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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Receives National Arts Leadership Award

Photo courtesy of Joyce Linehan 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh today received 2017 Public Leadership in the Arts Award from the national advocacy group, Americans for the Arts

The award was presented to Mayor Walsh at the U.S. Conference ofMayors winter meeting, a gathering of mayors from across the country.  Boston was recognized as a city with a population of 100,000 or more.  Also receiving an award was Satish Hiremath, mayor of Oro Valley, Arizona, a city with under 100,000 residents.

Walsh was cited for “exceptional leadership and commitment to the arts,” said accoding to Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

“Art and culture help shape a city’s quality of life and economic vitality,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  “Mayors understand the connection between the arts, business and tourism and the arts’ significant impact on local economies.”

Shortly after taking office in 2014, Mayor Walsh launched a year-long study and community discussion called Boston Creates, which resulted in a 10-year Cultural Plan to enhance the arts in Boston.  The plan calls for $1 million in artist-in-residence grants and creation of a full-time position to administer the grants.  Walsh also created a cabinet-level position for a Chief of Arts & Culture, and appointed Julie Burros, a national arts advocate from Chicago. 

A Dorchester native and son of Irish immigrants, Martin J. Walsh is the 54th Mayor of Boston.  He was sworn into offie on January 6, 2014. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Musician & Composer L.E. McCullough Publishes 2 Volume Set of Irish Traditional Music

Tin whistle master L.E. McCullough has just published a definite collection of his extensive research and essays about Irish traditional music.

The 726 page, 2-volume tome includes over 40 years of McCullough's writing, including his groundbreaking Ph.D. dissertation, Irish Music in Chicago: An Ethnomusicological Study, submitted to the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. 

The compilation also includes 122 articles - including scholarly essays, music reviews, concert reports, album notes, newspaper stories and more.  

McCullough is a noted author, public speaker, musician, whom the Irish Echo called a Renaissance Man.  

For more information visit 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In Memoriam: Steve McDonald, NYC Police Hero (1957-2017)

Steven McDonald with his wife Patti and son Conor

Condolences to the family, fellow police officers and friends of New York City police officer and hero Steven McDonald, who died at age 59 this week after suffering a heart attack.

McDonald became a quadriplegic in 1986 after being shot three times while on undercover duty in Central Park. He later forgave his shooter, who was 15 at the time, according to the Irish Echo Newspaper in New York

"Despite being confined to a wheelchair that included a machine to enable his breating, he carried his message of forgiveness and reconciliation to other parts of the world over the years, including Northern Ireland," wrote Irish Echo editor Ray O'Hanlon.

"Steve McDonald was my dear friend," said Ray Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. "Steve taught us to forgive people who offended us and proved that love is more powerful than hate.  

"He was proud of his family, to wear the uniform of the New York Police Department, and to be a faithful Catholic," Flynn continued.  "Steve was an inspiration to all people who believe in social justice and forgiveness." 

Cardinal Timothy Dolan called McDonald “an icon of mercy and forgiveness, a prophet of the dignity of all human life, a shining example of the best of what the New York Police Department represents, a loving husband and father, and a fervent and faithful Catholic.”

A funeral mass is taking place at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan on Friday, January 13, 2017. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JFK Library Accepting Nominations for "Profiles in Courage" Awards through February 1, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is accepting nominations for this year's Profiles in Courage Awards through February 1, 2017.

Submit your nomination to the Profiles in Courage awards here.

Here is a video of Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President Kennedy, talking about the awards and also her father's life and the value he placed on courage in public life. 

2017 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Boston Police Pipers & Drums Gaelic Column at 2016 Cape Cod Parade

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

The marching season kicks off on Saturday, March 4, with the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade in Yarmouth on the Cape, and extends to Sunday, March 19, with parades taking place in Abington, Boston and Holyoke.

Here is a schedule of other Irish activities in March 2017 taking place throughout New England .

Find year round details by visiting

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Upcoming Irish Shows in Massachusetts include Riverdance and More!

For those of you planning ahead,  the Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled some amazing Irish concerts and performances through June 2017, including Once: the Musical; Celtic Crossings starring Phil Coulter & Andy Cooney; Irish tenor Ronan Tynan; the Red Hot Chili Pipers; fiddle maestro Eileen Ivers; and Riverdance, the exciting dance ensemble.

Check out BITA's Contest Page to win tickets to any of these shows!  Or, order your tickets in advance to get great seats.

For year round information on cultural activities in the New England region, visit

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ernest Hemingway Exhibit at John F. Kennedy Library Ends on December 31

The landmark exhibition, Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars, ends its successful run at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on Saturday, December 31, 2016.

Showcasing the Library’s Hemingway Collection, this is the first ever major museum exhibition ever devoted to the work and life of Ernest Hemingway. 

The exhibit features rarely exhibited material, including multiple drafts of the writer’s major works, correspondence with a legendary circle of expatriate writers living in 1920s Paris, as well as photographs and a selection of Hemingway’s personal belongings. 

Created in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Hemingway exhibition humanizes a man who was larger than life and documents the consummate craftsmanship and discipline at the heart of Hemingway’s literary genius.