(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts is rolling out the green carpet to celebrate the state's pervasive Irish-American heritage during St. Patrick's Day season this March.
Hundreds of Irish cultural events – parades, concerts and dance recitals, theater and literary events, culinary feasts and fundraisers, and genealogy lectures and exhibits – are taking place from Boston to Holyoke and from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod. These activities -- plus hotel packages, pubs and restaurants, gift shops and travel specials -- are detailed at IrishMassachusetts.com, which the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) created in 2000 to promote the state’s Irish-American community year round to in-state and to tourists and visitors coming to Massachusetts.
State officials are encouraging tourists to visit Massachusetts for its Irish parades, festivals, and ongoing cultural activities throughout the year.
“Apart from Ireland itself, I can think of no place in the world with a more robust expression of Irish culture and heritage than our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray. “To paraphrase a popular Irish greeting, Céad míle fáilte go dtí Massachusetts -- One Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Massachusetts.”
“Smart travelers and local residents have long discovered the joys of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Massachusetts,” says Colette Quinlin of Boston Irish Tourism Association. In addition to numerous family events, including seven St. Patrick’s Day parades that run from March 7 through March 22, Quinlin says that “Massachusetts offers a sophisticated, stylish way to celebrate the holiday by focusing on contemporary Irish cuisine and culture that comes directly from Ireland.”
"Massachusetts has so much to offer people who want to immerse themselves in ethnic culture," said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism. "During the month of March, there's a whole world of activities throughout the Commonwealth that celebrate Irish heritage. You don't have to travel far distances, at great expense, to get a taste of Ireland."
This year’s Gaelic Gourmet Week (March 10-17) – a celebration of Irish cuisine sponsored by BITA and Tourism Ireland - features two chefs from Ireland, Gerard Reidy from the Delphi Mountain Resort in Connemara, County Galway, and Kevin Cleary from the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Chef Reidy is joining local chefs Rachel Klein and Barbara Lynch at the Seaport Boston Hotel on March 14 for a four course dinner tobenefit the Fisher House, a program that provides free accommodations for families of veterans being treated at Boston hospitals. Chef Cleary is cooking an Irish Dinner at Jurys Boston Hotel alongside executive chef James Tierney of Stanhope Grille on March 17.
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The Chieftains play their annual concert at Boston Symphony Hall on March 13, and Celtic Thunder performs at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 23. Celtic Woman plays at the Verizon Wireless Arena in
Irish fiddle maestro Seamus Connolly brings his trio to the Seaport Boston Hotel’s new lounge Tamo on March 13-15 and 17. The ten-time All Ireland fiddle champ is joined by Laurel Martin and Kevin McElroy. On March 24,
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The Eire Society of Boston is hosting a special event called Wines of Australia at the College Club in Boston on March 5, the American Ireland Fund hosts its Young Leaders Party on March 12 at the State Room in Boston, and the Charitable Irish Society holds its 272 annual dinner in Boston on March 17 at the Union Club.
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On March 14, the library welcomes musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton and dancer Kieran Jordan to perform a lively set if Irish jigs, reels and step dancing. On March 16 the JFK presents a forum on Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Nation with former Ambassador Nicholas R. Burns and others.
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On March 1, author Michael Quinlin is giving this year’s White Fund lecture on
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Off the Boat Comedy has invited award-winning Irish comic Ardal O’Hanlon to the Somerville Theatre on March 5.
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About: The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is a cultural tourism group formed in 2000 to promote the state’s Irish-American community year round to the travel industry. With over 100 members and sponsors, BITA also promotes tourism industry ties between
For year round details on Irish cultural activities, pubs, gift shops, hotels, travel agencies and cultural groups, visit www.irishmassachusetts.com. For year round information on all cultural activities and travel amenities in