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Buffalo Irish Center

Erie County Sheriff's Pipe Band

Buffalo Irish Festival

August 22-24, 2014

Tara Gift Shoppe

Local and Area Irish Bands and Singers

Shannon Pub

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann

United Irish American Assocation

St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee

Delaware Avenue Parade Date is Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 2pm

Amhran O'Ciar School of Celtic Music

Valley Community Association

Buffalo Men's and Women's Rugby Club

Emerald Society of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

Rochez Academy of Irish Dance

Ulrich's Tavern

McMahon School of Irish Dance

Ireland Supporters Club of Mississauga

Rince Na Tiarna School of Irish Dance

Clann Na Cara Irish Dance

O'Sullivan Academy of Irish Dance

Woodgate School of Traditional Irish Dance

National Listing of Pubs and Irish Festivals

O'Connell & Company

Buffalo Brewpub

Toronto Saint Patrick's Parade

Olean AOH


The Industrial Heritage Committee

Historic Buffalo River Tours

Celtic Spirit Pipe Band

South Buffalo Online

Lockport Locks Canal Cruises

MacKenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums

WNY Irish Famine Memorial

Bloomsday Buffalo -- June 16th

CineGael Buffalo

Town O'Tonawanda Irish American Club

Buffalo Irish Geneological Society (BIGS)

MPB Travel

The Buffalo Fenians Gaelic Football Club

Old First Ward Shamrock Run

Niagara Falls AOH

South Buffalo Irish Festival

Buffalo Feis

Belfast Summer Relief Program

Waterfront Memories Museum

Irish Times

"D" Company Buffalo City Guard, Gordon Highlanders

Buffalo Mutuals Rowing Club

Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drums

"Against the Grain" Against the Grain tells the story of a group of mostly Irish immigrants who toiled in the hulls of grain ships and in other waterfront industries in an area called the First Ward of Buffalo, New York. The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to enough Germans, Poles, and Italians to make life even more interesting. This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people including Fingy Conners, the largest private employer on the Great Lakes; Michael Shea, Buffalo’s greatest entertainment showman; “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founding father of what became the CIA; John Sheehan, one-time Tammany Hall boss; Jimmy Slattery, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World; and Jimmy Griffin, the longest serving mayor in Buffalo history. The stories of other lesser-known but equally important Ward residents such as Mike Quinn, Jack White, Algie McGuire, Roggie Lavin, Father Thomas Conway, the McCarthy brothers, and even Rick James are also told. Readers will also learn about historical events that Ward residents were thrust into such as the Tidal Wave of 1844, the Fenian Raid, violent railroad strikes, the Great Strike of 1899, the Tewksbury Disaster, and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway—the ultimate cause of the demise of Buffalo’s waterfront economy.

Da’s Shillelagh – A Tale of the Irish on the Niagara Frontier is the astonishing history of early New York State and Buffalo come to life in the story of an Irish family struggling to survive during the turbulent frontier years in Western New York.

Danny Dailey settles along the Buffalo Creek with his family and befriends the neighboring Seneca Indians. Swept up in the War of 1812, he fights at the Battle of Queenston and through the subsequent Niagara Campaign culminating with the Burning of Buffalo.

In 1816 they struggle through the worldwide starvation of the Red Sun, a time when it snowed 11 out of 12 months killing all of the crops. Finding work building the Erie Canal, they end up plying Clinton's Ditch for years, eventually settling back in Buffalo, where the family sticks together through the cholera epidemic, the Panic of 1837 and finally the seiche (Lake Erie tsunami) that destroyed Buffalo in 1844.

The story is firmly rooted in historical fact and many of the characters are prominent figures from the era. It is a fascinating tale that accurately portrays the harshness of life in Buffalo and on the Niagara Frontier through the eyes of captivating characters.


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