DORCHESTER — A packed house turned out on Monday night, July 1, 2019 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s program to celebrate former Irish Prime Minister Éamon de Valera and a century of this country’s work with Ireland in “1919-2019: de Valera in Boston and 100 Years of Ireland-U.S. Relations.” The speaking program included: a keynote by noted de Valera biographer, RTE journalist David McCullagh, who shared the history of de Valera’s visit to Fenway…

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PHOTO BY BILL BRETT This portrait of William T. O’Connell, who worked for years to build the Irish Famine Memorial in Boston Harbor was taken for Bill’s fifth book, “Boston: Irish.” Bill and his wife, Rita, worked for years to build the memorial. Both O’Connells died before the memorial was built. By Staff WINTHROP — Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker to those…

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SOUTH BOSTON — The St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, an annual staple for the city’s political leaders, had a new host (state Senator Nick Collins), a new location (the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal), and many of the same reworked jokes. Or, just new versions of the old yarns. The breakfast featured Collins, Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh, Senator Ed Markey, Congressman Steve Lynch, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, members of the Boston City Council,…

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DORCHESTER — More than 200 guests packed the parish hall in the basement of St. Margaret’s Church to support the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry, which helps thousands of people make ends meet each year. Last year’s breakfast raised more than $100,000 in donations for the Food Pantry, which is located in the basement of this church, part of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Parish, right next to where the event is held each year on…

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