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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Video Clips from Gaelic Roots: From an Irish Country Kitchen to the World Stage at Boston College on March 10

Photo by Caitlin Cunningham, 2014

On March 10, 2015, the Gaelic Roots program at Boston College presented "From an Irish Country Kitchen to the World Stage: Celebrating Irish Music and Dance with Live Performance, Historical Images and Commentary."  

Here are video clips from the sold-out show

This celebration of Irish music and dance is part of the Alumni Education Events series at Boston College. The program was hosted by master fiddle player Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist-in-Residence in Irish Programs at the college, and Kieran Jordan, an award-winning performer, choreographer, and teacher in the field of Irish dance. 

Find out more about Irish programs at Boston College.

For year round details on greater Boston's Irish community, visit IrishBoston.org.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Massachusetts St. Patrick's Parades in Abington and Holyoke on Sunday, March 22


St. Patrick's Day parades continue in Massachusetts this Sunday, March 22, 2015, as the nation's most Irish state continues its month-long celebration of Ireland's patron saint.

The Abington parade begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Abington Center at the corner of Orange and Washington Streets.

The Holyoke parade at 11:00 a.m. starting at the K Mart Plaza.

There are two more remaining St. Patrick's Day parades after this weekend: one in Lawrence on Saturday, March 28, and the final one in Scituate on Sunday, April 12.

Find year round details on Irish cultural events in Massachusetts at IrishMassachusetts.com.


Irish band Dervish Performing Two Shows at Burren Pub on March 22


Dervish and the Burren: talk about a natural symmetry.  Since 1989, Dervish has been hailed as one of the top traditional music bands in Ireland, touring the world and creating a body of work that captures the essence of Irish dance music and song.  Since 1996, the Burren Pub in Somerville has been America’s Irish music headquarters, offering nightly music sessions and an exceptional concert series.

Dervish  performs at the Burren on Sunday, March 22, 2015, but both shows have already sold out, a testament to the band's popularity in greater Boston.  

The concerts are part of the Burren Backroom Series, which gives Irish music fans a perfect opportunity to see world class music played in an up-close, intimate setting.  It was founded by Burren owners Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello – two excellent musicians in their own right – and is hosted by Brian O’Donovan of WGBH Celtic Sojourn.

Dervish is no stranger to the Burren, having played here before.  The band was included in The Burren Backroom Series Volume I, the recently-released compilation CD of concerts that took place at the iconic pub in recent years.

Coming up at the Burren on April 1 is Ireland's great singer/songwriter Sean Tyrrell.  Purchase your tickets now before the show is sold out 

For year round details on Irish events in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Guided Tour of Boston's Irish Heritage Trail today on Boston Common


Check out the Boston Irish Heritage Trail tour today on the Boston Common, starting at 1:00 p.m. Led by tour guide Ted Kulik, the tour takes you on over 300 years of Boston Irish history, from the Revolutionary era to the present time.

The trail was featured on this morning's St. Patrick's Day coverage on New England Cable News.

For more about the state's Irish community and activities, check Travel & Culture Guide or following IrishMassachusetts.com.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Reagle Music Theatre presents 'A Little Bit of Ireland' concert this weekend in Waltham


The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents its annual show, A Little Bit of Ireland, on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Robinson Theater in Waltham.  Tickets to the show range from $35-$63, and are available online.  Discounted group tickets are available by calling 781 891 5600.

Now in its 17th year, A Little Bit of Ireland showcases the best features of Irish culture, especially its music, song, humor and dance.  This years performance features Broadway stars Rick Hilsabeck and Sarah Pfisterer, along with comedian Jerry Walker, the Harney Academy of Irish Dance, the Massachusetts Harp Ensemble, Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and a full choir.

For details on other Irish events in greater Boston this month, visit IrishBoston.org



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Liam Neeson Narrates Ireland's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Video


Film actor and Northern Ireland native Liam Neeson has done the narration for Tourism Ireland's St. Patrick's Day video, entitled The World Goes Green on St. Patrick's Day.



Neeson says, ‘I’m delighted to be helping Tourism Ireland celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It will be wonderful to see the world turn green again on the 17th of March as nations come together to celebrate the fun and warmth of the Irish.”

For information about traveling to Ireland, visit Ireland.com

To find out about the Irish cultural scene in Massachusetts and the New England states, visit IrishMassachusetts.com




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Boston's Beehive Celebrates St. Patrick's Day with Cat & The Moon on March 11


The Beehive, known for its live jazz, blues and world music, is featuring the Irish band Cat & The Moon, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day season.

Inspired by Irish, Celtic and Bluegrass music, Cat & The Moon is a lively ensemble specializing in upbeat jigs and reels with jazz and classical riffs.

Beehive's executive chef, Marc Orflay is offering an Irish-inspired menu that includes Grilled lamb and colcannon mashed potatoes and Finnan Haddie Smoked Fish & Chips.

The Beehive is located at 541 Tremont Street in Boston's South End and is open from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

For more Irish activities in greater Boston, visit IrishBoston.org.