Summer 2013 - - Travel & Culture Guide
October 11, 2014 | By colette quinlin |
2 REETINGS G Bluegrass festivals, John F. Kennedy commemorations and Fourth of July celebrations – what could be more American than that? Traditional Irish music festivals, Irish dancing competitions and Irish heritage walks – what could be more Irish than that? But here is the catch: bluegrass, JFK and Fourth of July festivities are all taking place in Ireland and Northern Ireland this summer, while Irish music, dancing and heritage walks are to be found all throughout New England. History has a way of connecting places over generations, of giving them cause to interact and develop ties over time. Ireland and New England are two places twined by history, heritage and a shared culture. As a tourism organization, we place great value on how heritage helps dene a destination, and how cultural exchange helps to strengthen bonds between people and places. Over time, such an exchange helps to create a shared memory that takes the most interesting turns. A good example of this shared memory is President Kennedy. Here in Boston, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations. Every day busloads of visitors from around the world arrive there to learn about, reect upon and be inspired by the Kennedy presidency. New Englanders are certainly proud of this home-town hero who made his way to the world stage and inuenced history, and proud of the JFK Library for its high caliber exhibits, lectures and community events throughout the year. Similarly, Ireland has developed its own fond memories of President Kennedy, especially after his famous trip there in June 1963, when he became the rst sitting American president to visit the tiny island. The fact that JFK’s eight great-grandparents all left Ireland for Boston around the same time, and that President Kennedy and his entire family were proud of their Irish roots endeared him to the Irish people in the half century since his historic visit. So whether you are celebrating the JFK presidency in New Ross, County Wexford, or Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood this summer, you are part of a larger cultural connection that binds people together. Sometimes it is tragedy that brings people together and cultural connections serve as a salve. Such was the case this past spring after the Boston Marathon bombings, when people throughout the world expressed love and support for Boston, while denouncing senseless acts of evil. In this issue we reect on how the Boston Marathon was an inspired event from the very beginning, and the unique role that Boston’s Irish community played in its history. Finally, don’t lose sight of the common ground that New England and Ireland/ Northern Ireland share: the keen desire to be outdoors throughout the summer months, to take advantage of the long days and the sunny weather. So make your way to an outdoor festival near you. Enjoy the music and dance, the native cuisine and customs, and the camaraderie of people who share something in common with you. You might end up eating hot dogs and burgers in Dublin, or sh and chips in Boston. You might enjoy an uilleann piper in Rhode Island, or a bluegrass player in County Tyrone, but that’s ne. It is what shared culture is all about. Boston Irish Tourism Association IrishMassachusetts.com
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2 CREDITS Boston Irish Tourism Association PO Box 341, Milton, MA 02186 617 696-9880 IrishMassachusetts@comcast.net www.IrishMassachusetts.com 32 B ITA t 8 TABLE OF CONTENTS CREDITS Credits 2 Greetings 3 Welcome to Kennedy Country 4-5 Interview: Chuck Daly 6 Neil Connolly’s Clam Boil 7 Irish Festivals 8-12 Pro le: Brian O’Donovan 11 BITA Cultural Groups 12 BITA Cultural Venues 13 The Boston Celtics 13 Harold Connolly, Olympic Medalist 14 Pro le: Sean Casey, Red Sox 15 Calendar of Events 16-17 Celtic Thunder 18 Pro le: Stephen Johnston 19 BITA Hotels 20 Irish Heritage Days 21 Interview: Virginia Greenblatt 22 BITA Gift Shops 22 Irish Pubs-More Tasteful than Ever 23-25 BITA Pubs 25 BITA Travel 26 Gaelic Canada 27-31 Canadian Celtic Festivals 28-29 BITA Canada 28 PEI Goes Irish 30 PEI Summer Ceilidhs 31 A Taste of PEI 31 Ireland’s West Coast 32-35 BITA Ireland 34 Memoriam: Thomas J. Flatley 36 15 27 Credits Editor & Writer: Michael P. Quinlin Project Manager: Colette M. Quinlin Graphic Designer: Diane Russell Printing: Paul Tangusso & staff, Universal Millennium Acknowledgements Special thanks to the sponsors and members of the Boston Irish Tourism Association and to our advertisers for helping to underwrite this publication. Funded in part by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Business & Technology, Massachusetts Of ce of Travel & Tourism. Particular thanks to all those who helped with this publication and related marketing efforts, especially: David R. Burke, Roger Egan, Jack Hart, Kevin Honan, Betsy Wall, John Alzapiedi, Pat Moscaritolo, Larry Meehan, Sue Cronin, Stacy Shref er, Kamilla Kissell, Liza Cunningham, Laurie Messere, Ed Forry, Sean Casey, John Blake, Stephen Johnston, Lisa Tiernan, Patrick Sorge, Laura Picken, Tommy McCarthy, Brian O’Donovan, Jeannie Hebert, Belinda Mazur, Russell Gusetti, Peter Aucella, Wendy Norcross, Arthur Ratsy, Lee Statham, Tom McNaught, Brent Carney, Chuck Daly, Neil Connolly, Rachel Kempster, Meredith Burks, Sharon Browne, Virginia Greenblatt, Orla Carey, Joyclyn Emory, Kiela Bennett, Lisa Carrier, Michael Kydd, Shawn Silver, Terry Power, Peter Murphy, Jean Kennedy, Mary MacKinnon, Winnie Henry, Mark Chester and Melissa Bochar. Merci Beaucoup, Devin. Image Credits Cover image and page 7: Neil Connolly/DK Publishing; Liz and Yvonne Kane: 2, 17; Boston Red Sox: 2, 15; Natalie MacMaster: 2; Tourism Ireland: 2, 24, 32, 34-35; Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce: 3; John F. Kennedy Library: 4, 5, 6, 16; Paul Brady: 8; Lunasa: 8; Beoga: 9, 16; Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill: 9; Sean Kane: 9; Glengarry Bhoys: 10; Brian O’Donovan: 11; Bank of America Pavilion: 13; Boston Celtics/Paul Pierce: 13; Harold Connolly Statue/Rep. Kevin Honan’s Of ce: 14; Michael Ivins, Boston Red Sox: 15; John McDermott: 16; Maken & Spain/Scott Metzger/Metzger Studios: 16; Arlo Guthrie: 17; Eileen Ivers: 17; Hothouse Flowers: 17; Celtic Thunder: 18; Courtesy of BITA: 19; 36; Daniel J. Tobin, AFL, October, 1948/Courtesy of Aaron Schmidt, Print Department, Boston Public Library: 21; Virginia Greenblatt/Irish Imports, Ltd: 22; The Black Rose: 23; Department of Tourism & Parks, New Brunswick: 26, Prince Edward Island Tourism: 27, 30; Leahy: 28; Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage: 29; Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belsher: 30; PEI Shucking Contest/ John Nowlan: 31 The Boston Irish Tourism Association promotes the state’s Irish culture and hospitality industry year round to the travel and visitors industry. BITA works to strengthen tourism ties between Massachusetts, Ireland, Canada and the other New England states. Visit IrishMassachusetts.com for more details, or contact: