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Monday, August 24, 2015

Stand-Up Comedian Eddie Izzard Performs at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27

English stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard is performing at Tanglewood on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., as part of the Popular Artist Series.  Tickets to the show are available to order online.

Known for his outrageous and absurd brand of comedy, Izzard began his career at London's famous Comedy Store in the 1980s, before starting his own club Raging Bull.  His one-man shows led to a variety of television appearances on shows like The Good Wife and the United States of Tara.

Here is a schedule of other performances taking place at Tanglewood through Labor Day.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association named this show the Event of Week in Massachusetts.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Win Free Pair of Tix to A Celtic Sojourn Festival at Lowell Summer Music Series on August 22

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away three pairs of tickets to see A Celtic Sojourn Roots & Branches Festival at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Hosted by Brian O'Donovan of WGBH, the festival features great performers like Cherish the Ladies, the all-women traditional ensemble out of New York; the McCarthy Family from Boston and Ireland; Socks in the Frying Pan from County Clare; and singer/songwriter Matthew Bryne from Newfoundland.

Click here to enter the contest, then submit your entry.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 20, so check back.

Or, you can purchase tickets directly online.

Good Luck!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello Perform at Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod on August 8

Irish traditional music duo Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello are performing at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $20.

Owners of the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, McCarthy & Costello have recorded several albums and have toured the world playing traditional Irish melodies.

The Chatham Fiddle Company is run by Rose Clancy, an accomplished instrument maker and traditional fiddler herself.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Boston Tourism Group Recommends Best Ways to Tour Ireland and Northern Ireland

Photo Courtesy of Inroads Ireland 

Looking into taking a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland?  Here are some recommendations from the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA), which has been promoting Ireland in the American market since 2000.

See details here on Cara Group Travel, Emerald Heritage Tours and Inroads Ireland Tours.

You can also learn about Tourism Ireland initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, Northern Ireland Coastal Route, the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo, the year-long celebration of W.B. Yeats, and upcoming events in Ireland.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is Saturday, July 18 in Florence, MA


The 22nd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival takes place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Look Park in Florence MA.  The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and features dozens of Scottish bands as well as sporting, cultural and culinary activities.

Headlining bands include Albannach, Soulsha, Prydein, Jennifer Licko, Charlie Zahn and the Cabeys.

Tickets are $12 general admission; $5 for children ages 5-12; and children under 5 go free.

Read about the history of the festival here.

Here is a schedule of other Irish, Scottish and Celtic festivals around New England this summer.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston Walking Tour Shares the Irish Contribution to America's Independence

Boston Massacre Memorial

Visitors to Boston can celebrate this year's Fourth of July by taking a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, focusing on the Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War and were part of America's quest for independence.

The tour, led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, takes place on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., starting from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the Center, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the Trail:

The Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common, erected in the 19th century by Irish leader John Boyle O'Reilly and other Bostonians.

Memorial to Commodore James Barry on Boston Common, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War who was born in Wexford and chosen by George Washington to create the first US Navy;

The Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, where a number of 18th century freedom fighters are buried including:

. Patrick Carr, one of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770;

. James Sullivan, the fifth governor of Massachusetts and the son of Irish indentured servants;

. Robert Treate Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was descended from the O'Neills of County Tyrone;

. William Hall, one of the early presidents of the Charitable Irish Society, formed in 1737.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Celtic Woman Performs at Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28

Celtic Woman, the wildly popular all-female singing ensemble from Ireland celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is returning to the New England area for a special concert at the Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 pm.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to this special performance. The lucky winner will be notified and announced here on Friday, June 26th, so be sure to check back for the exciting announcement!

On the other hand, if you don’t want to take a chance to miss seeing this incredible show, then you can purchase tix here.

Enjoy the show.