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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Gives State of the City Address on January 15, 2019

Mayor Walsh State of the City Address in 2019
(Image Courtesy of BNN News)
Mayor Marty Walsh gave his annual State of the City address to at Boston Symphony Hall on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The Mayor reviewed the City Of Boston’s progress and presented his 2019 agenda before an auditorium of Boston residents, business leaders, elected officials and community activists. 
Watch the live stream of the speech here:

Here is an annotated transcript of Walsh's speech from The Boston Globe. 
The 50 year old son of Irish immigrants from Connemara, County Galway, was first elected in November 2013.  Since then he has become one of the state's most popular politicians who has built a solid record in affordable housing, economic development, arts & culture, immigrant rights and opportunities for all Boston residents. 
Here is a list of Irish-American mayors of Boston dating back to 1885, when Hugh O'Brien was the first Irishman elected to the office of mayor. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fellswater, Celtic Band, Performing at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, January 12

Fellswater, a dynamic Celtic 8-piece ensemble based out of Boston, performs at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  

Tickets are $16 in advance by calling 401 725-9272 or $18 at the door.  

Fellswater is known for playing a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions, drawing from the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. 

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre this winter.  

Find out more about Irish activities in New England by visiting

2019 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts & Rhode Island

Cape Cod St Patrick's Parade

(BOSTON) -- The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) today released its 2019 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 9 with the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and ends on Sunday, March 24 with the newly announced St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Weymouth.  Among the highlights this year: Abington is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the premier parades in New England.

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. 

In addition, Ireland's St. Patrick's Day festivities in Dublin run from March 14-18.

Here is information on other New England Irish activities in March 2019. 

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. Past issues can be viewed in our archive.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

President Kennedy's City on a Hill Speech at the Massachusetts State House

On January 9, 1961, newly elected U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his farewell speech to the Massachusetts Legislature as he departed for Washington D.C. to be sworn in as the nation's 35th president.

He vowed to carry the characteristics that shaped him in Massachusetts, where "leaders shaped our destiny long before the great Republic was born.  Its principles have guided our footsteps in times of crisis as well as in times of calm.  Its democratic institutions including this historic body have served as beacon lights for other nations as well as our sister states.....

"For what Pericles said to the Athenians has long been true of this commonwealth - 'We do not imitate, for we are a model to others....'

"The enduring qualities of Massachusetts - the common threads woven by the pilgrim and the puritan, the fisherman and the farmer, the Yankee and the immigrant, and will not be and could not be forgotten in this nation's executive mansion.  they are an indelible part of my life, my convictions, my view of the past and my hopes for the future....

"I have been guided by the standard John Winthrop set before his shipmates on the flagship Arabella 331 years ago, as they, too, faced the task of building a new government on a perilous frontier. 'We must always consider,' he said. 'That we shall be as a city upon a hill — the eyes of all people are upon us.' Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us.”
Listen to the entire speech from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library archives.

Read more about the 
Kennedy legacy in Massachusetts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

30th Annual Boston Wine Festival Features 50 Wines from around the World

Chef Daniel Bruce at the Boston Wine Festival

Now in its 30th season, the 2019 Boston Wine Festival, held at Boston Harbor Hotel, features top winemaker Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife Olive, who travel from South Africa to debut their winery's latest wine.

The festival runs from January 11 to March 29, 2019.

In total, guests can sample more than 50 wines from around the world, paired with savor selections from Chef Daniel Bruce's culinary creations.

Here is a schedule at this year's Boston Wine Festival, 

Read more about Boston Harbor Hotel here, and a profile of BHH's General Manager Stephen Johnston.