Evacuation Day Supplement Dedication Page

This Issue Of  South Boston Today Is Dedicated To The Late Great John “Wacko” Hurley, First Amendment Attorney Chester Darling, All The Men And Women Of Our Armed Forces, The South Boston Allied War Veterans And The Good People of South Boston To Our Home Town For Valuing & Continuing Our Traditions Enjoy The Evacuation […]

Southie is my Home Town Lyrics

I was born down on “A” Street, Raised up on “B Street, Southie is my hometown; There is something about it, Permit me to shout it, It is tops for miles around; We have doctors and flappers, Preachers and scrappers, Men from the Old County down; They will take you & break you, But they’ll […]

What Does South Boston Have That Everyone Wants? – A Sense Of Place

When you think of South Boston, what comes to mind is an innate sense of security in all of its synonymous forms – refuge, sanctuary, protection, defense, safe harbor, shelter, retreat, fortification, well-being, safe-keeping. This sense of security comes from an even stronger ‘sense of place’. This strong sense of place comes from a feeling […]

St. Patrick’s Day Facts

What do you know about St. Patrick’s Day? Here are some interesting facts: St. Patrick’s Day was set aside to honor St. Patrick but was not on his birthday. It was on the day of his death. Besides being a Religious holiday, it has also come to be thought of as the first day of […]

Some Irish Humor Collected From Our Readers

  1)Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, ‘Lord take pity on me.If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of melife and give up me […]

THE ROAD TO IRISH INDEPENDENCE

1914 Outbreak of first world war delays the implementation of Home Rule legislation. 1915 Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood forms and takes control of planning the Easter Rising. 24 April 1916 The rising begins on Easter Monday. Irish Republicans fight British forces over six days in an attempt to end British rule, but are forced to […]

The Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising

As with most major political issues or historical events, plans to commemorate Easter 2016 have produced splits in how Ireland remembers and interprets the revolt. Sinn Féin has decided to organize its own series of events independent of the government’s official program. The party is behind a major exhibition about the Easter Rising in a former […]

The Claddagh Ring

The Claddagh ring is named after an old fishing settlement on Galway Bay. Here in The Claddagh, the people elected their own king refusing allegiance to any other. It is believed that Mr. Joyce, a Galway goldsmith made the first Claddagh rings around 1730. Later, Queen Victoria had a Claddagh ring specially made for her. […]

First St. Patrick’s Day Parade Held In 1737

The first meeting of Irishmen on American soil to honor St. Patrick took place in Boston on March 17th, 1737. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York in 1762. Curiously enough, before marching caught on, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with huge breakfasts, held around 2pm held in local taverns. Some […]

Who Was John Thomas? 

  In the middle of our neighborhood sits Thomas Park, surmounted by the elegant Dorchester Heights Monument.  We know, if we read the signs, that this oval is named for General John Thomas, who oversaw the fortification of the Heights in March 1776.  But who was John Thomas?  Why was he overseeing the operation?  And […]