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
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It turns out the
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.
Then in the19th century waves of Irish immigrants moved here, drawn by the bustling seaport of Newport. Irish laborers built
, a massive project
that lasted from 1824 until 1857. Fort
Narragansett, Charlestown, Scituate
still have large Irish-American populations.
Culturally, there is plenty of traditional Irish music around
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.
And since 2002,
has a sister city connection to the seaport city of Kinsale in , 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. County Cork
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 IrishMassachusetts.com.
A version of this story appeared in the summer issue of BITA's Travel & Culture Guide.