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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.

Find year round details on Irish events at

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

For year round details on Irish activities in New England, visit 

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.

Find year round information on the Irish in Massachusetts at

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.

For more information about Irish music in Massachusetts, visit

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

3rd guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail added for St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Due to popular demand, the Boston Irish Tourism Association has added a third guided tour of the Irish Heritage Trail on St. Patrick's Day weekend.  The tours are taking place at 1:00 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, starting at the Boston Common Visitors Center on Tremont Street.

Ted Kulik, seasoned tour guide for Civil War monuments, Kennedy landmarks and Harvard, is leading the tour on both days.  The tour runs for 75-90 minutes and covers the sites between Boston Common and Boston City Hall.  

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior, military and students.  Children under twelve can go free when accompanied by an adult. 

The Boston Irish Heritage Trail was created by local historian and author Michael Quinlin, who published a map of the Trail in his 1994 book, Guide to the New England Irish.  The Trail has been developed since 2000 by the Boston Irish Tourism Association, and now includes 20 public landmarks in  Boston, as well as an additional 20 Irish landmarks in Boston's neighborhoods

For more information about the Irish community in Massachusetts and the New England region, visit

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tony Kenny's Irish Celebration Comes to Merrimack College on March 17

Dublin music icon Tony Kenny is performing at the Rogers Center for theArts at Merrimack College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017.

You can win a free pair of tickets to attend the show from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Or you can purchase tickets online to enjoy one of the Irish music highlights of this St. Patrick's Day season.

A star of Jurys Irish Cabaret for over 20 years, Tony brings pure showmanship and musicality to his performances.  The Irish Celebration cast on this tour also includes Tony's daughter, Irish singer Victoria Kenny, guitar master Seamus Kennedy, the Dublin City Dancers and the Dublin Trinity Band.

For information on Irish activities in Massachusetts year round,visit

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bill Sullivan - Promoting All Things Irish in Lawrence, MA

Read this profile on Bill Sullivan, AOH leader and promotor of all things Irish in Lawrence, Massachusetts, published by Boston Irish Tourism Association in its spring 2017 issue of Travel & Culture Guide.

Along with the late Dave Burke, Sullivan and Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division Eight Chapter, have worked tirelessly to promote the culture and heritage of the Irish community in Lawrence, which first settled there in the mid-19th century as mill workers and laborers.  The Irish rose to prominence within one generation, as John Breen became the first Irish-born mayor of a New England city.

Among the initiatives of AOH Division 8 in recent years:

 * Launch of the Irish Collection at the Lawrence Public Library South Branc

 * Creation of An Gorta Mor/Irish Famine Memorial at Immaculate Conception Cemetery

 * Development of an annual Irish Heritage Month calendar each March to showcase Irish heritage.

For more information about Irish heritage in Massachusetts, visit

Lawrence Irish Heritage Month Presents Author Ellen B. Alden on Sunday, March 12

As part of Lawrence Irish  Heritage Month, author Ellen B. Alden is discussing her book, “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke” on Sunday, March 12 at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitors Center, 1 Jackson Street.

The White Fund, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College, is hosting the lecture at Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, One Jackson Street, Lawrence.  It is sponsored by Division 8 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. 

Alden's historical novel was launched in late June, and is based on the life and times of Florence Burke from County Cork, Ireland - the author's 2nd great grandfather. 

Here is a full schedule of events for the Lawrence Irish Heritage Month.

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017

School of Irish Genealogy today at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton

The Friends of Irish Research is presenting a School of Genealogy from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Genealogy expert Richard Reid is presenting two sessions: "Advanced Find My Past Strategies" and "What's New at FamilySearch."  Friends of Irish Research, based in Brockton, is a collection of friends with a desire to utilize their experience and skills to promote the sharing of genealogical knowledge and assist others in their family research.

For more information, email or call the Centre at 781 821-8291.

Following the genealogy presentation, the Irish Cultural Centre Pub opens at 4:00 p.m. for dinner and drinks.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre this month.  Read this profile of Maudy Dooher, head of programming and membership at the Centre.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit

Irish Band Teada Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, March 11

Téada, a quartet of talented traditional Irish musicians, performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  Tickets to the show are $24 and can purchased at the venue or by calling 401725-9272.

