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Friday, November 24, 2017

Irish Books for Christmas - Cooking, Literature, Kennedy Family, Boston History


The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a nice selection of Irish books that make perfect gifts for the Christmas season.  Visit the Gift Shop here.  Prices listed include postage/handling charges.

The books include:

 ⬐ Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past, $20

⬐ Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader $45

⬐ Rose Kennedy's Family Album $45

⬐ Elegant Irish Dining $35

⬐ Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores: Classic Irish Stories, $16

Orders placed via PayPal or by check will be shipped within 24 hours via United States Postal Service (USPS).

Follow Irish cultural activities year round at IrishBoston.org.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Irish Hurling Tournament & Festival at Fenway Park Today, November 19, 2017


The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival,supported by Aer Lingus, is taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston.

This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in the park.  Performers include the Burren Traditional Band, Brian Boru Pipe Band from Cape Cod and U2 tribute band Joshua Tree. 

Fenway Park is one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.  Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

Read more about the match, along with other Irish activities in New England, in the new issue of Travel & Culture magazine published by Boston Irish Tourism Association

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at by visiting IrishBoston.org

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Irish Pastoral Centre Celebrates 30 Years in Boston with Gala on Saturday, November 18


Boston’s Irish PastoralCentre celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Gala Event on Saturday, November 18 at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online or at the hall, which is located at 55 Hallet Street.

Special guests and honorees include former Vatican Ambassador and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s deputy head of government.  Music is by Irish band Devri

The Centre was founded in 1989, when young Irish were emigrating due to a faltering economy. Co-founders Fr. Dan Finn and Sr. Veronica Dobson operated the Centre at St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester and St. Columbkille in Brighton. In 2012 the Centre moved to St. Brendan’s Parish in Dorchester.

Read profile of IPC's 25th anniversary.

For year round details on the Irish community in Boston, visit IrishBoston.org

Winter Issue of TRAVEL & CULTURE Magazine Features New England Holiday Concerts & Travel to Ireland


(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its winter issue of Travel & Culture, a free magazine that promotes the New England region’s Irish community as well as mainstream cultural events for visitors.

Holiday concerts are featured in this issue, with stories on Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and a round-up of Celtic Christmas shows.  Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day activities are included, from parades and concerts to cultural events.

The cover photo features Haley Richardson, one of the performers at this year's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn concerts taking place in Boston, Rockport, Worcester, New Bedford and Providence. 

The “Travel Ireland” section has stories on Irish Christmas markets throughout the country and on a new museum honoring poet Seamus Heaney in County Derry. There are also stories on new upcoming flights to Ireland on Delta Air Lines and Norwegian Air.

Other stories include a profile of Newport, RI in the off-season, the 160th anniversary of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the new Thomas J. Butler Park in South Boston and an In Memoriam on Boston Irish leader Bill McGowan.

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

BITA is celebrating its 17th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture, 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 further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jeremy Kittel Trio Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, November 11


The Jeremy Kittel Trio is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  Tickets are $18 and can purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272.

Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer, a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, according to BRT. He is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For information on year-round cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Clannad Singer Moya Brennan Performs at Irish Cultural Centre on November 9


Irish singer Moya Brennan is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Thursday, November 9, 2017.  Tickets are $25 general admission ($20 for ICC members) and can be purchased at the door.

A native of Donegal, Moya Brennan and her band Clannad helped jump start a revival of Irish traditional music in the 1970s, while also shining a spotlight of the rich body of music in the Irish language.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Centre.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities, visit IrishBoston.org.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marty Walsh Overwhelmingly Wins Re-Election for Second Term as Mayor of Boston


Marty Walsh won a convincing victory over opponent Tito Jackson to secure his second four-year term as Mayor of Boston. 

The 50 year old son of Irish immigrants from Connemara, County Galway, was first elected in November 2013.  Since then he has become one of the state's most popular politicians who has built a solid record in affordable housing, economic development, arts & culture, immigrant rights and opportunities for all Boston residents. 

Read Marty Walsh's full speech at The Boston Globe site.

"Today, I am more determined than ever to make Boston a city where everyone’s dream can come true—a city that’s a hub of opportunity for every individual in every neighborhood," Walsh told his jubilant followers at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.  "A city for all of us. That’s what the next four years will be about."

Walsh has gained national attention this year for his fierce advocacy of immigrant rights in the United States.

"Immigrants seeking a better life choose Boston," he said to his followers on election night. "They risk everything to come to our city. I will always have their back."

Here is a list of Irish-American mayors of Boston dating back to 1885, when Hugh O'Brien was the first Irishman elected to the office of mayor. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park Opens in South Boston


Massport  recently joined local elected officials, friends and family of Tom Butler to officially unveil the Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park in South Boston.

Joining Massport CEO Tom Glynn at the event were Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, state Representative Nick Collins, City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Bill Linehan and other local officials, as well as former officials like Ray Flynn, Bill Bulger and Jack Hart.

The park is named to honor Tom Butler of South Boston, who was beloved in his neighborhood for his many decades of community service and charitable deeds to the town.  As Director of External Relations for Massport, Butler was also a well-respected public official who helped mitigate effects of Logan International Airport, Conley Terminal and Cruiseport Boston for the residents who lived nearby those facilities.

"My father acted as a buffer for the  community he served in his capacity at Massport," said his son Tom Butler, Jr. at the ceremony.  "If your team need baseball uniforms, or your kid needed a summer job, or if you were under the (airport) flight path...you could call my dad.  His true passion was helping people on a personal level."

Here is a profile of Tom Butler.


The park is also part of Massport's Thomas Butler Freight Corridor, a .6 mile roadway which was built to keep 400-500 container trucks off East First Street and portions of Summer Street in South Boston.

The 4.5 acre park contains a path for runners and walkers, trees and flowers, seating and lighting, bike racks and a separately enclosed dog park.  It is part of Massport's initiative for open spaces.

Find more profiles of Irish-American community leaders here.


Tourism Group Offers Free Tickets to AIG Fenway Hurling Classic & Irish Festival at Fenway Park, November 19


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away 25 free pairs of tickets to the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, supported by Aer Lingus, taking place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Boston.  Gates open at 11 a.m. and the final match takes place at 3 p.m.

Enter the contest here, and we'll notify the winners on Friday, November 17.

Or, order your tickets online now to make sure you're part of this amazing annual event.  There are also special packages for hotel rates and opportunities to meet the players.  Fans are able to get a 10% discount on Aer Lingus flights to attend the match.


This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in Fenway Park, one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.

Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at IrishBoston.org

Feel free to FORWARD this email to Irish organizations interested in this special event. 


Friday, October 27, 2017

Lonely Planet Names Belfast & Causeway Coast Best Travel Destination in 2018.


Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the Number One region in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018.  Belfast and the Causeway shared the top ten list with other destinations like Alaska, Kii Peninsula in Japan, and Bahai in Brazil.

Belfast was praised for its world-renowned restaurants, historical sites and the friendliness of people in Northern Ireland.  The Causeway Coast has magnificent castles, seascapes and natural wonders.  The Causeway has been a film location for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Lonely Planet wrote: 

"From epic landscapes to hip hotels and doomed ships to fine food, Belfast & the Causeway Coast has plenty to attract visitors. Belfast, a city once defined by the Troubles, has a new and compelling energy. Old shipyards are giving way to gleaming new developments, while Victorian architecture and Titanic Belfast ensure history is never far from the surface. To the northwest is the Causeway Coast, a stretch of rugged black basalt and white chalk packed with grandeur and myth. Here, you can devour fine seafood and craft beer, scout out Game of Thrones locations and trace the footprints of giants."


 Tourism Northern Ireland CEO John McGrillen said the recent increase in visitors is the result of “partnership marketing initiatives in the Republic of Ireland highlighting both well-established and new tourism offerings, from Titanic and the Causeway to Seamus Heaney Homeplace and the Game of Thrones tapestry.”

For more information about visiting, go to Discover Northern Ireland.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Inroads Ireland - Tours off the Beaten Path in 2018


Inroads Ireland, a Seattle-based travel company, offers a number of customized, unique tours of Ireland each summer and fall. 

Founded and operated by the husband-wife team of Carolyn Janette and Phil Ryan, Inroads Tours run from May through October 2018 and are divided into three segments: Go North, Go South, Go West.

