Seán Ó Coistealbha at Cumann na Gaeilge i mBoston

A Night of Words and PoetryStudents and teachers of the Irish language society, Cumann na Gaeilge i mBoston, hosted the return of Connemara poet Seán Ó Coistealbha to their classroom on Wednesday night, at the ICCNE in Canton. Drawing from his life and his work, Ó Coistealbha captivated the crowd with stories, as he explored the beauty and history of Irish words. He believes that the best way to learn a language is through its poetry. “And don’t be afraid of the words,” he told the students. “Cherish every word. Like we are in Connemara, they’re all related, they’re all linked.” For more information about Cumann na Gaeilge i mBoston’s language classes, visit

Benefit Night for John Galvin

October 18

A fundraiser has been organized for John Galvin who was recently diagnosed with Cancer. A native of County Cork, John lives in Roslindale and has an incredibly difficult road ahead of him, juggling doctor's appointments, tackling radiation and chemotherapy, and the emotional challenges accompanying all the medical aspects of this diagnosis.

To help alleviate the huge medical costs associated with this illness, John's family, brothers Michael and James Clarke and his friends have organized a benefit night at Mosley's on the Charles, 50 Bridge Street, Dedham, MA. There will be entertainment, prize drawings, and refreshments on the night. For tickets or more information please contact Michael Galvin @857-417-6882 or Lisa at 781-799-5049.

Dan McAuliffe R.I.P.

Dan McAuliffe, a very active and well known member of Boston's Irish community has died after a short illness. Dan, along with his wife Anna, was an active member of many Irish organizations. He was a member of the Cork club, an officer in the Irish Music club, and on the committee of Irish Hearts for Orphans. He will be missed by all his friends. We extend our condolences to Anna and Dan's entire family.

McAULIFFE, Daniel Bernard Age 81, of Milton, formerly of Eyeries, Castletown Bere, Co. Cork, Ireland, Oct. 9. Beloved husband of Anna Marie (Keane). Devoted father of Kathleen C. Holland & her husband John of Westwood, Erinmarie Carrick & her husband Matthew and Maureen C. Skillin & her husband David, all of Milton. Cherished grandfather of Anya, Mary & Jack Holland, Liam, Declan & Finn Carrick and Maeve, Aidan & Andrew Skillin. Dear brother of Mary Egan of Belmont, Eileen Shapiro of Plymouth, Rose Ward of Galway, Ireland, Noel McAuliffe of So. Boston and the late John, Jeremiah & Joseph McAuliffe & Carmel Browne. Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton, Tues. morning at 10:30. Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Mon. 3 to 7 PM. Retired carpenter of St. Margaret's Hospital, Dorchester and Marian Manor, So. Boston. Longtime Eucharistic Minister & active parishioner of St. Elizabeth Church, Milton. Late Officer of Irish Music Club of Greater Boston. Late member of the Irish Social Club, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116. - See more at:

Irish Minister of State Joe McHugh visits The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College

On October 7, Irish Institute alumnus and Irish Minister for Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, returned to Boston College to give a talk at the John J. Burns Library. A native of Donegal, the minister discussed with the audience members the importance of the Irish language in the relationship between Ireland and the U.S.

Also in attendance at the event, were three of the thirteen Irish participants visiting Boston on a US Department of State exchange program. The Irish group are here for a month taking part in an US work experience and have been placed in a variety of areas within the legal profession including the Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth, Law Offices of Sarah E. Lyons, and the Citizens for Juvenile Justice.

Once the 13 Irish participants have completed their four-week stay in the city, the participants will travel onwards to Washington D.C where they will join a further 200 participants from 40 countries to reflect on different practices in "Governance and the Rule of Law" which is the theme of their program.

All Star Game, Boston v New York

On Saturday November 29 the much anticipated game between the All Star gaelic footballers from 2013 and the 2014 All Star team will take place at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. This is a chance to see the pick of inter-county players from Ireland putting their talents on display right here in the Northeast.

In addition, before the players from Ireland take the stage, a Boston selection will play the New York football team in a challenge of rivals. In recent years the New Yorker’s have had the upper hand when the cities met, but this year the Bostonians will be hoping to give the lads from down Interstate 95 a rattle. The Boston team will be managed by Brian “Biscuits” Kennedy with Michael McGinty and Gerry Prior selectors. Training for the Boston team will begin next Sunday, October 10, at the ICC. Club managers are asked to notify players to be there at 11:30 for the first session.

Kodaline cancel upcoming U.S tour

Popular Irish band Kodaline announced earlier this week that they have had to cancel their American and Canadian tour which was set to take place at the end of October through November. The rock band had a string of dates planned across the country including an one night performance in Boston at the House of Blues, November 3.

In a statement, Kodaline advised that they’ve had to cancel the tour for medical reasons.

" We are so sorry to tell you that we have to cancel the whole of the US/Canada tour.

Jay seriously damaged his arm and it has not healed as it should, which resulted in him having a major operation last week. He is on doctors orders and has been advised not to be in a tour bus or move much so he can heal properly.

We are so sorry to disappoint all of you but we will reschedule this tour ASAP and can’t wait to come back early next year, bigger, better and stronger with our new album!

Love & Peace

Steve, Vinny, Mark & Jay "

For fans who have purchased tickets to see the band in Boston, please note refunds will be granted at the point of purchase only. All Internet & phone orders will automatically be canceled & refunded. Visit House of Blues for more information at