A large crowd turned out on Sunday for a dedication of the Scituate Easter Rising monument, the only such monument in the United States. On hand for the dedication were Irish Consul General Laoise Moore; monument committee chair, attorney John Sullivan; singer Máirín Uí Chéide Keady; Scituate Select Board chair Karen B. Canfield; and state Senator Patrick O’Connor. A larger celebration is planned for April, 2021. ALL PHOTOS BY BILL BRETT Photos by Bill Brett

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SOUTH BOSTON — The now shuttered St. Vincent de Paul Church in South Boston could soon be put up for sale, sources say. The building is located at 363 E Street at the intersection of W. Third Street in South Boston. In 2018, neighbors worked to keep the building from being sold to a developer interested in making it housing. The Roman Catholic Church was an important location for Boston’s Irish community, serving recent immigrants…

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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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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 Carol Beggy WINTHROP — Some 600 people gathered on a bright Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend to dedicate a permanent marker to…

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