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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrate New Year's in Boston with a Feast at Seaport Hotel's Aura Restaurant

Kick off the new year with a meal you'll be talking about for the next 12 months.

Rachel Klein's New Year's Eve menu is stuffed with resolution-inducing dishes. Start with a duet of oysters, move on to gnocchi with morel mushrooms and aged Marieke Gouda, swoon over thyme-roasted sirloin and finish the night off with a trio of indulgent desserts. Guests are invited to dance the night away to the live music of Urban Renewal.

$95 per person, $125 with wine pairings (view menu here)

The Aura Restaurant at Seaport Hotel is located at One Seaport Lane in Boston's Seaport District. For more information contact 617 385-4300 aurarestaurant.com




Friday, December 4, 2009

Hotel Specials This Holiday Season in Boston, America's Favorite City

There's no place quite like Boston during the Holiday Season - imagine snowflakes, outdoor ice skating and Christmas carolers, followed by shopping, sightseeing, fine dining and relaxation.


Here's your chance to enjoy great hotel offers designed to make your trip memorable. We've selected a holiday assortment of seven (7) hotel packages that suit every Christmas and New Year's wish.


So don't hesitate, book your package now, and come to Boston for the Holidays!

"On Top of The Liberty" - New Year's Eve Package

Boston's Liberty Hotel

Available December 31, 2009

Welcome in 2010 in style at The Liberty Hotel. This luxury hotel package includes: Overnight accommodations in a luxurious guest room, Two tickets to the "On Top of The Liberty" party (21+), Two glasses of champagne at any of our bars on 12/31, Late checkout of 2 p.m. on January 1, 2010, Molton Brown recovery eye cream for New Year's Day, Two Bloody Marys at CLINK's make-your-own Bloody Mary bar on January 1, 2010.

Packages starts at $475.

BOOK NOW 617 224-4000

"Holiday Savory Savings"

The Langham, Boston

Through January 31, 2010

'Tis the season to save more than US$55 when you book this package: 10% exclusive savings on our luxury overnight accommodations, US$40 spa or food credit at Chuan Body + Soul, Café Fleuri, BOND or In Room Dining, Use of fitness facilities & indoor pool at Chuan Body + Soul. Offer is subject to availability. Rates vary by season and room type. Food credit is not valid for New Year's Rejuvenation Brunch or in BOND after 8 p.m.

Rates start from US$165 per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy.

BOOK NOW 1-800-791-7761

"Celtic Dreams" Packages
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

December 17-20, 2009

Celebrate the holiday with a choice of two gala packages to see Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan at the Cutler Majestic Theatre when you book and pay with your American Express Card. Celtic Dreams Overnight Package $225 includes: deluxe accommodations, use of Wave Health & Fitness and internet access. Dinner & Theatre Package $175 includes: three-course dinner for two at Aura Restaurant at Seaport, prepared by acclaimed Chef Rachel Klein. Both packages include two orchestra seats at the concert, complimentary valet parking at the hotel and transport to and from the theatre. All tax and service charges included (a 40% savings).

BOOK NOW 1-877-SEAPORT

Special Holiday Shopping Package
The Back Bay Hotel - A Member of The Doyle Collection

Through December 30, 2009

Visit New England's favorite holiday season shopping destination - Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. This "Stay in the City, Shop in the Village" package includes: One night accommodation based on two people in superior room category, Breakfast for two in Stanhope Grille, transportation to/from Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, VIP coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in additional discounts, Snack Pack for two to enjoy at Wrentham Village. Rate excludes tax & gratuity and is on a room only basis

$295 per couple. Additional nights $145.

BOOK NOW 617 532-3821

"Holiday Spirits and Sprinkles" Package
Omni Parker House

Through December 28, 2009

Spend some time at the historic Omni Parker House for the holidays! Experience this Holiday Season at the perfect Downtown location. Nearby is ice skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond, the Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill and the Theater District.

Spend one night in an executive room or premier suite and receive 50% off the next night!

