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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Omni Parker House Offering Great Baseball Packages to See the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in 2011

Boston's historic hotel, the Omni Parker House, is offering great baseball packages - from April through August 2011 - to see the Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park.  The package includes luxurious hotel accommodations plus two tickets to select games, starting at $221.00 a night.

The Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics are the Red Sox opponents for these select games. To see a full schedule of available dates, click here

To book a reservation for the Omni Parker House baseball package, click here.

For similar offers from Omni Hotels in other baseball cities, click here

For year round details of cultural and sporting events in greater Boston, plus connections to hotels, pubs and restaurants, gift shops and museums, visit

Monday, March 28, 2011

March 28, 1847: USS Jamestown Sails from Boston to Cork with Supplies for Irish Famine Victims

Photo of USS Jamestown by E.D.Walker, Marine Artist

On March 28, 1847, the USS Jamestown set sail from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston Harbor on a humanitarian mission to Ireland, carrying 800 tons of supplies for the victims of the Irish Famine.

The mission was led by Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, a wealthy sea merchant living in Milton, MA.  With Forbes on the journey were 38 crew members who had signed on to help.  In February, Forbes had petitioned the US Congress for the loan of a naval ship to bring supplies, and permission to use the USS Jamestown had been granted.

As the boat left the harbor on the morning of March 28, crowds lined the wharf and the shores, cheering as the ship headed out to open seas. The fifteen day voyage faced foul weather and rain, sleet, wind and fog.  The ship landed in Queenstown (now Cobh), County Cork.  

Back in Boston, the newspapers enthusiastically reported on the trip, failing to note the cruel irony that became apparent when the provincial rulers greeted the crew with an invitation to a sumptuous dinner of the finest food and beverage.  Forbes and his crew found this banquet most embarrassing, however, since Irish citizens lay dying in the streets nearby.

Forbes was more interested in seeing firsthand the suffering everyone had heard so much about.  He was escorted around Cork by Father Teobald Mathew, the famous temperance priest.  Forbes later described the event:  "It was the valley of death and pestilence itself.  I would gladly forget, if I could, the scenes I witnessed."

Forbes was overwhelmed by the plight of the dying, and when he returned home, arriving in the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 16, 1847, he immediately began organizing a second voyage on the USS Macedonian, another ship that Congress supplied for relief of the Irish Famine victims. 

But the USS Jamestown voyage captured the world's imagination.  Reverend R.C. Waterson later wrote, "I consider the mission of the Jamestown as one of the grandest events in the history of our country.  A ship-of-war changed into an angel of mercy, departing on no errand of death, but with the bread of life to an unfortunate and perishing people."

- Excerpts from Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past  by Michael P. Quinlin.  

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Irish Tenor Ronan Tynan Performs at Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Sunday, March 27

International singing star Ronan Tynan is performing at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $35-$65 and can be ordered online.

Formerly a member of the famed Irish Tenors, Tynan has become even more popular in New England since moving to the Boston area a year ago.

Ronan is joined at the concert by local singing sensation Pauline Wells, a Cambridge police officer who has launched a singing career on behalf of local charities. 

For year round information on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts and the New England region, visit

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Screaming Orphans Playing at Four Green Fields this Weekend in Boston

The Screaming Orphans, four sisters from Bundoran, County Donegal, are performing at the Four Green Fields Pub on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2011 in downtown Boston. 

They play a mix of Irish traditional music and melodic songs from REM and others.

For a full schedule of upcoming events at Four Green Fields, click here.

For year-round Irish cultural events in greater Boston and throughout the New England area, visit

The Runway is Premiering at the Irish Film Festival Boston on Friday, March 25

The 12th annual  Irish Film Festival Boston (March 24-27) continues its film festival tonight, February 25,  with a showing of Runway, directed by Ian Power, at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville, at 7:30 p.m.

The film is inspired by the true story of a South American pilot who crashed his plane near Mallow, Co. Cork in 1983. Against all odds, the people of the town came together to build a runway to get him home and briefly caught the imagination of the nation.

Check out the Festival schedule of great new films being shown at this year's Irish Film Festival Boston.

For year-round information on Irish cultural activities throughout Massachusetts and the New England region, visit

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Massachusetts State Legislators are Forming a Committee to Honor South Boston's Ray Flynn

A group of Massachusetts legislators, led by new state representative Nick Collins from South Boston, is forming a committee to recommend a suitable memorial to Raymond L. Flynn, former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican.

