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Boston Irish Heritage Trail

Boston Irish Heritage Trail |

This self-guided, three mile walking tour takes you through Bostonís downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Youíll learn about famous politicians, artists, matriarchs and war heroes, part of a rich tradition of rebellion, leadership and triumph that personifies the Boston Irish. All of the memorials are in public spaces and accessible to visitors. Sites outside of downtown Boston are accessible by vehicle or public transportation .

Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums

Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums

9 Corey Road, #1, Brookline, MA 02445
617 734-3805 | 617 593-8152 |

This award-winning 25-member bagpipe and drum band, formed in 1992, is one of Bostonís great Irish organizations. In 2000 the Gaelic Column won the Best International Entry Trophy at the St. Patrickís Day parade in Cork City. Locally, it performed at the unveiling of the Boston Irish Famine Memorial, and aboard the USS John F. Kennedy and the Le Eithne Irish naval ship during the Sail 2000 Tall Ships event in Boston Harbor.

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Cape Cod St. Patrickís Day Parade Committee

PO Box 307 Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508 362-PADY |

Now in its third year, the Cape Cod St. Patrickís Day Parade has developed into a great day out Ė from kids to seniors alike. The 2008 parade takes place on Saturday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. and Doug Meehan of Fox 25 Morning News will be the Grand Marshal. The two-mile parade starts at the Corner of School St, & Rte. 28 in West Dennis and crosses the Bass River Bridge, ending at the McArthur School on Rt 28 in South Yarmouth. The committee works year round to raise funds for this event, holding concerts and other special events (see our calendar). Click here for application form.

Charitable Irish Society Boston

Charitable Irish Society

John J. Burns Library at Boston College
140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3801 |

Formed on March 17, 1737 in Boston by a group of Irish merchants, the Charitable Irish Society is the oldest Irish organization in North America with an illustrious history and membership. As it has since its founding, the Society holds its annual banquet every March 17 and holds other gatherings throughout the year. Current president is Michael J. Neagle.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Boston

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

239 Grove Street, Waltham, MA 02453
781 899-0911 |

For over 50 years Comhaltas has promoted Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The Boston chapter, formed in 1976 and named Hanafin-Cooley, is one of the most active chapters, hosting monthly music and dance sessions, concerts, music lessons and special events to promote Irish culture locally. Its weekly radio program can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. on WNTN-AM, 1550.

Eire Society of Boston

Eire Society of Boston

Cathleen  A. McGrail
105 Beech Street #1, Belmont, MA 02478.
1-866-560-1050 |

The Eire Society of Boston was established in 1937 to spread awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish. Activities include guest speakers and performers, films, art exhibits and theater. At its annual dinner, the Society presents its coveted Gold Medal award to a deserving recipient.

Gaelic Roots Irish Music at Boston College

Gaelic Roots Irish Music

Boston College, Connolly House
300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617 552-0490 |

Boston Collegeís Irish Music programs offers a year round schedule of classroom instruction, and visiting lectures and concerts featuring Mick Moloney, Danny Doyle, Paddy Keenan and other Irish artists. The program is run by Seamus Connolly, the Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music at Boston College. Seamus is a ten-time Irish fiddle champion from County Clare.

Shawn Silver School of Irish Dance


Shawn Silver School of Irish Dance
181 Hamilton Ave., St. Johnís, Newfoundland, A1E 1K1 Canada
709 690-2101 |

Newfoundland is part of the worldwide Irish Diaspora, and one of the most Irish provinces in Canada. Champion Irish dancer Shawn Silver promotes Irish culture on the island and offers Irish dance classes and concerts for both the islanders and tourists to the island!

Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston

Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston

15 Rita Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
617 265-5300 |

Formed in 1987, the Irish Pastoral Centre is a ‘parish without boundaries.’ It helps Irish immigrants make their often challenging transition to life in the USA a positive one, by offering citizenship counseling, spiritual and pastoral care, year round activities for mothers and toddlers, families and senior citizens. The Irish Pastoral Centre had a long-time presence in Brighton and Quincy, and in 2011 moved its operation to Dorchester’s St. Brendan’s Parish. The Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

Massachusetts Ancient Order of Hibernians, Boston Chapter

Massachusetts Ancient Order of Hibernians

7 Derby Road, Watertown, MA 02472
617 924-9765 |

Formed in 1836, the Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest Catholic lay organization in America. Massachusetts has numerous divisions across the state that play an active role in promoting Irish history and current events in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Patrick S. Gilmore Society Boston

Patrick S. Gilmore Society

PO Box 870293, Milton Village, MA 02187
617 696-9880 |

Composer of When Johnny Comes Marching Home and other popular tunes, Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore emigrated to Boston in 1849 from Ballygar, County Galway and became a legend in his lifetime, playing for large audiences around the world. Historian Michael Cummings of Milton, pictured right, formed the P.S. Gilmore Society in 1968 to honor the man known as The Father of the American Concert Band.

Sons of Erin Cape Cod

Sons of Erin Cape Cod

633 Route 28, W. Yarmouth, MA 02673
508 790-0399 |

A private, members-only, Irish-American club promoting Irish culture, heritage and pride. Traditional Irish music Wednesdays through Saturdays during summer. Dinner served same evenings, with pub grub on Sundays.

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