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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YARMOUTH — Thousands lined the route of the 14th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Parade, which was held on Saturday, March 9, as K9 Nero walked alongside Grand Marshal Peter McClelland, retired Yarmouth Police K9 officer. This year’s parade was held in honor of slain Yarmouth Police Officer Sgt. Sean McNamee Gannon and his K9 partner Nero, who together marched in last year’s parade. Sgt. Gannon, 32, was fatally shot while serving an arrest warrant…

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*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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