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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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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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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