Irish Community Connectionsby Irish Community News
- New York Irish Center's bi-lingual winter table quiz, get out and practice your cúpla focal
- New York City’s Basket Brigade appeal for help this Thanksgiving
- Enrol for American citizenship classes at the Irish International Immigrant Center
- World Mental Health Day, starting the conversation
- Employment rights in America
The ICC is pleased to present The Minnitts of Anabeg with Irish film director and script writer Alan Brown. This Irish feature film tells the story of the most important time in Irish history: the effects of English rule on Irish society and one man’s fight to save a community while struggling to save his family.
Following the showing of the film, director Alan Brown will speak on the making of the film. Tickets are available at the ICC or by calling 781-821-8291.
Mondays: Set Dancing for Adults with Cait Bracken every Monday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 donation at the door. No partner necessary.
Friday ICC Comhaltas Seisiún led by John Kearney in the McGettigan & Stewart Room starting at 7 p.m.
By Sean Hansen
Dan Rooney’s Café & Pub, a brand new sports bar and restaurant, has opened at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. With the atmosphere of a high-energy sports bar, flavors of an Irish pub, menu designed by two Michelin star Chef Chris Lee, and dueling pianos for evening entertainment, Dan Rooney’s is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite place to be.
While the Rooney Family has owned and operated pubs for generations, Dan Rooney’s has historic roots that run deep for the family. The new sports pub is a replica of the first business owned by Dan Rooney, grandfather of Empire City Casino president & CEO Timothy Rooney, which opened in Pittsburgh in the early 20th century.
ICC’s increasingly popular intimate evening of music and storytelling in an authentic Irish Cottage is featuring yet another chance to be up and close and personal with the artist. Finvarra’s Wren is a powerful band playing invigorating Irish, Scottish and Celtic-American folk music.
Traditional and contemporary songs are punctuated with wonderfully inventive arrangements of jigs, reels and hornpipes. The Detroit Metro Times describes Finvarra’s Wren as "making the kind of music you’d only hear on the west coast of Ireland. Plays traditional Celtic music so heart achingly well that even Finn McCool would be impressed." Tickets can be purchased at
After his wildly successful one-man comedy show 'Misgivings' played the ICC to a packed audience in April, David Kane returns to the Centre to present another lighthearted show: 'Just for Fun.'
'Just for Fun' will take place on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00pm, and features the same light-hearted comedy and quick wit for which Kane is so renowned. Join us as Kane leads the audience through a maze of laugh-filled interactive comedy, quizzes, contests, prizes and surprises—and it’s all just for fun!
There are only a few spots left at the ICC’s Children’s Celtic Camp, but you still have the chance to sign your child up! Register your child by July 8th to receive a $30 discount off your total registration.
This year, the camp will run for four weeks in the middle of summer: July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, and August 5-9.
SLAMDiabetes Boston Classic Wiffle Ball Tournament: Saturday, July 13. The mission of SLAMDiabetes is to raise awareness of and support the fight against Type 1 Diabetes (T1D), an autoimmune disease affecting children and adults for which there is currently no known cure.
At the SLAMDiabetes Classic, twelve teams will compete in a qualifying round of wiffle© ball, played just like baseball in miniature stadiums modeled after iconic parks like Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium. Please visit www.SlamDiabetes.org for more information. Join us for a fun day of sports and support a great cause.
We had a good turn out at our July legal clinic in the Banshee. Thanks to our volunteers who showed up on the evening to help out at the clinic. Attorney Chris Lavery had a busy night fielding queries from people from around the world. We had immigrants not just from Ireland, but also from nations as far away as Congo, India and South Korea. We’re pleased that staff at local area hospitals is now beginning to share the news of our work and our free clinics with other staff, and with patients and their families.
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Cara Club and Café Eireann set sail
On Monday, over 40 of the IPC senior group set sail on the ‘Majesty’ along the Boston Harbor. The cuise was a free event organized by the Boston Elder Commission.
Q: I was filling out an application form for US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and there was a question asking whether I had been “inspected” by an immigration officer when I last entered the US. Like every other time, I just got off the plane, stood in line, showed my passport and had it stamped, had my fingerprints taken, answered a few questions, and was on my way. Doesn’t “inspection” mean something more elaborate than that?
A: You were in fact inspected by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The process you described is what some 98% of visitors to the US experience. It is officially known as “primary inspection” and is the routine treatment that visitors receive.
At a recent workshop on Grief after Suicide in South Boston, Dr. John Jordan, a clinician and author who specializes in supporting survivors of suicide, said that if we challenge the “myths” our society traditionally holds about the process of grieving, we can help survivors around a number of obstacles and help them move forward with their lives. Dr. Jordan highlighted some of the following common myths people have about grief including:
Myth: Grief Happens In Stages
Actually, grief is experienced in “waves” or in a cyclical way; having “good days” or “not-so-good” days being used to describe the experience.
