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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dublin's Merry Ploughboys Perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on February 27

The Merry Ploughboys, one of Ireland's most enduring traditional ballad bands, is performing at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 for the pub.

Tickets can be purchased online for $22-$27, general admission, with discounts available for groups or for members of Mechanics Hall or Worcester Hibernian Hall.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) is giving away a pair of free tickets to the show.  Enter the contest to win here.

Formed in 1988, the band has emerged as one of Dublin's most popular and enduring pub bands.  In fact, the Merry Ploughboys Pub, was started by the band to provide year round entertainment.  It is located in Rathfarnham at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

2016 St. Patrick's Day Parades in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has issued its 2016 schedule of  St. Patrick's Day parades taking place this March in Massachusetts as well as in Newport, RI and Dublin, Ireland.

This year's parade season begins on Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Yarmouth, Cape Cod, and concludes on Sunday, March 20 in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.

These events are free and open to the public.  In the event of weather-related delays, be sure to check the web site for each of the parades to get up-to-date-information.

Here is a full calendar of related St. Patrick's Day events taking place in March in the New England region.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Irish Music Concert with Vox Hunters & Lindsay Straw, Torrin Ryan and Kyle Forsthoff at Blackstone River Theatre on February 6

An exciting concert of  young Irish  musicians takes place at Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland,RI on Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m.

The line-up includes the Vox Hunters and Lindsay Straw, along with Torrin Ryan and Kyle Forsthoff.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the night of the show.

Here is a schedule of upcoming concerts at Blackstone River Theatre.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Musical Duo Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet Perform Gaelic Roots concert at Boston College on February 4

Cellist Natalie Haas and singer/guitarist Yann Falquet are performing at Boston College's Gaelic Roots series from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016.

The concert takes place at the Cadigan Alumni Center on BC's Brighton Campus and is free to the public, though pre-registration is requested.  The Center is located at 2121 Commonwealth Avenue.

The Gaelic Roots Music, Song, Dance, Workshop and Lecture Series was started in 1991 by master fiddler Seamus Connolly, the longtime Sullivan Artist-in-Residence at Boston College.  Connolly retired in December 2015, and the Interim Director of Gaelic Roots is fiddle champion Sheila Falls.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wix Tix to Lord of the Dance at Wang Theatre in Boston, February 24

The Boston Irish Tourism Association is offering the chance to win a pair of tickets to see "Michael Flatley presents Lord of the Dance, Dangerous Games."  

The show comes to the Wang Theatre in downtown Boston for one night only on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m.

If you don't want to take a chance, you can purchase Lord of the Dance tickets directly from Ticketmaster.

One of the world's most famous dancers, the Chicago-born Michael Flatley leapt to fame as the lead dancer for the show Riverdance, before he went on to create Lord of the Dance and other Irish dance revues.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Ireland's Ancient East: See What Awaits You in 2016

New Grange, County Meath

Ireland beckons people from across the world. Visitors talk of making a pilgrimage home, of finding their roots, of reconnecting to an integral part of their nature.

Part of the appeal has to do with Ireland’s ancient, spiritual dimension stretching back in time. Mad Druids in love with nature, lonely Monks transcribing scripture during the Dark Ages, medieval clans and colonial invasions - Ireland evokes a progression across centuries that is filled with meaning and revelation.

That is why tourists have a travel treasure in store for them in 2016, when Tourism Ireland launches a new marketing initiative called Ireland’s Ancient East: See WhatAwaits You.

It is an innovative, inspiring journey through Ireland that embodies 5,000 years of history, culture and change. That’s a wide swatch of time, but Ireland’s distinct history, heritage and geography is perfect for this type of tourist adventure.


Ancient Man 
featuring Stone Age art and Druid warrior legends; 

Early Christians
covering monks, monasteries and Celtic scholarship; 

Medieval Lords
filled with castles and fortresses; 

Colonial Settlers
focusing on invasions, rebellions and industry.

Many of the sites in Ireland’s Ancient East are already iconic places, such as the Neolithic prehistoric monument of Newgrange in Meath, the Boyne Valley and Athlone Castle in Westmeath, Birr Castle in Offaly, Augustinian Abbey and the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile, Waterford’s Viking Quarter, the Dunbrody Famine Ship in Wexford and Blackrock Castle in Cork.

Ireland’s Ancient East offers guided tours as well as self-guided and do-it-yourself tours of these destinations, plus car and bicycle routes, riverboat tours, events and festivals.

The new marketing initiative is a sequel to other successful Tourism Ireland campaigns over the past few years, including the Wild Atlantic Way, which focused on the counties along the West Atlantic coastline, and the Causeway Coastal Route, which covered the coastal counties of Northern Ireland.

For more information, go to

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Boston Celtic Music Festival Takes Place in Harvard Square on January 8-9

The 13th annual Boston Celtic Music Festival is taking place on Saturday ad Sunday, January 8-9, 2016 at Club Passim and other venues in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

The festival features the music, song and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic-related traditions.  In addition to concerts, workshops and ceili dancing, the BCMFest also includes a dayfest of children and family entertainment on Saturday.   

Performers confirmed to appear at the festival include: Lindsay Straw; Nathan Gourley, Laura Fedderson and John CoyneJoe Deleaut; Fresh Haggis; Nancy Bell; Scottish Fish; Realta Geala; Elizabeth and Ben Anderson; the Friends of Kyte MacKillop; Mari Black; Gus LaCasse; Buttons and Keys; Molly Pinto Madigan; Fellswater; Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Boston; Oran Mor; Soulsha; The Kelly Girls; Jigs and Saws; Kieran Jordan; Colleen White and Sean Smith; After the Morning; Liz and Dan Faiella; Corsa; The Rushy Mountaineers; Caroline O’Shea and Tim Buckley; and Highland Dance Boston. 

Passim’s School of Music will once again offer a series of classes taught by festival performers on Saturday as part of BCMFest.

For year round information on Irish activities in the region, visit