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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Boston Mayor Walsh Being Honored in Galway, Ireland May 11-14



Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is visiting Ireland this month to meet with Irish officials and to reaffirm “Boston’s important economical and cultural ties to Ireland.”

In addition, Walsh will receive several ceremonial awards, including the unveiling of the Kilkerrin Rock in Galway.

In a press statement issued by his office, Walsh says, "Ireland and the Irish culture hold a special place in my heart, and are a large part of Boston's overall identity as well.  Our economic and cultural ties to Ireland are undeniable, and it's beneficial for Boston to continue to embrace, support and learn from other countries and cities. I'm honored that our work in Boston is being acknowledged overseas."

Among the highlights of the trip:

Friday, May 11: Mayor Walsh Receives the "Freedom Of The City" Award
The "Freedom of the City" is a ceremonial award, given by a local government to those who have served in an exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the City wishes to bestow an honor. In accepting this award, Mayor Walsh joins past recipients such as John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II, John Hume, Hillary Clinton, Richard Daley, Nelson Mandela, Ms. Garry Hynes, President Michael D Higgins and Senator Billy Lawless.

Saturday, May 12: Mayor Walsh Visits the Emigrant Commemorative Centre
Four years after Mayor Walsh helped unveil a stone marker at the site the new Emigrant Commemorative Centre in Carna, Co. Galway is completed, and the Mayor returns to cut the ceremonial ribbon. The Centre educate visitors on the changing face of the rural Gaeltacht area and Galway's rich immigrant history.

Sunday, May 13 - Mayor Walsh Joins Local Officials for Kilkerrin Rock Dedication and Unveiling
Mayor Walsh join local dignitaries in the presentation and dedication of the Kilkerrin Rock in his honor. The rock has been inscribed with the words, "To all of our brothers and sisters who had to leave their families and homes, some never to return, in search of a better life abroad," along with Mayor Walsh's name, the date, and the Irish and US flags intertwined.

Monday, May 14: Mayor Walsh to be Named the First Freeman of Galway County Mayor Walsh is being recognized for his achievements and will be named the first ever Freeman of County Galway, proposed by Connemara area Councillor Sean O' Tuairisg. The title of Freeman is a prestigious honor, ceremonial in name. It is typically bestowed upon visiting dignitaries, celebrities and valued members of the community.


Find out about visiting Ireland



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Norwegian Air Flights from Providence RI to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast This Summer


Norwegian Air is ramping up its summer schedule of direct flights between T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, RI and destinations in Ireland, including:

. five flights a week to Dublin International Airport
. four flights a week to Shannon International Airport
. three flights a week to Cork International Airport
. two flights a week to Belfast International Airport

The low-cost fares offered by Norwegian have quickly become popular with New England travelers since the service launched in July 2017. 

On the reverse end, T.F. Green Airport is looking to welcome passengers from Ireland and the UK  to visit Rhode Island, especially summer destinations like Newport and coastal cities and towns.  Irish passengers have quick access to Boston, New York City and all of the New England states.

Read more about this summer's Norwegian flights here.

For more about cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.



Saturday, April 7, 2018

Gothard Sisters Perform at Blackstone River Theatre in Rhode Island on Saturday, April 7


The Gothard Sisters perform at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Tickets to the show are $24 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 401 725-9272. 

Boston Irish Tourism Association rates this show the Concert of the Week on its website.

A dynamic group from the state of Washington, and still based in Seattle, the Gothard Sisters have been performing for ten years. Blending perfect vocal harmonies with lively fiddle, tiny whistle and mandolin, and backed by bodhran, djembe and guitar, the band's sound was described as being like an orchestra by Celtic Beat Magazine.


For year round details of Irish and Celtic activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Hosts Event to Mark the Good Friday Agreement


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate is hosting an event on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, to take place on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Featured speaker is former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who served as the U.S. Special Envoy to Northern Ireland between 1995 and 2001, and was a central player in Ireland's peace process.

Following Senator Mitchell's address, a panel discussion takes place with representatives from the Irish and British Governments, National and Unionist communities and other representatives who will reflect on the peace process, discuss key milestones in the journey, and envision the future of the island of Ireland.

