Showing posts from February, 2010

Ray Flynn is Grand Marshal at Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday March 6, 2010

Ray Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican during the Clinton Administration, has been selected as Grand Marshal at the 5th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The theme of this year’s parade is “Heroes and Heroines of Ireland,” according to Mairead McCann of the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade committee. Ambassador Flynn, the mayor of Boston from 1983 to 1994, has a distinguished career in public service, dating back to 1971 when he was elected state representative for South Boston.   He has been a national leader on Irish-American and Catholic issues throughout his life, and  was Grand Marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2007. A banquet honoring the Grand Marshal takes place on Friday evening, March 5, at the Cape Cod Irish Village in W. Yarmouth. Last year’s Grand Marshal at the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day parade was Boston Bruins hockey great Terry O’Reilly. The two mile parade begins at 11:00 a.m. at Route 28

Sample the Gourmet Taste of Kinsale, Ireland in Newport, Rhode Island, March 4 - 7, 2010

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off a pair of tickets to attend the opening night of A Taste of Kinsale, Ireland : Festival of Fine Food, which takes place on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Newport Marriott Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. The festival, now in its 10th year, brings together chefs from Kinsale - Ireland's gourmet capitol - with Newport's finest chefs for a celebration of traditional and nouveau Irish and America cuisine. Newport & Bristol County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the sponsor of the annual Taste of Kinsale event, along with Irish Dairy Board/Kerry Gold, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Graffigna Wines and Murphy's Stout.  To enter the contest, click here .  The lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 2, at A Taste of Kinsale is a moveable feast of Irish food taking place in several venues throughout Newport, including Buskers Irish Pub & Restaurant, Fathoms at the Newport Marriott Ho

Live Irish Music at Boston's Seaport Hotel during St. Patrick's Day Season

(Boston) - The Seaport Boston Hotel has booked legendary Irish fiddle player Seamus Connolly to perform on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, as Boston celebrates its title as America’s most Irish city. Considered one of the world’s finest exponents of traditional Irish music, Connolly won Ireland’s national fiddle contest a record ten times and is the Sullivan Artist-in-Residence at Boston College. He is being joined by Laurel Martin on fiddle and Kevin McElroy , a multi-instrumentalist and singer. The trio is playing in Tamo , a sophisticated contemporary bar in the Seaport Hotel on March 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.. There is no cover charge. Tamo is serving boiled Irish dinner, Sheppard’s Pie, plus Hors d'oeuvres and other selections from the critically acclaimed Chef Rachel Klein . Aura Restaurant in the Seaport Hotel features a contemporary menu as well as specialty cocktails and a superb wine list. The celebration continues through the weekend, as Boston’s p

St. Patrick's Day parades in Massachusetts, 2010 Schedule

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released the 2010 schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades throughout Massachusetts. The parade season runs from March 6 to March 28 in the nation's most Irish state, where 24% of all residents claim Irish ancestry, In addition to the parades, BITA has compiled dozens of Irish cultural, literary, educational and social activities taking place in Massachusetts to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in March. Saturday, March 6 Cape Cod - Yarmouth 11:00 am Starts: Corner of School St, & Rte. 28, West Dennis 508 362-PADY (7239) Sunday, March 14 City of Worcester Noon Starts: Park Avenue 508 755-1955 Sunday, March 14 City of Boston 1:00 pm Starts: Broadway MBTA Stop, South Boston 617 268-7955 Sunday, March 14 Town of Scituate 1:00 pm Starts: Gate Middle School , First Parish Road 781 545-6671 Sunday, March 21 Town of Abington 1:00 pm Starts: Abington

Win Tickets to Riverdance Concert in Manchester NH on March 9

Riverdance - the Irish caberet dance show that has thrilled audiences around the world - is on its Farewell Tour after fifteen years on the road. You can win a free pair of tickets to see Riverdance at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH on Tuesday, March 9, by entering the contest by the Boston Irish Tourism Association. Click here to find more details and to enter. For complete details on Irish cultural events in Massachusetts this St. Patrick's Day and throughout the year, visit IrishMassachusetts.

Win Free Tickets to See The Merry Ploughboys in Worcester on February 12, 2010

One of Ireland’s most popular pub bands - The Merry Ploughboys - is playing at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Friday, February 12, as part of its 21st anniversary tour. For two decades the five-member band has been a fixture in Dublin's pub scene - serving as the house band for Johnny Foxes and Taylor's Three Rock before buying their own pub, appropriately named the Merry Ploughboys, in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in 2006. The concert at Mechanics Hall features traditional Irish ballads, folk music and lots of audience participation as The Great Hall is transformed into an Irish public house, complete with Irish draft beers and traditional pub food. The evening includes a special performance by Worcester's own McInerney School of Irish Dance. The concert is presented by the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre and Mechanics Hall. As part of the celebration, the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is offering two free pairs of balcony tickets to attend this special cele