March 7, 2017

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Michael Quinlin
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Boston – Massachusetts, where 20.5% of residents claim Irish ancestry, celebrates its heritage during St. Patrick’s Day season each March with hundreds of cultural activities, including parades, concerts, dance recitals, literary readings, film screenings and exhibits taking place across the Commonwealth.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has compiled details on Irish activities on its events page.

This month, millions of spectators will turn out to watch St. Patrick Day parades taking place on Saturday, March 11 in Lawrence; Sunday, March 12 in Worcester; Friday, March 17 in Walpole; and on Sunday, March 19 in Abington, Boston, Holyoke and Scituate.

Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed March 2017 as Irish Heritage Month, citing the Irish contribution to the Commonwealth and praising noteworthy Irish-Americans like Revolutionary War Colonel Henry Knox, artist John Singleton Copley, teacher Annie Sullivan and President John F. Kennedy, whose 100 year birthday is being celebrated this year.

Massachusetts is a popular destination for visitors from Ireland, according to Massport, with direct service between both Shannon International Airport and Dublin International Airport to Boston’s Logan International Airport seven days a week.

Massachusetts attracts 25 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 2.5 million overseas visitors each year, according to MOTT.  For year-round information on visiting Massachusetts, go to