245 Abbott Rd | Buffalo, NY 14220
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The Buffalo Irish Center is host to a number of Irish-focused organizations. Below is a list of all the organizations currently making their home in the Buffalo Irish Center:

Participating Organizations

GAAA - GAELIC-AMERICAN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

official organization of the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, phone: (716) 825-9535

Become a member of the Buffalo Irish Center by joining the GAAA. Initial membership fee is $150.00 with an annual renewal fee of only $25.00. Membership may be listed as individual or husband and wife with one voting right. Your membership includes a subscription to the BUFFALO IRISH TIMES, GAAA newsletters, voting rights and more. Dues must be paid yearly by April 1st to maintain active membership status. For further information contact: Randy McPhee, call (716)839-4386

ST. PATRICK'S IRISH-AMERICAN CLUB

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, Call for information: 716.825-9535

Brigid Knott  President
Michael O'Sullivan, Vice-President
Shane Devlin, Treasurer
Jean Rosenberry, Secretary

St. Patrick's Irish American Club, a founder of the GAAA, is a motivational club for the old and young. In the past the older members played and supported soccer and Irish football, thus keeping alive an interest in athletics. Irish music could be heard in the football field with Paddy Herlihy on the violin. Promoting Irish Culture is still happening among our youth who go around the area playing football, dancing hurling and soccer.

The St. Pat's Club continues to volunteer their services to the GAAA promoting a feeling of oneness. Meetings are the 1st Friday of the month at 8 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center.

KOE    KNIGHTS OF EQUITY, COURT 5

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, "Buffalo's Oldest Irish Club." For membership, contact: Ken (Skip) Sommer (716) 812-0538 email: skipsommer@gmail.com

A national Catholic, Irish fraternal society formed to advance its members spiritually, materially, and socially. To promote a knowledge of the history and culture of Ireland, and are involved in many forms of charitable work. Web site: http://www.knightsofequity.com/buffalo.shtml

KOE    KNIGHTS OF EQUITY, 3RD DEGREE

contact:  Charlie MSwain (716) 677-4497
Web site: http://www.knightsofequity.com/buffalo.shtml

DOE   DAUGHTERS OF ERIN

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Mary Ann Riedy (716) 675-7046 or Email: meme715@verizon.net

The Daughters of Erin is a National Irish Catholic organization for women. They are the auxiliary organization of the Knight of Equity and open to women of Irish descent or wives of Knights of Equity. The aims and objects of the DOE are: a) To aid the Knights of Equity, spiritually, financially, socially, and to further its aims, principles and causes; b) To participate in Catholic Action and contribute to charity; c) To foster Americanism; and d) To promote Irish culture. Meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM.

LADIES OF KINCORA

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, Contact: Bonnie Sommer, Pres., 716.773-3660 Email: bonsom@verizon.com

The Ladies of Kincora is the Auxiliary of the Third Degree - Knights of Equity - Hall of Kincora, organized in 1954. We are of Irish descent, Catholic women, wives, daughters, sisters of 3rd degree Knights. We meet in January, March, May, September, & November on the last Friday of the month. We support the Knights and many charitable organizations as our means indicate.

UIAA UNITED IRISH-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220
www.BuffaloStPatricksDayParade.com Contact: President-Garry Johnson; Chairman of Executive Committee-John Morrison Email: UIAAparade@aol.com or telephone 716.875-0282

Parade Entry Address: Brigid Knott, 182 Southwood Dr, Tonawanda, NY 14223
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013 - Sunday, March 17th at 2PM, Delaware Avenue (from Niagara Square to North Street).

The very foundation of the Parade and the United Irish-American Association is to celebrate our Irish Catholic heritage and the positive impact the Irish have had not only in our own community but also on the City of Buffalo. Our goal every year is to conduct a great religious, patriotic, and civic event that honors our Patron Saint and displays the Irish contributions to our community and country.

The United Irish American Association, or UIAA as it is often called, is made up of men and women from throughout the area. The UIAA members begin meeting, on a weekly basis, several months prior to the Parade to make all of the necessary preparations.

The United Irish-American Association is a volunteer organization with no paid employees. The Parade expenses are totally subsidized by donations from local businesses, political leaders, and area residents. In additon to working with the groups who are interested in participating in the Parade,the UIAA works with the Diocese of Buffalo, various City of Buffalo departments, including Police, Fire, Special Events, and Streets and Sanitation, to ensure that the Parade is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

ICFAA IRISH CULTURAL & FOLK ART ASSOCIATION WNY, INC

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Charlie McSwain (716) 677-4497

Sponsor of the annual Buffalo Feis*, held the 1st Saturday of June at the Event Center in Hamburg, NY. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday, January through July at the Buffalo Irish Center.Meetings start at 7pm. Be sure to check www.buffalofeis.org for the latest information. All interested in things Irish are welcome.

