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2017 Upcoming Irish Shows in Massachusetts include Riverdance and More!

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For those of you planning ahead,  the Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled some amazing Irish concerts and performances through June 2017, including Once: the Musical; Celtic Crossings starring Phil Coulter & Andy Cooney; Irish tenor Ronan Tynan; the Red Hot Chili Pipers; fiddle maestro Eileen Ivers; and Riverdance, the exciting dance ensemble. Check out BITA's Contest Page to win tickets to any of these shows!  Or, order your tickets in advance to get great seats. For year round information on cultural activities in the New England region, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

Ernest Hemingway Exhibit at John F. Kennedy Library Ends on December 31

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The landmark exhibition,  Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars , ends its successful run at the  John F. Kennedy Presidential Library  on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Showcasing the Library’s  Hemingway Collection , this is the first ever major museum exhibition ever devoted to the work and life of Ernest Hemingway.  The exhibit features rarely exhibited material, including multiple drafts of the writer’s major works, correspondence with a legendary circle of expatriate writers living in 1920s Paris , as well as photographs and a selection of Hemingway’s personal belongings.  Created in partnership with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, the Hemingway exhibition humanizes a man who was larger than life and documents the consummate craftsmanship and discipline at the heart of Hemingway’s literary genius. Visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum year round.

Burren Pub in Somerville Celebrates New Year's Eve

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Ring in the new year at The Burren , one of greater Boston's most popular Irish pubs, located in Davis Square, Somerville. Performing in the back room is Red Square - New England's premiere cover band.  And there is excellent traditional Irish music in the front room.    Cover fee of $30 includes complimentary buffet, party favors & midnight champagne toast. You can order you tickets online so you don't have to wait in line! For year round details on Boston's Irish community, visit IrishBoston.org . 

Boston Wine Festival Taking Place January 13- March 31

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The world-famous Boston Wine Festival, the nation's longest running wine and food festival, takes place at the Boston Harbor Hotel on January 13 - March 31, 2017. The festival features some of the world's finest wines, paired with amazing meals by Chef Daniel Bruce of the Boston Harbor Hotel's Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar.   The 10-week festival includes receptions, brunches, dinners and seminars devoted to wine lovers. Here is a schedule of all events . Read profile of Stephen Johnston , General Manager of the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Merry Christmas from Tourism Ireland

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Tourism Ireland has unveiled a new  “Christmas in Ireland” video, featuring various locations around the island of Ireland, all lit up for the festive season.  The short film showcases some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland's cities, including Dublin , Belfast and Waterford – reminding prospective visitors that there’s nowhere nicer than Ireland at Christmas and wishing everyone around the world a very Happy Christmas. Here is the video.   Find out more about visiting Ireland at Ireland.com or IrishMassachusetts.com . 

The Boston Pops Celebrates the Holidays, Back to the Future and New Year's Eve at Boston Symphony Hall

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There is still time to see a great holiday concert at the 2016 Boston Holiday Pops concerts at Boston Symphony Hall, with shows taking place through Saturday, December 24, 2016. You can purchase tickets online to one of the most cherished Holiday concerts in New England.   The concerts, led by popular maestro Keith Lockhart, feature sing-alongs of Christmas favorites plus a visit from Santa Claus to the children. And after Christmas, you experience Back to the Future as never before, as the Boston Pops performs Alan Silvestri's dazzling musical score live as the film plays on the giant screen.  The show runs December 30-31, 2016. And finally, ring in the New Year on the evening of December 31 as maestro Bo Winiker conducts the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra. 

JFK Library & Museum Announces Plans to Celebrate Centenary of President Kennedy's Birth in May 2017

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The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has announced a year-long celebration to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy. Born in  Brookline ,  Massachusetts  on May 29, 1917, President Kennedy was the youngest president ever elected to office.  To commemorate his centennial year, the JFK Library is spearheading JFK 100 , a series of events and initiatives aimed at inspiring new generations to find meaning and inspiration in the enduring American values that formed the heart of the Kennedy presidency. “President Kennedy inspired a generation that transformed America – and they in turn passed that inspiration on to their children and grandchildren,” said Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson. “Now, as we mark the Centennial of my grandfather’s birth, we renew his call for service, courage, innovation, and inclusion, and help a new generation use his example to embrace the challenges of our time.” "As a teen

Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew, Live in Concert in Boston on Tuesday,December 20

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Two amazing Irish singers - Emmy® award winning Irish tenor Eamonn McCrystal and Chloë Agnew , fan favorite of the Celtic Woman ensemble - are joining forces for a special Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 20 in Boston ’s South End. The concert takes place at the intimate Wimberly Theatre , Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street, and is the only New England stop on their 16 city North American tour.  Here is a map for directions .  McCrystal and Agnew perform a variety of classic Christmas hymns, Irish melodies and popular songs, plus new music from their impressive repertoire, with accompaniment from a stunning live band. Here's a sneak peek . Readers of Boston Irish Tourism Association can receive a 15% discount by using promo code IRELAND when you  order tickets online . Merry Christmas.

Ronan Tynan Performs at Palace Theatre in Manchester on Sunday, December 18

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Ronan Tynan , considered one of the best Irish tenors alive, is performing at the Palace Theatre in Manchester , NH at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2016. It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season, since Ronan performs a blend of Christmas favorites, Irish songs, and selections from the great American songbook.  His impassioned singing is sure to get you in the spirit of the Season. You can order tickets online   to ensure you don't miss out on this very popular performance.  Tickets range from $30 - $60.  Find year round details on Irish cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com .

Celtic + Christmas Concerts in New England this Weekend, December 9-11

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Reagle Theatre's Christmas Time   The Celtic Christmas season gets into full swing this weekend with an amazing selection of concerts taking place in Massachusetts , Connecticut, New Hampshire & Rhode Island, according to the Boston Irish Tourism Association.    Find full details at IrishBoston The Boston Holiday Pops  concert with the world-renowned Boston Pops Orchestra and led by Maestro Keith Lockhart has multiple shows on December 9-10-11 at the glorious Boston Symphony Hall,  Plus, the Boston Pops Holiday Tour traveling band performs at Hanover Theatre in Worcester on December 9; the SNHU Theatre in Manchester, NH on Saturday, December 10; and the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, December 11. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with radio host Brian O’Donovan kicks off on Friday, December 9 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in downtown Boston , followed by two shows on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12.  Then Sojourn goes on the road but returns

Travel Idea - Spend Christmas & New Year's in Dublin, Ireland

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Photo: Stephen's Green Shopping Centre  Dublin, Ireland during the Christmas and New Year's holiday season is a wonderful place to be, according to the Boston Irish Tourism Association .  Families and friends reunite, shopping districts are filled with good cheer, and there are lots of musical performances to enjoy.  Plus, the city's amazing cultural treasures are easily accessible without long lines, including the Book of Kells at Trinity College, the  National Gallery of Ireland and National Library of Ireland , plus perennial favorites like a tour of the Guinness Storehouse .  Christmas melds right into Dublin's exciting  New Year's Festival , which runs this year from December 30 to January 1 and includes three days of entertainment, fireworks and bright lights as well as live music in Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral. You can find more details by visiting  Ireland.com .

Norwegian Air Direct Route Between Cork and Boston Cleared for Takeoff

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The US Department of Transportation has approved Norwegian Air International 's (NAI) application to fly round trip, direct flight service between Cork and Boston , starting in 2017. The announcement came on Friday, December 2, clearing the way for a route that had been in the works for nearly three years. Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy, said that the new route “will help grow inbound tourism, give Cork Airport ’s passengers greater choice, attract more investment to the region and improve social and cultural ties between Ireland and the US .” Norwegian Air officials said it hopes to have four-five weekly flights, depending on its popularity.  Officials say they will fly a Boeing 737-800 on the Boston-Cork route, which seats up to 189 passengers. Cork is Ireland ’s second largest city, and also has the country’s second busiest airport. Norwegian Air was rated Europe ’s Best Low Cost Airline for a fourth consecutive year by  industry we

Christmas Holiday Concerts in Massachusetts & New England

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Dance Prism Perform Nutcracker Ballet  Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled a Christmas schedule of amazing holiday concerts, plays, dances and other activities that celebrate Christmas in New England The calendar ranges from Boston Pops Holiday shows and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn to classic offerings like Handel's Messiah , A Christmas Carol and the Nutcracker Ballet . Several touring artists and groups are coming through New England this month, including the Vienna Boys Choir , Irish tenor Ronan Tynan , fiddle star Eileen Ivers , and Irish duo Eamonn McCrystal and Cloe Agnew of Celtic Woman. Other annual celebrations include Christmas in Newport ,   Reagle Music Theatre's Christmastime , Breakfast with Santa at the Irish Cultural Centre, and the Irish Dance Spectacular at the Blackstone River Theatre. For more details on Christmas shows and other activities, read BITA's Travel & Culture Guide .

