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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Arrives at Shannon Airport to Start 11 Day Visit to Ireland & Northern Ireland

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh returned to Ireland this week on an eleven-day mission, where he will visit his parents' homeland in Connemara, County Galway, and strengthen trade and tourism between the City of Boston and Ireland / Northern Ireland.

Walsh’s parents both emigrated from Connemara, Galway to Boston in the 1950s.  John Walsh came from Callowfeenish in Carna in 1959, while his mother Mary O'Malley, who hails from Ros Cide in Rosmuc, arrived in 1959, according to Walsh's profile in Irish America Magazine.

In addition to his stay in Galway, Walsh is slated to visit Donegal, Derry, Belfast and Dublin, where he will meet with business leaders, government officials and community groups.

Walsh is the 12th Boston mayor of Irish heritage.

For more about Boston's Irish heritage, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.  For year round cultural activities visit IrishBoston.org.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Boston Chef Barbara Lynch is the Food Ambassador for upcoming iFest on September 26-28


Boston's award-winning chef Barbara Lynch is serving as the Food Ambassador for the upcoming iFest, a celebration of Irish cuisine, culture, sports and entertainment.  It takes place at Boston Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on September 26-28, 2014.

Chef Lynch is being joined at the festival  by a prominent list of culinary greats, including top Irish  chefs Darina Allen, Kevin Dundon and Cathal Armstrong, as well as great American chefs like Maura Kilpatrick and Anna Sortun.

Here is a video of Chef Lynch's recent trip to Ireland.



A native of South Boston, Chef Lynch is one of the most celebrated chefs in Boston, and America.  Winner of numerous awards, including the James Beard Award, she is author of the book, Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition. 

Find more about Boston's year round Irish traditions at IrishBoston.org.

For visitor information, go to BostonUSA.com and MassVacation.com.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

New England Tenors Perform at Rogers Center at Merrimack College on Sunday, October 5


The New England Tenors are in concert at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on Sunday, October 4, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off three pairs of tickets to see the show.  Enter the contest here, and then check back on October 3 when the winners are announced.

Or, you can purchase tickets directly online; prices are $22 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

There is a reason this talented trio of professional singers  - Jeffrey Hartman, Damien Corcoran, and John Middleton-Cox - are so popular throughout the region: their music ranges from opera and classical to Irish songs and popular hits, and their presentation and delivery is beautiful.

Check out the upcoming schedule of events at the Rogers Center for the Arts this season.

You can find year round information on Irish cultural activities by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Win Tix to Solas Concert at Somerville Theatre this Saturday, September 20


Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see Irish supergroup Solas in concert at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville this Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.  Enter the contest here - the winner is being announced on Thursday, September 18!

The concert is being presented by World Music/CRASHarts. You can also purchase tickets to the show online or at the venue the night of the concert.

The band is presenting Shamrock City, a multimedia show that explores Butte, Montana in the 19th century, a booming mining town settled overwhelmingly by Irish immgrants seeking their fortune. Here are details of the show.

Check out moreWorld Music/CRASHarts concerts in greater Boston coming up this season.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org.

For visitor information, check out BostonUSA.com and MassVacation.com.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Damian McGinty, former Celtic Thunder Star, Performs in Hartford and Providence this Fall


Damian McGinty, the young singing star from Derry, Northern Ireland who performed with Celtic Thunder, is returning to New England in October as part of a national tour with Ethan Bortnick.

They will be performing in Hartford, CT on October 5, followed by two shows in Providence, RI on October 12, 2014. Find details here.

McGinty was part of the original Celtic Thunder ensemble for several years, and left the band in 2012 when he won a coveted spot on the television show Glee.  Since then he has embarked on a solo career that has taken him around the world.  In 2013 McGinty was Cultural Ambassador for his home city of Derry, Northern Ireland.

Find year round details on Celtic and Irish cultural activities at IrishMassachusetts.com.


Nova Scotia Duo Cassie & Maggie MacDonald Perform at Blackstone River Theatre, September 14


Two rising traditional stars from Nova Scotia, sisters Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, are opening the new fall season at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the venue.

Also appearing is the Brendan Carey Block, the U.S. National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, and his band.

Now entering its 15th year, Blackstone River Theatre has become an integral part of New England's Celtic music scene, hosting both acclaimed artists and young musicians ready to make their mark.

Here is a full schedule of the fall/winter season at Blackstone.

You can find year round details on Irish and Celtic cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Senate President Therese Murray Announces New Partnership Between Massachusetts, Northern Ireland and Ireland


Therese Murray, president of the Massachusetts State Senate, announced today the expansion of the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  Read details here

The Letterkenny Institute of Technology, located in Donegal, and the Clinical TransitionalResearch and Innovation Centre (C-TRIC) in Derry will house the new incubator space.  

President Murray, who has led successful trade missions that resulted in this partnership, said, “This exciting collaboration will offer assistance to Massachusetts-based companies looking to break into the European market while also attracting European companies that want to launch clinical trials in Massachusetts.”

M2D2 was formed in 2008 at UMass Lowell and UMass Worcester to accelerate the development and launch of new medical device companies.  It provides business development counseling, engineering and prototype development support, and clinical and regulatory guidance.

Murray said the goal is “to create an environment where research, innovation and commercialization can all take place and this is a big step forward for innovators and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts and beyond.”

Murray is in Ireland and Northern Ireland this week to received 3rd annual Tip O'Neill Irish Diaspora Award, which is presented by the Donegal Diaspora ConferenceIreland's President Michael D. Higgins will present the award to Senator Murray in an award ceremony taking place in Buncrana.

For more about the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.