Rates starting at $139 per night.

BOOK NOW 1-800-THE-OMNI

New Year's Eve Dinner
Hyatt Harborside at Boston Logan International Airport

December 31, 2009

Chef Christian Apetz and his culinary team are preparing an elaborate New Year's Eve three-course plated dinner with fresh, regional ingredients served in the stylish Harborside Grill where you'll enjoy a view like no other! Enjoy a glass of champagne while watching an impressive fireworks display right before your eyes. When the night is over, take the elevator home, to your guestroom, newly renovated and featuring Hyatt's exclusive Grand Bed. New Year's Eve Dinner $75: three-course plated dinner, includes glass of champagne. New Year's Eve Overnight Accommodations $169: Aviation View (includes breakfast for two). $199 Harborview: (includes breakfast for two). pricing does not include tax and gratuity for any of the above. Check out time is 1:00 pm.

Packages: $75, $169 or $199 per person.

BOOK NOW 617 568-6060

"Winter Family Fun" Package
Boston Harbor Hotel

Through December 30, 2009

"Tis the Season" to enjoy "America's Favorite City" Boston! Experience winter in New England. Revel in the festive cheer of Boston's favorite sports teams the Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. Shop till you drop at the famed stores at Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and Newbury Street. The kids will be excited to start their stay with hot chocolate and warm cookies along with four tickets to the New England Aquarium. Package includes: Luxurious overnight accommodations, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cookies for four people delivered to your guestroom, Four tickets to the New England Aquarium, Complimentary valet parking. Rates and features are subject to change, Packages and Rates are subject to availability, Reservations must be made in advance.

BOOK NOW 617 439-7000

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy one of these fabulous packages in Boston during the Holidays! For more details click here or visit http://www.irishmassachusetts.com/.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pulitzer Prize Winners Discuss American Civil War, Abe Lincoln, Race in America

(Boston) -- The Huntington Theatre Company’s Humanities Forum is presenting Pulitzer-prize winning authors Paula Vogel and Doris Kearns Goodwin on Sunday, December 6 at the Boston University Theatre.

Playwright Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration) and Kearns Goodwin (No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Team of Rivals) will speak in conversation about the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, race in America, and more.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, follows the 2:00 p.m. performance of Vogel’s play, A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.

Taking place on Christmas Eve 1864, the play features stories by a collection of characters including President Abraham Lincoln and his wife. The stories are woven into an American tapestry, showing that the gladness of one's heart is the greatest gift of all. This production includes holiday music and is enhanced by local choirs caroling before each performance.

Tickets are available for purchase for the performance of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.

Visit huntingtontheatre.org/civilwar for more information or call 617 266-0800.

For more information on cultural events in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com/.

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Blazing the Trail" depicts early Irish filmmaking, showing on November 23 in Brookline

The Boston Irish Film Festival is presenting a fresh new look at early Irish filmmaking with the presentation of Blazing the Trail: The Story of the Kalem Film Company in Ireland.

The multimedia event takes place on Monday, November 23, 2009, at the historic Coolidge Corner Theater at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline, MA, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The project was created by film scholar and director Peter Flynn, founder of the Boston Irish Film Festival, and produced by Dawn Morrissey.

They will show a selection of rarely-seen films from the early 20th century, as well as several short films that put the historical film in retrospect and modern context.

Live music will be intersperced between the films to create an old-time Nickelodeon atmosphere. Musicians are pianist Peter Freisinger and vocalists Victoria Hayes and Liz Hayes.

There is also a chance to win free tickets to this premier event through the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Tickets to the show are $9.75 and are available at the door.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Dan Rooney Being Honored at American Ireland Fund Gala in Boston, November 13

Dan Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, is being honored at the American Ireland Fund's 28th annual Boston Gala, taking place Thursday, November 12, at the Westin Waterfront Hotel.

