Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
The Irish Cultural Centre of New England has a special screening of the new film, Black '47 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the venue.
Prior to the film screening is a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 3 p.m., with entertainment by Jinty McGrath.
Released in 2018, Black '47 is set in Ireland during the Irish Famine of the 1840s. The plot involves an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad. When her returns, he learns that his mother has died of starvation and that his brother was hanged by the sheriff. He goes on a path of revenge.
Find more events at the Irish Cultural Centre coming into the Christmas season.
For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
Monday, October 29, 2018
The John F. Kennedy President Library & Museum presents Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The Hanneke Cassel Band is performing at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018.
Tickets are $18 in advance, or $22 at the venue the day of the concert.
Featuring National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel, the band also includes Mike Block on cello and guitarist/vocalist Keith Murphy. They are part of the thriving acoustic music scene in greater Boston and throughout New England.
Here is a calendar of upcoming events at Blackstone River Theatre.
Find year round details on Irish and cultural activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Irish Cultural Centre of New England is presenting the film, Mother & Baby at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2019.
The 19 minute documentary focuses on the Tuam Mother & Baby Home in Galway. The film is produced by Ishka Films and funded by the Irish Film Board.
Written and directed by Mia Mullarkey, Mother & Baby has won several awards, including:
- Best Short Documentary - Cork International Film Festival
- Best Irish Short Film - Dublin International Film Festival
- Discovery Award - Dublin International Film Festival
Here is a calendar of upcoming events at the Irish Cultural Centre, located on Route 138 in Canton, Massachusetts.
For year round information on Irish activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Brendan Griffin,Ireland's Minister of Tourism & Sports, Describes Why Ireland is a Hot Visitor Destination in 2019
Minister Griffin also touches upon Ireland's UNESCO sites, the Titanic Museum and hotels in Belfast, distilleries and micro-breweries throughout Ireland, golf tourism. See the video here:
See Part Two of the interview here.
For more information about Ireland's marketing efforts in North America, visit TourismIreland.com.
Read more stories about traveling to Ireland at IrishMassachusetts.com.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
ArtsEmerson in Boston is presenting Shakespeare's famous play, Measure for Measure, at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre on October 24-28, 2018. Directed by legendary Declan Donnellan, this is a unique collaboration between Moscow's Pushkin DramaTheatre and London's Cheek by Jowl Theatre.
The son of Irish parents living in England, Donnellan is co-founder of Cheek by Jowl Theatre.
Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Enter the contest here. You can also reserve your tickets online to make sure you see one of the highlights of Boston's fall theater season.
Here is a schedule of upcoming ArtsEmerson performances.
For year round information on cultural events in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
The Irish Cultural Centre of New England has an exciting academy of educational courses this fall and winter at its 46 acre campus in Canton, Massachusetts.
Among the courses being offered:
. Irish language classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced, every Wednesday through November 16
. Irish history class on Sinn Fein and the Irish War of Independence every Thursday through November 1
. Bodhran (drum) instruction Friday evenings, beginning February 23, 2019
. Set dancing for adults, every Monday night throughout the year
. Fiddle, Accordion and Tin Whistle classes beginning October 21.
Find out more about the Irish Cultural Centre here.
For year round details on Irish activities throughout New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Blackstone River Theatre is presenting the acclaimed Rhode Island-based Bohemian Quartet at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Tickets to the show are $16 in advance and $18 at the door.
Featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass, the Quartet specializes in music of the "Romani" or "Gypsy" tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. The group was formed in 2005. The name was borrowed from the original Bohemian Quartet (also known as the Czech Quartet after 1918), a string quartet of international repute that was founded in 1891 and disbanded in 1934. Both groups share a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romani tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre.
The Quartet's third CD project "For You" was released at Blackstone River Theatre last year.
Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre this fall and winter.
For year round cultural activities in New England, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
Monday, October 8, 2018
The John F. Kennedy President Library presents Academy Award nominated filmmaker Rory Kennedy to discuss her new film, Above & Beyond: NASA's Journey to Tomorrow. The event, part of the JFK Forum series, takes place on Tuesday, October 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Register here.
The discussion moderator is Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR and WBUR's On Point. The event is presented in conjunction with the 2018 GlobeDocs Film Festival and HUBweek.
Here is a schedule of upcoming Forum events this fall at JFK Library.
Find year round information on cultural, literary and educational activities in greater Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Friday, September 28
Friday - Sunday, September 28-30
Hamnet (runs through October 7)
Emerson Paramount Theatre
"The fall season in greater Boston and indeed New England is rich in cultural performance, as typified by these two entertaining shows, Hamnet and Celtic Thunder," said Colette Quinlin of BITA. "Visitors and locals alike can enjoy these and other great shows coming up in the coming months."
