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November 15, 2012
Contact: Michael P. Quinlin - 617 696-9880

For Immediate Release


(Boston) — The Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA) released its Travel & Culture Guide (fall/winter issue) of Irish cultural activities in Massachusetts.  The 28-page color magazine details upcoming holiday concerts, dances and theatre from November 2012 to March 2013.  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.  See distribution centers.

The fall/winter 2012-13 Travel & Culture Guide includes profiles on Brian O’Donovan, radio host and producer of Christmas Celtic Sojourn; Mary McTigue, head of the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton; and Keenan Langlois, executive chef at the Granary Tavern in Boston.   There’s a feature article on Holiday music concerts in New England, a travel piece on Quebec City, and news about Ireland’s The Gathering, a worldwide marketing effort to invite the Irish Diaspora home in 2013. 

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 has created an Irish Heritage Trail highlighting Irish landmarks in 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 and

More than 24% of residents in Massachusetts claim Irish ancestry, making it the most Irish state in the United States, according to the US Census.

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You can pick up a free copy of the Travel & Culture Guide at these locations.


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