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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017 Upcoming Irish Shows in Massachusetts include Riverdance and More!

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

Friday, December 30, 2016

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

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.

Burren Pub in Somerville Celebrates New Year's Eve

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Boston Wine Festival Taking Place January 13- March 31

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.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from Tourism Ireland

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 or

Thursday, December 22, 2016

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

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. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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

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 BrooklineMassachusetts 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 teenager, I remember hearing JFK's clarion call to service -- a call that inspired me to enlist in the Navy, serve in Vietnam, and continue a career in public service,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “I am honored that the National Archives is a lead partner in this centennial celebration, with a featured original document display and special programming year long. Working together, we can share JFK's riveting vision with a new generation."

Find out more about the Kennedy family and their Irish connections here. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

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

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.

Readers of Boston Irish Tourism Association can receive a 15% discount by using promo code IRELAND when you order tickets online.

Merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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

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

Friday, December 9, 2016

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

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 to Boston the following weekend.  So many star performers, but new to the show this year is singer Eilis Kennedy from Dingle, County Kerry, and Vishten from the Canadian Maritimes.

The Reagle Theatre presents Christmas Time, its annual  show at the Robinson Theatre in Waltham on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 9-11. A cast of 200 presents holiday favorites like Nutcracker Suite, Teddy Bear Picnic and Parade of the Toy Soldiers. 

The Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH presents Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, the classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, performed by an award-winning cast. 

Fiddle start Eileen Ivers performs A Joyful Christmas at Cary Hall in Lexington on Saturday, December 10, with her amazing band and infectious spirit.  They’ll play a program of American and Irish songs, original tunes and holiday favorites, are centered around the true meaning of Christmas.

The Vienna Boys Choir performs at Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT on Saturday, For six centuries, these young cultural ambassadors have been adored the world over for their wide range of repertoire, purity of tone, and generosity of musical spirit.

The Irish Cultural Centre in Canton has a great weekend of music and holiday festivities, led by the Silver Spears Band.  In addition to singing, dancing and storytelling, attendees have a chance to win at the $30,000 Raffle.  Tickets help fund the Centre’s programming throughout the year.

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops Concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Saturday, December 10.  It features traditional favorites of the season, light classics, dance theatre, chorus, and the Tops of Broadway!

Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI presents its annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, December 10, featuring high energy clogging and step dancing, ancient carols, recitations, dance tunes and more. 

Dance Prism performs The Nutcracker Ballet at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday, December 11.  The troupe includes dancers from throughout the northeast region and eastern seaboard.

Find a full schedule of activities in BITA’s December calendar

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Norwegian Air Direct Route Between Cork and Boston Cleared for Takeoff

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 website,, which is viewed by 14 million visitors from 232 countries. 

"The Boston-Cork route adds another option for American and Irish consumers traveling between these two great destinations," said Colette Quinlin, managing director of the Boston Irish Tourism Association. "In addition, Boston and Cork share many amenities that appeal to visitors: a rich and proud history, stunning coastline, a robust culinary scene and a vibrant arts and cultural scene," she said.

"Securing a transatlantic service for Ireland’s second largest airport has been an aspiration of ours for some time," MacCarthy said.  "Norwegian Air’s service will be welcomed by business and leisure travelers throughout the region.”

County Cork is one of six counties in the Province of Munster, which also includes counties Kerry, Waterford, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary.

Boston is located in Massachusetts, which has the highest percentage of residents with Irish ancestry in the United States, at 21.5%.  And Massachusetts is part of the New England region, which also has a high percentage of Americans of Irish descent.

For year round information on the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Holiday Concerts in Massachusetts & New England

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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

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 Irish cultural activities in March 2017 in New England.

For year round information on Irish cultural events and organizations, visit

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Boston Irish Tourism group releases winter Travel & Culture Guide

(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.

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 the state and at museums, hotels and cultural venues. See distribution centers.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round. It publishes three travel and culture guides each year, and created an Irish Heritage Trail highlighting Irish landmarks in Boston and around the state.

For further details on the festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit

More than 24% of residents in Massachusetts claim Irish ancestry, making it the most Irish state in the United States, according to the US Census.

Friday, November 18, 2016

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

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

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 divide across Boston neighborhoods throughout his public career.

