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Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade is Taking Place on Saturday, September 18

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Cape Cod is turning green in September!   The St. Patrick's Parade of Cape Cod , postponed in March due to the pandemic, is taking place this Saturday, September 18, 2021, starting at 11 a.m.  Now in its 16th year, the parade was delayed by six months to fully comply with the Massachusetts Reopening guidelines for large, outdoor events.  Rather than selecting a single Grand Marshall, as in years past, this year's St. Patrick's Parade of Cape Cod honors the essential workers, first responders and front line workers who helped Massachusetts survive the COVID-19 pandemic.  "This amazing group of people went to work tirelessly, day after day, month after month, masked, gloved and at times in full body suits, not knowing what new challenges the day would bring," wrote Committee Chairman Desmond Keogh.  "The list of essential workers includes (but not restricted to) the following: grocery store workers, USPS, delivery truck drivers, tradesmen and women, restaurant

Massachusetts Remembers 9/11 on the 20th Anniversary

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Irish hike in County Kerry named among the world’s most beautiful

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  The  Dingle Way i n County Kerry, a remote 100 mile hike around the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, has been ranked among some of the world’s best hiking trails. Located along the southwest coast of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Dingle Way is the 34th most-photographed trail in the world, with 96 photos per mile according to Instagram data, according to r esearch by Zalando, which analyzed nearly five million Instagram hashtags from the world’s most famous hikes and trails.   From awe-inspiring mountains to glistening Atlantic waves and a glut of archaeological sites, Ireland's most photogenic hiking trail offers a huge diversity of landscapes.   A circular route, it begins and ends in the town of Tralee and is typically broken down into eight stages each taking a reasonably fit adult from six to eight hours to walk. Each stop is marked by a village or town with facilities and refreshments.   Earlier this year the Dingle Way was included in Lonely Planet’s list of ‘Epic Hikes in Eu

John Boyle O'Reilly, Boston's Great Reconciler of the 19th Century

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John Boyle O'Reilly , the famous Irish rebel who lived in Boston from 1870 until his death, died suddenly at his home in Hull, Massachusetts on August 10, 1890,  from an accidental overdose of medication. He was taken back to St. Mary's Church in Charlestown for the funeral, one of the largest in Boston's history. "The greatest of Irish-Americans" is dead, proclaimed  The Boston Pilot .  Born on June 28, 1844 at Dowth Castle in County Meath along the River Boyne, O'Reilly was conscripted into the British Army as a young man.  He was later charged with sedition against the British Crown and sentenced to life imprisonment in an Australian penal colony.  O’Reilly made a daring escape aboard a New Bedford whaler,  Catalpa , in 1868, a feat that helped shape his legend by the time he landed in America.   Arriving in Boston in 1870, he spent the next 20 years reconciling the city's racial and ethnic factions who struggled against one another.  He became editor a

JFK’s Cape Cod National Seashore Celebrates 60 Year Anniversary on August 7

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Photo courtesy of Cape Cod National Seashore On August 7, 1961, President John F. Kennedy used 22 pens to sign into law the Cape Cod National Seashore . The new park, covering forty miles of beaches, ponds, marshes and uplands, created a permanent place for people to enjoy one of the nation’s great natural resources, while preventing the commercial development of the land that would have been inevitable.   The ceremonial pens were given to the 22 people attending the ceremony at the White House, including nine Massachusetts congressmen such as Tip O’Neill and Edward Boland. Senator Benjamin Smith (D-MA) also attended, while Senator Leverett A. Saltonstall (R-MA), who co-sponsored an initial version of the bipartisan bill with then-Senator Kennedy, was in Maine with his family and unable to attend.  Photo courtesy of JFK Library & Museum An appropriation of $16 million was authorized for land acquisitions within six towns in Barnstable County - Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfl

The first annual Greater Boston Feis took place at Malden Municipal Stadium on July 30, 1950

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  Over 15,000 spectators attend the Greater Boston Feis at Malden Municipal Stadium in Malden, Massachusetts on Sunday, July 30, 1950.   It was part of a cultural rekindling of Irish traditions taking place in Ireland and Diaspora communities after World War II, and continued annually in greater Boston throughout the 1950s.   The bilingual program book, printed in English and Irish, was organized by the Central Council of Irish County Clubs, Inc, with Richard J. Cardinal Cushing , Archbishop of Boston, listed as the event’s patron.  Over 1,500 contestants participated in 72 different events, ranging from competitions in accordion, violin, harp, piano and Irish war pipes.   Among the winners were Joe Derrane of Roxbury, who won first for senior accordion solo, with Joseph Joyce of Jamaica Plain and Tom Senier of Dorchester tied for second place. Paul Derrane, Joe’s younger brother, took first place for junior accordion solo and John F. Conroy of Dorchester won second in the intermedi

Ireland Reopens to North American Visitors on July 19

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(July 19, 2021) Ireland is now officially open to visitors from the United States, Canada and other countries around the world. This announcement is good news for North Americans who have been waiting to revisit Ireland; many of them consider Ireland to be one of their favorite destinations.  Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons welcomed the news, saying, "The tourism industry right across the island of Ireland is very much looking forward to welcoming back visitors from the U.S. and we will ensure they enjoy their visit." The process for validating a traveler’s vaccination is as follows, according to Tourism Ireland:   “U.S. visitors traveling to Ireland are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form . The form will be checked prior to departure to Ireland by the relevant air carrier and visitors may be asked to provide the vaccination certificate indicated on their form. On arrival in Ireland, spot checks will be carried out on proof of vaccinations and negative RT-PCR