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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Travel & Culture magazine features Christmas Music in New England & Travel to Ireland

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

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

The “Ireland” section has stories on Irish Christmas markets throughout the country and information on Temple Bar TradFest 2019 with a special interview with organizer Kieran Hanrahan.

Other stories include a profile of Irish Cultural Centre's Dave Barrett as he is honored for his public service to Irish culture and history. There is also travel news on Boston's legendary tourism chief Pat Moscaritolo and Chamber of Commerce chief Jim Rooney's award in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A section on 2019 St. Patrick's Day parades features Abington, celebrating 40 years and Cape Cod, celebrating 14 years.

The full color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts.

BITA is celebrating its 18th 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

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

New Film, Black '47, Screens at the Irish Cultural Centre on November 11

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England has a special screening of the new film, Black '47 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the venue.

Prior to the film screening is a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 3 p.m., with entertainment by Jinty McGrath.

Released in 2018, Black '47 is set in Ireland during the Irish Famine of the 1840s.  The plot involves an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad.  When her returns,  he learns that his mother has died of starvation and that his brother was hanged by the sheriff.  He goes on a path of revenge.

Find more events at the Irish Cultural Centre coming into the Christmas season.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts visit

Monday, October 29, 2018

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Discusses Leadership at the JFK Library in Boston on November 7

The John F. Kennedy President Library & Museum presents Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin  to speak about her book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 7, 2018. 

The event is free, but registration is required

Goodwin's book explores the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.  Robin Young, co-host of WBUR's Here and Now, moderates the conversation.  Read about Goodwin here.

Turbulent Times is published by Simon & Schuster.

Here is a schedule of upcoming events and activities at the JFK Library

Find year round cultural activities in greater Boston by visiting

Sephira - Irish Violin Duo - live at the Irish Cultural Centre on Saturday, November 3

The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA is presenting the Irish violin duo, Sephira, on Saturday, November 3.  Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for ICC members. For further details or to reserve tickets call the ICC office at 781 821-8291.

Comprised of sisters Joyce and Helen O'Leary, Sephira has appeared with Andrea Bocellli, Kanye West, Michael Buble and Enya. They toured for two years with the singing sensations, Celtic Thunder, and appeared extensively on PBS television in the US.

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

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Blackstone River Theatre Presents Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block & Keith Murphy on November 3

The Hanneke Cassel Band is performing at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018. 

Tickets are $18 in advance, or $22 at the venue the day of the concert. 

Featuring National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel, the band also includes Mike Block on cello and guitarist/vocalist Keith Murphy. They are part of the thriving acoustic music scene in greater Boston and throughout New England. 

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

Find year round details on Irish and cultural activities in New England by visiting

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Irish Cultural Centre presents Mother & Baby Film on October 26

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England is presenting the film, Mother & Baby at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2019.

The 19 minute documentary focuses on the Tuam Mother & Baby Home in Galway.  The film is produced by Ishka Films and funded by the Irish Film Board.

Written and directed by Mia Mullarkey, Mother & Baby has won several awards, including:

  • Best Short Documentary - Cork International Film Festival
  • Best Irish Short Film - Dublin International Film Festival
  • Discovery Award - Dublin International Film Festival

Here is a calendar of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre, located on Route 138 in Canton, Massachusetts.

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Brendan Griffin,Ireland's Minister of Tourism & Sports, Describes Why Ireland is a Hot Visitor Destination in 2019

Minister Brenda Griffin and Alan Fine

Brendan Griffin, Ireland's Minister of Transport, Tourism & Sports, describes Ireland as a hot travel destination going into the 2019 tourism season, thanks to the island's many historical, cultural, sports and hospitality amenities.

"We're heading this year to over two million visitors from North America to Ireland; a couple of years ago we dreamt of one million," Griffin told journalist Alan Fine of Inside Travel Report. "We feel like we have an excellent product," he said, "but also, it's never been easier to get there. We have 21 gateway cities from the U.S. and Canada directly to Ireland, and I think that is a huge part of the success story."

Minister Griffin also touches upon Ireland's UNESCO sites, the Titanic Museum and hotels in Belfast, distilleries and micro-breweries throughout Ireland, golf tourism. See the video here:

See Part Two of the interview here.

For more information about Ireland's marketing efforts in North America, visit

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ArtsEmerson Presents "Measure for Measure" Directed by Declan Donnellan, October 24-28

ArtsEmerson in Boston is presenting Shakespeare's famous play, Measure for Measure, at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre on October 24-28, 2018.  Directed by legendary Declan Donnellan, this is a unique collaboration between Moscow's Pushkin DramaTheatre and London's Cheek by Jowl Theatre.

The son of Irish parents living in England, Donnellan is co-founder of Cheek by Jowl Theatre.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of tickets to the show.  Enter the contest here.  You can also reserve your tickets online to make sure you see one of the highlights of Boston's fall theater season.

Here is a schedule of upcoming ArtsEmerson performances.

For year round information on cultural events in greater Boston, visit

Monday, October 15, 2018

Blackstone River Theatre Presents Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern in Concert on October 20

Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern are performing at the BlackstoneRiver Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Saturday, October 20, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $16 in advance and $20 at the venue, and can be reserved by calling 401-725-9272.

Recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic music, McManus has been named among Guitar Player Magazine’s 50 Best Acoustic Guitarists of all time.  Joining him is Julia Toaspern, a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music.

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

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Boston Comhaltas Annual Meeting on October 14

The annual grand meeting  Boston's Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Canadian-American Club in Watertown, MA.

Officers for the branch officers of will be selected at the event, followed by Irish music and Irish step dancing. 

Find year round information on Irish activities in New England at