Teada (pronounced Tay-da, meaning "strings" in Irish) is marking its first visit to the USA in five years.  Known for their deeply traditional approach to Irish music, the band consists of vocalist Méabh Begley, fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada,   Damien Stenson on flute, Seán McElwain on banjo and bouzouki, and Tristan Rosenstock on bodhrán.

Also on this tour is champion step-dancer Samantha Harvey.

For more activities around New England this March, visit BITA's calendar of events.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Governor Charlie Baker Proclaims March 2017 as Irish Heritage Month in Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed, March, 2017 as IRISH HERITAGE MONTH in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

With 20.5% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry, Massachusetts is considered the most Irish state in the nation, along with New Hampshire.

In the proclamation, Governor Baker cited Irish-Americans from Massachusetts who were heroes during the Revolutionary War, including Patrick Carr and Colonel Henry Knox of Boston and Nathaniel Tracy of Newburyport.  He mentioned Massachusetts residents who have made made significant contributions to society and the nation, including teachers Annie Sullivan and Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, artist John Singleton Copley and Olympian James Brendan Connolly.

Governor Baker also mentioned the centennial birthday of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was born in Brookline on May 29, 1917, a date being celebrated by the John F. Kennedy Library and others throughout the state this year.

To find out more about Irish history in Massachusetts, visit

For year round details on Irish cultural events, go to

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Boston Hosts Irish Literary Festival on March 10-11

Ireland's Consulate for New England is hosting BualadhBos, an Irish Literary Festival at the Harvard Club on March 10-11, 2017.

Among the featured writers: Kevin Barry, Lisa McInerney Tara Bergin, Nick Laird, Stephen Sexton, Paul Howard.  Moderators include Consul General Fionnuala Quinlan and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen

The Irish phrase Bualadh Bos is used to express applause. 

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Aer Lingus - A Smart Value for Travelers Flying Between Ireland and New England

Since the 1950s, any New Englander heading to Ireland immediately looked to Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline. The airline, which the Irish government created in 1936, began direct service between Boston, Shannon and Dublin in October 1958, opening up access for generations of New Englanders who had settled here, while also giving travelers from Ireland a quick, inexpensive access to the region.

Today, Aer Lingus continues to service these New England-Ireland connections, with its popular service between Boston’s Logan InternationalAirport and Shannon International Airport and Dublin International Airport seven days a week. And just last September, Aer Lingus launched direct service between Hartford’s BradleyInternational Airportand Dublin International Airport, opening up convenient travel opportunities for all of Southern New England, including Rhode Island, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

But what excites American travelers these days is that Aer Lingus is now a springboard to over 80 destinations across Europe from its hub in Dublin. These connectivity increases make it easier for Europeans and Americans alike to fly in and out of New England and reach some of the great destinations in Europe, Ireland included.

Flying can be a difficult experience because of long lines, security checks and delayed flights, but the experience out of Boston has become efficient and convenient. Since May 2016, Aer Lingus flights now arrive and depart from the newly expanded Terminal C at Logan, which offers a more convenient experience, according to Massport. The change from Terminal E to Terminal C results in a more direct arrival procedure, and also gives travelers an open, fresh space at check-in, with a greater selection of premium retail brands and a broader selection of food outlets and quality local cuisine.

Thanks to the US Customs and Immigration Pre- Clearance option prior to departure in Dublin Airport, travelers coming from Ireland to Boston can avoid the lines upon their return.

As part of the International Airlines Group, a consortium that includes British Airways, Iberia and other carriers, Aer Lingus is a better value proposition than ever.

“We believe our 4 star transatlantic service offers guests great choice and excellent value,” Aer Lingus officials told the Irish EchoNewspaper recently. “We fly high frequency services into primary airports, offer state of the art in-flight entertainment, complimentary meals, Wi-Fi in the sky, free seat assignment, an award winning Business Class service, all with US pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports and we are confident of our ability to compete with any carrier in the market.”

Joshua Tree, U2 Tribute Band, Performs at Irish Cultural Centre on Saturday, March 4

St. Patrick's Day celebrations at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton kick off with a concert by Joshua Tree, Boston's popular U2 Tribute Band, at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  Tickets to the concert are $15 and you can purchase them online or at the Centre.

Considered one of the nation's foremost U2 tribute bands, Joshua Tree prides itself with an ability to generate a unique musical experience that does not lend itself to impersonations. Without compromising artistic integrity, the band has gone to great lengths to reproduce the distinct sound of one of the world’s most popular rock bands.

