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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. 

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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 ChloĆ« 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.