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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Win Free Tix to Hear Daniel O'Donnell Live at Shubert Theatre in Boston

Daniel O'Donnell, one of Ireland’s most popular artists, is performing his "Back Home Again"  concert at the Shubert Theatre/Boch Center in downtown Boston at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $47 and can be purchased online.  The Shubert Theatre is located at 285 Boylston Street, across from Boston Common. 

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off a pair of free tickets to attend the show.  Enter to win here.

The Donegal native launched his singing career in 1983, and reached the American market in 2002 with his first PBS Special.  He made music history earlier this year as the first recording artist in the history of the UK Artist Album Chart to have charted at least one new album every year since 1988, an unprecedented and unbroken 29 year span, surpassing everyone from Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Irish strongholds U2. Along with this, Daniel makes regular appearances in the Billboard World Music Chart. 

The winner of the will be notified and announced here on Friday, May 12th on 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Profile In Courage Award Ceremony with President Barack Obama

Former President Barack H. Obama is receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday, May 7 2017, as part of the centennial celebration of John F. Kennedy’s birth. 

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, are presenting the award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.  The evening includes a special performance by James Taylor with Kim Taylor and Owen Young.

See the live proceedings here.

Find  out more about the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum

Monday, May 1, 2017

Transatlantic Session Concert Showcases Music of Nashville, Scotland & Ireland, in Boston on May 3

Transatlantic Sessions, a concert tour showcasing the music of Nashville, Scotland and Ireland, performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

You can win a free pair of tickets to the show through the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  Or you can purchase tickets directly from

Nashville dobro master Jerry Douglas and celebrated Shetland fiddler Aly Bain lead an all-star band from the US and UK, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, James MacKintosh, Russ Barenberg, and John Doyle.  Featured guest stars include Rosanne Cash, Sarah Jarosz, John Paul White, Aoife O’Donovan, Declan O’Rourke, Karen Matheson, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Having originated as an award-winning BBC television series seven years ago, this tour marks the first multi-city tour in the US and begins a new chapter in the continuing evolution of the Transatlantic Sessions, bringing it to US audiences for a special evening of music!

Check out the playlist here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Irish Fiddle Star Eileen Ivers Performs in Beverly, MA on Saturday, April 29

Eileen Ivers, a virtuoso fiddle play who has toured with Riverdance and Cherish the Ladies, performs in concert with her band, Immigrant Soul, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Presented by Spectacle Management, tickets to the show can be purchased online or at the venue the night of the concert.

Raised in the Bronx to Irish immigrant parents, Eileen Ivers is regarded as one of the finest musicians of her generation, a passionate, innovative player who brings out the best in Irish traditional music while also blending the sounds of other genres, including rock, soul and world music.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts from Spectacle Management.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities, visit

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Grant Maloy Smith Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, April 22

American roots artist Grant Maloy Smith performs a special Earth Day concert at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Eastern Medicine Singers, a group that performs Algonquin  and American Indian music,  is providing the opening set.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

Smith’s new CD, "Dust Bowl – AmericanStories," relates the story of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s in the Great Plains, considered to be a major environmental disaster in American history.  Smith calls it “a cautionary tale about the environment,” and believes .  “we can learn a lot from the Dust Bowl. Reliving it through these songs and images is a powerful elixir.”

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Boston Chef Barbara Lynch Named in Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World

Congratulations to Chef Barbara Lynch of South Boston, who was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 influential people in the world.

Chef Lynch was cited in Time Magazine for her ascent in the culinary world as an elite chef, for which she won two James Beard Awards as well as numerous other prizes.  She owns and operates seven restaurants in Boston, and runs Stir, a demonstration cooking kitchen that offers year round classes.

 Her cookbook, Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition, was published in 2009, and her new memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire,was published on April 11, 2017.

Chef Lynch began her cooking career at the local church rectory kitchen in South Boston before progressing to the St. Botolph Club, Olives and Michaela's.  She traveled to Italy to learn about Italian cuisine first-hand from local women, where she perfected the delicate pastas for which she is now famous.  In 1998 she opened her first restaurant, No. 9 Park, named one of the "Top 25 Restaurants in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine, one of the "Top 50 Restaurants in America" by Food & Wine and Gourmet.

