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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Follow JFK's historic 1960 presidential race on Twitter

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston is marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's historic 1960 campaign on Twitter.

Library officials are posting daily tweets that capture the day-to-day rigors of the campaign trail.

The JFK Library is also hosting a series of exhibits, educational events and public forums to commemorate one of America's most significant political campaigns.

For more details on President Kennedy's historical campaign, click here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cape Cod Irish SummerFest Takes Place on Tuesday, July 27 at Melody Tent in Hyannis

Aoife Clancy

The first annual  Cape Cod Irish SummerFest  takes place today, July 27 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent, in Hyannis, from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for the full day, including the evening concert, or $10 for the day (no evening concert), and children's day passes are $5.  These can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 508 775-5630.   Tickets can also be purchased at the gate.

The festival is sponsored by the Sons of Erin Cape Cod, a year-round Irish organization in Yarmouth that promotes Irish culture and heritage, and the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade, which takes place each year in March to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Among the Irish performers at the Cape Cod Irish SummerFest: Aoife Clancy, the Screaming Orphans and McPeake, as well as gift vendors, cultural displays and food courts. 

For a full schedule of events at the Melody Tent, click here.

For year-round Irish events throughout New England, visit

Thursday, July 15, 2010

8th annual Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival Taking Place at Indian Ranch on Saturday, July 17

(Boston) - A spectacle of Irish and Scottish music, dance, culture and fun is about to get underway at the 8th annual Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival at Indian Ranch in Webster Massachusetts.  

The festival takes place on Saturday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and features a great line-up of Celtic music. 

Performers include Fiddlers 3, Fergus, the Gobshites and Jug O'Punch.  Also appearing: the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing, and the Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes & Drums.

In addition to great music and dance, the all-day festival includes children's activities and entertainment, traditional food and fare, and the infamous Men in Kilts contest.  There is also a Celtic Nations Pavilion and Pub on site.

The festival is located on beautiful Webster Lake, where swimming is available all day with a lifeguard on duty.

Ticket information: General admission is $15.  Seniors pay $12 and children ages five-eleven pay $5.

Accommodations: Hotels and a campground are conveniently located near the festival grounds.

For more information about the Blackstone River Valley, visit the Chamber of Commerce website.

For details on vacationing in Massachusetts, visit

For year round Irish cultural events in New England, visit

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Boston Irish Heritage Trail Among the Top 1,000 Places in Massachusetts

This week the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism released its list of  1,000 Great Places, which includes the Boston Irish Heritage Trail and several other Irish landmarks throughout the state.

The Great Places initiative was launched last fall, and accepted nominations from residents of  Massachusetts as well as visitors from around the world who have been to the Bay State.

Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, said,  "There are so many wonderful and exciting places to explore in Massachusetts.  The list of 1000 great places gives visitors the opportunity to see the variety and richness the Commonwealth has to offer."

Many of the stops along the Irish Heritage Trail are on the list, including: the Granary Burying Ground,  the Massachusetts State House, Fenway Park, Bunker Hill Monument and Dorchester Heights. 

Another landmark of interest to Irish Americans is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, the official library for the papers of President John F. Kennedy.  The library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK's historic 1960 campaign this year.

Other places include the Hibernian Cultural Centre in Worcester, a year round gathering spot for Irish-Americans in Central Massachusetts, and home to the annual Worcester Irish Festival each June; St. Mary's Cemetery  in Milford, home of the famous Irish Round Tower and burying place for many 19th century Irish immigrants; the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton and the Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum in Scituate.

Popular landmarks like the Eire Pub in Dorchester and Doyle’s CafĂ© in Jamaica Plain are included, as well as two famous eating establishments: Sullivan’s at Castle Island, South Boston, and Kelly’s Roast Beef at Revere Beach.

Other sites of interest include the Omni Parker House in Boston, the nation’s oldest hotel, where Irish pols like James Michael Curley and the Kennedy family held their political rallies and strategy meetings, and were JFK proposed to Jackie Bouvier in the Parker Restaurant.

To order a copy of the Irish Heritage Trail, click here.

For information on year round Irish cultural activities, visit

To find out more about vacationing in Massachusetts, visit