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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Boston Tourism Group Recommends Best Ways to Tour Ireland and Northern Ireland

Photo Courtesy of Inroads Ireland 

Looking into taking a tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland?  Here are some recommendations from the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA), which has been promoting Ireland in the American market since 2000.

See details here on Cara Group Travel, Emerald Heritage Tours and Inroads Ireland Tours.

You can also learn about Tourism Ireland initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, Northern Ireland Coastal Route, the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo, the year-long celebration of W.B. Yeats, and upcoming events in Ireland.

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


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is Saturday, July 18 in Florence, MA

Soulsha 

The 22nd annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival takes place on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Look Park in Florence MA.  The festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.and features dozens of Scottish bands as well as sporting, cultural and culinary activities.

Headlining bands include Albannach, Soulsha, Prydein, Jennifer Licko, Charlie Zahn and the Cabeys.

Tickets are $12 general admission; $5 for children ages 5-12; and children under 5 go free.

Read about the history of the festival here.

Here is a schedule of other Irish, Scottish and Celtic festivals around New England this summer.

For year round details, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.





Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston Walking Tour Shares the Irish Contribution to America's Independence

Boston Massacre Memorial

Visitors to Boston can celebrate this year's Fourth of July by taking a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, focusing on the Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War and were part of America's quest for independence.

The tour, led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, takes place on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., starting from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the Center, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the Trail:

The Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common, erected in the 19th century by Irish leader John Boyle O'Reilly and other Bostonians.

Memorial to Commodore James Barry on Boston Common, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War who was born in Wexford and chosen by George Washington to create the first US Navy;

The Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, where a number of 18th century freedom fighters are buried including:

. Patrick Carr, one of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770;

. James Sullivan, the fifth governor of Massachusetts and the son of Irish indentured servants;

. Robert Treate Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was descended from the O'Neills of County Tyrone;

. William Hall, one of the early presidents of the Charitable Irish Society, formed in 1737.

For more information on Boston's Irish history, visit IrishHeritageTrail.com.

Find year round events on the Boston Irish by visiting IrishBoston.org.