Bill HO3029 was offered by former South Boston state representative Brian Wallace in January and is being sponsored by State representatives Collins,  Martin Walsh and Eugene O'Flaherty.

The full text of the bill reads:

"The Speaker of the House shall appoint a committee made up of elected officials and non-elected officials not exceeding 9 who would hold two hearings, one at the State House and one at City Hall and ask the public to testify as to the placement of a suitable Memorial to Vatican Ambassador, Former Mayor, Former State Representative and Former Boston City Councilor Raymond L. Flynn This bill was offered by Former Representative Brian Wallace and sponsored by Rep Collins, Rep Walsh, Rep O'Flaherty Said Committee upon the conclusion of both hearings should offer three recommendations as to site, cost and time-frame to the Speaker of the House."

Flynn began his illustrious public career in 1971 as state representative from South Boston, and also served as Boston city councilor, then as Mayor of Boston from 1984-1993.  President Bill Clinton appointed Flynn US Ambassador to the Vatican from 1993-1997.

Flynn was recently honored by Providence College as one of the school's best collegiate basketball players. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mass Convention Center Proposes 1,000 new Hotel Rooms to Meet Demand of Convention Industry in Boston

Boston Convention Center, South Boston

The Boston Globe reported over the weekend a plan by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to add up to 1,000 new hotel rooms in the South Boston Seaport District to meet future demands of the convention industry.

James E. Rooney, head of the MCCA, is quoted as saying, “We’re losing business, plain and simple.  Over the last three years alone we’ve competed for 46 events that have told us they can’t come to Boston because we don’t have enough hotel inventory.’’

Rooney has initiated a project called t5boston that seeks to develop Boston as one of the top five convention destinations in the United States.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Irish Parades are Underway Today in Boston, Holyoke, Scituate and Abington

Four St. Patrick's Day parades are taking place across Massachusetts today as the most Irish-American state in America celebrates its Irish heritage.

The 60th annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Day parade in western Massachusetts kicks off at 11:45 a.m., and is one of the nation's largest parades.  This year American historian David McCullough was honored as recipient of the JFK Award.

The South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade starts at noon and is expected to draw between 600,000 and one million people.  Started in 1901, the parade features dozens of marching bands from around the nation and from Ireland.

The Abington St. Patrick's Day Parade, started by Jack Bailey, begins at 1:00 p.m. in Abington Town Center, and ends at the Knights of Columbus Hall, where there is live Irish music and step dancing.

The Scituate St. Patrick's Day Parade on the South Shore starts at 1:00 p.m. and is expected to attract over 30,000 viewers.  Scituate was recently recognized as the most Irish town in America, according to the US Census, which reports that 47.5% of residents claim Irish ancestry.

The US Census further reports that Massachusetts remains the most Irish-American state in the USA, with 23.7% of all residents claiming Irish ancestry.

For year round information on Irish culture, history and heritage in Massachusetts, visit

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Novelist Mary Pat Kelly reading at Four Green Fields in Boston on Sunday, March 20

Author Mary Pat Kelly, whose best-selling historic novel Galway Bay is based on her own family history from pre-Famine Ireland through the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, is reading at the Four Green Fields Pub & Restaurant in Boston on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

The reading is free and open to the public.

A graduate of Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, Mary Pat received her PhD from the City University of New York.  The book is currently being developed as a TV mini-series.

For a schedule of upcoming events at the Four Green Fields, click here.

For year round details on Irish music and dance, cultural activities and special events in greater Boston, visit

South Boston's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast - a Sacred and Unholy Southie tradition

The people in South Boston take their jokes and their politics seriously – and that’s why the annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this weekend is the city’s most important event of the Irish season.

On Sunday, March 20, Southie’s popular state senator Jack Hart expects to welcome over 1,000 people to attend the breakfast at the majestic Boston Convention Center, a new facility presided over by another South Boston native, Jim Rooney.

Last year newly christened Senator Scott Brown was there, and so were South Boston’s US Congressman Stephen Lynch, Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray and State Senator Therese Murray

Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams sat at the big table and gave the audience an update on Northern Ireland.  

And Ronan Tynan, who had just defected from New York to Boston, appeared in a Red Sox cap and sang a few songs.  Tynan has been invited back again this year.

The two-hour slag fest of songs, stories, jokes, lampoons, and maneuvering often has repercussions on the local, statewide and even national political stages.  It is televised live on New England Cable News throughout the region to millions of viewers.

