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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Former Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen M. O’Toole is shown with current Boston Police Commissioner Willie Gross. Photo by Bill Brett SEAPORT — 300 guests attended Éire Society of Boston’s dinner at which Kathleen M. O’Toole, former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and Boston Police Commissioner, was recognized as 2019 Gold Medal Award Recipient. The award was presented at the Gold Medal Dinner and Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday evening, April 27, 2019…

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NANTUCKET SOUND — Bill Brett was on the ferry from Nantucket to the Cape when the boat got an announcement that it was a woman’s birthday. A rendition of “Happy Birthday” followed soon after. Bill, who was traveling back from covering the Ireland Funds Nantucket Celebration, was seated next to Tom Sexton, a Boston-based bagpiper who had performed at the Ireland Funds event. (We’ll publish his photographs from that event in the coming days.) Sexton…

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WATERFRONT — More than 300 guests attended the second annual dinner of the Boston Friends of the Gaelic Players Association, which was held recently at the InterContinental Hotel. The dinner chairman was Aidan Browne, a partner at event sponsor Sullivan & Worcester, who is chairman of Boston Friends of the GPA, which was founded in 2016. The Irish American Partnership is the key local organization in support of the dinner. Mayor Marty Walsh was among…

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