Here is a full schedule of activities taking place in March at the Irish Cultural Centre, a year round facility that promotes Irish culture, sports, learning and heritage in Canton, MA.  Learn more about the Irish Cultural Centre. 

For year  round details on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit

Lúnasa + Karan Casey Perform Two Concerts at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, March 4

Lúnasa - one of Ireland's great traditional ensembles - and Karan Casey - one of the great Irish singers of her generation - are joined onstage for two concerts at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The concerts take place at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling for reservations at 401 725-9272.

Lúnasa's has performed at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and at the White House. The band's inventive arrangements and virtuousity have brought the band international acclaim.   They are joined at Blackstone River Theatre by vocalist Karan Casey, considered one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music.

For  other concerts throughout New England in March, visit

Friday, March 3, 2017

Guided Tours of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail Scheduled for March 17 & 18, St. Patrick's Day Weekend

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has scheduled two guided tours of the Irish Heritage Trail on St. Patrick's Day weekend.  The tours are taking place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, starting at the Boston Common Visitors Center on Tremont Street.

Ted Kulik, seasoned tour guide for Civil War monuments, Kennedy landmarks and Harvard, is leading the tour on both days.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior, military and students.  Children under twelve can go free when accompanied by an adult.

The Boston Irish Heritage Trail was created by local historian and author Michael Quinlin, who published a map of the Trail in his 1994 book, Guide to the New England Irish.  The Trail has been developed since 2000 by the Boston Irish Tourism Association, and now includes 20 public landmarks in  Boston, as well as an additional 20 Irish landmarks in Boston's neighborhoods.

For more information about the Irish community in Massachusetts and the New England region, visit

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Barack Obama Receives John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award in 2017

Today the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced that Former President Barack H. Obama was selected to receive the 2017 Centennial John F.Kennedy Profile in Courage Award™ for his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.

 The prestigious award will be presented by Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, at a ceremony on May 7, 2017 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth.

“President Kennedy called on a new generation of Americans to give their talents to the service of the country,” said Ambassador Kennedy. “With exceptional dignity and courage, President Obama has carried that torch into our own time, providing young people of all backgrounds with an example they can emulate in their own lives.”

“Faced with unrelenting political opposition, President Obama has embodied the definition of courage that my grandfather cites in the opening lines of Profiles in Courage: grace under pressure,” said Schlossberg. “Throughout his two terms in office, he represented all Americans with decency, integrity, and an unshakeable commitment to the greater good.”

“It’s been more than half a century since John F. Kennedy asked us to cast aside our narrow self-interest and take up the chase of a greater ambition: our collective capacity to do big things, especially when it’s hard,” said President Obama. “It was a call to citizenship as true as the words of our founding and a conviction that helped guide me to public service as a younger man – a belief in the possibilities of our democracy and the power of what we, the people, can do together.

“Even today, amidst the noisy and too often trivial pursuits of the politics of our time, it’s a summons to service that rings as loudly as ever.  Part of that is thanks to an extraordinary family that continues to light the fire of imagination and plant the seed of noble ambition in the minds of each new generation of Americans.  Like so many Americans, I am grateful for the Kennedy family’s legacy of service.  And I am deeply humbled to receive the Profile in Courage Award.”

The cermony is part of the Centennial celebration of President Kennedy's birth on May 29, 1917. 


(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has issued its 2017 annual St. Patrick’s Day issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of parades and festivals, concerts and dances, literary and film events and other cultural activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England.

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues in Massachusetts and is available in digital format online. Pick up a free copy here.

This issue features profiles of Keith Lockhart, conductor of Boston Pops Orchestra; Jim Barry, Band Master of the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums; Bill Sullivan, National Board Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; Bill Linehan, Boston City Councilor from South Boston; Ted Kulik, professional tour guide on Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail; and Maudy Dooher, Director of Programming at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Also in the Guide: news on Mayor Marty Walsh’s recent award for leadership in the arts; an update on the Martin Richard Park in Boston; news from Massport’s cruise ship program and its new exhibits at Logan Airport; and the just-released Forever postal stamp in honor of President John F. Kennedy.

As always, this issue of Travel & Culture Guide provides a round-up of parades, concerts, films and literary events taking place in Massachusetts and other parts of New England.  On the music side, the Guide has thumbnail sketches of performers coming to town, including Irish tenor Emmet Cahill, fiddler Eileen Ivers, Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell, and the world-renowned show, Riverdance.

