGBH's Celtic Sojourn radio program.

Read more about the Burren Pub, founded in 1996 by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Derry Singer/Songwriter Phil Coulter Performs at Benefit for Boston Irish Pastoral Centre on October 14

Phil Coulter, famed singer and songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland, is performing at St. Ignatius Church at Boston College on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert benefits the Boston Irish Pastoral Centre , which does important work for immigrants since it was founded in 1987.  Tickets to the concert are $125 and can be purchased online or at the venue the night of the concert.

Best known for hit songs like "The Town I  Loved So Well" and "Puppet on a String," Coulter is also widely acclaimed as a recording artist, impresario, mentor and scholar of Irish culture.  In 1998 Coulter was a visiting scholar at Boston College, invited by fiddle champion Seamus Connolly, founder of BC's Gaelic Roots program.  Coulter gave a lecture entitled "A Musical Life" at the Gaelic Roots Festival & Summer School that year.

Steve Morse, music critic of The Boston Globe, called Coulter "a true character, a versatile, vaudeville-influenced performer who has left an indelible...mark on the pop world."

The Irish Pastoral Centre is holding its annual fundraising banquet on November 15, 2014.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Irish Drum Master Mance Grady Gives Workshop at Irish Cultural Centre on October 11

Mance Grady, a master of the bodhran, an Irish traditional  drum, is giving an Introduction to the Bodhran workshop at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, from 2:00 -3:30 on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Cost of the workshop is $50.00

Long considered one of the premier Irish drummers of his generation, the Rhode Island native has been performing in New England for nearly four decades, playing with some of the region's finest musicians such as Seamus Connolly, Paddy Keenan, Roger Burridge and Jimmy Devine.

For more information call 781 821-8291 or email

The Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as New England's headquarters for year-round Irish culture, sports, education and social gatherings.

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