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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wix Tix for Irish Singer Mary Black, Live at Berklee Performance Center on November 8

Irish singer Mary Black returns to Boston with a concert at the Berklee Performance Center on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.   The concert is presented by World Music/CRASHarts.

The Boston Irish Tourism Association has a pair of tickets to give away for this show.  Enter the contest here.

You can also purchase tickets directly to the show.

Regarded as one of Ireland's best interpretive singers, Mary Black brings a wealth of understanding to Irish traditional music, while also exploring the new compositions of her generation.  Read more about Mary here.

You can find year round details on Irish cultural activities  in New England by visiting

Monday, September 29, 2014

Paschal Donohoe, Ireland's Minister for Tourism, Promotes Ireland in Boston

(l-r) Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, Minister Paschal  Donohoe, 
and Alison Metcalfe, head of Tourism Ireland in North America (Photo by Sandi Allen) 

Paschal Donohoe, TD for Dublin Central and Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, was in Massachusetts last weekend to participate in the launch of iFest, a three-day Irish festival that debuted in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center.

Also there to promote the marketing initiative, Jump Into Ireland and the successful 2014 initiative, the Wild Atlantic Way, Mr. Donohoe met with over 200 Irish tour operators, travel agents and Irish-American organizations at the Boston Harbor Hotel, bringing along with him the newly published report that the number of US visitors to Ireland increased by 18% in the first eight months of 2014. 

Furthermore, Donohoe told the Boston audiences, “In 2013 alone, one million US visitors spent $1 billion in the Irish economy.  This demonstrates the importance of further developing  Irish market share of the US tourism market, which is a central policy agenda of (the Irish) government.”

Minister Donohoe also joined members of the Irish AmericanPartnership for lunch at the Boston Harbor Hotel, where he thanked the group and the community-at-large, for their work on behalf of Ireland.

Tourism Ireland was out in force throughout the iFest event, showcasing the cultural, culinary, literary, fashion and sports richness of Ireland

Read more about Minister Donohoe's visit to Boston here. 

Find about more about visiting Ireland at 

To learn more about Irish culture, travel and special events in the New England region, visit

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ray Flynn & Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Featured Speakers at Irish Massachusetts Conference in Lowell

Ray Flynn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and Mayor of Boston, and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lt. Governor of Maryland, were two of the guest speakers at a three-day conference held at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell this week, entitled "Irish in Massachusetts: Historical Significance, Lasting Legacy."

Alana Melanson of the Lowell Sun wrote a good summary of the panel discussion with Flynn and Townsend, along with David Bartley, former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and President of Holyoke Community College.

Marty Meehan, Chancellor of UMass/Lowell and former U.S. Congressman, moderated the discussion.

Other speakers at the conference included writers Aine Greaney, Ronan Noone, and Michael Patrick McDonald.

The conference concluded on Saturday with a tour of St. Patrick's Cemetery, led by Lowell historian David McKean.

Find year round information on the Irish in Massachusetts by visiting

Friday, September 26, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Addresses Belfast City Council, Speaks of Sister-City Relationship

Here is video  of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh addressing Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Mayor Walsh was welcomed to the Council Chambers by Belfast Lord Mayor Nicola Mallen, and after his address, he hear responses from the respective political parties, including Deputy Lord Mayor Marie Hendron, and a number of city councilors, including Mairtin O Muilleoir, Brian Kennedy, Bernie Kelly, Jim Rodgers and John Kyle.

In May, 2014, Belfast and Boston officially became entwined as Sister Cities, with officials from both cities promising to work together to create new collaborations in business, tourism, and cultural exchange.

Find more about Boston's Irish community by visiting

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Boston's Jim Brett Being Honored by the Special Olympics of Massachusetts

Congratulations to Boston Irish-American business leader Jim Brett, who is being inducted into the Special Olympics of Massachusetts Hall of Fame.

Jim is being honored for his tireless work to improve the lives of people living with intellectual disabilities.  He'll receive the inaugural annual John "Jack" Brett Champion's Award, named for his brother Jack, who inspired friends and family to advocate for communities of acceptance and inclusion for all.

A lifelong resident of Dorchester, Jim is President and CEO of the New England Council, and has received many awards throughout his distinguished career.

When he was named to the "Top 100 Business Leaders" by Irish America Magazine in 2006, Jim attributed his success to his family, saying, "I credit my success in business and politics to the great values that were instilled in me by my mother and continue to be reinforced by my wife, Pattie, and family who inspire me." 

Find out more about Boston's Irish community at 

Cape Breton Fiddle Music Comes to Chatham, Cape Cod on Saturday, September 27

Two outstanding fiddlers from Cape Breton - Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton - are performing together at the Chatham Fiddle Company in Chatham, Cape Cod, on Saturday,September 27,2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the concert are $20 and can be reserved by calling 508 348-1885.

The concert is part of an ongoing series of small, intimate performances at the Chatham Fiddle Company, run by fiddler and instrument maker Rose Clancy and her father, multi-instrumentalist Eugene Clancy.  Read this profile on the Clancy family.

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alisha Savage, Dana Farber Patient from County Cork, is Going to Disney World

Alisha Savage, a four-year-old girl from Cork City being treated at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for a rare brain tumor, is going to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL,and her supporters are throwing her a party at Logan International Airport on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Alisha's trip marks the 7,000th wish granted by Make A Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The trip is sponsored by American Airlines and the Something mAAgic Foundation's mAAgicSM flight.

Well-wishes are invited to join Alisha and her family at Logan Airport; here are details

Last May, Boston's Irish community held a fundraiser for Alisha at Florian Hall in Dorchester, raising needed funds for her care. 

Have a great trip Alisha!