Burren Pub Hosts Fourth Annual Benefit For Somerville Homeless Coalition on November 30

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The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, is proud to sponsor the 4th annual Benefit of Music for the Somerville Homeless Coalition , taking place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30,2016. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the door.  100% of the proceeds go to the Coalition. Tonight's event features great local musicians, including  Tommy McCarthy, Louise Costello with Sean Clohessy;  Christian McNeill; the  Bagboys;  Opera on Tap; George Woods;  Mary Casey and Lindsay O'Donovan;  Cast of Return of the Winemakers;  Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul plus surprise guests.  Brian O'Donovan is the master of ceremonies.  Find out more about Boston's Irish community by visiting IrishBoston.org . 

Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne Perform at Irish Cultural Centre on December 3

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Irish traditional duo Niamh Parsons and Graham Dunne perform in concert at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the show are $25 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 781 821-829. Parsons has "one of the most beautiful voices in Ireland," according to Irish Music Magazine, whose "ornamentation breathes new life into these beautiful songs," says legendary singer Andy Irvine.  She is also an All Ireland concertina player, while Dunne is a multi-instrumentalist and also a great singer. The duo are performing an evening of traditional melodies as well as some Christmas songs. Here is a calendar of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre . For year round information on Boston's Irish scene, visit IrishBoston.org .

2017 Schedule of St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island Issued by Tourism Group

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Spectators at the Patrick's Parade on Cape Cod The Boston Irish Tourism Association has released its 2017 schedule of St. Patrick's Day parades taking place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.   The parade season begins on Saturday, March 4, with the Cape Cod Patrick's Parade , and finishes up on Sunday, March 19 with parades in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate. Stay tuned for updates on other parades taking place in the New England region. Here is a list of I rish cultural activities in March 2017 in New England. For year round information on Irish cultural events and organizations, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

Irish Tenor John McDermott Performs at Worcester Hibernian Center for Food Pantry Fundraiser on November 20

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Acclaimed Irish tenor John McDermott performs a benefit concert to aid the St. John's Food for the Poor program  in Worcester at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The concert takes place at Fiddler's Green Pub in the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre at 19 Temple Street.  Tickets are $25 at the door. McDermott  gained international fame as a member of the Irish Tenors and has since had a successful solo career.  He is well-known for his devotion to charitable causes, from helping veterans get housing and health care to providing for poor and homeless citizens in Canada and the United States. Here is a profile of McDermott from 2015 . Find year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com .

Once: the Musical Performs One Night at Fine Arts Center, Amherst on December 1

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Once: The Musical is coming to the Fine Arts Center at University of Massachusetts in Amherst at 7:30 p.m.  on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.   Enter the contest here . Or, you can purchase tickets directly online to see this Broadway hit. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical, Once is an engaging, heartwarming story of two musicians who meet on the streets of Dublin and pursue their hopes and dreams. For more details on Irish cultural events taking place in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

Boston Irish Tourism group releases winter Travel & Culture Guide

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( Boston ) - The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its  Travel & Culture Guide  (2016-17 winter issue) of cultural activities in Massachusetts and Ireland . The 28-page color magazine details upcoming holiday concerts, dances and theatre in Massachusetts and the New England region from November 2016 to March 2017. It lists selected Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural groups in the Bay State plus hotels and travel agencies for visitors from out-of-town. Read the digital version here .  Among the features in this issue are profiles of  Ray Flynn , who was honored recently by the City of Boston for his distinguished career, and  Séamus Connolly , whose much awaited collection of Irish music was posted at Boston College . Also featured: details on celebrating Christmas and New Year’s in Dublin , Ireland , and a preview of new direct air routes from New England to Ireland in 2017. The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across