Anyone can show up at the breakfast and test their wit in the tough Southie environment. Presidential candidates Al Gore, Mitt Romney and Joe Biden have all stopped by to tell a few jokes and test the political waters. 
And the telephone sitting on the rostrum has taken calls from Presidents Ronald Reagan,  Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The annual event started out as a luncheon at Dorgan’s Harbor House back in the 1930s, when nationally renowned politicians like Governor James Michael Curley and US House Speaker John McCormack ruled the state’s political establishment. 

In the 1950s and early 1960s, South Boston politicians John E. Powers and Joe Moakley held court at the luncheon each year.   In 1962 there was a dramatic face-down between Senate candidates Ted Kennedy, an untested newcomer, and South Boston native son Eddie McCormack, running for John F. Kennedy’s seat.  Ted won that seat in an upset. 

Dorgan’s burned down in 1974, and the event moved to the Bayside Club on Eight Street, where South Boston state senate president Billy Bulger took it over and turned it to an art form over the next thirty years.

Congressman Lynch served as host master when he was the state senator from South Boston, and now Hart is the master of ceremonies.

For local politicians, it’s a chance to move to a bigger stage and get your face in front of millions of people.

For Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan, a Southie native who started volunteering for local chieftains like Maurice Donahue and Joe Moakley back in the 1960s, the chance to finally get on stage was a dream come true.

“My first breakfast as an elected official was so special,” he recalls.  “I have worked these events over the years, helping to set up, working the doors, a spectator in the room.  And then in 2008 Jack Hart handed me the microphone and said let’s sing some songs.  The first words I spoke were, ‘Ma, I made it!’”

For details on Boston's Irish history, visit

Thursday, March 17, 2011

John F. Kennedy's First St. Patrick's Day in the White House, March 17, 1961

(Photo Courtesy of JFK Library) 
by Michael P. Quinlin

THE IRISH came bearing gifts on March 17, 1961, John F. Kennedy's first St. Patrick's Day in the White House. It's a practice that has spanned fifty years to this day.

Online digital archives at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library which have been recently made available to the public contain a trove of information on President Kennedy's term at the White House, including his interactions with the Irish.

The archives reveal that at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 1961, the president's first in the White House, Ireland's ambassador, Thomas J. Kiernan, made his nation's annual pilgrimage to the Oval Office to present the ceremonial bowl of shamrock to the President. That tradition had started a few years earlier in 1958 when the inauguration of Aer Lingus transatlantic jet flights guaranteed fresh shamrock sprigs from Ireland on the big day.

Joining President Kennedy in the Oval Office was Congressman John E. Fogarty of Rhode Island, Kennedy's long-time friend and colleague. In 1951, Congressman Kennedy had cosigned a bill with Fogarty calling for Irish unification, and had supported a similar resolution when Kennedy became a senator.

The president greeted Ambassador Kiernan and, grinning, accepted the bowl of shamrock presented to him. Kiernan was not finished however. He then produced a beautiful hand-printed scroll displaying the Kennedy coat of arms, signed by the chief herald of Ireland, Gerard Slevin.

The American Heraldry Society referred to the gift as "a splendid, hand-illuminated sheet of vellum.

"Fully conscious of the historic nature of the event," the society wrote, the Irish "spared no effort to ensure that the presentation was of the highest possible quality. Not only were the letters patent beautifully lettered and painted, complete with the pendant seal of the chief herald, but the document was presented in a specially made box lined with blue Irish poplin, on which was embroidered in gold thread the harp of Brian Boru, the emblem of the national arms of Ireland."

After presenting the coat of arms, Kiernan, who was married to Irish traditional singer Delia Murphy, then proceeded to recite for the president, in Irish, a 15th century poem about an Irishman named O'Cinneidigh," according to Boston Globe reporter Robert Healy in a light-hearted article.

The president tried the English version but "couldn't quite get his tongue around the Gaelic names,” Healy reported.

Kennedy, who was fully immersed in his first 100 days in office, was so busy he forgot about March 17th altogether, wrote Healy.

"Apparently Mr. Kennedy didn't remember it was St. Patrick's Day, for before the Irish Ambassador arrived at the White House the staff had to dig up a green tie for the president.

"John "Muggsie” O’Leary of Somerville, who drove the president when he was a senator and is now a member of the White House Secret Service, produced a soft green tie for the president," Healy wrote.


For access to the digital archives, go to

For year round information on Boston Irish culture, history and heritage, visit and

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Abby Park Restaurant in Milton Has Live Irish Music with Danny Gallagher and Conor Smith on March 17

Danny Gallagher 

Abby Park Restaurant on Adams Street in Milton, Massachusetts is celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year with live Irish music featuring Danny Gallagher and Conor Smith, on Thursday, March 17, 2011, starting at 6:00 p.m.

