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June 28, 2010
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For Immediate Release

Boston Irish Tourism Group Releases annual Travel & Culture Guide

Boston Irish Tourism Association
Travel & Culture Guide, Summer 2010

(Boston) — The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its Summer 2010 Travel & Culture Guide of Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts.  The annual 24-page color magazine details upcoming festivals, concerts, dances and theatre from June to October 2010.  It lists selected Irish pubs, gift shops and cultural groups in the Bay State plus hotels and travel agencies for visitors from out-of-town.

The Guide is available for free at tourism centers across the state and at museums, hotels and cultural venues.

“Visitors looking for the very best Irish and Celtic music can find it right here in Massachusetts,” said BITA director Colette Quinlin. 

Irish and Celtic festivals take place in Worcester, Hyannis, Webster, Northampton, Springfield and Boston, as well as nearby Newport RI and Loon Mountain, NH.  Outdoor venues like Cape Cod Melody Tent, Boarding House Park in Lowell, Worcester’s Hibernian Cultural Center and South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset are hosting performers like  Lunasa, Celtic Thunder, Ronan Tynan, the Saw Doctors, Natalie MacMaster and others.

The summer 2010 Travel & Culture Guide includes stories on the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum, celebrating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s 1960 campaign, and Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail, which goes back to the 18th century.   And it features travel stories on Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Canadian Maritimes, including the rich Gaelic heritage of Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland. 

The Boston Irish Tourism Association was formed in 2000 to promote cultural tourism year round.  It publishes three travel and culture guides each year, and created an Irish Heritage Trail ( ) highlighting Irish landmarks throughout Boston and around the state. 

For further details on the festivals and concerts, as well as year-round Irish and cultural activities, hotel packages, gift shops and Irish pubs, visit

For details on vacationing in Massachusetts, contact the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism at

Irish, Scottish and Celtic Festivals 2010
Boston Irish Tourism Association

June 11-13
Worcester Irish Music Festival
Hibernian Center
Worcester, MA
Top performers include Solas, Makem & Spain Brothers, Cynthia MacLeod and more.

July 17
Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival
Indian Ranch Performance Center, Webster, MA
The 8th annual Blackstone Valley Celtic Festival at Indian Ranch Performance Center features Fiddlers 3, Jug of Punch and the McInerney School of Irish Step Dancing.  Sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

July 17
Glasgow Scottish Lands Festival
Florence (Northampton), MA
The 17th annual Glasgow Scottish Lands Festival is an all-day gathering of the clans, piping and athletic competitions, and music from Enter the Haggis and Clandestine, a Celtic band from Texas.

July 27
Cape Cod Irish SummerFest
Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, MA
The 1st annual Cape Cod Irish SummerFest at the Melody Tent features Aoife Clancy, McPeake, and the Screaming Orphans.  Proceeds benefit the Sons of Erin Cape Cod and the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day parade.

August 14
Irish Festival
Springfield, MA
The 12th annual Irish Festival, hosted by the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, features Fintan Stanley, the Kerry Boys and The Rising.

September 4-6
Newport Waterfront Irish Festival
Newport Yacht Club, RI
Over Labor Day weekend, the 13th annual Newport Waterfront Irish Festival features Shana Morrison, Eileen Ivers and local favorite Pendragon.

September 17-19
New Hampshire Highland Games
Loon Mountain, NH
Billed as the largest gathering of Scottish clans in the Northeast, the Highland Games features Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Naas.

October 10
Irish Heritage Festival
Dorchester, Boston
Fiddler Larry Reynolds and Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Gaelic sean nos singer Mairin Ui Cheide highlight this new festival in Adams Village, Dorchester, now in its second year.

2010 Select Concerts by Venue
Compiled by the Boston Irish Tourism Association

Bank of America Pavilion
South Boston Waterfront
David Gray (August 17-18)

Blackstone River Theatre
Cumberland, RI
Annaliva (October 16), Donna Hebert & John Whelan (October 23), Patrick Ball (November 20)

Cape Cod Melody Tent
Hyannis, Cape Cod
Ronan Tynan, (August 6), Saw Doctors (August 13)

Lowell Summer Music Series
Boarding House Park, Lowell
Susan Vega and Patty Larkin (August 6), Natalie MacMaster (August 28)

South Shore Music Circus
Cohasset (South Shore)
Ronan Tynan (August 7), Saw Doctors (August 13)

Showcase Live
The Young Dubliners and Seven Nation (September 24)

Springfield Symphony Hall
Celtic Thunder (October 6)

Orpheum Theatre
Great Big Sea (September 17)

Wang Theatre
Citi Performing Arts Center
Celtic Thunder (October 9)

Worcester Hibernian Center
Lunasa (September 19)


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