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The Second Annual Irish Cultural Centre 5K, Canton, Massachusetts
The Irish 5K at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton will run on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Here is your chance with a nice 5K that is as flat as a pressed shamrock. And they have a "Guinness Reception", music and chip timing! Join in helping to celebrate 25 years for the Irish Cultural Center of New England—they hosted Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Prime Minister of Ireland) recently, and would to have you join them too for a fun 5K.

The Second Annual Irish Cultural Centre 5K, Canton, Massachusetts

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Thursday, 29 May, 2014

Picture a flat and fast Irish 5K followed by live Irish music and a post race celebration worthy of the name. It is not Ireland, but it will be the closest thing to it this side of the Atlantic. On Saturday, May 31, we can all be Irish once more with this unique 5K in Canton—flat and on mostly back roads starting and ending at the Irish Cultural Centre, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA 02021. Join in and see what the fun is about and enjoy a little taste of the Emerald Isle.

Yankee Timing Company will be providing the chip timing and fast, accurate results for this late spring beauty.

This race is a gem by any standard, and is completely different than other Irish themed races because these folks are actually from Ireland. They have their own pub on location which for many runners gives them instant recognition as a running go-to location. Seriously, they do host many activities at the centre and they operate the pub which hosts live Irish music on Friday and Saturday nights each week, and they will be bringing in one of those bands to liven up the 5K post race celebration. Authentic and awesome! Centre Website

The Irish Cultural Centre is celebrating 25 years as noted, and has decided to add a 5K to their many activities. This will be the second running of the 5K, which is very fitting because running is such an integral part of Irish culture as we all know and many great runners have come from Ireland.

The Centre also hosts many other events, provides lessons and learning is such pursuits as Irish Dance and music, language and arts, hosts a library with genealogical research; they sponsor the Gaelic Athletic Association, Irish Youth Sports League, rugby; and they also help coordinate and support a variety of Irish cultural organizations through out New England. See the impressive list on their website, along with a wealth of other pertinent information: Centre Website

The Centre’s Mission: “Working in collaboration with Irish organizations and the Irish government - as well as with the region's educational, arts, and cultural institutions - the ICCNE is poised to expand current programming and to actively support Irish cultural activities throughout New England."

"We've made it a priority to celebrate this heritage with events and activities that bring our culture to life, connecting people of all ages and making the ICCNE one of the region's most active cultural institutions.”

Run the 5K with Us
It is a very quiet and comfortable course and it would be difficult to find a flatter one. It will be chip timed by Yankee Timing using the Chronotrack systems, and you will have an accurate time soon after finishing. I am looking forward to the post race party and the live music—and a free pint of Guinness or two will hit the spot. I am always ready to celebrate Irish heritage after a recent visit to the Emerald Isle and this is a perfect opportunity.

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England and this event are really easy to get to and conveniently located only minutes off Interstate 93 or I-95, just off Washington Street (Route 138). This is the one you need for the final weekend in May, and the one you were looking for fun and that Irish theme great for any season.

On Sunday, March 16, Prime Minister Enda Kenny was hosted there for lunch in his travels to Boston and then Washington, D.C. to see President Obama. So having a pint of Guinness we can toast Mr. Kenny and raise a pint to his government and the country we all love. Join us in the fun. Centre Executive Director Mary McTigue will host.

You can register at this link and save $5.00 over the race day fee: Irish 5K Registration.

For more information on the race please contact Nicola Murphy at 781-821-8291, or you can e-mail her at For more general information on the Cultural Centre use

Be a Part of the Second Annual Irish Cultural Centre 5K
In this innovative theme race they present a fun event for the running community. New Boston Road is one of the quietest roads in Canton and an ideal spot to host a 5K race and to host the wide variety of other events they sponsor. In addition to running the race and enjoying some live music, you will be able to learn more about this intriguing, interesting cultural facility and what they do to promote Irish arts, history, products and services. A race, a pint, some music, and a learning experience. I’m there—come up and say hi, I look forward to meeting you!



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