“Naming this facility for Ambassador Flynn is symbolic of so much of what he has fought for every day over a 45-year career in public life,” said Francis J. Doyle, co-chair of the city commission that recommended the honor for Ambassador Flynn. “He is a lifelong South Boston resident who built a reputation in Boston and around the world as a bridge builder, the champion of working families, of bringing people together across divides of race, opportunity and nationality. Everybody counts in Ray Flynn’s Boston. Whether you arrived here yesterday or many generations ago, upholding the dignity and respect of all was the guiding principle. He continues the good fight today for social justice and religious freedom.”
The Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park will comprise the current Marine Industrial Park, owned by the City’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC). It is a 191-acre site. Formerly an Army/Navy base, the site was nearly empty and abandoned until the property was granted to the EDIC between 1977 and 1983

In their report to Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Bill Linehan making recommendations for ways to honor Ray Flynn, the Flynn Commission said,

“The Park is about what the Flynn Administration was about: economic development that creates jobs. It is now home to over 200 businesses and more than 3,000 employees. It supports major seafood processing and wholesale companies. They join the Boston Design Center; ad agencies; research organizations; life sciences; and clean-energy companies in the bustling Raymond L. Flynn Marine Industrial Park. Given all that Ray Flynn stands for, we can think of no more appropriate place for the Flynn name to stand."
Flynn is known for building social and economic bridges that linked a prosperous downtown to affordable housing, jobs, and other opportunities for better lives in every neighborhood. The mayor earned wide national recognition and many awards for his leadership on reducing homelessness and ensuring quality housing and health care for homeless individuals and families. The City partnered with community development corporations, unions and other like-minded organizations to develop affordable housing across the city.

Read more about Ray Flynn's legacy here.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

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. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Ann Kirrane & Gabriel Donohue Perform at Irish Cultural Centre Tonight

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.  

For year round Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit

Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

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

Congratulations to the winners.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

The Boston chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CEE Boston) is celebrating its 40th 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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

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 opportunities 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 the community, with an emphasis on family and senior support.  Find out more about the Irish Pastoral Centre
Read this story on the Irish Pastoral Centre's 25th anniversary
For more on Boston's Irish community, visit

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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

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 Tuesday, September 27 at the EMK Institute at Columbia Point in Dorchester.  Admission is free but registration is required.   Here are directions and parking instructions

Former 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, particularly in Boston.  

For a local perspective of the 1916 rebellion, read Boston and the Irish Rising, published in Irish America Magazine in March 2016. 

For year round information on the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

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 attending, including US Congressman Steven Lynch, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and City Councilors Bill Linehan and Michael Flaherty.

Here is a statement from the memorial committee Facebook page:

“Thirty-Fifth years ago, the promise we made to the Twenty-Five of our fallen friends and to the community as a whole, were realized. The people of South Boston were among the very first to recognize the sacrifice the Vietnam Veterans made in the name of freedom. We will forever be proud of this.

“The people of South Boston built that monument. Building it, however, was only half of the pledge we made to ourselves. The other half is inscribed across the face of the memorial: If you forget my death, then I died in vain.”

Read more about the South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including a list of the 25 South Boston soldiers who lost their lives.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Irish balladeer Andy Irvine at the Burren Pub on September 21

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ray Flynn Reminisces about Mother Teresa's Visits to Boston

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

Monday, September 5, 2016

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

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

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

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Win Tickets to Glen Hansard Concert in Boston on September 13

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

JFK Library Foundation Names Steven Rothstein as New Executive Director

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 assisting individuals that have been in the shadows of society. I am thrilled to join our amazing board, team, and supporters at the Foundation and look forward to building upon the successful collaboration between the Foundation and Library to make President Kennedy’s legacy accessible to new generations.”

Rothstein begins on September 6, 2016.  He will oversee all operations of the Foundation, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a federal institution governed by the National Archives and Records Administration.

In this role, Rothstein will work with staff to position the Foundation at the center of an interactive world-wide dialogue on President Kennedy’s legacy and the continued significance of the ideas, policies and programs that he advanced throughout his life and presidency.

Rothstein has worked with the Kennedy family for several decades.  He supported the senatorial and presidential campaigns of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and the 1986 congressional campaign of Joe Kennedy II.   He was on the original team of Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit organization Kennedy founded in 1979 to provide low-cost heating oil to the poor and elderly. 

Read the press release on Mr. Rothstein’s appointment here. 

Here is more information about the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, located at Columbia Point in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.

The JFK Library & Museum  is part of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail.