About BITA

Formed in 2000, the Boston Irish Tourism Association promotes the Irish-American community year round to the travel and tourism industry. We work closely with the state's grass roots organizations and mainstream cultural institutions to showcase the state's culture, history and heritage.

Our goal is to make it easy for visitors and local residents to easily get immersed in the state's wonderful range of cultural activities, and to take advantage of the hospitality amenities available to travelers.


The Boston Irish Tourism Association encourages teachers and students to learn more about Irish-American history and heritage in Massachusetts.

We also can make available a list of feature articles on the Irish Heritage Trail that have been published in newspapers and magazines that can be duplicated and distributed to your student or study group. For details contact irishmassachusetts@comcast.net.

Recommended Books Pertaining to the Irish Heritage Trail

  • Beatty, Jack, The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley (1874-1958), Reading: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1992
  • Coffey, Michael and Terry Golway, The Irish in America, New York: Hyperion, 1997
  • Cullen, James B., The Irish in Boston, Boston: James B. Cullen and Company, 1889
  • Deutsch, Sarah, Women and the City: Gender, Space and Power in Boston 1870-1940 Oxford: Oxford University Press 2000
  • Ford, Henry Jones, The Scotch-Irish in America, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1915
  • Kennedy, John F., A Nation of Immigrants, New York: Harper and Row, 1964
  • Kenny, Kevin, The American Irish, London, Longman, 2000
  • Lee, Henry, Massachusetts Help to Ireland During Famine, Milton: Captain Robert B. Forbes House, 1967
  • Leyburn, James G., The Scotch Irish: A Social History, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1962
  • McNamara, Daniel, Samito, Christian, editor, The History of the Ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, New York: Fordham University Press, 2000
  • O'Brien, Michael J., The Irish at Bunker Hill, New York: Devin-Adair Company, 1968
  • O'Brien, Michael J., A Hidden Phase of American History: Ireland's Part in America's Struggle for Liberty, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc.,1973
  • O'Connor, Thomas H., The Boston Irish: A Political History, Northeastern University Press, 1995
  • O'Connor, Thomas H., Civil War Boston: Home Front and Battlefield, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997
  • Quinlin, Michael P., Irish Boston: A Lively Look at Boston's Colorful Irish Past, Guilford: Globe Pequot Press, 2004
  • Riley, Arthur J., Catholicism in New England to 1788, Washington: Catholic University of America, 1936
  • Roche, James Jeffrey, John Boyle O'Reilly: Life, Poems and Speeches, New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1891
  • Ryan, Dennis, Beyond the Ballot Box: A Social History of the Boston Irish, 1845-1917, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1983
  • Samito, Christian, editor, Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth: The Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney, New York: Fordham University Press, 1997
  • Schultz, Nancy, Fire and Roses: The Burning of Charlestown Convent, 1834, New York: The Free Press, 2000