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.