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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Boston Irish Tourism Offers Free Concert Tickets to Top Irish & Celtic Shows in 2018

Celtic Nights 

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 in February and March leading up to the St. Patrick's Day season.

Here is a list of the performers and venues to date:

Ronan Tynan at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH

Gaelic Storm at The Cabot Theatre in Beverly

Dublin's Merry Ploughboys at Mechanics Hall in Worcester

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 with Brian O'Donovan at The Cabot in Beverly

The Chieftains at Lynn Auditorium in Lynn

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

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Norwegian Flights from Providence RI to Ireland, Northern Ireland & Scotland

Read about Norwegian Air's New England  hub - the T. F. Green Airport in Providence, RI. in the current issue of Travel & Culture Guide

Since launching in July 2017, the airline has developed direct flights to a number of cities, including Cork, Shannon and Dublin in Ireland, Belfast in Northern Ireland and Edinburgh in Scotland.  Those flights increase in the spring and summer of 2018, according to the article. 

Read more about Rhode Island's Irish Connections.

The Norwegian planes have an image of Tom Crean on the tailfins of its plane, a tribute to the famous Irish explorer.

Find more stories about traveling between New England and Ireland here.

For more about cultural activities in New England, visit

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Delta to Resume Boston-Dublin Direct Flights in May 2018

Good news for travelers flying between New England and Ireland in 2018: Delta Air Lines will resume its daily nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport and Dublin International Airport on May 24, 2018.

The successful seasonal flights on Boeing 757-200s launched in May 2017, complementing Delta’s existing services to Dublin from New York-JFK and Atlanta.

Boston has long-established ties with Ireland, and we are proud to make Dublin more accessible through this flight,” said Charlie Schewe, Delta’s Director of Sales – New England. “Delta has been flying to Ireland for more than 20 years, and Ireland is now Delta’s fifth-largest European market.”

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.

Passengers traveling on Delta’s Boston service use U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin Airport, completing the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure. When they arrive at Logan Airport in Boston, passengers can readily depart the terminal with minimum wait time.  On arrival at Logan, customers can connect to over 40 destinations within Delta’s extensive North American, Latin American and Caribbean network.


Recent Boston service investments bring Delta to 103 peak-day departures, an increase of nearly 25 percent over the past year making Delta the No. 1 Global Airline in Boston. Delta and its partners will serve 46 total destinations from Boston in 2017, including 17 international destinations and the largest transatlantic network.

Delta is also the No. 1 carrier between Boston and New York, connecting business travelers with the Delta Shuttle, operated by Delta and its connection partner Republic Airline, with hourly service 17 times daily on week days between Logan Airport and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport as well as offering eight daily flights to JFK.

Boston is a strong market. It’s got a strong international opportunity and presence, particularly in Europe,” Delta CEO Edward Bastian told the Boston Business Journal. “Its proximity to New York and the northeast business corridor is significant. It’s a city (where) we started operations in the 1930s through one of our legacy companies. So there’s a long history here.”

Saturday, January 13, 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, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.  Also included are details of the Irish parade in Dublin, Ireland.

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.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Inroads Ireland offers Tours off the Beaten Track in 2018

Looking to explore Ireland this summer off the beaten track?  Then check out Inroads Ireland, a tour company that has been leading tours to Ireland since 2006.  Run by the husband & wife team of Carolyn Janette and Phil Ryan, the Seattle-based company grew from the couple’s own design to find authenticity and unique experiences when they traveled.

See tour dates for 2018.  Please note: these tours sell out quickly. 

Phil, a Dublin native, and Carolyn, originally from Wisconsin, brought their passion and knowledge of travel to bear when forming Inroads Ireland.  Each year they conduct 13 tours between May and September, categorized by Go West, Go South & Go North.  Each of the tours are eight days and seven nights. 

The tours are small – 14 people maximum – and focus on parts of Ireland not often seen in the travel guides.  The couple lead the tours themselves and have many repeat customers who appreciate the personal treatment and intimate knowledge of Irish localities.

Plus, they are experts when it comes to questions about travel visas, what to pack, electrical items, mobile phones and the weather.

For more information on visiting Ireland this summer, read BITA's Travel & Culture Guide online.