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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Rockport Music Presents "Enter the Haggis" in Concert on July 19


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 Unveiled 20 Years Ago, on June 28, 1998


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

Summer Issue of Travel & Culture Magazine Focuses on Visiting New England and Ireland




(BOSTON) -- This month the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its 2018 summer issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a compendium of Irish festivals and concerts, culinary, cultural and literary activities taking place in Massachusetts and throughout New England.  

The 28-page color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts and is available in digital format online.   It has a shelf life through October 2018. 

In New England, the magazine features outdoor festivals concerts, from Boston to Tanglewood and from Cumberland RI up to Rockport, MA.  Some of the performers at Tanglewood this summer include rock/blues/folk legends James Taylor, Bonnie Rait, Ry Cooder and Emmy Lou Harris.  The Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf continues its Summer in the City series with free concerts Tuesdays through Thursdays, and free movies every Friday through August 31.  

In Ireland, Travel & Culture lists the top festivals across the island through October, include music festivals like the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in August, which draws upwards of 400,000 people. And it has details on the new Norwegian Air direct service from Providence's T. F. Green Airport to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast and Edinburgh.  

BITA is celebrating its 18th 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 also 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 IrishMassachusetts.com



Walk Boston's Irish Heritage Trail this Saturday, June 23

Photo of Kevin White Statue at Faneuil Hall, courtesy of BITA

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

The Irish Were Boston's First Refugees



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. 

News reports describe Irish families huddled in doorways in downtown Boston, begging for food.  A  group of 50 Irish refugees camped out on Boston Common because they had no where to stay.  Many never made it to the mainland, but were held at the quarantine station on Deer Island in Boston Harbor to see if they carried with them typhus or cholera, diseases that later turned up in the crowded tenement buildings along Broad Street and in the North End.

A large number of Irish who made it ashore were eventually sent to the lunatic asylum in South Boston, since they were unable to cope with the tragedy they had experienced.

In June 1998, Boston's Irish community joined with city officials to unveil an Irish Famine Memorial Park in downtown Boston, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this tragic episode in the city's history.  The Memorial remains a stark reminder that many Bostonians today are the descendents of that Irish famine generation. 

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. 

For learn more about this episode in Boston's history, visit the Irish Famine Memorial, on the corner of School and Washington Street in Downtown Boston, a stop along Boston's IrishHeritageTrail.com

To read more about Boston's Irish history from the 17th century to the present, read Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past. 


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Canada's Singer/Songwriter Gordon Lightfoot Performs in Rockport on June 12





Rockport Music presents Gordon Lightfoot, the iconic Canadian troubadour, in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. 

Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the venue. 

The singer/songwriter has left quite a mark over the last 50 years, inspiring thousands of aspiring songwriters to follow in his footsteps. His songs belong squarely in the folk canon, including classics like “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me,” as well as 70’s pop hits like “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Here is a schedule of upcoming folk, pop, World and jazz concerts at Shalin Liu this summer and fall. 

Find more about Irish activities in Massachusetts by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com




Saturday, June 9, 2018

Blackstone River Theatre Solstice Summer Festival takes place on June 16

Fiddler Mari Black

The 8th annual Summer Solstice Festival, presented by the Blackstone River Theatre, takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2017 at Diamond Hill Park in CumberlandRI.  Tickets to the festival are just $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-15, and free for children 5 and under.

You can also enter a contest to win a free pair of tickets from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

The 2018 line-up Includes: The Atwater~Donnelly Trio, Mari Black Celtic Band, Daymark, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, La Croisée D’Antan, Owen Marshall & Jenna Moynihan, Emerald Rae, Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls & Kyle Forsthoff, Kevin Doyle Dance Showcase: From trad to tap, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Irish session led by Bob Drouin  


The Blackstone River Theatre is a year-round cultural arts organization that promotes live music, dance and culture.  Here is a schedule of upcoming events through the fall season.  

Find out about other Irish activities in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com.




Thursday, June 7, 2018


Rockport Music presents Ireland's tenor Ronan Tynan in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center  in Rockport at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  Purchase tickets online or at the performance center.

Tynan is one of America's beloved performers, especially in New England, where Ronan has performed the national anthem at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden and countless concert halls in the region.

"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.

Find year round details on Irish music in New England by visiting IrishMassachusetts.com

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.