Irish Senior Connect

Irish Senior Connect Irish Senior Connect provides a weekly well-being check-in call to seniors and offers access to reso

Trained volunteers provide a free, completely confidential weekly well-being check-in call service. A Senior may also choose to have a conversation or to discuss an issue of concern. If requested, volunteers will provide referrals to local resources for various types of assistance and for information about local Irish community activities and events.

Cardinal Sean blesses the IPC!

Cardinal Sean blesses the IPC!

From: BostonIrish
Cardinal Sean O'Malley tonight 11/22 blessed the new offices of the Irish Pastoral Center in Adams Corner, Dorchester. He is pictured with IPC Exec Dir Peggy Davis Mullen

Join us at the IPC Open House tonight!

Join us at the IPC Open House tonight!

The final touches have been put in place in advance of our Open House. Thanks very much to Vincent Crotty for the beautiful signage! Be sure to pop by tomorrow from 5-8 pm...

Don't miss this revealing presentation!

Don't miss this revealing presentation!

Join us in our new space this Thursday at 7:30 pm when Historian/Archivist John McColgan will present a talk on the ‘Know-Nothing Movement’ which flourished in the mid-1850’s. The xenophobic group were anti-Catholic, anti-Irish and anti-immigration. Please RSVP by calling the office on 617-265-5300 or email [email protected] Check out the flyer below for more details!!


If you are at risk of encountering an ICE raid—or would like to support your community members and neighbors if you encounter one, here is what to do.


Hope to see you on Wednesday!

So sorry to learn of Frank's passing. He will be greatly missed.

So sorry to learn of Frank's passing. He will be greatly missed.

FLAHERTY, John "Frank" Of Arlington, formerly of Brighton and Rahoon, Co. Galway, Ireland, February 16, 2019. Beloved husband of Evelyn (Gilmore) Flah


Please support the Bill McGowan Memorial Golf Tournament. All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Pastoral Centre.


Immigration Clinics

Love the photo Robert!

Love the photo Robert!

Former IPC employee Robert Somerville paid us a visit at the Irish Pastoral Centre and took a selfie with some of the group

West Roxbury Library hosts readings by guest author Mary Kilroy on Thursday, May 10th, from 6 - 7:30 pm. Stories of Iris...

West Roxbury Library hosts readings by guest author Mary Kilroy on Thursday, May 10th, from 6 - 7:30 pm. Stories of Irish emigration, history & below & then on events list for May 10th.

Established in 1848, by an act of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Today, the Boston Public Library system includes a Central Library, twenty-four branches, a map center, a business library,...

IPC's Bill Bulger & Fr. Dan Finn with  special friend EB 🐰🐰🐰

IPC's Bill Bulger & Fr. Dan Finn with special friend EB 🐰🐰🐰

Happy Easter from the Irish Pastoral Centre

So sorry to learn of Arlene's passing.
A wonderful person and great friend to all, we thank you for all your help to the Irish Pastoral Centre, and especially to the Senior Program and the Irish Senior Connect Call Line.

Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | PHINNEY, Arlene Claire (Needham) Of Milton and Harwich lived, loved and laughed, left us peacefully at home in the presence of her son and daughter on March 13, 2018. Born November 21, 1938 to the

Reaching out....

Reaching out....

It is a cold January afternoon as Father Conway walks through the neighborhood surrounding St. Peter’s Parish in Dorchester, Massachusetts like he does every week. As he walks, he is constantly stopped by...


Wednesday IPC Senior Coffee canceled

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas to all!

Free Bird Club for Seniors - another great idea from Ireland....

Free Bird Club for Seniors - another great idea from Ireland....

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In September 1989 the first Irish chaplains arrived in Boston to work with the young migrant Irish population at the IPC. Fr. Jerry O’Donnell and Fr. Jerry Burns, both from Mayo, arrived from Ireland on what was intended to be a three year mission with the IPC. The familiarity of the Irish chaplains acted as a gentle reminder of home, and it was through the relationships formed with the community that the barriers and fears to seeking help were broken down. Rev. O'Donnell and Rev. Burns are pictured below with Ciaran Staunton, a former Boston resident and immigrant rights advocate with .


This page is devoted to the Irish Pastoral Centre's Social Service & Outreach programs, which respond to the social and emotional needs of the diaspora.

This Dorchester woman has been missing since Sunday. Please call police if you see her......

This Dorchester woman has been missing since Sunday. Please call police if you see her......

Join us at this special presentation in Canton...

Join us at this special presentation in Canton...

Ellen will be speaking about her book “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke” which was launched June 2016.  Ellen’s book is a historical novel and is based on the life and times of her 2x great grandfather, Florence Burke from County Cork, Ireland. What makes this novel so special is that Ellen was insp...


MARY V - Part of the IPC Boston Marthon Duo along with Sinead McG hosting a 'bootcamp' to raise funds for the programs of the Irish Pastoral Centre - Boston.... Come join us for fun or not so much fun ... for a very worthy cause.


Happy St. Patrick's Day to all.....