And from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., the Abby is offering free appetizers on St. Paddy's Day.

Considered one of the finest new restaurants to open up in the Boston area over the past few years, the Abby uses local, organic and natural products in its cuisine, and has a full bar, including an inventive cocktail menu.  For a full menu, click here.

Abby Park is located at 550 Adams Street in East Milton Square.  For directions, click here

For details on Irish activities around Boston throughout the year, visit

The Boston Celtics Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Tonight at the Garden, Wednesday, March 16

With a roster that includes a couple of O'Neills, plus a Murphy, Pierce and Allen, the Boston Celtics are ready for St. Patrick's Day this year as they take on the Indiana Pacers at the TD Garden on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m.

The Celtics have also drafted singer Paul Byrom, from the PBS group Celtic Thunder, to sing the American National Anthem prior to the tip off tonight.

To find out about the origins of the distinct Irish iconography of the Boston Celtics, click here.

To find out more about the praiseworthy Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, click here.

For a full schedule of Irish activities in Boston this St. Patrick's Day, visit

Go Celtics!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tamo Bar at Boston Seaport Hotel Offering Irish Cuisine and Live Music this Week

The Tamo Bar at Boston’s Seaport Hotel along the city’s scenic waterfront is hosting live Irish music and authentic Irish cuisine this St. Patrick’s Day season.

Irish traditional ballad group Geese in the Bog is performing at Tamo on Tuesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 17 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The quartet perform Irish and Maritime ballads on traditional instruments.

Also, Chef Rachel Klein is serving up traditional Irish dishes, including a boiled dinner of corned beef & cabbage and hearty Shepherd’s Pie.  And the award-winning chef is putting her own special twist with her Guinness Oyster Shooters and corned beef & cabbage rolls.

The Seaport Boston Hotel, located at One Seaport Lane, is conveniently located on the MBTA’s Silver Line and is also easily accessible by foot from downtown Boston.

For year round details on Irish music and culture, history and heritage and special events like parades and festivals, visit

Irish Singer Paul Byrom Singing the National Anthem at Boston Celtics Game on March 16

On the eve of St. Patrick's Day, Paul Byrom, one of Ireland's best young Irish tenors, is singing the National Anthem at the Boston Celtics  game at TD Garden in Boston on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

The Celtics are playing the Indiana Pacers.

Byrom has performed the Anthem at a Celtics game before, as a member of the group Celtic Thunder, in April 2009. 

For year round details on Irish music, cultural events, parades and festivals and history and heritage activities in Boston, visit

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eire Society is Holding its St. Patrick's Day Event at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Sunday, March 13

The Eire Society of Boston is holding its annual St. Patrick's Day gathering today, Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Downtown Boston, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The featured guest speaker is Belfast author Kyle Darcy, whose novel is Under Current Conditions.

Formed in 1937, the Eire Society of Boston is one of the leading supporters of Irish cultural expression in New England. 

For year round details on Irish cultural activities in greater Boston, visit

Dropkick Murphys Take Over the House of Blues in Boston for Three Nights

The Dropkick Murphys, Boston's own punk-rock Irish band, opens a three-day stand at the House of Blues in Boston,, starting on Wednesday, March 16 through Friday, March 18, 2011.

Tickets are $32.50 to $52.50 and can be ordered online.

They'll be playing tunes from their new album, Going Out in Style, as well as classics like I'm Shipping up to Boston, the song that appeared in the film, The Departed,  and When Johnny Comes Marching Home, the anthem written during the American Civil War in 1863 by Boston musician Patrick S. Gilmore.  

For a full schedule of music at Boston's House of Blues, click here.

For year round details on Irish music, cultural activities, history and heritage in Boston, visit

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Win Tickets to see Irish Band Dervish at Palace Theatre in Manchester on March 16

Dervish, one of the formidable traditional music bands coming out of Ireland in the past decade, is performing at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is raffling off two pairs of tickets to see the show.  To enter the contest, click here

You can also purchase tickets directly online.

For a full schedule of concerts coming up at the Palace Theatre, click here.

For year round details on Irish music and cultural activities in the New England region, visit

Friday, March 11, 2011

Boston Irish Tourism Group issues free St. Patrick's Day Travel & Culture magazine

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has issued its annual publication, Travel & Culture Guide, in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations around Massachusetts.

