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.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018
"If you can perform songs in a specific way that moves an audience to a wonderful memory, you've achieved everything you set out to do as a performer," Ronan said in an interview a few years ago, validating why the Irish vocalist has such a local following.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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
Boston Irish Tourism Association rates this show the Concert of the Week on its website.
Thursday, April 5, 2018
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
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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.
Blackstone River Theatre is located at 549
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.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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.”
Saturday, March 17, 2018
In celebration of Irish Heritage Month, the Greater Boston Stage Company in
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
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
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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
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.