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Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday Concerts in New England in December, from Pops to Celtic

Boston Irish Tourism Association has compiled a schedule of top concerts taking place in greater Boston and throughout New England this holiday season.  See the list here.

Concerts range from the Boston Pops' Holiday Pops season, which beings December 6 through the entire month, and features Conductor Keith Lockhart and the famous Pops Orchestra, along with special guests such as writer and comedian Seth MacFarlane.

Other highlights include the world-renowned Vienna Boys Choir, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and Dance Prism performing the Nutcracker Suite.

A number of Irish and Celtic concerts are featured, ranging from the Irish Tenors, Lunasa and Chloe Agnew to A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Christmas with the Celts and A Celtic Christmas Celebration with Cherish the Ladies.

Local Irish artists such as Aine Minogue, Rose Clancy, Robbie O'Donnell, Ishna, led by Ciaran Nagle and Tara Novak and Erin's Melody, led by Margaret Dalton.

For children, don't miss the  eight matinee performances of the Boston Pops, featuring a visit from Santa Claus, the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, and a performance of Peter and the Wolf by the National Marionette Theatre.

Find more events, including tree lightings, family activities and more on BITA's December calendar.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Markets in Ireland Welcome the Holiday Season in December

From Dublin to Derry, Ireland is renowned for its Christmas markets each holiday season, with fine food and libations, gifts, holiday carolers and other festivities to usher in the Christmas season.

Read BITA's roundup of six great Christmas markets to check out in Ireland in the coming weeks, plus a couple of other Yuletide traditions the Irish enjoy year year. 

For more information about visiting Ireland, go to

For cultural activities in greater Boston and the New England region, visit

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Win Tix to See Top Celtic Christmas Shows in Massachusetts

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is giving away free pairs of tickets to see three premier Celtic Christmas shows in December.  Go to the BITA contest page here, or click on the individual links below.

Friday, December 7
Christmas with the Celts
The Cabot, Beverly, MA

December 8
The Irish Tenors 
Lynn Auditorium, Lynn, MA

December 18
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Hanover Theatre
Worcester, MA

December 21
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
Boston, MA

Here is a schedule of all Christmas concerts in December 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Tourism Ireland Launches 'Call of the Wild' Campaign

A new social media campaign has been launched to help push the Wild Atlantic Way, as part of a joint initiative between the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
Local people on the Atlantic Way were recently asked to share images and videos of their hidden gems, and the submissions form part of the new Call of the Wild Campaign.
In total, over 4,000 images and videos, from landscapes to food, were shared during the two week campaign using #MyWildAtlanticWay. A selection of entries will now feature in a suite of videos that will be shared domestically and internationally via social media channels. Everyone who got involved had a chance to win a two night getaway along the Wild Atlantic Way, and the overall winner was Genevieve Callander from Galway.
The campaign, which predominantly targets international holidaymakers, will showcase the west coast and is expected to be viewed by over one million targeted social media users.
To launch the initiative, Fáilte Ireland teamed up with eight sports heroes from along the Wild Atlantic Way, from Aidan O’Mahony in Kerry, to David Collins in Galway. Each ambassador shared some of their favourite destinations in the region across their social media accounts.
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Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, said: “People are very proud of the place they live and these videos will give them a chance to showcase their region to their social media contacts, wherever they are, creating an even more personal invitation to visit the Wild Atlantic Way.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Travel & Culture magazine features Christmas Music in New England & Travel to Ireland

(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) has released its winter issue of Travel & Culture, a free magazine that promotes the New England region’s Irish community as well as mainstream cultural events for visitors.

Holiday concerts are featured in this issue, with stories on Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart and the Holiday Pops season, and a round-up of Celtic Christmas shows.  Additionally, St. Patrick’s Day activities are included, from parades and concerts to cultural events.

The “Ireland” section has stories on Irish Christmas markets throughout the country and information on Temple Bar TradFest 2019 with a special interview with organizer Kieran Hanrahan.

Other stories include a profile of Irish Cultural Centre's Dave Barrett as he is honored for his public service to Irish culture and history. There is also travel news on Boston's legendary tourism chief Pat Moscaritolo and Chamber of Commerce chief Jim Rooney's award in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A section on 2019 St. Patrick's Day parades features Abington, celebrating 40 years and Cape Cod, celebrating 14 years.

The full color magazine is distributed free at visitor kiosks and cultural venues throughout Massachusetts.

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 has 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

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

New Film, Black '47, Screens at the Irish Cultural Centre on November 11

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England has a special screening of the new film, Black '47 at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the venue.

Prior to the film screening is a corned beef and cabbage dinner at 3 p.m., with entertainment by Jinty McGrath.

Released in 2018, Black '47 is set in Ireland during the Irish Famine of the 1840s.  The plot involves an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad.  When her returns,  he learns that his mother has died of starvation and that his brother was hanged by the sheriff.  He goes on a path of revenge.

Find more events at the Irish Cultural Centre coming into the Christmas season.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts visit