South Shore Irish Festival to take place this September

The first annual South Shore Irish Festival takes place on September 12th and 13th in Marshfield. It promises to be a fun packed weekend with a range of music, Irish dancing and delicious food on offer. There will also be plenty of activities to entertain the kids from Cape Cod inflatables, face painting to animal shows.

The action kicks off on the Saturday at 11am and will feature two stages hosting an impressive lineup of musicians. Amongst the highlights will be the legendary Johnny McEvoy, one of Ireland's hottest bands - Na Fianna and renowned Celtic Tenor, John McDermott. Other musicians performing across the two days include: Devri, The Silver Spears, The Fenian Sons, McLean Ave Band, Erin Og, Colm O'Brien, Old Brigade, Erin's Melody, Noel Henry Irish Show Band, Erin's Guild, Denis O'Gorman, Irish Whispa, and Dunleavy Shaffer School of Irish Dance.

On site there will be several Irish vendors showcasing Irish sweaters, scaly caps, jewelry and much more. Special appearance each afternoon from the New England Patriots Mascot "Pat Patriot" and a New England Patriot cheerleader providing signed posters. There will also be a "Tiara" Tent to assist visitors with tracing their Irish Roots.

Location: Marshfield Fair Grounds – 140 Main Street in Marshfield

Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $10.00 for Children 4-12. Day Pass $30.00

Tickets $20.00 at the Gate or $10.00 for Children 4-12

Visit for the complete schedule of Entertainment or for additional Information - or call 781-534-3919

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh meets Pope Francis

Mayor Walsh was one of 35 mayors to travel to Rome last week to participate in a conference on climate change and human trafficking, where he met with Pope Francis. Walsh later spoke with reporters about his sense of spirituality and his admiration for the Pontiff.

Pope Francis invited city leaders to the two-day symposium, instead of the leaders of nations, because the Vatican believes that mayors are able to more quickly address the kinds of issues discussed at the event. The declaration called on national leaders to make a fast transition to carbon-free energy sources and to take steps to protect and restore healthy environmental conditions, in ways that would also improve the lives of the world's poor. The meeting was streamed live on YouTube and the hashtag #MayorsCare was used by the various Mayors on Twitter.

Mayor Walsh told WGBH that he and other mayors are well positioned to confront challenging global issues. “We are the body of government that can make the most change,” he said. "There really is an opportunity for us as mayors to make a difference."

Kilpadder Famine Burrial Ground, Innishannon, Co. Cork

By Richard Archer

On Friday, July 24, 2015 the Kilpadder Famine Burial Ground, located outside the town of Innishannon was dedicated by a Mass. said by Fr. Crowley with approx. one hundred invited guests.

In 2013,the Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr - Cork club held a fund raiser in order to clear the area of brush and overgrowth and now two years later, the burial ground may be visited. During the famine period a large number of people died from starvation and were buried in this grave site so Fr. Crowley requested prayers and masses for those that may have been forgotten.

A reception followed the dedication of light refreshments provided by the local community after the Mass. Mary Nolan O'Brien, Secretary thanked all for their cooperation and contribution to this project. She indicated without the goodwill of people, this dedication would not have been possible.

The Knights and Ladies of St. Finbarr - Cork club were happy to be able to contribute in a small way.

Irish Social Club of Boston events & notices

Emmett O'Hanlon

The Irish Social Club's 70th Anniversary Year celebrations will continue this Thursday, July 30th, with special one night only appearance by Emmett O’Hanlon from Celtic Thunder, making his solo tour stop in Boston. Meet and Greet from 5:30-6:30pm - $50. General Admission $35. Doors open at 7 pm. Show from 730 to 9:30 pm. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.

Sunday night dance schedule for August is: 2nd - Noel Henry’s Irish Show Band; 9th - Wild Rovers and 16th - Erin’s Melody with Margaret Dalton

Closed for renovations

The Irish Social Club will be closed for much needed renovations to the dance floor from Monday, August 17th through Saturday, September 5th, and there will be no Sunday night dance on August 23rd or 30th. The club opens again on Sunday, September 6th with dancing to the Andy Healy band.

The Irish Social Club is located at 119 Park Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132; 617-327-7306; Twitter @irishsocialbos; Facebook: Irish Social Club of Boston;

Crean's Irish Lager hosts Boston launch party

Aidan Dooley as Tom Crean in his one man show, Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer

The adventures and heroics of a Kerryman turned sailor were brought to life by Aidan Dooley in his one man show, Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer, presented by the Dingle Brewing Company at the launch party for the namesake beer, Tom Crean's Irish Lager.

The Back Room at The Burren in Somerville was packet to capacity, where all in attendance were thoroughly impressed by the story of Crean's travels and the very fine lager that bears his name.

Dingle Brewing Company founder Jerry O'Sullivan expressed great excitement that Boston is their entry point for Creane's in the US. Leading the marketing effort in America is drinks industry veteran Shane McCarthy.

Crean's Lager is now available at fine pubs and restaurants throughout the Greater Boston area. For information contact 617-290-2315 or visit

Belfast Youth Orchestra visit Boston

As part of their 60th Anniversary Celebrations, the 82 members of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra (CBYO) toured the East Coast of the US. Their first concert was at Boston City Hall where the Orchestra performed for Mayor Marty Walsh helping to foster relations between Belfast and it's new Sister City of Boston. The second concert in New England was at the Irish Cultural Centre (ICC) in Canton on July 17. Once again the Orchestra Members received a very warm welcome from the Irish American Community.

Originally formed in 1955, the CBYO is considered one of the top youth orchestras in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe. As the first stop in its 60th Anniversary Concert Tour to the United States, Conductor Paul McBride and the 82 member orchestra performed a mixture of light classical repertoire with some Irish favorites.