Marty Walsh Is Off His Beanpot

September 27, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

Marty Walsh needs to unkiss the Blarney Stone. On his trip to the Ould Sod, Boston’s mayor has gotten shamrocks in his eyes for the second time in as many weeks, earning him the top half of today’s Boston Herald.



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The feisty local tabloid dedicates a full page inside the paper to this piece:


Walsh slips with hockey idea


Mayor Martin J. Walsh was forced to walk back yet another off-the-cuff statement, this time after a firestorm set off by his bizarre proposal to play the Beanpot hockey tournament in Belfast — the mayor’s second gaffe in two weeks that has PR experts urging his handlers to rein him in.

In a move that left sports fans baffled and set Twitter ablaze, Walsh expressed his support for a “Belfast Beanpot” yesterday, telling the BBC, “In light of the recent Sister City twinning between Belfast and Boston, which is underpinned by a long-standing connection between the two cities through ice hockey, I think it would be wonderful to bring the Beanpot to Belfast and am lending my support to the campaign.”

The Beanpot Tournament is a 62-year-old Boston tradition in which Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University hockey teams compete for Hub bragging rights.


That got the Twitterati’s Irish up, but not so much at the Boston Globe, which tucked the rumpus into the SportsLog section.


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Now we know – it’s possible to moonwalk on ice.

Seriously? FOURTH Day with No Herald Heaney Obit?

September 3, 2013

This is really disgraceful: For the fourth straight day the Boston Herald has ignored the death of Seamus Heaney, a major literary and local figure who graced Harvard University with his presence for many years.

Here’s who aced out the great Irish poet today:


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We know what you’re thinking: How long will the hardflogging staff keep this up?

Tell you what: Assume the Herald has maintained its misguided ways until we tell you otherwise.

UPDATE: Tuesday’s Boston Globe even featured a Names item about Heaney’s funeral.

Poet Seamus Heaney laid to rest in Dublin

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DUBLIN — Ireland mourned the loss of its Nobel laureate poet, Seamus Heaney, with equal measures of poetry and pain Monday in a funeral full of grace notes and a final message from the great man himself: Don’t be afraid.

Among those packing the pews of Dublin’s Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart were government leaders from both parts of Ireland, poets and novelists, Bono and The Edge from rock band U2, and former Lebanese hostage Brian Keenan.

Ireland’s foremost uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn, played a wailing lament before family members and friends offered a string of readings from the Bible and their own often-lyrical remembrances of the country’s most celebrated writer of the late 20th century. The 90-minute service ended with a cellist’s rendition of the childhood bedtime classic ‘‘Brahms’s Lullaby.’’


Sleep the Big Sleep, Seamus.

And sleep fitfully, Heraldniks.