The best of times

By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 7, 2007

Casey is modest about his band’s success. Especially about what they’ve done to articulate the ineffable Boston-Irish experience for a worldwide audience. “People can call us what they want,” he says. “But I wouldn’t say we consider ourselves ambassadors.” He pauses for a moment, recalling those eight years of sold-out Saint Patrick’s Day shows at Avalon and Agganis Arena, the thousands of fans in Boston Celtics T-shirts and Glasgow Celtic scarves who flood the city for five days every March. “But if the tourism board wants to give us a cut of the profits from hotel sales . . . ”

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