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Friday, March 26, 2010

Burren Pub in Somerville Holds Saturday Local Arist Market (SLAM) on March 27, 2010


The popular Saturday Local Artists Market (SLAM) is taking place at the Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, on Saturday, March 27, 2010, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

The bi-monthly event started in January of this year and features up to 20 local artists and craftspeople showcasing and displaying their works, including painting, photography, jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, food and more.

The Burren is regarded as one of the best places in the USA to hear live traditional Irish music, seven days a week.  The pub also serves lunch and dinner.

IrishMassachusetts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hogan's Goat Performing at Seaport Boston Hotel on Saturday, March 20


South Boston's popular Irish band, Hogan's Goat, is performing on Saturday, March 20, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Tamo Bar in Seaport Boston Hotel as part of the city's Irish celebration.

The band plays a lively set of Irish songs and dance melodies as well as a great array of rock, blues and popular tunes.  The performance is free and open to the public.

In addition to the live music, Chef Rachel Klein is offering a traditional Irish boiled dinner and Shephard's Pie as well as a menu of gourmet pizze and appetizers, and a full dinner menu at Aura Restaurant in the hotel.

For more information on Irish activies in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ireland's Oscar-Nominated film, The Secret of Kells, Opens in Cambridge on Friday, March 19


Ireland's hit animation film, The Secret of Kells, opens in the Boston area this Friday, March 19, at the Landmark Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is raffling off a free pair of tickets to attend the show on Friday night, and a special after-the-show discussion with the film's director Tomm Moore.

Winners are also invited to attend the special reception after the screening on the 19th, hosted by the Boston Irish Film Festival.

Nominated in the animated film category at this year's Academy Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles, The Secret of Kells includes voices of film stars Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Mick Lally and others. Screen Daily calls the film, "visually ravishing, and doused in Celtic magic!" The film plays at the Landmark Kendall Square through March 25, and director Tomm Moore will also be making a special appearance at the 1pm show Saturday.
To enter the contest, click here.

For more upcoming Irish cultural activities, visit IrishMassachusetts.

Writer James Carroll Guest Speaker at March 17th Charitable Irish Society Dinner in Boston



Award-winning writer James Carroll is honored guest and speaker at the 273rd Charitable Irish Society dinner held each St. Patrick’s Day. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, March 17 at the Hampshire House in Boston.

Carroll’s most recent book is Practicing Catholic, a deeply personal meditation on his own life as a Catholic, and his early heroes who ranged from John F. Kennedy and Pope Pius XXIII to Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King, Jr.

A long-time contributor to The Boston Globe and many national publications, Carroll has written three novels and six works on non-fiction.

The Charitable Irish Society was formed in Boston in 1737 by Irish merchants who banded together to help their fellow countrymen in the early days of the Bay Colony. It is the oldest Irish organization outside of Ireland.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Boston's famous Beehive Jazz Club


The 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Beehive Jazz Club in Boston kicks off on Wednesday, March 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m, featuring Celtic band Tri.

Tri consists of award-winning bagpiper Matthew Phelps, fiddler Doug Lamey and guitarist Cliff McCann. They’ll be joined by step dancers Pamela Campbell and Christine Morrison.

Beehive Chef Rebecca Newell has created several Irish-inspired specials including corned beef and cabbage flatbread with sauerkraut and cheese, Finann Haddie Smoked fish & chips, and Grilled Lamb Chops with colcannon mashed potatoes.

There is no cover charge and dinner reservations are recommended.

The Beehive
541 Tremont Street
Boston MA 02116
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For more details on Irish music in greater Boston year round, visit IrishBoston.

For more details on jazz in Massachusetts year round, visit MassJazz

Friday, March 12, 2010

Video tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail



As part of the St. Patrick's Day round-up of parades, concerts, cultural events and the heritage and history of the Irish in Massachusetts, Boston.com has created a video tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail.

Click here to see the video, which is produced by Michael Saunders and features reporter Courtney Holland visiting the Boston Omni Parker House, the Black Rose Pub, and various stops along the Trail, including the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Old Granary Burying Ground, and statues of Kevin White and James Michael Curley.

The Irish Heritage Trail was created by the Boston Irish Tourism Association to explore the city's Irish presence dating back to the 18th century.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Boston's JFK Library Presents a Children’s Immigrant Story

On Saturday, March 13, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum presents a children’s show entitled Themselves - - An Immigrant's Story. 

The show follows a young nineteenth-century Irish woman on a journey to America, as she struggle to begin a new life while keeping her Irish heritage alive.

The interactive performance, which is free to the public, features storytelling, traditional music, and an Irish jig! 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 am | Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up
617 514-1644 - - Reservations required | jfklibrary.org

To read more about the Kennedy family in Massachusetts, visit IrishMassachusetts.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Berklee Sends Jazz Professors to Dublin Ireland


Boston's Berklee College of Music is returning to Dublin, Ireland, April 5-11, to conduct improvisation workshops and to hold auditions for aspiring student musicians seeking scholarships to the prestigious university.