Ambassador Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers co-founded the American Ireland Fund in 1976, at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Since then the Fund has raised over $300 million to promote peace, culture and education in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Rooney is a champion of many charitable causes in Pittsburgh, where the family has lived since his grandfather, Dan Rooney, emigrated from Newry, County Down, in the 1880s.

President Barack Obama appointed Rooney as the Ambassador to Ireland last St. Patrick's Day, and he was officially sworn into the post on July 1 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Headquartered in Boston, the American Ireland Fund raises funds to support programs of peace and reconcilliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.

Find details on the event at Boston Gala, and general infomation on the Fund at American Ireland Fund.

For information on Irish cultural events in Massachusetts throughout the year, visit irishmassachusetts.com

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ken Feinberg named new Chairman of John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has elected Kenneth R. Feinberg as its new chairman. He succeeds Paul G. Kirk, Jr., who resigned as Board Chairman in September when Governor Deval Patrick appointed him interim United States Senator from Massachusetts.

(Photo: Paul Kirk Jr., Caroline Kennedy and Ken Feinberg)

“We are truly honored that Ken Feinberg will be leading the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation during this important time,” said Foundation President Caroline Kennedy. “There are few people who have answered President Kennedy’s call to service more often, and with greater impact than Ken. He was a beloved friend and trusted counselor to my uncle, and I am so glad to be able to continue this relationship.”

Feinberg, 64, is a native of Brockton, Massachusetts. He worked for five years as an administrative assistant and chief of staff for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Feinberg was appointed by as Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 victims and families of victims of 9/11. He worked entirely pro bono on the project for 33 months.

In recognition of his outstanding service to the nation and to September 11th victims and their families, Senator Edward M. Kennedy presented Feinberg with the Kennedy Library Foundation’s Distinguished American Award in September 2004.

In July 2009, the Obama Administration appointed Feinberg to oversee the compensation of top executives at companies which received federal bailout assistance. He announced in October that the Treasury Department would slash compensation for the 25 highest-paid executives at the seven firms that received the largest chunks of federal bailout money.

For more information on the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, visit jfklibrary.org/.

For details on cultural events in Massachusetts year round, visit irishmassachusetts.com/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Omni Parker House hosts Wine Tasting to benefit American Heart Association

The Omni Parker House is hosting a very special wine tasting and silent auction to raise funds for the American Heart Association on Thursday, November 5, 2009. The event, appropriately named “Off The Beaten Path” will feature a very uncommon selection of red and white wines, including a Principi di Butera, Insolia, from Sicily and a Zeta Z Monastrell, Alicante 2006 from Spain.

“The wines I chose for this tasting will surprise people. They are not as well known as they should be and will impress even the most educated palette”, said Frank Weber, the hotel’s Director of Wine and Spirits.

The wines represent a variety of locations and are all reasonably priced on the retail market for those oenophiles looking to enhance their wine knowledge and collection. A flavorful selection of hors d’eourves has also been chosen to accompany each wine.

“Off The Beaten Path” takes place in the Omni Parker House’s elegant rooftop ballroom from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. For more information and to purchase tickets you may visit: omnihotels.com/AHAFundraiser

For more information on the Omni Parker House, visit omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/BostonParkerHouse.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Boston's Charitable Irish Society Presents Silver Key Awards

The oldest Irish organization in the United States - the Charitable Irish Society in Boston - is giving its annual Silver Key Award this year to three worthy recepients: fiddler Larry Reynolds, radio host John Curran, and immigrant advocate Chris Laverty.

The award ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 29, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston.

The Society was formed in Boston on March 17, 1737 by a group of Irish immigrants who were concerned about the welfare of fellow countrymen who were falling upon hard times.

The Society's mission, according to the early records, was to help Irish immigrants "reduced by sickness, shipwreck, old age and other infirmities and unforeseen accidents, (and) for the relief of their poor and indigent countrymen."

The mission remains primarily the same today, albeit in a modern context, according to Society President Kelley Kassa.

