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Friday, November 24, 2017

Irish Books for Christmas - Cooking, Literature, Kennedy Family, Boston History


The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a nice selection of Irish books that make perfect gifts for the Christmas season.  Visit the Gift Shop here.  Prices listed include postage/handling charges.

The books include:

 ⬐ Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past, $20

⬐ Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader $45

⬐ Rose Kennedy's Family Album $45

⬐ Elegant Irish Dining $35

⬐ Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores: Classic Irish Stories, $16

Orders placed via PayPal or by check will be shipped within 24 hours via United States Postal Service (USPS).

Follow Irish cultural activities year round at IrishBoston.org.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Irish Hurling Tournament & Festival at Fenway Park Today, November 19, 2017


The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival,supported by Aer Lingus, is taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston.

This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in the park.  Performers include the Burren Traditional Band, Brian Boru Pipe Band from Cape Cod and U2 tribute band Joshua Tree. 

Fenway Park is one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.  Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

Read more about the match, along with other Irish activities in New England, in the new issue of Travel & Culture magazine published by Boston Irish Tourism Association

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at by visiting IrishBoston.org

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Irish Pastoral Centre Celebrates 30 Years in Boston with Gala on Saturday, November 18


Boston’s Irish PastoralCentre celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Gala Event on Saturday, November 18 at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online or at the hall, which is located at 55 Hallet Street.

Special guests and honorees include former Vatican Ambassador and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s deputy head of government.  Music is by Irish band Devri

The Centre was founded in 1989, when young Irish were emigrating due to a faltering economy. Co-founders Fr. Dan Finn and Sr. Veronica Dobson operated the Centre at St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester and St. Columbkille in Brighton. In 2012 the Centre moved to St. Brendan’s Parish in Dorchester.

Read profile of IPC's 25th anniversary.

For year round details on the Irish community in Boston, visit IrishBoston.org

Winter Issue of TRAVEL & CULTURE Magazine Features New England Holiday Concerts & Travel to Ireland


(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its winter issue of Travel & Culture, a free magazine that promotes the New England region’s Irish community as well as mainstream cultural events for visitors.

Holiday concerts are featured in this issue, with stories on Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and a round-up of Celtic Christmas shows.  Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day activities are included, from parades and concerts to cultural events.

The cover photo features Haley Richardson, one of the performers at this year's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn concerts taking place in Boston, Rockport, Worcester, New Bedford and Providence. 

The “Travel Ireland” section has stories on Irish Christmas markets throughout the country and on a new museum honoring poet Seamus Heaney in County Derry. There are also stories on new upcoming flights to Ireland on Delta Air Lines and Norwegian Air.

Other stories include a profile of Newport, RI in the off-season, the 160th anniversary of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the new Thomas J. Butler Park in South Boston and an In Memoriam on Boston Irish leader Bill McGowan.

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online.

BITA is celebrating its 17th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture, in March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.


For further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jeremy Kittel Trio Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, November 11


The Jeremy Kittel Trio is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  Tickets are $18 and can purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272.

Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer, a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, according to BRT. He is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For information on year-round cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Clannad Singer Moya Brennan Performs at Irish Cultural Centre on November 9


Irish singer Moya Brennan is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Thursday, November 9, 2017.  Tickets are $25 general admission ($20 for ICC members) and can be purchased at the door.

A native of Donegal, Moya Brennan and her band Clannad helped jump start a revival of Irish traditional music in the 1970s, while also shining a spotlight of the rich body of music in the Irish language.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Centre.

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


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marty Walsh Overwhelmingly Wins Re-Election for Second Term as Mayor of Boston


Marty Walsh won a convincing victory over opponent Tito Jackson to secure his second four-year term as Mayor of Boston. 

The 50 year old son of Irish immigrants from Connemara, County Galway, was first elected in November 2013.  Since then he has become one of the state's most popular politicians who has built a solid record in affordable housing, economic development, arts & culture, immigrant rights and opportunities for all Boston residents. 

Read Marty Walsh's full speech at The Boston Globe site.

