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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Boston Irish Reporter Honors Mayor Marty Walsh, Burke Family and Katherine Craven on October 24

Mayor Marty Walsh

The Boston Irish Reporter is presenting three special awards that recognize Irish-American achievements in business and public service at its annual luncheon on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Seaport Boston Hotel.

This year's recipients include the Burke Family of South Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh, and Katherine Craven, long-time public official.  Read full details of the awardees here.

“We are especially pleased that this year’s honorees have agreed to share their stories with us,” said BIR publisher Ed Forry.

Tickets to the event are $150, and a table of ten $1,500.  For more information contact or call 617 436-1222.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Irish Cultural Centre Hosts Halloween Family Day in Canton on Sunday,October 19

The Irish Cultural Centre is hosting Halloween Family Day from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at its 46 acre campus in Canton.

Among the activities: storytelling and songs in the Irish Cottage; step dancing displays by the Harney Academy of Irish Dance; face painting and scavenger hunts; and prizes for best costumes.

Formed in 1989, the Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as one of the premier Irish-American venues in the United States.

Find year round information on Irish activities in Massachusetts and the New England region by visiting

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burren Pub Presents April Verch Band and Ashley Davis & Cormac DeBarra on October 15

The Burren Pub in Davis Square, Somerville, is presenting two great acts - the April Verch Band and traditional duo Ashley Davis and Cormac DeBarra, on Wednesday, October 15 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show are $23 and can be purchased online or at the door.

The show  is part of the Burren Back Room Series hosted by Brian O'Donovan of WGBH's Celtic Sojourn radio program.

Read more about the Burren Pub, founded in 1996 by musicians Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.

For year round information on Irish cultural activities visit

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Derry Singer/Songwriter Phil Coulter Performs at Benefit for Boston Irish Pastoral Centre on October 14

Phil Coulter, famed singer and songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland, is performing at St. Ignatius Church at Boston College on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert benefits the Boston Irish Pastoral Centre , which does important work for immigrants since it was founded in 1987.  Tickets to the concert are $125 and can be purchased online or at the venue the night of the concert.

Best known for hit songs like "The Town I  Loved So Well" and "Puppet on a String," Coulter is also widely acclaimed as a recording artist, impresario, mentor and scholar of Irish culture.  In 1998 Coulter was a visiting scholar at Boston College, invited by fiddle champion Seamus Connolly, founder of BC's Gaelic Roots program.  Coulter gave a lecture entitled "A Musical Life" at the Gaelic Roots Festival & Summer School that year.

Steve Morse, music critic of The Boston Globe, called Coulter "a true character, a versatile, vaudeville-influenced performer who has left an indelible...mark on the pop world."

The Irish Pastoral Centre is holding its annual fundraising banquet on November 15, 2014.

Find out about year round Irish and Celtic cultural activities in the New England region at

Friday, October 10, 2014

Irish Drum Master Mance Grady Gives Workshop at Irish Cultural Centre on October 11

Mance Grady, a master of the bodhran, an Irish traditional  drum, is giving an Introduction to the Bodhran workshop at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, from 2:00 -3:30 on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Cost of the workshop is $50.00

Long considered one of the premier Irish drummers of his generation, the Rhode Island native has been performing in New England for nearly four decades, playing with some of the region's finest musicians such as Seamus Connolly, Paddy Keenan, Roger Burridge and Jimmy Devine.

For more information call 781 821-8291 or email

The Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014 as New England's headquarters for year-round Irish culture, sports, education and social gatherings.

Find year round details on Irish activities in the region by visiting

Christmas, Celtic and Holiday Concerts in Greater Boston & New England, December 2014

Check out the Boston Irish Tourism Association's new schedule of Christmas and Holiday concerts taking place in December 2014 in greater Boston and throughout New England.

Concert series this year - including the Boston Pops Holiday Season, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan, and Tomas Foley's A Celtic Christmas - are presenting multiple shows in various locations around the region.

And there are great individual shows, including Tony Kenny's Christmas Time In Ireland at the Rogers Center, Christmas Time at Reagle Music Theatre, Handel's Messiah and Holiday Pops concerts at Mechanics Hall, several Christmas music and dance shows at Blackstone River Theatre, and the Gaelic Roots Christmas Concert at Boston College.

Here is a full schedule of cultural activities during December - including live theater, museum exhibits, lectures, children's shows and Irish celebrations.

Find year round details of the region's Irish-American community by visiting

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kevin O'Malley, new US Ambassador to Ireland, Greets the Irish People

Kevin F. O'Malley, the new US Ambassador to the Ireland appointed by President Barack Obama, issued a video this week to the Irish people.

The St. Louis native said he shared the president's commitment to Ireland, "and look forward to building on the family, cultural and business ties we share between our two countries."

O'Malley was nominated by President Obama on June 5, 2014 and was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 18, 2014.

Here is a background on Ambassador O'Malley.

The US Embassy to Ireland is located at 42 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin.