Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Insider: Irish Boston

In a posting earlier this month, Paula Stuart-Warren highlighted the Irish lectures at this conference. There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about your Irish ancestors in Boston whether you decide to stay indoors and listen to a speaker or go outside to tour around.

Michael P. Quinlan's new book, Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past (Globe Pequot, $14.95) is for . . . Read More

anyone with Irish roots or for those that just aspire to them. By visiting the sites in Boston you'll feel a little closer to that island over the pond, i.e. the country of Ireland over the Atlantic. Quinlan includes a history of the Irish in Boston then goes on to include info about Irish pubs (anyone for a pint of Guinness?), historic and cultural sites, and genealogical research institutions. Immerse yourself in Irish lectures during the day and experience the Irish Boston at night. Quinlan's book is your guide to what to do and where to hear the brogue while you're in town.

Boston may be the most Irish city in the United States but I'm local and biased. Then again, does any other city have two websites of information on the Irish in their community? A list of annual Irish events can be found on the website of the Boston Irish Tourism Association. Additional details about Irish historical sites in the area appear on the Boston Heritage Trail site. Whether your Irish ancestors immigrated in the 1700s or in the 1900s you'll find enough to keep you busy day and night while you're in town.

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