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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Solstice Festival Today at Diamond Hill Park features Irish, Celtic, American Folk Bands



The annual Summer Solstice Festival is underway today at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI, with a full lineup of music, dance, and entertainment

Sponsored by the Blackstone River Theatre, the Festival features five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors.
Among the top performers this year are Barrule,a Celtic band from the Isle of Man,and Girsa, the dynamic Irish traditional ensemble from New York,  Also, Mari Black Trio, The John Doyle Band, The Gnomes, Low Lily, Pendragon, Torrin Ryan,  Atwater-Donnelly Trio, The Vox Hunters, Will Woodson & Eric McDonald, and Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance. 

You'll find food & craft vendors as well as a children’s activities area!

Tickets are available at the gate. 


For year round details on Irish cultural activities in the region, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Issue of Travel & Culture Guide Focuses on Massachusetts and Ireland


(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2016 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts.  Here is the digital format online. 

Among the stories in this issue: roundup of Irish festivals; the sounds of summer music in Boston and Tanglewood; Boston's newest outdoor venue, Lawn on D; museum news from the JFK Library and EMK Institute; new renovations at Boston Harbor Hotel; and Cruiseport Boston's 30th anniversary in South Boston.

People profiled in the Guide include Ray Flynn, former US Ambassador and Boston Mayor; Joe Corcoran, developer and philanthropist; Fionnuala Quinlan, Ireland's Consul General in Boston; Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, and musicians Eileen Ivers and the New York band Girsa. 

The Ireland section focuses on two hit productions - Star Wars and Game of Thrones - being filmed in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ideas for visiting Ireland in the fall.

BITA is celebrating its 16th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 23% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes the Travel & Culture Guide three times a year in March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For up to date, year round details on festivals and concerts, as well as Irish-American cultural organizations, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit IrishMassachusetts.com



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Reagle Production of Carousel Features Irish Actor Ciaran Sheehan


The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston is presenting the Rodgers & Hammerstein's Broadway hit Carousel, featuring acclaimed Irish actor Ciaran Sheehan, from June 9-19 at the Robertson Theatre in Waltham.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 781 891-5600.

Born in Dublin, Sheehan is a popular actor and singer in New York, where he has performed frequently at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company, Carnegie Hall and other venues.

Find year round information on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com.





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Irish Fest Boston Takes Place at Irish Cultural Centre this Weekend


The annual Irish Fest Boston is taking place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, at the 47 acre Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Tickets at the gate are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (over 65) and military, with children under 12 going free.  There is free parking and shuttle buses from the lot to the festival.  

The festival features continuous Irish music, dance, sports, literary, cultural and family activities, as well as a vendor display of Irish products such as clothing, jewelry, books, furnishings and hand-made crafts.

Among the headliners at this year's festival:  Canadian Irish Tenor John McDermott,  the Wolfe Tones, Andy Cooney and the Cunningham Family.  Here is the complete schedule. 

A special feature this year is the Viking Irish.  And there is a literary tent with authors talking about their books.

Here is a schedule of Irish/Scottish/Celtic Festivals in New England this summer.

For year round information on Irish activities in the region, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.