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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Tourism Ireland Ad Campaign in USA - The Warmth of an Irish Welcome

Giant's Causeway

Tourism Ireland's Advertising Campaign kicks off in the USA today with this 30 second video airing on NBC, CBS and ABC, in the New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago markets. The ad airs around major entertainment shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Blue Bloods, the Late Late Show with James Corden and the Kennedy Center Awards.

"Welcome to Ireland. It's not just something we say when you arrive. The warmth of an Irish welcome stays with you long after you leave. So come on over! We'll give you the inside track and let you into some little secrets that will take you back through history, bring our landscapes to life and make your evenings last longer. Welcome to Ireland!"

Read more about Tourism Ireland here.

Here are more stories about traveling to Ireland from New England.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tourism Ireland's New Video Features Star Wars Actor Mark Hamill

Tourism Ireland has a brand new video with Mark Hamill advising everyone to ‘escape the dark side along Earth’s Wild Atlantic Way - it's the perfect place to get away from it all’.

The video is now live across all Tourism Ireland markets promoting Ireland around the globe.

Filmed using  the trademark Star Wars screen-wipe transitions and sound effects which Star Wars fans around the globe will recognise, Tourism Ireland’s new promotional film features a number of beautiful holiday destinations along Ireland’s western seaboard. 

See the YouTube Video here.

Read more about filming Star Wars in Ireland

See more stories about traveling to Ireland from Massachusetts and New England. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wix Tix to see A Christmas Celtic Sojourn in Worcester & Boston

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan sparkles with masterful music, spellbinding stories and dazzling dancing. It evokes emotions of Christmas memories that stretch back generations. It inspires audiences throughout New England to embrace tradition, spirituality and community.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is a free pair of tickets for the Hanover Theatre show in Worcester on Monday, December 18, and for the Cutler Majestic Theatre show in Boston on Thursday, December 21, 2017.

Enter to Win Tickets here and follow the directions. 

Or, you can purchase tickets online now to these or other shows, to ensure you get to see one of the magical shows this Christmas holiday.

Read profile of Brian O'Donovan here.

Find year round details on Irish cultural activities in New England by visiting

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Blackstone River Theatre's 10th annual Christmas Celebration takes place on Sunday, December 10,  2017, with shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at the venue.

The popular annual celebration features familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy step dancing and clogging, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more – as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. 

"That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at Blackstone River Theatre

For year round details on cultural events in New England visit

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Boston Holiday Pops - December 5 is Opening Night in Boston

The acclaimed Boston Holiday Pops season opens at Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday, December 5, and runs from December 5 through December 31 with 40 evening and matinee performances.

Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra are joined by the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by James Burton.  And Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus make an appearance at each performance.

Lockhart, who is celebrating his 23 season as conductor, is carrying on a tradition that began in December 1973 by esteemed Conductor Arthur Fiedler. 

Boston Symphony Hall itself is a big part of the Holiday Pops experience, specifically decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.  Pops patrons sit at cabaret-style tables and order food and drink with family and friends.

The orchestra also takes Holiday Pops on the road, with appearances at University of Connecticut in Storrs on December 2, Hanover Theatre in Worcester on December 8, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on December 16, the Lowell Auditorium on December 17 and Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on December 22.

Right after Christmas on December 29-30, the Boston Pops gives three performances of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II,” celebrating the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes projected on the big screen, while the Boston Pops performs the original Carl Stalling scores live.

The final show of the year takes place on December 31, New Year’s Eve, when jazz conductor Bo Winiker leads the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra along with his brother Bill Winiker and the Winiker Swing Orchestra.  It’s a perfect way to ring out the old and ring in the new, as the Boston Pops continues its fine Holiday Pops tradition for yet another season.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

47th Annual Christmas in Newport, RI Celebrates the Season

Enjoy hundreds of cultural, culinary, historical and seasonal events at the 47th Annual Christmas in Newport celebration in Rhode Island this month.

Tours of the great mansions, holiday caroling, children's activities, visits with Santa, concerts and dance recitals are available throughout December.

Overseas visitors now have easy access to Newport thanks to the new Norwegian Air  flights operating out of T.F. Green Airport in nearby Providence.  These flights connect Rhode Island to European cities like Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Read profile of Rhode Island's Irish community here.