Here is a calendar of October and November cultural events promoted by BITA.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Boston Irish Tourism Association and ArtsEmerson are giving away two pairs of tickets to Hamnet: Dead Center, an amazing play in which Shakespeare's only son takes center stage.
The tickets are available the weekend of September 28-30 or the weekend of October 6-7. Enter the contest here. You can also purchase tickets online for any of the shows, from September 20 through October 7, 2018.
Find year round Irish events in greater Boston by visiting IrishBoston.org.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Find more Irish/Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Read more about the Blackstone River Theatre and its Executive Director Russell Gusetti.
Find more Irish/Celtic events in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Started in 1973 by Boston Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler, these concerts take place in the magical atmosphere of world-famous Symphony Hall that is beautifully decorated to evoke all the magic and charm of the season.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Rockport Music presents Brian O'Donovan's Celtic Roots & Branches concert at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachusetts. Tickets to the show are available online.
For this year’s concert, O’Donovan presents a range of traditional and contemporary artists from around the Celtic world, including singers, dancers, and virtuoso instrumentalists. They’ll be playing a mix of traditional tunes and more contemporary songs from the Celtic tradition, as well as some French Canadian, Acadian, Appalachian, Balkan, and American tap music.
Among the artists: Robbie O'Connell & Rose Clancy; Keith Murphy; Joey Abarta; Haley Richarson and dancers Kevin Doyle and Evelyn Miller.
Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts presented by Rockport Music.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Norwegian Air has direct flights this summer from T.F.Green Airport in Providence RI to Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon.
Read the full story in Travel & Culture Magazine, published by Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA), as well as stories about what to do in Ireland when you arrive.
Also, read about Rhode Island's Irish community.
You can read the summer issue of Travel & Culture online, or pick up a free copy at visitor kiosks, Irish venues and museums in New England.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Rockport Music presents the Canadian Celtic folk rock band, Enter The Haggis, in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 8 p.m. on July 19. Tickets are available online or at the venue.
Based in Toronto, the band has released eight studio albums. Their original songs such as One Last Drink, Down with the Ship and Gasoline have become folk rock anthems.
Here is a schedule of concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport this summer.
Find year round details on Irish and Celtic activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Boston's Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled before a crowd of 7,000 people on Sunday, June 28, 1998 at the corner of School and Washington Street along Boston's Freedom Trail and Irish Heritage Trail.
The $1 million Memorial commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine which occurred in Ireland between 1845-1849, killing nearly one million people and forcing another two million people to emigrate to Boston, New York, Halifax and other eastern seaboard cities.
The memorial project was headed by the late Thomas J. Flatley, along with Michael Cummings and others from the Boston community.
At the time of the memorial's unveiling, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson wrote, "I hope people who come here reflect on the survivors. And remember, we are the survivors of the survivors."
Since Boston's Irish Famine Memorial was unveiled, other memorials to the Famine generation were unveiled in Lawrence, Charlestown, MA, and Providence, RI.
For year round details on Boston's Irish cultural community, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is offering a guided tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail at 10 a.m. this Saturday, June 23, 2018, led by tour guide Ted Kulik, an expert on local history.
The tour begins at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common and covers 10 stops along the Trail. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and military. Children under 12 go free when accompanied by a parent. Fill out the reservation form here, or purchase your ticket the day of the tour at the VIC.
See video from Chronicle/WCVB5 ABC on the origins of the Trail and what's on it.
The Irish Heritage Trail was created in 1994 and covers over 300 years of Boston Irish history, from colonial Irish like Governor James Sullivan and Boston Massacre victim Patrick Carr, to 19th Century Civil War heroes and the Famine generation, to 20th century political leaders, builders and social activists.
BITA's Travel & Culture magazine has a full map of the trail in its summer issue, available for free at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center and other outlets around Boston.
Find year round details on Boston's Irish community at IrishBoston.org.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
History is replete with stories about refugees from around the world coming to Boston, Massachusetts, seeking help from tragedies of historic proportions that were too massive for them to face. Very often they were poorly received, as locals feared the burden these immigrants would have on society.
One of the most compelling chapters in the city's history involves Irish immigrants who fled Ireland in the 1840s, fleeing starvation, disease and death.
Many of these refugees fled to Boston, where they arrived, traumatized and ill, having lost parents and children, neighbors and friends.
The Famine is also a reminder that refugees are still leaving their homelands to escape certain death, and that humanitarian crises in our lifetime must be solved by those who can.