Boston Painter John S. Copley, Caught Between the Tories and the Rebels During the American Revolution
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Top Row: Site of Copley Home,42 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill, and Copley Square, Back Bay.  Bottom Row: Copley's Portraits of Paul Revere, John Hancock and Henry Pelham. America's first great portrait artist, John Singleton Copley (1737-1815) was born in Boston on July 3, 1738. He was the son of Irish immigrants who emigrated to Boston in the 1730s. John's parents, Richard Copley and Mary Singleton from County Clare, were married in County Limerick before emigrating to Boston. Right after their son John was born, Richard Copley traveled to the West Indies and died shortly thereafter, leavi ..read more
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When Gaelic Athletic Games Were Played at Dilboy Field in Somerville, MA
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GAA Games at Dilboy Field in 1964, photo from Irish Citizen Newspaper Before moving to its permanent home at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) New England division played its games at Dilboy Field in Somerville. These photos were taken from the July 4, 1964 edition of the Irish Citizen, a weekly newspaper published in the Boston area. They depict some of the scenes that summer including a match between Erin's Hope and Kerry. GAA Games at Dilboy Field in 1964, photo from Irish Citizen Newspaper   GAA Games at Dilboy Field in 1964, Irish Citiz ..read more
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John Boyle O'Reilly Landmarks in Massachusetts
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  Born 180 years ago on June 28, 1844, John Boyle O’Reilly helped shape the history or Ireland and America in the late 19th century in powerful ways.   Read more about O'Reilly in Michael Quinlin's article, Where Shall We Seek a Hero?  published this week in Irish America Magazine. Today, O'Reilly’s stature as a seminal figure in Irish and Irish-American history is particularly evident in his beloved birthplace of Dowth, County Meath; in Freemantle, Australia where he was imprisoned; and indeed, throughout the Irish Diaspora.  O’Reilly Landmarks in Massachusetts In ..read more
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Boston Irish Famine Memorial was Unveiled in Boston on June 28, 1998
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  Photo courtesy of Leo McLaughlin On Sunday June 28, 1998, the Boston Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled at the corner of Washington and School streets in the city's Downtown Crossing district.  More than 7,000 people attended the ceremony. Commemorative Booklet issued on June 28, 1998 by BIFM Committee Joining Committee Chairman Thomas J. Flatley and members of the committee were special guests of the day, including Ireland's Minister of State Seamus Brennan, Massachusetts Acting Governor Paul Cellucci, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, and leaders for numerous Irish organizations in Mass ..read more
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President John F. Kennedy Honors American Revolution Naval Hero John Barry in Wexford on June 27, 1963
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JFK lays wreath at John Barry Memorial in Ireland, Photo Courtesy of JFK Library President John F. Kennedy's visit to Ireland on June 26-29, 1963 was later described by his siblings as one of the most memorable and cherished parts of his presidency.  Kennedy visited his ancestral family in Wexford and Limerick, and also stopped in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The trip was widely covered by the international media and it captured the world's imagination. In New Ross, Wexford, the ancestral home of the Kennedy family, JFK told an overflowing audience, "I'm glad to be here. It took me 1 ..read more
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NBA Championship Trophy Named for Former NBA Commissioner and JFK Advisor Larry O'Brien
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Photo courtesy of WCVB-TV Congratulations to the Boston Celtics for hoisting Banner 18 at the rafters at TD Garden. It was an incredible season and here’s to the quest for Banner 19 in 2025! A lot of basketball fans are wondering, who is Larry O’Brien, for whom the National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship Trophy is named? The Larry O’Brien trophy was presented courtside at TD Garden to the Boston Celtics organization by NBA Commission Adam Silver on the night the Celtics became the coveted NBA champions.    The trophy is 25.5" inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. Her ..read more
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Massachusetts State House Unveils Plaque to American Revolution Naval Hero Jeremiah O'Brien
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  Plaque to Jeremiah O'Brien at Massachusetts State House On June 12,  1937 a plaque dedicated to Captain Jeremiah O'Brien was unveiled at the Massachusetts State House commemorating O'Brien's "distinguished services for winning the first navel engagement in the War of the Revolution and of his subsequent exploits in said war as the first regularly commissioned naval officer  and commander of the Revolutionary Navy of Massachusetts."   More than 300 people attended the ceremony, including Mass Governor Charles F. Hurley, Lt.Governor Francis E. Kelley, and Debo ..read more
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Boston Irish Civil War Leader Thomas Cass , Born June 4, 1821 in Ireland
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Colonel Thomas Cass Boston Civil War hero Thomas Cass, commander of the Massachusetts Ninth Regiment, was born on June 4, 1821 in Farmleigh, Queen's County (now County Laois).  His family immigrated to Boston when he was an infant, and settled in the North End, at that time a heavily Irish neighborhood. Cass was a member of the Boston School Committee and a successful businessman.  During the 1850s, he organized a local militia unit of Irish immigrants known as the Columbian Artillery but the group was dismantled by the nativist Know-Nothing movement in 1855.  When the Ci ..read more
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On May 29, 1968, Ireland's President de Valera and Eunice Shriver Opened the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and Arboretum in County Wexford
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  Treescape at the JFK Arboretum in Wexford, Ireland  On May 29, 1968, Ireland's President Eamon de Valera officially opened the 460 acre John F. Kennedy Park and Arboretum in County Wexford, not far from the Kennedy family's ancestral home in the village of Dunganstown in New Ross.  It took place on what would have been JFK's 51st birthday. Joining de Valera were President Kennedy's sister Eunice Shriver and her daughter Mat, and Joan Kennedy, wife of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.  Among the 500 invited guests at the opening were the Ryans of New Ross, JFK's cousi ..read more
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President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts
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 John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, was born at about three o'clock in the afternoon on May 29, 1917 at 83 Beale Street in Brookline, Massachusetts.  John was the second son of Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, named in honor of his maternal grandfather, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald.    In the book, Rose Kennedy's Family Album, published in 2013, Rose Kennedy writes: "When a mother holds her first baby in her arms, what awe-inspiring thoughts go fleeting through her mind and fill her heart.  A child has been ..read more
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