DORCHESTER — 450 guests attended The Co. Sligo Association of Boston’s 11th annual St Patrick’s banquet, which was held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Florian Hall in Dorchester. The traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner gathering also recognizes a member of the community. This year’s honoree was Raymond “Ray” McVeigh. The event was emcee’d by Jim Brett, with entertainment provided by the Andy Healy Band and the Heavey-Quinn Academy of Irish Dance. Proceeds from…

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DORCHESTER — 300 guests attended the Paraclete Center in South Boston’s event at which former Boston mayor and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn, his wife, Cathy, and their children, who include City Councilor Ed Flynn, and grandchildren were honored. The event was held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Boston College High School in Dorchester. The Flynns received the Founders Award for their support of the center, which is located at 207 E. Street…

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DORCHESTER — We were sent this image from the National Archives, taken by the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, of Camp McKay, which was located on Columbia Point in Boston near what was the Bayside Expo Center, now a parking area owned by University of Massachusetts Boston. According to the National Archives: “During World War II, the facility housed mainly Italian prisoners of war. McKay was one of more than 500 POW…

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DORCHESTER — 300 guests attended the Irish American Police Officers’ event which was held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Florian Hall in Dorchester. The proceeds of the event will be split between COPS for KIDS with Cancer and The Irish American Police Officers Association Pipes & Drums. The pipe band is heading to National Police Week 2019 in Washington, D.C., according to the Dorchester Reporter, as the lead pipe band for Police Week events. All…

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BOSTON — It’s safe to say that Bill Brett has met tens of thousands of people in the last decade and a half that he has published six books. Among the many remarkable people met in that time, a few stand out. One is Kai Leigh Harriott, who was just 3 years old when she was struck by a stray bullet in 2003 as she played on the porch of her Dorchester home. The bullet…

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