Search This Blog

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tourism Ireland Unveils new Game of Thrones® Stained Glass to Commemorate Season 8

Tourism Ireland unveiled a giant, stained glass window today (15 April) opposite Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland. The impressive installation is part of a brand new Game of Thrones® campaign – to showcase and celebrate Northern Ireland as Game of Thrones® Territory to millions of fans worldwide. This is the first of six installations to be unveiled over the coming weeks.  

Over the coming weeks – as each episode of the final season airs – six beautifully crafted, freestanding stained-glass windows will be installed across Belfast. Each window will highlight a key House from the show, with a series of panels depicting the most exciting and talked-about moments from the entire saga. The first window, unveiled today, is all about the House Stark.

Each window will be large enough for fans to pose in front of, for photos and selfies, so they can recreate their own Game of Thrones® photo opp. They can then share the photographs on social media and encourage their friends and fellow fans to come and visit Belfast and Northern Ireland and experience it for themselves!

The stained glass panes have been designed by hand illustrators and are being stained by an artist in Bangor. By the end of series eight, the stained glass windows will form a new Game of Thrones® trail, leading fans across the city to the final window at the Titanic Studios, where much of the show has been produced.

Find more about visiting Ireland here. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kevin Burke, Noted Irish Fiddler, Performs at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, April 27

Irish fiddle master Kevin Burke performs at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Tickets to the show are $18 in advanced or $20 at the door.  Call 401-725-9272 for reservations.

A member of the famous Bothy Band in the 1970s, Burke was a founding member of two seminal traditional bands, Open House and Patrick Street in the 1980s.  Then in the 1990s Burke was a member of the legendary Celtic Fiddle Festival, performing around the world.

Burke also enjoys a distinguished solo career as a fiddler, and has received numerous awards,  including Ireland’s Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016, and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. 

Read more about Kevin Burke here.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre, considered one of the finest traditional music venues in New England. 

Find year-round details on Irish cultural events at

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ireland offers World-Class Golfing Experiences Year Round

With world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations on the planet, Ireland’s credentials are sky-high when it comes to golf, according to

Did you know, for instance, that the island boasts a quarter of the world’s natural links courses? Or that some of the world’s best golfers hail from the island of Ireland, including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Graeme McDowell, Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington? 

Just recently, the Royal County Down has topped Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World outside of the US.  

See this video on Ireland, Home of Golf Champions.

Find about more by visiting

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Irish Fiddler Eileen Ivers & Band Perform in Rockport, MA on April 13

Irish fiddle master Eileen Ivers & her band Immigrant Soul are in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, April 13, 2019.  

Tickets range from $29- $46 and can be purchased online

Considered a pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, the Bronx-born musician has recording credits  to over 100 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. 

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul mixes African and Latin percussion and bass, Irish instrumentalists, and American soulful vocals.

Here is a schedule of  upcoming concerts at Shalin Liu, one of the finest performance centers in New England, presented by Rockport Music

Find year-round details on Irish events in New England by visiting 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dance Master Kevin Doyle Teaching Irish Step Dance Course at Blackstone River Theatre

Acclaimed Irish-American dancer Kevin Doyle is teaching a six-week course on adult Irish step dancing at the Blackstone River Theatre on Wednesdays from April 10 through May 22, 2019.  The tuition is $90 for the course, which runs from 6:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The course explores close-to-the-ground rhythms of beginner adults Irish step dance and steps of the jigs and reels from Co. Roscommon. The class is designed to be low impact and lots of fun. Comfortable, loose clothing recommended. No special shoes required. 

A National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Kevin is a  lifelong dancer and performer, Kevin was a U.S. Champion Irish step dancer in his early competitive years, and has been entertaining audiences ever since on A Celtic Sojourn & more. 

Find out more about Blackstone River Theatre, a year round concert and educational venue located in Cumberland, RI. 

For year round Irish and Scottish cultural activities in New England, visit

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dougie MacLean Performs at Shalin Liu in Rockport on April 11

Rockport Music presents Scottish singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean in concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Enter to win a pair of free tickets through BITA here; check back on Tuesday, April 9 as we announce the winner.

MacLean's recording career spans almost 40 years from his early recordings with the Tannahill Weavers, to the many recordings on his own Dunkeld Records label. Originally famed for penning the song Caledonia, MacLean has built an international reputation as a songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer. He has performed at festivals and concerts and all over the world from New York's Carnegie Hall, to London’s Festival Theatre, to the Sydney Opera House. He has garnered many accolades along the way including the prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and an OBE.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, one of the premier concert venues in New England.

For year round info on Irish and Scottish cultural events in New England, visit