"The Society bestows the Silver Key to a few outstanding members of the Boston Irish community," Kelly says. "The proceeds from the reception are used to underwrite the works of the Charitable Irish Society in helping individual Irish immigrants on an as-needed basis."

For more information, visit charitableirishsociety.org.

For details on the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

JFK Library Celebrates 30th anniversary on October 20

Congratulations to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this week.

Built with the private donations of 36 million people from throughout the world, the nation’s official memorial to President Kennedy was dedicated on October 20, 1979 at a ceremony attended by President Jimmy Carter and members of President Kennedy’s family. In his remarks at the dedication, Senator Edward M. Kennedy described the library as “a beacon signaling the message of this nation, a lighthouse bearing witness to Jack's truth that America at its best can truly light the world.”

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum sits on a ten-acre, waterfront park on Columbia Point overlooking Boston Harbor. Since it opened, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has hosted more than 6.5 million visitors from throughout the world, making it one of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions and a major educational center for the study of mid-20th century American history.

The Kennedy Library is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-profit organization. It is the only presidential library in New England and one of thirteen in the United States.

The Library’s documentary and audiovisual collections make it a major center for the study of mid-20th century American history. Its archives include more than 8.4 million pages of the personal, congressional and presidential papers of John Fitzgerald Kennedy; 400,000 still photographs; 9,000 hours of audio recordings; 70,000 volumes of printed materials; and 8 million feet of film. In addition to the papers of John F. Kennedy, the archives hold more than 40 million pages of the papers of Robert F. Kennedy and more than 300 other individuals who were associated with the Kennedy Administration or mid-20th Century American history.

General admission to the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is $12.00. Admission for seniors over the age of 62 and college students with appropriate identification is $10.00, and for children ages 13-17, $9.00. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free.

The Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. The Library is located in the Dorchester section of Boston, off Morrissey Boulevard, next to the campus of the University of Massachusetts/Boston. Parking is free. There is free shuttle-service from the JFK/UMass T Stop on the Red Line. The Museum is fully handicapped accessible. For more information, call (866) JFK-1960 or go to jfklibrary.org.

For details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Eugene O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill, one of the great American playwrights, was born on October 16, 1888 in New York City to parents Ella Quinlan and James O’Neill.


Winner of numerous Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, O’Neill spent much of his early life at Monte Cristo Cottage, the family’s summer home on Pequot Avenue in New London, CT.


O’Neill also spent considerable time in Massachusetts, taking a playwriting course at Harvard in 1914, then forming a troupe on Cape Cod called the Provincetown Players, which produced his play Bound East for Cardiff, in 1916.


In 1928, according to author Susan Wilson, O’Neill’s play, Strange Interlude, was banned in Boston, but played to a sell-out audience in Quincy.


O’Neill lived in California for many years, but moved back to Marblehead, MA in 1948, by which time he was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. He moved to Boston to be close to his physician, staying at the Hotel Shelton on Bay State Road, which is today a Boston University dormitory. He died on November 27, 1953, at the Hotel Shelton.


He is buried at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plains, a neighborhood of Boston.

For details on Irish-American heritage in Massachusetts, visit
irishheritagetrail.com/.


For information on cultural activities in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com/


References:


Literary Trail of Greater Boston by Susan Wilson for the Boston History Collaborative.


Eugene O'Neill Review




Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Irish Heritage Festival in Adams Village, Dorchester, Celebrates Boston's Irish Heritage

Boston – The first annual Irish Heritage Festival (IHF) in Adams Corner, Dorchester takes place on Sunday, October 11, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The festival is being organized by local Irish and Irish-Americans along with local businesses, as a way of celebrating the history and culture of Boston’s large Irish community.

Irish step dancing, set dancing, and Gaelic sports are being showcased at the festival, alongside activities for children and families, along with some of the area’s finest traditional Irish musicians.