"Today, I am more determined than ever to make Boston a city where everyone’s dream can come true—a city that’s a hub of opportunity for every individual in every neighborhood," Walsh told his jubilant followers at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.  "A city for all of us. That’s what the next four years will be about."

Walsh has gained national attention this year for his fierce advocacy of immigrant rights in the United States.

"Immigrants seeking a better life choose Boston," he said to his followers on election night. "They risk everything to come to our city. I will always have their back."

Here is a list of Irish-American mayors of Boston dating back to 1885, when Hugh O'Brien was the first Irishman elected to the office of mayor. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park Opens in South Boston


Massport  recently joined local elected officials, friends and family of Tom Butler to officially unveil the Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park in South Boston.

Joining Massport CEO Tom Glynn at the event were Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, state Representative Nick Collins, City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Bill Linehan and other local officials, as well as former officials like Ray Flynn, Bill Bulger and Jack Hart.

The park is named to honor Tom Butler of South Boston, who was beloved in his neighborhood for his many decades of community service and charitable deeds to the town.  As Director of External Relations for Massport, Butler was also a well-respected public official who helped mitigate effects of Logan International Airport, Conley Terminal and Cruiseport Boston for the residents who lived nearby those facilities.

"My father acted as a buffer for the  community he served in his capacity at Massport," said his son Tom Butler, Jr. at the ceremony.  "If your team need baseball uniforms, or your kid needed a summer job, or if you were under the (airport) flight path...you could call my dad.  His true passion was helping people on a personal level."

Here is a profile of Tom Butler.


The park is also part of Massport's Thomas Butler Freight Corridor, a .6 mile roadway which was built to keep 400-500 container trucks off East First Street and portions of Summer Street in South Boston.

The 4.5 acre park contains a path for runners and walkers, trees and flowers, seating and lighting, bike racks and a separately enclosed dog park.  It is part of Massport's initiative for open spaces.

Find more profiles of Irish-American community leaders here.


Tourism Group Offers Free Tickets to AIG Fenway Hurling Classic & Irish Festival at Fenway Park, November 19


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away 25 free pairs of tickets to the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, supported by Aer Lingus, taking place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Boston.  Gates open at 11 a.m. and the final match takes place at 3 p.m.

Enter the contest here, and we'll notify the winners on Friday, November 17.

Or, order your tickets online now to make sure you're part of this amazing annual event.  There are also special packages for hotel rates and opportunities to meet the players.  Fans are able to get a 10% discount on Aer Lingus flights to attend the match.


This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in Fenway Park, one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.

Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at IrishBoston.org

Feel free to FORWARD this email to Irish organizations interested in this special event. 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Lonely Planet Names Belfast & Causeway Coast Best Travel Destination in 2018.


Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the Number One region in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018.  Belfast and the Causeway shared the top ten list with other destinations like Alaska, Kii Peninsula in Japan, and Bahai in Brazil.

Belfast was praised for its world-renowned restaurants, historical sites and the friendliness of people in Northern Ireland.  The Causeway Coast has magnificent castles, seascapes and natural wonders.  The Causeway has been a film location for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Lonely Planet wrote: 

"From epic landscapes to hip hotels and doomed ships to fine food, Belfast & the Causeway Coast has plenty to attract visitors. Belfast, a city once defined by the Troubles, has a new and compelling energy. Old shipyards are giving way to gleaming new developments, while Victorian architecture and Titanic Belfast ensure history is never far from the surface. To the northwest is the Causeway Coast, a stretch of rugged black basalt and white chalk packed with grandeur and myth. Here, you can devour fine seafood and craft beer, scout out Game of Thrones locations and trace the footprints of giants."


 Tourism Northern Ireland CEO John McGrillen said the recent increase in visitors is the result of “partnership marketing initiatives in the Republic of Ireland highlighting both well-established and new tourism offerings, from Titanic and the Causeway to Seamus Heaney Homeplace and the Game of Thrones tapestry.”

For more information about visiting, go to Discover Northern Ireland.