Read more profiles of Irish-Americans from Boston & Massachusetts here. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

John J. McDermott Won the First Boston Marathon in 1897

Illustration from The Boston Globe, April 20, 1897

The first Boston Marathon was held on April 19,1897, inspired by the first modern Olympic Games held the previous year in Athens, Greece. 

The race was sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association, and the initial field consisted of fifteen runners, of which ten finished the race. John J. McDermott of the Pastime Athletic Club of New York won the race, finishing in two hours, fifty-five minutes and ten seconds.

Thomas E. Burke, who won first place in the 100 and 440 yard races at the Athens Olympics in 1896, was the official starter of the race.

The race started in Ashland and finished at Irvington Oval near Copley Square in Boston, which had a 220 yard track.  There BAA officials had organized an entire track and field meet in the spirit of the Olympic Games the previous year.

Among the most talked about races was the 100 yard dash, which had a stellar field that included Olympic medalist Tom Burke of Boston University, J.S. Quinn  and W.J. Holland from Boston College, Frank Quinlan from Fordham University, and D.C. Byers of Yale.  Holland won the race, and his BC teammate Quinn took second. 

McDermott apparently lost nine pounds running the race, and afterwards said, "This will probably be my last long race...look at my feet," wrote The Boston Globe in its April 20, 1897 story.  McDermott returned to Boston in 1898 and finished fourth.

For more on Boston's Irish history and heritage, visit

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hanneke Cassel, Keith Murphy and Mike Block Perform at Blackstone River Theatre on April 15

A trio of accomplished Celtic musicians - Hanneke Cassel, Keith Murphy and Mike Block perform in concert at the Blackstone River Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Tickets are $18 the day of the show and can be purchased at the venue.

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

For year round details on other Irish and Scottish events in New England, visit

Monday, April 10, 2017

Ireland Ranked as Third Best Tourism Marketing Destination in the World

Congratulations to Tourism Ireland for its outstanding performance marketing the island of Ireland in the past two years.  Ireland is ranked at number three in the world, out of 136 countries, for ‘effectiveness of marketing and branding to attract tourists,' according to the World Economic Forum's recent Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017.  

Ireland moved up two slots from its 5th place ranking in 2015. 

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am really pleased to see that Ireland has moved up to third position in the world for tourism marketing and branding. The international tourism marketplace is an extremely competitive one and we are constantly looking at innovative and engaging ways to reach potential holidaymakers, to ensure the island of Ireland stands out from other destinations.”

Find out about visiting Ireland here.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

One Boston Day, April 15, Giving Back to Boston

April 15th, 2015 marked the beginning of a new annual Boston tradition: One Boston Day

Each year, the day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the resiliency, generosity, and strength demonstrated by the people of Boston and those around the world in response to the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy of April 15th, 2013. 

In anouncing the 3rd annual One Boston Day, Mayor Marty Walsh said,  "The Boston Marathon is a key part of our city's identity, and continues to show the world that Boston is strong, and our traditions will endure, no matter what. The spirit of the day on April 15 shows the best of Boston: how Bostonians from all backgrounds come together to line the streets, celebrate one another and do good for their community. I hope everyone can mark this day in a way that inspires each other with the love we have for our community, our neighbors and our City."

How will you make a difference this year?

Read about the Martin Richard Park being built to capture the spirit of Boston. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Tourism Ireland Prepares for 2017 Season of Visitors from around the World

After a banner year in 2016, when the island of Ireland welcomed 19.37 million overseas visitors who spent about €5.4 billion, Tourism Ireland is focusing its attention on the 2017 tourism season.

"Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue this year by +4.5%, to €5.7 billion, for the island of Ireland,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.   Among the plans for 2017, Gibbons said, is to highlight iconic experiences like "the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, Titanic Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route.