“The entertainment line-up includes: Robbie O’Connell, Aoife Clancy, Larry Reynolds, The Harney Set Dancers, Erin’s Melody, Celtic Cougars and growing by the day,” says committee member Mairin Keady, who is herself a noted Gaelic singer. Joshua Tree, a U2 cover band, also performs, as well as singer Pauline Wells of Milton.

This festival is dedicated to the memory of Michael Joyce, a native of Connemara, County Galway, Ireland who lived in Dorchester and worked at the Massachusetts State House, where he helped many Irish and other immigrants. Plans are underway to create a permanent memorial to Michael Joyce in the city of Boston.

The beneficiary of this year’s festival is St. Brendan’s School in Dorchester.

Adams Village in Dorchester, Boston’s largest neighborhood, has long had an Irish flavor, thanks to generations of Irish immigrants who have settled there throughout the 20th century. The village is surrounded by four parish churches originally built for Dorchester's large Irish community: St. Brendan's, St. Gregory's, St. Mark's and St. Ann's.

One of the famous landmarks in Adams Village is the Eire Pub at 795 Adams Street, run by the Stenson family. Ronald Reagan visited the Eire Pub in 1983 when he was running for re-election as President of the United States. And in 1992, Boston Mayor Ray Flynn took presidential candidate Bill Clinton to the Eire Pub for a pint during the presidential campaign.

For more details on the Irish Heritage Festival, visit irishheritagefestival.com/

Boston's Irish Emigrant Newspaper issued a special edition this week with full details on the festival schedule and directions.

For information on Irish activities throughout Massachusetts year round, visit irishmassachusetts.com/

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

MAUREEN McGOVERN’S MUSICAL MEMOIR, “A LONG AND WINDING ROAD,” OPENS AT HUNTINGTON THEATRE

Grammy Award winner, Broadway star, and pop icon Maureen McGovern presents her musical memoir, A Long and Winding Road, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston from October 9 through November 15, 2009.

Conceived and written by Philip Himberg and Maureen McGovern and presented in cooperation with Arena Stage, A Long and Winding Road chronicles the moments that define the Baby Boomer Generation. Ms. McGovern returns to her roots as a folk singer as she performs the classic songs The New York Times has dubbed “the second half of the Great American Songbook.”


Sundance Institute Producing Artistic Director Philip Himberg directs; Jeffrey Harris provides musical direction and accompaniment.


McGovern’s almost 40-year career includes Grammy Award nominations for “Best New Artist” and “Best Traditional Pop Vocal,” a Grammy Award for “Best Musical Recording for Children” for her participation in “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers,” and the Academy Award-winning Gold Records “The Morning After” (Billboard #1) and “We May Never Love Like This Again.” Her PS Classics release A Long and Winding Road was praised by The New York Times as “a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ‘70s. Ms. McGovern is blessed with a vocal technique second to none.” Other critically acclaimed musical tributes include her Gershwin, Arlen, Rodgers, Marilyn and Alan Bergman CDs and more.



WHEN: October 9 – November 15, 2009


WHERE:
The Huntington’s second stage – the Virginia Wimberly Theatre, the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End


TICKETS: $20-$60. Available online at huntingtontheatre.org; by phone at 617 266-0800; and in person at the B.U. Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Avenue or the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.


For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org


For more details on cultural events throughout Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com

Friday, October 2, 2009

Boston College Welcomes Legendary Irish Harpist Mary O’Hara on Sunday, October 11

Renowned singer and harpist Mary O’Hara gives a multimedia presentation on her life and her musical career at Boston College entitled, Travels with my Harp: an Afternoon with Mary O’Hara.


The event takes place at Devlin Hall on BC’s campus in Chestnut Hill, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, 2009.


After the lecture, Ms. O’Hara will officially help open an exhibit of her works at BC’s John J. Burns Library, entitled, "Mary O'Hara, Singer and Harpist: A Retrospective." The exhibit features posters, recordings, correspondence, and books from the Mary O'Hara Papers at the Burns Library.


O’Hara has recorded 20 albums, starting with her debut recording, Songs of Erin, released in 1956. Her autobiography, Scent of the Roses, sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide since it was published in 1980.


