The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its Travel & Culture Guide (2014-15 winter issue) of cultural activities in
and New England.
The 28-page color magazine - also available in digital format - details upcoming holiday concerts, dances and theater through the winter, and the schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades slated for March 2015. The Guide lists selected Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural groups in the
plus hotels and tourism agencies for visitors from out-of-town. Bay State
The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across the state and at museums, hotels and cultural venues. See distribution centers.
Among the people profiled in this issue are conductor Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops; promoter Melissa Farrington of Live Nation; and pianist Tom Garvey of
Lawrence. Also included: reviews on current books and CDs, and information on Boston's Irish Heritage Trail. A
section on traveling to Ireland
in 2015 features Dublin, Belfast,
Cork and Galway.
The Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round. It publishes three travel and culture guides each year, and has created an Irish Heritage Trail highlighting Irish landmarks in
and around the state.
More than 24% of residents in
claim Irish ancestry, making it the most Irish state in the United States,
according to the US Census.