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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston Walking Tour Shares the Irish Contribution to America's Independence

Boston Massacre Memorial

Visitors to Boston can celebrate this year's Fourth of July by taking a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, focusing on the Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War and were part of America's quest for independence.

The tour, led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, takes place on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., starting from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the Center, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the Trail:

The Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common, erected in the 19th century by Irish leader John Boyle O'Reilly and other Bostonians.

Memorial to Commodore James Barry on Boston Common, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War who was born in Wexford and chosen by George Washington to create the first US Navy;

The Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, where a number of 18th century freedom fighters are buried including:

. Patrick Carr, one of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770;

. James Sullivan, the fifth governor of Massachusetts and the son of Irish indentured servants;

. Robert Treate Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was descended from the O'Neills of County Tyrone;

. William Hall, one of the early presidents of the Charitable Irish Society, formed in 1737.

For more information on Boston's Irish history, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.

Find year round events on the Boston Irish by visiting IrishBoston.org.





Monday, June 22, 2015

Celtic Woman Performs at Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28


Celtic Woman, the wildly popular all-female singing ensemble from Ireland celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is returning to the New England area for a special concert at the Lynn Auditorium on Sunday, June 28 at 3:00 pm.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to this special performance. The lucky winner will be notified and announced here on Friday, June 26th, so be sure to check back for the exciting announcement!

On the other hand, if you don’t want to take a chance to miss seeing this incredible show, then you can purchase tix here.

Enjoy the show.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Chatham Fiddle Company Presents Irish Traditional Duo Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary


The Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod is presenting an Irish traditional music concert with Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Donation to the show is $20.

The Chatham Fiddle Company is owned by Rose Clancy, a well-regarded instrument maker and traditional musician.  Her father is Gene Clancy of the well-known musical family from County Armagh

Find year round details on Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Boston Irish Tourism group releases Summer 2015 TRAVEL & CULTURE GUIDE


(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2015 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of Irish festivals and concerts plus culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England

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 15th 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 Guide in March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state. See walking trail tour dates here.

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


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Boston Irish Festival at Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, June 13-14


The Irish festival season in New England kicks off with the Boston Irish Festival, taking place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on June 13-14, 2015.

The two-day event features continuous Irish music and dance, along with other festivities such as a 5K road race, a display of Viking Irish culture, and a feis dance competition among the region's leading Irish dance academies.

In addition, find dozens of exhibit vendors featuring the best Irish crafts and products imported from Ireland.  

For year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

For visitor information, go to MassVacation.com.





Guided Tours of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail This June-July


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is offering three guided tours of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail this spring, on Sunday, June 14, June 21 and July 5, 2015.

The 75 minute walk, led by veteran tour guide Ted Kulik, covers over 300 years of Boston's illustrious Irish history, from colonial times to the present day.

The tour begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center , located at 139 Tremont Street.  Admission is $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the tour is the Shaw Memorial (pictured above), created by Irish-born sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens.

For more information about the Trail, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com

Year round details on Boston's Irish cultural community is available at IrishBoston.org.





Friday, May 22, 2015

Chatham Fiddle Company Hosts Irish Fiddle Star Frankie Gavin for Concert and Workshop


The Chatham Fiddle Company on Cape Cod is hosting a concert of Irish traditional fiddle maestro Frankie Gavin on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets to the concert are $20.00.

Prior to the concert, Mr. Gavin will conduct a 1 1/2 hour fiddle workshop from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.. Tickets to the group workshop are $45.00 each.

A native of County Galway, Gavin is founder of the traditional group DeDannan  and is an All-Ireland fiddle champion.  He has released five solo albums and appears on numerous albums of artists like the Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello and Stephane Grapelli.

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