As part of the community spirit to make this a singular occasion each year, only clear bulbs illuminate the scenic harbor and wharves, the restored colonials of the Point and Historic Hill sections, and the Victorian splendor of Bellevue Avenue.

For specific information, call the Christmas in Newport hot line at  (401) 849-6454, or email at

For information about lodging, restaurants and year round things to do in Newport, visit Discover Newport

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Celtic Thunder Symphony 2017 Tour Performs at Lynn Auditorium on December 3

Celtic Thunder, the popular Irish quintet featured on PBS, is performing its Symphony Tour at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. 

Tickets to the show are $37-47 and available to purchase online 

This is Celtic Thunder's 10th tour of the USA since it was launched in 2008. The five male soloists - Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Emmet Cahill, Neil Byrne & Michael O’Dwyer - perform solo and ensemble numbers. 

The "Symphony Tour" departs from the Thunder's traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform hit songs from its Legacy, Mythology, Voyage, The Show & It’s Entertainment Shows.  The band also performs songs from its chart-topping albums, Christmas & Classic Christmas and the newly released Celtic Thunder Inspirational album.  

See other shows at Lynn Auditorium, including The Tenors on December 21 and The Chieftains on March 18, 2018. 

Find year round news on Irish cultural events by visiting

Friday, December 1, 2017

Boston's City Winery Presents Christmas with the Celts on Monday, December 4

Boston's newest nightspot, City Winery is presenting the popular holiday show Christmas with the Celts at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017.   Doors open at 6 p.m.

You can purchase tickets online or at the venue, located at One Canal Street in Boston's North End.

The show was developed by Nashville musician and Celtic music fan Ric Blair, and is currently airing on 222 PBS stations across America.  It combines classic Christmas melodies like "Little Drummer Boy" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with ancient Celtic melodies on traditional instruments like the fiddle, uilleann pipes, tin whistle and bodhran.  Read more about the band here.

Read more about City Winery here.

For year round details on Irish and Celtic cultural activities in Massachusetts and New England, visit

Dave Burke Way unveiled in Lawrence as Tribute to Local Civic & Irish-American Leader

The Burke Family with Mayor Rivera

On November 4, the City of Lawrence unveiled a special street sign honoring the late David R. Burke (1940-2009), a civic and community leader in Lawrence as well as an nationally recognized leader in the Irish-American community.

Mayor Dan Rivera joined Dave's family and friends for the dedication, near St. Patrick's Church where Dave was a parishioner and across the street from where Dave ran a successful gift shop called Irish Jaunting Car for many years.

Dave's wife Pat Burke and son Kevin spoke about Dave's love of Lawrence and his commitment to making the city a better place for everyone.  Bill Sullivan, president of AOH Division 8 and longtime friend and colleague of the Burkes, recalled Dave's influence on the national and world stage as a thoughtful and committed leader on the issue of Northern Ireland's peace process.

Father Paul O'Brien, pastor of St. Patrick's, led the gathering in prayer, City Councilor David Abdoo led the Pledge of Allegiance recitation, and Frank O'Connor sang "God Bless America."

Read In Memoriam on Dave Burke.

Mayor Rivera presented a Proclamation issued“to posthumously honor Dave Burke for his lifelong commitment and significant impact to the Lawrence community…we thank him for making Lawrence better.”

The proclamation also praised Burke for dedicating “his life to the service of others” on behalf of Lawrence’s International Institute, the Immigration City Archives, Lawrence Heritage State Park, Lawrence Cultural Alliance, North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Merrimack Chamber of Commerce and Lawrence Public Library.

See Full copy of Proclamation below.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Pops, Celtic & Irish Music Concerts across New England in December 2017

Christmas with the Celts at City Winery 

Boston Irish Tourism Association has listed dozens of great holiday concerts leading up to Christmas on its December calendar page.

Concerts range from the Boston Pops Holiday concerts at Boston Symphony Hall and numerous Christmas shows at Mechanics Hall in Worcester throughout Newport, RI.

Performers in various Irish & Celtic holiday shows include Canadian group Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the Celtic Tenors, Christmas with the Celts featuring Nashville star Nic Blair and A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan.

Venues with lots of Christmas and Irish music include the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland and RI, the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton, MA, and the Lynn Auditorium andCity Winery in Boston.