Find year round information on Boston's Irish community at IrishBoston.org



Saturday, March 31, 2018

LOW LILY / THE VOX HUNTERS PERFORM AT BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATER ON MARCH 31


The string and vocal trio Low Lily  performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018.  They are joined by traditional Irish music duo Vox Hunters. 

Tickets to the show are $16 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 401 725-9272. 

Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music.  See Low Lily video here.

Vox Hunters, comprised of Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi, bring an exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs in this concert's first set.


For year round details on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

April Verch Band Performs at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland RI on Saturday, March 24


  


The April Verch Band is performing at the Blackstone River Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  Verch is joined by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist Alex Rubin.

Tickets to the show are $22 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272.

Verch is an excellent fiddler who also step-dances and sings while playing the instrument. The band is performing songs from her 11th album,  The April Verch Anthology.

Blackstone River Theatre is located at 549 Broad Street in CumberlandRI.

Irish Film Festival Boston Taking Place This Weekend at Somerville Theatre



The big weekend is here for this year's Irish Film Festival Boston.  The 2018 festival, which began on March 22, showcases a wealth of amazing movies, shorts and documentaries coming out of Ireland.  Here are the two films over the weekend.


Saturday, March 24 @ 4:30 p.m.
THE FARTHEST
Global Vision Documentary Award Winner
The Farthest celebrates the magnificent Voyager, a spacecraft that is out in the galaxy and will be for millions of years, bearing images and life on Earth.
2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Emer Reynolds is attending this screening.


Sunday, March 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
NOEL HILL - BROKEN DREAM
Directed by Paddy Hayes, Broken Dreams is a searing portrait of one of Ireland’s most renowned traditional musicians, concertina player Noel Hill, as he recovers from a serious assault that left him a battered shadow of his former self.
2017/Ireland (122 mins) | Director: Paddy Hayes

For year round details on Irish culture in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Oceans of Hope by Celtic Nights On-State at The Cabot on March 24




The Cabot in Beverly, is presenting "Oceans of Hope" by Celtic Night, a special show that captures the essence of the Irish Diaspora, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.  Click here to enter the contest, and check back on March 22 to see if you're a winner.

Or, you can buy your tix online now to guarantee your seats to this powerful saga of immigrants moving across oceans to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is a journey of hope, conveyed through song, music, dance and narration.

The originators of Oceans of Hope call it “the story of people moving across Oceans from all the nations to free themselves from hunger, war, persecution and famine to find a better place. This is their story told through Irish eyes…..Oceans of Hope is not only about the past, it’s about now and the future.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at The Cabot


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Greater Boston Stage Company Presents "The Irish & How They Got That Way" through March 25


In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham presents "The Irish And How They Got That Way," a musical celebration of Irish heritage. Created by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), the revue is a celebration of a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life.

McCourt’s wit, insight and boundless love for the Irish are underscored by music extending from Irish folk ballads to World War II standards, and beyond. Original musical arrangements by Rusty Magee. Presented by special arrangement with The Irish Repertory Theatre Company, Inc.

The show runs through March 25, with multiple performances, including matinees.

For year round information on Irish culture in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Young Irelanders in Concert at Rogers Center, Merrimack College on March 18



The Young Irelanders, an ensemble of top traditional Irish musicians, singers and dancers, is giving a concert at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

Tickets to the performance are available online or at the venue the day of the concert.

The Young Irelanders group is assembled each year by the Irish Cultural Academy, and consists of champion artists on their instruments and in dancing. 

Find year information on Irish cultural events in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Win Tix to the Chieftains Concert at Lynn Auditorium on March 18



The Chieftains, one of Ireland's premier traditional music ensembles, perform at the Lynn Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the show.  Enter the contest here and check back on Saturday to see the winner.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to take a chance to miss seeing this incredible show, then you can purchase tix online here.

Six time Grammy winners, The Chieftains, are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. Here is a story on The Chieftains in Irish America Magazine. 

Click here for a full schedule of upcoming concerts at The Lynn Auditorium.

Win Tix to See St. Patrick's Celtic Sojourn in Harvard Square on March 17

Maeve Gilchrist


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a free pair of tickets to see the matinee show of St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn at Saunders Theatre in Cambridge on Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m.