You can find details of the 2018 tours with dates here.

Read more about Exploring Ireland here.




Thursday, October 19, 2017

Irish Cultural Centre Holds 27th annual Golf Tournament on October 23


The Irish Cultural Centre of New England is holding its 27th annual Golf Tournament at the Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The golf tournament raises funds for year-round programming at the Cultural Centre. It is described as a day of golf, with music, raffles and a dinner afterwards.

Opened in 1989, the 46 acre Irish Cultural Centre represents the Irish and Irish-American community year round, with regular cultural activities including music, dancing, theatre and lectures; a Irish pub and Irish cottage on site, and playing fields for Gaelic sports such as hurling, camogie and football.

Find out more about the Centre here.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting to Know the Island of Ireland

Tourism Ireland has created a new online film to highlight some of the many wonderful and unique locations that international visitors can enjoy throughout the island of Ireland.

From the Wild Atlantic Way and Northern Ireland, to Ireland’s Ancient East, Belfast and Dublin, there is so much for visitors to enjoy about Ireland. 



The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (4 million + fans worldwide), Twitter (440,500+ followers) and YouTube.

In 2016, Ireland welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion.

For stories and information about going to Ireland from the New England region, read these stories on Ireland

For  full details on visiting Ireland, go to Ireland.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail from Boston Common, October 21


The final guided tour this season of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at the Boston Common Visitor Center.

The tour is led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, who covers ten stops along the trail that encompass over 300 years of Irish history in Boston.  Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students and military.  You can purchase your ticket at the Visitor Information Center front counter prior to the tour.

The 90 minute walk takes you through Boston Common, past the State House, Old Granary Burying Ground, down School Street, and over to City Hall and Faneuil Hall.

The Irish Heritage Trail was created by Boston Irish Tourism Association as a way of sharing the illustrious history of the Irish in Boston from colonial times to the present.

Find more about the Irish Heritage Trail here.

For more details on the October 21 tour, contact Colette at BITA.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Harpist Patrick Ball Performs at Blackstone River Threatre on October 14


Renowned Celtic Harpist Patrick Ball is performing "A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country" at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased at the venue the night of the show.

Ball's show about the Irish poet W. B. Yeats combines the age-old traditions of storytelling, poetry and verse, and music  and dance.  Yeats, founder of Ireland's National Theatre, delved deeply into the culture of Ireland's peasantry when shaping his body of work, which helped him win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Boston College Celebrates the Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music on October 12


Séamus Connolly, a 10-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and former Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College, returns to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the acclaimed Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music launched by the BC Libraries. Connolly will describe how his project—a digital collection that pays tribute to his early traditional music mentors—came together.

The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. at the Cadigan Alumni Center at 2121 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.  Admission is $20 and registration is online


The evening will feature live music performances by Jimmy and Séamus Noonan on flute and tin whistle; Séamus Connolly on fiddle; and Shannon and Matt Heaton on vocals, flute, and guitar.


Find out about Irish cultural activities year round in Boston at IrishBoston.org


Norwegian Air Service from Providence Profiles the Rhode Island Irish Connection

Graphic Courtesy of Providence Journal

 There is significant joy around Southern New England these days, since T.F. Green International Airport in Providence became a regional hub from for travel to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.  The launch of Norwegian Air’s new service from Providence gave New Englanders a direct path to Belfast, Cork, Shannon, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Find information about fall and winter Norwegian Air flights to Ireland and the UK
  
It turns out the Providence airport is ideally located to meet the ongoing needs of travelers looking for direct service at low cost.   T.F. Green is “an access point for a huge part of the Northeastern U.S.,” industry analyst Michael Boyd told the Providence Journal this spring.  According to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, 64% of New Englanders live within 75 miles of Green.

Rhode Island – an Irish State

Rhode Island ranks fifth in the country in terms of Irishness, with 17.9% of residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. Census.  Those routes go back to the early days of the Thirteen Colonies.  In the 18th century, Ireland’s great political thinker George Berkeley settled in Middletown, RI from 1729 until 1732.  His initial plan was to build a college to teach Indian children. 

Then in the19th century waves of Irish immigrants moved here, drawn by the bustling seaport of Newport.  Irish laborers built Fort Adams, a massive project that lasted from 1824 until 1857.