You can also find stories on these events in the winter issue of Travel & Culture magazine, which you can pick up for free at these venues.

The Cabot Presents Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - A Celtic Family Christmas on December 2

The Cabot Theatre in Beverly present premier Canadian band Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy performing A Celtic Family Christmas at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Tickets are $38.50 - $58.50 and can be purchased online.

Also, you can enter a contest to win a pair of free tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  Deadline ends tonight and winners are announced on Thursday, November 30.

A Celtic Family Christmas intersperses classic Christmas songs with timeless Celtic melodies by two of Canada's leading traditional musicians.  Five of their six children are also musicians and perform in the show.

Here are upcoming concerts at The Cabot.

Find year round information on Celtic music and culture at

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ireland in 60 Seconds - New Video from Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland has released a new video entitled "Ireland in 60 Seconds," a colorful recap of Ireland's many natural, historical and cultural charms.

"Take a minute to find out what you've been missing in Ireland" reads the promo.

Watch the video here:

Find out more stories about Ireland from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Blackstone River Theatre Holds Homecoming Concert & Silent Auction on November 25

The Blackstone River Theatre's 18th annual Homecoming Concert and Silent Auction takes place at 6:30  p.m. on Saturday, November, 25, 2017 in Cumberland RI.  Tickets are $20

The concert features Atwater-Donnelly, Evelyn Cournoyer, Eastern Medicine Singers, Torrin Ryan, Mary Lee Partington & Ed Sweeney and the Vox Hunters, as well as an Irish session set with local musicians and dancers, including Tir Na Nog's Erika Damiani.

Auction prizes include CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas gifts and gift certificates.  100% of proceeds go to the Blackstone River Theatre for year-round programming and operating expenses.

Read more about Blackstone's Executive Director Russell Gusetti here.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For year round details on Celtic cultural activities in New England, visit

Friday, November 24, 2017

Irish Books for Christmas - Cooking, Literature, Kennedy Family, Boston History

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a nice selection of Irish books that make perfect gifts for the Christmas season.  Visit the Gift Shop here.  Prices listed include postage/handling charges.

The books include:

 ⬐ Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston’s Colorful Irish Past, $20

⬐ Irish Writing in the 20th Century: A Reader $45

⬐ Rose Kennedy's Family Album $45

⬐ Elegant Irish Dining $35

⬐ Tales from the Emerald Isle and Other Green Shores: Classic Irish Stories, $16

Orders placed via PayPal or by check will be shipped within 24 hours via United States Postal Service (USPS).

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Irish Hurling Tournament & Festival at Fenway Park Today, November 19, 2017

The AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival,supported by Aer Lingus, is taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston.

This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in the park.  Performers include the Burren Traditional Band, Brian Boru Pipe Band from Cape Cod and U2 tribute band Joshua Tree. 

Fenway Park is one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.  Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

Read more about the match, along with other Irish activities in New England, in the new issue of Travel & Culture magazine published by Boston Irish Tourism Association

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at by visiting

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Irish Pastoral Centre Celebrates 30 Years in Boston with Gala on Saturday, November 18

Boston’s Irish PastoralCentre celebrates its 30th anniversary with a Gala Event on Saturday, November 18 at Florian Hall in Dorchester.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online or at the hall, which is located at 55 Hallet Street.

Special guests and honorees include former Vatican Ambassador and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn and Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland’s deputy head of government.  Music is by Irish band Devri

The Centre was founded in 1989, when young Irish were emigrating due to a faltering economy. Co-founders Fr. Dan Finn and Sr. Veronica Dobson operated the Centre at St. Mark’s Parish in Dorchester and St. Columbkille in Brighton. In 2012 the Centre moved to St. Brendan’s Parish in Dorchester.

Read profile of IPC's 25th anniversary.

For year round details on the Irish community in Boston, visit

Winter Issue of TRAVEL & CULTURE Magazine Features New England Holiday Concerts & Travel to Ireland

(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its winter issue of Travel & Culture, a free magazine that promotes the New England region’s Irish community as well as mainstream cultural events for visitors.

Holiday concerts are featured in this issue, with stories on Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and a round-up of Celtic Christmas shows.  Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day activities are included, from parades and concerts to cultural events.

