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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Boston Walking Tour Shares the Irish Contribution to America's Independence

Boston Massacre Memorial

Visitors to Boston can celebrate this year's Fourth of July by taking a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, focusing on the Irish who fought in the Revolutionary War and were part of America's quest for independence.

The tour, led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, takes place on Sunday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., starting from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center.  Tickets, which can be purchased at the Center, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military.

Among the stops along the Trail:

The Boston Massacre Memorial on Boston Common, erected in the 19th century by Irish leader John Boyle O'Reilly and other Bostonians.

Memorial to Commodore James Barry on Boston Common, a naval hero in the Revolutionary War who was born in Wexford and chosen by George Washington to create the first US Navy;

The Old Granary Burying Ground on Tremont Street, where a number of 18th century freedom fighters are buried including:

. Patrick Carr, one of the victims of the Boston Massacre in 1770;

. James Sullivan, the fifth governor of Massachusetts and the son of Irish indentured servants;

. Robert Treate Paine, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who was descended from the O'Neills of County Tyrone;

. William Hall, one of the early presidents of the Charitable Irish Society, formed in 1737.

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