Contact: Lisa Simmons,
Vicki Cimino, Connelly Partners
For Immediate Release
FIND THE LUCK O’ THE IRISH IN
From Monuments and Museums to Authentic Pubs, Irish
Culture Comes to Life Across the State
BOSTON, January 30, 2012 - Once a year in mid-March, Massachusetts
turns shades green and the sound of bagpipes fill the air. And
while St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally when Irish culture
is celebrated, it doesn’t have to be March to embrace your
inner Celtic. Check out a complete list of Irish-inspired events
and attractions that celebrate Irish culture and get daily updates
on things to do and places to stay at massvacation.com
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– Explore Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods
as you experience nearly 300 years of Irish history. The tour
begins at the Rose Kennedy Garden near the waterfront and ends at
Fenway Park, which was built 100 years ago by Irish immigrant
Charles E. Logue. In total, they have compiled more than 70 Irish
landmarks throughout Massachusetts.
Irish Famine Memorial
–Visit this memorial park, built by Boston’s Irish
Community to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine.
This $1 million memorial is located on Boston’s Freedom Trail
and visited annually by over three million people.
South Boston’s St.
Patrick’s Day Parade
– Sponsored by the Allied War
Veteran’s Council, this parade is the 2nd largest parade in
the country. It is viewed in person by more than 600,000 people and
aired on live TV. Held on March 18, the parade will go from West
Broadway, looping through South Boston, ending at Dorchester
– The 13th Annual Irish Film Festival will take
place at the Somerville Theater and Brattle Theater in Cambridge
from March 22-25. The film festival will feature a curated showcase
of the Best of Irish contemporary cinema.
The Black Rose
Located in the historic Faneuil Hall area of Boston, this Irish pub
is celebrating its 35th birthday this year. With its authentic
décor, live music seven nights a week, hearty food featuring
traditional selections such as fish n’ chips, stews and
corned beef, and of course, an endless supply Guinness, it’s
no wonder this pub was awarded the ‘Best of Boston’
Irish Pub award!
– Named after
a great rocky expanse in Ireland’s County Clare, The Burren
is a Somerville favorite where people gather to enjoy a good drink,
live traditional Irish music and the comfort of good company. As
the name suggests, this pub captures the mythical nature of
Ireland’s landscape with old world feel. Enjoy classic dishes
such as Guinness beef stew, shepherd’s pie and bangers &
mash while listening to the sounds of the Celtic.
South of Boston
Irish Mossing Museum
- Set in the 1739 residence of Capt.
Benjamin James on the Driftway, Scituate’s Maritime &
Irish Mossing Museum stands out on the South Shore of Massachusetts
as one of those true “gems” of local history.
Currently, the museum holds six growing and changing exhibits, each
with a descriptive video.
Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade
more than 15,000 people from the South Shore and Cape Cod, this
popular parade takes place on Sunday, March 18. The parade begins
at 1 p.m. at Gates Middle School on Parrish Road and ends at
Abington St. Patrick’s Day Parade
– Held the Sunday
after St. Patrick’s Day, this event invites all – Irish
or not – to celebrate cultural history. The parade beings at
1 p.m. in Abington Center at what is appropriately titled St.
Cape & Islands
Cape Cod Irish
– Experience the spirit and sprightly charm of
Ireland at one of Cape Cod's favorite destinations, The Irish
Village. Established in 1976 by Noel Henry and family, the Village
offers comfortable guest rooms, a restaurant, along with an Irish
Pub featuring traditional Irish entertainment.
Cape Cod Claddagh Inn
& Irish Pub
- The Cape Cod Claddagh Inn is a Victorian Inn
reminiscent of a small Irish manor. Enjoy its comfortable
décor filled with antiques, oriental rugs and lace curtains.
The pub is delightfully Irish, small and intimate, serving homemade
meals, great drinks – including classic Irish stouts, to
visitors and locals alike. A lively spot!
Cape Cod St.
– See what the excitement is all
about at one of the most anticipated events of the year on the
Cape. Hear the sounds of the Celtic from multiple marching bands
and crowd favorites, the “Mummers.” On parade eve, the
annual Grand Marshal’s Diner and Dance, will feature dinner,
refreshments, live entertainment and an awards presentation.
– Beginning on January 2nd, the Worcester
Hibernian Cultural Center will offer free dance lessons every
Monday evening. Includes ceili dances, Irish set dancing,
traditional ballroom and two-step.
Worcester County St.
– Worcester’s community
invites you to lift your spirits, enjoy the laughter and bring out
your inner child during this celebration of Irish American
Tradition. This annual parade takes place on Sunday, March 11, and
starts at Park Avenue in Worcester.
and Road Race
This two-day event will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 17
and 18. The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Road Race will begin
with a Mummers Concert to get the adrenaline pumping!
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economy, tourism generates more than $915 million in state and
local taxes and $14.4 billion in travel related expenditures and
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