"We will also promote Dublin and Belfast, in particular for shoulder and off-peak travel,” Gibbons said, adding that “Screen tourism will remain a priority, as we continue to capitalize on our connections with Star Wars and Game of Thrones."

Read more stories about traveling to Ireland from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

For details on traveling to Ireland this year, visit

JFK Library Presents 2017 PEN Hemingway Award to Novelist Yaa Gyasi on April 2

The John F. Kennedy Library is hosting the 2017 PEN Hemingway Award to novelist Yaa Gyasi at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. This program is presented in partnership with PEN New England.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Register here. You can also watch a live webcast of the ceremony.

Patrick Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's son, is presenting the award to Gyasi for her novel Homegoing. Novelist and biographer RoxanaRobinson, President of the Authors Guild, delivers the keynote address.  

 The Kennedy Library is the major repository of the  Ernest Hemingway Collection of the author's works. The PEN New England Awards in Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction are also being presented at the ceremony. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

American Roots Band Spuyten Duyvil Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, April 1

Spuyten Duyvil is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2017.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the venue.

Based in New York, the band's brand of original and traditional American roots music blends old time, blues, bluegrass, and folk rock with a pinch of punk energy to create a uniquely modern mix.

The band’s third CD, The Social Music Hour, Volume I, was nominated for the 2016 International Folk Music Awards “Album of the Year.” 

Check out the schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre this spring. 

Visit for year round details on music and culture. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rockin' Road to Dublin Performs at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 30

Rockin’ Road to Dublin is coming to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Starring World Champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, along with a cast of 14 dancers, 8 musicians and 2 vocalists, Rockin' Road to Dublin combines the art of an Irish dance show, the power of a Rock-N-Roll concert, all with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production.

Irish Dancing Magazine calls  Rockin' Road to Dublin “WORLD CLASS ... a one-two punch of style and mastery ... they made some magic here”.

You can purchase tix online or purchase them at the Auditorium.

For year round information on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Irish Songs & Stories free concert at Lawrence Public Library on March 26

Lawrence Irish Heritage Month presents “Irish Songs & Stories” with musician Terri Kelley and special guest Sheila Manzi at the Lawrence PublicLibrary at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017.  The event is free and open to the public.

The concert is hosted by the Friends of Lawrence Public Library and supported by Division 8 Ancient Order of Hibernians in memory of George Kelley.

The Lawrence Public Library is located at 51 Lawrence Street

Read more about Division 8 AOH in this profile of Bill Sullivan

For more information on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit

Friday, March 24, 2017

Irish Film Festival Boston, March 23-26 at Somerville Theatre

One of the great pleasures of St. Patrick’s Day each year is attending the Irish Film Festival Boston (March 23-26, 2017), a wealth of amazing movies, shorts and documentaries coming out of Ireland.  Now in its 17th year, the Irish Film Festival continues to inspire with a great selection of new films that depict the Irish and Irish-American experience.

Here is a full schedule of films at this year's festival. 

One film that has garnered attention and praise is Rocky Ros Mus by Director Michael Fanning.  It is the story of boxer Sean Mannion, who left the  quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in Co. Galway to come to Boston, where he worked his way up the ranks in the boxing world. 

For year round information on Irish activities in New England visit

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Author David McKean Discusses the Lowell Irish at Lawrence Heritage State Park on March 19

Local author David D. McKean is discussing his book, Lowell Irish, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center.

The event is part of the Lawrence Irish Heritage Month presented each March by Division Eight of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Men's and Women's Division.  See full schedule here.

The event is free and open to the public.  The Center is handicapped accessible.

A native of Lowell, Mr. McKean is an active historian, archivist,  tour guide and researcher in the illustrious history of the city's Irish community.  He is involved in the Lowell Irish Cultural Week each year, which highlights the history and culture of the Irish community.

Find year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts by visiting

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan Performs on Cape Cod on Sunday, March 19

Irish singing star Ronan Tynan performs at the Tiden Arts Center in West Barnstable on Cape Cod at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, 2017.  Tickets to the show can be purchased online or at the concert venue.