Author Ellen B. Alden Speaks at the Irish Cultural Centre on Friday, November 18, 2016

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Author Ellen Alder is speaking about her book “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke” at the Irish Cultural Centre at 7:00 pm, on Friday, November 18, 2016. Alder's book is based on the life and times of Florence Burke from County Cork, Ireland - the author's great, great grandfather, who fought in the Union Army during the American Civil War.   Details here. Click here for a full schedule of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre. For year-round activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

Boston Tourism Group Giving Away Tickets to ten Holiday Shows in December

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The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is giving away choice tickets to some of the best Christmas holiday shows in New England this December. Here is the full schedule . Acts range from Once: The Musical and the Vienna Boys Choir to Irish holiday shows like A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan; A Joyful Christmas with Eileen Ivers ; Irish tenor Ronan Tynan ; and a great new Irish duo, Eamonn McCrystal and Chloe Agnew . In addition to the contests, BITA has a full December calendar listing dozens of great shows, from the Boston Pops Holiday series and Reagle Theater's to Christmas in Newport and Blackstone River Theatre's Holiday Spectacular. Find full details on cultural events taking place year round at IrishBoston.org .

Boston Officials Honor Ray Flynn by Dedicating Marine Park in His Honor on Saturday, November 12

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This Saturday, November 12, 2016, state and city officials, business leaders, tourism officials, labor activists, community leaders, family and friends and South Boston neighbors are gathering to officially dedicate the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the South Boston Seaport District.   The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. at 660 Summer Street.  Among the officials attending are Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, US Congressman Steve Lynch, State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty and others. Flynn, who served as Boston mayor from 1984 to 1993, and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican from 1993-1997, is an iconic figure in the Boston community, with a lifelong commitment to public service, speaking out for the underdog, and fighting for people from South Boston and Roxbury to Poland and Northern Ireland. Flynn is also known as a gifted athlete, a devout Catholic, and a politician who helped to heal the divi

Lonely Planet names County Kerry's Skellig Ring Drive as a Top Travel Destination in 2017

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Lonely Planet , one of the world's leading travel authorities, has named the Skellig Ring Drive in Ireland as one of the world's best destinations in its recently released Best in Travel 2017, according to Tourism Ireland .   The Skellig Ring is a coastal drive that is an extension of the famous Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way – described in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 as "perhaps Ireland 's most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline". Other destinations on Lonely Planet's  2017 winners include Taranaki in New Zealand , the Azores in Portugal , Aysén in Chile , the Tuamotus in French Polynesia, Coastal Georgia in the USA and   Choquequiro in Peru.  Skellig Michael was one of the film locations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens . It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Here is more information about visiting Ireland .  

Ann Kirrane & Gabriel Donohue Perform at Irish Cultural Centre Tonight

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Irish singer and concertina champion Ann Kirrane is performing with guitarist and singer Gabriel Donohue at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016.  Tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the concert.  Call 781 821-8291 for more information. A member of the notable Bellharbour, County Clare family of traditional musicians, Ann is three time winner of the All Ireland Championships on the concertina.  Her new CD is Behind Yon Mountain . Galway native Gabriel Donohue is a master musician and singer/songwriter who is a noted guitarist, pianist and bouzouki player.   Here are more upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre . For year round Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com . 

Boston Irish Reporter Honors Leaders in the Community on Friday, October 28

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The Boston Irish Reporter , a monthly newspaper dedicated to the Irish community in greater Boston, is holding its annual luncheon to honor local leaders at the Seaport Boston Hotel on Friday, October 28, 2016. Among the honorees this year are Paul Kirk, Jr., former US Senator who succeed Senator Edward M. Kennedy , and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee; the Leary Family - Joe, Kevin, Mary and Elizabeth -  who have supported Ireland through the American Irish Partnership for many years; and Jim and Mary (Cahill) Judge, who are being honored for their excellence in business and philanthropy. For tickets to the luncheon, please call 617 436-1222 or email bostonirishhonors@bostonirish.com. Congratulations to the winners.

