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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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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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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