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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Luck, Orlaith Roche, 2017 Boston & New England Rose of Tralee Winner

Best wishes to Orlaith Roche, who is representing Boston & New England in the 2017 Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

Orlaith won the regional competition in May at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, and travels to Ireland to compete against contestants from around the world.   Read more about Orlaith here.

Cara Group Travel of Quincy is an official travel sponsor of the Rose of Tralee and has organized a group tour to go to this year's festival, which runs from August 16-22, 2017.

Now in its 58th year, the Rose of Tralee is one of Ireland's oldest and most popular summer festivals,

Tourism Ireland, the government agency that markets the island of Ireland in North America, estimates a 21.6% increase in North American visitors in the first half of 2016, a record-setting pace that speaks of the American-Ireland connection.

For information on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Irish band Ruaile Buaile performs at Irish Cultural Center on August 8

Ruaile Buaile, a traditional Irish band from County Offaly, performs in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Admission is $22 and includes a meal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

The band's first two albums, "Commotion" and "This Very Moment" were instant hits in Ireland and are now becoming popular in the US and other countries.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Irish Cultural Centre.

For year round details on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer in the City Music & Film Series at Boston Harbor Hotel

Looking for the perfect way to spend a summer night in Boston?  Check out Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City series along the waterfront.  It features live music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and a family film on Friday nights.

Find more Summer in the City details, including the full schedule of performers and films.

The music and film features are enhanced by the exquisite menu of Chef Daniel Bruce, award-winning chef, who has put together an al fresco menu for the summer nights.

For more details on enjoying  Boston this summer, visit

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Video from Tourism Ireland Captures Autumn in Ireland

Tourism Ireland has issued a new video called "Autumn on the Island of Ireland," extolling the beauty of Ireland in autumn, as well as the many cultural, historical and entertainment opportunities that await visitors.  

The September-December season is a great way for visitors to experience Ireland free from the peak-season crowds and prices.  From cities and towns to the countryside and magnificent seacoast, Ireland has something to offer everyone. 

Find out more about visiting Ireland this autumn, or any time of year, at

For other stories about visiting Ireland from New England, check out

Friday, July 21, 2017

Irish Singer Mary Black Concert on July 29 at Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA

Irish singer Mary Black performs in  concert at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA on Saturday, July 29, 2017. You can purchase tickets to the concert online or at the venue.

Long regarded as one of the best Irish vocalists of her generation, Black brings a thorough command of traditional music with a contemporary flair that makes her sound unique.

The Cabot Theatre at 286 Cabot Street in Beverly is one of the premier concert venues in greater Boston.  Formerly a beloved vaudeville theater from the 1920s, it was refurbished in recent years to become a sought-after venue for performers of Mary Black's caliber.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at The Cabot.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Irish Cultural Centre Presents Summer Workshops for Children, July 17-21

The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton is gearing up for its week-long summer workshops for children the week of July 17, 2017.

The workshops include Irish sports, music, puppetry & theater, dance and Irish language, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) and a virtual tour of Ireland through movies and the internet.  Cost of the workshops range from $40 to $80.

Sited on a 46 acre campus just south of Boston, the Irish Cultural Centre is a year round facility that celebrates Irish culture, sports, heritage, literature and learning in America.  As one of the largest Irish facilities in New England, the ICC is a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.

Here is the ICC's schedule of upcoming activities this summer.

For year round details of Irish activities throughout Massachusetts and New England, visit

Monday, July 10, 2017

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is Named Event of the Week in Massachusetts

The 24th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival has been named event of the week by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The festival takes place on Saturday, July 15, at Look Park in Florence, Massachusetts and features a full day of Scottish culture, athletics, dance and music.  Also at the festival: historical reenactors of Scottish history and culture, children's games, food and beverage courts, and a shopping area with authentic Scottish products.  Find full details at the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival website.

Among the top performers are the Brigadoons, the Tartan Terrors, Screaming Orphans, Allbanach, Charlie Zahm and more.  Here is the full musical schedule.

Find out more about the history of the festival and also the origins of the name, which dates back to 1753, when this part of western Massachusetts was first settled by Scots-Irish immigrants from Ulster.

For year round coverage of Irish and Scottish activities in New England, visit