Comhaltas Boston Chapter Celebrates 40 Years of Music at Irish Cultural Centre on Sunday, October 23

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The Boston chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann  (CEE Boston) is celebrating its 40 th anniversary from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2016 at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton . Admission is free but donations are accepted at the door. The festivities included continuous music by the CCE Boston Ceili Band and other special guests, along with set dancing and step dancing. The Boston chapter was launched in 1975 by Irish fiddler Larry Reynolds , accordionist Billy Caples, radio host John Curran and Pat and Mary Barry, as a way of preserving Irish traditional music, dance and culture in the New England region. At first the branch activities were held at the VFW Hall in Allston, before moving to the Canadian American Club in Watertown , where activities continue today. Today the Boston chapter is called the Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley Branch, in honor of three of Boston ’s most important traditional musicians.  Find out more about CCE Boston here .  Rea

Derry Native Richard Moore, Founder of Children in Crossfire, Speaks at the Irish Cultural Centre on Friday, October 21

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On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England is welcoming Richard Moore, a native of Derry and founder of Children in Crossfire , an international agency that helps children around the world caught in conflict and war. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. When Moore was 10 years old, a British soldier fired a rubber bullet from ten feet away, blinding Moore for life.  Rather than harbor bitterness, Moore became a lifelong advocate for compassion and forgiveness. The Dali Lama called Moore, "an indomitable spirit, a real practitioner of compassion, and a living example of peace.  He is my hero."  Children in Crossfire works in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ireland and the UK, supporting early childhood development, education and children's rights. For year round Irish events in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org . 

Irish Pastoral Centre's Annual Banquet on October 29 Honors Mary (O'Malley) Walsh of Galway and Dorchester

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The Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston is honoring Mary Walsh at its annual fundraising banquet, taking place at 6:30 p.m.  on Saturday., October . 29 at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Mrs. Walsh is the mother of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Born in the small Gaelic speaking village of Rosmuc, County Galway, Mary emigrated to the United States in the 1950s, settling in Norwood with relatives.  She met her husband-to-be, John Walsh, at the Intercolonial Dance Hall on Dudley Street in Roxbury.   They married in 1965 and made their home in Dorchester, where they raised their two sons, Martin and John.  Tickets to the annual fundraiser are $100, and can be purchased online .   Sponsorship and advertising opportunitie s are also available.   Popular Irish traditional band Devri is performing.  Since 1987, the Irish Pastoral Centre has been a beacon for generations of Irish immigrants settled in the Boston area.  It provides a variety of spiritual, cultural and social guidance for

JFK Library Presents Author Larry Tye to Discuss his book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, on October 5

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On Wednesday, October 6, 2016, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is presenting award-winning journalist and author  Larry Tye to discuss his new book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon.   Former Boston Globe columnist Eileen McNamara moderates. The conversation takes place from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Library, and is free to the public.  Registration is suggested. A former Boston Globe reporter, Larry Tye has written several books, including a biography on baseball great Satchel Paige. The event is part of the Kennedy Library Forum , a series of public affairs programs throughout the year that foster public discussion topics of historical, political and cultural relevance to the JFK Library. Find profiles of other Kennedy family members and associations from the Boston Irish Tourism Association. For information about Boston's Irish community, visit IrishBoston.org .

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Presents "100 Years of Freedom: Ireland Then and Now" on September 27

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EMK Institute at Columbia Point  The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate , in collaboration with the Irish Consulate in Boston and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute at Maynooth University  in Ireland, presents a program titled '100 Years of Freedom: Ireland Then and Now.' It takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on T uesday, September 27 at the EMK Institute at Columbia Point in Dorchester.  Admission is free but registration is required.   Here are directions and parking instructions .  F ormer Irish Prime Minister  Bertie Ahern is  delivering the keynote address. Other participants include Rev. Dr. Gary Mason , Director of “Rethinking Conflict,” former Massachusetts Senate President  Therese Murray , and Professor  Robert Savage  of Boston College.   Kevin Cullen  of The Boston Globe is moderator. The conversation will focus on Irish cultural identity after the 1916 rebellion as well as the current state of the Ireland-US relationship, particularl