Welcoming the stranger among us and reaching out to all, the IPC provides critical social services throughout Greater Bo...

Welcoming the stranger among us and reaching out to all, the IPC provides critical social services throughout Greater Boston.

Do you know someone who could use a little extra support? We're here to help!


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How to make the St. Brigid's Cross

Happy St. Bridget's Day

Happy St. Bridget's Day

Happy St. Bridget’s Day - In ancient Ireland the new day began at sundown when the old day expired. Thus St. Bridget’s Dday or Lá Fhéile Bríde began on the evening of January 31st. There are many traditions associated with the day but perhaps the best known is the making of the iconic St. Bridget’s Cross. The following article explains some of the traditions…

Saint Brigids Day - Beliefs and Customs By Sile Healy.

In ancient Irish folk tradition St. Brigid's day on the 1st of February heralded the first day of spring and thus of the farmer's year. It is a festival which honours our venerated second patron saint, as well as that of dairy work and cattle. Tradition states that the saint promised fine weather after the harsh winter. Farmers expressed their wish for fine weather for ploughing and digging by turning over a few sods in the tillage field. People who lived in coastal regions were of the belief that the spring tide nearest the festival Rabharta na Féile Bride the great spring tide was an occasion for gathering and cutting seaweed to fertilize the crops. The days lengthened and the day was used by many as an occasion to do stocktaking on the farm.

The housewife used the occasion of St. Brigid's eve to ensure the house was respectable and tidy, a festive supper was also prepared consisting of apple cake, dumplings and colcannon irrespective of the financial situation of the household. Allied to this all farmers wives made what was known as a bairin-breac, neighbours were invited around and engaged in drinking and merrymaking. On St. Brigids eve it was generally believed that the saint traveled around the countryside, bestowing blessings on the people and livestock. Various elements were used to indicate that her visit to the house was welcomed. A common practice entailed the placing of a cake or pieces of bread and butter on the window-sill outside. Often this offering was left to be collected by a tramp or impoverished person. in other areas it was brought in the next morning and shared between the members of the household. Often a sheaf of corn was placed beside the cake as a refreshment for the saint's favourite cow who accompanied her. Other households placed a bundle of straw or fresh rushes on the threshold on which the saint may kneel to bless the house or on which she could wipe her feet before entering. Further traditions include that dishes of water, salt, pieces of meat or butter being left outdoors as an offering for the saint, after she had passed by these would have acquired medicinal properties and were used to ward off illness.

The most common custom associated with St. Brigid's eve was the making of the cros Bride or bogha Bride, which was hung in homes and often in the byre also. Tradition states that crosses were made for protection against fire and lightening as well as illness and epidemic disease could be held at bay. If the cross hung by the door evil spirits couldn't enter. The residue left over after the cross was made wasn't thrown out but placed on the floor by the hearth, often covered by a white cloth to form a bed for saint. In other areas the straw left from 'Brigid's bed' and from the making of the crosses was believed to have healing powers. Strands were preserved and tied around an aching head or limb at night. The following day the wearer would place the strands on the fire, where if they burned quickly there would be a rapid cure. Some put the straw under the pillow to ward off disease and in Donegal fishermen used it for protection.

Many young people going from house to house with a symbol of the saint, 'The Brideóg' this was an effigy supposed to represent St. Brigid and made according to the local custom. It was usually a straw doll, dressed to portray a human figure. Often small children went to the neighbours houses and were given money. In some areas unmarried girls carried the effigy bestowing Brigid's blessing on the house, often they handed out crosses to the head of the houses they visited. It was accepted that the girl who carried the effigy was the most beautiful and modest of all. In other regions no effigy was used, the girl dressed in white and carried a locally made cross to represent the saint. Those who carried the 'brideog' were called 'brideóga', 'biddies' or 'biddy-boys'.

This Brat Bride consisted of a silk ribbon placed on the window sill at night to honour St. Brigid. It was said to lengthen during the night and was used as a remedy against headache. The general belief was the saint on the eve of her feast went around the country would touch the brat and endow it with healing powers. Some said it healing power was strongest after 7 years. The brat could be a ribbon, a piece of linen or cloth like a scarf or handkerchief, thus touched by the saint would keep the wearer safe from harm especially on a hazardous or long journey. In Munster it was tied to the doorknob so the saint would touch it when entering the house. It was said to cure bareness, help women in childbirth, to ward of magic, the evil eye and fairies. If a farm animal became ill the sign of the cross was made with the brat over it which was then laid on the animals back to ensure the saints intervention on its behalf It helped animals to give birth and have a plentiful supply of milk.

The residue from the crosses was often added to the bedding of the horses and cows to ward off illness and danger. The crosses were often taken down from the byre to bless an ill cow or one who was producing little milk. Another custom was the making of spancels and cattle tyings on St. Brigids eve into which portions of Brigids bed or the threshold sheaf were woven. They were often used to lead animals to the fair and to calm fidgety animals as well as to ward off danger and evil magic.

