Boston didn't become known as America's most Irish city for nothing—and we've got a St. Patrick's Day celebration to prove it. Quite a few of them, in fact.
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The November election of Marty Walsh signaled a return to a long tradition of Irish-American mayors in Boston. Starting in 1885, Hugh O’Brien of County Cork became the city’s first Irish mayor, and in the 1900s, Irish-American politicians held the mayor’s seat for 85 out of 100 years. However, Boston’s Irish residents weren’t always so accepted.