The cover photo features Haley Richardson, one of the performers at this year's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn concerts taking place in Boston, Rockport, Worcester, New Bedford and Providence. 

The “Travel Ireland” section has stories on Irish Christmas markets throughout the country and on a new museum honoring poet Seamus Heaney in County Derry. There are also stories on new upcoming flights to Ireland on Delta Air Lines and Norwegian Air.

Other stories include a profile of Newport, RI in the off-season, the 160th anniversary of Mechanics Hall in Worcester, the new Thomas J. Butler Park in South Boston and an In Memoriam on Boston Irish leader Bill McGowan.

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

BITA is celebrating its 17th year as a year-round, cultural tourism organization that promotes the state’s largest ethnic community.  The US Census reports that nearly 24% of all Massachusetts residents claim Irish ancestry.

BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture, 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 further details on festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jeremy Kittel Trio Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, November 11

The Jeremy Kittel Trio is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  Tickets are $18 and can purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272.

Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer, a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, according to BRT. He is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For information on year-round cultural activities in New England, visit

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Clannad Singer Moya Brennan Performs at Irish Cultural Centre on November 9

Irish singer Moya Brennan is performing at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Thursday, November 9, 2017.  Tickets are $25 general admission ($20 for ICC members) and can be purchased at the door.

A native of Donegal, Moya Brennan and her band Clannad helped jump start a revival of Irish traditional music in the 1970s, while also shining a spotlight of the rich body of music in the Irish language.

Here is a schedule of upcoming activities at the Centre.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities, visit

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Marty Walsh Overwhelmingly Wins Re-Election for Second Term as Mayor of Boston

Marty Walsh won a convincing victory over opponent Tito Jackson to secure his second four-year term as Mayor of Boston. 

The 50 year old son of Irish immigrants from Connemara, County Galway, was first elected in November 2013.  Since then he has become one of the state's most popular politicians who has built a solid record in affordable housing, economic development, arts & culture, immigrant rights and opportunities for all Boston residents. 

Read Marty Walsh's full speech at The Boston Globe site.

"Today, I am more determined than ever to make Boston a city where everyone’s dream can come true—a city that’s a hub of opportunity for every individual in every neighborhood," Walsh told his jubilant followers at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.  "A city for all of us. That’s what the next four years will be about."

Walsh has gained national attention this year for his fierce advocacy of immigrant rights in the United States.

"Immigrants seeking a better life choose Boston," he said to his followers on election night. "They risk everything to come to our city. I will always have their back."

Here is a list of Irish-American mayors of Boston dating back to 1885, when Hugh O'Brien was the first Irishman elected to the office of mayor. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tourism Group Offers Free Tickets to AIG Fenway Hurling Classic & Irish Festival at Fenway Park, November 19

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away 25 free pairs of tickets to the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, supported by Aer Lingus, taking place on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Boston.  Gates open at 11 a.m. and the final match takes place at 3 p.m.

Enter the contest here, and we'll notify the winners on Friday, November 17.

Or, order your tickets online now to make sure you're part of this amazing annual event.  There are also special packages for hotel rates and opportunities to meet the players.  Fans are able to get a 10% discount on Aer Lingus flights to attend the match.

This year's hurling competition debuts a new three-game tournament championship format, featuring two semi-final matches followed by a final match where two teams go head to head for the championship trophy.  Counties Clare, Dublin, Galway and Tipperary are the teams represented this year.

In addition, families can enjoy an Irish festival of music, dance and fun prior to the competitions right in Fenway Park, one of America's most iconic sporting venues with a distinguished history of hosting Irish sporting events at the park.

Read about Charles Logue, an Irish immigrant from County Derry who built Fenway Park in 1912.  And here is a story on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in 2012.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities taking place in greater Boston at

Feel free to FORWARD this email to Irish organizations interested in this special event. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lonely Planet Names Belfast & Causeway Coast Best Travel Destination in 2018.

Belfast and the Causeway Coast were named the Number One region in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018.  Belfast and the Causeway shared the top ten list with other destinations like Alaska, Kii Peninsula in Japan, and Bahai in Brazil.

