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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Northern Ireland's Winterfell Festival Being Held at Game of Thrones® Film Location

For fans of TV epic Game of Thrones®, check out the Winterfell Festival on September 16, 2018, along  the coast of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland.  The one-day festival,  on the grounds of the 820-acre Castle Ward estate, doubled as the Stark family ancestral home for most of Season 1 of Game of Thrones.

In addition to walking in the footsteps of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell, festival-goes can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a medieval village, with skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths and weavers at work. Also in store, the King’s Tournament Games, featuring skilled horse-riders performing enthralling film-set stunts and tricks fit for entertaining royalty.

Plenty of ‘Thrones’ costumery, full contact jousting, sword fighting, falconry and medieval fare such as roast hog and venison pie, washed down with cider and ale, add to the atmosphere.

Home to more Seven Kingdoms locations than anywhere else in the world, Northern Ireland has truly earned its title as Game of Thrones® Territory. Those who fancy a full weekend in Westeros, or even longer, can fill their time with an array of ‘Thrones’ related experiences.

Coach tours, medieval banquets, self-guided cycles, sea safaris, archery experiences and even afternoon tea featuring Baratheon bread and Dothraki trifle with mini dragon's eggs – and much more – are all available.

When attending the festival, check out the beautiful locations along the famous Causeway Coastal Route, named with Belfast as Lonely Planet’s No. 1 region to visit in 2018.

Find more information about visiting the island of Ireland.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Rockport Music Presents Celtic Roots & Branches Concert on August 26

Haley Richardson 

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

Enjoy Summer in the City Free Music and Movies at Boston Harbor Hotel

Visitors to Boston and Bostonians themselves can enjoy music, dancing and movies right on Rowes Wharf along the Boston Waterfront, thanks to magnificent Summer in the City series hosted by Boston HarborHotel.

For two decades, Summer in the City has been a special gift to visitors and residents alike, with music on Tuesday (Pop-Soul), Wednesday (Rat Pack Sinatra) and Thursday (Blues Barge), then Friday classic "Movies by Moonlight," a perfect way to relax into the weekend.

The musical line-up is excellent, with some of the region’s top local bands performing.  The series continues through the month and ends on August 31 with a movie screening of Out of Africa starring Meryl Streep.

The Boston Harbor Hotel (BHH) at Rowes Wharf is an exquisite hotel overlooking Boston Harbor. The active wharf is busy in the summer, with regular tours and cruises by Massachusetts Bay Lines and Odyssey Boston.  The food is amazing, thanks to acclaimed Chef Daniel Bruce. Patrons can dine al fresco on Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s patio and Harborwalk Terrace, enjoying delicious food, seasonal cocktails, and unmatched views of Boston Harbor.

BHH is steps away from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, and right on the Boston Harborwalk, a continuous walkway leading to South Boston on one side, and the North End on the other.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Rockport Music Presents Della Mae in Concert on August 15

Rockport Music presents the Nashville-based string band Della Mae at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  Tickets are available online

Since forming in Boston in 2009, Della Mae was named IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015.” The band has traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music. 

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Norwegian Air Flies from Providence RI To Belfast, Cork, Dublin & Shannon

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.