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Friday, February 27, 2015

Professor Catherine Shannon Lectures on USS Jamestown Voyage from Boston to Cork in 1847

Professor  Catherine Shannon is giving a lecture on the USS Jamestown, which carried food, medical supplies and other provisions to the people of Ireland during the height of the Irish Famine in 1847.

The lecture takes place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for ICC members.

A long time member of the American Conference of Irish Studies, former history professor at Westfield State College, author and scholar, Shannon is organizing an exhibition of the USS Jamestown at the Forbes Museum in Milton,where many of the ships artifacts are stored.  Captain Robert B. Forbes was the Bostonian who organized the famous journey of the USS Jamestown.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Irish Band Full Set Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Sunday, February 22

Ireland's popular new traditional music ensemble, Full Set, is performing live in concert at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the venue  prior to the concert.  To reserve by telephone call 401 725-9272.

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

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Rockin Road to Dublin, Irish Dance and Music Show, Coming to Andover this Weekend

Rockin Road to Dublin, the new revue of Irish dance and music, is coming to the J. Everett Collins Center for Performing Arts in Andover, MA on Friday and Saturday, February 20-21, 2015.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the venue.  Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Created by musician Chris Smith and dancer Scott Doherty, the show brings an abundance of style, energy and originality.  Doherty is a Massachusetts resident who has toured with Riverdance, Lord of the Dance.

The show has just come off a successful tour of Virginia and Tennessee, and this is it's only local appearance.  Check out these video clips.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Boston's Lawn on D Slope Fest - 3 Day Winter Festival - Slated for Feb 20-22

Boston's newest outdoor space, Lawn on D is hosting a three-day Slope Fest on February 20-22, 2015.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Convention Center, the winter festival offers tubing down a 70 foot long slope, plus snowboarding exhibitions, live Latin music, a bar made of ice and more.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Irish Traditional Ensemble, Full Set, Performs at Burren Pub on February 11

Full Set, a sextet of exception traditional musicians from throughout Ireland, performs at the Burren Pub Back Room Series in Davis Square, Somerville, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $24.80 and can be purchased online.

The opening act this evening is the popular New England trio, Mark Roberts, Laurel Martin and Dan Compton, who play a wide array of Irish and Celtic, Old Time and American music.

Here is a schedule of concerts at the Burren Back Room Series this season.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

NE Patriots' Jonas Gray Marching in Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 7

New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray is marching in this year's Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he was a political science major, Gray had a stellar game against the Indianapolis Colts this season, rushing for 201 yards and scoring four touchdowns.  The performance put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Gray is joining Grand Marshall Cindy Fitzgibbon, Channel Five meteorologist.

Led by co-chairs John Fallon and Mairead McCann, the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year as one of the region's most popular Irish parades.  The two-mile parade starts at 11:00 a.m., and proceeds from Long Pond Drive and Rt 28 in South Yarmouth to its finish at the Town N Country Motel on Rt 28 in West Yarmouth.  Here is the parade map.

Check out the 2015 schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cindy Fitzgibbon, Channel Five Meteorologist, is Grand Marshall at 10th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade

Congratulations to Cindy Fitzgibbon, meteorologist for WCVB, Channel Five, who has been named the Grand Marshall of the 10th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

A proud New Englander who was raised in Windham, Maine, Fitzgibbons has worked in the Boston market since 2002, and has covered over 300 snowstorms in her career.

She joins an illustrious list of Grand Marshals at the Cape Cod parade, including Bruin legends Bobby Orr, Terry O'Reilly and Derek Sanderson, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn, fighter Irish Micky Ward and television personalities Doug Meehan and Charlie Moore.

The two-mile parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m., starts in South Yarmouth and ends in West Yarmouth.  Here is a map of the route.

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