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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rockin' Road to Dublin Performs at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 30



Rockin’ Road to Dublin is coming to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, along with a cast of 14 dancers, 8 musicians and 2 vocalists, Rockin' Road to Dublin combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production.

Irish Dancing Magazine calls  Rockin' Road to Dublin “WORLD CLASS ... a one-two punch of style and mastery ... they made some magic here”.

You can purchase tix online or purchase them at the Auditorium.

For year round information on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Irish Songs & Stories free concert at Lawrence Public Library on March 26


Lawrence Irish Heritage Month presents “Irish Songs & Stories” with musician Terri Kelley and special guest Sheila Manzi at the Lawrence PublicLibrary at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  The event is free and open to the public.

The concert is hosted by the Friends of Lawrence Public Library and supported by Division 8 Ancient Order of Hibernians in memory of George Kelley.

The Lawrence Public Library is located at 51 Lawrence Street

Read more about Division 8 AOH in this profile of Bill Sullivan

For more information on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Irish Film Festival Boston, March 23-26 at Somerville Theatre



One of the great pleasures of St. Patrick’s Day each year is attending the Irish Film Festival Boston (March 23-26, 2017), a wealth of amazing movies, shorts and documentaries coming out of Ireland.  Now in its 17th year, the Irish Film Festival continues to inspire with a great selection of new films that depict the Irish and Irish-American experience.

Here is a full schedule of films at this year's festival. 

One film that has garnered attention and praise is Rocky Ros Mus by Director Michael Fanning.  It is the story of boxer Sean Mannion, who left the  quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in Co. Galway to come to Boston, where he worked his way up the ranks in the boxing world. 


For year round information on Irish activities in New England visit IrishMassachusetts.com



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Author David McKean Discusses the Lowell Irish at Lawrence Heritage State Park on March 19


Local author David D. McKean is discussing his book, Lowell Irish, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center.

The event is part of the Lawrence Irish Heritage Month presented each March by Division Eight of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Men's and Women's Division.  See full schedule here.

The event is free and open to the public.  The Center is handicapped accessible.

A native of Lowell, Mr. McKean is an active historian, archivist,  tour guide and researcher in the illustrious history of the city's Irish community.  He is involved in the Lowell Irish Cultural Week each year, which highlights the history and culture of the Irish community.

Find year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan Performs on Cape Cod on Sunday, March 19


Irish singing star Ronan Tynan performs at the Tiden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Cape Cod at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Tickets to the show can be purchased online or at the concert venue.

Tynan is one of America's beloved performers, especially in New England, where Ronan has performed the national anthem at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and countless concert halls in the region.

"If you can perform songs in a specific way that moves an audience to a wonderful memory, you've achieved everything you set out to do as a performer," Ronan said in an interview a few years ago, validating why the Irish vocalist has such a local following.

The show is presented by Spectacle Management, which promotes top artists at intimate concert venues around the region.  Here is a scheulde of upcoming concerts from Spectacle.

For year round information on Irish culture in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.




Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 19


The 66th annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

This year's grand marshall is Sister Jane F. Morrissey, from the Sisters of Saint Joseph religious order. She is an educator, social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor all over the world - from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke.

Other award recipients include actress Ann Dowd, winner of the JFK National Award and writer and publisher Turlough McConnell, winner of the Ambassador Award.

The three mile parade starts at Route 5 and Northampton Street and ends at High Street.  Here is a map of the parade route.

Other parades taking place in Massachusetts on March 19 are in Abington,  Boston and Scituate.

Here is a full schedule of parades in Massachusetts this month.

Find year round details on Irish events at IrishMassachusetts.com.