It’s Wicked Irish


Famed Boston (and Boston Globe) photographer Bill Brett dedicated his new book, “Boston Irish,” to his late mother. Both his parents hailed from County Sligo, Ireland, and he credits his mother in every way. “There were six of us,” says Brett. “My mother kept it all together.”

His fifth book, “Boston Irish” is a photographic tribute to those who made their way to, and had a large hand in helping build, Boston. “It was time,” Brett says. “The Irish have done well in this town and it was time to record their stories. These men and women have done wonderful things. And now they’re stepping up to help the next generation of immigrants… wherever they may come from.”

Since retiring from the Globe, Brett has published four other book that equally reflect his love and respect for the City of Boston: “Boston: An Extended Family,” “Boston: A Year in the Life,” “Boston: All One Family” and, most recently with his daughter, Kerry Brett, “Boston: Inspirational Women.”

“Boston Irish” gives a rare look back at the last 50 years of Irish culture in Boston. Brett gives large credit to his accomplices on this project—local writer Carol Beggy and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough. Brett lives in Hingham. His book is available at and, as well as many local retailers.


Comments are closed.