Mary O’Hara’s lecture is part of the Gaelic Roots series at Boston College directed by Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.


For more details on the Gaelic Roots lecture and performance series, visit bc.edu/centers/irish/gaelicroots/


For information on Boston College’s Center for Irish Programs, directed by Professor Thomas E. Hachey, visit bc.edu/centers/irish/


For a year round, up-to-date schedule of Irish cultural events in Massachusetts, visit irishmassachusetts.com

Monday, September 28, 2009

Irish Cultural Center at Elms College Celebrates 10th Anniversary


The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts is celebrating its ten year anniversary on October 9-10-11, 2009 with a variety of events that accentuate the Center’s cultural and literary mission.

The activities kick off Friday evening, October 9, with an art exhibit by Irish painter Vincent Crotty, entitled Recent Paintings: Images of the Blasket Island, Ireland and Beyond. The exhibit takes place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Borgia Gallery at the Dooley Campus Center. The exhibit runs through October 26.

Following the opening a group of local musicians are leading a traditional music session in the Dooley Center Dining Hall Annex. Dancers from the McDermott School of Irish Dance are performing.

On Saturday, October 10, the Center hosts all-day workshops at Berchman’s Hall. They include dance workshops with Maureen McDermott of the McDermott Academy of Irish Dance; genealogy with Judy Lucey of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; bodhrain and bones playing with Steve Brown of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann; Irish language with Mary McShane, Boston Irish Language Society; and Gaelic games with Mike Carney of Springfield.

Also, Irish films are being shown, including Give Up Yer Aul Sins and New Kid; On Another Man's Wound; JFK in Ireland; The Story of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. And Odyssey Books will display books for sale from Irish and Irish-American authors, plus titles about Ireland.

On Saturday evening Irish folksingers Makem and Spain Brothers perform at the Wherehouse in Holyoke. Tickets are $35, which include admission plus a corned beef sandwich. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, October 11, Monsignor Christopher Connelly says mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel, with readings in Irish.

Following mass, noted New York essayist and novelist Peter Quinn is the guest speaker at a brunch in the Dooley Campus Center. His topic: Unremembered and Unforgotten: Irish America and the Great Hunger. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The three founders of the Irish Cultural Center will be honored at the brunch: Sr. Kathleen Keating, Tom Moriarty and Sean Cahillane.


For more details, contact the Center at 413 265-2537 or email
irishcenter@elms.edu.


irish-cairde.org

irishmassachusetts.com


Friday, September 25, 2009

Statement by Caroline Kennedy on the appointment of Paul G. Kirk, Jr. as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts


I congratulate Governor Deval Patrick on his selection of Paul G. Kirk, Jr. to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States Senate.

Paul Kirk is the epitome of a citizen-patriot. He is a wonderful friend, and I am thrilled that the citizens of Massachusetts will benefit from the same extraordinary leadership that he has brought to the Kennedy Library and Foundation.

Paul’s life long commitment to democracy and civic engagement has given life to my father’s belief that one person can make a difference, and earned him the friendship and respect of politicians on both sides of the aisle. Paul’s wisdom, kindness and integrity mean the world to the entire Kennedy family.

For further information: Rachel Day (617) 514-1662, rachel.day@jfklfoundation.org

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Moveable Feast

On Sunday, September 20, The Kennedy Library Forum Series presents a discussion on the restored edition A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway's fascinating memoirs of his life in Paris during the 1920s.

Participants include Sean Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's grandson and editor of the restored edition, which was published in July 2009. He is being joined in the forum by Adam Gopnik, New Yorker writer and author of Paris to the Moon; and Diane Johnson, author of Le Mariage and Le Divorce. Scott Simon, host of NPR's Saturday Weekend Edition, will moderate.

This forum runs from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Stephen Smith Hall at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston.

All forums are free and open to the public. To make reservations and for further information, visit the Kennedy Presidential Library web page at jfklibrary.org or call (617) 514-1643.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Annual Dinner Dance at Worcester Hibernian Cultural Center, September 25

(Worcester) - Enjoy traditional dancing - waltz, fox trot, two-step and ceili- at the annual Dinner Dance at the Hibernian Cultural Center, 19 Temple Street in Worcester.

Music is by the Andy Healy Band, one of the region's most popular Irish groups.

Cost of dinner and dance is $30.00, starting at 6:00 p.m., or $10.00 for just dancing, arrive after 8:00 p.m.

The Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre opened in November 2005, and is located in downtown Worcester, within walking distance to City Hall, and with easy access to Union Station and nearby Interstate 290. For more information about the Centre, including information on holding functions there, call 508 795-0400.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gaelic Storm Performs at Lowell Summer Music Series, Friday, September 18


Gaelic Storm, the popular Irish band from California, is capping off this year’s Lowell Summer Music Series with a concert at Boarding House Park on Friday, September 18, at 7:30.

Combining original and fresh arrangements of Irish traditional melody with a unique blend of world rhythms, Gaelic Storm is renowned for its live performances and for audience participation. The band has been together for over ten years, and has recorded seven albums and logged in hundreds of concerts around the world. It last played in Lowell in summer 2005.


The Lowell Summer Music Series just completed its 20th season of booking outstanding musical talent that ranges from Irish and world music to rock n roll and blues.



Gaelic Storm in Concert

September 18, 2009

7:30 p.m. / $16 advance, $20 day of concert

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA 01852


lowellsummermusic.org

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Irish Singer Sean Tyrrell Performs at Boston College, September 16

Galway singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Tyrrell performs a special concert on Wednesday, September 16, as part of the Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance series at Boston College.

Tyrrell's concert is entitled "Message of Peace: Songs and Poetry of John Boyle O'Reilly," and takes place at the Connolly House (photo above) , 300 Hammond Street in Chestnut Hill, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

O'Reilly (1844-1890) was an extraordinary Irish leader in the 19th century who escaped from a British penal colony in Austrailia and made his way to Boston. Starting as a journalist, he became publisher of The Pilot newspaper and was a well-regarded poet, essayist, public speaker and advocate for the downtrodden.

Using elements of O'Reilly's life story as well as his lyrics and verse, Tyrrell has put together an inspiring show that resurrects one of the great Irish leaders of the 19th century for modern audiences to appreciate.

The Gaelic Roots Music, Song and Dance program at BC was created by master fiddle player Seamus Connolly. For a full schedule of events this fall, visit http://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/gaelicroots







Monday, September 14, 2009

Boston's Edward L. Logan International Airport
East Boston
MBTA: Blue Line to Airport Station

Boston’s Logan International Airport was named for General Edward L. Logan (1875-1939), a first generation Irish-American, military leader, civic leader and municipal judge with family roots in Galway and South Boston.

Edward was the oldest of nine children of Lawrence and Catherine (O’Connor), according to Michael Cummings of Milton, an expert on the Logan Family. Edward’s father Lawrence immigrated to Boston from Ballygar, County Galway, in 1858, and became a successful businessman at a young age when he became president of the Boston Brewing Company in South Boston. The family resided at 560 East Broadway in South Boston.

In 1898 during his senior year at Harvard University Logan enlisted in the 9th Irish Regiment of Massachusetts when the Spanish American War broke out in Cuba, joining his father Lawrence, who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the regiment. Edward stayed stateside at Camp Dewey in Framingham taking charge of reenlistment, while the regiment sailed to Cuba. It suffered heavy casualties, and Lawrence Logan himself nearly died of yellow fever, which claimed the life of his brother-in-law and Edward's uncle, Major Michael O'Connor.

Edward continued in military service, and during World War I was commander of the 101st Infantry regiment of the 26th Yankee Division, which fought with distinction. It was the first state regiment to cross the ocean for France, leaving in August 1917.

