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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Boston's World Peace Jubilee Took Place on June 17-July 4, 1872


Patrick S. Gilmore staged the largest concert in history in Boston from June 17 through July 4, 1872, called the World Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival.

Read about Gilmore's Jubilee in BITA's current issue of Travel & Culture Guide, a round-up of Irish and other cultural activities and travel opportunities in Massachusetts and Ireland this summer and fall.  It's available for free at visitor centers and cultural venues throughout the state.

Gilmore was born in Ballygar, County Galway in 1829 and emigrated to Boston in 1849, where he went on to become the most influential bandleader and impresario of his generation.  Read more about P.S. Gilmore.

The Irish Music Center at Boston College currently has an exhibit on Gilmore's World Peace Jubilee at the John J. Burns Library on campus through July 6, 2012.

Learn more about Irish history in Boston by visiting  IrishHeritageTrail.com.

For year round details on Irish activities, visit IrishMassachusetts.com.

Find visitor information by going to MassVacation.com and BostonUSA.com.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Guided Tours of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail Starting Today


Guided tours of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail are starting up on Saturday,  June 16, 2012, leaving at 2:00 p.m. from the Visitor Center on Boston Common along Tremont Street, the Boston Irish Tourism Association has announced.

The 75 minute walk takes you to over 300 years of Boston Irish history, from the colonial times, through the 19th century Famine immigration era, to the Civil War, and up to the present time.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children, and can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center the day of the walk.

The summer schedule is as follows:

Every Wednesday and Thursday, from June 20 through August 30
Every third Saturday of the month (June 16, July 21, August 18)

All tours leave at 2:00 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitors Center.

For more information about the Irish Heritage Trail and the tour itself, please call the Boston Irish Tourism Association at 617 696 9880 or email to irishmassachusetts@comcast.net.

For year round details on Irish activities in Massachusetts and the New England states, and about visiting Ireland, go to IrishMassachusetts.com.

For tourist information about visiting Boston and Massachusetts, visit BostonUSA.com and MassVacation.com