(Boston) — The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its annual Travel & Culture Guide of Irish cultural activities in greater Boston and throughout New England. The 28-page color magazine details upcoming holiday concerts and theater, plus selected Irish pubs, gift shops, cultural venues and hotels for visitors from out-of-town.
The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across the state and at museums, hotels, Irish venues and cultural outlets. See distribution centers.
This issue of Travel & Culture Guide includes a round up of Christmas and Celtic music concerts in December, plus a calendar of cultural activities through March 2014. A story on local theater previews Once: The Musical, presented by Broadway In Boston this January, and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Moonbox Productions through December. Also in this issue is an interview with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, plus profiles on newly elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Irish fiddle master Seamus Connolly and poet Seamus Heaney.
Ireland’s new tourism promotion, The Wild Atlantic Way – a touring route of the West of Ireland from Cork to Donegal – is featured, along with contact details on American-based tour agencies.
Other items in this issue include a map of Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, and details on the Irish connections of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics basketball organizations. And three new books are reviewed: Rose Kennedy’s Family Album; Strong Boy: the Life and Times of John L. Sullivan; and Irish Boston: a Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past.
Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round. It publishes three Travel and Culture Guides each March, June and November, and created Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail to highlight Irish landmarks in Boston and around the state.
Find year round details on New England’s Irish cultural community at IrishMassachusetts.com. For details on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com and Bostonusa.com.
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