Enter the contest here and check back as we announce the winner on Friday afternoon, March 16.

Or, purchase tickets online today to enjoy one of the most popular St. Patrick's concerts in New England year after year. 

This year's line-up features top traditional music ensemble Open the Door, Scottish harpist and Berklee grad Maeve Gilchrist, concertina champion Brenda Castles and Newfoundland guitar master Keith Murphy.

Find year round information on Irish and Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.


Chronicle Airs Segment on Boston's Irish Heritage Trail + Other Irish Stories


Chronicle, the popular nightly television program on WCVB-TV Channel Five, devoted its March 14, 2018 show to a feature called the Airing of the Green as a lead-up to St. Patrick's Day weekend.

One segment features Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, a walking trail of  20 sites created by author Michael Quinlin.  The Chronicle segment visited several of the sites, including the Rose Kennedy Garden, statues of Mayors Kevin White and James Michael Curley, the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Old City Hall, the Omni Parker House, Old Granary Burying Grounds, Shaw Memorial, Massachusetts State House, Commodore John Barry plaque, Copley Square, the Boston Public Library and Fenway Park.

View the video here.

Chronicle also covered other local Irish topics, such as the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, photographer Bill Brett, milliner Marie Galvin and the Harney Academy of Irish Dance led by champion dancer Liam Harney.

You can take a guided tour of ten stops along the Boston Irish Heritage Trail over St. Patrick's Day weekend.

For more about the Irish community in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Win Tix to see Celtic Sojourn Concert at The Cabot in Beverly this Thursday, March 15

Open the Door

Thanks to our friends at The Cabot in Beverly, Boston Irish Tourism Association is happy to give away a pair of free tickets to see the show, A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn, with WGBH radio host Brian O'Donovan, on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Enter the contest here and submit the form.  We'll notify winners on Wednesday, March 14.

Or, you can purchase tickets online to see this fantastic show at The Cabot, a great concert venue with a distinguished history as a vaudeville theater.  Read about The Cabot here

This year's show is terrific, with top traditional music ensemble Open the Door, Scottish harpist and Berklee grad Maeve Gilchrist, concertina champion Brenda Castles and Newfoundland guitar master Keith Murphy.

Find year round information on Irish and Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Edward M. Kennedy Institute Presents Author Maurice Fitzpatrick on March 12




On Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m., the Edward M. Kennedy Institute presents author and filmmaker Maurice Fitzpatrick to speak about his new book, John Hume in America: From Derry to D.C.  The book traces Hume’s historic role leveraging Irish-America and U.S. politics to become Ireland’s greatest peace-maker. 

Admission is free but registration is required. 

In a moderated conversation, Fitzpatrick will discuss the threads of Hume’s philosophy of non-violence, his political vision and sense of diplomacy, and efforts to engage American politicians to help create a framework for peace in Northern Ireland.

Find more about Irish activities at IrishMassachusetts.com.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Delta Resumes Boston-Dublin Route in May 2018




New England travelers heading to Ireland in 2018 are excited by having Delta Air Lines as a prime choice for the second straight summer season! 

Beginning May 24, 2018, Delta resumes its daily nonstop service between BostonLogan InternationalAirport and Dublin International Airport.

Traveling from Terminal A at Logan on Boeing 757-200s, DL154 departs Boston at 9:29 p.m. and arrives in Dublin at 8:45 a.m. the following morning. DL155 departs Dublin at 10:25 a.m. and arrives in Boston at 12:50 p.m.

Read the full story on Delta in the new issue of BITA's Travel & Culture magazine, available for free at Irish venues and tourism outlets in Massachusetts. 

Read about how Delta is growing its presence in Boston to service the New England region. 





Irish Events in Massachusetts, Rhode Island on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dublin Irish Dance

PARADE

Worcester County St. Patrick's Parade, kicks off at noon, corner of Mill and Park. Grand Marshal is Bill Riley, who manages St. John's Panty for the Poor program in Worcester.


MUSIC & CULTURE

Sligo-based traditional Irish band Teada performs at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton at 2 p.m.

Music Worcester Presents Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out at 4 p.m. in Mechanics Hall, Worcester.

The High Kings perform two shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI.

