Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of the late US senator Edward Kennedy,  and Patrick Kennedy, his son, with (from left) vice president Joe Biden, Senator Ed Markey and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, for dedication ceremonies for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Despite the freezing wind blasting Columbia Point near Boston, the occasion felt – as one high-ranking Democrat is said to have remarked of a recent p(...)

President Obama is applauded as he takes the stage to make remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Photograph: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to late senator Edward Kennedy and his ability to find compromise with political opponents, saying, “No one mad(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

A woman is reflected in the snow-covered sculpture “Cloud Gate” as she walks through Millennium Park during blizzard conditions in Chicago. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Chicago experienced the coldest February 19th in 79 years on Thursday, when temperatures hit -22 degrees Celsius. At Niagra Falls, the great gushing w(...)

 Tourists walk over the Brooklyn Bridge ahead of the storm.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly/EPA

The northeastern United States is steeling itself as Winter Storm Juno hits, with meteorologists predicting more than two feet of snow in the region s(...)

Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh with fomer taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Carna, Co  Galway, yesterday.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In the crowded marquee in the small Connemara village of Carna, there was a flutter of surprise when the strainséir, the well-known politician from el(...)

Irish Roots

I was recently involved in researching the family tree of Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston, as part of the mother of all Irish festivals, iFest Boston(...)

Marty Walsh has dual US and Irish citizenship and grew up in a household in Boston where Irish was spoken. Photograph: Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times 2:26

A beaming Marty Walsh declared “Tá mé go maith” at Shannon airport this morning as he was given a rapturous welcome on his first visit to Ireland as m(...)

Boston major Marty Walsh during his election campaign last year. photograph: jim davis/boston globe via getty images

Marty Walsh, the new mayor of Boston whose aircraft was due to touch down in Shannon at about 6am this morning, is most welcome in the country of his (...)

Boston mayor Marty Walsh plans to visit Ireland this autumn. Photograph: New york Times

Boston’s Irish-American mayor Marty Walsh has announced plans for a 10-day visit to Ireland in the autumn. Mr Walsh, whose parents hail from south Con(...)