The program, now in its second year, is taking place at the Newpark Music Centre in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Students must apply online for the workshop by March 19.

Participating Berklee faculty members include Greg Badolato, Jim Kelly, John McGann, and Ken Zambello, along with Ronan Guilfoyle, artistic director of the Newpark Music Centre.

For more details, visit Berklee College of Music.

For year round jazz in Massachusetts, visit MassJazz.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

AER LINGUS - BOSTON TO IRELAND SUMMER SALE! Book by March 12, 2010


Click here to book your trip to Ireland / Europe


In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, take advantage of super airline deals from Boston to Shannon or Dublin for as low as $349 each way, plus other great European destinations this summer.

And check out great holiday packages to Ireland, including airfare, motorcoach, meals and sightseeing included! 

For more details visit Aer Lingus.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Boston Celtics - Green for Good Luck


Many people wonder why the Boston Celtics basketball team sports shamrocks on the players' green uniforms, and why the team logo features an Irish leprechaun.

According to the team’s official history, the name Celtics was chosen in 1946 when owner Walter Brown sat down with his public relations guy, Howie McHugh, to figure out what to name the new team.

Some of the ideas included the Whirlwinds, Unicorns and Olympics.

Then Brown had an epiphany, saying, “Wait, I’ve got it – the Celtics. The name has a great basketball tradition from the old Original Celtics in New York (1920s). And Boston is full of Irishman. We’ll put them in green uniforms and call them the Boston Celtics.”

In 1950 Brown hired Red Auerbach to coach the team, and the rest is history. 

Auerbach commissioned his brother Zang, a graphic designer in the newspaper business, to come up with a logo to suit the name.

Zang’s artwork incorporated all of the iconic depictions of the Irish in America that were prevalent in the 1950s: a leprechaun with shamrocks on his vest and a bowler hat, smoking a pipe, holding a shillelagh and sporting a mischievous grin!

The logo is said to have brought the Celtics good luck, since they won their first championship in 1957, so it has remained ever since. Seventeen world championships later, the logo at center court is one of Boston’s most cherished icons and a symbol of a great sports franchise.

This St. Patrick's Day, March 17, the Boston Celtics play host to the New York Knicks at the Garden.


© Boston Irish Tourism Association

Friday, March 5, 2010

Irish Sailor Patrick Carr one of the five victims of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770



"Captain Thomas Preston of the 29th British regiment ordered his men to present arms to keep the crowd at bay, but the taunting continued...The troops fired into the crowd.

"Thirty-one year old Patrick Carr, an Irish sailor who had come out of a house on Court Street and was moving toward the ruckus with fellow sailor Charles Connor, was the last man to be shot.  The British soldiers escaped back to their barracks and the crowd dispersed to a local tavern in absolute shock and anger about the turn of affairs.  Captain Preston was arrested and jailed at three o'clock on Tuesday morning.

"As the trial of Preston and his men loomed, an Irish dimension emerged.  Local newspapers like the Boston Gazette suggested that many of the soldiers the British sent to Boston were Irish Catholics...The Providence Gazette suggested that Pope's Day should take place on the anniversary of the Boston Massacre so as to include Preston and the others in the effigy burning."

Excerpts from Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past by Michael P. Quinlin, published by Globe Pequot Press (2004).

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Boston's Irish Heritage Trail: 300 Years of History and Heritage


Boston - America's Walking City - famous for its Freedom Trail, Black Heritage Trail and Women's Trail - has its very own Irish Heritage Trail.

The Boston Irish Heritage Trail was created in 1994 by Michael and Colette Quinlin as a way for visitors and residents alike to appreciate Boston history as seen through Irish eyes.  It was first published in the book, Guide to the New England Irish. 

In 2000 the Trail project went online with the launch of IrishHeritageTrail.com/boston/, a collection of twenty sites, starting at the Rose Kennedy Garden at Boston's waterfront and ending up at Fenway Park, which was built by Irish immigrant Charles Logue in 1912.  The Trail includes colonial landmarks like the 18th century Old Granary Burial Ground as well as recent sites like the Irish Famine Memorial park, unveiled in 1998.

The online Irish Heritage Trail is maintained by the Boston Irish Tourism Association.

There is also a Boston neighorhood section with twenty additional landmarks in neighborhoods like South Boston, Charlestown and Jamaica Plain, as well as surrouding cities and towns like Brookline and Cambridge.

And plans are underway to create a statewide version that includes Irish memorials, burial groups and other public landmarks across the state.

Visitors can pick up a free copy of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail map at visitor centers on Boston Common and at the Prudential Center, which is operated by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

You can order a copy of the Irish Heritage Trail by mail, with includes two copies of the map along with educational materials on Boston Irish history, by clicking here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday, March 14, 2010


South Boston Parade, 1980s Photo

The 109th annual St. Patrick's Day/Evacuation Day parade takes place in South Boston on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., starting at the beginning of West Broadway.  Organizers expect over 100 units marching in this year's parade.

For a copy of the parade route, click here.

For a complete list of parades in Massachusetts in March 2010, click here.