THEATER & LITERARY

Greater Boston Stage Company Presents "The Irish and How They Got That Way" at 2 p.m. in Stoneham.

Lawrence Irish Heritage Month welcomes Penn Rhoden, author of "Peacerunner" at 2  p.m.

Take a self-guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.  Free maps are available at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Tremont Street in downtown Boston.  


Also, read the new issue of Travel & Culture magazine just released and available for free, available at tourism outlets, hotels and cultural venues.  It focuses on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, as well as travel to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Win Tix to See Red Hot Chilli Pipers at Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, March 14



The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - featuring some of best Scottish musicians in the world - bring their infectious style of feel good music to St. Patrick's Day season.  The Pipers perform on Wednesday, March 14 at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH.

You can win a free pair of tickets to the show from Boston Irish Tourism Association.  To enter to win, click on the contest page, and submit your entry.  Check back on Monday, March 12 to see if you are the winner.

Or, purchase your tickets online to make sure you catch this unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes -
like The Flowers of Scotland, The Hills of Argyll, and Amazing Grace -- and contemporary anthems like Queen’s We Will Rock You, Clocks by Coldplay, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water, and AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.

Find more about St. Patrick's Day activities at IrishMassachusetts.com





Irish Events in Massachusetts & Rhode Island, Saturday, March 10


Check out these great Irish events on Saturday,  March 10, 2018 compiled by the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA).

 PARADES

The Cape Cod St Patrick's Parade begins at 11 a.m. this morning at Skull Island on Route 28 in S. Yarmouth.  Weatherman Mike Kelley is this year's grand marshal. 

The Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at noon at Smith Street and Hill Top Avenue.  Dr. Scott Molly is grand marshal. 

The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. at Amesbury and Common Streets.  Grand marshal is Brian Farrell.

MUSIC & CULTURE

Karan Casey

The Irish Balladeers perform at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at 10:30, a free show for children and families. 

Renowned Irish singer Karan Casey performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. this evening. 

LITERARY & HISTORY
Irish Heritage Trail 

Author Penn Rhoden discusses his book, Peacerunner, about Connecticut Congressman Bruce Morrison, at 2 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Take a self-guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.  Free maps are available at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Tremont Street in downtown Boston.  


Also, read the new issue of Travel & Culture magazine just released and available for free, available at tourism outlets, hotels and cultural venues.  It focuses on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, as well as travel to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland

For historical context, visit Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Travel & Culture Spring Guide Highlights New England Irish and Travel to Ireland


(BOSTON) -- Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Boston Irish Tourism Association(BITA) has issued its 2018 annual spring issue of Travel & Culture magazine, a compendium of parades and festivals, concerts and dances, literary and film events and other cultural activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England.

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues in Massachusetts and is available in online digital format. Pick up a free copy here.



This issue has stories on Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart and the Pops spring season; Ryan Kelly, original member of the hit group, Celtic Thunder; and local promoters Brian O’Donovan, Russell Gusetti, Sue Auclair and Dawn Morrisey.  It provides a roundup of St. Patrick’s Day parades in New England and hundreds of cultural activities taking place through the spring.

The spring issue includes a section on traveling to Ireland in 2018, with a story on road trips around Ireland this spring, and a round up of the best literary festivals through the summer.  Delta’s second season direct route between Boston and Dublin is featured along with Norwegian’s expanded direct routes from Providence to DublinCork, Shannon and Belfast.

Finally, the Guide includes a walking map of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail, and a directory of selected cultural organizations, hotels and pubs, gift shops and travel agencies in Massachusetts and Ireland.

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ABOUT BOSTON IRISH TOURISM ASSOCIATION
BITA was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round and to strengthen travel ties between New England and Ireland.  It publishes three issues per year of Travel & Culture Guide in March, June and November.   BITA is creator of Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which highlights Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state.

For further details on Irish parades, festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities and hospitality amenities, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dublin Irish Dance - Stepping Out at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on March 11


Music Worcester is staging the popular show Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out at Mechanics Hall in Worcester at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018. 

Win a free pair of tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association, or purchase your tickets online to ensure you don't miss this great show. 

Stepping Out celebrates the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music, showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance.