Belfast was praised for its world-renowned restaurants, historical sites and the friendliness of people in Northern Ireland.  The Causeway Coast has magnificent castles, seascapes and natural wonders.  The Causeway has been a film location for the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Lonely Planet wrote: 

"From epic landscapes to hip hotels and doomed ships to fine food, Belfast & the Causeway Coast has plenty to attract visitors. Belfast, a city once defined by the Troubles, has a new and compelling energy. Old shipyards are giving way to gleaming new developments, while Victorian architecture and Titanic Belfast ensure history is never far from the surface. To the northwest is the Causeway Coast, a stretch of rugged black basalt and white chalk packed with grandeur and myth. Here, you can devour fine seafood and craft beer, scout out Game of Thrones locations and trace the footprints of giants."

 Tourism Northern Ireland CEO John McGrillen said the recent increase in visitors is the result of “partnership marketing initiatives in the Republic of Ireland highlighting both well-established and new tourism offerings, from Titanic and the Causeway to Seamus Heaney Homeplace and the Game of Thrones tapestry.”

For more information about visiting, go to Discover Northern Ireland.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park Opens in South Boston

Massport  recently joined local elected officials, friends and family of Tom Butler to officially unveil the Thomas J. Butler Memorial Park in South Boston.

Joining Massport CEO Tom Glynn at the event were Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, state Representative Nick Collins, City Councilors Michael Flaherty and Bill Linehan and other local officials, as well as former officials like Ray Flynn, Bill Bulger and Jack Hart.

The park is named to honor Tom Butler of South Boston, who was beloved in his neighborhood for his many decades of community service and charitable deeds to the town.  As Director of External Relations for Massport, Butler was also a well-respected public official who helped mitigate effects of Logan International Airport, Conley Terminal and Cruiseport Boston for the residents who lived nearby those facilities.

"My father acted as a buffer for the  community he served in his capacity at Massport," said his son Tom Butler, Jr. at the ceremony.  "If your team need baseball uniforms, or your kid needed a summer job, or if you were under the (airport) flight could call my dad.  His true passion was helping people on a personal level."

Here is a profile of Tom Butler.

The park is also part of Massport's Thomas Butler Freight Corridor, a .6 mile roadway which was built to keep 400-500 container trucks off East First Street and portions of Summer Street in South Boston.

The 4.5 acre park contains a path for runners and walkers, trees and flowers, seating and lighting, bike racks and a separately enclosed dog park.  It is part of Massport's initiative for open spaces.

Find more profiles of Irish-American community leaders here.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Inroads Ireland - Tours off the Beaten Path in 2018

Inroads Ireland, a Seattle-based travel company, offers a number of customized, unique tours of Ireland each summer and fall. 

Founded and operated by the husband-wife team of Carolyn Janette and Phil Ryan, Inroads Tours run from May through October 2018 and are divided into three segments: Go North, Go South, Go West.

You can find details of the 2018 tours with dates here.

Read more about Exploring Ireland here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Irish Cultural Centre Holds 27th annual Golf Tournament on October 23

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England is holding its 27th annual Golf Tournament at the Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The golf tournament raises funds for year-round programming at the Cultural Centre. It is described as a day of golf, with music, raffles and a dinner afterwards.

Opened in 1989, the 46 acre Irish Cultural Centre represents the Irish and Irish-American community year round, with regular cultural activities including music, dancing, theatre and lectures; a Irish pub and Irish cottage on site, and playing fields for Gaelic sports such as hurling, camogie and football.

Find out more about the Centre here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Getting to Know the Island of Ireland

Tourism Ireland has created a new online film to highlight some of the many wonderful and unique locations that international visitors can enjoy throughout the island of Ireland.

From the Wild Atlantic Way and Northern Ireland, to Ireland’s Ancient East, Belfast and Dublin, there is so much for visitors to enjoy about Ireland. 

The film is being promoted through Tourism Ireland’s social platforms, including Facebook (4 million + fans worldwide), Twitter (440,500+ followers) and YouTube.

In 2016, Ireland welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.3 billion.

For stories and information about going to Ireland from the New England region, read these stories on Ireland

For  full details on visiting Ireland, go to

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail from Boston Common, October 21

The final guided tour this season of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, starting at the Boston Common Visitor Center.

