*UPDATED: More photos added to gallery. COPLEY SQUARE — The Charitable Irish Society held its annual Silver Key Awards Reception at the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel on Oct. 4. The Society, which was formed in Boston in 1737, honored Paul Doyle and former state senator Linda Dorcena Forry at the event. The Society was started to “cultivate a spirit of unity and harmony among all resident Irish and their descendants in the Massachusetts Colony and…

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CHARLESTOWN — Commander Robert L. Gillen, right, the 59th commander of the USS Constitution, has died. He is shown in this photo with U.S. Navy Commander Sean D. Kearns, the 73rd commander, which was taken for Bill Brett’s fifth book, “Boston: Irish,” which was published in 2014. Commander Gillen was 85. The two were photograph by Bill on the deck of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned naval vessel, which is oft-called “Old Ironsides” after…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BRETT FAMILY The Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in Dorchester feeds thousands of people each year. DORCHESTER — On this St. Patrick’s Day 2018, more than 100 people will gather at St. Teresa of Calcutta Church to raise money and support for the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry named for Bill Brett’s mother. The breakfast, which last year raised more than $100,000, is hosted by Jim Brett. The entire Brett family,…

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CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Police Department held a ceremony recently to mark the promotion of Pauline Wells to Deputy Superintendent. Wells, whose daughter Molly assisted in the promotion ceremony, also is a singer, who donates her time to help numerous causes, including the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in Dorchester. Wells and her husband, Richard Wells, the former chief of police in Milton, who is now an elected member of that town’s Board of Selectmen,…

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