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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Irish Cultural Centre Hosts Halloween Family Day in Canton on Sunday,October 19

The Irish Cultural Centre is hosting Halloween Family Day from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at its 46 acre campus in Canton.

Among the activities: storytelling and songs in the Irish Cottage; step dancing displays by the Harney Academy of Irish Dance; face painting and scavenger hunts; and prizes for best costumes.

Formed in 1989, the Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as one of the premier Irish-American venues in the United States.

Find year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts and the New England region by visiting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burren Pub Presents April Verch Band and Ashley Davis & Cormac DeBarra on October 15

The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, is presenting two great acts - the April Verch Band and traditional duo Ashley Davis and Cormac DeBarra, on Wednesday, October 15 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $23 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The show  is part of the Burren Back Room Series hosted by Brian O'Donovan of WGBH's Celtic Sojourn radio program.

Read more about the Burren Pub, founded in 1996 by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities visit

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Derry Singer/Songwriter Phil Coulter Performs at Benefit for Boston Irish Pastoral Centre on October 14

Phil Coulter, famed singer and songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland, is performing at St. Ignatius Church at Boston College on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert benefits the Boston Irish Pastoral Centre , which does important work for immigrants since it was founded in 1987.  Tickets to the concert are $125 and can be purchased online or at the venue the night of the concert.

Best known for hit songs like "The Town I  Loved So Well" and "Puppet on a String," Coulter is also widely acclaimed as a recording artist, impresario, mentor and scholar of Irish culture.  In 1998 Coulter was a visiting scholar at Boston College, invited by fiddle champion Seamus Connolly, founder of BC's Gaelic Roots program.  Coulter gave a lecture entitled "A Musical Life" at the Gaelic Roots Festival & Summer School that year.

Steve Morse, music critic of The Boston Globe, called Coulter "a true character, a versatile, vaudeville-influenced performer who has left an indelible...mark on the pop world."

The Irish Pastoral Centre is holding its annual fundraising banquet on November 15, 2014.

Find out about year round Irish and Celtic cultural activities in the New England region at

Friday, October 10, 2014

Irish Drum Master Mance Grady Gives Workshop at Irish Cultural Centre on October 11

Mance Grady, a master of the bodhran, an Irish traditional  drum, is giving an Introduction to the Bodhran workshop at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, from 2:00 -3:30 on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Cost of the workshop is $50.00

Long considered one of the premier Irish drummers of his generation, the Rhode Island native has been performing in New England for nearly four decades, playing with some of the region's finest musicians such as Seamus Connolly, Paddy Keenan, Roger Burridge and Jimmy Devine.

For more information call 781 821-8291 or email

The Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as New England's headquarters for year-round Irish culture, sports, education and social gatherings.

Find year round details on Irish activities in the region by visiting

Christmas, Celtic and Holiday Concerts in Greater Boston & New England, December 2014

Check out the Boston Irish Tourism Association's new schedule of Christmas and Holiday concerts taking place in December 2014 in greater Boston and throughout New England.

Concert series this year - including the Boston Pops Holiday Season, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan, and Tomas Foley's A Celtic Christmas - are presenting multiple shows in various locations around the region.

And there are great individual shows, including Tony Kenny's Christmas Time In Ireland at the Rogers Center, Christmas Time at Reagle Music Theatre, Handel's Messiah and Holiday Pops concerts at Mechanics Hall, several Christmas music and dance shows at Blackstone River Theatre, and the Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert at Boston College.

Here is a full schedule of cultural activities during December - including live theater, museum exhibits, lectures, children's shows and Irish celebrations.

Find year round details of the region's Irish-American community by visiting

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kevin O'Malley, new US Ambassador to Ireland, Greets the Irish People

Kevin F. O'Malley, the new US Ambassador to the Ireland appointed by President Barack Obama, issued a video this week to the Irish people.

The St. Louis native said he shared the president's commitment to Ireland, "and look forward to building on the family, cultural and business ties we share between our two countries."

O'Malley was nominated by President Obama on June 5, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 18, 2014.

Here is a background on Ambassador O'Malley.

The US Embassy to Ireland is located at 42 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Golden Bridges Conference Connects Boston and Northwest Ireland

The 6th annual Golden Bridges Conference is underway in Boston this week, taking place through Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center.

The two day conference brings together public officials, business leaders and tourism experts from Donegal and Northern Ireland with their counterparts in Boston and Massachusetts, for a discussion on ways to collaborate across the Atlantic and spur economic development in the two places.

Among the invited speakers are mayors Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Brenda Stevenson of Derry, and John Campbell of Donegal, along with Mairtin O Muileoir, former lord mayor of Belfast; Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray; State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry; Ireland's Minister for Employment and Learning Dr. Stephen Farry; Joe McHugh, Ireland's Minister of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltach Affairs; Norman Houston, Director of the Northern Ireland Bureau; and Alison Metcalf, director of Tourism Ireland in North America.

Several awards are being presented, to Joseph E. Finn, Commission of the Boston Fire Department, Billy Higgins, South Boston resident and founder of the Southhill Children's Fund, and Billy Sullivan, president of the AOH, Division Eight in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Here is the full agenda and schedule of the conference.

The conference is hosted by the Irish Echo Newspaper.

For more information about Boston's Irish community, visit