DORCHESTER — 500 guests attended the County Sligo Association of Boston’s 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day banquet on Sunday, March 1, 2020 Florian Hall in Dorchester. The Association honored Dianne Colleary at the event. The afternoon gathering included a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal and music by the Andy Healy Band, which has performed for several years, and the Heavey Quinn Academy performed traditional Irish dance. The banquet turned out to be one of…

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SOUTH BOSTON — Get ’em while you can. Jack Doherty’s College Hype team had already been working overtime to get the St. Patrick’s Day Parade T-shirts ready and NOW to get them “updated.” The SouthieApparel.com team needed to add a “canceled” to the shirts. We suspect that these Ts will be soon become a collector’s item. You can order from the “Keep Calm and Irish On” line via this link. For more information on all…

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SOUTH BOSTON (by way of Kentucky) — Bill, Carol and the whole Bill Brett Boston team want to wish Sister Evelyn a happy and blessed 105th birthday. This photo is from Bill’s fifth book “Boston: Irish,” which came out in 2014. Bill took this photo after spotting Sister Evelyn walking in South Boston. They talked and she told him about how she made her outfit. When they met, she was still living in South Boston…

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WEST ROXBURY — Even though he is recuperating from triple bypass surgery, West Roxbury “Lord Mayor” Richie Gormley is preparing for the annual Co. Roscommon banquet, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the Irish Social Club of Boston. Music will be provided by Erin’s Melody. The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. This photo of Richie is from Bill Brett’s fifth book, “Boston: Irish,” which was released in 2014.

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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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