The tour is led by seasoned guide Ted Kulik, who covers ten stops along the trail that encompass over 300 years of Irish history in Boston.  Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for seniors, students and military.  You can purchase your ticket at the Visitor Information Center front counter prior to the tour.

The 90 minute walk takes you through Boston Common, past the State House, Old Granary Burying Ground, down School Street, and over to City Hall and Faneuil Hall.

The Irish Heritage Trail was created by Boston Irish Tourism Association as a way of sharing the illustrious history of the Irish in Boston from colonial times to the present.

Find more about the Irish Heritage Trail here.

For more details on the October 21 tour, contact Colette at BITA.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Harpist Patrick Ball Performs at Blackstone River Threatre on October 14

Renowned Celtic Harpist Patrick Ball is performing "A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country" at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Tickets to the show are $15 and can be purchased at the venue the night of the show.

Ball's show about the Irish poet W. B. Yeats combines the age-old traditions of storytelling, poetry and verse, and music  and dance.  Yeats, founder of Ireland's National Theatre, delved deeply into the culture of Ireland's peasantry when shaping his body of work, which helped him win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit

Monday, October 9, 2017

Boston College Celebrates the Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music on October 12

Séamus Connolly, a 10-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and former Sullivan Artist in Residence at Boston College, returns to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the acclaimed Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music launched by the BC Libraries. Connolly will describe how his project—a digital collection that pays tribute to his early traditional music mentors—came together.

The event takes place starting at 6 p.m. at the Cadigan Alumni Center at 2121 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.  Admission is $20 and registration is online

The evening will feature live music performances by Jimmy and Séamus Noonan on flute and tin whistle; Séamus Connolly on fiddle; and Shannon and Matt Heaton on vocals, flute, and guitar.

Find out about Irish cultural activities year round in Boston at

Norwegian Air Service from Providence Profiles the Rhode Island Irish Connection

Graphic Courtesy of Providence Journal

 There is significant joy around Southern New England these days, since T.F. Green International Airport in Providence became a regional hub from for travel to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.  The launch of Norwegian Air’s new service from Providence gave New Englanders a direct path to Belfast, Cork, Shannon, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Find information about fall and winter Norwegian Air flights to Ireland and the UK
It turns out the Providence airport is ideally located to meet the ongoing needs of travelers looking for direct service at low cost.   T.F. Green is “an access point for a huge part of the Northeastern U.S.,” industry analyst Michael Boyd told the Providence Journal this spring.  According to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, 64% of New Englanders live within 75 miles of Green.

Rhode Island – an Irish State

Rhode Island ranks fifth in the country in terms of Irishness, with 17.9% of residents claiming Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. Census.  Those routes go back to the early days of the Thirteen Colonies.  In the 18th century, Ireland’s great political thinker George Berkeley settled in Middletown, RI from 1729 until 1732.  His initial plan was to build a college to teach Indian children. 

Then in the19th century waves of Irish immigrants moved here, drawn by the bustling seaport of Newport.  Irish laborers built Fort Adams, a massive project that lasted from 1824 until 1857.

Today, Middletown, Narragansett, Charlestown, Scituate and Jamestown still have large Irish-American populations.

Culturally, there is plenty of traditional Irish music around Providence, led by fiddle ace Jimmy Devine and Irish step dancers like Tir na Nog.  And the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland brings in top Irish traditional bands, including Lunasa, Karen Casey and Cherish the Ladies.

Newport has perhaps the most vibrant expression of Irish heritage today.  Last March it celebrated its 40th annual Irish Heritage Month, with dozens of Irish-themed events, lectures, exhibits and a parade.  It has its own Museum of Newport Irish History in the Fifth Ward, “a working-class neighborhood sandwiched between Newport’s commercial waterfront and the opulent Oceanside mansions of the rich and famous,” according to travel writer Christopher Klein.

And since 2002, Newport also has a sister city connection to the seaport city of Kinsale in County Cork, known as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.  The two cities have a novel chef exchange whereby chefs from each city visit their counterparts in alternate years, according to Kathryn Farrington, vice president of marketing for Discover Newport.

Best of all, Rhode Island is centrally located, with Cape Cod, Boston and New York all within easy driving distance.  But chances are, when you get to Rhode Island, you’ll want to stay awhile, like the Irish have been doing for many centuries.