Today, Middletown, Narragansett, Charlestown, Scituate and Jamestown still have large Irish-American populations.

Culturally, there is plenty of traditional Irish music around Providence, led by fiddle ace Jimmy Devine and Irish step dancers like Tir na Nog.  And the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland brings in top Irish traditional bands, including Lunasa, Karen Casey and Cherish the Ladies.

Newport has perhaps the most vibrant expression of Irish heritage today.  Last March it celebrated its 40th annual Irish Heritage Month, with dozens of Irish-themed events, lectures, exhibits and a parade.  It has its own Museum of Newport Irish History in the Fifth Ward, “a working-class neighborhood sandwiched between Newport’s commercial waterfront and the opulent Oceanside mansions of the rich and famous,” according to travel writer Christopher Klein.


And since 2002, Newport also has a sister city connection to the seaport city of Kinsale in County Cork, known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.  The two cities have a novel chef exchange whereby chefs from each city visit their counterparts in alternate years, according to Kathryn Farrington, vice president of marketing for Discover Newport.

Best of all, Rhode Island is centrally located, with Cape Cod, Boston and New York all within easy driving distance.  But chances are, when you get to Rhode Island, you’ll want to stay awhile, like the Irish have been doing for many centuries.

Find out more about visiting Rhode Island

For more about the Irish community in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

A version of this story appeared in the summer issue of BITA's Travel & Culture Guide






Friday, October 6, 2017

JFK Library Screening New Documentary, "John Hume in America: In the Name of Peace, on October 10


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is airing a new documentary entitled, "In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

The screening has been named an "Event of the Week" by Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The screening is followed by a discussion between filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who was the Northern Ireland envoy during the Clinton Administration.  Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen is moderator.

Former U.S. Senator Paul Kirk introduces the documentary and discussion.

Here is a schedule of upcoming forums at the JFK Library.

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


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Win Tix to See Irish Singer Tommy Fleming at Larcom Theatre on October 8


 

World-renowned Irish singer-songwriter Tommy Fleming is performing at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.   It is his only New England appearance and is a concert not to be missed!

BITA is offering a pair of tickets, courtesy of our friends at Larcom Theatre, to see the show.  Enter to win here, then check back on Friday, October 6, as we announce the winner.

Or you can purchase tickets online to avoid the suspenseful wait!

Tommy’s unique and powerful voice has brought him worldwide recognition on sold-out tours in Ireland, UK, US, Australia and Japan. He has that distinctive Irish ability to perform live across a wide range of music with equal mastery – from traditional songs like Danny Boy and Isle of Innisfree to contemporary classics like You Raise Me Up and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Larcom Theater in downtown Beverly is one of the small venue gems in Massachusetts. Built in 1912 during the Vaudeville era, the Larcom is a perfect setting to capture Mr. Fleming’s impeccable sound.

For year round Irish events in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org

Friday, September 29, 2017

Win Tix to See Irish Play, Star of the Sea, at Fine Arts Center in Amherst, October 3-4


Galway-based Moonfish Theatre presents the critically-acclaimed play, Star of the Sea at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst.

Win a pair of tickets to see the play from the Boston Irish Tourism Association; enter to win here and check back on Monday, October. 3.  Or, you can purchase tickets directly online.

Performed in Irish and English, audiences are invited to experience Irish as a theatrical language, translated continuously through subtitles, movement and song – completely accessible to non-Irish speakers. There will be a Question & Answer session with the company after each performance.

Here is a trailer to the play.



The play is adapted from  Joseph O'Connor's best-selling novel about passengers on a ship, Star of the Sea, that sets sail from Ireland to America in 1847, the height of the Irish Famine.

Find out more about Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Master Bodhran Player Mance Grady Teaching at the Irish Cultural Centre this Fall



Bodhran master player and maker Mance Grady is teaching a five-week course on playing the Irish drum at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, beginning September 22, 2017.

A beginner course runs from 7-8 p.m., followed by an Intermediate/Advanced class from 8-9 p.m.  Tuition is $125 for ICC members and $140 for non-members. 

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award for his bodhran playing, Mance is also the first American endorsed by NEA to teach the bodhran in the United States. 

