The American Ireland Fund
211 Congress Street, Boston MA 02110
617 574-0720 Tel | 617 574-0730 Fax | irlfunds.org
The Ireland Funds is a worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.
Boston Irish Heritage Trail
firstname.lastname@example.org | IrishHeritageTrail.com
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
9 Corey Road, #1, Brookline, MA 02445
617 734-3805 | 617 593-8152 | bostonpolicegaeliccolumn.com
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. Patrickís Day Parade Committee
PO Box 307
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
508 362-PADY | capecodstpatsparade.com
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
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
239 Grove Street, Waltham, MA 02453
781 899-0911 | cceboston.org
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
Cathleen A. McGrail
105 Beech Street #1, Belmont, MA 02478.
1-866-560-1050 | eiresociety.org
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
Boston College, Connolly House
300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617 552-0490 | bc.edu/gaelicroots
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
181 Hamilton Ave., St. Johnís, Newfoundland, A1E 1K1 Canada
709 690-2101 | idance.ca
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 Film Festival Boston
P.O. Box 120926,
7 Ave de Lafayette,
Boston, MA 02112
The Film Festival celebrates the very best of Ireland and the Irish on screen. It provides exhibition, distribution, and educational opportunities for filmmakers; honors their work with awards; and produces original documentaries on contemporary Irish cinema. The IFFB Awards also include the annual Excellence Award, which honors those filmmakers whose work brings the very best of Ireland and the Irish to audiences around the world. Excellence Award recepients include Jim Sheridan, Fionnula Flanagan, Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Quinn, John Boorman and Gabriel Byrne (pictured left).
Irish Foundation of Lawrence, Inc.
The Irish Foundation is a non-profit group that helps promote Irish culture and heritage in the Merrimack Valley north of Boston. The Foundation works closely with the AOH and other organizations. Among its recent projects: building an Irish Collection of books, recordings and memorabilia at the Lawrence Public Library, and raising funds for a Memorial to the Irish Famine Memorial at St. Maryís Cemetery.
Irish Pastoral Centre of Boston
15 Rita Road
Dorchester, MA 02124
617 265-5300 | ipcboston.org
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 is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012.
Massachusetts Ancient Order of Hibernians
7 Derby Road, Watertown, MA 02472
617 924-9765 | massaoh.org
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.
1 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186
617 990-7198 | MassJazz.com
MassJazz promote the vibrant jazz scene in Massachusetts, from Boston to the Berkshires, from Cape Cod to the North Shore. If you’re visiting from out of state, you can find live jazz any time of the year, by checking out the events, festivals and nightclubs, as well as hotel packages, jazz brunches, classes and other resources listed on the comprehensive web site and at massjazz.blogspot.com.
Patrick S. Gilmore Society
PO Box 870293, Milton Village, MA 02187
617 696-9880 | psgilmore-society.org
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
633 Route 28, W. Yarmouth, MA 02673
508 790-0399 | sonsoferincc.com
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.