Elected to local offices, Edward served as a state representative and senator from South Boston. He made an unsuccessful run in 1906 for the Congressional 10th District, losing to Joe O'Connell, and was appointed a Justice of the South Boston Municipal Court in 1907. He was active in charitable programs such as the Home for Destitute Catholic Children. In 1929 Pope Pius made him a Knight of the Order of Malta in recognition of his charitable work during his life.

He died suddenly in 1939 of "heart ailment" according to the Boston Globe. His brother Reverend Leo J. Logan presided over the funeral mass at the Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston, with tributes by leading politicians like Senator David I. Walsh, former Massachusetts Governor and Boston mayor James M. Curley and former Mayor John F. Fitzgerald. He is buried at the Calvary Cemetery in West Roxbury.

In 1943, the Massachusetts state legislature voting to approve a $4.75 million expansion of the East Boston airport, and state house lawmakers voted to officially name the new airport in honor of Edward L. Logan in 1956.

(Written by Michael P. Quinlin)

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Friday, September 11, 2009

SENATE PASSES TRAVEL PROMOTION ACT, LONGTIME PRIORITY OF CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM DELAHUNT


Legislation Will Create Jobs, Enhance US Image Abroad

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate passed legislation this week championed by U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt to promote global travel to the United States.

Since introducing the bipartisan bill two years ago with Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Delahunt has pressed for its enactment as both economic stimulus and public diplomacy. “In one bold step, we can create jobs in the tourism sector and enhance America’s image abroad,” Delahunt said. “We all know the best ambassadors for our nation are ordinary Americans, so every additional visitor to the US will return home to report on the warmth and vitality of our hospitality.”

The bill, which seeks to address a chronic decline in overseas visitors to our shores, will now be considered by the House of Representatives.

The Senate 79-19 vote to approve the Travel Promotion Act (TPA) came after months of bi-partisan efforts to bring the legislation to the Senate floor for a vote. Last year, Delahunt and Blunt were able to win House passage of the Travel Promotion Act, but the bill never reached the Senate floor. Today’s news sets the table for reconsideration by the House. Delahunt said he is determined to see the bill enacted into law during this congressional session.

Since 2001, the U.S. share of the world travel market has decreased by nearly 20 percent, costing hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue. Additionally, the travel industry is feeling the sharp effects of the economic downturn. In 2008, nearly 200,000 travel-related jobs were lost nationally, and the U.S. Commerce Department forecasts that another 247,000 jobs will be lost in 2009.

Nearly every developed nation in the world has a travel promotion program as a tool for economic development. Nations such as Australia, Greece, Mexico and Malaysia spend more than $110 million annually competing for visitors. The United Kingdom and Turkey spend more than $80 million annually; Canada spends more than $60 million each year. While 633,000 fewer overseas travelers visited the United States in 2008 than in 2000, other countries welcomed more international visitors. Over the same period, international visitation to the United Kingdom increased by 24 percent, Australia is up 18 percent and Mexico is up 8 percent. These nations are competing with the United States for international visitors, and are winning. The United States is one of the few developed countries in that does not have a nationally coordinated campaign.

The Travel Promotion Act will establish a public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier international travel destination. The legislation calls for travel promotion to be paid for by private sector contributions and a $10 fee on foreign travelers who enter the United States under the auspices of the visa waiver program. The bill - which requires no money from the American taxpayer - is estimated to attract 1.6 million new international visitors to the country and add $4 billion to the U.S. economy. An analysis by the U.S. Travel Association reveals that this program would create nearly 40,000 new American jobs.

The legislation, which current has 70 House cosponsors, would also establish the Corporation for Travel Promotion, an independent, non-profit corporation governed by an 11-member board of private-sector directors appointed by the Secretary of Commerce.

Tourism is the fifth largest industry in Massachusetts, generating $11 billion in sales and providing nearly 14 percent of the state’s total private sector employment. One out of every eight jobs nationally is associated with the tourism industry.