In addition to being an ace player, Mance is also recognized as a respected instrument maker who has made dozens of drums over the past four decades.  

To reserve a spot in the class, call the ICC at 781 821-8291.  


Find year round details on Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com





Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blackstone River Theatre Presents the Johnson Girls and Jon Campbell on September 16


The Johnson Girls, a renowned female, a capella group performing sea shanties and folk songs, are performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The group is joined by popular Rhode Island singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Campbell

Tickets to the show are $18 at the door.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

To find out more about Irish activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wix Tix to Red Hot Chilli Pipers at The Cabot on September 28


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to attend the Red Hot Chilli Pipers performance at The Cabot in Beverly on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Enter the contest here, then check back on September 26 to see if you've won.

Or, you can order tickets directly to the show and avoid the suspense!

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at The Cabot, one of greater Boston's fine refurbished theaters, perfect for musical performances of all types.

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


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Final Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail is Sunday, August 27


Boston Irish Tourism Association is conducting its final guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017.   Find full details here.

The tour starts at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, which is run by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Tickets can be purchased at the Center the day of the tour, which is being led by seasoned Boston tour guide Ted Kulik.

Irish sailor Patrick Carr - one of the Boston Massacre victims buried at Old Granary.

Created in 1994, Boston's Irish Heritage Trail tells the illustrious story of the city's Irish community, from the 18th century to the present.  It includes war heroes, politicians, sculptors, poets and immigrants who contributed to the life of Boston.

Find year round details on Boston's Irish community by visiting IrishBoston.org.



Monday, August 21, 2017

Boston Landmarks Orchestra's Dance Carnival, August 23, Features Harney Academy of Irish Dance


The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is holding a free Dance Carnival at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, featuring musical works by some of the world’s leading composers, from Strauss to Copland.

Among the highlights of the festival is Leroy Anderson’s Irish Suite: The Girl I Left Behind Me and Irish Washerwoman, which is being performed by one of the premier schools of Irish dance in USA, the HarneyAcademy of Irish Dance.  Founded in 1990 by Liam Harney, a two-time World Champion, the Irish stepdancers in the academy have won numerous national and international competitions, including at the World Irish Championships in Glasgow in 2016. 

A native of Cambridge and winner of two Tony Awards, Anderson is best known for his composition, Sleigh Ride, now a Christmas classic.  Anderson’s Irish Suite was commissioned by the Eire Society of Boston in 1947 as a tribute to the city’s large Irish community and its illustrious musical traditions. Two of the suite’s six movements are being performed at the festival: The Girl I Left Behind Me, with its series of ingenious variations; and The Irish Washerwoman, a double jig given the full Andersonian contrapuntal treatment.

Read full details about the Dance Festival by Christopher Wilkens, Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

Find year round details on Irish events in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Luck, Orlaith Roche, 2017 Boston & New England Rose of Tralee Winner


Best wishes to Orlaith Roche, who is representing Boston & New England in the 2017 Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.

Orlaith won the regional competition in May at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, and travels to Ireland to compete against contestants from around the world.   Read more about Orlaith here.

Cara Group Travel of Quincy is an official travel sponsor of the Rose of Tralee and has organized a group tour to go to this year's festival, which runs from August 16-22, 2017.

Now in its 58th year, the Rose of Tralee is one of Ireland's oldest and most popular summer festivals,

Tourism Ireland, the government agency that markets the island of Ireland in North America, estimates a 21.6% increase in North American visitors in the first half of 2016, a record-setting pace that speaks of the American-Ireland connection.

For information on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.




Sunday, August 6, 2017

Irish band Ruaile Buaile performs at Irish Cultural Center on August 8


Ruaile Buaile, a traditional Irish band from County Offaly, performs in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Admission is $22 and includes a meal from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..

The band's first two albums, "Commotion" and "This Very Moment" were instant hits in Ireland and are now becoming popular in the US and other countries.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Irish Cultural Centre.

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



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer in the City Music & Film Series at Boston Harbor Hotel


Looking for the perfect way to spend a summer night in Boston?  Check out Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City series along the waterfront.  It features live music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and a family film on Friday nights.

Find more Summer in the City details, including the full schedule of performers and films.

