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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy's Garden and Greenway along Boston Irish Heritage Trail

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy  (1890-1995), who held the  Kennedy family  together through tragedy and triumph for much of the 20 th  century, is permanently enshrined along  Boston ’s waterfront, with the Rose Kennedy Garden and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The  Rose Kennedy Garden   is the first stop on Boston's  Irish Heritage Trail , a walking tour of twenty landmarks that tell three centuries of Boston Irish history.  The Trail winds its way through downtown  Boston  and into the Back Bay, then ends at  Fenway Park . Located on  Atlantic Avenue , not far from Rose’s birthplace at  4 Garden Court  in the North End, the Rose Kennedy Garden is a small enclosed rose garden, encircled by an iron wrought fence, with a granite fountain as the centerpiece. It is part of  Christopher   Columbus   Park , which runs along the waterfront and looks out onto  Boston   Harbor .  The Garden was officially dedicated on July 22, 1987 by Rose’s family, including  Senat

Irish Traditional Music in Vermont this Fall Features Haley Richard & Quinn Bachand, Frankie Gavin and The Murphy Beds

Three Irish traditional music concerts are coming up at Mount Hollywood Studio in Belmont, Vermont this fall.  Suggested donation to each concert is $20 and patrons are encouraged to BYOB. Performances include: October 26 - Haley Richardson & Quinn Bachand October 29 - Frankie Gavin November 29 - The Murphy Beds These concerts are organized by Mount Hollywood Studios owner and  Rod Ferrell and noted traditional musician Claudine Langille . Mount Hollywood Studios is located at  45 Frost Hill Rd in  Belmont, Vermont.  For year round information on Irish cultural activities in New England, visit I

Boston Irish Beer Fest in Canton on October 19

The premier Irish Beer Fest takes place at the Irish Cultural Centre  (ICC) in Canton on Saturday,  October 19, 2019.  The fest runs from 1 - 10 p.m..  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the venue. ICC members are admitted free. Beer tasting tents include: Authentic Irish Ales & Stouts, Irish Craft Brew, Local 'Celtic' Brews, Irish Cider, Pumpkin & Ginger Brews.  In addition, Irish whiskey tastings are also being offered.  ICC Chef Joe Kilcommons has created a special menu for the Irish Beer Fest, to include Guinness Stew, Kerry Gold Cheese Burger, Irish Seafood Chowder, Fish & Chips.  Artisan Food Trucks are also at the fest. Two music stages feature a variety of traditional and local bands throughout the fest.  Here is the schedule of performances: Traditional Irish Music tent 1-4pm: Jimmy Lever, Ciaran Dalton & Jen O'Shea. 4-6pm: Natasha Sheehy & Billy O'Neill will lead an open music session from 4-6pm. Irish trad

Gaelic Sports Rivalries in Boston, 1929, Kerry-Cork, Roscommon-Galway

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) of Massachusetts held a series of football games at Tech Field in Brookline on Columbus Day weekend on Saturday October 12, 1929.  Five matches in football and hurling were slated for the day. The big matches were between Roscommon-Galway and Cork and Kerry. Over Labor Day Weekend in August, Galway had defeated Roscommon 12-3 in its Labor Day match. And the Cork-Kerry match had ended in a 6-6 tie, according to The Boston Globe . The GAA of Massachusetts formed in 1923, part of a series of local initiatives to preserve and promulgate Irish sports, culture, language and heritage in the Boston area.  By 1929 there were 9 hurling teams and 15 football teams in Massachusetts, according to author Alan Barnier in his book Sports and the Irish . Read more about the Northeaster GAA Division , based at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, MA.