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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Delta to Resume Boston-Dublin Direct Flights in May 2018




Good news for travelers flying between New England and Ireland in 2018: Delta Air Lines will resume its daily nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Dublin International Airport on May 24, 2018.

The successful seasonal flights on Boeing 757-200s launched in May 2017, complementing Delta’s existing services to Dublin from New York-JFK and Atlanta.

Boston has long-established ties with Ireland, and we are proud to make Dublin more accessible through this flight,” said Charlie Schewe, Delta’s Director of Sales – New England. “Delta has been flying to Ireland for more than 20 years, and Ireland is now Delta’s fifth-largest European market.”

DL154 departs Boston at 9:29 p.m. and arrives in Dublin at 8:45 a.m. the following morning. DL155 departs Dublin at 10:25 a.m. and arrives in Boston at 12:50 p.m.

Passengers traveling on Delta’s Boston service use U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, completing the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. When they arrive at Logan Airport in Boston, passengers can readily depart the terminal with minimum wait time.  On arrival at Logan, customers can connect to over 40 destinations within Delta’s extensive North American, Latin American and Caribbean network.

DELTA GROWING IN BOSTON

Recent Boston service investments bring Delta to 103 peak-day departures, an increase of nearly 25 percent over the past year making Delta the No. 1 Global Airline in Boston. Delta and its partners will serve 46 total destinations from Boston in 2017, including 17 international destinations and the largest transatlantic network.

Delta is also the No. 1 carrier between Boston and New York, connecting business travelers with the Delta Shuttle, operated by Delta and its connection partner Republic Airline, with hourly service 17 times daily on week days between Logan Airport and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport as well as offering eight daily flights to JFK.

Boston is a strong market. It’s got a strong international opportunity and presence, particularly in Europe,” Delta CEO Edward Bastian told the Boston Business Journal. “Its proximity to New York and the northeast business corridor is significant. It’s a city (where) we started operations in the 1930s through one of our legacy companies. So there’s a long history here.”


Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island


The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2018 schedule of St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in March. See parade details here.

The marching season kicks off on Saturday, March 10 with the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and ends on Sunday, March 18, with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.  Also included are details of the Irish parade in Dublin, Ireland.

Since one in five residents of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island claim Irish ancestry, the St. Patrick’s Day season is a chance for visitors to explore the state’s rich ethnic culture, history and heritage. 


BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture magazine in March, June and November.  The free magazine, available at tourism outlets, hotels and cultural venues, focuses on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, as well as travel to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland

See current issue of Travel & Culture here, or view past issues in the archive.

For historical context, visit Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Inroads Ireland offers Tours off the Beaten Track in 2018


Looking to explore Ireland this summer off the beaten track?  Then check out Inroads Ireland, a tour company that has been leading tours to Ireland since 2006.  Run by the husband & wife team of Carolyn Janette and Phil Ryan, the Seattle-based company grew from the couple’s own design to find authenticity and unique experiences when they traveled.

See tour dates for 2018.  Please note: these tours sell out quickly. 

Phil, a Dublin native, and Carolyn, originally from Wisconsin, brought their passion and knowledge of travel to bear when forming Inroads Ireland.  Each year they conduct 13 tours between May and September, categorized by Go West, Go South & Go North.  Each of the tours are eight days and seven nights. 

The tours are small – 14 people maximum – and focus on parts of Ireland not often seen in the travel guides.  The couple lead the tours themselves and have many repeat customers who appreciate the personal treatment and intimate knowledge of Irish localities.

Plus, they are experts when it comes to questions about travel visas, what to pack, electrical items, mobile phones and the weather.

For more information on visiting Ireland this summer, read BITA's Travel & Culture Guide online. 


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tourism Ireland Ad Campaign in USA - The Warmth of an Irish Welcome

Giant's Causeway

Tourism Ireland's Advertising Campaign kicks off in the USA today with this 30 second video airing on NBC, CBS and ABC, in the New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago markets. The ad airs around major entertainment shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Blue Bloods, the Late Late Show with James Corden and the Kennedy Center Awards.

"Welcome to Ireland. It's not just something we say when you arrive. The warmth of an Irish welcome stays with you long after you leave. So come on over! We'll give you the inside track and let you into some little secrets that will take you back through history, bring our landscapes to life and make your evenings last longer. Welcome to Ireland!"




Read more about Tourism Ireland here.

