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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ireland Hosts American Football Game Between Notre Dame and Navy on September 1

Over 35,000 American football fans are traveling to Ireland this weekend for a classic match up between Notre Dame and Navy taking place at Aviva Stadium in Dublin  on Saturday, September 1, 2012.  It's part of the Emerald Isle Classic, sponsored by Tourism Ireland.

Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sports, called the event “a massive tourism boost” that would contribute €100 million to the Irish economy.

The event is a preview to The Gathering 2013, a year-round celebration of all things Irish taking place throughout Ireland next year.

You can find year round details about visiting Ireland at, or checking it out on Facebook.

For information on special tours to Ireland, check out Inroads Ireland or Isle Inn Tours.

To find out about Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, visit

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Free Admission at JFK Library in Boston on Friday, August 31

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library at Columbia Point in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood is offering a free Friday to visitors, taking place on Friday, August 31, 2012.

The free admission is made in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation of Boston, which helps support museums and educational venues across Massachusetts each summer for families and visitors.

You can also follow the JFK Library on Facebook.or learn more about the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's administration by following JFK50

For more about President Kennedy's Irish heritage, visit Welcome to Kennedy Country, published by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  For details about Boston's Irish heritage, visit

For tourist information, go to and

Celtic Festival of Quebec Runs August 30 to September 16

The 6th annual Celtic Festival of Quebec is taking place in Quebec City in Canada from Thursday, August 30 to Sunday, September 16, 2012 in venues throughout the historic city.

The festival celebrates the rich Celtic heritage and culture of Quebec, including Irish, Breton, Cornish, Scottish, Gallic,  and Manx traditions.

Marc-Andre Dandeneau, general director of Le Groupe Champlain hotels in Quebec City, notes that  70% of Quebeckers have some amount of Celtic ancestry. 

Activities at the Celtic Festival of Quebec include live music and dancing, storytelling, cartoon artists, lectures, whiskey and beer tasting and Gaelic athletic competitions.  Here is a complete schedule of festival activities.

The Celtic Festival of Quebec was created by the Morrin Cultural Center and is supported by the Quebec City Tourism office and other partners.

You can also follow Celtic Festival of Quebec on Facebook.

 Here is useful tourism information about visiting Quebec City.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Restaurant Week Boston Features Dining Deals at over 200 Restaurants

Boston’s popular Restaurant Week is taking place from August 19-24 and August 26-31, 2012 at over 200 restaurants throughout greater Boston.

Patrick Moscaritolo, head of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, says Restaurant Week is a chance for the city’s best chefs “to get creative and showcase seasonal New England ingredients, farm fresh herbs and produce, and local seafood all at a tremendous value to diners. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy the region’s outdoor cafes, patios and harborside dining.”

Several restaurants and chefs affiliated with Boston Irish Tourism Association are taking part in this year's Restaurant Week Boston, including:
For more details on Restaurant Week Boston, visit the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau web site at

Friday, August 17, 2012

Gaelic Storm Performs at Lowell Summer Music Series on Friday, August 24

Gaelic Storm, the popular Irish-American band that appeared in the movie Titanic, is performing at the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell on Friday, August 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show. Here's how to Enter the Contest.

Or, you can purchase tickets to the show online.  Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 the day of the concert.

Here are directions for Boarding House Park, and a schedule of remaining Lowell Summer Music Series concerts into September.

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

You can also find visitor information at and VisitNewHampshire.  

Irish Band - The Locals - Perform at Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Sunday, August 19

The Locals, an Irish duo featuring Cormac Marnell and Brian Mooney, is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre on Sunday, August 19, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Tent outside the main building.  The performance is free and open to the public.
Located in Canton, Massachusetts, located just outside of Boston, the Irish Cultural Centre is a year round facility that promotes Irish culture, heritage and sports.  For more information, call the Centre at 781 821-8291.  

You can find year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England region by visiting

For tourist information, go to or

Monday, August 6, 2012

Win Tix to Ronan Tynan & The Celtic Tenors in Cohasset and Hyannis

The Celtic Tenors and Ronan Tynan are performing in Massachusetts at the South Shore Music Circus on Augustt 10 and the Cape Cod Melody Tent on August 12, and the Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off a pair of free tickets to each show.

To enter to win, go to BITA's Contest Page and submit your name.Winners will be announced on August 8.

Or you can purchase tickets directly at the Music Circus or Melody Tent.

You can find year round information on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states by visiting

For visitor information go to

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Irish Cultural Centre Holds Annual Children's Celtic Camp on August 13-17

The Irish Cultural Centre is holding its annual Children's Celtic Culture Camp on August 13-17, 2012 at its headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts, located just outside of Boston.

The day camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is suitable for children in grades one through eight. Children can select educational classes in step dancing, musical instruments, Irish language, arts and crafts, storytelling and literature, and Irish sports, including football and hurling.

Here is the Children's Celtic Culture Camp brochure with more details, or call the Centre at 781 821-8291.  To find out more about the Irish Cultural Centre, click here

You can find year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England region by visiting

For tourist information, go to or