AOH ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS ERIE COUNTY, THOMAS W. CARROLL DIVISION 1

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, Contact: Tom Lambert (716) 796-7687 or email: tomlambert12@aol.com

The Ancient Order of Hibernians was founded in 1836. It is America's oldest Irish Catholic organization. Meetings are the 4th Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.
 

LAOH    LADIES ANCIENT ORDER OF HIBERNIANS, QUEEN MAEVE DIVISION #1

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY Contact: Tina Maue: (716) 238-0917 or email: Queen0331@aol.com

The Ancient Order of Hibernians was organized in America in New York City in 1836. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians organized in Omaha, NE. in 1894 as the "Daughters of Erin." The Organization pledged itself to God and country. In 1906 at the National convention of the Order at Saratoga Springs, the Ladies received permission from the National Chaplain (Archbishop Farley of New York) and the National President of the AOH, to function as a separate organization. The name was changed to "Ladies Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America." In 1984, at the National Constitution Convention of the Order held in Albany, NY, the Ladies voted to change their name to "The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians."

The primary purpose of the Ladies was to protect young immigrant Irish girls coming to the United States, to assist them in securing employment, to give them the opportunity to be with their own kind and to keep them from becoming homesick and discouraged. The motto of the Ladies is "FRIENDSHIP, UNITY AND CHRISTIAN CHARITY." Our Patron Saint is Saint Brigid.

The preamble of our constitution states that the intent and purpose of the Ladies is to promote friendship, unity and Christian charity among its members; assist the people of Ireland to establish an Irish Republic which shall include the 32 counties of Ireland, aid the aged, sick, blind and infirm members, and for the legitimate expense of the Ladies, includes mission work and Catholic action.

MEMBERSHIP: The Ladies are formed exclusively of practicing Catholics. Each member shall receive Holy Communion once a year, from Easter Sunday to Trinity Sunday. To become a member, one must be Irish by birth or descent, or adoption, the wife or mother of a Hibernian, or the mother of a junior member, not less than sixteen years of age, and a practicing Roman Catholic. Meetings the 4th Monday of the month at 7:30 PM.

RINCE NA TIARNA IRISH DANCERS

PO Box 841, West Seneca, NY 14224, contact: Mary Kay Heneghan ADCRG, (716) 675-8785, Email: MKHRINCE@msn.com World class Irish dancing school with locations in East Aurora, South Buffalo, Hamburg, Ken-Ton, Williamsville, and Erie, Pa.

The family oriented school teaches students from four to young adult, while nurturing pride in Gaelic culture. Students are encouraged to pursue performance, traditional and competitive dancing at "their own pace."   From beginner to champion, hard work, creativity and fun generate a certain spirit and style that is unique to Rince Na Tiarna.
 Our dancers share the joy and fun of Irish Dance with the community as they perform year round at festivals, churches, weddings and so much more.

Currently holds an All-Ireland title, 3 national titles and 13 Regional titles. Rince Na Tiarna is the only school in North America to win the All-Ireland figure competition. Dancers have also performed with numerous philharmonic orchestras and at Madison Square Garden. Check out our website:
Instructors are: Mary Kay Heneghan A. D. C. R.G., Bridget Sullivan Ryan T. C. R. G. ,Breanne Atzert T.C.R.G.
Katie Ryan Rozek T.C. R. G,Liz  Lewis Manna.
http://www.rincenatiarna.com/

INNISFREE DANCE GROUP

Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Shane & Jean Devlin (716) 627-5966 or Email: smjmdevlin@verizon.net

Innisfree Ceili Dance Group prides itself in teaching and promoting the traditional ceili and set dances. Adults of all ages meet at the Buffalo Irish Center on Tuesday evenings, 7:30PM to 10:00PM. Instructions are provided in CEILI* figure and the popular Irish SET* dances. All are most welcome.

BIAS-BUFFALO IRISH ARTS SOCIETY OF COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI EIREANN: MARTIN WYNNE BRANCH

Contact: Buffalo Comhaltas at:
http://www.buffalocomhaltas.org.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (pronounce coal-tas kyol-tory air-an) means an association of traditional Irish musicians. The Martin Wynne Branch, which is part of the international organization with headquarters in Dublin, gives us an opportunity here in Buffalo, to actively promote Irish traditional music and dance, song, language and culture. In addition to the branches in every county in Ireland and the many in North America, Comhaltas has active branches all over the world, such is the interest in traditional Irish culture.

