The Gaelic Athletic Association in Boston held it first reunion, reception and ball at Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, Roxbury, on Monday April 17, 1922. According to The Boston Globe, the association in Boston was 'composed of eight Gaelic football clubs and eight hurling teams which have done much to promote Irish athletic games in greater Boston and which have won several championships." Trophies, cups, prizes and shields won by the teams were on display at Hibernian Hall. A concert of Irish and American airs was planned, followed by Irish dancing in one hall and modern dancing in another. During this time, the GAA was playing at several facilities around Boston, including: North Brighton Playground, Sullivan Square Grounds in Charlestown and the South End Grounds at the corner of Columbus Ave and Walpole Street in Boston, also referred to as old National League Grounds where the Boston Braves once played baseball. Today, the Boston/Northeast GAA Division is based at th
On Monday, April 18, 1949, Ireland officially became the Republic of Ireland and severed its ties to the British Commonwealth . But the six counties known as Northern Ireland remained part of Great Britain. The previous December 1948, the Irish Parliament passed the Republic of Ireland Act, in tandem with the British Nationality Act, declaring that “People born in Eire in the future will be Eire subjects and not British subjects.” In Dublin, 200,000 people jammed onto O'Connell Street to celebrate the new Republic, noted The Boston Globe , writing, "The choice of Easter Monday for Independence Day and the O'Connell Bridge to glorify it were tied up in the little state's colorful past." The Globe added that "The celebration was marred only by the opposition of Eamon deValera's Fianna Fail Party, which holds that there can be no republic as long as the partition of north and south Ireland continues." de Valera, who served as Ireland ’s
On April 15, 1861, threes days after the attack on Ft. Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, by Rebel forces, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation seeking 75,000 volunteers to join the Union Army. Two days later, the Boston Evening Transcript reported, "Upon the application of several prominent adopted citizens, Governor John Andrew empowered Dr. T.R Smith to raise an Irish regiment of 1,000 men. A large number have already volunteered." Irish immigrant Thomas Cass of Boston's North End began recruiting Irish immigrants to form the Massachusetts 9th regiment. The volunteers came largely from Boston and the nearby towns of Salem, Milford, Marlboro and Stoughton. A total of 1,727 men enlisted. The Irish volunteers encamped on Long Island in Boston Harbor through May, and on June 11 the Regiment was mustered into service. The 9th enjoyed a big send-off on June 25, 1861 , when the troops made their way from Long Island to Long Wharf in Boston, then marc
Cove of Cork painting, circa 1856 On this day in history, April 12, 1847, the USS Jamestown arrived at the Harbor in Cork, bringing food, medical supplies and clothing to the people of Ireland during the height of the Irish Famine. It anchored at the lighthouse in the outer harbor at White Bay, exactly 15 days and three hours after leaving the Charlestown Navy Yard. The journey was headed by Captain Robert Bennet Forbes , a wealth China trade merchant from Milton, MA, who had left Charlestown on March 28, 1847 with a crew of 38 men and 800 tons of supplies. The fifteen day voyage faced foul weather and a blend of rain, sleet, wind and fog requisite for that time of year, but finally, they arrived in Queenstown Harbor. Henry Lee's book, Massachusetts Helps to Ireland During the Great Famine , gives a masterful account of this extraordinary episode in Boston's history. "Contributions of food continued to arrive from all over New England," Lee wrote. "The
Fenway Park in Boston has many pleasant associations with the Irish-American community over the past 110 years since it officially opened in 1912. The park was built by Charles E. Logue , a renowned builder who immigrated from County Derry, Ireland to Boston in 1881 at the age of 23. He founded a successful company that built many of the city's schools, hospitals and college campuses over the next four decades. His company, now called Logue Engineering , is still in operation five generations later. The architect for Fenway Park was James E. McLaughlin , who was born in Nova Scotia to a Canadian father and Ireland-born mother, Mary Mulcahy, born in Ireland. The family emigrated to Boston in 1885. McLaughlin designed other famous buildings, such as the Boston Latin School and the Police Station on D Street in South Boston. On opening day, April 20, 1912, Boston Mayor John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald threw out the first ceremonial ball from the stands, and Thomas '