The music and film features are enhanced by the exquisite menu of Chef Daniel Bruce, award-winning chef, who has put together an al fresco menu for the summer nights.

For more details on enjoying  Boston this summer, visit IrishBoston.org.

Monday, July 31, 2017

New Video from Tourism Ireland Captures Autumn in Ireland


Tourism Ireland has issued a new video called "Autumn on the Island of Ireland," extolling the beauty of Ireland in autumn, as well as the many cultural, historical and entertainment opportunities that await visitors.  




The September-December season is a great way for visitors to experience Ireland free from the peak-season crowds and prices.  From cities and towns to the countryside and magnificent seacoast, Ireland has something to offer everyone. 

Find out more about visiting Ireland this autumn, or any time of year, at Ireland.com.

For other stories about visiting Ireland from New England, check out IrishMassachusetts.com.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Irish Singer Mary Black Concert on July 29 at Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA


Irish singer Mary Black performs in  concert at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly, MA on Saturday, July 29, 2017. You can purchase tickets to the concert online or at the venue.

Long regarded as one of the best Irish vocalists of her generation, Black brings a thorough command of traditional music with a contemporary flair that makes her sound unique.

The Cabot Theatre at 286 Cabot Street in Beverly is one of the premier concert venues in greater Boston.  Formerly a beloved vaudeville theater from the 1920s, it was refurbished in recent years to become a sought-after venue for performers of Mary Black's caliber.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at The Cabot.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Irish Cultural Centre Presents Summer Workshops for Children, July 17-21


The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton is gearing up for its week-long summer workshops for children the week of July 17, 2017.

The workshops include Irish sports, music, puppetry & theater, dance and Irish language, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & math) and a virtual tour of Ireland through movies and the internet.  Cost of the workshops range from $40 to $80.

Sited on a 46 acre campus just south of Boston, the Irish Cultural Centre is a year round facility that celebrates Irish culture, sports, heritage, literature and learning in America.  As one of the largest Irish facilities in New England, the ICC is a welcoming place for residents and visitors alike.

Here is the ICC's schedule of upcoming activities this summer.

For year round details of Irish activities throughout Massachusetts and New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Monday, July 10, 2017

Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is Named Event of the Week in Massachusetts


The 24th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival has been named event of the week by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The festival takes place on Saturday, July 15, at Look Park in Florence, Massachusetts and features a full day of Scottish culture, athletics, dance and music.  Also at the festival: historical reenactors of Scottish history and culture, children's games, food and beverage courts, and a shopping area with authentic Scottish products.  Find full details at the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival website.

Among the top performers are the Brigadoons, the Tartan Terrors, Screaming Orphans, Allbanach, Charlie Zahm and more.  Here is the full musical schedule.

Find out more about the history of the festival and also the origins of the name, which dates back to 1753, when this part of western Massachusetts was first settled by Scots-Irish immigrants from Ulster.

For year round coverage of Irish and Scottish activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Irish Musician Sharon Shannon Performs at Irish Cultural Centre, July 8


Renowned Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017.   Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door.

She is performing songs from her new album, Sacred Earth, which blends Irish music with African and Middle Eastern sounds for a distinct sound that is both spiritual and traditional.

Here are more events at the ICC this summer.

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


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Maguires, Irish Family Band, Perform at Irish Cultural Centre on June 28


The Maguires, a traditional Irish band from County Wicklow, perform at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  Tickets are $20 general admission, and $15 for ICC members.

The family band is on a U.S. Tour this summer that stretches from the East Coast to Montana.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre this summer.

For more details on Irish cultural events in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Milton Music Fest + Celtic Sunday Taking Place June 24-25


The annual Milton Music Fest and Celtic Sunday is taking place at Governor Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton, MA on June 24-25, 2017.   The event  is free and open to the public, and shuttle buses are available from other parts of town.

Headlining the Saturday festival, which begins at 3:00 p.m., is Chicago, Total Access, followed by fireworks in the evening.

Headlining the Celtic Sunday lineup this year is Pauline Wells and Devri, Margaret Dalton and Erin's Melody, Sean Brennan and the Skiffs, Curragh's Fancy, the Fenian Sons and Jinty McGrath.   The Sunday event begins at 1:30 p.m.  There is also a tradition music session taking place and local vendors as well.

