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Friday, February 26, 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 and School Street in West Dennis and proceeds up Route 28, ending  at Forrest Road in Yarmouth.  Click here for map.

Among the marchers in this year's parade: Kevin Barry Pipe & Drums Band, Sons of Erin on Cape Cod, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Colum Cille Pipes & Drums, and the Ancient Mariners Band.

For more details on parades throughout Massachusetts, click here.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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 Hotel, La Forge Casino, One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking, and Windward Restaurant at the Hyatt Regincy Newport. 

For a full schedule of events, click here.

You can find a complete listing of cultural events taking place throughout the New England states this March by visiting

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

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 popular band, Hogan’s Goat, plays an assortment of dance tunes, ballads and sea shanties on Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The band features Skip Toomey, Bobby Dunlap, Kathi Tayor and guest fiddler Danny McDonald.

“We’re delighted to have live Irish music at the hotel during St. Patrick’s Day week,” says Seaport general manager James Carmody. “It will be a great way for conventioneers and guests staying at our hotel – as well as local residents who love good music – to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a stylish setting while listening to masters of Irish traditional music.”

For more information on the Seaport Hotel Boston, visit

For St. Patrick's Day activities throughout Massachusetts & New England in March 2010, visit

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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
Starts: Park Avenue508 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 Center

781 878-1570 or 781-878-7785

Sunday, March 21
City of Holyoke
11:50 am
Starts: Downtown Holyoke

413 533-1700 .holyokestpatricksparade/

Sunday, March 21
City of Lawrence
1:00 pm
Starts: City Hall
978 794-5858

Sunday, March 28
, NH
Elm Street
Downtown Manchester

For more information on year-round Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts, visit

Friday, February 12, 2010

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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 celebration.

Click here to enter the contest or purchase your tickets below.

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester
7pm Doors 8pm Show Balcony: $20 Table Seating: $25 (a la carte menu available)(508) 752-0888 Purchase Tix here.

You may also purchase tickets in person at:Fiddler's Green Pub at Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre19 Temple St., Worcester(508) 792-3700