Here is a calendar of upcoming shows from Music Worcester.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Free Celtic Concert Tickets in March from Boston Irish Tourism Association

Young Irelanders

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is offering readers the chance to win free concert tickets to upcoming music and dance shows in New England during the St. Patrick's Day season.

Here is a list of the performers and venues in March:

Dublin's Irish Dance "Stepping Out" at Mechanics Hall in Worcester

Red Hot Chilli Pipers at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

St. Patrick's Day A Celtic Sojourn at The Cabot in Beverly 

St. Patrick's Day A Celtic Sojourn at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge

The Chieftains at Lynn Auditorium in Lynn 

The Young Irelanders at the Rogers Center for the Arts at  Merrimack College in N. Andover  

The Irish and How They Got That Way at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stonehan

The Irish Film Festival at Somerville Theatre in Somerville

Celtic Nights - Oceans of Hope at The Cabot in Beverly

You can enter any of these contests by following the instructions - and good luck!  Check back regularly at BITA contests as more concerts are listed.

Here is our March 2018 schedule of cultural activities in New England.

To promote an Irish or Celtic concert at BITA, contact colettequinlin@comcast.net.

For year round details on Irish activities in New England and also traveling to Ireland, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Blackstone River Theatre Presents Runa, O'Connell & Clancy this Weekend, March 3-4


The Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI is kicking off Irish Heritage Month in Rhode Island with two great Irish acts this weekend.

On Saturday, March 3, Runa, a celebrated Celtic music band, performs at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 401 725-9272. The band released its fifth album, "Runa - Live" in 2016, which the Celtic Crier called "an incredible masterpiece."

On Sunday, March 4, Robbie O'Connell and Rose Clancy perform at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 the night of the concert. Robbie is a sought-after guitarist as well as a singer and composer, while Rose is an accomplished fiddle player as well as a fiddle maker and concert promoter.

Here is a full schedule of concerts at Blackstone River Theater this spring.

Find year round details on Irish events in New England at IrishMassachusetts.com.



Friday, March 2, 2018

Irish singer Paul Byrom Performs at Irish Cultural Center in Canton on March 3




Irish tenor Paul Byrom, formerly of Celtic Thunder, performs at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton on Saturday, March 3 2018.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the venue. 

The concert was chosen by Boston Irish Tourism Association as the Event of the Week

Often hailed as Ireland’s premier young tenor and with good reason, the Dublin-born tenor began voice study and training when he was just seven years old. Byrom recorded his first album The Golden Voice as a boy soprano aged 14. Then, debuting in 2007 in Dublin, Celtic Thunder, with which Byrom was a soloist, took the United States by storm, their first three albums reaching the top 10 in the charts. You can catch him live at the ICC as he pursues his new solo career.

See March 2018 calendar of Irish activities taking place in Massachusetts. 






Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bualadh Boston 2018 - Irish Literary Festival, March 2-3

To celebrate Irish Heritage Month in Massachusetts, the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston is hosting Bualadh Boston, a Celebration of Irish literature. It takes place at the Harvard Club in Boston's Back Bay. 
The festival opens on Friday, March 2, with  Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon and US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky discussing poetry. 
On Saturday, March 3, Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen speaks with historian Alvin Jackson, followed by readings by two Irish novelists, Mary Costello and Sally Rooney, introduced by Molly McCloskey. 
For more about St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Massachusetts and New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com

Sunday, February 18, 2018

National Museum of Ireland Launches Online Exhibit of 20th Century Travel Posters


A collection of iconic travel and tourism posters used to promote Ireland during the 20th century is now  available online from the National Museum of Ireland.

View the collection here.

The collection grew from an exhibit in 2007 entitled Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century, curated by the late Dr. Seamas Mac Philib.

Read Boston-based travel stories on Ireland today, and also variety of airlines to take you there.

For more information, visit Ireland.com.


Saturday, February 17, 2018

From Dublin, the Merry Ploughboys Perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on February 24


One of Dublin’s top ballad bands, the Merry Ploughboys return to Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Saturday, February 24, 2018, to help usher in the St. Patrick’s season.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is pleased to give away a pair of tickets to see the show.  Click here to enter, and check back for the winner on February 22.

Or, you can make reservations online to make sure you catch this exciting show that only comes around once a year. 

