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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.







Friday, March 17, 2017

Pendragon Celtic Band Performs at Blackstone Rivery Theatre on Saturday, March 18


Pendragon, one of New England's most popular Celtic ensembles, is performing in concert at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.  They can be purchased by calling the box office at 401 725-9272.

Pendragon includes award-winning step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo, Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina, Josh Kane on flute and whistles, and vocalist Mary Lee Partington. They will be joined tonight by guest step dancer Erika Damiani and All-Ireland uileann piper Torrin Ryan

Pendragon has been voted Rhode Island's Best Celtic Act nine times in the Motif Magazine's Best Music Awards. The band released a 30th Anniversary CD, "Live at Blackstone River Theatre" in 2014.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre

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

Irish Cultural Centre Celebrates on St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Stop into the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton this weekend to enjoy St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including step dance exhibitions, live music, set dancing, children's activities and more.  Also enjoy authentic Irish and Irish-American cuisine.

Located on 46 acres, the Irish Cultural Centre is a year-round facility that promotes Irish culture, heritage and sports throughout the year.  It is located off Route 138, not far from Highways 93 and 128.

Read this profile on Maudy Dooher, programming and membership director at the Centre.

Fnd out about the Centre here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Irish Musician Tom Garvey's Radio Broadcast from WCCM AM on March 17


Irish traditional pianist Tom Garvey is hosting the 31th annual Irish Revue radio program on Friday, March 17, 2017 on WCCM 1110-AM, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

You can hear the show streaming at 1110wccmam.com.  The toll-free number to call and make requests or speak with Tom is 1-877-687-8005.

The Andover resident is a longtime veteran of the region's Irish traditional music scene, dating back to the 1950s, when Garvey used to travel weekly to the robust Dudley Street in Roxbury, where five dance halls offered continuous Irish, Scottish and Canadian music for waves of immigrants and Boston's sprawling Irish and Celtic communities.  Garvey played piano in the famous Tara Ceili Band with fiddlers Larry Reynolds and Brendan Tonra.

Garvey is also a walking encyclopedia of Irish music, with a memory of recordings, musicians and band personnel dating back half a century.  He has donated many of his materials to the Boston College Irish Music Center and has been an adviser for other projects at the Lawrence Public Library Irish Collection and the Boston Irish Tourism Association

In 2008, Garvey was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musicians Association) for his lifelong contributions to Irish music.

For more information about Irish music in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com