Instead of getting fall-down drunk(er) on St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, why not mark the occasion with a stroll through Irish and Irish-American history in Boston? To that end, we've compiled this handy map of 11 spots around the city commemorating impactful people and events connected to Eire. These range from a presidential library to an Olympian monument to an unmarked cemetery in the Harbor. Put down the pint and get out there.Read More
11 Boston Sites for Celebrating the Irish on St. Patrick's Day
1. Irish Famine Memorial
Boston, MA 02108
The memorial commemorates the famine that started in 1845 that led not only to hundreds of thousands of deaths, but to a mass emigration to the U.S.
2. Commodore John Barry Monument
Boston, MA 02111
The Irish-born John Barry (County Wexford, to be exact) was a the first commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, having served during the Revolution.
3. Thomas Cass Statue
Boston, MA 02116
Born in Queen's County, Ireland, Cass saw extensive action in the Civil War, rising to colonel and dying in Boston of wounds sustained in the Battle of Malvern Hill.
4. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
The official presidential library dedicated to the only U.S. president of predominantly Irish descent is located next to UMass-Boston's main campus.
5. Patrick Andrew Collins Memorial
Boston, MA 02116
The memorial commemorates Boston's second Irish-born mayor, and includes a description of his rise from upholster to Harvard Law grad to City Hall.
6. John Boyle O'Reilly Monument
This commemorates the Irish resistance leader and later U.S. journalist who emigrated to Boston (via British banishment to Western Australia).
7. James Brendan Connolly Monument
Boston, MA 02125
Connolly was the first Olympic champion (today's equivalent of gold medalist) from Boston, having won in the 1896 Games, the first of the modern era. He was one of 12 children of Irish immigrants.
8. Rest Haven Cemetery
Boston, MA 02152
You can visit Deer Island, one of the major islands of Boston Harbor, but there's no proper marker yet for a cemetery holding the remains of scores of Irish immigrants who died at the quarantine station that was here. The island's now mostly dominated by a wastewater treatment plant.
9. Hibernian Hall
Boston, MA 02119
For decades after its 1913 opening, the hall served as a hub of Irish-American life in Boston. It was nearly demolished in 1997, but remains as an arts center in Roxbury.
10. Bunker Hill Catholic Cemetery
Charlestown, MA 02129
This cemetery was immensely controversial when it opened in the 1830s. Local officials did not want Irish-Catholics buried on private land (the bishop of Boston had bought the acreage). It's now closed to the general public but viewable nonetheless.
11. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace
Boston, MA 02113
The daughter of a Boston mayor and the mother of a U.S. president (and the namesake of the famed ribbon of greenway) was born at this address in 1890.