The 28 page Guide, which is free to the public, lists hundreds of Irish concerts, literary events, theatre, and cultural activities throughout the Bay State in March and through to May 2011, including the six St. Patrick's Day parades taking place in March.

It also includes feature stories and news items, photos, and listings of Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural organizations as well as local hotels, museums, and travel agencies. And there is a special section on travel to Ireland and Celtic Canada this summer.

The Guide is available for free at dozens of visitor centers, cultural venues, hotels and museums around the state.  In Boston, they're available at visitor centers on Boston Common and the Prudential Center, the National Park Service office on State Street and the John F. Kennedy Library.

The magazine also has a copy of the Irish Heritage Trail map, which covers 300 years of Irish-American history over 20 landmarks across Boston.

For a full list of places across Massachusetts to pick up a copy, click here.  Out-of-state readers can order a copy by mail for a small shipping/handling fee.

For year round information on Irish culture, history and heritage, visit

For tourist information, visit

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Celtic Band Tin Can Hooley and Irish Dancers from Boston University Performing at Four Green Fields in Downtown Boston on Thursday, March 10

Boston-based traditional Celtic band Tin Can Hooley band is performing at the Four Green Fields Irish Pub & Restaurant in downtown Boston on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

Joining the band is Step about Boston, an Irish Step Dancing team from Boston University.

The band plays an eclectic and fun-loving brand of Irish Celtic music on traditional instruments like tin whistle, fiddle and accordion.  For a full schedule of Tin Hooley's appearances this month, click here.

Four Green Fields, located at One Boston Place at the corner of Washington and Court Streets, is Boston's newest Irish pub, opening its doors in February 2011.  It has a spacious dining area and bar, an authentic thatched cottage inside the pub, and a steady line-up of great performers.  For a full schedule of upcoming concerts and literary events, click here.

For Irish activities across Massachusetts this St. Patrick's Day, visit

For tourist information, visit BostonUSA and

Back Bay Hotel in Boston is hosting TV Diner's St. Patrick's Day Special on Friday, March 11

Join New England's  popular show, TV Diner, staring Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson, for a preview of the annual St. Patrick's Day TV Diner special from 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. this Friday, March 11, 2011 at Cuffs ~ an Irish Bar, at The Back Bay Hotel in Boston.

Tickets to the event are $50 and can be purchased online.  Admission includes two drink tickets, a selection of light Irish themed hors d'oeurves and entry into a raffle for a weekend stay at The Back Bay Hotel's sister property in Washington D.C., The Dupont Hotel.

For a full schedule of Irish events in Boston during St. Patrick's Day, visit

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day season with exhibits, concerts and family-friendly activities for residents and visitors.

100,000 Welcomes – $2 off Museum Admission Coupon
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the JFK Presidential Library invites the public to download a $2 off coupon, valid March 17-20, 2011. Children ages 12 and under are always admitted free.

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Free Irish Music Concert for Children and Families
The New England Irish Harp Orchestra and Réagánta perform Irish music, with harps of many sizes and shapes and traditional Irish instruments.  The concert includes Irish step dancing and audience participation.  To make a reservation, please visit the Celebrate! page online  or call 617-514-1644.  10:30-11:30 a.m.

Fitzgerald Family Bible on Display in Museum
The Fitzgerald Family Bible was brought to Boston from Ireland by President Kennedy’s forebears. The front pages contain a handwritten family chronicle dating from 1857, including the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on May 29, 1917. On January 20, 1961, President Kennedy used it to take the oath of office as 35th President of the United States.

JFK Café Specials
In celebration of all things Irish, the JFK Café is serving a special Guinness Beef Stew from March 17- 20. Additional special menu items include Corned Beef and Cabbage on Thursday, March 17 and a mashed potato bar on Friday March 18.

JFK Museum Store Special
The JFK Museum Store features special items for St. Patrick’s Day, including the book One of Ourselves: JFK in Ireland by James Robert Carroll and a framed color photograph of John F. Kennedy in Ireland, by Robert Knudsen. Visitors can also enjoy shopping the many educational and fun items that are available – from Presidential tee shirts to Presidential keepsakes.

General admission to the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is $12.00. Admission for seniors over the age of 62 and college students with appropriate identification is $10.00, and for children ages 13-17, $9.00. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free.

For year round details on Irish-American culture, history and heritage, visit

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tommy Butler - One of a Kind

Thomas J. Butler, one of the best people you could ever hope to meet, was buried today at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury.  His funeral mass at Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston this morning was filled to the brim with people who came from all over Boston and beyond to pay their respects.