The five-member band had long been a fixture in Dublin's pub scene - serving as the house band for Johnny Foxes and Taylor's Three Rock before buying a pub, aptly named the Merry Ploughboy, in Rathfarnham, Dublin, in 2006.  They first performed in Worcester in 2010, and have returned several times since for their loyal fans. 

Mechanics Hall, one of the region's great music venues, is being transformed into an Irish pub so the audience can enjoy and get into the spirited live music in an authentic setting.  

The concert is being sponsored by Mechanics Hall along with the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre.

Find year round details on Irish culture in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Guided Tours of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail on St. Patrick's Day Weekend, March 17 & 18


The Boston Irish Tourism Association is offering guided tours of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018.  The 90 minute tour begins each day at 1:30 p.m. at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Tremont Street.  The tour winds its way over three centuries of the Irish experience in Boston, touching on the 18th century Revolutionary War, the 19th century Civil War and Irish Famine periods and 20th century politics.

The tours are led by popular tour guide and local historian Ted Kulik.

Find full details on the Irish Heritage Trail tours here.

Among the historical legends you'll learn about on the tour: Commodore John Barry, the Father of the American Navy; Patrick Carr, an Irish sailor who was one of the five Boston Massacre victims in 1770; Irish-born sculptors Martin Millmore and Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who created some  of the city's finest Civil War monuments; President John F. Kennedy; and various Boston mayors of Irish descent, including James Michael Curley, John Collins, John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald and Kevin White.

Read press release details here.

Founded in 2000, the Boston Irish Tourism Association promotes Irish cultural, literary, social and historical activities throughout the year in New England, while also strengthening travel ties between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the New England states.







Saturday, February 3, 2018

2018 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island


The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its 2018 schedule of St. Patrick’s Day parades taking place in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in March. See parade details here.

The marching season kicks off on Saturday, March 10 with the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and ends on Sunday, March 18, with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Abington, BostonHolyoke and Scituate.  Also included are details of the Irish parade in DublinIreland.

Since one in five residents of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island claim Irish ancestry, the St. Patrick’s Day season is a chance for visitors to explore the state’s rich ethnic culture, history and heritage. 


BITA publishes three issues of Travel & Culture magazine in March, June and November.  The free magazine, available at tourism outlets, hotels and cultural venues, focuses on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, as well as travel to and from Ireland and Northern Ireland

See current issue of Travel & Culture here, or view past issues in the archive.

For historical context, visit Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.




Gaelic Storm - Top Irish Band - Performs at The Cabot on February 15



Gaelic Storm, the award-winning Irish band whose music appeared on the hit movie, Titanic, performs at The Cabot in Beverly, MA on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of tickets to see the show. Click here for a chance to win, courtesy of our friends at The Cabot. The lucky winner will be notified and announced here on Tuesday, February 13, so be sure to check back then for the winning announcement!

Renowned for its live shows and infectious, raucous energy, Gaelic Storm’s blend of traditional Irish music with Celtic rock riffs has delighted fans around the world.  The group is performing from its latest album, Go Climb a Tree, described by the group as ‘contemplative escapism,’ features patriotic anthems, drinking songs, folk songs and plenty of Celtic-inspired instrumentals.

On the road for 20 years, Gaelic Storm is the perfect live performance band, with a loyal following around the world.  Band member Patrick Murphy says, “The fans are the ones that have given us this life. We’re here for them.”

Click here for more upcoming events at The Cabot.

For year round details on Irish culture in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com



Friday, February 2, 2018

Win Tix to See Ronan Tynan at the Palace Theatre on February 10


The inspirational Irish tenor Ronan Tynan performs at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

The international singing star has captivated music lovers around the world with his stunning voice, commanding stage presence and the utter joy he exudes while performing before live audiences. A member of the famed Irish Tenors, Ronan’s solo musical career has been remarkable.  His self-titled album debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart.  Read more about Ronan here.

Boston Irish Tourism Association is pleased to offer its readers 2 pairs of free tickets to this command performance. To enter to win, go to our Contest Page and submit your entry.  We’ll notify the winners on Thursday, February 8, 2018, so be sure to check back for the winning announcement.

Or, you can guarantee your seats and order tickets online now to ensure you don't miss out on this very popular performance.