Find out more about visiting Rhode Island

For more about the Irish community in New England, visit

A version of this story appeared in the summer issue of BITA's Travel & Culture Guide

Friday, October 6, 2017

JFK Library Screening New Documentary, "John Hume in America: In the Name of Peace, on October 10

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum is airing a new documentary entitled, "In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

The screening has been named an "Event of the Week" by Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The screening is followed by a discussion between filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who was the Northern Ireland envoy during the Clinton Administration.  Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen is moderator.

Former U.S. Senator Paul Kirk introduces the documentary and discussion.

Here is a schedule of upcoming forums at the JFK Library.

For year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Win Tix to See Irish Singer Tommy Fleming at Larcom Theatre on October 8


World-renowned Irish singer-songwriter Tommy Fleming is performing at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.   It is his only New England appearance and is a concert not to be missed!

BITA is offering a pair of tickets, courtesy of our friends at Larcom Theatre, to see the show.  Enter to win here, then check back on Friday, October 6, as we announce the winner.

Or you can purchase tickets online to avoid the suspenseful wait!

Tommy’s unique and powerful voice has brought him worldwide recognition on sold-out tours in Ireland, UK, US, Australia and Japan. He has that distinctive Irish ability to perform live across a wide range of music with equal mastery – from traditional songs like Danny Boy and Isle of Innisfree to contemporary classics like You Raise Me Up and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Larcom Theater in downtown Beverly is one of the small venue gems in Massachusetts. Built in 1912 during the Vaudeville era, the Larcom is a perfect setting to capture Mr. Fleming’s impeccable sound.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Win Tix to See Irish Play, Star of the Sea, at Fine Arts Center in Amherst, October 3-4

Galway-based Moonfish Theatre presents the critically-acclaimed play, Star of the Sea at the UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst.

Win a pair of tickets to see the play from the Boston Irish Tourism Association; enter to win here and check back on Monday, October. 3.  Or, you can purchase tickets directly online.

Performed in Irish and English, audiences are invited to experience Irish as a theatrical language, translated continuously through subtitles, movement and song – completely accessible to non-Irish speakers. There will be a Question & Answer session with the company after each performance.

Here is a trailer to the play.

The play is adapted from  Joseph O'Connor's best-selling novel about passengers on a ship, Star of the Sea, that sets sail from Ireland to America in 1847, the height of the Irish Famine.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Master Bodhran Player Mance Grady Teaching at the Irish Cultural Centre this Fall

Bodhran master player and maker Mance Grady is teaching a five-week course on playing the Irish drum at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, beginning September 22, 2017.

A beginner course runs from 7-8 p.m., followed by an Intermediate/Advanced class from 8-9 p.m.  Tuition is $125 for ICC members and $140 for non-members. 

A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award for his bodhran playing, Mance is also the first American endorsed by NEA to teach the bodhran in the United States. 

In addition to being an ace player, Mance is also recognized as a respected instrument maker who has made dozens of drums over the past four decades.  

To reserve a spot in the class, call the ICC at 781 821-8291.  

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Blackstone River Theatre Presents the Johnson Girls and Jon Campbell on September 16

The Johnson Girls, a renowned female, a capella group performing sea shanties and folk songs, are performing at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The group is joined by popular Rhode Island singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jon Campbell

Tickets to the show are $18 at the door.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Wix Tix to Red Hot Chilli Pipers at The Cabot on September 28

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to attend the Red Hot Chilli Pipers performance at The Cabot in Beverly on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Enter the contest here, then check back on September 26 to see if you've won.

Or, you can order tickets directly to the show and avoid the suspense!

Here is a schedule of upcoming events at The Cabot, one of greater Boston's fine refurbished theaters, perfect for musical performances of all types.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Final Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail is Sunday, August 27

Boston Irish Tourism Association is conducting its final guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2017.   Find full details here.

The tour starts at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, which is run by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Tickets can be purchased at the Center the day of the tour, which is being led by seasoned Boston tour guide Ted Kulik.

Irish sailor Patrick Carr - one of the Boston Massacre victims buried at Old Granary.

Created in 1994, Boston's Irish Heritage Trail tells the illustrious story of the city's Irish community, from the 18th century to the present.  It includes war heroes, politicians, sculptors, poets and immigrants who contributed to the life of Boston.

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