Tynan is one of America's beloved performers, especially in New England, where Ronan has performed the national anthem at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and countless concert halls in the region.

"If you can perform songs in a specific way that moves an audience to a wonderful memory, you've achieved everything you set out to do as a performer," Ronan said in an interview a few years ago, validating why the Irish vocalist has such a local following.

The show is presented by Spectacle Management, which promotes top artists at intimate concert venues around the region.  Here is a scheulde of upcoming concerts from Spectacle.

For year round information on Irish culture in New England, visit

Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 19

The 66th annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the City of Holyoke, Massachusetts.

This year's grand marshall is Sister Jane F. Morrissey, from the Sisters of Saint Joseph religious order. She is an educator, social justice activist and humanitarian who has worked among the poor all over the world - from Colombia, Peru and Guatemala to Springfield and Holyoke.

Other award recipients include actress Ann Dowd, winner of the JFK National Award and writer and publisher Turlough McConnell, winner of the Ambassador Award.

The three mile parade starts at Route 5 and Northampton Street and ends at High Street.  Here is a map of the parade route.

Other parades taking place in Massachusetts on March 19 are in Abington,  Boston and Scituate.

Here is a full schedule of parades in Massachusetts this month.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Pendragon Celtic Band Performs at Blackstone Rivery Theatre on Saturday, March 18

Pendragon, one of New England's most popular Celtic ensembles, is performing in concert at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show.  They can be purchased by calling the box office at 401 725-9272.

Pendragon includes award-winning step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo, Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina, Josh Kane on flute and whistles, and vocalist Mary Lee Partington. They will be joined tonight by guest step dancer Erika Damiani and All-Ireland uileann piper Torrin Ryan

Pendragon has been voted Rhode Island's Best Celtic Act nine times in the Motif Magazine's Best Music Awards. The band released a 30th Anniversary CD, "Live at Blackstone River Theatre" in 2014.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre

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Irish Cultural Centre Celebrates on St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Stop into the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton this weekend to enjoy St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including step dance exhibitions, live music, set dancing, children's activities and more.  Also enjoy authentic Irish and Irish-American cuisine.

Located on 46 acres, the Irish Cultural Centre is a year-round facility that promotes Irish culture, heritage and sports throughout the year.  It is located off Route 138, not far from Highways 93 and 128.

Read this profile on Maudy Dooher, programming and membership director at the Centre.

Fnd out about the Centre here.

John F. Kennedy Tribute from the Massachusetts State Senate on March 17, 2017

Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and members of the senate presented a recitation of excerpts from native son President John F. Kennedy, presented in his City on a Hill speech, spoken on the eve of his inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, given at the House of Representatives Chamber.

The recitation was created as part of the St. Patrick's Day festivites, and honors the centennial of President Kennedy's birthday of May 29, 1917, which is being celebrated this year by the John F. Kennedy Library and others throughout the Commonwealth.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Irish Musician Tom Garvey's Radio Broadcast from WCCM AM on March 17

Irish traditional pianist Tom Garvey is hosting the 31th annual Irish Revue radio program on Friday, March 17, 2017 on WCCM 1110-AM, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

You can hear the show streaming at  The toll-free number to call and make requests or speak with Tom is 1-877-687-8005.

The Andover resident is a longtime veteran of the region's Irish traditional music scene, dating back to the 1950s, when Garvey used to travel weekly to the robust Dudley Street in Roxbury, where five dance halls offered continuous Irish, Scottish and Canadian music for waves of immigrants and Boston's sprawling Irish and Celtic communities.  Garvey played piano in the famous Tara Ceili Band with fiddlers Larry Reynolds and Brendan Tonra.

Garvey is also a walking encyclopedia of Irish music, with a memory of recordings, musicians and band personnel dating back half a century.  He has donated many of his materials to the Boston College Irish Music Center and has been an adviser for other projects at the Lawrence Public Library Irish Collection and the Boston Irish Tourism Association

In 2008, Garvey was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Irish Musicians Association) for his lifelong contributions to Irish music.

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