The U.S. Senate’s passing of the immigration reform bill offers reason for hope for Boston’s undocumented, among them many Irish.
While they wait for the bill to advance in the House, however, some undocumented immigrants continue to face immediate personal challenges that are made worse by lack of access to healthcare and to professional counseling services.
The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform (ILIR) is calling all of Boston’s Irish community to come together Wednesday July 10th at St. Brendan’s Parish Hall, Dorchester. This public meeting will give supporters of the Immigration Reform Bill a chance to rally together to make real change and provide a path to citizenship for the thousands of undocumented people living in the U.S.
After last week’s passing of the Immigration Reform Bill through the U.S. senate, the debate now moves to the House of Representatives. Wednesday night’s meeting in St Brendan’s is part of ILIR’s plan of attack in lobbying members of congress to vote in favor of the Reform Bill; a collective effort to make the Bill successful.
The Irish Emigrant recently covered Beara Irish Brew Co which is a ‘brewery in planning’ in New Hampshire. The company is hoping to raise $9,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to get their brewery up-and-running.
With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing; you pledge an amount but your card does not get charged unless the company’s goal of $9,000 is reached.
West Roxbury and Roslindale showed their support by attending the first ever annual Parkway People Hall of Fame Banquet & Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday June 22. Several thousand dollars were raised through ticket sales, sponsorships (businesses, individuals and politicians), and raffles. The event drew in approximately 450 people of the Parkway, young and old, to the Irish Social Club of Boston on Park Street in West Roxbury.
A statement from Parkway people said that it is true of “the Parkway,” the neighborhood for which the group is named, that so many of the attendees call or have called home, that the people and businesses here are generous and committed to family, friendship, and selfless community service. It was not an easy decision – there were so many wonderful people to choose from in this great community. We are genuinely looking forward to honoring the next group of deserving citizens in 2014.
At Boston College’s Alumni Stadium, Taoiseach Enda Kenny acknowledged and praised the importance of the relationship between the United States and Ireland. Kenny saw two nations united not only by ‘affection, kindness, hope, and history’ but also by a belief in peoples and communities. Kenny’s message to the 2013 graduates of Boston College was not new to the Irish and Irish-American communities in Boston. It is a message that has been delivered in an ongoing and tirelessly way by the Consul General, Michael Lonergan.
This August Michael Lonergan will be leaving Boston, returning to Dublin, as his position with the Department of Foreign Affairs demands. Irish Network Boston will celebrate Michael’s four years here on July 25th with a Boston harbor cruise aboard the Liberty Clipper, a 19th Century Schooner. The cruise is open to both members and non-members—an influential crowd of business, community, and political leaders from the Irish and Irish-American community is expected. Tickets can be purchased at: www.http://libertyclipper.eventbrite.com
Blood Drive at the Irish Cultural Centre. Tuesday, July 2. 2—7pm. Help those in need this summer by donating blood at the ICC in partnership with the American Red Cross. Presenting donors can enter to win a pair of tickets to the July 9 Paul McCartney Concert at Fenway Park. For an appointment to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org. Walk-ins welcome.
While summer months are filled with vacations and outdoor activities, they are also a crucial time for hospitals in need of blood donations. The ICC is pleased to host a blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 2nd from 2pm—7pm. Come do your part by donating blood and be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Paul McCartney concert at Fenway Park on July 9th! In addition, all presenting donors between July 1 and July 15 could win one of five $3,000 American Express Gift cards. To sign up for an appointment to donate, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins welcome. Help the Irish Cultural Centre aid the Red Cross in adding more chapters to their “summer of stories”.
As we approach July 4th this year, my thoughts will be of one of our newly naturalized US citizens. I began doing immigration work in December 1996. In my 17 year career, I do not recall meeting anyone quite like a recent particular candidate for US citizenship who I met through my work with Fr. John McCarthy and Sr. Marguerite Kelly in the IPC. The survivor of an attack that can only be described as horrific in nature, she not only survived the attack but displayed unbelievable courage in the face of the greatest adversity.
Q: I plan to file an application for legal permanent residence in the US. A friend of mine said I should go to somebody she knows, who supposedly would help me with all the paperwork for much less than an immigration lawyer would charge. Does this make sense?
The Irish International Immigrant Center applauds the US Senate for its vote today in favor of a comprehensive immigration bill that would, at long last, provide an avenue to legal status for the millions of people living and working among us who want nothing more than a shot at the American dream.
The IIIC encourages all eligible immigrants to become US citizens and our experienced, dedicated staff can make the process go smoothly for you by providing assistance through the entire process including exam preparation, application completion, and voter registration. Join us this summer to work with our attorneys, citizenship specialists, and class instructors. Contact us at 617-542-7654 for additional information on our citizenship services.