Here are more stories about traveling to Ireland from New England.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tourism Ireland's New Video Features Star Wars Actor Mark Hamill


Tourism Ireland has a brand new video with Mark Hamill advising everyone to ‘escape the dark side along Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way - it's the perfect place to get away from it all’.

The video is now live across all Tourism Ireland markets promoting Ireland around the globe.

Filmed using  the trademark Star Wars screen-wipe transitions and sound effects which Star Wars fans around the globe will recognise, Tourism Ireland’s new promotional film features a number of beautiful holiday destinations along Ireland’s western seaboard. 

See the YouTube Video here.



Read more about filming Star Wars in Ireland

See more stories about traveling to Ireland from Massachusetts and New England. 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wix Tix to see A Christmas Celtic Sojourn in Worcester & Boston


A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan sparkles with masterful music, spellbinding stories and dazzling dancing. It evokes emotions of Christmas memories that stretch back generations. It inspires audiences throughout New England to embrace tradition, spirituality and community.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is a free pair of tickets for the Hanover Theatre show in Worcester on Monday, December 18, and for the Cutler Majestic Theatre show in Boston on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Enter to Win Tickets here and follow the directions. 

Or, you can purchase tickets online now to these or other shows, to ensure you get to see one of the magical shows this Christmas holiday.

Read profile of Brian O'Donovan here.

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

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - TWO SHOWS TODAY


Blackstone River Theatre's 10th annual Christmas Celebration takes place on Sunday, December 10,  2017, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the venue.

The popular annual celebration features familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy step dancing and clogging, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more – as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. 

"That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at Blackstone River Theatre

For year round details on cultural events in New England visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boston Holiday Pops - December 5 is Opening Night in Boston



The acclaimed Boston Holiday Pops season opens at Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday, December 5, and runs from December 5 through December 31 with 40 evening and matinee performances.

Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra are joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by James Burton.  And Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus make an appearance at each performance.

Lockhart, who is celebrating his 23 season as conductor, is carrying on a tradition that began in December 1973 by esteemed Conductor Arthur Fiedler. 

Boston Symphony Hall itself is a big part of the Holiday Pops experience, specifically decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.  Pops patrons sit at cabaret-style tables and order food and drink with family and friends.

The orchestra also takes Holiday Pops on the road, with appearances at University of Connecticut in Storrs on December 2, Hanover Theatre in Worcester on December 8, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on December 16, the Lowell Auditorium on December 17 and Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on December 22.

Right after Christmas on December 29-30, the Boston Pops gives three performances of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” celebrating the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while the Boston Pops performs the original Carl Stalling scores live.

The final show of the year takes place on December 31, New Year’s Eve, when jazz conductor Bo Winiker leads the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra along with his brother Bill Winiker and the Winiker Swing Orchestra.  It’s a perfect way to ring out the old and ring in the new, as the Boston Pops continues its fine Holiday Pops tradition for yet another season.



Sunday, December 3, 2017

47th Annual Christmas in Newport, RI Celebrates the Season


Enjoy hundreds of cultural, culinary, historical and seasonal events at the 47th Annual Christmas in Newport celebration in Rhode Island this month.

Tours of the great mansions, holiday caroling, children's activities, visits with Santa, concerts and dance recitals are available throughout December.

Overseas visitors now have easy access to Newport thanks to the new Norwegian Air  flights operating out of T.F. Green Airport in nearby Providence.  These flights connect Rhode Island to European cities like Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Read profile of Rhode Island's Irish community here.

As part of the community spirit to make this a singular occasion each year, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.

For specific information, call the Christmas in Newport hot line at  (401) 849-6454, or email at info@christmasinnewport.org

For information about lodging, restaurants and year round things to do in Newport, visit Discover Newport

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Celtic Thunder Symphony 2017 Tour Performs at Lynn Auditorium on December 3


Celtic Thunder, the popular Irish quintet featured on PBS, is performing its Symphony Tour at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. 

Tickets to the show are $37-47 and available to purchase online 

This is Celtic Thunder's 10th tour of the USA since it was launched in 2008. The five male soloists - Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Emmet Cahill, Neil Byrne & Michael O’Dwyer - perform solo and ensemble numbers. 

The "Symphony Tour" departs from the Thunder's traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform hit songs from its Legacy, Mythology, Voyage, The Show & It’s Entertainment Shows.  The band also performs songs from its chart-topping albums, Christmas & Classic Christmas and the newly released Celtic Thunder Inspirational album.  


See other shows at Lynn Auditorium, including The Tenors on December 21 and The Chieftains on March 18, 2018. 

Find year round news on Irish cultural events by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.