The spring issue includes a section on Ireland, with travel tips for visiting in 2017, plus stories on Aer Lingus’ new upgrades and air route; coastal trips in Ireland; and profiles on Ireland’s largest cities, Dublin and Belfast.  

Finally, the Guide includes a walking map of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, and a directory of selected cultural organizations, hotels and pubs, gift shops and travel agencies in Massachusetts and Ireland.


BITA was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round and to strengthen travel ties between New England and Ireland.  It publishes three issues per year of Travel & Culture Guide in March, June and November.   BITA is creator of Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For further details on Irish parades, festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities and hospitality amenities, visit

Monday, February 27, 2017

Patriots Player Brandon King & Bands from Boston to Glasgow are Marching in Cape Cod Patrick's Parade on March 4

The 12th annual Cape Cod Patrick's Parade is taking place on Saturday, March 4, 2017, featuring Grand Marshall Brandon King, defensive back of the Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots.

Also in the parade is the James Connolly Flute Band from Glasgow, Scotland.  The 60 member band is makng its first appearance at the parade, according to parade committee co-chairman John Fallon.

The popular Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums is also participating in this year's parade.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Route 28 and Long Pond Drive in South Yarmouth, and continues west for about two miles, to the intersection of Route 28 andHiggins Crowell Road in West Yarmouth.  Here is a map of the parade route.

Parade organizers have arranged for trolleys to run the length of the parade so viewers can easily get to their cars or to their next destination.  And Operation Safe Ride Home, a partnership of Yarmouth Police and Town Taxi, is offering free taxi rides home between 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.   For a free taxi ride between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m., call Town Taxi at 508-775-5555.

For more information, visit

To find out about visiting Cape Cod any time of the year, visit 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Phil Coulter & Celtic Crossings Perform at Boston's Berklee Performance Center on March 4

Celtic Crossings, led by world renowned Irish musician and composer Phil Coulter, popular New York cabaret entertainer Andy Cooney, and popular Irish vocalist Geraldine Branagan, are in concert at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The talented trio is joined by Boston-based champion step dancer Conor O'Brien, and the Irish Pops Ensemble.  The concert is presented by Bridget's  - An Irish Tradition Gift Shop.

Purchase your tickets online now to reserve seats for one of the best concerts coming to Boston this St. Patrick's Day season.  Tickets are $39, $59 & $99.

For year round information on Irish activites in Massachusetts visit

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Children of Lir Theatre Workshop at Irish Cultural Centre during School Vacation Week

Looking for an educational activitiy for the kids during school vacation week in Greater Boston?  

The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, in association with the Atlantic Irish Arts Academy, is offering a three day educational learning event entitled “The Children of Lir Theatre Workshop."

It takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 21-23, 2017.Cost is $160 per child, and sibling discounts are available.

The workshop provides children ages 6-18 with a chance to explore the Irish language, perform script writing, principles of performance, costume design and theatre production. 

The Children of Lir is an ancient Irish folktale where a jealous wife turns her step-children into swans, as described in Ireland of the Welcomes.   

The mission of Atlantic Irish Arts Academy is to teach our students about the vast literary history of Ireland through performance and enjoyable educational and cultural activities. Students will learn the Ireland's stories, culture, drama and have fun.

For more information or to register, call the Irish Cultural Centre at 781 821-8291.

Here is a calendar of upcoming activities at the Irish Cultural Centre, located off of Route 138 in Canton. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Irish Traditional Music Stars at the Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, February 18

Mark Roberts, Laurel Martin & Kieran Jordan 

Check out two great acts at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  The show begins at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15, available at the door. 

First is the trio of Laurel Martin, fiddler; Mark Roberts on flute, banjo, and bouzouki; and sean nos dancer Kieran Jordan.  As a trio, they present tasteful musical selections, with dance woven in as rhythmic and visual accompaniment. 

The Vox Hunters is an exciting duo featuring Armand Aromin on fiddle and flute and Benedict Gagliardi on concertina.  Their unorthodox collection of tunes underscores their diverse backgrounds and understanding of traditional music.  Armomin is also an instrument maker, having studied violin making at the North Bennet School in Boston's North End.  Gagliardi also sings and plays banjo, ukulele, harmonica and mandolin.  

Here is a full schedule of concerts at Blackstone River Theatre in the coming weeks.