WICKED LOCAL.com -You don’t need to board a plane to get a taste of Ireland in the next few days. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, attend the Irish Film Festival, read the new book, “Boston Irish,” by Hingham photographer Bill Brett or attend a musical performance or parade.
You don’t even have to go to Boston. At the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, you can have a full-immersion experience – learn to speak Gaelic, do Irish step dancing or play the tin whistle and study genealogy.
Ready to go on a journey? Read on.
Irish Film Festival
Thirty Irish films will screen at the 15th annual Irish Film Festival, March 19-22, at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square.
Screening opening night are the black comedy “Gold,” from director Niall Heery who will host a post-screening Q-and-A and the Oscar-nominated short film “Boogaloo and Graham.”
Other highlights include the comedy “One Million Dubliners,” with an introduction from director Aoife Kelleher and producer Rachel Lysaght. Other titles include the short film “The Weather Report” and the thriller “An Bronntanas (The Gift),” Ireland’s entry to the foreign film category of the 2015 Oscars. Actor Dara Devaney will be present at the screening.
Making their U.S. debuts at the festival are the financial drama “The Guarantee” and the documentaries “Blood Fruit” and “Mairead Farrell: An Unfinished Conversation.”
Also screening are the romantic comedy “Standby,” and the landmark documentary “Dolores Keane: A Storm in the Heart.”
Tickets to each screening are $14 opening night in advance or $15 at the box office, and $11 for subsequent screenings or $12 at the box office. All-access passes are also available for $85. For more information or a full schedule of events and screenings, visit www.irishfilmfestival.com.
Irish photo book
In his new book of photographs, Hingham’s Bill Brett shares 268 photographs that feature prominent men and woman of Irish descent, including many from the South Shore.
Brett will be holding a book signing for “Boston Irish: Photography by Bill Brett” at 2 p.m. March 22 at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams St., Milton. The signing will also include informal tours focused on the Forbes House Museum’s connection to Boston’s Irish history, and will exhibit its Silver Salver and Testimonial Harp from Cork, Ireland. For more information or to reserve a place at the event, call 617-696-1815 or visit www.forbeshousemuseum.org.