Find more Irish activities in greater Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.

Summer issue of Travel & Culture features Travel Between New England & Ireland



(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2017 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of Irish 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 and is available in digital format online. 

Among the stories in this issue:  Norwegian Air enters the Boston-Ireland market; 12 famous lighthouses on the island of Ireland; cultural festivals and concerts in Massachusetts this summer, from Boston to the Berkshires; celebrating the 100th anniversary of JFK; the newly dedicated Flynn Boston Cruiseport; book reviews; and walking Boston's Irish Heritage Trail. 

BITA is celebrating its 17th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture  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 further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Monday, June 12, 2017

7th Annual Summer Solstice Festival in Rhode Island is Saturday, June 17


The 7th annual Summer Solstice Festival, presented by the Blackstone River Theatre, takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI.  Tickets to the festival are just $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

You can also enter a contest to win a free pair of tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Featured performers include the Irish trad trio of flutist Kevin Crawford, uilleann piper Cillian Vallely and guitarist Patrick Doocey; Les Poules a Colin from Quebec; Scottish singer Archie Fisher; duo Robbie O’Connell and Rose Clancy; and Rhode Island favorites Pendgragon and Atwater-Donnelly Trio.   Here are full details of the festival

The Blackstone River Theatre is a year-round cultural arts organization that promotes live music, dance and culture.  Here is a schedule of upcoming events through the fall season.


Find more about Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Riverdance World Tour at Hanover Theatre in Worcester, June 8-11


Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, is performing six shows at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on June 8-11, 2017.  

Tickets range from $39 to $74, and you can purchase tickets online or at the venue. 

Riverdance combines Irish traditions in music, song, theater and dance and blends them into a modern context that also embodies other artistic forms of expression from other cultures.  The result is an imaginative, energetic and poetic rendition of live performance that is inspiring and engaging.

The Hanover Theatre is one of the premier concert halls in Massachusetts.  Built in 1904, the stately venue has presented some of the world's best performers over the last century.  It's magnificent interior and acoustic brilliance makes it the perfect setting for Riverdance.

Here is a schedule of great events coming to Hanover Theatre through the year.   

For year round information on Irish cultural events, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

The World Wishes a Happy 100th Birthday to President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Today marks the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States.  President Kennedy left an indelible mark on the world as a leader who combined a positive, can-do attitude with a vision for peace and prosperity.

The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston is celebrating President Kennedy's birthday with a series of special events.  In addition, the library has posted a digital birthday card for people to sign and express their thoughts on President Kennedy.

Here is a short video about President Kennedy in honor of his 100th birthday.

 

 For more information on President Kennedy's Irish-American heritage and connections to Ireland, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Irish, Scottish and Folk Festivals in New England


The Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled a selection of top Irish, Scottish ad Folk festivals taking place in New England this summer.

The season starts with the Boston Irish Music Festival in Canton, MA on June 3-4 and wraps up with the New Hampshire Highland Games at Loon Mountain, NH on September 15-17.

See the full schedule here.

The 7th annual Summer Solstice Festival, hosted by Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, is becoming one of the most popular Celtic festivals in the region.  This year's line-up - featuring Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, Archie Fisher,  Les Poules à Colin - encompasses a wide range of Irish, Scottish, Canadian and American folk traditions.

And the 24th annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival outside of Northampton, MA continues to offer a strong portray of Scottish music and dance, athletic games and bagpipe competitions, and food and cultural traditions here in New England. 

In addition, New England offers two nationally acclaimed folk festivals:  the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI, considered one of the top folk festivals in America; and the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, MA, which offers an incredible line-up of folk traditions from around the world.

Find out more about Irish cultural activities year round in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com








Thursday, May 18, 2017

Iconic Musician Ben Folds Performs with the Boston Pops



Iconic composer and musician Ben Folds returns to Boston Symphony Hall for the first time since 2012, to perform with maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on Thursday, May 18, 2017.  

Tickets are available online or for purchase at the venue. 

His genre-bending musical works include pop albums as leader of the Ben Folds Five, multiple solo rocks hits, music for film and TV as well as a role as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off

Folds is performing the Boston premiere of his critically acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Here is a full schedule of the 2017 Boston Pops season