Rest in Peace Tom. 

Monday, March 7, 2011

A tour of Irish Boston with Courtney Holland of the Boston Globe

Boston's Irish Heritage Trail and local landmarks like the Black Rose Pub and Boston Omni Parker House are featured in Courtney Holland's Tour of Irish Boston, seen on's St. Patrick's Day Roundup..


For a full schedule of Irish cultural events, concerts, and special events in greater Boston for St. Patrick's Day, visit 

For a list of parades, click here.

For tourist information, visit BostonUSA and

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Irish Pole Vaulter Breaks Records at IC4a Track Meet in Boston

Brian McGovern of Manhattan College broke his school record in the pole vault, jumping 16 feet, 10 3/4" at the IC4a Track & Field Indoor Championships held at Boston University over the weekend.

The jump is also a new Irish national indoor record.

McGovern's win is the 25th consecutive year that Manhattan College, which is in Yonkers, NY, has won an IC4a championship.

 For a full schedule of events, click here.

For year round Irish activities in Boston, visit


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Boston's Irish Heritage Trail Details 300 years of History in the Capital of Irish America

This St. Patrick's Day, take a walk on the Boston Irish Heritage Trail, a three-mile, self-guided trip through 300 years of Irish-American history and heritage.

The Trail was created by the Boston Irish Tourism Association, a group formed in 2000 to celebrate the city's rich Irish legacy and to promote Irish cultural activities throughout Massachusetts.

A free copy of the Irish Heritage Trail map is available at the visitor information centers on Boston Common, the Prudential Center, the National Park Service on State Street, and at various hotels, pubs and museums in the Boston area. You can also order a copy to be mailed to you for $4.95 for postage/handling.

For year round information on Irish activities in Boston, as well as pubs, gift shops, cultural groups, parades and festivals, visit

For visitor information about Boston, visit or

Friday, March 4, 2011

Luck of the Irish: Good Weather for the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade This Saturday, March 5

Siobhan Magnus

The 6th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade will have perfect weather for marching on Saturday, March 5, 2011, with temperatures expected to climb to 47 degrees, according to CapeCodonline.
The parade, featuring Irish Micky Ward as Grand Marshall and American Idol star Siobhan Magnus as the Queen of the Parade,  is not only a celebration of St. Patrick's Day but also a rite of spring, according to parade co-chair John Fallon in a video interview earlier this week.

For more information about Cape Cod, including places to stay, eat and visit, go to CapeCodChamber.

For year round details on Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts, visit

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Irish Punk Rockers the Pogues Playing Boston's House of Blues on March 11-12

The godfathers of Irish punk music, the Pogues, are returning to Boston this St. Patrick's Day for two shows at the House of Blues on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.).

Tickets are $51-$75 and can be ordered online.

The band is led by crooner Shane MacGovern, who grew up in London and lived for a while in Tipperary.  He is best known for his composition, Fairytale of New York.

The Pogues are being joined on this tour by New Jersey punk rockets Titus Andronicus.

For a list of concerts coming up at Boston's House of Blues, click here.

For year round details on Irish music and culture in Boston, visit

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Boston's Huntington Theatre Presents Educating Rita from March 11 - April 10

The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting the Olivier Award winning play, Educating Rita, by Willy Russell, from March 11 through April 10, 2011. The play is directed by Maria Aitkin.

Tickets can be ordered online.

In Educating Rita, Rita, a brash, young hairdresser with a free spirit, is hungry to improve her lot in life. When
she enrolls at the local university, she discovers a passion for literature and turns her boozy and burnt-out
professor’s life upside down in this award-winning comedy.

For a list of upcoming plays at the Huntington Theatre Company, click here.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Irish Balladeers Makem & Spain Brothers Play at Rogers Center in North Andover on March 5

The Makem & Spain Brothers, one of New England's premier Irish ballad groups, is performing at the Roger Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

The five-male voice uses precise three-part harmony backed by tasteful instrumental accompaniment.  They are true heirs to the Irish folk tradition perfected by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem over the past fifty years.

You can win a pair of tickets free from the Boston Irish Tourism Association.  To enter the contest, click here.

Tickets for the show are $20.00 and can be ordered online or by calling 978 837-5355.  Discounts for students, employees and seniors are available.

For a full list of upcoming concerts at the Rogers Center for the Arts, click here.

For a complete schedule of Irish events taking place in Massachusetts and the New England states this St. Patrick's Day, visit BITA's March Calendar page.

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