South Boston Vietnam Memorial Re-Dedication Ceremony on Sunday, September 18

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Twenty-five South Boston  military soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation during the Vietnam War are being honored today at a ceremony marking the 35th anniversary of the South Boston Vietnamese Memorial . Activities include a 10:30 a.m. Memorial Mass at St. Brigid’s Church , located at 845 East Broadway, followed by a re-dedication ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Medal of Honor Park, which is located at M Street Park in South Boston Special guests include Medal of Honor recipients Tom Kelley, Barney Barnum and Ryan Pitts. Former US Senator James H. Webb, Jr. , a decorated Vietnam Veteran, is the guest speaker.   Webb has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy-award winning journalist and a filmmaker, and is the author of 10 books. Governor Charlie Baker , Mayor Marty Walsh , former US Ambassador and Mayor Ray Flynn  and other local officials are also attend

Irish balladeer Andy Irvine at the Burren Pub on September 21

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Singer Andy Irvine, an iconic figure in Irish traditional music, is performing in concert at the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.   Ticket information here . A founding member of Sweeney's Men, Planxty and Patrick Street, Irvine is a gifted ensemble player, but is best known or his exquisite vocal interpretations of folk songs that resonate as both traditional and contemporary expressions. Here is a full schedule of upcoming concerts at the Burren Pub. For year round information on Irish cultural activities, visit IrishBoston.or g.

Ray Flynn Reminisces about Mother Teresa's Visits to Boston

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Ray Flynn , former Mayor of Boston  and US Ambassador to the Vatican, was recently interviewed by Aleteia , the worldwide Catholic network, about his friendship with Mother Teresa. Flynn talks about first meeting Mother Teresa in 1982, when she came to Harvard University to deliver the commencement speech, and about her interest in the poor.  She returned to Massachusetts in 1985, 1988 and again in 1995. Read the Aleteia article here . Flynn and his wife Cathy traveled to the Vatican in Rome, Italy last week for Mother Teresa's canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church, as recounted in the Boston Herald . Find out more about Mother Teresa and her work that continues by visiting MotherTeresa.org .

Wix Tix to See Celtic Thunder at Boston's Orpheum Theater on September 18

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Celtic Thunder , the popular Irish singing quintet whose popularity on PBS launched their international career, returns to Massachusetts on Sunday, September 18, 2016 for a concert at Boston's Orpheum Theatre . The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show.   Enter the contest here . Or, you can purchase tickets online at Ticket Master. Celtic Thunder is on a national tour this fall, visiting dozens of cities across North America. Find year-round information on Irish cultural activities in the region by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com . 

Guided Tour of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail on Sunday, September 11 on Boston Common

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The Boston Irish Tourism Association has scheduled a guided tour of the Irish Heritage Trial to take place at 10:30 a.m.on Sunday, September 11, 2016, starting at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common. The 75-90 minute walk is conduced by experienced tour guide Ted Kulik.  Tickets to the walk are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, military and children under 12.  Tickets can be purchased at the visitor center on the day of the tour, by filling in the online form , or by calling 617 536-4100, x 888. The Irish Heritage Trail  is a collection of public landmarks, memorials, cemeteries and institutions that help depict over 300 years of the Irish experience in greater Boston. To find out about year round cultural activities in the Irish-American community, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

Win Tickets to Glen Hansard Concert in Boston on September 13

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The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see Irish singer/songwriter Glen Hansard , who appears at the Orpheum Theater in Boston on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Enter the contest here , or you can purchase tickets through TicketMaster . The popular musician, a longtime member of The Frames, is known for his song "Falling Slowly," which was in the Broadway hit Once: The Musical . For year round information on Irish events in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com .

JFK Library Foundation Names Steven Rothstein as New Executive Director

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Steven M. Rothstein has been selected as the new Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation .  The announcement came today from Kenneth R.Feinberg , Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Throughout his career, Steven has answered President Kennedy’s call to service, dedicating himself to social justice and human progress. We are fortunate that he will now lead the Foundation in inspiring the next generation to become engaged citizens and make the world a better place,” said Feinberg. An accomplished non-profit administrator, public servant, and entrepreneur, Rothstein led the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind through a period of significant growth during his eleven year tenure as President of the institution. “I am truly humbled to be appointed the next Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation,” said Rothstein. “Through the inspiration of President Kennedy and members of his family, I have built my career around assistin