Marriage divination was practiced. Imitation ladders and spinning wheels were woven from the rushes. The men would sleep with the spinning wheels under their pillow and the girl would sleep with the ladder under hers. They would see their future partner spinning the wheel or at the top of the ladder. Later the man and woman exchanged them as tokens and if they dreamed of each other they were sure to marry. If the lark or linnet should sing on Brigids day then it was a sign of a good spring. The dandelion was known as St. Brigids flower as it is one of the first wild flowers to bloom after her festival. It has medicinal value and forms the base of a potent wine. The saint entertained in a regal way and was known for homemade ales which she gave to all visitors regardless. Others gathered hoare-frost from grass on the morning of St. Brigid's day as an infallible cure for headache. Many people got water from a well dedicated to Brigid and sprinkled water on their fields, livestock and homes to invoke the blessing of the saint

Sile Healy,

100 years and more!

100 years and more!

The family were awarded a Guinness World Record for having the most family members reach 100 years of age.

Click on the video after reading the story, then sit back and enjoy!

Click on the video after reading the story, then sit back and enjoy!

What a wonderful idea!

When the Moores arrived at Ellis Island, NY

When the Moores arrived at Ellis Island, NY

On this day in 1892 Annie Moore (and her brothers) were the first immigrants to the United States to pass through the Ellis Island facility in New York Harbor.

Moore arrived from County Cork, Ireland. It was reported that her arrival was on her 15th birthday, but records in Ireland reveal that her birthday was in May and she was actually 17. Her brothers, Anthony and Philip, who journeyed with her, had just turned 15 and 12, respectively. As the first person to be processed at the newly opened facility, she was presented with an American $10 gold piece from an American Official.

From 1820 to 1920, more than 4 million people left their native shores of Ireland bound for the Port of New York and a new life in America. When Ellis Island officially opened on January 1, 1892, the first passenger registered through the now world-famous immigration station was a young Irish girl named Annie Moore. Annie departed from Queenstown (County Cork, Ireland) on December 20, 1891 aboard the S.S. Nevada, one of 148 steerage passengers. The trio would spend 12 days at sea (including Christmas Day), arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December 31. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning, New Year's Day. All three children were soon reunited with their parents who were already living in New York.

Her parents, Matthew and Julia Moore, had come to the United States in 1888 and were living at 32 Monroe Street in Manhattan. She married a son of German immigrants Joseph Augustus Schayer, an employee at Manhattan's Fulton Fish Market, with whom she had at least eleven children. She died of heart failure on December 6, 1924 and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens. Her previously unmarked grave was identified in August 2006. On October 11, 2008, a dedication ceremony was held at Calvary which celebrated the unveiling of a marker for her grave, a Celtic Cross made of Irish Blue Limestone.

Image is the statue of Annie and her brothers in Cobh Harbour, I took it a few months ago when I went back, Cobh is one of those places where you know you are entrenched in Irish history as the reminders are in the place names and the architecture all around you.
When Annie left Ireland in 1892 it was under English rule and Cobh harbour was a military base (then known as Queenstown) here's an image taken in 1890's /File:Queenstown_aka_Cobh_(8141082551).jpg
Here's an image of the waterfront:

If a person was to read up on the history of Cobh harbour itself it would give you an overall view of the history of Ireland.
From ancient tribes to monastic settlements, to deportation and an overview of the Anglo-Irish relationships. It is still one of the major transatlantic Irish ports and one of the few ports in Ireland where enormous cruise liners can dock.
Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. On 11 April 1912, it was famously the final port of call for the RMS Titanic and the original dock is there today, although it needs restoration.
It's a fascinating place, well worth a visit.

Irish Connections!

Irish Connections!

Visiting officials from the West Cork region of Ireland have signed a “sister city” agreement with Scituate, promising to promote cultural exchange between the two coastal communities.

Boston's champion for the undocumented....

Boston's champion for the undocumented....

Son of Galway immigrants believes Trump will struggle to adopt campaign pledges

Best wishes to all for a wonderful day!

Best wishes to all for a wonderful day!

Thanks for giving


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Yesterday we met with the Irish Senior Connect volunteers! It was wonderful getting to hear their stories about the many Senior friendships they have made. Irish Senior Connect is dedicated to providing Seniors with a well-being check-in call that offers a listening ear and a response that conveys empathy and respect.
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My Dear Irish friends my name is Gordon Canning i am taking over the search for Brendan Paschal Rooney from Elmear Coffey at Banardos Origins and Training Service in Dublin I don’t know whether you can help me find my friend Neil Rooney's brother Brendan Paschal Rooney, we have searched all over the world new Zealand Australia all over Ireland, America and Canada are the only places left, we have tried search sites with no luck, Neil is now 82 was born in Sligo, when he was a small boy he and his brothers were put in Nazareth house orphanage Sligo, when their mother died and his father could not look after them, being in bad health their father soon died after his wife and was buried in Sligo. The trouble is with Neil being 82 and having had cancer and two strokes Neil wants to find and his brother who he has not seen since he was six years old before he dies, i do hope you can help with my search or suggest anyway other way to find him, being an 72 year old age pensioner myself any help would be appreciated. Neil Rooney’s friend Gordon canning
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