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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Issue of Travel & Culture Guide Focuses on Massachusetts and Ireland

(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2016 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts.  Here is the digital format online. 

Among the stories in this issue: roundup of Irish festivals; the sounds of summer music in Boston and Tanglewood; Boston's newest outdoor venue, Lawn on D; museum news from the JFK Library and EMK Institute; new renovations at Boston Harbor Hotel; and Cruiseport Boston's 30th anniversary in South Boston.

People profiled in the Guide include Ray Flynn, former US Ambassador and Boston Mayor; Joe Corcoran, developer and philanthropist; Fionnuala Quinlan, Ireland's Consul General in Boston; Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut, and musicians Eileen Ivers and the New York band Girsa. 

The Ireland section focuses on two hit productions - Star Wars and Game of Thrones - being filmed in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ideas for visiting Ireland in the fall.

BITA is celebrating its 16th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 23% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes the Travel & Culture Guide three times a year in March, June and November, and has developed the Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For up to date, year round details on festivals and concerts, as well as Irish-American cultural organizations, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit

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