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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Holiday Concerts in Massachusetts & New England

Dance Prism Perform Nutcracker Ballet 

Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled a Christmas schedule of amazing holiday concerts, plays, dances and other activities that celebrate Christmas in New England

The calendar ranges from Boston Pops Holiday shows and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn to classic offerings like Handel's Messiah, A Christmas Carol and the Nutcracker Ballet.

Several touring artists and groups are coming through New England this month, including the Vienna Boys Choir, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, fiddle star Eileen Ivers, and Irish duo Eamonn McCrystal and Cloe Agnew of Celtic Woman.

Other annual celebrations include Christmas in Newport,  Reagle Music Theatre's Christmastime, Breakfast with Santa at the Irish Cultural Centre, and the Irish Dance Spectacular at the Blackstone River Theatre.

For more details on Christmas shows and other activities, read BITA's Travel & Culture Guide.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Burren Pub Hosts Fourth Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition on November 30

The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, is proud to sponsor the 4th annual Benefit of Music for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30,2016.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door.  100% of the proceeds go to the Coalition.

Tonight's event features great local musicians, including Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello with Sean Clohessy; Christian McNeill; the Bagboys; Opera on Tap; George Woods; Mary Casey and Lindsay O'Donovan; Cast of Return of the Winemakers; Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul plus surprise guests. Brian O'Donovan is the master of ceremonies. 

Find out more about Boston's Irish community by visiting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne Perform at Irish Cultural Centre on December 3

Irish traditional duo Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne perform in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $25 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 781 821-829.

Parsons has "one of the most beautiful voices in Ireland," according to Irish Music Magazine, whose "ornamentation breathes new life into these beautiful songs," says legendary singer Andy Irvine.  She is also an All Ireland concertina player, while Dunne is a multi-instrumentalist and also a great singer.

The duo are performing an evening of traditional melodies as well as some Christmas songs.

Here is a calendar of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre.

For year round information on Boston's Irish scene, visit

Sunday, November 20, 2016

2017 Schedule of St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island Issued by Tourism Group

Spectators at the Patrick's Parade on Cape Cod

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has released its 2017 schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades taking place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  

The parade season begins on Saturday, March 4, with the Cape Cod Patrick's Parade, and finishes up on Sunday, March 19 with parades in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.

Stay tuned for updates on other parades taking place in the New England region.

Here is a list of Irish cultural activities in March 2017 in New England.

For year round information on Irish cultural events and organizations, visit

Irish Tenor John McDermott Performs at Worcester Hibernian Center for Food Pantry Fundraiser on November 20

Acclaimed Irish tenor John McDermott performs a benefit concert to aid the St. John's Food for the Poor program in Worcester at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

The concert takes place at Fiddler's Green Pub in the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre at 19 Temple Street.  Tickets are $25 at the door.

McDermott gained international fame as a member of the Irish Tenors and has since had a successful solo career.  He is well-known for his devotion to charitable causes, from helping veterans get housing and health care to providing for poor and homeless citizens in Canada and the United States.

Here is a profile of McDermott from 2015.

Find year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts at

Once: the Musical Performs One Night at Fine Arts Center, Amherst on December 1

Once: The Musical is coming to the Fine Arts Center at University of Massachusetts in Amherst at 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.  Enter the contest here. Or, you can purchase tickets directly online to see this Broadway hit.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, Once is an engaging, heartwarming story of two musicians who meet on the streets of Dublin and pursue their hopes and dreams.

For more details on Irish cultural events taking place in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Boston Irish Tourism group releases winter Travel & Culture Guide

(Boston) - The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its Travel & Culture Guide (2016-17 winter issue) of cultural activities in Massachusetts and Ireland.

The 28-page color magazine details upcoming holiday concerts, dances and theatre in Massachusetts and the New England region from November 2016 to March 2017. It lists selected Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural groups in the Bay State plus hotels and travel agencies for visitors from out-of-town.

Among the features in this issue are profiles of Ray Flynn, who was honored recently by the City of Boston for his distinguished career, and Séamus Connolly, whose much awaited collection of Irish music was posted at Boston College.

Also featured: details on celebrating Christmas and New Year’s in Dublin, Ireland, and a preview of new direct air routes from New England to Ireland in 2017.

The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across the state and at museums, hotels and cultural venues. See distribution centers.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round. It publishes three travel and culture guides each year, and created an Irish Heritage Trail highlighting Irish landmarks in Boston and around the state.

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

More than 24% of residents in Massachusetts claim Irish ancestry, making it the most Irish state in the United States, according to the US Census.