1. What’s with the Shamrocks?

    What’s with the Shamrocks?

    Sean Moynihan discusses the history of the St.Patricks Day shamrock at the White House. Each year the Irish Prime Minister (An Taoiseach) visits the White House on or around St. Patrick’s Day for what has become known as the Shamrock Ceremony, where he presents a Waterford Crystal bowl filled with shamrock to the President of the United States in recognition of the two countries special bond. The official exchange and photo op is joyfully followed by a festive reception for guests at the White House. The festivities actually begin much earlier in the day with a sit down St. Patrick’s...

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  2. Irish Network Art Reception – an evening with a contemporary group of Boston Irish artists

    Irish Network Art Reception – an evening with a contemporary group of Boston Irish artists

    An Evening of Art and Music Please join us for this unique art show featuring fine art by contemporary Boston Irish artists. The artwork will vary from traditional landscape, to abstract, to modern fine art photography. There will be something for everyone’s taste! The common theme is that all the artists are Irish/Irish American. We will also be treated to live music by the very talented Kate McDonnell! 20 pieces of fine art will be auctioned off supporting the Claddagh Fund and participating Irish artists. Don’t miss out on your chance to support Irish artists in the Boston Community and...

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  3. The Beauty Queen of Leenane

    The Beauty Queen of Leenane

    FIONNUALA QUINLAN, THE CONSUL GENERAL OF IRELAND AND IRISH NETWORK BOSTON INVITE YOU TO An Evening of Irish Culture AT THE EMERSON/PARAMOUNT CENTER 559 WASHINGTON ST BOSTON FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2017 5:30PM – 6:15PM Lecture by the National Library of Ireland From Yeats to Heaney: Discovering 140 Years of Literature at the National Library of Ireland 6:15PM – 7:30PM Reception 8:00PM – 10:30PM Performance of Druid Theatre Company’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane* RSVP for free lecture and reception to bostoncongen@dfa.ie by Friday January 20th, 2017. *Tickets must be purchased in advance for The Beauty Queen of Leenane at ArtsEmerson.org....

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  4. 2017 New Year Launch Party

    2017 New Year Launch Party

    Please join us for Irish Network Boston’s 2017 New Year Launch to hear about the exciting things that we have planned for the coming year, and have the chance to catch up with fellow members after the holidays. Irish Network Boston New Year Launch Event Thursday, January 12, 2017 6 – 8 p.m. University of Massachusetts Club 1 Beacon Street, 32nd Floor Boston, MA 02108 Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided Order your free tickets HERE

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  5. Our commitment to engaging the Diaspora

    Our commitment to engaging the Diaspora

    Irish Network Boston (IN Boston) has worked tirelessly to promote the enduring link between Ireland and the United States. Buoyed by unique events, member to member networking opportunities, partnerships and information sharing with local and national sister Irish organizations, IN Boston exemplifies a sincere commitment to engaging the Irish diaspora – including Irish born, Irish Americans and friends of Ireland. Our goal is to celebrate our mutual interests in Irish culture, business, education, and social/community initiatives by providing opportunities and experiences for all of our members. Our network was one of the first chapters to be founded under our umbrella organization,...

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  6. Lecture on 1916 at Boston College by Ambassador Anderson

    Lecture on 1916 at Boston College by Ambassador Anderson

    Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, Anne Anderson will deliver a lecture on 1916 at Boston College at 6pm on November 30. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place on Wednesday, 30 Nov in the Atrium at the Cadigan Almuni Center, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue. The Alumni Center is on the Brighton campus, across the road from the Chestnut Hill campus. Further information will be available here closer to the date: http://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/studies/calendar.html The following day, December 1, Ambassador Anderson, along with UMass President Marty Meehan, and Rev. Ray Hammond, will be honoured with a Solas...

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  7. The Plough and the Stars

    The Plough and the Stars

    Irish Network Boston, the Consulate General of Ireland and the American Repertory Theater invite you to the Abbey Theater’s brilliant production of the Plough and the Stars on September 30. The event begins with a lecture on the A.R.T. mainstage at 3:30 p.m. by Clair Wills, author of Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO. Following the lecture, the Irish Network and Boston Irish consulate will host a reception in Harvard Square (location to be announced), prior to the evening performance of Seán O’Casey’s iconic play at 7:30 p.m. We have secured a section of discounted seats for our members...

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  8. August 3rd, 1916

    August 3rd, 1916

    On August 3rd, 1916, Roger Casement was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising.  See After The Rising for more information. Born in 1864 in Dublin, Roger Casement received a knighthood for his services to the British consulate, having campaigned tirelessly to expose the cruelty inflicted on native workers in the Belgian Congo in 1904, and again in Brazil from 1911-1912. Casement had become a member of the Gaelic League in 1904, and began to write nationalist articles under the pseudonym ‘Seán Bhean Bhocht’. He retired from the British consular service in 1913, joining the Irish Volunteers. Based on...

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  9. How an office park brought great change to a gorgeous, remote part of Ireland

    How an office park brought great change to a gorgeous, remote part of Ireland

    Article by Kevin Cullen – Boston Globe Staff- July 20, 2016 GWEEDORE, Ireland — Joe Coyle used to catch the bus to Dublin on Monday mornings at 4 a.m. “We were all miserable, every one on that bus,” he said. Like the others, he worked all week in Dublin, as a media designer, then got back on the bus Fridays for the nearly four-hour slog back up to dear old Donegal. When Mount Errigal came into view, at least on summer nights when the light lasted long, Coyle felt at home again. But Sundays brought that dread. The bus loomed. Coyle’s...

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  10. The Irish in World War I – Battle of the Somme

    The Irish in World War I – Battle of the Somme

    206,000 Irishmen formed part of the British Army who fought in World War I. Members of both the Ulster Volunteer Force and the National Volunteers joined due to economic circumstances or with the hope that the historic differences between both sides would be overcome and friendships would emerge. The largest numbers of Irishmen (50,107) were recruited at the beginning of the war between August 1914 and February 1915. The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme is being commemorated this year. It started on 1st July 1916 and continued until the following November when the weather intervened. Although the...

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