The centerpiece of the Buffalo branch is the monthly SEISIUN* at the Buffalo Irish Center. A seisiun is sort of an impromptu Irish jam session where several musicians play traditional tunes, along with songs, a story or two and maybe some dances. In addition, the branch holds a CEILI* (dance) several times a year, drawing people from as far away as Rochester, Toronto and Cleveland. We also sponsor concerts, workshops, weekly dance instruction and occasional Pub Nights at the Buffalo Irish Center. Membership includes a subscription to TREOIR, a first class quarterly magazine about traditional Irish music, dance and song, published in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. There is also a monthly newsletter containing traditional information of local interest.

CEILI TIME!

 Ongoing set and ceili dance classes run every Tuesday from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center, located at 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY.
Buffalo Comhaltas is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and proliferation of traditional Irish music, song, dance and language, keeping it alive and lively in Western New York

SCHOOL OF IRISH CULTURE

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, contact: Margaret McGrath (716) 674-8569

Language, music, and fun for beginner, intermediate, and advanced ages 14 to 104. Curriculum: conversation, folklore, history, writing, poetry, singing, reading, geography, and field trips.
 

BIGS-BUFFALO IRISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220, Ed Patton, Pres., (716) 627-2417, EPatton3@verizon.net or Donna M. Shine, Treas., (716) 662-1164, Dmshine@aol.com

BIGS, a non-profit, tax exempt organization, was organized in October 1997 from a need to focus Irish genealogical research sources in the Buffalo and Western New York area. Our purpose is: (1) To create an Irish family database center in Buffalo; (2) To encourage the Irish community to participate by submitting their own family genealogies; (3) To collect, preserve, and make accessible genealogical records relating to the Irish; and (4) To provide genealogical workshops for the Irish community.   Contact .Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society -     http://bigs.limewebs.com/

Volunteer members staff the GAAA Irish Library for research on the 1st Saturday 10AM-2PM and the 3rd Tuesdays 6PM- 9PM, each month Oct-Jun. Jul-Sept by appointment only.  BIGS meets at the Heritage Discovery Center,100 Lee St, Buffalo, NY the 2nd Sat. of the month. This is open to  BIGS Members Only and  For Research Only.  Annual dues includes a subscription to the Buffalo Irish Times. Visit our website for more information:

BUFFALO FENIANS GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB

245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY 14220

Contact: John McNally, Chairman at:houstonjohnny@hotmail.com or Secretary: Antonio Graci at: secretary.buffalofenians.midwest.usa@gaa.ie

Check out our website: http://www.buffalofenians.gaa.ie/

ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S PIPE BAND

Provides instruction and performs throughout WNY. The band meets every monday at 7pm in the Buffalo Irish center.For information, Paul Mance : pmance123@verizon.net  or
www.ecspipeband.com
 

FIR DOITEAN - IRISH PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTER'S

PO Box 286, Buffalo, NY 14220,
We are an Irish Catholic Professional Firefighters group encompassing all of Western New York with members from the Buffalo Fire Dept, Lackawanna Fire Dept, and the NFTA Airport Fire Dept. We are approximately 100 members strong and meet at 7 PM the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except July and August). Our club has been in existence since 1998. Retirees are very welcome.

CLANN NA CARA IRISH DANCERS

Clann Na Cara Irish Dance is Gaelic for "A Family of Friends." Founded in 2006 by four champion dancers, the school quickly gained a reputation for providing quality instruction in Irish dancing. It has since grown to include 7 locations across Buffalo and Binghamton (in South Buffalo, Orchard Park, Lancaster-Depew, Williamsville, Kenmore-Tonawanda, Lockport, and Vestal, NY.)
Competitively, dancers have been honored with numerous national and international awards.
CNC's unique "Culture" of instilling self motivation and fun into each class offers a unique and rewarding experience for each student.
Lessons for children and adults are offered from September through June with a summer session in July.  New students are accepted year round.
ENROLLMENT QUESTIONS
ClannNaCara@yahoo.com
(716) 861-7074.......WNY
(607) 752-3855.......VESTAL

GREATER BUFFALO IRISH FIREFIGHTERS PIPE & DRUMS

  Meets Tuesday evenings at 6pm...performs throughout WNY.  For information: www.greaterbuffaloirishfirefighterspipeanddrums.com